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.
Jermaine Dupri just earned a major victory—not only for himself, but the entire hip-hop community.
Don McLean forever memorialized Feb. 3, 1959—the date of the plane crash killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson—as “the Day the Music Died” in his song “American Pie.” If you ask most songwriters or music creators, June 30, 2016—the date the Dept. of Justice ruled on music licensing consent decrees—may go down in history as “the day the music rolled over in its grave.”
On January 29th, Sia will release her seventh studio album, This Is Acting. The LP has an unusual premise in that the majority of the songs were originally intended for other artists — some of today’s biggest pop stars ranging from Beyoncé to Adele, who opted not to use Sia’s compositions on their own albums. Instead of shelving the unwanted tunes, Sia chose to release her own versions. “I feel like they’re hits, but nobody wanted them,” the songwriter told us of the tracks on the new LP. “So I thought, ‘Let’s see, as an experiment, if I’m right.'”