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June 22, 2020

Record deals have been present since the earlier days of music recording but the structure of these deals have evolved with time and technology.⁣⁣


In the 60s the format of the LP grew, royalties in the UK ranged between 8-15%. The 70's introduced the independent label...

September 28, 2017

The essence of independent artistry is that music produced by the artist is done so independently from any major commercial record labels or their subsidiaries. The current ‘majors’ are Sony, Warner and the Universal Music Group; according to the Association of Indepen...

August 15, 2017

Music Piracy is considered a key threat to the continued development of the global music industry and investment in creators. The ways in which music piracy occurs changes every day with the evolution of technology and continues to be very damaging. It is a flexible te...

August 15, 2017

For most artists securing a record deal is the dream, it’s the goal of the hustle. Of course having the backing of a major label has its perks, suddenly you have the resources necessary to propel you to international stardom, with huge marketing and production budgets...

August 15, 2017

Put off by the sometimes onerous undertaking to obtain clearance, some upcoming artists gamble on the prospect of going undiscovered and record a sampled song without obtaining the relevant permission.  At YMB we always advise our young artists to have their legal and...

May 17, 2017

Are their ceilings left to break?

In short, yes. Habitually, reports analysing diversity in music show that while different types of people are entering the industry, at the top level managerial and senior positions these roles are disproportionately filled by middle cl...

May 9, 2017

Celebrities in contemporary culture have been associated with luxury, influence, wealth and greatness. This resulted in superstars being highly valued and the celebrity image being treated as a commodity. This value has led to the exploitation of the name, likeness, vo...

April 18, 2017

Miley Cyrus in an interview for Billboard Magazine voiced her opinions about her change of artistic direction. Miley's comments have received a hostile reception because her actions sit in a wider history of white artists exploiting and profiting of black art.

Here is w...

March 22, 2017

With the rise of artists getting independent success and the likes of Pharell Williams and LOX in a recent VLAD TV interview encouraging artists not to sign major record deals unless they have ownership of their masters, this subject seems an interesting discussion. 


March 15, 2017

I think we are all familiar with U.S. rap superstar Fetty Wap who has had global hit records such as "Trap Queen", "My Way" and "679" to name a few. Here at YMB our focus is all about the professionals behind the stars and educating creatives on the legal and business...

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