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One of music’s reigning patriarchs, Plan to Dominate the Industry

Mr. Doug Morris, one of music’s reigning patriarchs, took over Sony in July, after 15 years at Universal. He is seen as the most capable person to secure Sony’s music division, which has been overwhelmed by internal squabbles since its merger with BMG in 2004. “So far he has been aggressive in trying to remake the company, the home of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Usher. “

“At 72, his age and experience summon up the inevitable charge that as part of the industry’s old guard he is ill-equipped to thrive in the digital age. Mr. Morris rejects that notion, pointing out his role in creating Vevo, the hugely successful music video site.”

“Last Friday afternoon, after months of talks, Mr. Morris signed his first major new deal, with Dr. Luke, the pop producer behind big hits by Katy Perry and Kesha. It creates a record label, Kemosabe Records, to be financed by Sony and run by Dr. Luke in Los Angeles. And, perhaps most valuably, it also gives Sony exclusive rights to Dr. Luke’s services as a producer for five years.”

As new chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment, says “My plan here is very simple, to help create the pre-eminent record company in the world.”

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Drake Addresses Album Leaks

attorneycross On November - 8 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Drake Addresses Album Leaks

On Sunday night (Nov. 6), while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song, “Crew Love,” from his upcoming sophomore album, “Take Care” (Nov. 15), on Toronto’s Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project began circulating online. The version of the album that appeared featured 16 tracks — a few shy of the full collection said to be coming to retail. “I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank God it doesn’t happen a month early anymore,” Drake tweeted just after 11pm EST. Minutes later, he posted a second tweet, saying, “Listen enjoy it, buy it if you like it… and take care until next time.”

“In early October, Drake spoke exclusively to Billboard about album leaks and their impact — almost predicting to the day when his album would leak online. So was last night’s leak a coincidence or all part of the “Take Care” plan?”

Read more at Billboard.com – http://www.billboard.com/#/column/the-juice/exclusive-drake-addresses-album-leaks-1005484582.story

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NARM & digitalmusic.org Offer Entertainment and Technology Law Conference in NYC

NARM and digitalmusic.org joined forces to orchestrate the Entertainment and Technology Law Conference series, a city-hopping roundtable where challenges and opportunities currently shaping the entertainment industry are discussed by leaders.

Thursday, November 3 brings the series to New York City, where participants will gather at Greenberg Traurig’s offices at the Met Life Building. BMI is a sponsor of the day-long event, which will feature three timely panels: (1) Cloud Media Law: MP3 Tunes, Amazon Cloud Music and Cartoon Network v. Cablevision; (2) Cloud Media Deals: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Or All the Same?; and (3) Creators vs. Corporations: Copyright Termination and Royalty Accounting After the Eminem Case.

NARM and digitalmusic.org are offering BMI songwriters, composers, and music publishers discounted registration rates. Register now and take advantage of $50 off the standard fee; enter discount code CLE-BMI50 when prompted. Students are also eligible for a wallet-friendly $49 registration rate.

A part of Continuing Legal Education, the Entertainment and Technology Law Conference series is an opportunity to earn CLE credits.

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Four Things You Can Do To Improve Your Odds in Film/TV Song Placements

Cliff Goldmacher  songwriter, producer, session musician, engineer, author and owner of recording studios in Nashville, TN and Sonoma, CA provided BMI’s newsletter an awesome list of things you can do to increase your chances of getting your song placed in Film or TV.

“1. Make sure your song is professionally recorded and performed

This may sound obvious but there is absolutely no wiggle room for a poorly sung, performed or recorded version of your song when you’re pitching to film and TV. You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression. Put yourself in the position of the music supervisor or studio executive who is listening to hundreds of songs for a project.  If the recording — no matter how well written the song may be — sounds like it was done by amateurs, you’re biasing the listener against you before they’ve even given your melody and lyric consideration.  It’s one thing to write a great song but if you’d like someone to give you money for it, then you have to invest the money necessary to present your song in the best possible light.

2. Do your homework

It doesn’t make sense to randomly send out songs in the hope that one will get placed. Find out which music supervisors are looking for which shows or films. There are industry pitch sheets and magazines with all kinds of information about who is looking for what; get familiar with them and mark yourself as a professional by making targeted pitches. Unfortunately, no one’s going to do this work for you.

3. Make sure you have complete ownership of the recording

In order to give permission to a film or TV show to use your music, you’ll need to own your recording. This means filling out the necessary releases with any session musicians/singers involved in the project and being sure that the studio where you have recorded has given you full ownership of the master recording. Make absolutely certain your pitch plans aren’t derailed by finding out (after the fact) that the singer or players aren’t willing to give you permission to use their recorded performances in this manner. Music supervisors often have very little time to get songs cleared for use in a film or TV show and it will mark you as a pro if you can let them know at the outset that everything is “free and clear” for their use.

