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Music Reports added 20 million recordings and compositions to its Songdex database in 2020

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Music rights administration platform Music Reports Inc. (MRI) has disclosed that it has administered over $400 million in music royalties in 2020, with music publishing royalties paid out by the Woodland Hills, CA company increasing by 50% over 2019, and individual royalty payment transactions increasing by 16%, to more than 212,000 individual payments.

MRI also operates the Songdex database, described as the largest independent registry of music copyright information in the world. In 2020, M...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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rightsholder.io research shows extent of registration gaps and data duplication with Grammy-nominated songs

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In North America, 10% of the songs nominated for a Grammy were not detected to be registered with the region’s rights societies, as of January 7, 2023, according to an analysis from data specialists MusicTechWorks' music copyright research platform rightsholder.io.

rightsholder.io reviewed its data sources on global song registrations for some of this year’s top Grammy categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best ...

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PPL paid out £244.9 million to performers and labels in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021

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British neighbouring rights society PPL has distributed £244.9 million (€278.3m) to its members — performers and owners of sound recordings — and other collective management organisations in 2022, up 7.1% over 2021's £228.7m.

PPL said the figure marks the second highest total of monies paid out by PPL in a calendar year, the highest being £260.2m in 2020, a total achieved thanks to the record collections of £271.8m the previous year in 2019, before the adverse impact of the COVID pandemic.
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Orfium acquires cue sheets management company Soundmouse

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Music technology platform Orfium has acquired London-based Soundmouse. The deal — the terms of which were not disclosed — brings together "the global market leaders in digital music and broadcast rights management and reporting," according to Orfium.

Orfium said that the combination of Soundmouse’s leadership in cue sheet management and monitoring for the broadcast and entertainment production space with Orfium's expertise in UGC tracking and claiming for publishers, labels and product...

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