Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records Will Be Receiving Some of the Highest Royalty Rates on iTunes Radio

Major Label Artists at Dark Star Records will be receiving some of the Highest Royalty Rates for their music on iTunes Radio because of their Partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Dark Star Records Artists included in the deal are: Black and White, Blackfinger, Bloodstream Parade, Bloody Mary, Conquest, Daisy Chain, DD Rand, Deepest Symphony, Drop, Grigori 3, Hammeron, Herman Ze German Rarebell, House Of Holland, Jeff Swan, Lords of Meat, Low Twelve, Lydian Sea, Matt Mercado, Metal Shop, Pist, Ript, Rival, Sacred Dawn, Shatter Their Illusion, Shooting Hemlock , Slam Bang, Slave Driver, Supermercado, The Projectionists, True Witness and Two Ton Anvil. “This is a Huge Deal for us”. Quotes Dark Star Records Label President ~Jeffrey A. Swanson. “As streaming music will most likely play a key role in the future of digital media”.

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Ahead of its launch of an online radio service Apple AAPL -0.56% circulated terms to independent record labels last week, many of them more generous to the music companies than what rival Pandora Media P +2.14% currently pays.

Apple intends to pay royalties to labels based on a blend of how many times listeners hear their songs and how much advertising Apple sells, according to the terms, which were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

During iTunes Radio’s first year, Apple will pay a label 0.13 cents each time a song is played, as well as 15% of net advertising revenue, proportionate to a given label’s share of the music played on iTunes. In the second year, that bumps up to 0.14 cents per listen, plus 19% of ad revenue.

That compares to the 0.12 cents Pandora pays labels per listen on its free service. Apple is also offering music publishers more than twice as much in royalties than Pandora does.

Apple won’t have to pay royalties for some performances of songs that are already in listeners’ iTunes libraries, or songs that might be on an album that a listener owns just part of. Similarly, “Heat Seeker” tracks selected by iTunes for special promotions, are also exempted. Apple also doesn’t have to pay for songs listeners skip before 20 seconds have elapsed. The company only gets to avoid paying royalties for two songs per hour for any given user.

The terms for independent labels are similar but not identical to those given to the three major record companies – Vivendi SA VIV.FR +1.50%’s Universal Music Group, Access Industries Inc.’s Warner Music Group and Sony Corp. 6758.TO +1.70%’s Sony Music Entertainment – which are expected to receive cash advances against future royalties.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Pandora was criticized by members of the band Pink Floyd in a recent USA Today opinion piece for complaining it pays too much in royalties to make a profit and asking artists to support its efforts to get a law passed that would cut the fees it pays.

Pandora founder Tim Westergren said Wednesday that it isn’t fair to compare Apple’s royalty rates with Pandora’s because the services work differently, and that different features on the two services could trigger different royalty payments.

“It’s apples and oranges,” said Mr. Westergren, referring to the two services.

The ad revenue iTunes Radio generates might not necessarily be more significant than Pandora’s. People familiar with Apple’s thinking said the company is primarily hoping that iTunes Radio will encourage listeners to buy the tracks they like at the iTunes Store and help the tech giant sell more iPhones, iPods and other hardware.

Though music sales are slipping fast across the industry with the growth of subscription streaming services that offer unlimited music for a monthly fee, Apple is likely to stick for now to its business model of selling songs on iTunes. That business has become marginally profitable in recent years, these people said – as long as that model remains sustainable.

The new radio service gives Apple a venue to develop its iAd system – a mobile advertising platform for Apple devices that allows third-party developers to embed their apps with ads, these people added.

The iTunes Radio licensing document also includes several references to terms for the use of music in talk, weather, sports and news programming on the new service. The agreement said Apple wouldn’t have to pay the independent labels royalties for snippets of music used in the background of those sorts of programs. But it’s unlikely Apple will invest much in creating such programming, given that it has long shied from creating its own content.

