#Music Business

Roblox and National Music Publishers Association Settle $200 Million Copyright Lawsuit

Roblox and the National Music Publishers’ Association today announced an agreement that “settles any previous claims against Roblox and sets the foundation for future partnerships with global publishers that will unlock new creative and commercial opportunities on its platform,” according to the announcement. In June, a group of music publishers sued Roblox through the NMPA for $200 million-plus, claiming copyright infringement by the company. The agreement settles claims filed by NMPA members, offers an industry-wide opt-in open to all eligible NMPA publishers and opens a negotiation period for members to engage individually in new go-forward licensing deals with the Roblox global platform that...
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After ‘Verzuz’ series success, Timbaland creates Beatclub

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Timbaland paved his own way as a hit-making producer for elite acts like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, but now he’s creating a lane for aspiring music creators to collaborate with the industry’s biggest performers. While his uber-successful “Verzuz” series with Swizz Beatz remains popular, Timbaland steps...
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Get To Know: Harmonious indie pop artist, ella jane

Raised on the scripture of Billie Holiday, Carole King, and her namesake, Ella Fitzgerald, music was always a part of ella jane’s destiny. ella jane says that she was “was obsessed with the mechanics of songwriting” ever since she began songwriting at the age of eleven. “The second I started...
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Justin Timberlake Joins Timbaland’s Beatclub

Justin Timberlake has joined his longtime collaborator Timbaland at Beatclub, an online global marketplace for music makers offering exclusive beats, loops and sounds. Beatclub, founded by Timbaland and his longtime manager and business partner Gary Marella, has already signed up such A-listers as J. Cole, Mike Will Made It, Mike Dean, Scott Storch, Larance Dopson, Tainy, Tommy Brown Boogz and Jozzy, among others. It’s expected to launch later this year. “Justin is without a doubt one of the most inspiring song writers and artists in the world,” said Timbaland. “Having him join Beatclub is like welcoming an old friend home. I’m...
PC Gamer

Roblox settles $200 million lawsuit with music publishers

The National Music Publishers' Association has settled its $200 million lawsuit against Roblox Corporation, announcing today that it has entered into a new opt-in agreement that enables NMPA members to come up with their own individual licensing deals for the use of their music in Roblox. The lawsuit was filed...

Music Industry Moves: Dice Ticketing Platform Raises $122 Million; Warner Music Strikes Partnership With Twitch

Ticketing platform Dice has raised up to to $122 million in Series C funding in a round was led by new investor, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with follow on investments from Tony Fadell’s Future Shape, Blisce, French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, Mirabaud Private Equity, Cassius and Evolution. “We believe DICE’s technology has the capacity to transform the future of live entertainment,” said Yanni Pipilis, Managing Partner for SoftBank Investment Advisers. “Alongside the flexibility and security of seamless ticketing, the platform connects fans, artists and venues in a completely new way… We are excited to partner with DICE to help create remarkable event...
Next Avenue

How to Build a Montage Career After 50

Editor’s note: Pat Pattison, who's in his 60s, is a TV travel show host, career coach, actor, model and author. In his new book, "Creative YOU Turn: 9 Steps to Your New Creative Life and Career," he shares advice on making a midlife career switch. Here's an excerpt on ways to build what he calls a "montage career," rotating among different types of work.
Alternative Press

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! on fighting burnout, their new album and more

By the end of 2016, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! had reached heights that most bands can only dream of. They had played for eager crowds around the world and became fan favorites at Warped Tour. Their three killer albums had set the standard for easycore excellence, placing them on equal footing with legendary groups such as A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong.
Nashville Scene

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram Heats Things Up, Jim Lauderdale Keeps It Cool

As a light crowd milled about Cannery Row on Friday evening, John R. Miller and his band got tuned up at Mercy Lounge. The group — excellent all around but with fiddler Chloe Edmonstone and guitarist Adam Meisterhans deserving special shout-outs — backed Miller with his guitar on a crop of what country phenom Tyler Childers described to Scene contributor Brittney McKenna as “grown-man songs.” Miller, a West Virginian now living in Nashville, explained to McKenna ahead of his recent album Depreciated that a career spent traveling has inspired much of his work.

Sony Is “Underappreciated Entertainment Powerhouse,” Stock Will “Outperform,” Analyst Forecasts

Sony Corp. is an “underappreciated entertainment powerhouse” and its stock “unfairly trades at a discount to underlying value due to low-merit concerns about conglomeratization,” Cowen analyst Doug Creutz wrote in a Monday report. Initiating coverage of Sony shares with an “outperform” rating, he said that “we view Sony primarily as a top-tier entertainment company with market-leading presences in some of the most attractive entertainment verticals,” such as video gaming and music. The Cowen expert also emphasized that he brings a different focus to the table than others covering Sony shares. “The vast majority of Sony’s current analysts specialize in consumer products and/or Asia...

NMPA and Roblox Settle Copyright Suit, Launch Music Licensing Talks

A week after signing a long-awaited agreement with Twitch, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has struck a deal with Roblox, resolving the $200 million copyright infringement lawsuit it launched against the gaming platform in June. The deal announced today (Sept. 27) settles claims filed by NMPA members over music...