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ASCAP Daily Brief
Monday, November 03, 2014
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ASCAP Daily Brief powered by The Dean’s ListThis daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Indie Labels Should Demand that MERLIN and [MERLIN CEO, Charles] Caldas, Immediately Repudiate Pandora Filing or Step Down.
The Trichordist — Pandora suckered them into giving them the deal they needed to lower performers’ SoundExchange royalties by nearly 50%…We’ve been hearing from Indie labels and musicians all day wanting to know what to do about this threat to our SoundExchange income…we need to back SoundExchange in this fight.

Pandora Just Screwed Indie Musicians and Their Users, Too
By Greg Moskovitch — At one point in time, Pandora Radio seemed like every music lover’s dream…However, that veil of awesomeness has now been rather tragically smashed by the hammer of commerce.

How Apple Could Kill the Freemium Music Model
By Jill Krasny — Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has never been a fan of free streaming music. Now, as the longtime record exec helps Apple prepare for the relaunch of Beats Music next year, he hopes the industry will do away with the freemium model that so many competing services have come to rely on.

Are Streaming Services Like Spotify The New Music Journalism?
By Stuart Dredge — Have you heard the latest Led Zeppelin interviews? They’ve not been recorded and aired by a broadcaster or a music magazine. Instead, they’re available through streaming music service Spotify…[and] Spotify isn’t the only digital music service getting into editorial.

Why It’s Time For A Streaming Pricing Reset
By Mark Mulligan — There is a growing realization that that streaming revenue is not growing quickly enough to offset the impact of declining download sales. It is an eerily familiar echo of the recurring narrative of the noughties that download sales were not growing quickly enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales

[So much for Irving’s plus 30% guarantee!]
SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million
By Ed Christman

Tidal Takes On Spotify With Lossless-Quality Streaming Music
By Stuart Dredge New service, Tidal, launches in the UK and US at twice the monthly cost, but promising more than four times the audio quality.

Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?
Whitson Gordon — I hear a lot of arguing about “lossless” and “lossy” music these days, but I’m having a hard time getting straight answers. Does bitrate really matter? Can most people tell the difference between high and low bitrate music files?

The Elaborate High-Security Tactics Behind Taylor Swift’s Album Release
By Jem Aswad

MBA Students Are On Demand in Disruptive Digital Media Industry
By Seb Murray –Digital innovation in the media industry has created a new market for business schools’ specialist MBA programs – and new careers for its students.

How An Oil Engineer Discovered Auto-Tune And Changed The Music Industry
By Frank Pallotta and Gus Lubin

O.K. It’s an Advert, but it’s Cool


Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded – including “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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