August 12, 2015

The ASCAP Daily Brief for August 12, 2015

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.

We Analyzed A Month Of Beats 1 Tracks To Figure Out Apple’s Taste In Music
By Nikhil Sonnad -- When Apple debuted its streaming music service in June, it launched a live radio station to go with it: Beats 1 is billed as “the world’s local station,” … To get a sense of the station’s tastes and habits, we analyzed data on more than 12,000 songs played on Beats 1 from early July to early August. … Beats 1 has something that is rare in the world of digital music: scarcity.

Google, Coming To Grips With Its Giant Size, Forms A Parent Company: Alphabet
By Tracey Lien, Paresh Dave and Andrea Chang -- The shakeup reflects the 17-year-old company's sprawling interests, which include Internet search, drones, investments, healthcare, wearables, online shopping, glucose-sensing contact lenses and self-driving cars. Under Alphabet, the company aims to better organize those businesses by operating as a collection of separate entities.

Owner Of Columbia House Music And Movie Club Files For Bankruptcy After Years Of Falling Sales
By Marley Jay -- The company that once offered to sell you eight CDs for 1 cent has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after almost 20 years of falling sales.

US Musicians Union Sues Over Digital Royalties And Pension Payments
By Chris Cooke -- The American Federation of Musicians has sued the major record companies in the New York courts over digital income, and while the case is very much centered on the union’s pension fund, it contains some familiar gripes about unnecessary complications and lacking transparency when it comes to the revenues generated by digital music services.

Pro Bono Trial Services for Individual Copyright Owners & Small Businesses In the New York City Area
By Leo Lichtman -- The Copyright Alliance is partnering with New York based Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP to assist in finding potential clients for an externship program to provide free legal representation to individuals and small businesses in lawsuits involving cutting edge copyright issues.

8 Ways to Get People to Share Your Song
By Brianna DeMayo -- Does promotion often feel like pulling teeth? Has it been hard for you to get people to share your music? If so, continue reading. We’re about to clear things up for you. [Hope the next article is “8 Ways to Get People to Stop Sharing and Start Paying For Your

How Baseball Players Use Walk-Up Music Like A Performance Enhancing Drug
By Alissa Walker -- Angels’ Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use “Turn Down for What.” This is the world of baseball “walk-up” music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home team stroll to the plate.

Cher Reflects on 50 Years on the Billboard Charts: 'I Got You Babe,' 'Believe' & Beyond
By Keith Caulfield -- There’s divas, and then there’s Cher.

[“Thanks for the Memories” (By Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin)]
JFK's Iconic Terminal to Become the TWA Flight Center Hotel
By Jessica Dailey -- [Perhaps an interesting side note not mentioned in this article. Bob Hope’s home in Palm Springs (which burned to the ground during construction and was rebuilt) was designed to emulate the TWA terminal at JKF because Hope came to love the design after having used terminal so often as the launching pad for his overseas visits to US Troops. [Bob Hope’s Palm Springs House Available for purchase.] – [TWA Terminal, JFK Airport.] – DK]

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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