Pay everyone but the musician

Whitey won't give away music for freeDIY artist Whitey lashed out at and is making headlines for his recent spat with Betty, a London-based TV production company that “makes modern and high quality popular formats and factual television series” (i.e. reality TV). Betty wanted to use his song “Stay On The Outside,” claimed budget restrictions, and asked him to give away music for free. This was too much for Whitey, and he calls for a “public discussion.” Read more.

Music Industry News: BMI Royalty Record, ASCAP Fights Pandora, Steve Albini’s Fax

Nirvana music industry news Performance rights organization BMI reports new records for royalty distributions and revenue for the fiscal year. ASCAP is taking a firm stand against Pandora Internet Radio, claiming that “the rights of songwriters are under attack” and asking songwriters to sign an online petition. It’s the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero, and among the items included in the new box-set is a four-page letter from producer Steve Albini. “I would like to be paid like a plumber,” he writes. Read more.

Thom Yorke’s Music Streaming Rebellion

Music Streaming RebellionThom Yorke, the unmistakable voice and creative force behind Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, has made his disapproval of Spotify and it’s payment model clear by removing his non-Radiohead material from the music streaming service and tweeting about it. There’s been no mention of Radiohead removing its material from Spotify, but the move has sparked a torrent of commentary, support, solidarity, and criticism. Read more.

The Companies That Make Up The Music Biz

ConfessionSo one afternoon you sat down and wrote a simple four-chord song and made a rough recording on your home hard-disk multi-track. You sent it to a friend who liked it, and the next thing you know, a top artist heard it and fell in love. They want it for their next album. A few months later, the song is on the radio and it’s a hit. You’ve won the jackpot.

Suddenly, as if from nowhere, your mailbox is being stuffed with large, thick envelopes from various companies. Who are they? What do they want? There seem to be hundreds of them and they all have thick forms and legal documents for you to fill out. Read more…