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Alex Pham / Billboard:
Google signs multi-year deal with LyricFind, bringing lyrics from over 4K publishers to search results; significant revenue for songwriters, publishers expected   —  Starting today, music publishers and songwriters will have a brand new source of revenue.  —  Google has signed …
Jun 28, 2016, 9:55 AMIn context
Rob Levine / Billboard:
Taylor Swift among 180 artists and organizations signing petition for DMCA reform in ad spot, protesting “safe harbor”, upon which services like YouTube rely   —  For the last three months, the music industry has been fighting — or at least negotiating in public — with YouTube.
Jun 20, 2016, 7:15 PMIn context
Shirley Halperin / Billboard:
Q&A with Apple's Iovine, Reznor, Cue, and Kondrk on Apple Music, Beats 1, and YouTube's “disingenuous” business model, and more   —  Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of internet software and services, helps introduce the new iOS software at an Apple event …
Jun 15, 2016, 10:55 AMIn context
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal claims 3M paying global subs, with 1.35M on the hi-fidelity $20/month tier, and Kanye West's last album surpassed 250M streams within 10 days of debut   —  Tidal Claims Three Million Global Subscribers, Finally Releases Kanye's ‘Pablo’ Stream Numbers  —  The one-year anniversary …
Mar 29, 2016, 2:40 PMIn context
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Kickstarter acquires its first company, Drip, a music streaming service and fan community for independent labels   —  Kickstarter Saves ‘Future Fan Club’ Drip on the Eve of Its Closure, Marking Its First Acquisition  —  EMAIL ME  —  In an email to Billboard from late January …
Mar 17, 2016, 8:15 PMIn context
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Rhapsody's losses nearly doubled last year to $35.5M on revenue of $202M as costs of growth rose   —  Rhapsody's Losses Nearly Doubled Last Year to $35.5 Million  —  EMAIL ME  —  Rhapsody, operated under the Napster brand outside of the United States, is showing how difficult …
Mar 2, 2016, 4:35 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify sued for $150M over alleged unpaid royalties, proposed class exceeds 100 members   —  Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties  —  EMAIL ME  —  Vocal artist rights advocate David Lowery brings a massive action against the largest streaming service.
Dec 29, 2015, 12:45 PMIn context
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Q&A with new Tidal CEO, former SoundCloud exec Jeff Toig, the startup's third CEO in under a year   —  Jay Z's Tidal Gets New CEO: Former SoundCloud Exec Takes the Streaming Reins  —  EMAIL ME  —  The former Muve Music and Soundcloud executive should be a steadying influence as Tidal's third CEO in less than a year.
Dec 2, 2015, 3:00 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify removes thousands of songs from Victory Records' catalog amid royalties disputes   —  Publishers Said to Be Missing As Much as 25 Percent of Streaming Royalties  —  By some industry estimates, as much as 25 percent of mechanical royalties due publishers and songwriters are going unpaid …
Oct 21, 2015, 9:45 AMIn context
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Aurous sued by Universal, Sony, and Warner for copyright infringement three days after launching its Popcorn Time-like streaming music service   —  Aurous Sued By the Majors Three Days After Debut  —  Well, that didn't take long.  After launching its alpha version this past Saturday following months …
Oct 13, 2015, 8:35 PMIn context

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