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Posted on December 7, 2022

CMA Rules In Favor Of Record Labels & Streaming Services

By Barbara Drews
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UK Watchdog Shuts Down Allegations Once & For All!

Amid claims that big record labels and music streaming services such as Spotify hold excessive power in the industry, UK Watchdog, the British consumer investigative journalism program, launched an in-depth investigation into the music streaming market to determine whether the claims were true. But it turns out that the system, in large part, is surprisingly fair both to listeners and musicians. 

Before initiating their research, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had announced that their main focus will be:

“To assess whether any lack of competition between music companies could affect the musicians, singers, and songwriters whose interests are intertwined with those of music lovers.”

Chief Executive of CMA, Andrea Coscelli said that

As we examine this complex market, our thinking and conclusions will be guided by the evidence we receive. If the CMA finds problems, it will consider what action may be necessary.”

Looking into the streaming industry from a creator-to-consumer perspective, CMA promised to see:

"Whether innovation is being stifled and if firms hold excessive power.”  

Well, now that the results are in, many artists will be disappointed to find out that there is no power exploitation and the influence of record labels and music streaming services on the market cannot be regulated. The UK's competition watchdog claims that no real harm can be directly correlated, despite the appeal of some industry professionals.

In the final issued report, CMA explained,

"We have found that it is unlikely that the outcomes that concern many stakeholders are primarily driven by competition. Consequently, it is unlikely that a competition intervention would improve outcomes overall, and release more money in the system to pay creators more."

Despite The Apparent Challenges, The Final Verdict Is As Follows:

  • Streaming services have benefited music fans who have free access to songs and are paying less for Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.
  • Industry giants (Universal, Warner, and Song) that control most of the market share aren’t “likely to be making significant excess profits that could be shared with creators.”
  • Despite the increase of Royalty rates in deals, many musicians still struggle to make an income from streaming services.

According to CMA interim chief executive, Sarah Cardell,

“Streaming has transformed how music fans access vast catalogs of music, providing a valuable platform for artists to reach new listeners quickly, and at a price for consumers that has declined in real terms over the years.”

“We heard from many artists and songwriters across the UK about how they struggle to make a decent living from these services. These are understandable concerns, but our findings show that these are not the result of ineffective competition. Intervention by the CMA would not release more money into the system that would help artists or songwriters.”

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    Posted on December 5, 2022

    Atlantic Records Denies Using Bots For Any Of Its Artists

    By Yvonne Martin
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    Atlantic Records’ recent bot scandal has opened a new window of speculation about record labels and their artists.

    Are The Engagement And Streaming Numbers Real? 

    Many in the music industry are being accused of adopting cunning techniques like album stuffing, playlist stuffing, streaming farms, and streaming data inflation, to name a few. Large recording companies and even major artists are being blamed for manipulating stream counts, number of views, chart positioning, and so on. They do this to increase market share, earn royalty payments, and for many other illicit reasons.

    Since the good old days, labels have been known for paying radio stations and DJs to constantly play their artists’ songs on the radio, making them popular. This type of undercover agreement and secret payment is called payola. Today, the same concept is being applied to streaming services, except this time they are buying fake streams.

    Apparently, labels use streaming farms to help artificially increase streams, creating “Hits” and therefore earning more money. How do they work? The tech “mimics fans listening to the same song hundreds of times at a specific period of time.”

    In addition to getting a song to reach the top of the charts, streaming farms can also make labels more money from royalties. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer all over again. As big recording companies and popular stars get even more popular, independent labels and artists receive a bigger blow.

    The latest of the labels being accused of such behavior is Atlantic Records. The American recording company has had a difficult past couple of days after the news of bot usage broke on the internet. It is being blamed for increasing the number of views on many of its artists’ videos, particularly rapper and singer-songwriter Don Toliver’s “Do It Right.” 

    What Did Atlantic Records Reply?

