Month: novembre 2017

Biggest tracks could be main losers from user-centric streaming payouts (#SlushMusic)

Research being conducted in Finland into a ‘user-centric’ payments model for music-streaming suggests that the biggest tracks may be the main losers under such a system.
That’s according to Lottaliina Pokkinen, head of legal affairs at the Finnish Musicians’ Union, although she stressed in a session at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki this week that the research is not yet complete.
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Source: Music ally

How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era? (#SlushMusic)

“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world just doesn’t really stack up…”
The music industry’s view in the ‘value gap’ debate, at its simplest is ‘YouTube should pay higher music royalties’. Although the more complex version is ‘legislation should be changed to strip YouTube of its safe-harbour protection and thus put it in a position where it has to pay higher music royalties’.
In his appearance at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki, Beggars Group’s Simon Wheeler was talking about a different kind of value gap: the one between what labels and artists earn for streams of their studio recordings, and how they benefit (if at all) from the ‘promotional’ performances they record for radio stations, TV broadcasters, music blogs, YouTube channels and other media outlets.
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Source: Music ally

Creative Designer/Developer – Beggars Group – London

Beggars Group (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL, Young Turks, New Gen) is looking for a talented London-based Designer/Front-End Developer to work with our artists and labels. We are looking for someone with a real love for music and an interest and awareness of how the industry is developing and changing online. We love coming up […]
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Blockchain music: rights, artists and ‘the big spreadsheet in the sky’ (#SlushMusic)

Jaak is one of the startups exploring the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry. The company is working on a number of pilot schemes, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie has been a regular speaker on blockchain panels at industry conferences. Yesterday he flew solo at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki, interviewed about […]
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Scott Cohen: ‘The music industry isn’t broken. It never was’ (#SlushMusic)

Attendees at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki this morning may have turned up expecting to hear The Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen telling them why the music industry is broken, and how he’s going to fix it. That was, after all, the title of his session. It was a red herring.
“Once a week somebody comes into my office to tell me ‘the music business is broken and I know how to fix it’. And I started thinking about that a bit, and I couldn’t find the reason it was broken,” he said, by way of introduction.
“I looked at the labels. Is it broken for the major labels? I looked at the charts: they seem to have all the hits, they have the back catalogue. Doesn’t seem to be broken for them. The independent community is thriving and their market share is growing every year. It doesn’t seem to be broken for the record labels.”
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Source: Music ally

Community Support Assistant – AWAL – London

JOB SUMMARY AWAL serves a growing roster of emerging talent and already established independent artists from all over the world. As our AWAL community continues to grow, we’re now looking for someone to join our client management team to help support these labels and artists using the cutting-edge AWAL tools. You need to have exceptional […]
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How to spot the next music/tech giant (#SlushMusic)

2017 has been a fascinating year for digital music, from the growth in paid streaming to a wave of new accelerators and initiatives to help talented music startups get up and running.
A pair of sessions at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki this morning provided some insights into the music/tech world. Raine Group partner Fred Davis offered advice on ‘how to spot a giant’, while Techstars Music MD Bob Moczydlowsky provided an update on how that accelerator is approaching things.
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Evolving exit strategies for music startups (#SlushMusic)

We’ll be blunt: for many music startups, the ‘exit’ is either shutting down when nobody wants their product or service, or an ‘acquihire’ of their team and/or tech by a bigger fish without the kind of valuation that gets investors salivating.
Might there be bigger and better exits ahead? A panel at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki this morning considered how music startups could be ‘building to get bought’.
It included iMuze CEO Yacin Bahi; Plus Eight co-founder John Acquaviva; and Project Everyone consultant Göran Andersson. The moderator was industry consultant Karen Allen.
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Source: Music ally

Google tightens rules on ticket-reseller advertising

Google is updating its rules on how ticket-resellers can advertise on its search engine, with the changes due to take effect in January 2018.
Secondary ticketing services globally will have to be certified with Google before they can advertise using its AdWords platform.
“To be certified, resellers can’t imply that they are the primary or original provider of event tickets and must disclose to customers that they are a reseller,” explained Google.
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Source: Music ally

BTS included: Spotify hails its 6.6bn K-Pop streams since 2015

Spotify users have streamed 6.6bn songs from K-Pop artists since the company launched its K-Pop hub in 2015, racking up more than 14.4bn minutes of listening.
That’s according to a blog post published by Spotify yesterday hailing the growth of streams for South Korean pop artists on its service since its hub went live in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2015.
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Source: Music ally

