Got clout? Sony/ATV does, which is why they’ve renegotiated a royalty increase from Pandora, at least according to the New York Post. The Sony/ATV heavyweight now includes EMI Music Publishing, which means, it’s ginormous and very influential. Other publishers have been complaining about lopsidedly low payouts from internet radio for years, which also means that other publishers could make similar demands in the near future.
On the recording side of the stream, SoundExchange is now pointing to sharply-increasing payouts. The group reported collections of $462 million during 2012, a 58 percent bump from 2011. Pandora and Sirius undoubtedly contributed a healthy chunk of that total (and both are healthily expanding their userbases).
And the global, post-merger trembling continues. This time, EMI Australia chairman Mark Poston has stepped down. Poston was chairman and senior VP marketing of Australasia.
Elsewhere, Island co-president Ted Cockle is now President of Virgin Records UK.
And yes, YouTube invests in content. According to a report this morning from AllThingsD, Google is about to acquire a minority share in VEVO.
Upstart Norwegian streaming service WiMP continues to stretch beyond Scandinavia. The service is officially ‘live live’ in Poland, with another partnership – this time, with mobile operator P – also finalized.
And, Digital Music News’ long-running legal defense against Grooveshark continues, with the gears just getting started on an appeal with the State of California. Deliberations this morning in Beverly Hills will focus on exactly which paperwork will be included in the challenge.