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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Source: Music ally

Universal Music to work on AR / VR experiences with Within

We’ve been writing about virtual reality startup Within since it was founded under the name of Vrse by Chris Milk, the filmmaker whose previous projects included the famous ‘Wilderness Downtown’ interactive video for Arcade Fire.
Now Within has signed a high-profile music partnership with Universal Music Group, to make both virtual AND augmented reality experiences for some of the label group’s artists.
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Source: Music ally

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

VP Digital Marketing – Kobalt Music Recordings – London

We’re looking for a VP Digital Marketing, UK & International to join the Kobalt Music Recordings team and work with our growing roster of emerging and established artists from all over the world. Based in our London office and reporting to the General Manager, you will lead on all areas of digital marketing strategy, working […]
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Study predicts sharp growth for average iPhone app spend

American iPhone owners spent an average of $47 on apps in 2016 according to research firm SensorTower. But it expects that to grow to $63 this year, $77 in 2018 and $88 in 2019.
That’s 86% growth from 2016 to 2019, although the app category hoovering up the lion’s share of this spending will come as no surprise: games.
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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

Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights

Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017, compared to overall industry growth of 8.1%. But as ‘Despacito’ has shown, the Latin boom extends way beyond the US.
That was a topic explored during the Latin Music, Latin Market: What Does ‘Latin’ Really Mean? panel at the BIME Pro 2017 conference in Bilbao this week.
Among the assertions: global streaming services have been instrumental in taking Latin music to a crossover global audience, and also that lyric-translation sites and apps may help propel it to the next level.
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Source: Music ally

Why the Release Radar playlist is Spotify’s secret weapon

How to get songs onto popular Spotify playlists like New Music Friday and RapCaviar is a hot topic for labels in 2017. But it seems that they’re all being outperformed in terms of streams by a playlist that can’t be pitched to: the algorithmic Release Radar.
That’s according to Bryan Johnson, director of artists and management at Spotify UK, who was speaking on a Developing New Artists in the Digital Age panel at the BIME conference in Bilbao today.
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Source: Music ally

UMG, Kobalt, Amazon and more confirmed for NY:LON Connect 2018

More speakers have been confirmed for the NY:LON Connect conference that Music Ally and the Music Business Association are holding in New York early in 2018.
Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz; Amazon Music director Ryan Redington; SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste andASCAP CEO Beth Matthews will be joining (previously announced) Spotify chief content officer Stefan Blom at the event on 23-24 January.
Universal Music SVP of digital strategy and business development Jonathan Dworkin and Warner Music SVP of global business development and strategy Tracy Gardner will also kick off the event with a panel discussion on the future of music-streaming.
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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

Ticketmaster to offer mentoring for FastForward alumni

With two Amsterdam conferences plus a London event under its belt, FastForward is starting to explore the potential for building a network of its young industry attendees.
The company has announced a partnership with Ticketmaster to deliver mentoring for a small group of its attendees. Six Ticketmaster (and parent company Live Nation) execs will each take on one person for 12 months, offering them regular advice on their career.
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Source: Music ally

YouTube Best.Cover.Ever talent contest launches next month

YouTube has revealed the launch date for its Best.Cover.Ever talent contest, which will challenge young wannabes to cover tracks by an array of popular artists.
The competition will kick off on 20 November, and as previously announced is hosted by rapper Ludacris, with Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys among the artists judging entries, which were covers of some of their famous hits.
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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

With 16m music subscribers Amazon is no longer a dark horse

We’ll stress upfront that this isn’t an official announcement from Amazon: the company hasn’t abandoned its policy of keeping its key music stats to itself.
Instead, this is an estimate from Midia Research, claiming that with 16 million subscribers across Prime Music and Music Unlimited, Amazon is now the third biggest music-subscription service in the world behind Spotify and Apple Music. Fourth place is taken by Chinese service QQ Music with an estimated 10 million subscribers.
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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

