Thousands of Indie Songwriters Rally Against Major Music Publishers' 'Industry Consensus' MLC

Thousands of indie songwriters are now speaking out against major music publishers like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) over a questionable ‘black box’ collection scheme.

As the U.S. Copyright Office mulls over competing bids to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective, indie songwriters and publishers are becoming increasingly vocal.  Yesterday, the Copyright Office’s deadline for receiving comments on the selection of an MLC proposal lapsed, with hundreds of comments peppering the agency’s site.

Among the detailed commenters was the Nashville-based Songwriters Guild of America (SGA).  The Guild is headed by songwriter and musician Rick Carnes and represents thousands of writers.

In a detailed filing submitted to the Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights, the SGA raised flags over plans by the major music publishers to claim hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in unmatched and unclaimed royalties that likely belong to smaller songwriters.

The issue has been a serious sticking point since major publishers Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), among others, moved to control the Music Modernization Act’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.  Those publishers are represented by the National Music Publishers’ Association, or NMPA, which has remained silent on growing concerns about black box claiming processes.

The SGA emphatically underscored a serious conflict-of-interest problem.  “As to the first criterion set forth in the prior section above, transparency and accountability, Congress had reasons for serious concern that certain inherent conflicts created by the MMA would require particularly intensive scrutiny of the Mechanical Collective at both the threshold of its designation, and over the later performance of its duties,” the SGA declared in its filing this week (full submission ).

“The most obvious of these conflicts concerns the role of the Mechanical Collective in seeking to identify the rightful owners of hundreds of millions of dollars in unmatched royalties that will shortly be turned over to the Collective for identification and distribution.”

Carnes is a board member of the AMLC, which opposes the NMPA-backed MLC submission.  The group was largely formed to address perceived issues of unfair collusion among major music publishers.

Also chiming in: MusicAnswers, a group that has drawn more than 3,000 signatories for its ‘Declaration of Principles‘ surrounding fair music compensation and accounting transparency.

According to the group’s filing, major publishers are likely to claim more than a billion in unclaimed royalties, even though they have direct royalty-paying arrangements with major streaming companies like Spotify.

“A Board consisting largely of major music publishers, most of who have (or will have) direct licensing arrangements with digital music services, and whose royalties are therefore unlikely to flow through the MLC, strikes us as an inappropriate choice,” the group commented (full comment filing ).

“Moreover, because those same large publishers will receive the lion’s share of any distribution of unclaimed funds and would
have control over the distribution of those funds, it is a blatant conflict of interest for individuals representing those large publishers to occupy a significant number of the seats on the Board of Directors.”

Just yesterday, the highly-influential Recording Academy , noting that the group needed time to vet through the competing proposals before making a decision.



Dak Prescott Gives Ezekiel Elliott A Popcorn Shower At Dallas Stars Game

In a shocking upset in the NHL playfs, the Dallas Stars eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games thanks to a 2-1 win in overtime last night. Many people had the Predators going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, but in a season where almost every series has ended in an upset, the Predators fell to a team that they probably should have beat. The Stars will now have to do battle against the St-Louis Blues who have been one the hottest teams in the league since the trade deadline.

Last night’s game was in Dallas and was attended by a couple Cowboys stars. Of course, those two players were quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott and Prescott appeared on the Jumbotron at one point, which led to Prescott showering Zeke in popcorn as a nod to his infamous “feed me” celebration.

Clearly, the celebration motivated the Stars on the ice as they went on to win the game just a few minutes later. If the Cowboys make the playfs next year, we might even see some Stars players take in a game at Jerry World to provide some the same good luck charms.

For now, though, the Stars will definitely need some luck if they want to make it out alive against the Blues.

Klay Thompson Thanks The Pacific Ocean For Performance In Game 4

The Golden State Warriors have a plethora talented players so if one is having a bad stretch games, the others will be able to pick up the slack. That’s exactly what happened during games one to three their series against the Los Angeles Clippers, as Klay Thompson had only scored 42 points in those games combined. On Sunday, in game four, Thompson went f for 32 points in the team’s 113-105 win which gave the team a 3-1 lead in the series. 

When asked what the difference was for Thompson in game four, he gave a pretty interesting answer which involved a dip in the Pacific Ocean, according to ESPN.