4. Get Known for a Style

It’s a good thing to be able to write in a variety of styles but you (and your music) will be easier to remember if you become known for providing one particular style and doing it well. Music supervisors are often asked to gather songs in a specific style of music so if you’ve established yourself as a “go-to person” for that style, you’ve got a greater chance of being remembered when the time comes.

When it comes to getting songs in film and TV, there is absolutely no substitute for doing the work. By “the work,” I mean all of the things I’ve mentioned above.  Unfortunately, it’s not enough to simply be a great songwriter; you need to be a savvy businessperson who is willing to take care of the unromantic, day-in and day-out details of having a career in order to succeed.  That being said, there is no greater thrill than turning on your TV or going to a theater and hearing one of your songs playing.  It somehow makes all your effort worthwhile.”

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The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

“Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will be led by general manager Danny Grant, formerly with action sports media company VAS Entertainment.

Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division is slated to deliver their clients video to services to iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, PlayStation, Xbox, Google TV, Vudu and Amazon.  Being a part of The Orchard will help sports clients obtain music for their videos, Grant tells TransWorld Business. “Being that The Orchard is one of the largest indie music distributors around, producers who work with The Orchard Sports can gain access to hundreds of thousands of tracks from established and up-and-coming bands.  Music supervision is tough and can get expensive.  I’m not saying tracks will be licensed for free, but both sides have a vested interest in working together and that’s always a help.  We’re just connecting both sides of the organization to help support our movie makers.”

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How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

How much do streaming services pay artists? That question has been asked a great deal lately about services such as Spotify, Mog, Rhapsody and iTunes.

The question can’t be answered completely and that seems to be a big problem. “The most obvious reason is because subscription services do not directly pay artists. In the digital music supply chain, at least one intermediary exists between a streaming service and an artist. There is no right and wrong in the existence of this sort of supply chain; it’s just the way business works. Webcasters have a more direct route to artists because SoundExchange pays artists and labels separately. The supply chain for on-demand services operates differently.”

“Subscription services need be concerned only with paying the rights holders with whom they have negotiated licensing deals. In his Billboard guest post, Rhapsody president Jon Irwin was right to say he “trusts” artists are getting paid. Subscription services simply cannot get involved in the details of artists’ contracts with their record labels. They should worry about delivering a great product and paying the rates that have been negotiated with rights holders.

How much money artists ultimately are paid for streams or purchases depends on a number of factors such as royalty rates, ownership and contractual terms. A streaming service could only answer the first one: royalty rates. A service strikes a deal with rights holders to pay them a certain amount – per-play or percent-of-revenue – for streams or downloads of their music. The latter two factors, an artist’s ownership of the master recordings and its contract with its record label and distributor, are outside a streaming service’s jurisdiction.

If an artist owns the master recordings (and effectively acts as its own record label) the only intermediary between subscription service and artist is the distributor. All distributors take a cut of some sort – either a flat fee or a percent of sales. Or the artist can license the recordings to a record label. In either case, what the artist receives in streaming royalties depends on the agreements with partners such as these.

The royalty picture gets more complicated if an artist is signed to a label. What Spotify, for example, pays to artists is entirely between the artist and his or her label. And what the label pays the artist vary from deal to deal. Details of artist contracts change over time, so what a newer signee receives may differ from an artist signed five years ago. Rolling Stone’s Steve Knopper took a good stab at the royalty breakdown this week, but even his attempt was too simple. Ask 10 different people what Spotify or YouTube pays and you’re likely to get ten different answers. “It depends” is never a popular answer, but it’s the right one in this case.

Underneath the question are some important issues, however. Artists and their managers are increasingly worried about the amounts being paid out by subscription services. Recent discussions have led to a healthy debate but ignore the sequence of the supply chain. And that’s a good thing. But an artist or manager who doesn’t like streaming royalties should take it up with the label or distributor who negotiated the deal with the streaming service.

Another topic that deserves open dialogue is the practice of subscription services paying large upfront fees to acquire rights to large catalogs of music. There is little transparency about how — and if — that money makes its ways to artists. Even less transparent is a scenario in which a label takes equity in lieu of cash. Subscription services could help artists if they were able to refuse equity ownership to rights holders, but they can’t tell labels what to do with their licensing payments.

Asking streaming services an impossible question unfairly demonizes legitimate companies that are operating honestly. And it implies a company is hiding important information that deserves to be made public. If only it were that easy. Most services are privately held companies with no obligation to report its financial details to the public. And details related to specific contracts are especially sensitive. A direct answer can put a company in breach of confidentiality agreements. So the fact that a company won’t give a direct answer should mean absolutely nothing to readers. Besides, that’s why journalists have confidential sources.”

You can read more on Billboard.com:

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/business-matters-how-much-do-streaming-services-1005446752.story

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Warner Music May Be Favored to Win EMI’s Recorded Music

Murmurings in the industry say, “EMI Group’s catalog of recorded music may go to Warner Music Group after bidding $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion.”

“Warner Music and Citigroup Inc., which controls EMI, are negotiating expenses related to the London-based record company’s pension liabilities, said the people, who declined to be named because the talks are private.”

