The Symphony of Progress: AI as an Instrument of Musical Innovation

Curious about how AI is transforming music? Join me as I explore the journey from skepticism to embracing AI's potential. Discover how AI is reshaping music production, enhancing creativity, and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. Dive into the benefits and challenges of this technological revolution in the music industry.

Is it time for independent musicians to dump Spotify?

Spotify plans to change how it pays artists starting in 2024. A new 1,000 stream minimum for royalties has sparked backlash. We look at whether independent musicians should diversify away from reliance on Spotify.

Streaming's New Beat: The Rise and Debate of the 'Artist-Centric' Payment Model

UMG and Deezer introduced a new "artist-centric" payment model for streaming, gaining traction with Wagram Music's endorsement. While some laud the model for its potential to revolutionize payouts, others stress the importance of inclusivity, transparency, and support for emerging artists. Proposals include subsidizing new artists through top earners, a flat fee for track uploads, anti-fraud measures, and continuous price adjustments. The challenge lies in balancing fairness, genuine music content, and industry growth.

Did Ed Sheeran Infringe Copyright? The Debate Continues

The End of a Legal Battle

After a prolonged legal battle, the estate of Ed Townsend, co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s Get It On," has formally ended their court battle with Ed Sheeran over their claims that Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud" copied the iconic 1970s R&B song. 

The Music Industry's Looming Royalty Debate: Who Should Get Paid?

Earlier this week, Tim Ingham at Music Business Worldwide published an insightful analysis on emerging tensions in how the distribution of streaming royalties might change. Specifically, Tim examined proposals by a major music corporation and a well-known streaming service to implement an "artist-centric" royalty model that appears to take inspiration from approaches used by platforms like those popular for video sharing, social networking, and microblogging.