>• Stop Chirping. According to industry sources, AT&T, who recently purchased Cricket Wireless and its Muve Music business will be shutting down Muve as they transition users to the AT&T network. The timeline for a complete shutdown is still TBD. According to the RIAA’s 2013 report there are 6.1 million U.S. paid music subscribers. Industry sources say that Muve Music at the end of Feb. 2014 had 2.27 million (Spotify had 2.57 million), so the effect of closing down Muve will be substantial.
>• Neon Trees Renews. DMP (Downtown Music Publishing) has extended its long term co-publishing agreement with rock band Neon Trees which first inked with the company in 2008 shortly before being signed to Mercury/Island records and releasing their hit single, “Animal.” The group’s third album Pop Psychology recently debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.
>• Screen Envy. Are phablets—phones with screens larger than 5 inches—weakening sales of tablets like the iPad? IDC reports that worldwide 2014 tablet shipments grew just 3.9% from the same period last year and falling 35.7% from the fourth quarter. The downward trend affected all operating systems and Apple reported a Q1 iPad sales drop of 16%. “The rise of large-screen phones and consumers who are holding on to their existing tablets for ever longer periods of time were both contributing factors to a weaker-than-anticipated quarter for tablets and 2-in-1s,” said Tom Mainelli, IDC Program VP, Devices and Displays. Apple leads tablet sales with a 32.5% share followed by Samsung which grew from 17.2% to 22.3%.
>• Writer Roundtable. Artist/writer Adam James has signed with Jeffrey Steele’s 3 Ring Circus Music…Big Yellow Dog has added Devon DeVries as VP Create-Film & TV/A&R. DeVries previously worked in the LA offices of Paramount Pictures and Extreme/Sony ATV. Big Yellow Dog also signed singer/songwriter Claire Guerreso who has released three albums produced by Robert Ellis Orrall…Bobby Huff has inked a deal with Combustion music and its co-partners Warner Chappell and Disney Music Publishing…BMG Chrysalis has added Clare Dunn to its writer/artist roster. Dunn currently has a single in rotation on Sirius/XM’s The Highway, “Get Out.”…Warner/Chappell welcomes producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Keith Urban, Little Big Town) with a co-publishing agreement with Joyce’s company Neon Cross. Melissa Spillman will operate the new pubbery as Director of Publishing. “[Joyce] is the definition of a music innovator,” says Warner/Chappell EVP Ben Vaughn…Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mike Fiorentino has signed with Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group…Demolition Music adds its first two writers, Adam Searan and Jason Eustice…Randall Foster joins the ole team in Nashville as Sr. Director of Creative Licensing. “We’re confident he will be able to land high-quality placements for our artists and writers and ensure they are paid fairly for the use of their work,” said ole Chairman/CEO Robert Ott.
>• Music Advocacy Project. ASCAP President/Chairman Paul Williams presented a five-point initiative, the Music Advocacy Project (MAP) at ASCAP’s Annual Membership meeting which was also the opening session of ASCAP Expo, April 24 in Los Angeles. “The rules and regulations that govern how we do business are outdated and don’t work in today’s evolving music marketplace,” said Williams, pointing to ASCAP’s consent decree with the Department of Justice, originally created in 1941 and last updated in 2001. He outlined five core principles necessary to create a sustainable future for music:
• SIMPLIFICATION: The music licensing process must be simplified, streamlined and reflective of how people listen to music today.
• MARKET RATES: The free market should determine the value of music copyrights, just as it does in other entertainment sectors.
• CONSUMER CHOICE: Music fans should continue to have access to a wide variety of music on any platform they choose.
• CREATOR CONTROL: Music starts with the songwriter or composer, and the interests of music creators should be central to any effort to reform copyright laws.
• ACCESS: We must preserve a robust collective licensing system in order to keep the music playing, ensure music creators are fairly compensated for use of their work, and enable new music businesses to launch efficiently and legally.
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