BMG Rights Management GmbH, the music company controlled by KKR & Co., is the front runner for EMI’s publishing business with a bid of $1.8 billion to $2 billion, one person said. Sony Corp. asked Citigroup for more time to raise money and recruit investors for a bid for the unit, which markets and licenses the rights of work by songwriters including Beyonce Knowles for use in films, ads and other performances, they said.

Citigroup may enter into exclusive discussions soon – perhaps this week if pension issues are resolved.

“The bank seized EMI in February after investor Guy Hands and his firm Terra Firma failed to meet loan covenants. At the time, Citigroup wrote down EMI’s debt 65 percent to 1.2 billion pounds ($1.9 billion). The bank has a target price of $4 billion for the sale of the entire company and $1.7 billion for recorded music, someone said.”

”Sony wants to add EMI publishing to its Sony/ATV Music Publishing venture with the estate of Michael Jackson. Sony has recruited Ari Emanuel, the William Morris Endeavor talent agency’s CEO, and Raine Group LLC, the media investment bank founded by Joe Ravitch, to join its bid, the people said. Mubadala Development Co., a sovereign fund of Abu Dhabi, is also an investor with Sony, the New York Post reported Oct. 21.”

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The New Economics of the Music Industry

attorneycross On October - 28 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

The New Economics of the Music Industry

In the past it was easier for recording artist to keep up with their revenue from music sales.  Record stores played a huge role in selling their projects then a few months later they would receive a royalty sheet.  But now then iTunes have taken over the “record store” business, it is easier and more profitable for artist to receive their money.

During the earlier times of iTunes it was a simple process.  Today fans play free music on YouTube, streaming services such as Spotify, MOG or Rdio or online radio stations such as Pandora or Slacker.  “The fraction of pennies that artist make for each of these services are very difficult or nearly impossible to track for now.

“People like to simplify this and say, ‘There’s no money in it,’” says Jeff Price, founder of TuneCore, which charges artists to place songs directly into iTunes, Spotify and others. “But it’s complex, it’s complicated and it’s still being worked out.”

“So you’re Adele, the year’s biggest pop star. Your songs stream on Spotify – or MOG, Rdio, Pandora or YouTube. You still sell downloads through iTunes and Amazon, and you still sell old-fashioned CDs in old-fashioned record stores. How much do you get paid?”

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Justin Bieber and Usher Team Up for ‘The Christmas Song’

Jason Lipshutz at Billboard.com reported “that after releasing an original holiday song, “Mistletoe,” last Monday (Oct. 17), Justin Bieber kicks off this week by unveiling a cover of a Christmas classic — with a little help from his mentor, Usher. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” which will be included on the Biebs’ forthcoming Christmas album “Under The Mistletoe,” premiered on Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated radio show on Monday.

Over a twinkling piano and finger snaps, Bieber lets his R&B vocal stylings shine before Usher joins in with a triumphant, “They know that Santa’s on his way!” An unexpected electric guitar solo arrives at the 2:07 mark before the male pop stars trade words on the final chorus.

“This record is going to be remembered for years to come,” Usher told Seacrest on his radio show this morning. “It’s a record that has always been on of my favorites, and I’m happy that I was able to share it with Justin, and for us to put it out.”

Bieber and Usher had previously teamed up for “Somebody To Love,” off the teen superstar’s “My World 2.0.” “Under The Mistletoe,” due out Nov. 1, also features guest appearances by Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey and the Band Perry, among others.

The video for “Mistletoe” was released last Tuesday, and the clip — an old-fashioned Christmas love story — has already racked up 17 million views on YouTube. Bieber was also confirmed to perform at the 2011 American Music Awards on Monday.”

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Boyz II Men Return With New Songs, Re-Recorded Classics on ‘Twenty’

Jason Lipshutz at Billboard.com reported that “Shawn Stockman was 18 years old when Motown released “Cooleyhighharmony,” the debut album from Boyz II Men — then made up of Stockman, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris — in February 1991.

“Cooleyhighharmony” and its 1994 follow-up, “II,” have sold a combined 15.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The first album’s hit single, “End of the Road,” set a record for longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with a 13-week stay in 1992. “II’s” “I’ll Make Love to You” bested that with a 14-week stint at No. 1 in 1994. And then “One Sweet Day,” a smash duet with Mariah Carey, spent 16 weeks atop the chart a year later.

Two decades after the group’s debut, Stockman, 39, has indeed gone from boy to man. Asked how he’s changed, he laughs and says, “Well, I can make love better.”

As for the music? “Now, being grown men and having relationships and children, the songs take on a deeper meaning and add something that we wouldn’t have been able to understand if we didn’t experience them,” Stockman says.

That freshly formed resonance defines “Twenty,” the group’s first U.S. release of new material since 2002. Due Oct. 24 on the act’s own imprint, MSM Music Group, and in association with Benchmark, “Twenty” offers fans a fresh batch of soul, including first single “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” which has sold 15,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as a second disc featuring rerecorded versions of nine Boyz II Men classics.”

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