Paid online-music market tipped to grow 59% in China

The market for ‘paid online music’ in China is expected to grow by 59% this year to $455m according to research firm iResearch, whose prediction is quoted prominently in the Financial Times’ latest piece on China.
It focuses on the evolving dynamics of the Chinese streaming market, where the exclusive licensing deals signed by Tencent with global labels are being challenged by regulator the National Copyright Administration.
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Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors

Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat, and a pair of new strategic investors for the company.
Saavn has also seen its latest original track, ‘Bom Diggy’, become a hit not just on its own service in India, but also on other platforms including YouTube and audio-streaming services.
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K-Pop band BTS are world-record breakers on Twitter

South Korean boy-band BTS made a splash at the American Music Awards last weekend, and now they’re breaking records on Twitter too.
They’ve been included in this year’s Guinness Book of World Records for “having the world’s most Twitter engagements for a music group”. Dedication’s what they needed for that.
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Source: Music ally

c3 exec Jeff Boxer resigns after sexual-misconduct reports

The executive director of US artist-rights body the Content Creators Coalition, Jeff Boxer, has resigned after three women published blog posts alleging sexual misconduct (links here, here and here).
“The Executive Board of Content Creators Coalition is deeply troubled by reports of sexual misconduct by our executive director, Jeff Boxer. We convened an emergency board meeting today, and have accepted Mr. Boxer’s resignation,” said a statement from c3, in response to the blog posts by Rosy Nolan, Tessa Lena and Chelsea Crowell.
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Source: Music ally

Edison Investment Research doubtful about Sonos prospects

Analyst firm Edison Investment Research has put out a note on Sonos’ prospects in the smart-speaker market, with its devices now supporting Alexa as well as Spotify Connect. It’s not optimistic.
“By enabling both Spotify Connect and Amazon Echo, Sonos has removed the requirement for users to use its software which is a sign that it is giving up on trying to create user preference around an ecosystem,” wrote analyst Richard Windsor.
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Source: Music ally

Social Media and Content Manager – ATM Artists – London

ATM Artists are an independent management company based in London and Los Angeles representing a diverse roster of talent. We pride ourselves on the ability to evolve and innovate. From career management to brand partnerships, event production to marketing campaigns. We believe an artist or brand campaign comes in many layers and we aim to […]
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Pioneer Jaron Lanier on the difference between VR and AR

While we’re on the subject of different kinds of reality, Jaron Lanier is a useful man to listen to, having been one of the original pioneers of virtual reality technology.
Wired has been talking to him about the difference between VR and ‘mixed reality’ (MR), and his thoughts may prove handy for any music companies exploring these technologies.
“I think the relationship between them is similar to the relationship between film and television: They come through the same streams to the same devices, yet they’re still distinct,” he said.
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Apple has bought an augmented-reality headset startup

Sorry, the rumours about Apple making an AR headset and/or smart glasses are going to keep on coming until the company actually makes one.
At least there’s some concrete fact to the latest story: Apple has acquired a startup called Vrvana that was making an AR headset called the Totem.
TechCrunch claims that the acquisition was for around $30m, and notes that the Totem won critical acclaim but never actually went on sale.
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Source: Music ally

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile launch ‘mixtape exchange’

We’re big fans of the recent album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, and we’re also impressed by the inventive Spotify-fuelled marketing campaign around it.
So is Spotify: the streaming service has featured the campaign as a case study on its Spotify for Artists blog.
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Source: Music ally

Investment fund EQT takes 40% stake in Epidemic Sound

Swedish alternative-investments firm EQT has taken a 40% stake in production-music company Epidemic Sound, whose CEO Oscar Höglund we interviewed earlier this week about this summer’s ‘fake artists’ controversy.
The investment also sees VC firm Creandum upping its stake in Epidemic Sound to 20%, although the actual investment amounts and valuation have not been announced.
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NetEase Cloud Music now has 400m users in China

Chinese music service NetEase Cloud Music says it now has 400 million users, having increased its monthly active users (MAUs) by 44% year-on-year.
The company also says that its users are skewed towards the 15-35 year-old demographic in China’s tier one and tier two cities, with those listeners creating 620k playlists and posting 1.5m comments every day.
The company is also pitching itself as the most western-friendly of Chinese services, in terms of what’s being listened to.
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Source: Music ally

Report claims Apple HomePod is ‘a huge missed opportunity’

Apple has just announced that its HomePod smart speaker won’t be on sale until early in 2018.
Now Bloomberg has been shedding more details on the backstory of the product, which if the article is true, paints a picture very different from the finely-honed R&D machine that Apple is often seen as.
Among its claims: Apple audio engineers have been working on a speaker device since around 2012, but were “blindsided” by the launch of Amazon’s Echo in 2014.
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Source: Music ally