“I didn’t think I had bad games, but I didn’t have any big games,” Thompson explained. “I told Jonas Jerebko on Saturday] — we went to the beach and played some volleyball — I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m just going to jump in the ocean, and I just know that will reset my mind.’ And it worked. I don’t know if I’m going to jump in the water] up north in the Bay Area] because it’s freezing, but it’s something I’ll definitely contemplate if I don’t shoot the ball that well the rest the year. But hopefully that doesn’t happen.”

The Warriors will have an opportunity to close out the series on Wednesday in Oakland.

Warriors Jordan Bell Suspended For Charging Hotel Bill To Assistant Coach

Golden State Warriors’ second-year huge man Jordan Bell was suspended for Wednesday evening’s victory towards the Memphis Grizzlies, after he allegedly tried to cost a resort buy to the room assistant coach Mike Brown.

According to a report The Athletic’s Anthony Slater and Sam Amick, it is unclear precisely how a lot the invoice was however Brown is unquestionably the one who was unknowingly charged for it. The Warriors investigated as soon as Brown was alerted the exercise, and it was discovered that Bell was the wrongdoer. Furthermore, the staff believes this is not the primary time the 24-year previous has carried out this.

The Warriors went on to beat the Grizzlies by the ultimate 118-103, and Bell’s teammates do not appear too involved with the weird incident.

“Move on,” Kevin Durant informed NBC Sports Bay Area about his message to Bell. “We talked about it, simply transfer on. We have eight extra video games till the playfs, and simply transfer on, man.” 

“It’s actually not that huge a deal,” Iguodala added. “It’s a mistake, no person was harmed, be taught from it and ensure it would not occur once more. You simply need to have your antennas up so far as how your thoughts works. When you are younger, you may drift slightly bit, then it’s a must to reel your self again in and relax. He’ll be effective.”

Golden State maintained their place atop the Western Conference with Wednesday’s win over the Grizzlies. With eight video games remaining within the common season, the Warriors stand a half-game up on the Denver Nuggets, the staff they will host on April 2.

Kevin Durant Speaks Out On Warriors’ 35-Point Blowout Loss To Mavericks

The Golden State Warriors have gained two championships in a row and are the favourite to take the trophy residence this yr as effectively. The stacked workforce All-Stars are anticipated to smash all competitors, and that is why followers everywhere in the NBA had been shocked when the Dallas Mavericks completely smacked Golden State on Saturday (March 23). The defending champs loss to the Mavericks whereas at residence in Oakland 126-91. The 35-point loss is Golden State’s worst loss since Steve Kerr turned the top coach in 2014, and the workforce’s largest total loss since 2007. When requested concerning the recreation by ESPN, Kerr said, “Defensively, we weren’t related. We weren’t speaking, and we acquired f to that sluggish begin. And Dallas is at all times a tough workforce to protect — they execute effectively, and I feel they made 12 3s within the first half, 21 for the sport. Quite a bit miscommunication — however we simply could not pull collectively after that sluggish begin, and we by no means might get any traction within the recreation. So, we simply acquired to flush this one down the bathroom and transfer on to tomorrow. Not a lot else to do.” It’s bizarre to listen to the Golden State coach speak concerning the problem taking part in towards a workforce that drained a flurry threes.

Kevin Durant wasn’t very involved concerning the loss although. Speaking with ESPN, Durant said, “It’s not odd in any respect. I feel all people in that locker room has gotten their asses beat at residence earlier than. I do know this expertise is totally different, how a lot profitable we have accomplished the previous few years. But we’re nonetheless within the NBA; guys have been an element horrible video games, together with the nice video games, as effectively. The benefit of it, we play tomorrow night time too.” Is it the tip a dynasty? We do not suppose so. 


A$AP Nast Announces Release Info For New Converse Sneaker Collab

A$AP Nast has teamed up with Converse for an additional sneaker collab, following within the footsteps the corduroy variations the Chuck Taylor ’70 and One Star that dropped again in 2017.

This time round, it seems that A$AP Nast will strive his hand on the Converse Jack Purcell Ox silhouette with parts taken from the Converse One Star.

As seen within the photos shared on A$AP Nast’s ficial instagram account, the result’s a mid-cut sneaker geared up with a canvas higher and thick, black rubber foxing, and flat black laces. It seems as if the collab will launch in not less than two colorways.

Speaking the discharge, the kicks are slated to reach on Friday, March 22 at choose Converse retailers.

