Antitrust Lawfare Breaking Out by Google and Spotify Against Apple–Using Your Music

As reported in The Verge, that ever-reliable source for Spotify press releases, the Federal Trade Commission is apparently continuing its investigation of Google….no wait…Apple.  Sorry, that’s the European Commission that’s investigating Google.  We’ll come back to that. And what is the FTC investigating this time and at whose request? Spotify’s misleading and muddled advertising campaign […]

Even More Transparent: 5 Omissions From Berklee College/Rethink Music’s Report

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
I love transparency. Last week Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music released this report on transparency and fair pay in the music business.  The report eviscerates the record labels, publishers and performing rights organizations for failing to provide the proper level of  transparency and fair pay to artists. While we can agree…

Here They Go Again: Did You Take the Spotify UnRoyalty So Spotify Could Spend Money on Lobbyists to Attack Apple?

According to Politico, the Washington insider pub: Spotify’s lobbyists have quietly made the rounds in D.C., whispering to lawmakers for months that Apple’s new music offering threatens to stifle its competitors, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The apparent goal has been to raise antitrust suspicions about the iPhone giant, which faced a previous […]

Every Playlist Tells A Story, Don’t It? Def Leppard’s Phil Collen on Making Records on their Own and the Spotify Bait and Switch

A band like Def Leppard has a great perspective on recording with the commercial pressure compared to the creative pressure. Guitarist Phil Collen offers some inspiring insights into life in the indie lane during an interview with Michael Hamad of CTNow, an online property of the Hartford Courant.  Sometimes tour press can be interesting! Hamas […]

@theblakemorgan Takes the Unity Message to Songwriters

Blake Morgan was invited to speak at the National Music Publishers Association annual meeting in New York.  He told me: The powerful, positive, and defiant energy of the roughly 1,000 songwriters and publishers in attendance, and NMPA President & CEO David Israelite’s moving introduction and courageous endorsement of the #IRespectMusic campaign are things I’ll not […]

The MMF’s Google Problem

David Lowery’s recent post on the Trichordist reveals the disclosure by an apparent whistleblower that the Music Managers Forum and to some extent the Feature Artist Coalition have each been taking undisclosed money from Google and Spotify.  (Given the context, I assume the whistleblower is referring to the MMF chapter in the UK.)  Why is […]