Interesting Music Business Worldwide op ed from Tom Gray, founder of the #BrokenRecord Campaign that was instrumental in gaining a UK Parliamentary inquiry into the economics of streaming.
Set up and managed by PRS Foundation in partnership with YouTube Music, Beggars Group and the Black Music Coalition, the initiative brings together several music industry partners and goes beyond solidarity, with new approaches which foster meaningful change.
PPL and the Jamaican performance rights organisation JAMMS have announced a closer collaboration. The deal will widen the footprint of global royalty collections for Jamaican producers and performers, where their recorded music is played internationally.
Catch up with Mad Professor in this new edition of Drop Da Biscuit. Playlist:
Dubfonics/Amarra – When You Get Right Down to It, Sandra Cross/Wild Bunch – Country Living, Aisha – Creator, Intense – Mellow, Kofi – Didn’t I, Mad Professor – Covid Illusion
Check out Lloyd Bradley's U-Roy tribute. For as long as there have been soundsystems, there have been DJs toasting them. Known as “the originator”, U-Roy was far from the first, but nobody had made a significant impact outside Jamaica before him.
Netflix has announced a new documentary about the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, out March 1, was executive-produced by the rap legend’s mother Violetta Wallace and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Meet Brother Culture and hear about what it's like to work with legends. It’s a trip.
Tracklist: Bob Marley and The Wailers – Revolution, Lee "Scratch" Perry – Roast Fish & Corn Bread, Clint Eastwood/General Saint – Stop That Train, Dennis Brown/Aswad – Promised Land, Dan Hudson & The Seers – Baptism, Lone Ranger – Rosemarie
SoundCloud is preparing to introduce a new payment system that would allow fans to pay artists directly, multiple sources close to the situation tell Billboard, setting what could be a game-changing precedent for the streaming world.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, join forces to breathe new life into a seminal era they both helped to build: the British funk scene of the eighties, characterized by a sense of DIY and live performances bursting with energy.
Thanks to new shows on Kiss and 1Xtra, the presence of Black women on air feels less sporadic and more an intra-diverse broadcasting space.
Tune in again for another visit to the Drop Da Biscuit archives with Zoë 'Lucky Cat' Baxter.
Tracklist: Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica, The Paragons – Memories by the Score, Delano Stewart & Patsy – Give me a Chance, Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares for Me, Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead, Alton Ellis – Willow Tree
“We are pleased that PRS for Music have listened to calls from artists, managers and others across the industry. It is a welcome step forward that writer-performers playing their own material will be exempted from paying for a licence at small-scale livestream shows. FAC Statement