Month: octobre 2017

Former WMG boss Edgar Bronfman Jr starts new VC firm

We haven’t heard much (in a music-industry sense) from Edgar Bronfman Jr since he sold Warner Music Group to Access Industries in 2011, then stepped down as chairman a few months later.
Some interesting news this morning though: Bronfman is starting a new venture-capital company called Waverley Capital, which Bloomberg reports will be raising a $100m fund to target ‘media investments’.
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Source: Music ally

Lessons from Kobalt’s Laura Marling pre-save campaign

At our recent Sandbox Summit conference, Kobalt Music Recordings’ David Emery outlined three lessons learned from running a Spotify pre-save campaign for Laura Marling.
Now he’s turned the talk into a blog post, which makes good reading for any music marketer. We reported on his thoughts about getting away from your desk and inbox to have good ideas at the time, but another point focuses on fans.
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Hookd rebrands as Lickd and adds Hospital Records catalogue

We reported on the launch of Hookd in September: the British startup is launching a ‘pre-cleared, commercial music licensing solution for online video creators’. Basically a way for YouTubers to license labels’ tracks for use in their videos for as little as £6.
In the weeks since, there’s been a change: Hookd is now known as Lickd: a different name, if the same distrust of the letter ‘e’.
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Source: Music ally

Blockchain startup Guts Tickets raises $2.5m (so far) from ICO

Dutch startup Guts Tickets is one of the companies exploring blockchain technology’s potential for the music industry – but in its case, the focus is on selling tickets rather than recorded music.
The company has just raised $2.5m through 2017’s buzziest funding mechanism: an initial coin offering (ICO). However, this is just from the pre-sale: Guts Tickets says it expects to raise another $17m when the ICO gets officially underway on 17 November.
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Source: Music ally

Pandora taps its curators for 250+ ‘featured playlists’

As a free radio-style streaming service, Pandora has always been focused on ‘stations’ rather than playlists. But now with its premium tiers, the company is starting to follow its rivals in that space by curating playlists too.
“Today we launched Featured Playlists to help you find the perfect jam to set the mood for any moment, keep up with trending artists, and discover new music with over 250 playlists that are hand-picked and re-freshed… by our wickedly expert curators,” explained Pandora in a blog post.
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Source: Music ally

Apple HomePod keeps Siri voice commands for Apple Music

Business Insider has chosen its words carefully in an article about Apple’s new smart speaker: ‘Spotify won’t work with Siri on Apple’s HomePod’.
It’s sparked by a message published by Apple for app developers about the SiriKit tools for HomePod: “With the intelligence of Siri, users control HomePod through natural voice interaction. And with SiriKit, users can access iOS apps for Messaging, Lists, and Notes.”
Which is to say that these are the only categories of apps that will be able to use the HomePod speaker’s voice-control features. That doesn’t mean that the device won’t be able to play music from non-Apple streaming services (like Spotify) – their iOS apps will be able to use it as an external speaker by using Apple’s AirPlay feature.
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Source: Music ally

Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptions

Mixcloud’s plans for premium subscriptions will include the ability for individual DJs, curators and podcasters on its platform to launch subscriptions for their mixes and shows.
The streaming service’s ambitions to move beyond its traditional ad-supported model were revealed earlier this month, when it signed its first direct licensing deal, with Warner Music Group.
Since its launch in 2009, Mixcloud has differentiated itself from services like Spotify by focusing on long-form DJ mixes and radio-style shows, rather than a catalogue of individual tracks. That focus will extend to its premium-tier plans.
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Source: Music ally

India becomes world’s second-biggest smartphones market

China is the country with the highest smartphone shipments in the world, followed until now by the US in second place. Two different research companies reckon that India has just overtaken the latter country.
Canalys claims that more than 40m smartphones shipped in India in the third quarter of this year, representing growth of 23% year-on-year. Meanwhile Counterpoint Research agreed with the second-place finding, but also estimated that once non-smartphones were added in, a record 84m mobiles shipped in India last quarter.
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Source: Music ally

Intel AI tech helps create video for Chinese star Chris Lee

Here’s more evidence of music as a guinea pig for cutting-edge artificial-intelligence technology.
Just as Google is training some of its AI tech by getting it to create music, so Intel is testing some of its AI out on music videos. Specifically a video for Chinese pop star Chris Lee’s single ‘Rainy Day, But We Are Together’.
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Source: Music ally

Songkick app: ‘We won’t be selling tickets ourselves…’

Songkick the company is shutting down, ending its ticketing operations after a punishing legal battle with Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Songkick the concert-recommendations app, however, is very much alive and kicking, having been sold to Warner Music Group earlier this year.
To head off potential confusion for its users around the corporate-shutdown news, the app’s team published a blog post late last week to clear things up.
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Source: Music ally

