News

Indie artists could be banned from YouTube

Indie artists could be banned from YouTube

YOUTUBE: Some indie artists could be "banned" from the video-sharing site in the coming days. Photo: Associated Press

Acts including Adele and the Arctic Monkeys are facing a video ban on YouTube amid reports their record labels are refusing to comply with the website’s new terms.

Bosses at the video-sharing website are set to introduce a new subscription-based music service which will allow paying visitors to avoid advertising.

Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, says “90 percent” of the music industry has agreed to the new rules, but some independent labels are holding out over claims bigger companies have been offered better deals.

Among those reportedly refusing to sign up are XL Recordings, which represents Adele and The xx, and Domino, which boasts the Arctic Monkeys on its roster.

Kyncl has confirmed labels which do not comply with the new terms face having their artists’ videos removed “in the coming days.”

He adds to the Financial Times, “While we wish that we had a 100 percent success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal (sic) and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry to launch the enhanced music experience.”

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

EL James takes ‘Fifty Shades’ of heat during Twitter Q&A

Fresh
eljames

#AskELJames backfired in terrific style because of course it did.

in Entertainment

20 years after ‘Showgirls,’ Elizabeth Berkley comes ‘full circle’

Fresh
berkley

The former "Saved by the Bell" actress starred as an exotic dancer in the film, which was initially slammed by critics and flopped at the box office.

in Music

Rihanna adopts a ‘toilet’ dog

Fresh
rihanna

The "Umbrella" singer was enjoying a night out when a bathroom break turned into a puppy pick-up.

in Entertainment

‘I am Chris Farley’ will make you laugh, cry

24-overlay14

A documentary about the beloved comedian who died in 1997 opens in theaters next month.

in Entertainment

NBC dumps Trump

11-overlay8

NBC cut ties with the 2016 presidential candidate after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month.