Today in Music: BMG keeps rebuilding publishing empire with Fuji deal

January 18, 2011

Bertelsmann’s BMG Music Rights has continued to expand by agreeing to a deal to manage the song catalogs of Fuji John Lee HookerEntertainment America’s ARC Music, Six Palms Music and Third Story catalogs in a worldwide deal everywhere outside of Japan and South East Asia.

Today In Music: Spotify U.S. not imminent, “not even in Q1″

January 14, 2011

daniel_ek_closeupWe hate to hit replay on this one but following New York Post’s story today that European streaming music service Spotify is close to a deal with Sony Music and thereby close to launch we decided to call a few people to confirm.

Today in Music: EMI to be put out of its Terra Firma misery soon?

January 11, 2011

ColdplayWe’re all a little tired of writing about the imminent demise of EMI, home to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Robbie Williams,  simply because it hasn’t happened in all  the years of writing it.

Today In Music: Sales down in US and UK in 2010, digital barely up

January 6, 2011

The numbers are in for two of the biggest music markets and unsurprisingly, sales  are down yet again, continuing a trend of the last decade.

Spotify isn’t in talks to be bought by Apple or anyone – source

October 26, 2010

Music industry types must have had been reaching for their tranquilizers this afternoon, following a report that Apple is in early stage talks to buy Spotify. The report spread quickly, as these things do, and some thought it made  a lot of sense.  So Apple, maker of the world’s most popular music device, the iPod,  which already owns the No.1 music  download retailer iTunes, would be buying Spotify –the much-loved and critically acclaimed music streaming service, just as it’s finalizing deals to launch in the U.S.? This would be too much to handle for many music executives, who think Apple already holds way too much power.

eMusic gets Universal Music catalog, overhauls song pricing

October 12, 2010

LadyGagaInMeatBe careful what you wish for because you might just get another major label’s catalog.

EMI promotes publishing guy to oversee Capitol and Virgin labels in US

October 6, 2010

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(Clarifies earlier post to show McCarroll is not replacing Melrose/Brooks)

EMI, the smallest and most troubled of the four major music companies, took its latest step towards re-focusing under new leader Roger Faxon by appointing the current head of North American creative at EMI Music Publishing  as president of   the Capitol and Virgin label group in North America.

Newly funded Echo Nest tells music industry: “It’s the data, stupid”

October 5, 2010

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Of the many ways the traditional music industry has struggled in the fast evolving digital music world has been understanding who is listening, why they’re listening , when and where they’re listening and find ways to build music-based products and services around that — especially since not as many people are buying music as they used to.

Apple’s shutting Lala, sets off iTunes plan speculation

April 30, 2010

That was quick.

Apple is shutting down Lala, the Web ‘cloud-based’ music service it bought last December for a rumored $80 million. It has been widely expected that Apple would eventually integrate the music service into the iTunes platform to offer a subscription service based in the cloud.

MySpace: A place for musicians… and their friends

October 21, 2009

It appears to be Music Wednesday on the Internet. On the same day that reports began circulating that Google and Facebook will launch a host of new music features, News Corp’s MySpace is turning up the volume on its own music offering.