Kickstarter’s Molly Neuman talks artists, crowdfunding and confidence

Molly Neuman has been head of music at Kickstarter for two years. She used her presentation at the BIME Pro conference in Bilbao to explain how her original career in music as a member of Riot Grrrl band Bratmobile informs the importance she places on community at the crowdfunding platform.
“My career began in community,” she said of the Washington DC scene which spawned not just her band but many of the other bands and labels – notably Fugazi, Dischord Records, Bikini Kill and K Records – that she loves and was inspired by.
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Source: Music ally

Crossfaith invites fans to unlock new track… by headbanging

Japanese metal band Crossfaith are encouraging fans to headbang in their own homes with a marketing campaign for their new EP ‘Freedom’.
Launched by label Sony Music and agency Ogilvy & Mather, the campaign gets fans to visit the band’s website and then headbang in front of their webcam, which unlocks a stream of a new song from the ‘electrocore metal’ band. But if they stop headbanging, the track stops playing.
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Source: Music ally

Sam Smith swaps Spotify for Apple Music in new video project

With every music-streaming service now keen on making original video projects with artists, should the latter pick one partner or find different creative treatments with several?
Sam Smith is taking the latter path. Having worked with Spotify on a vertical video for his comeback single ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’ which was embedded in a swathe of its top playlists, now he’s working with Apple Music on a different project.
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Source: Music ally

MelodyVR raises £15m more funding through share placings

Music virtual-reality startup MelodyVR is raising more money: £10m from a placing of new shares, and another £5m from the sale of shares by co-founders Anthony Matchett and Steven Hancock.
The company, which is listed on UK stock exchange AIM, plans to use its latest cash injection to continue building its library of original music/VR content, including live performances and other videos.
A number of US investors have agreed to buy the new shares, as MelodyVR plots its expansion into that market.
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Source: Music ally

Project Manager – Kobalt Music Group – London

JOB SUMMARY As Project Manager, you will manage primary communication and lead marketing efforts for clients with a focus on developing and breaking artists. Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, you will guide artist development efforts, provide marketing strategy for AWAL + artists, labels and management clients. You will work closely with the global marketing […]
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REPORT 410: AR SPECIAL–MUSIC’S AUGMENTED FUTURE

Lead: Take an in-depth look into the world of AR and ask if this is finally the time for a technology that has been knocking on the door for some time now to finally take off in a meaningful way. Beyond Music: Try these brilliant non-music apps to explore the current state of AR and […]
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Netflix raises $1.6bn for content acquisitions and originals

Netflix had already announced plans to spend between $7bn and $8bn on content in 2018, but there was a question about how the publicly-listed company planned to finance that investment in licensed shows and films, plus its own originals.
Now that question has been partially answered: yesterday Netflix raised $1.6bn of debt funding through a bond sale.
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Source: Music ally

Apple and Google app stores reached new heights in Q3 2017

The latest report from research firm App Annie claims that combined app downloads on iOS’ App Store and Android’s Google Play were nearly 26bn in the third quarter of this year.
That’s up 8% year-on-year, and as App Annie points out, the figure relates to new app installs, not reinstalls or app updates.
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Source: Music ally

Smart speakers to fuel ‘tenfold’ increase in smart-home devices

Research firm Forrester’s latest prediction for the smart-devices market focuses on the US alone, we should say. “Smart home devices are expected to grow tenfold between 2017 and 2022,” claimed the company in its latest blog post.
“Forrester expects the adoption of smart home devices in the US to be 10 times higher by 2022, driven by smart speakers and the devices that these speakers can control, such as smart bulbs and smart thermostats.”
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Source: Music ally

Facebook tests relegating page posts to secondary news feed

In recent years, we’ve regularly covered claims by digital marketers that posts from their pages are seeing their ‘organic’ (i.e. not paid for) reach decline. Less of their fans are seeing their posts unless they pay to boost their reach.
But now imagine a world where page posts are scrubbed from Facebook’s main news feed completely. Tests that the social network has been conducting in a few countries sparked a hubbub about that prospect yesterday.
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Source: Music ally

EFF denies that stream-ripping is intrinsically illegal

In its recent ‘Notorious Markets’ submission to the US Trade Representative, the RIAA took aim once again at stream-ripping websites, which enable people to rip YouTube videos into downloadable MP3 files.
Now campaigning body the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has criticised the RIAA’s line of argument in its own submission to the Representative. After defending content delivery networks (like CloudFlare) and domain-name registrars from claims that they protect piracy sites, the EFF addresses stream-ripping.
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CD Baby joins the pre-saves party on Spotify

In December 2016, Kobalt launched a campaign for Laura Marling that enabled fans to ‘pre-save’ her next album, automatically adding it (and its advance tracks) to their Spotify playlists as soon as they were available.
Since then, other labels and distributors have developed similar tools, capitalising on a feature in Spotify’s API that hadn’t previously been used in this way. Now distributor CD Baby is joining the club, with a pre-save option in its Show.co marketing platform that rolls over to become simply a ‘save’ feature once an album is out.
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