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July 3, 2020

Ultimate Guide To Metadata According to SoundCharts

Music metadata is the identifying data embedded in a music file, comprised of hundreds of text-based meta tags that are attached via metadata containers (ID3v1 and ID3v2 being by far the most widespread), detailing everything from the artist’s name and the song’s release date to associated genres and songwriters credits.
March 9, 2020

David Israelite to Songwriters: Court Case With Spotify, Amazon Has ‘Seismic Implications’

This week, Spotify and Amazon are quite literally taking you to court. A great deal of the business of how much you get paid happens in a room a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Every five years a board of three judges sets your royalty rates for mechanical uses – including those in interactive streaming like Spotify and Amazon. Two years ago, in January of 2018, after months of argument, those judges gave you a 44% raise.
February 4, 2020

Need To Know: Music Publishing

Publishing is, without a doubt, the most complicated (and sometimes straight-up confusing) subset of the music business. Even some of the most experienced music professionals can have a lot of trouble wrapping their head around all the intricacies and nuances of publishing. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves — and start with the very basics.
November 15, 2019

The Art of Film Music

Advances in technology and increasing openness to new ideas has radically changed the craft of composing film scores, finds James McCarthy John Williams, with director George […]
October 23, 2019

A Songwriting Dispute Brews Over ‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo’s Biggest Hit

By Ben Sisario Two brothers say the song’s signature lyric came out of their writing session, and are seeking credit. The singer’s team says the claim has […]
October 18, 2019


Grants are an excellent form of funding for musicians. There are dozens of music grant organizations in the USA that regularly award cash to serious artists, allowing the recipients to focus entirely on furthering their music career in some way.
July 8, 2019


Welcome to the 2019 Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report, which provides an exclusive glimpse at the music industry’s leading trends, data and insights from the past six months. The first half of 2019 saw a six-month record of over 507 billion on-demand streams, an exciting new milestone led by singles and albums by Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS, Lil Nas X and Bad Bunny that span a wide array of genres, moods and even languages. LPs continue to show strength and lend resilience to physical albums, as independent retail events like Record Store Day continue to bring music fans in droves. This year’s celebration led to the highest non-holiday sales total at independent retail since 2005, and extended vinyl’s hot streak as the format increases 19% year-to-date. All data cited in this story is compiled by Nielsen Music. In this report, Nielsen is using a 24-week period for this year, running from Jan. 4 through June 20; while last year’s corresponding period ran from Dec. 29, 2017, through June 14, 2018. Also, due to the fact that at mid-year 2018 Nielsen adapted different weighting for album consumption units for paid-audio streams (1,250 streams per unit), ad-supported streams and video streams (3,750 streams per unit), last year’s album consumption unit numbers were updated to reflect the current ratios for this story, in order to present an apples-to-apples comparison. Over the course of the next 30-plus pages, Nielsen Music has compiled all the essential learnings you need to power the rest of your 2019. And as always, we’d love to hear from you to learn how we can provide more tools to prepare you for music’s everchanging landscape. Email us at
July 8, 2019


As revealed by Nielsen data, that was up 27.8% on the 261.0bn streams recorded in the equivalent period of 2018. However, in real growth terms, this was a less positive story.
July 7, 2019

U.S. Copyright Office Approves Mechanical Licensing Collective Sponsored by NMPA

As expected, the U.S. Copyright Office Friday designated the group led by the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA) to build and operate a new organization known as the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
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