Clear Channel Communications Inc. Chief Executive Bob Pittman said recently that only a tiny fraction of the people who listen to iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital service, listen online to such programming.

by Jeffrey A Swanson / Publisher / Editor / Writer

 

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Dark Star Records Artists will come standard in the new BMW 5 Series

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Dark Star Records Artists will come standard in the new BMW 5 Series as part of a deal with the U.K. based music streaming service rara.com billed as the first direct-to-car music streaming service in Europe. Major Label Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment is part of a deal with rara.com that includes the labels entire catalog of over 50 titles to be available for streaming direct from the dashboard of the new BMW 5 Series. Unlike most other in-car streaming services currently available throughout Europe, rara.com’s fully integrated offering is built into the vehicle allowing users to instantly stream music without needing to plug in a smartphone. Launched in December 2011, London-based rara.com currently operates in 33 international markets, including U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. In addition to its new BMW offering, the service is available to access via the web and on Windows 8, iOS and Android devices. “The digital music landscape is always changing” quotes Dark Star Records President Jeffrey A. Swanson. “Right now we are focusing heavily on streaming music services like: Pandora, Rdio, Jango, Spotify, Slacker, Rara.com, Etc. as we see the world is embracing these evolutionary ways to discover and listen to new music”. “The deal with BMW and rara.com is a major milestone in the evolution of digital music distribution, and everyone at Dark Star Records is very excited to be a part of this historic deal.

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Black Sabbath’s New Album 13 is #1 in 23 Countries

Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath 13

“13” track listing:

01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)

Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:

09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)

Total running time (with bonus tracks): 68 minutes, 42 seconds

Black Sabbath

The Classic Pioneers of Metal “Black Sabbath” return with a vengeance after 35 years with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler. The new album 13 produced by Rick Rubin is number one in 23 countries and is expected to sell between 120,000 to 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site “Hits Daily Double”. Several versions of “13” are available for order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and the “Super Deluxe Box Set”, which contains the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band’s reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics. The drum tracks on the album were laid down by Rage Against the Machine sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion. Black Sabbath kicked off its world tour in support of “13” on April 20th, 2013.

Classic Black Sabbath

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Indianapolis Metal Fest III to be Held at the Old National Centre

Dark Star Records is proud to be a Sponsor for Indianapolis Metal Fest III, and features four of their top artists CONQUEST, LOW TWELVE, TWO TON ANVIL and BLOODY MARY. Rob Mason, the event’s promoter has just announced the location for the two day metal festival and has issued this press release:

Indianapolis Metal Fest III

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Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell Is Writing Her New Novel Based On The Cult Classic Vampire Film Jezebeth

Visible ScarsWhen Director Richard Turke wanted to turn his horror thriller movie “Visible Scars” into a novel, he didn’t want just any novelist, he wanted a novelist who is fast becoming one of the brightest stars in the book world, so he got Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell to write the novel based on the motion picture “Visible Scars”. Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell’s new trail blazing novel “Visible Scars” now coming out as an e-book in late June and the print novel coming out in July. And, now the Jezebeth Franchise partners Damien Dante and Jeffrey A. Swanson are pleased to announce that Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell will soon begin writing her new novel Jezebeth based on the Cult Classic Film that was Written, Directed and Produced by Damien Dante. Stephanie Elisabeth Campbell will also write novels based on Jezebeth 2 Hour of the Gun and Jezebeth 3 El Diablo, plus any and all Jezebeth films to come. “This will bring a whole new audience to the Jezebeth Franchise” quotes Damien Dante. Stephanie is a published selling novelist based in Germany. Her interests include history, traveling, classic movies and biographies. JezebethHer first novel was published at age 17. She is the author of many novels including: Specimen X, Poachers, Dragon Night, Tasting Silver, Keeping Freedom, Late but not Never, Cased Closed, Icy Tales of Draga, E is for Eternity and P.S. I Killed My Mother, all of which are being published or have been published by traditional houses. Look for “Jezebeth” the Novel to be available worldwide in bookstores everywhere before the end of the year.

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