On Wednesday, the Mechanical Licensing Collective announced it had received $424.38 million in unmatched royalties from Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify among other streaming services. Variety reports that these streaming services paid the accrued historical unmatched royalties, often called “black box money,” to the MLC in order to get these royalties to copyright holders, songwriters, and publishers who have applied to be MLC members.
Apple Music and Birdman have reportedly inked a deal for a documentary about Cash Money Records, according to a report fromBillboard. “Welcome to the fam [Birdman],” wrote Larry Jackson, Apple Music’s head of content, on Instagram. “Tough negotiator. Much respeck.” Although original reports indicated that the entire label would be entering into some type of exclusive streaming deal with Apple Music, several sources confirmed to Billboard that the “power move” was simply a one-off documentary about Birdman and Cash Money.
Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West are reportedly the top three most-streamed artists of 2016 so far, according to HITS Daily Double. The publication reveals that Drake has earned 1.44 billion streams, Rihanna – 795 million, and Kanye – 753 million. After Kanye isJustin Bieber with 658M and Beyonce with 592M on all streaming services like Apple Music, TIDAL and Spotify. Rounding out the top ten are Future, G-Eazy, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
“It’s going to be my grand finale.”
By all accounts, Apple Music is a totally serviceable streaming music service. But it’s 2015 for Pete’s sake. Give me more than the same old service everybody’s been offering for years.
While Apple basks in the publicity it stirred up at WWDC 2015 earlier this week, a recent document leak shows that the company’s new music service will kick back just 58% of subscription revenues to indie artists who use the platform.