Spotify investor claims Spotify could be worth $100bn one day

Shock news! An investment firm thinks that one of the companies that it has a stake in will see its valuation increase fivefold in the coming years!
GP Bullhound’s claim that Spotify’s valuation will shoot up from $20bn when it goes public to $100bn in the future should probably be filed alongside recent claims by Goldman Sachs – an investor in both Universal Music’s parent company Vivendi and in Spotify – that UMG is worth $23.5bn while the paid streaming market will grow to $28bn by 2030.
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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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Source: Music ally

K-Pop band BTS team up with Line for characters and merch

Japanese messaging app Line has always made a big thing of its animated characters, which are used as ‘stickers’ in its users’ conversations, as well as appearing in mobile games, merchandise and cartoons.
Now the company is working with one of the biggest K-Pop bands, BTS, on their own range of characters. BT21 are eight characters ‘designed’ by the band, and made available through Line’s range of apps on 26 September.
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Native Instruments raises €50m in new funding round

DJ-tech firm Native Instruments has raised a €50m (around $58.8m) funding round from private-equity company EMH Partners. The firm says it plans to use the cash to fuel “rapid international growth” as well as developing new digital services for its users.
Native Instruments says it’s also planning a recruitment drive in Berlin, Los Angeles and London, with more details to be announced on its intentions early in 2018.
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Source: Music ally

Spotify launches ‘Rise’ programme for emerging artists

A few years ago, Spotify had an initiative called ‘Spotlight’ which picked out its new acts to watch, promoting them in its local markets. Hozier, Tove Lo and Jack Garratt were among the beneficiaries.
But Spotlight didn’t happen at the start of 2017: we were told at the time that the plan was to replace it with something more ambitious. On Friday, that was announced: Rise will choose 16 emerging artists a year, initially in the US, Canada and UK, and give them a boost through playlists, online and offline advertising, ‘experiential events’ and other original content.
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Source: Music ally

Brexit and the future of the British music industry (guest column)

This guest column comes from Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright:
“Last month, thousands of people crowded together in the Eventim Apollo theatre in Hammersmith to celebrate some of the best of British music at the Mercury Awards.
The eventual winner, Sampha’s ‘Process’, was hailed as a challenging, individual kind of album and a fitting recipient of the award. It’s just the latest indication that British music, by almost all accounts, is in rude health.
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Demi Lovato YouTube documentary gets 3.5m views in three days

Demi Lovato’s exclusive documentary for YouTube has been watched 3.5m times in the first three days after it launched.
The documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, is a 78-minute long film about her current life, and is one of the first original-video music projects commissioned by YouTube to be made available for free supported by ads, rather than held behind its YouTube Red paywall.
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Source: Music ally

Vivendi Content boss: “My belief is that YouTube’s DNA is free”

Dominique Delport is the chairman of Vivendi Content and MD of Havas Group, so he’s an interesting figure in terms of connecting the dots between Universal Music Group’s parent company and its advertising-giant arm. He gave a keynote at yesterday’s MIPCOM TV industry conference in Cannes and had plenty to say. Among the points he […]
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Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels

Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service, with a quota-based system applying to global and local playlists.
The move comes after longtime discussion within the industry about the extent to which Spotify promotes its own in-house curated playlists over those from label brands (like Digster, Filtr and Topsify) and independent curators.
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Spotify launches iOS app for musicians

Spotify has launched a new mobile app, but this one has a very specific group of users in mind: musicians.
The Spotify for Artists app goes live today for iOS, with the music-streaming service promising that an Android version will follow “really soon”.
The company is describing it as “a one-stop shop to track your new music as it goes live, control your presence on Spotify, and learn more about your listeners”.
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Kobalt Series D funding swells to $89m as Section 32 chips in

In May, music company Kobalt announced a $75m Series D funding round, led by media firm Hearst Entertainment. Now that round has increased to $89m.
The $14m ‘second installment’ was led by former Google Ventures partner Bill Maris’ new Section 32 fund, with Maris joining Kobalt’s board of directors as part of the funding.
Maris and Kobalt have history though: while at Google’s investment arm, the Silicon Valley veteran led a $60m funding round for Kobalt in February 2015.
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Source: Music ally

