Spotify Launches In The United States

Spotify Launches In The United States

Spotify Launches In The United States
Following recent reports European music streaming service Spotify officially launched in the United States today. The service is currently available by invitation only, and offers subscribers three service options — premium, which includes unlimited Web streaming without advertisements; unlimited, which is similar to premium but also includes mobile and offline access; and free, which is ad-supported, free streaming on the Web. Spotify has finalized its remaining licensing deal with Warner Music Group, and has also reached an agreement with ASCAP to license the public performance of more than 8.5 million musical works from more than 415,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members of ASCAP. (7/14)

53rd GRAMMY Telecast Earns Five Emmy Nods
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast received five Emmy nominations during today's official nominations announcement for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. The 53rd GRAMMY telecast, held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, earned nods for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special; Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special; Outstanding Special Class Programs; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special; and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. The Emmys will take place Sept. 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (7/14)

Collection Revenues Up 7.5 Percent In France
Revenues for SACEM, the French authors and publishers collection society, reached $1.16 billion in 2010, a 7.5 percent increase compared to the previous year and the agency's first growth that's exceeded inflation in five years, according to Billboard.biz. Mechanical rights on audio and video increased 10.8 percent to $139 million, representing approximately 12 percent of SACEM's total income, while digital revenue decreased 29.2 percent to $9.3 million, due in part to payment delays. Revenues from live concerts also decreased 4.7 percent to $96 million. (7/14) 
 

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