record labels

Dave Clarke can’t get the rights back to his Archive One album from 1996, despite it barely being available to stream and forget about downloads – the mad state of play 26 years later…

Record labels attract some of the pettiest people alive. I luckily never came across them during my five years of releasing music - but I heard no end of stories from others who weren't as fortunate. And since I decided to make a proper go of this blog, I've been…

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I wondered what Larry The Loafer was doing these days! BPI boss Geoff Taylor delivers an end of year message – but whose hand was up his back passage as he wrote it?

Everyone seems to think they're The Queen these days. Such is this sententious and pompous urge felt by many public figures to give the world some kind of end of year message. And for once, the music industry - normally happy to dispense of formalities such as rules - are…

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Four Tet has been given permission to pursue breach of contract claim against Domino Recordings in their messy legal fallout – but could the case end up in the High Court as a result?

The falling out between Four Tet and Domino Recordings has been messy so far. The dispute is primarily about Four Tet disputing streaming royalties from three albums originally released in 2001 - when online streaming was still in its infancy and not taken seriously by record labels. A few weeks…

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The next big scam in the music industry? Criminals pretending they own the rights to records and coining it in – as two US men face charges of stealing $20million of royalties…

Criminality has never been a million miles away from the music world, as I outlined in an article recently about "dark forces" in the major labels working overtime to stop themselves having to give more money to artists. They're practising what's in their genes. However, anyone under the impression that…

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Is there something they’re not telling us here? They don’t want to pay Four Tet more in royalties – but Domino Recordings DO want to pay someone to assist the staff who pay out the royalties…

Over the past week, I have noticed that the long-running legal dispute between electronic musician Four Tet and Domino Recordings. The spat is over the way Domino appear to have interpreted how much to pay out from streaming royalties working off contracts written before the technology existed. Early last week,…

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Want to know why Amateur’s House backs the #BrennanBill? These four men are worth over £3½ BILLION between them, yet they preside over an industry where a third of musicians made nothing this year – things cannot go on like this…

If you read this blog regularly, you'll have no doubt seen the above photo a few times. It features Daniel Ek, Rob Stringer, Stephen Cooper and Lucian Grainge. They are the CEOs of Spotify, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group respectively. And it's no exaggeration to say…

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As MPs get ready to vote on Kevin Brennan’s renumerations bill next week, will they listen to the artists who want a fairer share – or major label lobbyists who don’t?

One story that's been bubbling away in the background over the past year or so is the #BrokenRecord campaign. The mission behind this crusade sounds like a simple one - streaming doesn't pay artists properly, and they want that remedied. This blog wholeheartedly supports such an idea. This campaign has…

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They bring it on themselves, don’t they? Now Universal ban artists from re-recording their music for longer – whilst profiting as Taylor Swift does exactly the same thing!

There are few people more cynical in the world right now than Universal Music Group. This one is a whopper, even by their standards. In 2018, Republic Records - whom they own - signed Taylor Swift as an artist. The deal was done in a blaze of publicity and featured…

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Warner Music Group reached 249 million people last month on their own platforms – Spotify reached 381 million in that time… so is it time for Warner to say adios to Daniel Ek yet?

For the last few years, I've predicted that some kind of seismic shift is due in the music streaming world. The streaming sites don't make any money, the artists don't make any money. Only the majors seem to make any decent money out of this system. For clues as to…

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Maybe they DO think they work for the Mafia after all! Those “dark forces” making threats to those talking about UMG boss Lucian Grainge’s pay have mob tendencies in their genes…

Yesterday morning, I wrote about the deeply suspicious behaviour of a number of "dark forces" within the music industry. They're currently not very happy about people asking questions regarding the £150million that Universal Music Group’s boss Lucian Grainge is getting paid this year. Quite why they're feeling so triggered, to…

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