Digital Marketing Manager – Deviate Digital – London

This is a fantastic opportunity to be a key part of a successful and expanding marketing department within in a leading digital agency. You will work across a variety of campaigns from various sectors in the entertainment industry Company: Deviate Digital Role: Digital Marketing Manager Salary : Dependant on experience Apply via : jobs@deviate.digital YOU HAVE […]
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Digital marketing lessons from WMG, Kobalt and Lounge Books

Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London yesterday included three short’n’sharp sessions where digital marketers outlined the lessons they learned from recent campaigns.
Warner Music Group’s senior VP of global marketing Beth Appleton talked about influencer marketing.
“We know that they’re the new tastemakers. And ultimately we’ve got the potential to reach millions globally. And what we’re finding is it’s not all about YouTube: it’s about how we get the right piece of content, the right personality and the right story to the right audience,” she said.
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AEI Group’s Diluk Dias: ‘Vilifying YouTube is like moaning about the weather or Brexit’

“I am getting pretty fucking bored of the vilification of YouTube. It’s like moaning about the weather or moaning about Brexit… We are living in a time of abundant opportunity and tech companies are putting music front and centre.”
Diluk Dias, founder of British music company AEI Group, had some firm views on the ‘value gap’ in his keynote interview at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London yesterday. But his session ranged across the full history of his company: from the Great Ringtones Gold Rush to a new focus on health and wellbeing of its staff.
“This is a great success story of a company that has really innovated over the years,” is how Music Ally CEO and session moderator Paul Brindley introduced AEI, showing Drum&BassArena website screengrabs from 2002 as a scene setter which Dias was quick to shoot down as “shonky” looking.
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What more could Spotify and Apple Music do for music marketers?

Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and their rivals have been working hard on back-end features for labels, managers and artists. But could they be doing more?
The closing panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today invited the audience of music marketers to suggest a wishlist of new features.
The session was led by Darren Hemmings, founder of Motive Unknown; Sammy Andrews, founder of Deviate Digital; and Wesley T A’Harrah, head of training and development at Music Ally.
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Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trends

Every music company in 2017 is facing the challenge of making sense of a torrent of data from streaming services and social networks, among other sources. How to make the most of it?
A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today heard from some experts including Lucy Blair, director of international sales and marketing at The Orchard; Sung Cho, CEO at Chartmetric; Caroline Zimmerman, senior director of data insights and analytics at BMG; and Lars Ettrup, CEO at Linkfire.
The chair was Chris Carey, CEO of Media Insight Consulting and founder of the FastForward conference.
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Going live: how livestreaming video can be used for music marketing

From Facebook Live and Twitch to apps like YouNow and Live.ly, livestreaming video is a burgeoning medium for individual creators and media brands alike.
And music? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today explored some of the potential that live video has for music marketing.
The panel included Stef Pascual, head of digital at Crown Talent & Media; Wil Benton, co-founder and CEO at Chew; Athena Witter, production director at The Box Plus Network; and Jason Fletcher, director of marketing, EMEA at Twitch. The chair was Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde.
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Meet the centennials: SuperAwesome boss talks kids in 2017

The opening session at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today was a keynote by Dylan Collins, the CEO of children’s network SuperAwesome.
His focus was on the new generation of consumers (mainly those under the age of 13) and why we need to scrap most – if not all – of our preconceptions about younger audiences and consumption trends.
His company was set up four years ago and – through working with 250+ brands that include Disney, Lego and Cartoon Network – reaches half a billion children a month, meaning that it has plenty of data on the trends in how these young people are interacting with entertainment.
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Source: Music ally

Influencer marketing: why labels are turning to social stars

YouTubers, Instagrammers, Snapchat stars, Twitch streamers, Musers on Musical.ly… The emergence of new stars on online-video services and social networks has provided a new promotional channel: influencer marketing.
Paying social stars to promote a product or brand has been a growing trend for some time, but what does it mean for music marketing in 2017? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today discussed the topic.
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Pitch perfect: the trends around pitching to Spotify and Apple Music playlists

