In 2018, songwriters won a raise of sorts when the Copyright Royalty Board increased the amount streaming services had to pay in mechanical royalties by 44% over five years. Several digital services appealed these rates, and according to Billboard may have won the first round of that battle.
It's unclear what happens next... More likely, the CRB would have to go back to the close of the trial component and build a new rate determination using guidelines or directions from the Appeals Court.
The highest percentage of survey respondents yet (said) they have added a new audio subscription streaming service over the prior two weeks.
Some aspects of Warner’s second quarter were poor -- physical, digital sales, merchandise -- due to uncontrollable, outside forces. But COVID-19 has created new channels for labels and artists to exploit.