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16th September 2017


The battle against Spotify just intensified massively as now, more than a hundred notable musicians, including Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, the Black Keys and Zach De La Rocha have filed legal paperwork to force the music streaming service to pay them a fair royalty rate.

Last week, Spotify attorneys decided that the reproductive mechanical license doesn't apply to streaming services meaning the previously derisory rate paid to artists was now zero but thankfully, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) CEO David Israelite challenged this.

The NMPA represents all of the major music publishers including Universal Publishing Music Group, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV and you can see CEO Israelite's response to Spotify's decision right here.

As well as the artists mentioned above, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, David Cassidy, the heirs of Sony Bono, Kim Gordon and actor Anthony Hopkins, who moonlights in classical composition, are also on the list.

You can read the legal paperwork the artists have filed on Digital Music News right here.

This case is potentially worth billions and could well bring about the complete downfall of Spotify who have been knowingly ripping off musicians for some years now. At the root of the situation is a recently-drafted, $43million settlement over unpaid mechanicals.

This was actually signed before Spotify decided that the entire mechanical license somehow did not apply to them and now the overwhelming sentiment is that $43million is an insult.

According to the plaintiffs, after legal fees, the entire group of writers and publishers have $28.7million left over and after dividing that by over 7.5 million potential claimants, and the per-award fee is around $3.84.

Digital Music News say that "in the unlikely event that the agreement stands, none of the musicians will buy into the settlement. Instead, they'll pursue separate claims, with damages reaching $150,000 per infringed work".

In July, Bluewater Music Services and Bob Gaudio filed their own lawsuits, with damages approaching $365million. This led to Spotify's eventual decision to challenge the entire license itself.

We are urging all music fans to boycott Spotify and not use Spotify's 'services' until this matter is resolved as their business model is effectively based on blatant theft from the artists who create the music we love.

We will be watching developments on this matter closely and keeping you up to date. In the meantime, please help keep music alive by not using Spotify.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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