Members of U.S. Congress' Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus Announced

The music business’s Congressional ‘connecting committee’ is in place.

Members of the 116th Congress’ Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus have been introduced.  The bi-partisan caucus was first established in 2005 as a method to work with members of the music business for laws.

The 116th Congress RAS caucus is as follows:

  • Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
  • Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Ken Buck (R-CO)
  • Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  • Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – House Majority Leader
  • Sheila Jackson (D-TX)
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – House Minority Leader
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Martha Roby (R-AL)
  • Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA)

The Recording Academy authorities relations officer Daryl P. Friedman says the Academy appears to be like ahead to working with the brand new caucus.

“The 116th Congress started on a robust tailwind for music coverage points, and the strong, bipartisan membership of this caucus demonstrates a continued deal with music coverage.”

Given current legislative positive aspects, it appears to be like just like the caucus idea is working.

Last yr, the into regulation with assist from the 115th RAS caucus. The caucus has regularly met with music advocates and business figures like Kelly Clarkson, Slash, and different singers and songwriters to debate how legal guidelines affect their work.

The Music Modernization Act provides a critical replace to U.S. Copyright Law, most significantly with mechanical licensing from streaming music platforms.  The bi-partisan piece of laws creates a single, to gather royalties for all songs performed by digital service suppliers. DSPs should pay for all makes use of of the work, even when they can not discover an proprietor.

Previously, DSPs might preserve the cash unclaimed indefinitely.  Now, the cash should be paid to the licensing entity, which can be sure the royalties are distributed pretty to compensate songwriters, artists, and publishers. Songwriters are additionally obligated below regulation to obtain at the very least 50% of all royalties for unmatched works.

The MMA additionally adjustments the way in which pre-1972 works are dealt with, because of the .Members of U.S. Congress' Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus AnnouncedMembers of U.S. Congress' Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus AnnouncedMembers of U.S. Congress' Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus Announced  But lacking items embrace large royalty loopholes loved by terrestrial radio stations, particularly round recording broadcasts.  And critical questions now encompass the mechanics of implementing the MMA, which incorporates the small print across the formation of the invoice’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts

An Illinois grand jury has indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for submitting a false police report.

The grand jury returned two separate units of costs on Thursday, in line with ABC News. The first set is expounded to what Smollett instructed police in regards to the alleged assault, together with that the attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs, bodily assaulted him, put a rope round his neck, and poured a chemical substance on him.

The second set of costs is expounded to the second interview Smollett did with cops in regards to the alleged assault later that day.

Smollett instructed police he was attacked by two males close to his Chicago condominium on Jan. 29. The alleged assailants yelled “This is MAGA nation” throughout the incident.

Police recognized and questioned two “individuals of curiosity,” Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who have been arrested and launched with out costs. The brothers instructed grand jurors that Smollett employed them to stage the crime. They have been captured on surveillance camera shopping for provides together with ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sun shades, and pink hats previous to the assault.

The brothers claimed that Smollett paid them $three,500 to assist stage the “hate crime” after he grew to become upset letter threatening him didn’t get sufficient consideration.

The new set of costs every carry a sentence of probation to 4 years in jail. The “Empire” star has denied staging the assault and pleaded not responsible to the primary disorderly conduct cost. He was taken into custody and launched after posting 10 p.c of his $100,000 bond.

Andre Iguodala Labels Steph Curry "Second-Best Point Guard Ever"

At the onset the present NBA Season, Andre Iguodala informed the media he did not assume his teammate Stephen Curry stood an opportunity at successful the coveted MVP Award, principally ever once more!

While that may appear to be a preposterous remark to make, when taken out context, Iggy was inherently misquoted – his intention exposing flaws within the present voting for NBA Awards taken out context. In the case the Warrior’s present dynastic run, crew success finally ends up obscuring particular person accolades virtually each time.

In reality, simply yesterday Andre Iguodala labeled his teammate “the second-best level guard ever,” throughout the post-game media scrum happening night time – after the Dubs picked up a vital win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

“I feel he is nonetheless underrated,” Iguodala informed the media. “I nonetheless assume he would not actually get the respect he deserves, and guys assume that , he makes use of lots screens. Guys assume that you may draw mismatches with him defensively, however he is an actual downside.”

Iguodala would go onto spotlight Steph Curry’s 28 factors as an instrumental half his crew’s 120-117 win on the highway, earlier than labeling him the 2nd greatest EVER at his place, behind the present the Lakers’ present president basketball operations, Magic Johnson.

