Robert George “Joe” Meek was a song-writer, producer and sound engineer. He was also an independent label, publisher and studio…Continue Reading
The Lion King’s Ransom: The story of “Mbube”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and the 70 years struggle to get the writer, Solomon Linda credited.
I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of the versions or adaptations of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. It has been…Continue Reading
PledgeMusic goes bankrupt, other sites in decline. What is the future for crowdfunding in the music industry?
In early May 2019 music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic announced it was officially entering bankruptcy. Most of the artists who were…Continue Reading
Bittersweet Victory: Why The Rolling Stones owned 100% of a song they didn’t write and how the writer got it back.
At the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards, Richard Ashcroft announced that after 22 years the dispute over his song, “Bittersweet Symphony”…Continue Reading
Who should you join? (In order to make sure you are paid everything you are entitled to)
Aside from the distributors and retailers of music, there are a huge number of societies, organisations and companies that collect…Continue Reading
The Truth about Spotify. Part 1
Streaming accounts for 37% of all the revenue from recorded music and with over 220million subscribers and a market share of 36% Spotify are by far the market leader in music streaming.Continue Reading
Trump Signs “Music Modernization Act” but the USA is still decades behind the rest of the world.
On the 11th October 2018, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA). It’s being hailed as groundbreaking , and while it certainly is for the USA and performers from that country it is not an example of the USA leading the way, far from it.Continue Reading
The $25billion question…What is music copyright?
When a song is written, and then recorded, there are two copyrights involved. The owners of these copyrights get control…Continue Reading
The lowdown on plagiarism in the music industry, and how to protect yourself.
A question I get asked a lot is how to “copyright” your songs, or generally protect them. The question isn’t…Continue Reading
The Music Industry is dead, or is it?
The truth about the current state of the music industry.Continue Reading