Music Royalty News: Monday Edition

YouTube royalty-free music library expands it's data base. 

Youtube uploaders know the common struggle of trying to use a popular song. Within an hour your video is taken down for violating copyright regulations. It's a pain, but a measure taken to protect the artists'. In December 2014, Youtube attempted to solve this issue by opening up a database of royalty-free music for video creation use. While it's not necessarily the Top 100 up for grabs, its been a happy medium for avid YouTube users. This morning YouTube released that they're expanding their music library database with some well known artists such as Meghan Trainor and David Guetta. YouTube previously released in a recent statement that they plan to continue adding to the royalty free library and the music can be used for users' uploads so long as there is no monetization brought from it for the YouTube user. Certain countries will endure additional restrictions, YouTube said.  


Jason Aldean Isn't Budging on Removing Music from Spotify

Top 40, Grammy Winning Country recording artist Jason Aldean followed in Taylor Swift's footsteps and her stance on artist royalties in November 2014 when Swift pulled her entire discography from Spotify.  This last week when asked again in an interview if he'd consider bringing his music back onto Spotify, the singer held his ground. 

“Taylor Swift, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and myself, a lot of guys are starting to see that as well. That’s all it was about. You want it to be fair. As artists, we don’t make crap off of streaming. Lots of major record companies are part owners in Spotify, so they’re gonna get their money regardless. I’m more about the small guy. I’m on a smaller label. I’m an indie guy. I’m not the big commercial grocery store. I’m the mom-and-pop store.

“I don’t want to see this affect the music biz for the long term, but I was always taught to stand up for what I believe in. Spotify has changed their stance a little bit, and that’s cool. I’m starting to see that. But my stance hasn’t changed at all.”
— Jason Aldean via Music Row

Dr. Dre to Donate Artist Royalties

Dr. Dre shocked the media and those in the industry in a recent interview with Beats 1 Radio to discuss the release of new music after over 16 years for the movie, Straight Outta Compton. “I decided to donate all the artist royalties [from Compton],” Dre said. 

he recording artist and producer was trying to find a way to give back to the community when he was inspired to donate 100% of royalties to the Compton community. Unfortunately, the album reportedly dropped 85% within the first two weeks of release. 

It was the thought that counts, Dr. Dre.