Tag Archives: RIAA

2016 saw music industry’s first double-digit growth since 1998

Posted by on March 30, 2017

Every now and then a Gene Simmons comes along that seems to think that the music industry is going to be fine if everyone stops streaming music and starts buying CDs again. It’s obvious to just about everyone else that the genie is out of the bottle, and we’re living in a streaming world, however. That […]

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Lamb of God, Volbeat, receive gold records

Posted by on April 12, 2016

The past decade has been important in redefining the music industry with the incorporation of online streaming as a media for music consumption. Back in the day, you had to sell half a million physical albums to get a gold record from the RIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America) and 1 million to go […]

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Streaming music revenue surpasses CD sales for first time

Posted by on March 23, 2015

We knew this was coming for a while now, but in 2014, streaming services made more money than compact disc sales in the United States. This is the first time that’s happened, with CD sales raking in $1.85 billion as compared to streaming services’ $1.87 billion, according to report from the RIAA. Again, given that […]

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Music Industry Groups Reach Royalty Deal Regarding Digital And Cellular Services

Posted by on April 12, 2012

The battle over digital royalties has been well documented as of late. And while its mainly been between artists and labels, music industry groups have come to an agreement over a new royalty deal regarding digital and cellular services. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Digital Media Association […]

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Music Revenue Had Its First Increase In Seven Years

Posted by on March 27, 2012

Regular readers of Metal Insider know that last year was a good one for the beleaguered music industry, with the first annual increase in units sold since 2004. Now there’s more good news for the industry, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It turns out that 2011 also had its first increase in actual […]

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How The Battle For Copyright Law Might Affect Metal

Posted by on September 8, 2011

As you may know, record labels and musicians are preparing to battle it out over copyright laws concerning ownership over albums. This all pertains to a U.S. copyright law that was amended in 1976, giving artists the right to regain rights to their work after 35 years. Thus, the first batch of albums created after […]

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How Much Have Labels Lost Since Napster Was Born?

Posted by on May 16, 2011

The labels and RIAA have finally won their five year battle against LimeWire last week when it was announced that the peer-to-peer file-sharing website would pay $105 million for damages they caused the industry. Though it took a while for the case to finally come to a close, the whole ordeal is an eye opening […]

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LimeWire Settles Out Of Court For $105 Million

Posted by on May 13, 2011

The RIAA and labels gained a big victory back in October of 2010 when LimeWire, the onetime king of peer-to-peer file-sharing websites, was forced to shut down. Now, about 8 months after the “permanent injunction” and five years of litigation, LimeWire and the four major labels have settled out of court for the price of […]

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White House Backs Performance Radio Royalties

Posted by on March 17, 2011

This past Tuesday, President Obama’s administration made numerous recommendations to Congress regarding online piracy, counterfeiting, and on-air broadcasting. Among their recommendations was support for the Performance Rights Act, the highly debated legislation that would pay artists and musicians (not just publishers and song writers) when their music is played on FM and AM radio. It […]

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Can’t Sell A Million Albums? Sue For A Million Dollars Then

Posted by on November 4, 2010

That’s pretty much the message the RIAA is sending in a recent court ruling against Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been fighting against court hearings over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago. A jury decided today that Rasset liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capital Records. […]

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