YouTube Music, Aristo Int’l Report, And Unpaid Royalties

YouTubers in the U.S. watched more than 10 billion videos during the month of August, many of which were music videos, reports the latest data from comScore. Worldwide, the site hit an all time high of 25 billion videos watched by 161 million pairs of eyes. The popularity of music related content on YouTube is clear with a scan of the list of top videos and channels.

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Nashville-based PR/marketing firm The AristoMedia Group has released the fall 2009 edition of its Aristo International Report. The current issue features a recap of several recent international awards shows, including the record-setting CCMA Awards in Canada, as well as events in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and the Americana Music Association Awards in Nashville.  Also included is a feature on the encouraging trend of younger Country artists touring abroad this year. The quarterly, digital newsletter is available for online viewing at here.
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More than $300 million is marked as ‘pending and unmatched’ mechanical royalties according to the latest from Digital Music News. Publisher sources say that this money is being held by record labels. Digital Music News reports that this information is supported by numerous internal documents. The issue was brought to the forefront when the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set new rates which included a late fee for royalties held by majors.

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