DMT 223, Andrea Leonelli, Joe Conyers, Jim Carroll, Richard Busch

DMT 223: Blurred Lines, McDonald’s, Rock Band, Bjork, Germany, Songwriter Equity Act, SXSW

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This week on Digital Music Trends a packed show as I welcome Richard Busch, attorney at King & Ballow (who represented the Marvin Gaye estate in the recent suit), Joe Conyers, VP of Technology Downtown Music Publishing and Jim Carroll, journalist at the Irish Times to the show.

We start by talking about “Blurred Lines” and the jury finding against Pharrell and Robin Thicke who are to pay $7.4 million to the Marvin Gaye estate for infringing on the copyright of “Got to give it up”. First up we hear the Gaye estate attorney who talks us through some key issues of this trial and then we comment on its potential repercussions.

On the show we also tackle McDonald’s faux pas with the band Ex Cops and subsequent backtracking, Rock Band’s return – can console music games make a comeback?, Bjork’s exhibition at MOMA which from the reviews appears to be a tech #fail, the German music industry’s 2014 results, Spotify’s desktop tweaks, the Songwriter Equity Act, Kobalty’s new round and quite a few tips from our guests about SXSW.



I really hope you enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Digital music trends, benji rogers, jessie scoullar, andrea leonelli

DMT 222: On Soundcloud, UMG’s 2014, the evolution of D2F, Amanda Palmer on Patreon

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome Benji Rogers (President, Pledge Music) and Jessie Scoullar (Founder, Wicksteed Works).

We start by discussing On SoundCloud’s $1m payment to partners thanks to high-profile brand partnerships and what that could mean for the company’s future.

Then we  tackle UMG’s 2014 decline in revenues which, alongside the recent management shake-up, could see the label revisiting its attitude towards freemium services.

I also take advantage of the expertise of this week’s guests in everything direct to fan to talk about the evolution of D2F experiences. We debate whether they are being successfully deployed by the majority of artists or whether we’re still looking at a missed opportunity. In that context we also discuss Amanda Palmer’s new Patreon page which at the time of the recording had hit $14k and is now approaching $20k per ‘thing’ released.

Finally, we discuss SXSW 2015 and what my guests have planned so far for the festival which kicks off in just a few day’s time in Austin, Texas.


I really hope you enjoy the show and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Andrea Leonelli, Darren Hemmings, Digital Music Trends

DMT 221: Snapchat, Apple Editorial, MTV Apps, YouTube & Brands, UK Music

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Darren Hemmings (Founder, strategic digital marketing consultancy Motive Unknown).

We start by discussing Snapchat’s music feature, its potential and the potential headaches it may generate from a licensing point of view.
We also chat about Apple’s quest for a music journalist/editor in London which seems to confirm earlier reports of a curation-centred strategy, MTV’s new Play and Trax apps and other low-cost streaming options, YouTube’s move against channels bypassing its ads network with embedded sponsored spots, the GoFundMe campaign to support the ‘Amen Break’ songwriter and UK Music’s manifesto released ahead of the UK’s general election.



I really hope you enjoy the show,

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Andrea Leonelli, Lee Knife, Emmanuel Legrand

DMT 220: Future of Copyright Pt. 2, Zane Lowe, Songwriters, Pandora, Vessel, Abbey Road

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Lee Knife, the Executive Director at the Digital Media Association (DiMA – digmedia.org) and Emmanuel Legrand, US Editor at Music Week.

On the show we continue the discussion started last week around the “Copyright and the Music Marketplace” released by the US Copyright Office, this time focusing on some of the criticisms brought forward by DiMA.

Emmanuel and I then go on to chat about the news of the week including Zane Lowe’s move to Apple and what that means for the approach to curation of the upcoming iTunes streaming service, songwriters voicing their concerns around royalties in Sweden and elsewhere, Pandora’s new Artist Audio Messaging feature, Vessel’s deal with Universal Music for video exclusives, UMG’s investment to make sure the recording facilities at Abbey Road Studios remain state of the art for decades to come and much more.


I really hope you enjoy the show,

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Kristelia Garcia, Andrea Leonelli, Dan Koplowitz

DMT 219: Future of Copyright in the US, Grammys, Deezer Elite, Rhapsody, Apple as a label?

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Kristelia Garcia (Associate Professor of Law at Colorado Law) and Dan Koplowitz (founder of Friendly Fire Recordings).

We start the show by tackling some of the salient points of the copyright recommendations document released by the US Copyright Office last week. Admittedly, our discussion only covers a tiny portion of what is contained in the 245-page document – any more and the subject would have taken over the show – but hopefully it will serve as a good introduction.

On a related point, we also discuss the Grammy’s newly launched Creators Alliance, which seems to pave the way for a more co-ordinated approach from artists towards getting their voices heard, especially if the recommendations mentioned above were to lead to the drafting of a new bill.

In regards to digital music services, we cover Deezer Elite’s expansion to 150 territories, Rhapsody reaching 2.5 million users and the (denied) rumors of Apple’s Big Machine acquisition, could the Netflix/Amazon model work in the music industry?

Finally, we discuss the Billboard Power List and the issue of diversity in the music industry and Kristelia tells us about a fantastic conference she has been organising entitled “Innovation in the Creation and Distribution of Content” featuring high-profile artists, digital music executives and a fireside chat with the US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante (more info on http://bit.ly/flatironsip).


I really hope you enjoy the show,

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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