Digital Radio Report

Q4 2017

SoundExchange Surpasses $5 Billion in Royalties Paid

We crossed a significant milestone in December 2017 – our cumulative sound recording performance royalty distributions surpassed $5 billion. We have always kept our focus on music creators since beginning this journey in 2003 and look forward to continuing to serve as stewards of the creative community.

In Q4 2017, we also continued to participate in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). We achieved a rate increase for SiriusXM’s satellite radio service of more than 40 percent, from 11 percent of revenue to 15.5 percent of revenue from 2018 through 2022. We accomplished many great things in 2017 and expect more success in 2018.

SoundExchange Paid-to-Date


SoundExchange 2017 Payments


Paid to recording artists and rights owners

SoundExchange Q4 2017 Payments


Paid to recording artists and rights owners

Q4 2017 payees 24,795
1 = 5,000 Payees

The SoundExchange Effect

Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision in Royalty Rate Determination Case

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on December 14 issued its decision on the determination of rates for SiriusXM’s satellite radio service, as well as for the cable television music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak, from 2018 through 2022.

Satellite Radio Royalty Rates, 2013 - 2022

The CRB increased the rates for SiriusXM by more than 40 percent, from 11 percent of revenue to 15.5 percent of revenue, effective January 1, 2018. SiriusXM is the only satellite radio service in the United States and reported revenues of $5 billion in 2016. By contrast, the CRB reduced the rates for Music Choice’s and Muzak’s services from 8.5 percent to 7.5 percent of revenue.

“We thank the CRB for its work and appreciate their consideration of the case we laid out,” SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said. “SoundExchange is dedicated to our mission of ensuring that creators are properly recognized and compensated for the use of their work. And while the Copyright Royalty Board did not adopt the rates we proposed for SiriusXM, its ruling demonstrates an important step in the right direction toward valuing the contributions of the music creators represented by SoundExchange.”

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The Best of 2017:
The Chainsmokers and Niall Horan Top Our Charts

2017 was a great year for music. The number one track of 2017 belonged to The Chainsmokers for “Closer,” featuring Halsey. Former One Direction member Niall Horan was the most streamed Breakout Artist of 2017. A quick look at our year-end charts reminds us just how many great tracks and powerful artists we heard.

Did you forget? Then let our charts showing digital radio’s Top 20 Tracks and Breakout Artists of the year remind you.

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Iconic Recording Artist Pat Boone Receives SoundExchange Fair Play Award

Legendary recording artist Pat Boone received the SoundExchange Fair Play Award on October 17 during the 48th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards in recognition of his decades of support for music creators.

We created the SoundExchange Fair Play Award to recognize the contributions of members of the entertainment community who fight in the public policy arena on behalf of music creators and the entire creative community.

SXWorks Announces Board of Directors

It’s official–the Board of Directors of SXWorks has been named. SoundExchange formed SXWorks when it acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) in May 2017. SXWorks is focused on providing administrative services to music publishers. CMRRA, a music licensing collective, manages reproduction rights to the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada, across all areas of exploitation for music publishers.

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe will serve as Chairman of the Board of SXWorks. The newly appointed SXWorks Board of Directors is comprised of eleven individuals, including five music publishers and six SoundExchange executives. In addition to Huppe, other SXWorks board members include:

Peter Brodsky

Executive Vice President Business and Legal Affairs
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

David Kokakis

Executive Vice President/Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Business Development and Digital
Universal Music Publishing Group

Clark Miller

Executive Vice President, North America Operations
Warner/Chappell Music

Neville Quinlan

Managing Director
Peermusic Canada
Canadian Publishers Committee

David Renzer

Chairman and CEO
Spirit Music Group

Jonathan Bender

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Conlon

Chief External Affairs Officer

Mark Eisenberg

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Colin Rushing

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Anjula Singh

Chief Financial Officer

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SoundExchange develops business solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 155,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $5 billion in royalties. SXWorks, a SoundExchange subsidiary created with the acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), provides global administration and support services to music publishers for multiple licensing activities.