In 2017, pitching tracks to the in-house playlisters at Spotify, Apple Music and other music-streaming services is an important cog in labels’ marketing campaigns. But it’s also a discipline with plenty of mystery around it.
How do labels pitch these curators, and what kind of pitches are most likely to succeed? A panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London today explored the topic.
The panel included Lucie Watson, head of music at Platoon; Justin Barker, global director of streaming strategy at PIAS; Rene Andreasi-Bassi, head of digital marketing and promotion at FUGA; and Wesley T A’Harrah, head of training and development at Music Ally. The chair was Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde.
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A new Silicon Valley trend: disconnecting from social media

What does it say about the culture we’re currently living in that several of the key people who created the ‘like’ button for Facebook are now disengaging from social media?
The Guardian published a thought-provoking piece this weekend about how some people in Silicon Valley are rearing back from the culture they helped to create.
Justin Rosenstein is one of them: his all-night coding session led to Facebook’s ‘like’ button, but now he describes social-networking notifications as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” and has parental controls installed on his iPhone barring him from downloading new apps.
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Source: Music ally

YouTube takes on Netflix and Hulu: ‘Like it or not’

YouTube CEO Susan Wojkicki and content boss Susanne Daniels have been talking about the company’s plans to continue investing in original shows and events.
Their interview with The Hollywood Reporter includes some bullish quotes on the prospects of competing with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.
“I want our shows to resonate in a big way with audiences,” said Daniels. “And once that happens, we’ll be on that list — like it or not.”
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YouNow’s Rize app giving cryptocurrency to influencers

We wrote in September about the upcoming launch of live-video app Rize: it’s the work of popular app YouNow, and will blend livestreaming with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
In fact, Rize will have its own cryptocurrency called ‘Props’, with its creators revealing more plans on how they plan to tempt social-media stars to use Rize with it.
“We are announcing the first initiative of this program, offering up to $5 million worth of bonus tokens to early adopters of Props, through the Rize app,” they explained in a blog post.
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Onkyo revamps its hi-res music downloads service

The emphasis around ‘hi-res’ music may be shifting to streaming, but there are still hi-res download services around trying to find an audience.
One of them belongs to hi-fi firm Onkyo, which has just announced a revamp of its hi-res store, which uses MQA’s technology.
The store’s interface has been spruced up, suggesting music as the customer types, with better sorting and filtering features and clearer presentation of albums and singles on artists’ profile pages.
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‘Spotify Teardown’ book sparking controversy before release

A team funded by the Swedish Research Council are writing a book about Spotify’s history, but ‘Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music’ is already creating controversy in the service’s homeland.
The book is due to come out next year, the tenth anniversary of Spotify’s commercial launch. The controversy is less about the researchers’ claim that Spotify used ‘pirate’ MP3 files as a source in its early days, and more about the team’s attempts to understand Spotify’s recommendations by creating hundreds of fake ‘bot’ users, as well as to experiment with manipulating the system.
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Musical.ly star Danielle Cohn launches her own app

There isn’t much excitement at all around apps for musicians in 2017: the heyday of artist-app platforms like Mobile Roadie is a rapidly-receding memory.
But for social stars (or ‘influencers’) it’s a different story: they do still seem to see a value in bagging their own spot on fans’ homescreens.
The latest example is Dani Cohn, one of the emerging stars of social app Musical.ly, where (according to Tubefilter) she has more than 8.1 million followers and generates 3.5m daily views of her videos.
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Megastar is the latest talent contest run via an app

Usher is the latest artist to moonlight as a c-level executive for a technology company. The R&B veteran is now ‘chief creative officer’ of startup Megastar, as well as an investor in the company.
It’s the latest firm trying to launch an X Factor-style global talent contest via a smartphone app, also called Megastar. In this case, it’s offering a top prize of $1m to people willing to upload videos of their talents in music, dance, sports, comedy, magic, variety and ‘extreme’ (presumably sports).
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VR startup MelodyVR signs licensing deals with Roc Nation

