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Policy, Research & Politics

Tencent shares slide after Beijing crackdown on music rights

Shares in Tencent have fallen after China ordered the technology giant to end exclusive music licensing deals with record labels around the world.


International songwriter groups join together to oppose the freezing of US mechanical royalty rates

The groups express strenuous objection to the proposed adoption by the CRB of private agreements negotiated by the three major record labels/music publishing conglomerates that would once again freeze mechanical royalty rates for physical product, downloads, bundles and ring tones for another five years (more than twenty years and counting in the aggregate). 

Fair Trade Music International

Umm Kulthum: ‘Enta Omri’, a song to advance Nasser’s brand of nationalism

Recorded in 1964, Egyptian Umm Kalthoum’s most popular hit is more than just a beautiful love song; it’s also the brainchild of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the president of Egypt, who used the song to boost his influence in the Arab world.

The Africa Report

Freelance musicians found new passions during the pandemic. Some aren't going back

America’s classical music organizations fell silent for a year, but many are in decent financial shape thanks to individual donors, foundations, administrative furloughs, salary cuts for musicians and federal funding like the Payment Protection Program.


Jamaïque, la politique monétaire en reggae

Depuis trois ans, la banque centrale de Jamaïque communique aussi ses messages sous forme de clips de reggae. Un moyen de sensibiliser la population à son objectif de maîtrise de l'inflation. Elle a inspiré d'autres banques centrales sur l'utilisation de la musique comme outil de communication.

Les Echos

Piazzolla, lo político, el poder

Que Piazzolla haya sido el músico elegido para el concierto de gala del retorno a la democracia en 1983 habría que interpretarlo como una señal de que sus opiniones y actitudes políticas históricas, mezcla de impulsividad, indiferencia y temor, se han catalizado en la dimensión de su inexorable ética artística.


The History Of K-Pop Has A Lot To Do With Politics

This April, BTS, the biggest group in K-pop, became the most streamed group of all time on Spotify. But the origins of the group, and really K-pop, have an interesting political history.


Broadcaster royalties in Kenya ‘still a huge problem’

The lack of fair compensation of artists by broadcasters has long stunted the growth of the creative industry in Kenya. Broadcasters are the biggest users of creative content, yet they do not pay royalties to rights holders that are commensurate with the revenue they earn from using copyrighted works.

Music in Africa

MPs call for complete reset of music streaming to ensure fair pay for artists

The music industry is weighted against artists, with even successful pop stars seeing "pitiful returns" from streaming, a committee of MPs has said.


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