“He will not ever get it (respect). It is what it’s generally. But whenever you sit down and have critical conversations, that is when , he is the second-best level guard ever,” Iguodala continued. For the file, he thinks Curry is barely chasing Magic Johnson for the GOAT title.”

At the tender age 30 years outdated, Steph Curry has already tabulated a resume that features three NBA championships, two MVP titles, one which (the trophy he garnered in 2015-2016) noticed him obtain the NBA’s lone unanimous voting turnout, on all playing cards. Do you agree with Iguodala’s evaluation, remark beneath?

Anderson .Paak Announces "Ventura" Album, & North American Tour

Anderson .Paak simply introduced the progenitive venture to 2018’s Oxnard, titled Ventura, the third solo venture in succession to honor a distinctive setting to play an immersive function in his musical upbringing. Not solely that, the venture is dropping prior to later (April 12) together with plans to advertise the album on the highway – alongside Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Thundercat, Mac Demarco, and Jessie Reyez, given the ordinance time and place.

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to seek out this voice mine. One city over I went additional and located my depth,” Paak advised Complex on the subject of his inspiration on the venture. “The duality every place impressed me vastly and from that I made two albums at the very same time however held one again as a result of that might have been too many songs to carry out stay for you all! I like ending issues on a fair quantity so welcome to Ventura.”

The full tour schedule is included within the above thumbnail. Paak did not present the press with every other particulars regarding Ventura or its accompanying tour. He did, nevertheless, allude to Dr. Dre‘s “heavy involvement” within the manufacturing section. The tour kicks f on May 17 in Nashville, coming to an in depth a month later in San Francisco – keep tuned.

Joey Bada$$ Delivers Episode four of "47 Minutes" Podcast Co-Starring J.I.D

Back in January final yr, Joey Bada$$ introduced his intentions to do a “Pro Era” podcast he would be naming “47 Minutes” to coincide with the jagged airtime he’d be giving his followers, at considerably an unpredictable. So far, Joey has printed four episodes beneath the 47 Minutes banner, the most recent which was launched simply yesterday. Lucky for us, Joey Bada$$ and NasteeLuvzYou determined to go together with J.I.D, an artist with sufficient chutzpah to maintain tempo with all of the conspiracy plots circling the Pro Era boardroom. 

The interview course of feels much more like a dialog amongst buddies. J.I.D being by explaining some the conceptual selections he made on his final DiCaprio document. He and J.I.D agree that an “natural” album making course of is what fits them greatest. Of course, Joey talks concerning the forthcoming Pro Era group undertaking an entire lot too.

At one level the dialogue turns into one about making discerning artwork within the age Capitalism. NasteeLuvzYou fires f a proverb, that is been unfairly attributed to Jimi Hendrix as a result of he quoted it in a track. They all agree, “the ability love overcomes the love energy,” however not with out the help their Dreamville/Pro Era bubbles.

Check out the Tidal-sponsored section, and hit us along with your ideas within the remark part beneath. If you want ep. four, you may most likely the primary three too: Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples & Styles P, and Lil Yachty & Statik Selektah, all within the minimize with Joey and NasteeLuvzYou.

"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" Directors Debate Miles Morales’ Oscar Outfit

There was a lot controversy surrounding the discharge  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse after it was introduced that the Marvel would characteristic Peter Parker’s alternative, Miles Morales, within the blockbuster characteristic movie. Having an Afro-Latino character don the Spider-Man costume was an excessive amount of for some to bear, however there have been a lot followers who flocked to theaters to verify out the computer-animated, superhero movie. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse made almost $360 million on the field fice—a triumphant feat for a movie with a $90 million funds. Hailed by critics and followers alike, it was just lately introduced that the film has been nominated for the Best Animated Feature on the upcoming Academy Awards. The movie’s co-directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman will be on the ceremony sporting their Oscars Best, however contemplating Miles Morales cannot make it to the present himself, the cinematographers sat down with SYFY Wire to playfully argue over what they imagine the teenager hero would put on to his first award present.