British music/VR startup MelodyVR has announced its latest licensing deals, with Roc Nation and Roc Nation Publishing.
The global, multi-year deals will “license the creation and distribution of virtual reality content featuring Roc Nation artists, covering both record label and publishing rights” according to MelodyVR’s announcement for investors this morning.
“As part of the relationship, MelodyVR will receive the right to create and distribute content created with Roc Nation artists for an exclusive period, followed by a period of joint-exploitation by both parties.”
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Spotify expands its partnership with Google Assistant

After Google’s press event last night, Spotify put out its own related announcement: an expansion of its partnership with Google around the latter’s Google Assistant voice-controlled helper.
Owners of a Google Home smart-speaker have been able to control Spotify using voice commands since its launch, but now those commands will work with Google Assistant on other devices too: Android smartphones included.
People will be able to link their Spotify accounts to their Google device and set it as their default streaming service, for ‘OK Google, play Discover Weekly’ type thrills.
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SoundCloud now shows creators who’s playlisting their tracks

Traditionally, individual tracks have been the important unit on SoundCloud, with the streaming service’s discovery dynamic being mainly about following the right people to surface the best tracks into your feed.
However, SoundCloud has been gradually putting more emphasis on playlists to match the strategies of its rivals: something that’s clear from the latest update to its analytics for musicians on the service.
It includes a new stat that “shows creators who’s sharing their tracks in a playlist, and how many plays are being generated from the playlist” on SoundCloud.
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Microsoft mixed-reality headsets available to pre-order

Fresh from pulling out of the music-streaming market via a partnership with Spotify, Microsoft has announced the next moves in its quest to be a big player in ‘mixed reality’ – devices that blend augmented and virtual reality technology.
Microsoft is opening up pre-orders for the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with five devices from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung on offer.
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Abbey Road launches Topline app to help artists capture ideas

Not content with running its own startups incubator, Abbey Road Studios is now getting into the mobile apps game. But its new app, Topline, is firmly focused on the London studios’ key customers: artists.
The app is pitched as a way for musicians to quickly capture their song ideas. “You can share files easily, sing over imported tracks, add lyrics, tags and pictures, find previous work at speed, and always have space for new ideas by synching songs to your favourite cloud,” explained Abbey Road in its announcement.
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Techstars Music seeking second cohort of music startups

The Techstars Music accelerator is on the hunt for its second cohort of music/tech startups, with applications closing on 15 October.
The final decision on who makes it onto the program is set to be made by mid-December. The first cohort of startups earlier this year have gone on to raise more than $15m of funding, according to program boss Bob Moczydlowsky.
The next program will start in Los Angeles on 5 February 2018, with Techstars casting its net wide. “We’ve already been to Mexico, Japan, Australia, Canada, Boston, Denver, looking for the world’s best technical and business talent… with 10 countries and dozens of cities still to go,” wrote Moczydlowsky.
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Italian music market struggling to match 2015’s euphoria

There were celebrations when recorded-music sales in Italy rose 25.5% in 2015, but since then the market has struggled to repeat the euphoria.
That’s according to Music Ally’s latest country profile, which is available to download today for subscribers to our research service.
In 2016, recorded-music income grew by just 0.4% to €149m ($178.5m) in Italy, while in the first six months of 2017, sales actually dropped by 8% year-on-year.
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WMG appoints new leadership team for Warner Bros Records

Warner Music Group’s new CEO of recorded music Max Lousada isn’t wasting any time making changes within the group.
Cameron Strang is stepping down as chairman and CEO of WMG’s Warner Bros Records, to be replaced by current Interscope and RCA executives Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson.
They’ll be co-chairman of Warner Bros, with Bay-Shuck as CEO of Warner Bros Records and Corson as COO. Strang is stepping down at the end of 2017, with his replacements’ start date yet to be confirmed.
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Global Digital Sales Assistant – Ninja Tune – Los Angeles

  Ninja Tune Los Angeles is seeking a Global Digital Sales Assistant to provide support for the Global Digital Sales Manager. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the top digital storefronts and the digital sales process with a great eye for numbers, an analytical mind, and an excellent understanding of XLS. Previous […]
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Producer Youth talks tech: ‘The best AI you can have is your imagination’

