This Week in Royalties 11/28 - 12/2

Dec 02, 2016

SiriusXM settled a lawsuit brought against it by members of the 60s band the Turtles over pre-1972 copyright, and it would be worth $99 million for heritage acts. Here are the other stories from the week worth noting:

SoundExchange Payments Rise 29% In Q3, Artists And Labels Paid Jump 45% (Hypebot)
While the U.S. digital PRO has taken some big hitslately, mostly thanks to Pandora and other direct licensing deals, this impressive growth should quiet any disparaging talk of its ongoing relevancy.

A Peek Inside Global Music Publishing Royalties (Medium)
Premium services pay a premium to offer on-demand music. Free on-demand services don’t. Expect there to be tension as long as these disparities continue.

DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING TALKS RATES, TECH AND THE POWER OF THE SONG (Music Ally)
One of the trends of the last 12-18 months, though, is publishers taking a greater role – financial support included – in the early careers of writer-performers, in an area that was once the domain of labels.

Taylor Swift's Songwriting For Calvin Harris And Little Big Town Could Earn Her Millions (Forbes)
A top five smash on the Hot 100 could earn a songwriter—any songwriter, not just one as famous and beloved as Swift—around $500,000 or $600,000 over time, and a No. 1 hit on the country charts could bring in about the same amount.