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Halfway through 2018, the United States music business “continues its comeback story, powered by great new music, talented artists and a re-invented record industry.”
Today the United States Senate unanimously passed H.R. 1551 the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by more than 80 Senators that updates the music licensing system for the digital age. The comprehensive bill includes the CLASSICS Act, legislation that guarantees artists and labels who recorded…

One Step Closer

September 12, 2018 | Music Notes Blog

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) is the result of a united music community working hand-in-hand to ensure fair treatment by services like SiriusXM who have refused to pay legacy artists and their labels for the performance of their recordings.  The fight began years ago in state court with a finding…

RIAA's August Gold & Platinum Awards

September 7, 2018 | Gold & Platinum

In August, RIAA certified 253 Song Awards and 57 Album Awards.
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 18 groups representing virtually the entire United States music community issued the following joint statement regarding the announcement of a U.S.-Mexico agreement in principle on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). STATEMENT OF A2IM, AIMP, ASCAP, AFM, AMA, BMI, CMPA, CMTA, GMA, GMR, The Living…
21 Songs and 3 Albums From the King of Pop Earn New Certifications Leading Into Diamond Celebration Of His Birthday

RIAA's July Gold & Platinum Awards

August 13, 2018 | Gold & Platinum

In July, RIAA certified 128 Song Awards and 25 Album Awards.
Consumer research expert Russ Crupnick from MusicWatch, Inc. released results from a study on the hottest topics on social media.
As part of the 60th anniversary celebration of its prestigious Gold & Platinum Awards Program (, yesterday the RIAA presented Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin with a plaque commemorating the first ever Gold Album Certification, the soundtrack to “Oklahoma!” (Capitol Records) sung by Gordon MacRae.  The presentation took place at…