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SoundExchange Announces Big Payout

SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization appointed by Congress to pay digital royalties to recording artists and sound recording copyright holders, announced today that it has begun sending out checks in its largest-ever quarterly distribution. A total of $51.7 million in royalties from digital transmissions, including Internet radio, satellite radio, and cable TV music channels, […]

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EMI/Universal Talks at an Impasse

Billboard.com is among the media outlets reporting that licensing talks between EMI and Universal Music Group have ended without an agreement. Negotiations ended on Wednesday morning with no commitment to a deal. EMI had been pursuing a last-minute attempt to sell temporary North American rights to its catalog to Universal. One source would not rule […]

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BMG Rights Mgt. Acquires Cherry Lane

BMG Rights Management has entered into an agreement to acquire Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Cherry Lane’s roster of songwriters includes Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am, John Legend, Quincy Jones, Warren Haynes, Jordin Sparks, Ashford & Simpson and Hans Zimmer. The acquisition gives BMG Rights Management a major presence in the U.S., […]

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Roger Miller’s Widow Wins Copyright Fight

Mary Miller, widow of Country Music Hall of Fame member Roger Miller, has emerged the winner in a protracted legal battle over the rights to some of her husband’s biggest hits, including “King of the Road.” On Thursday (3/18), a federal judge ruled Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music Inc. own the copyrights to the […]

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Marczewski Joins Nine North; EMI Looks At Leasing Back Catalogue

Larry Pareigis, President/Nine North Records, has hired Stan Marczewski as Director Of Promotion, NE/MW, effective Monday, March 29. Most recently, Marczewski worked for Sony Music Nashville as Manager, Strategic Marketing where he created opportunities for artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, and Brad Paisley. He was also involved […]

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Adams Named Robertson Taylor VP 

London-based insurance broker Robertson Taylor International has promoted Reba Adams to Vice President of the company’s Nashville operation. Adams has been an entertainment, film and live event insurance specialist for over thirty years.

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Del Casino Exposes Copyright ‘Gap’

Copyright Office Acknowledges Problem; to Extend ‘Notice of Inquiry’ [Press Release] – Intellectual Property and Copyright Law Attorney Casey Del Casino, of Adams and Reese, received notice from the U.S. Copyright Office that his observation regarding a “significant gap” in the termination rights provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976 will result in the office […]

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Digital Expert Sees Downturn for Downloads 


Speaking at the opening panel of the Digital Music Forum East in Manhattan yesterday (2/24), Russ Crupnick, an analyst with the research firm, the NPD Group, predicted a grim future for free streaming music sites that enable users to listen to songs any time free of charge. Presenting data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 […]

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Joe Chambers on “Fox and Friends”

Joe Chambers, founder of the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, was on Fox News’ Fox and Friends this morning (2/22) discussing the recent eminent domain ruling that caused the Museum to shut its doors to make way for a new Nashville convention center. See the video. The museum closed on Saturday, February 13th after […]

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Lower Broadway Gets Rich

Nashville Real Estate blogger Grant Hammond is reporting that country star John Rich and business partner Phil Martin have purchased the Seanachie Irish Pub building on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. The building is currently pending renovations as the group completes the process of acquiring building permits. Hammond speculates that the selling price “was in […]

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Britain’s Nat’l Trust Eyes Abbey Road

The Abbey Road studios, recording home of The Beatles and many other British hitmakers over the years, from Cliff Richard to Pink Floyd to Radiohead, are to be sold by the EMI group. London’s Financial Times describes the sale as an attempt to reduce EMI’s highly publicized debt burden. The studio gained worldwide fame via […]

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