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Digital & Streaming
Milk Music, a streaming application only available on selected Samsung headsets has been downloaded 380,000 times.The free service is currently ad-free but reports suggest that Samsung intended to introduce a tiered premium service in the near future.
Ministry of Sound have launched an on-demand live streaming of footage from their London club. Friday and Saturday night gigs will be accessible via the Ministry’s website, starting April 21.
Legal & Copyright
The three major labels have filed a lawsuit against Pandora over the streaming of pre-1972 sound recordings. The suit follows similar action against Sirius XM.
The turbulent creative relationship between Prince and Warner Bros has taken yet another twist with a new partnership between the two announced. Prince has acquired the rights to his master recordings, while the two have formed an exclusive global licensing partnership over Prince’s back catalog. A reissue of Purple Rain is expected as well as new material
Apple is reportedly about to unveil the integration of a Shazam song- discovery feature in the next iOS software update. The update is set to be unveiled at Apple’s annual developer conference on June 2.
OpenAura, an online platform which aggregates artist identity content is now available to professional content owners. High profile new members include The Associated Press, Beggars Group, The Orchard, Filter Magazine, Pitchfork and Sony Music Entertainment.
Labels & Publishing
Five independent labels have joined together to secure better terms from Warner Music’s distribution group ADA.
Indie labels, Beggars Group, Secretly Label Group, Domino, Merge and Saddle Creek have formed the ‘Independent Distribution Cooperative’ securing major backed distribution while retaining their digital distribution rights.
Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden’s joint venture AMSG have acquired a 50% share in Burns Entertainment. Burns Entertainment is a high profile marketing firm which partners celebrities with advertisers.
The joint venture has also reportedly signed songwriter Ryan Tedder to their publishing rights organization also formed under the AMSGE umbrella.
Tunecore has announced a 2014 first quarter payout of $34.1 million. This represented an increase of 75% relative to the same quarter last year. Publishing royalties to rights-holderes also rose by 190%.
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