Shark Pool – Music’s Pro Rata Model Problem

Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use a “pro rata” model to pay artist royalties. That means artists get paid not by the amount their tracks are played, but by the amount they’re played compared to all of the other artists on the platform. The reality is pro rata streaming models favor the most popular artists on the platform. They typically skew benefits towards major labels and paid-for features. Independent artists usually suffer as a result. We at Artistco believe that with our fellow members, we’re developing a fair, transparent, innovative, and user friendly alternative.

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Blurred Lines Get Blurrier

So this happened… Days ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit voted 2-1 to uphold a controversial verdict from 2015. The verdict concluded that “Blurred Lines”, a 2013 hit song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, infringed on the copyright to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 track “Got to Give It Up”. The Ninth Circuit Panel, which is comprised…

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Music Copyrights Are Messy

What a musical mess! When one starts to understand how music copyrights work, they realize how complicated and inefficient the systems in place are. That’s especially relevant if you’re an independent artist or producer. Are you an expert on your own copyrights? If you’re thinking you’re not, don’t worry, because you are certainly not alone!…

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Mistheria Gemini Xkey Give-Away

Artistco Presale: Gemini by Mistheria In cooperation with Mistheria and Rockshots Records the Presale of Gemini is up and running on Artistco. Until the 15th of December you can subscribe to Mistheria and be the first to download and stream upcoming tracks of the long-awaited album. Mistheria is a pianist, keyboardist, keytarist, organist, producer and composer from Italy, engaged…

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Presale: Gemini by Mistheria

Artistco presents: Gemini by Mistheria Become a Fan or VIP to Mistheria and download Gemini for free In cooperation with Mistheria and Rockshots Records, the Presale of Gemini is launched November 15, 2017 exclusively on Artistco. Between the 15th of November and the 15th of December you can subscribe to Mistheria and be the first to…

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Free Music Promotion: The Solution

Regain control of your music Free Music Promotion Artistco offers a free music promotion platform. We would like to point out what we mean with “free”. You can register and use all features of Artistco for free. You can set your content to “public” and offer it for free to all your listeners and fans.…

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Online Music Promotion: The Challenge

The State of Online Music Promotion The music industry has changed a lot over the past decade and a half. We’ve seen significant shifts in how music is distributed and consumed, as well as major impacts to online music promotion. It started with the explosive growth of internet access along with hardware and software innovations…

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