February 04, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Monday, February 4

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Just 5% of Today's Best-Selling Songs Are Written Solely by Their Performer
By MusicWeek -- Just one in 20 of the UK's best-selling tracks in 2012 were both soley written and performed by the same act, Music Week research shows. In the Official Top 100 Singles of 2012, 90% involved at least some additional songwriting to the recording act, whilst 5% were cover versions.

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus on Social Media, Piracy and New Business Models
By Olivia Solon -- "I believe that artists should be paid for their creativity. There's no other industry where people can come in and take what you create for free and give it away for free and that's acceptable..."

Digital Sales Up 10% Over January 2012
By Glenn Peoples

An Obsolete Privacy Law
By Scott Cleland -- Technological innovation has not improved upon privacy protections but largely obliterated them. Thus, the accustomed freedom to be secure in one's home and personal space from the permission-less intrusion or takings of others, has been replaced by the "Internet freedom" to do to others what one doesn't want done to oneself.

New Way to Deliver a Drama: All 13 Episodes in One Sitting
By Brian Stelter -- Binge-viewing has become such a popular way for Americans to watch TV that it is changing the ways that networks create and distribute episodes.

Creative Freedom Will Push Cord-Cutting More Than Your Media Box
By Roberto Baldwin -- Streaming media companies are increasingly focusing on generating original content as they try to draw viewers away from network and cable television...Amazon said Thursday that it is expanding its plans beyond situation comedies to include children's programming.

Using Old-School Art Forms to Get New Exposure
By Bob Baker -- If you think creating a splash in the digital age is all about making good use of new technologies, think again. Sometimes it's better to take an old, sometimes forgotten medium and give it a fresh spin.

The Tale of Nokia, Mobile First and Sonic Augmented Reality
By Mark Mulligan -- At Midem, Nokia announced the launch of Nokia Music Plus, a premium iteration of its free Nokia Mix Radio offering. For €3.99 per month subscribers get an enhanced personalized radio service including unlimited track skips, unlimited offline playback and lyrics streaming.

DoReMIR Research Could Score Big in the U.S. with "Scorecleaner"
By Kira Grunenberg -- The omnipresence of mobile devices and the seemingly bottomless pit of apps out on the market nowadays, translates into the creation of just about any way one can dream of, to hold onto a musical idea when inspiration unexpectedly decides to strike...One area however, where many of these impressive apps and tech can sometimes fall short, is in the complicated space of of digital notation and audio recognition.

Internet Pay To Play: Payola's Revenge
By Robert Rial of Bakelite78

Afghan Singer's Star Is Rising, as Are the Threats
By Miriam Arghandiwa -- Latifa Azizi raised her arms in victory after surviving another elimination round on the hit talent show, Afghan Star. But the victory pales into insignificance when compared with the larger battle 17-year-old Azizi is fighting...

Seattle Secret Shows Create Special Events Where Musicians Get Paid
By Solveig Whittle

Difficult Music
By Greg Ross -- "Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz," by composer John Stump, includes the directions "Add bicycle," "Duck," and "Cool timpani with small fan."...To perform Stockhausen's "Helikopter-Streichquartett" you'll need four helicopters and a string quartet. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Dean Kay


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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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