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This Week in Royalties: Nov. 7 – Nov. 11

in Industry News

While not directly royalty related, the biggest news to impact songwriters this week was the passing of industry icon Leonard Cohen, who leaves behind a body of work that will inspire generations of artists to follow.

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Introducing Hot Hitmakers: The First Chart To Recognize The Songwriters Behind Today’s Biggest Hits

in Company Updates

11/10/2016 (DENVER) Today, Royalty Exchange is pleased to introduce the inaugural installment of a new chart designed to recognize the songwriters behind the hottest hits of each month, called Hot Hitmakers.

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This Week in Royalties: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

in Industry News

The must-read stories of the week affecting songwriters and anyone interested in music royalties...

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This Week in Royalties: Oct. 24 - 28

in Industry News

The biggest news of the week was Friday’s settlement between Sony Music Entertainment and U.S. publishers over proposed statutory mechanical royalty rates for the upcoming term (2018 – 2022). Sony, along with the National Music Publisher’s Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International filed a join agreement with the Copyright [.. .]

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Why We’re Not Concerned About SoundExchange Royalty Payments

in Insights / Opinion

When recent developments from major digital music services like Pandora sparked some press chatter questioning SoundExchange’s ongoing role in the value chain, we decided to investigate further. In doing so, we found that SoundExchange remains a viable and critical component of the digital music landscape, and that this is unlikely [.. .]

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This Week in Royalties: Oct. 17 - 21

in Industry News

The $125 million lawsuit brought against Vivendi by “Spinal Tap” actor Harry Shearer for lack of paid royalties around both merch and music over the last 30 years rocked the licensing world, as it was revealed that he and his co-stars received only $98 in that timeframe. Here are the [.. .]

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Music Tech Turns to Improving Music Licensing

in Industry News, Investing News

Music licensing is an area ripe for positive disruption. There needs to be better, easier, and more efficient ways to not only license music so that more licensing revenue is coming in, but also ensure the flow of royalty payments back to rightsholders is optimized and accurate.

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This Week in Royalties: Oct. 10 - 14

in Industry News

Perhaps the biggest songwriter news of the week was Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature… a huge recognition of the art of songwriting, and an endorsement of lyrics as an art form.

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