Lars Brandle

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We’re years away from seeing copyright reforms in Australia

Australia’s music industry has welcomed the government’s decision to scrap the controversial safe harbour from its copyright reforms. Though the job is far from done....

Australian music biz urges the Government to drop Copyright Amendment

Poorly conceived, woefully inadequate and riddled with failings. That’s the Australian music industry’s verdict on the federal government’s plans to push through a controversial amendment...

Back to Business: Adele lands Down Under, Aussies crack the US charts, Spotify achieves a milestone and more

Breaking Biz Spotify, the biggest name in music streaming, has reached the big 5-0. The Swedish-originated business last week revealed it has passed 50 million...

Facebook’s music strategy raises some major red flags

Facebook is going to face the music. Though some mighty big “whats” and “whys” remain. What we know right now is that Facebook has a...

YouTube defends its value to music industry with new study

It’s no secret YouTube has an uneasy relationship with its content providers from the music biz. Through (apparently) gritted teeth, Warner Music’s CEO Stephen Cooper...

Back to Biz: Spotify’s new staffer, Snarky Puppy’s secrets and more

Breaking Biz A new dawn, or just a ray of light It’s too early to celebrate, but the recorded music industry does appear to be...

Q&A: Controversial arts fund ditched, now what?

Two weeks ago, the Federal Government announced it will ditch the controversial arts fund Catalyst, following a major backlash from the arts community. Catalyst, created...

Warner Music Australasia Pres Niko Nordström on ‘rich and vibrant’ local music scene

Niko Nordström isn’t just any first-time visitor to Australia, keen to test the surf, the food and the local music scene.  The Warner Music stalwart...

US court sends unreleased Prince tracks back into the vault

A six-pack of previously unreleased Prince tracks will go back into the vault after an American court blocked a sound engineer from sharing music the...

Amazon reveals plans to stream live music exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers

Amazon is swinging deeper into the concerts and content games. The online entertainment retailer’s considerable empire already includes a ticketing unit in the U.K., and...

’12 Years a Slave’ director locked in for Tupac doco

Tupac Shakur’s life, career and his untimely, violent death will be the subject of a new authorised documentary. Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen will guide the...

Australia-only Spotify Codes feature rolls out worldwide

Spotify just became more social with a new feature that allows users to share music with scannable images. The market leading streaming service today rolled...

Back to Biz: 25 festivals black out their sites, AIR Awards voting, and more

The Big Stage More than 25 U.K. festivals will “black out” their websites for 24 hours today (May 8) in a show of solidarity against...

Back to Business: Expect Drake to end Ed Sheeran’s reign; Ticket tout sentenced; Adele’s tour in numbers

Breaking Biz Ed Sheeran isn’t the only guy making and breaking records Drake’s latest album, More Life, is predictably flying after its release March 18....

Back to Business: Amazon enters festival sphere; Singapore a metal hotspot; ‘Divide’ sales split explained & more

Breaking Biz Airbnb, the online room letting service which disrupted the accommodation industry so effectively it now has a price tag of $30 billion, is...

DJ Khaled is the undisputed champion of the charts

DJ Khaled is the undisputed champion of the charts as his guest-loaded track “I’m The One” completes another week atop the singles surveys in the...

Back to Biz: UMG, WMG post year-on-year growth; Ultra embroiled in legal battle, and more

Breaking Biz Researched by Lars Brandle, presented by Jess Westcott UMG produces sixth successive quarter of growth Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest music company, has...

Fyre Fest: Four in five punters will gladly do it all again

If you thought young, well-heeled party goers were against being fleeced for a truly wretched festival experience, think again. As the dust settles on the...

Back to Biz: Nick Cave supports anti-suicide app, Neil Young’s new streaming service, and more

Breaking Biz GEMA has joined the billionaire club The German PRO collected an all-time high €1.02 billion ($1.45 billion) in royalty payments in 2016, up...

Sheeran’s Divide is doing massive international business

It’s good great to be Ed Sheeran right now. Refreshed from a year away from the stage and social media, the English “superbusker” is the...