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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:10pm

Here's more newsworthy news, slimmed down to a low-carb format:

Clear Channel has secured another deal that apparently has them pay a small on-air royalty to a group of labels and artists in exchange for a discount on streaming royalties -- this time with rpm entertainment, "a new country music label, management, and publishing company." Read more in a press release here.

Digital audio tech provider AdsWizz has secured a deal to connect digital pureplay and streamed AM/FM radio groups like 1.FM, Hall Communications, and Rich Broadcasting to TargetSpot's digital audio ad network. Read more in a press release here.

Entercom, Glassnote Group swap on-air royalties for streaming discount

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 12:30pm

Here's yet another "marketplace deal" that has a major U.S. broadcaster paying a label an on-air royalty in exchange for decreased streaming royalties. Glassnote Entertainment Group, an independent label and sound recording copyright owner now has a deal with broadcast radio group Entercom Communications.

As the announcement is phrased, Glassnote will "directly participate, along with its artists, in Entercom's over-the-air broadcast radio revenues."

As we've reported, U.S. radio broadcasters aren't required to pay royalties to the owners of sound recording copyrights for on-air play -- but do pay owners and performers for online plays. Obviously, the music industry and performers want to get paid for on-air use of their copyright recordings. At the recent Internet Radio Fairness Act House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, Hubbard Radio President/CEO Bruce Reese (who also represented the National Association of Broadcasters) was pressed repeatedly on radio's broadcast exemption when it comes to sound recording royalties (our coverage is here). Reese responded by saying he would look for more deals in the marketplace that would get copyright owners paid. He was nearly certainly referring to deals such as today's.

Entercom has a similar deal with the Big Machine Label Group (our coverage here). Glassnote (and Big Machine, for that matter) also have similar deals with Clear Channel (coverage here and here).

Glassnote artists include Phoenix, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, and Mumford and Sons (pictured).

Clear Channel last week announced a deal of this type with DashGo (here). Clear Channel also has an agreement with classical label Naxos.

Clear Channel announces new on-air/streaming royalties deal with music group

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 1:25pm

Clear Channel has forged another music rights deal that likely trades a small payment for on-air play for a discount (or waiver) for online streaming.

Broadcasters aren't required to pay royalties to the owners of sound recording copyrights for on-air play -- but do pay owners and performers for online plays. The music industry has long bemoaned radio's sound performance royalty exemption.

Back to last week's Internet Radio Fairness Act House Judiciary subcommittee hearing (here's audio of it)... Hubbard Radio President/CEO Bruce Reese (who also represented the National Association of Broadcasters) was pressed repeatedly on this topic (our coverage is here). Reese responded by saying he would look for more deals in the marketplace that would get copyright owners paid. He was nearly certainly referring to arrangements that Clear Channel has struck this year with copyright owners like Big Machine Label Group, Glassnote Entertainment Group, and Naxos.

Clear Channel today adds to that list, and announced an agreement with DashGo, Inc. "a digital content distribution and marketing engine for labels, podcasters, and artists." Like the prior agreements, Clear Channel described the deal as an "agreement that will help drive growth and innovation in Internet radio. As part of this new relationship, DashGo will share in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast revenues, aligning the business interests of both companies and helping to build a sustainable market in Internet radio."

DashGo represents over 100 label and artist partners (Weezer (pictured), Rock Mafia, Coconut Records, Delicious Vinyl, and Time Records) and approximately 100,000 songs.

iHeartRadio builds app for new Logitech UE Smart Radio device

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:20pm

Clear Channel has announced its iHeartRadio Internet radio platform is now available on the Logitech UE Smart Radio device.

The UE Smart Radio is Logitech's replacement for the well-knows Squeezebox line. Like the Squeezebox, users can stream content from online radio stations, music services, and their music libraries over their home computer network.

IHeartRadio features streams from more than 1,500 broadcast radio stations, plus the user-generated "custom stations" (a la Pandora).

We have prior coverage of the UE Smart Radio here

Election season may have driven broadcasters' October streaming growth

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 1:00pm

The Webcast Metrics October Domestic Ranker shows top streaming broadcasters all posting low double-digit percentage AAS (average active sessions) growth in the past month. Pureplay webcasters showed either modest growth of were flat.

One theory is that this growth was spurred by increased interest in political radio in the lead up to the November federal elections.

Cox Radio AAS jumped 30% since September in the M-Su 6a-12M ranking, and NPR Member Stations were up 28% (in the case of NPR, this is likely attributable to new stations's addition to the measurement panel). Cox and Clear Channel are both showing healthy growth over the past 12 months (AAS up 50% for Cox, and 87% for Clear Channel) and in calendar-year 2012 (49% for Cox; 40% for Clear Channel). (Note: Last late year, Clear Channel had just added other major broadcasters' streams to iHeartRadio, like Cumulus').

Pandora continued to pad to its enormous listening lead over the rest of the entire panel (Pandora's mere 3% increase in October represents a 40,742 AAS, which by itself is nearly twice the AAS of this ranker's current #6 webcaster). The leading webcaster is also up 35% this year.

Most other pureplay webcasters' performance wasn't nearly as impressive. Slacker is up 31% in the past 12 months, but that period began before it completely absorbed the AOL Radio streams. Note that former top pureplay webcasters 977Music.com and Digitally Imported are no longer in this ranking.

See the complete Triton Digital October Webcast Metrics report (with its cool new look) here. For comparison purposes, our coverage of the October 2011 rankings is here; and here for September 2012.

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio tops 135 million downloads, 20 million registered users

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 10:50pm

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced last week that its iHeartRadio mobile application has now been downloaded more than 135 million times.

Clear Channel says the iHeartRadio network attracts more than 48 million unique visitors a month.

The iHeartRadio platform offers both streams of Clear Channel's (and others') broadcast programming, and the service's "Custom Stations" -- listener-influenced radio available only on the app and online (similar to Pandora).

Clear Channel also reports iHeartRadio has more than 20 million registered users.

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