    The company replied to the accusations by saying, "Atlantic Records has never used bots for any of our artists." A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, 100 gecs, Charlie Puth, Coldplay, Kodak Black, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Weezer, and among others are signed with Atlantic Records. The social media community is pointing fingers at a long list of artists, although it’s unclear whether they are involved in the alleged claims. 

    Along with Toliver, Lil Uzi Vert, and Roddy Ricch, are also being speculated. Toliver’s rep released a statement saying, “While we conduct our own investigation into the allegations, we urge Atlantic Records to do the same—to protect the integrity of not only their roster of artists but their reporting metrics.”

    The fact is, it’s really difficult to run a fair system. Bots have become part of the normal way of conduct and to make them disappear altogether is close to impossible. The only way to go is to trust that record labels, managers, and artists will rely on authentic and real engagement rather than bots.

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      Posted on November 21, 2022

      Thanksgiving 2022: What Are Our Clients Thankful For This Year?

      By John Reynolds
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      Despite our desire for warmer weather, this time of harvest and plenty reminds us that, we have a lot to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are immensely thankful for our talented clientele. 

      Our amazing roster is full of extraordinary people, each with their own creative talent! Let us see what our top clients are thankful for this year!

      Kelly Monrow

      artist musician, music promotion, independent artist, groover music, independent musicians
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      I’m grateful for my friends and family who support me in my music journey and life. I am grateful to have a team like MPT Agency around me that I can trust and that I know has my best interest at heart and truly believes in me. It’s this kind of energy on a team that breeds success.

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      J Aktive

      artist musician, music promotion, independent artist, groover music, independent musicians
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      I'm thankful that I was able to reach 1 million streams on the launch of my new album "BAD LUV", thanks to MPT Agency. As cliche as that may sound, that's all I really cared about this year. 

      I'm also thankful to actually be written up in numerous articles so when you google my name I can feel like an official artist. Outside of that, I'm just happy to be surrounded by friends and family members who appreciate me for who I am.

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      Dean the Dream

      artist musician, music promotion, independent artist, groover music, independent musicians
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      I am thankful for my health, and I'm also thankful for MusicPromoToday which helped me grow my career. It's a hard road when you're an independent artist, but I'm thankful to MPT Agency for really helping me become the artist I want to be. Here's to the future and to another solid campaign!


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      TEF XL

      artist musician, music promotion, independent artist, groover music, independent musicians
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      Wow, it's been a busy year full of new growth! We have celebrated 4 single releases and learned a tremendous amount about brand building through ads, press, and social media.  We are now on our journey into merch, brand sponsorship, and music sync. 

      I chose MusicPromoToday as a partner after a lot of heavy research ... and it paid off. With them, I have built a team that has become more than partners, they are friends. We celebrate music milestones, but so much more than that. Salute to all of the "amazing humans" I can now call friends that also happen to be talented "AF" at what they do. 

      Here's to another amazing year of growth and leveling up!

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      Emily

      artist musician, music promotion, independent artist, groover music, independent musicians
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      This year I’m incredibly grateful to still be able to do what I love and make music that resonates with people. I was so lucky to meet MusicPromoToday right at a time when I was giving up on getting my music heard and they made it all possible with their incredible team. I'm grateful for them for sure :)

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      Steven Charles

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      This season I’m most thankful for the support of my family & friends and for the hard work of the MPT Agency. They have been integral to the growth of my fan base and the exposure of my music to newer & bigger audiences. I’m super thankful to have had them in my corner this year working tirelessly to help build my brand. Looking forward to working together in the future. Thanks, MPT!

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      Final Thoughts

      There you have it, folks, thanking your friends, family, fans, and the team is the bottom line of this thanksgiving. Artists create the beautiful work we consume every day, but it takes people to inspire and promote it. To all the unsung heroes in music, this thanksgiving we thank you. 

      With the help of MPT Agency, well-known artists from all over the world are able to focus on their work each day as we drive traffic to their accounts. Make sure you check out our blog frequently and follow us on Instagram for more updates on music marketing to learn about further services that help advance your musical career.


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