Finding success initially with Killing Joke in the 1970s, Youth (or, as per his passport, Martin Glover) has produced a dizzying array of acts over the years.
Notable clients include The Verve and Take That, with his remix CV including The Sugarcubes, U2 and Siouxsie & The Banshees. He also formed The Fireman, an experimental project with Paul McCartney, that has run to three albums so far.
His latest project is launching a new label called Suriya Recordings, at a time when arguably it’s tougher than ever to get this kind of venture off the ground without the safety net of a back catalogue. Although Youth is positive.
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Snapchat launching global partnership with artist Jeff Koons

Snapchat launched a teaser website yesterday with a 24-hour countdown to… Well, people didn’t know what, until a Business Insider journalist tried setting their computer’s clock forward 24 hours, and discovered all the website’s secrets.
And they are: a partnership with artist Jeff Koons that will scatter a number of his artworks and installations across the world, for people to access (and snap) via the augmented-reality features of Snapchat.
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About gender ratios on-stage at music-industry conferences…

There are too many men and not enough women on-stage at music-industry conferences. That’s understood widely, but now US journalist Cherie Hu has dug into the actual numbers behind this concern.
Her analysis of 1,644 speakers at 13 industry conferences in 2017 shows that 73% of them are male, while 81% of the ‘C-Suite’ level speakers (CEOs, COOs etc) are male.
But there is plenty more to think about in Hu’s article, including the fact that “conference lineups tend to becomes less distinct as they approach 50/50 gender parity” with more overlap of speakers, yet that this *isn’t* because the same small group of female speakers are being booked.
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Video publishers say Facebook mid-roll ads off to slow start

There are high expectations for Facebook’s plans to license music and share advertising revenues from streams of videos including it. But it’s important not to forget the question about how lucrative those revenues will be.
Or won’t be, if you read Digiday’s feature offering early feedback from video publishers who’ve been testing Facebook’s ‘mid-roll’ ads in their content.
“One publisher said its Facebook-monetised videos had an average CPM of 15 cents. A second publisher, which calculated ad rates based on video views that lasted long enough to reach the ad break, said the average CPM for its mid-rolls is 75 cents,” it reported.
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Music community reacts to Las Vegas mass-shooting

The terrible events at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas have sparked plenty of responses from within the music industry.
Country star Jason Aldean, who was on-stage as the mass-shooting began, posted on Instagram. “Tonight has been beyond horrific… It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” he wrote.
Live Nation was the company behind the festival, and its CEO Michael Rapino tweeted that “our hearts are with the victims in Las Vegas, their families and loved ones who are grieving this morning and to our @LiveNation employees”.
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iHeartRadio launches entertainment show on Facebook

The latest music brand looking to make use of video on Facebook is iHeartRadio. The US streaming service has launched a TV-style chat-show called ‘iHeartNow with Elvis Duran’, fronted by one of its most popular DJs.
The show will see Duran interviewing musicians and celebrities, kicking off with former Fifth Harmony singer turned solo-star Camila Cabello.
The show lives within Facebook’s new ‘Watch’ section, which is hosting content provided by a range of producers, media brands and individual social stars.
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Pandora CEO: ‘All three tiers of the service are important’

Satellite-radio firm Sirius XM’s investment in Pandora, and comments made by its executives since that deal was agreed, have raised concerns about whether Pandora will be putting less welly behind its subscription tiers.
However, recently-appointed CEO Roger Lynch maintains that subscription remains important to Pandora.
“All three tiers of the service are important. If you could get everyone in America to subscribe, wouldn’t the world be great?” he told Billboard.
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Financials reveal Shazam narrowed its losses to £3.7m in 2016

Shazam narrowed its net losses from £16.7m in 2015 to £3.7m in 2016 (around $4.9m) in a year when it said its app had more than 300 million annual active users.
These details come from the company’s financial results for last year, filed with Companies House in the UK. Shazam’s revenues increased by 14.5% to £40.3m ($53.7m) in 2016, with the company saying that advertising continued to be “the primary commercial focus” for its business.
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