Category Archives: MusicIndustry

Media Questions Of The Week

How will Bill Cosby’s prison sentence affect the legacy of The Cosby Show?

Will Spotify’s option to allow artists to directly upload their music to the site be a better option for unknown artists than Soundcloud because they are a bigger brand name?

 

 

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The Music Modernization Act Passes Clears New Way For Royalty Payments

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018 Tuesday night despite recent conflicts about it within the music industry. The legislation will not be complete until the House Of Representatives approves it and President Trump signs it. The act is designed to make it easier for copyright holders, producers and engineers to be compensated. Sirius XM and Music Choice opposed the bill with the former taking issue with recordings made before 1972 being recognized. Sirius XM also had a problem with terrestrial radio being exempt from paying royalties for master recordings and was lobbying against the act. 

Two-hundred artists including Paul McCartney and John Legend signed a letter threatening to boycott Sirius XM if they did support the bill. The company ultimately supported the bill after some last-minute compromises were made that included the promise from the RIAA and record companies to give them a fixed rate through 2027. 

The legislation is now called the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act because of Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) vehement support of the bill. Hatch is also a songwriter and him along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called the act “the most important legislation in a generation.” The changes will streamline and ensure that artists, songwriters, producers, engineers and other music contributors receive royalty payments. 

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Was Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin at the VMAs actually about Aretha Franklin?

Did Sony Records use a Michael Jackson impersonator on the three posthumous songs “Monster,” “Breaking News” and “Keep Your Head Up?” 

 

 

What will be the outcome of President Trump’s presidency now that members of his inner circle have worked with federal prosecutors to provide information about him using campaign funds to pay off women? 

 

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Will Spotify find the next hot artist with its new policy allowing unsigned artists to submit music for their playlists? 

Does a recent study from 02 and Patrick Fagan that attending concerts can increase one’s lifespan have any merit?

Will Philadelphia continue to host Jay-Z’s Made In America festival? 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Did Pusha T go too far in his Drake diss “The Story Of Adidon?” 

Will ABC reboot the Roseanne show with Sara Gilbert as the focus after being canceled because of Roseanne’s racist Tweets? 

Why is there a picture of Nick Ashford when “Chaka Khan net worth” is typed into Google? 

Is the music industry done with censoring artists now that Spotify has reversed their stance on “Hate Content” and gotten rid of the policy?

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