“He’d put on a tux, and doubtless Jordan 1s,” Rothman started. Persichetti was much less positive stating, “Let’s wait to see what Shameik Moore, who carried out the character’s voice] exhibits up in. He’s a residing embodiment a minimum of a component Miles.” Meanwhile, Ramsey urged that Miles would in all probability present up in one thing fly however unassuming, opting to not go along with threads that had been too flashy. “I believe it will be some mix no matter tux his mother and father had been going to purchase him, and one thing from Uncle Aaron,” Ramsey mentioned. Rothman relented and agreed saying, “He wants a bit of bit Aaron element, some Aaron swag. Maybe he’d put on the Prowler boots — a bit of purple glow proper down the pink carpet.”

We might by no means actually know what Miles’ pink carpet look shall be, however you’ll be able to try real-life celebrities present f their fashions on the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24.

Katy Perry Gets Slammed For "Upstaging" Dolly Parton With Pitchy Vocals

Katy Perry received a Grammy award final night time so the present buzz round her identify is predicted. The “Thinking You” singer was half the Dolly Parton tribute efficiency, alongside Kacey Musgraves and the nation icon herself. Both these achievements name for celebration, however the buzz has been tainted with so much criticism resulting from her half within the tribute. Reactions to the anticipated quantity can be found beneath.

Katy Perry Gets Slammed For "Upstaging" Dolly Parton With Pitchy Vocals
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Apparently, many Dolly followers thought Perry’s inclusion was unwarranted and they’d have most well-liked to see one other artist in her place. The disappointment didn’t cease on the choice, nevertheless. Perry was additionally accused trying to upstage the living legend whereas they shared the stage. Her vocals have been undeniably daring, as she tried some vocal gymnastics, however the accusations is likely to be born out easy dislike relatively than proof disrespect. View the clip beneath and see the way it went down.

This represents one other occasion Grammy organizers failing to grasp what (some) followers need to see and listen to. Still, they pulled by means of with the participation Miley Cyrus, whose covers Parton’s “Jolene” was nicely obtained, Maren Morris and Little Big Town. They closed the present, ended the tribute on a excessive notice.

Katy Perry Gets Slammed For "Upstaging" Dolly Parton With Pitchy Vocals
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Dwyane Wade Proclaims Warriors Starting Five As One Of The Best Ever

When fascinated with one of the best dynasties in sports activities proper now, the Golden State Warriors needs to be on the prime your listing. They have gained three the final 4 NBA championships and have gained two in a row. They’re primed and able to win their third straight which might cement them as one one of the best groups all time. Their beginning 5 is as daunting because it will get with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins main the cost. The Warriors simply defeated the Miami Heat 120-118 on Sunday and Heat legend Dwyane Wade commented on why the squad is simply so spectacular. 

“That is nearly as good because it will get in our sport with any workforce ever to play this sport,” Wade mentioned in line with ESPN. “That is nearly as good because it will get with a beginning 5. That is why they’re who they’re, that’s the reason they’re champions.”

The Warriors even added Cousins this 12 months to a roster that was already thought of fairly stacked. Wade mentioned that the addition Boogie has cemented the Warriors as a prime tier group.

“To be capable of add a man like DeMarcus to it, that’s what nice groups do. They add a chunk and preserve including sure proper items, and so they’ve accomplished it,” he defined.

Golden State is ranked first within the Western Conference with a file 40-15.

Disney Shares Trailer For Live-Action "Aladdin" Remake Featuring Will Smith’s Genie

We are at present in an period the place the live-action remake is king and the newest movie to tackle the development is Disney’s Aladdin. After fairly a while effervescent anticipation, the studio has launched a brand new teaser to preview the movie, which stars Will Smith because the well-known genie.

Previously, followers have been gifted with a teaser in October the forthcoming movie however weren’t aware of any sighting Will Smith because the genie initially voiced by the late Robin Williams. In this new clip, nonetheless, the dynamic shifts because the CGI-produced character make an look for the primary time.

“I advised y’all I used to be gon’ be Blue,” Will Smith wrote in a caption connected to the teaser on his Instagram.  “Y’all have to belief me extra ten!”

Other members the forged, led by director Guy Ritchie, embrace Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, together with Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar.

When it first arrived in 1992, Aladdin grew to become the primary animated movie to achieve the half-billion mark and was the highest-grossing animated movie all time till it was eclipsed by The Lion King. Aladdin follows on the heels  different Disney movies which have taken on the road motion method, with various levels success, corresponding to Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book. Fans may sit up for remakes The Lion King, Dumbo and Mulan.

Aladdin arrives in theaters on May 24th.