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2021 Year In Review by In-Store/Overhead Music Curators

We reached out to a handful of the hundreds of in-store/overhead music curators that we work with and asked them to provide us with their top music releases from 2021: the songs they programmed the most in their channels, their personal favorites and their favorites from Shoplifter! Below is what we received, enjoy! Also, we compiled them all into a few playlists for your own listening enjoyment. TOP 5 MOST PROGRAMMED TOP 5 PERSONAL FAVORITES TOP 5 RECEIVED FROM SHOPLIFTER Steve Zanardi, Music Curator at Spectrio TOP 5 MOST PROGRAMMED * Good 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo * Leave the Door Open – Silk Sonic * Save Your Tears – The Weeknd * Levitating – Dua Lipa * Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran TOP 5 PERSONAL FAVORITES * How High – The Record Company * Madelyn – Anderson East * Like a Kid – Michigan Rattlers * Tell Me How it Feels – Cardinal Black * Dancing On My Own – Willie Watson TOP 5 RECEIVED FROM SHOPLIFTER * Breadwinner – Kacey Musgraves * The Underdog – Big Mother Gig * Up All Night – Aaron Lee Tasjan * Freedom – Jon Batiste * Dancing in the Kitchen – LANY Dallas Osborn, Head of Music Curation at Rockbot TOP 5 MOST PROGRAMMED * Saint PHNX – Happy Place * Forrest Nolan – Summer Vibe * Tai Verdes – A-O-K * Fitz – Head Up High * Pale Waves – Easy TOP 5 PERSONAL FAVORITES * nothing,nowhere – Trauma Factory *… Read More »2021 Year In Review by In-Store/Overhead Music Curators

A Primer On In-Store Music Licensing

The exposure that artists receive from having their songs playing in stores, restaurants and other businesses is dramatic. From increased Shazam numbers, to an uptick in social media chatter, to just getting consumers to hear a song, the value of in-store play is well-founded. In-store music is provided by any one of a number of providers who generally provide both playlists (either custom-curated or genre-based programs) and devices/audio equipment. These providers typically cover retailers for all the licensing needs that arise from in-store music. The licensing of music is quite complicated and is driven by what type of technology is utilized when delivering music to each store.  Labels, publishers and artists are often confused and, as an important partner for the music business, we often get asked about how it works. So, we decided to publish this primer on in-store music licensing, to help clear the waters. Thanks to Gary Greenstein of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for some editorial suggestions. First, just a refresher that every song consists of 2 separated copyrighted works – the master (the sound recording) and the composition (the musical work). And so in every licensing scenario, both need to be addressed. MUSICAL WORK PERFORMANCE: Let’s start with the universal license needed whenever a piece of music plays in a store: the public performance license for compositions. Regardless of how a piece of music arrives at a store, anytime it plays and the ears of the public can hear it, there is a performance right of the musical work copyright owner… Read More »A Primer On In-Store Music Licensing