October 19, 2015

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Oct. 19, 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.

Billboard's Inaugural Digital Power Players List Revealed
By Billboard Staff -- The 25 executives leading the industry into its brave new cloud-based world.

Best Tip Ever: Using Metaphors to Build Song Ideas
By SongCat Team -- Songwriting is a complex, and complicated task, one that requires a great deal of talent, skill, and time. Generating ideas can be a difficult process, and finding the right way to combine all of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions in your head into a coherent and successful song. One way to add some extra flair into your songs, and create depth, or even the illusion of depth, is to add metaphors.

The Magic Depends On Us All, Creators And Audiences Alike
By Wade Tyree -- I work in one of the most creative and collaborative of art forms: the entertainment industry. It is without doubt a business that takes a village to create the magic that audiences around the world have come to enjoy. … Fundamentally, this is a “people” business. Art cannot be created on an automated assembly line. It is not a matter of plugging some numbers into a spreadsheet.

RIAA Obtains Restraining Order Against Aurous
By Andy -- The RIAA has obtained a temporary restraining order against fledgling music application Aurous. Creator Andrew Sampson is now forbidden from enabling, facilitating, encouraging or promoting infringement of the plaintiff labels' copyrights. That includes any distribution of the Aurous software in any form.

Music Sales by Format - Downloads, Streaming, Physical [CHART]
Posted by Bruce Houghton -- RIAA statistics compiled by Statista show streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music generated $1.028 billion for the U.S. music industry in the first half of 2014, up 23% from the previous year. But what about digital downloads and physical format sales?

Here's Warner/Chappell's Plan to Save the "Happy Birthday" Copyright
by Eriq Gardner -- No, the "Happy Birthday to You" song copyright case is not over. Far from it. And the stakes are getting larger. This high-profile case figures to be around for years to come and may have bigger Hollywood implications.

Google’s Digital Library Wins Court of Appeals Ruling
By Alexandra Alter -- This week’s court decision is the latest blow for the Authors Guild, which has been fighting Google for a decade.

7 Signs Your Band is Really, Really Cheesy
By Jhoni Jackson

Musicians: If You Haven't Registered With These 4 Services, You're Missing Out on Your Money
By Erin M. Jacobson, Esq

In The Digital Age, Young Kids Need Classical Music More Than Ever
By Claire Fallon -- There’s a sticker on the plastic-wrapped CD I’m holding that reads, “Produced by Phil Ramone.” The late, great producer, who died in 2013, has a name brand that few other music producers can rival: He worked with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Madonna and Sinéad O’Connor. This album, though, is a little different. It’s classical music, curated for children.

15 Places Mcdonald’s Should Have Left Alone
By MessyNessy -- I‘ll admit, I enjoy the occasional Big Mac just as much as the next mass-consumerist, but you know what I enjoy more? Beautiful historic places that haven’t been given a McArchitecture make-over

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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