City of Nashville Condemns Streaming Services’ Stingy Nonsense

The Nashville Metro Council has passed a resolution demanding that Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora accept a 44 percent increase to songwriters' portion of streaming royalties. The resolution…
Tosten Burks / April 17, 2019

Spotify to Host Songwriter “Town Halls” to Discuss Paying Them Less Money: Report

This month, Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora announced plans to appeal the Copyright Royalty Board's historic decision to increase songwriters' cut of streaming revenue. The board's ruling would increase…
Tosten Burks / March 18, 2019

Spotify, Google, and Amazon Challenge Increased Royalty Rate for Songwriters [Updated]

Spotify, Google, Amazon, and Pandora have announced plans to appeal a decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that would drastically increase songwriters' slice of streaming revenue over the next four years.
Tosten Burks / March 7, 2019

SiriusXM to Acquire Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal

In a blockbuster deal sure to shake up car audio, SiriusXM announced on Monday that it will acquire Pandora in an all-stock transaction valued at…
Marc Schneider, Billboard / September 24, 2018

Apple Music and Pandora Are No Longer Promoting R. Kelly

On Thursday, Spotify said that it would be removing R. Kelly's music from its official playlists. Due to a new "hate content and hateful conduct"
Rob Arcand / May 12, 2018

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren Steps Down

Tim Westergren is out at Pandora. A day after news of his imminent departure began to surface, the streaming music company's co-founder has officially decided to step down…
Marc Schneider, Billboard / June 27, 2017

Will TIDAL Be a Success? The Streaming Industry Responds

When TIDAL rolled out a couple of weeks ago, it was met with some short-term excitement (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Jack White, Deadmau5, and Kanye…
Rachel Brodsky / April 13, 2015

Pandora Forges Artist-Friendly Alliance With Indie Rights Group, Merlin

Pandora has organized an alliance with the independent rights group Merlin, which constitutes the first direct deal the Internet radio company has forged with record…
Elissa Stolman / August 6, 2014

Royalties Rumble: RESPECT Act Pits Classic Artists Against Digital Radio Providers

When you're listening to vintage recordings on digital radio services, it makes a huge difference to the people who played on them whether they were…
Marc Hogan / May 29, 2014

Spotify Buys the Company Behind Those Music Maps

Last week, a behind-the-scenes music technology company called The Echo Nest took on a higher profile when it shared a handful of state-by-state maps. Whether…
Marc Hogan / March 6, 2014

Download Sales Keep Plummeting, So Streaming Better Pick Up the Slack

Gentle friends, start your streaming. No, really, stream up a storm. Knock yourselves out. The music business could depend on it. Downloads, the numbers suggest,…
Marc Hogan / January 24, 2014

Pandora Loses Case Against BMI, Will Have to Pay More for Music

In September, Internet radio provider Pandora scored a court victory against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). At stake: though the performing rights…
Chris Martins / December 20, 2013

Spotify Plans Free Mobile Music Streaming

Spotify's free music streaming service is currently available only on a computer, but a free mobile version is in the works. The Sweden-based music streaming…
Marc Hogan / December 6, 2013

Pandora’s Royalty Reduction Plan Fails, Artist Advocates Rejoice

There's no end in sight to the online music streaming debate, but musician groups can claim victory in one of the more contentious arguments —…
Marc Hogan / November 26, 2013

Pandora Wins Court Case, Overhauls iPad App in the Face of iTunes Radio

On the same day Apple launches its Pandora-like iTunes Radio service, the existing Pandora has plenty to celebrate. The streaming music provider has notched a courtroom victory in the…
Marc Hogan / September 18, 2013
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