Music Business Roundup: UMG Lawsuit, Streaming Payouts & More

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Each week on Songwriter U, Songspace recaps the top stories in the world of music business. Here’s everything you need to know from the week ending on April 16th.

UMG Lawsuit Comes To An End
Universal Music Group has reached a settlement with some of its former artists, paying out $11.5 million in total. The lawsuit was in regards to payment from digital downloads, which were allegedly labeled as “sales” instead of “licenses” which hurt the artists royalty payouts.
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Explaining Streaming Payouts
The world of music streaming payouts is very complicated. This article presents an interesting case for how to approach figuring out how someone would arrive at a certain payout amount – essentially proving that it is nearly impossible to come up with an easy calculation.
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Spotify Enters Into Lobbying
The popular music streaming service Spotify has hired several lobbying firms in the US and in Europe, which is said to be in advance of changes in the music industry including copyright laws and licensing.
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Consumers Still Buy Downloads
A recent report by MusicWatch shows that consumers are still buying digital music downloads, with about one third of consumers in the U.S. bought some last year. In addition, it showed that iTunes dominance in the market for downloads is dropping, moving from 67% in 2013 to 52% in 2014.
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Spotify Ad Targeting
One of Spotify’s unique and most popular features is their playlists. A new feature will allow advertisers to target specific audiences through the use of playlists. This will allow brands to reach certain consumers more easily.
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