Universal Music Publishing Chairman/CEO David Renzer Exits



RENZER’s exit follows those of longtime UMG CEO/ChairmanDOUG MORRIS, who exited in MARCH (NET NEWS 3/2) to become CEO at SONY MUSIC and (NET NEWS 3/16), ISLAND DEF JAM Chairman ANTONIO “L.A.” REID, who resigned to be a judge in SIMON COWELL‘s upcoming singing competition, “THE X FACTOR.”




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Radio’s future is getting paid and paying for music



Radio broadcasters could check the music status and even pay for (or get paid to play) new music with a simple click of a computer mouse. Both radio stations and copyright owners can get significant new revenue depending on the strategy of the radio station and the copyright owner: Some music copyright owners will make money by giving radio stations permission to play the music for a small fee; others may offer exclusives by market; and some copyright owners, including those owning songs associated with movies or products or upcoming concerts, will pay radio stations to play their music.





What is K-Pop and why are the Swedish getting involved?



K-Pop is a genre that sounds a bit like the Black Eyed Peas – only in Korean. A few English words are added to create meaningless song titles: Chocolate Love or Hurricane Venus, for example. Sometimes they even make up their own words, like Mirotic. Chances are you’ve never heard of BoA, Girls’ Generation and TVXQ, yet they’ve outsold many major-label acts in the UK and US.



Add Live Streaming to the List of Festival Essentials…

If festivals were like movie theaters, this wouldn’t be such a good idea. But of course, festivals are about so much more than just the music! Which makes good live streaming an incredible enhancement, and a motivator for future attendees. In fact, I’d argue that the live stream is now an essential part of any successful festival – right up there with the bands and stages.

Breaking: Ticketmaster Unleashing Dynamic Pricing Tool…





Suddenly, this whole conversation gets more interesting – and complicated.  The Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster will start rolling these tools out to various sports leaques and Live Nation ampitheaters this year, according to the company, though lots of specifics remain unsettled or undisclosed.  That includes the tricky variable belonging to ticketbuyers, a group unaccustomed to frequent fluctuations in the primary market




Should Google buy the music industry?



The latest rumor to emerge from the Google campus is that the company’s much anticipated music service is just about at the end of their rope with the major label licensing process. A source close to the negotiations characterizes the search giant as “disgusted” with the labels, so much so that they are seriously considering following Amazon’s lead and launching their music cloud service without label licenses. I’m told that, though very remote and my guess is that it would never come to this, Google may go so far as to shut down the music service project altogether…..

Follow-ups on Spotify changes hone in on labels and US implications



Here’s the Telegraph’s music biz source: “The labels are getting tired of waiting for more people to start paying for Spotify, so several executives have put pressure on the company to scale back the free offering imminently”. And here’s the Guardian: “Spotify is cutting the amount of free music people can listen to in order to please the American labels with which it is agonisingly negotiating to try to get permission to launch in the US”.





Spotify’s limits on free use will please the big record labels





To put it bluntly: Spotify is cutting the amount of free music people can listen to in order to please the American labels with which it is agonisingly negotiating to try to get permission to launch in the US. The fact is that the labels there – and for that matter in Europe – don’t like Spotify allowing people to listen to so much music for free (even though Spotify pays them the stipulated amount per track, whether the customer is listening for free or on a paid subscription).