Facebook hires former WMG exec Jeremy Sirota for labels role

Facebook has taken its latest step forward in its path towards music-licensing. the social network has appointed Jeremy Sirota as its label music business development manager, operating out of New York.
Sirota joined the company from Warner Music Group this month according to his LinkedIn profile. His last role at WMG was as SVP, head of business and legal affairs for its WEA and ADA divisions, having previously held director and VP roles at WEA since joining WMG in 2009.
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Source: Music ally

Controversy sparked by plans to row back US net neutrality

There are some lobbying rows that pit the creative and technology industries against one another: the US Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012, for example, or the current debates in the US and Europe over safe harbour.
But in other cases, the two industries stand together. Net neutrality – the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated equally, rather than certain services and content being prioritised or slowed down by ISPs – being a prime example.
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Director, Market Development – CD Baby – Europe

Join the best team in the independent music world! CD Baby is now searching for a Director of Market Development in the EU to manage business development and grow the visibility of CD Baby’s platform within European territories. In this position, a highly motivated music industry professional will oversee territory representatives and be responsible for […]
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Epidemic Sound gives its side of the Spotify ‘fake artists’ controversy

“We were on our summer break, because we’re Swedes and nobody works for two months in July and August. But that’s when the whole fake-artists thing hit, so we were surprised, but mostly offended. Granted, we hadn’t been telling the story that much, but there was nothing fake about this…”
The summer of 2017 is a fast-receding memory, but July’s controversy around ‘fake artists’ on Spotify playlists is still niggling at Oscar Hoglund, CEO of Swedish production-music firm Epidemic Sound. That’s why he’s sitting opposite Music Ally in November during a visit to London, telling that story.
To recap: the very first story on this was published by industry site MBW in August 2016, claiming that Spotify was commissioning producers to create tracks “which fit certain genres and themes, including jazz, chill and peaceful piano playing” and then placing them within some of its popular mood playlists.
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EA forced into last-minute changes by ‘loot box’ controversy

We write and think a lot about how music companies and artists could be interacting with their keenest ‘superfans’, including the fine line between offering them more ways to support an artist without seeming to be ‘milking’ them of their money.
Other industries are thinking about this too, of course, and not always getting it right. Games publisher Electronic Arts has been at the centre of a gathering storm around its new Star Wars Battlefront 2 game, which comes out today.
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7digital makes video news programme for Amazon’s Echo Show

7digital’s Entertainment News division is making the most of the screen that comes with Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker.
Just launched in the UK after its US debut earlier in the year, the Show has a seven-inch screen that means companies developing Alexa skills can add video and images in to the mix.
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Source: Music ally

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative adds music to its partners

The USC Annenberg university in California is launching a new thing: the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, with music-industry partners including Universal Music backing its efforts around diversity.
“Our new name reflects our continued and unwavering commitment to championing inclusion in all forms – including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT, disability and now mental health – across the media industry at a time when the climate makes it clear that our solutions are more needed now than ever,” said its founder Professor Stacy L. Smith.
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Baidu unveils Raven H smart speaker

Chinese technology firm Baidu has unveiled a new smart speaker, which will make its debut in its homeland this December.
It’s called Raven H, and is the first product to be launched under Baidu’s umbrella by Raven Tech, a smart-home hardware startup that the company bought in February this year.
The equivalent of Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in this case is DuerOS, which Baidu launched earlier this year as a voice-controlled AI assistant designed to run across a range of gadgets.
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Source: Music ally

Kickstarter relaunches Drip for Patreon-style creator subscriptions

Kickstarter is relaunching Drip, the platform for artist and label subscriptions that it bought in 2016, shortly after its previous owners warned they were having to shut it down.
“Today we launch a new Drip for artists and creators across the full spectrum of disciplines we support on Kickstarter,” blogged Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen.
As before, Drip will be focused on ongoing crowdfunding: monthly subscriptions for musicians, authors, filmmakers, games developers and other creators, rather than Kickstarter’s focus on standalone projects.
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FUGA’s Pieter van Rijn: ‘Embrace the change’ (guest column)

This guest column comes from Pieter van Rijn, CEO of FUGA:
“In a business as dynamic as music, it goes without saying that one of the few constants is change. It’s also no huge revelation to say that we weren’t always in a place where change was understood or appreciated.
Parts of the record industry used to try to control change by attempting – and usually failing – to curtail technology and/or consumer behaviour in order to fight piracy. Take early invasive copy protection measures and the major-owned subscription services Pressplay and MusicNet for example.
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Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons

Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have had to rapidly evolve and expand. Today, ad campaigns must adapt to the vagaries of the […]
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Sandbox Issue 190: Retarget practice

Lead: Have you ever been hounded around the internet by an ad for a gas boiler or cheap flights? Of course you have. It’s 2017, after all. That is, as you’ll know, symptomatic of bad retargeting. But don’t mock too soon as the music industry is far from innocent here. We speak to marketing executives […]
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Sandbox Issue 189: D2C gets cranked up

Lead: D2C started to flex its muscles just as the decline in the traditional CD market began to really bite. Now it is more important that ever as both a revenue driver and a means of ensuring ongoing fan engagement. We look at five of the most interesting D2C offerings recently to understand what they […]
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10 talking points around music and virtual / augmented reality

PRS for Music held an event at its London offices last week exploring the impact and potential of immersive technologies on music – including virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR, AR and MR).
There has been plenty of hype around these technologies, often fuelled by the companies making headsets and content, but from licensing and creative standpoints, there are also plenty of unanswered questions.
The panel at the event included consultant and executive producer Will Saunders; PRS for Music head of online licensing Nick Edwards; artist, songwriter and producer Chagall; Ben Green of BGA Rights Consultancy; Nicholas Minter-Green of Parable VR; Chris Helm of Blend Media; and Music Ally’s own Stuart Dredge.
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Spotify correcting data glitch that saw label playlists’ follower counts fall

A technical error has led to a sharp drop in the follower counts for a number of Spotify playlists, but the streaming service says it is working to correct the problem.
Several labels have contacted Music Ally this week saying that follower counts on some of their playlists had dropped suddenly, in some cases by thousands of followers.
“Each day we undertake a data processing job to synchronise data – including playlist follower counts – between different systems,” said a Spotify spokesperson in a statement, after being contacted by Music Ally.
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Coldcut on 30 years of innovation: ‘We are finally growing up’

30 years ago, Matt Black and Jon More met on the mixtape and rare-groove scenes in London and formed Coldcut as a rolling music, technology, art and politics project.
They had enormous hits in 1988 with ‘Doctorin’ the House’ and ‘The Only Way Is Up (under the guise of the Plastic Population), both featuring Yazz, and ‘People Hold On’ with Lisa Stansfield in 1989, going through the major label system and being handled by Big Life, the same management firm as Wham! among others.
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Source: Music ally

Director, International Sales and Marketing – The Orchard – London

Position:  Director, International Sales and Marketing Location: London, UK (other European locations would be considered) We’re looking for a smart, organized, motivated and forward-thinking music and video marketing, sales and distribution professional to drive and manage our retail marketing and sales function across all formats in the UK and Europe.  The ideal candidate will oversee […]
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Snap stock drops after disappointing quarterly results for Snapchat

Are the wheels well and truly coming off the Snapchat bandwagon?
Parent company Snap, Inc published its latest quarterly financial results last night, and while its revenues grew by 62% year-on-year to $207.9m, the company’s net loss ballooned to $443.2m compared to $124.2m this time last year.
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Big Shaq gets an augmented-reality Facebook Camera effect

In our recent report on augmented reality technology, we suggested that rather than launching standalone AR apps for artists, labels would do better exploring some of the AR features in the big social apps.
Now Island Records has offered a new example with the biggest social app of all: Facebook. The label has launched a Facebook Camera effect for British artist Michael Dapaah (aka Big Shaq), based on his new track ‘Man’s Not Hot’.
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Domino turns Franz Ferdinand Spotify pre-save into a fan club

The ability for fans to ‘pre-save’ an album on Spotify has become an increasingly-common marketing tactic since Kobalt pioneered the idea last year with Laura Marling.
Now independent label Domino Records is trying something a bit different with the idea: its pre-save campaign for Franz Ferdinand’s new album is structured as a “fan club”.
“Subscribe to go behind the scenes on the making of our new album ahead of its February 9 release,” explain the band on their Always Ascending Fan Club website. “Curated by the band, you’ll get exclusive photos, videos, lyrics and insights, plus every track from Always Ascending saved to your Spotify library as soon as it’s released.”
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Crowdsourced-gigs service MyMusicTaste raises $11m

South Korean startup MyMusicTaste has raised a Series C funding round of $11m for its service which enables fans to request gigs by their favourite artists.
KTB Network led the round according to TechCrunch, with Softbank and Samsung’s investment arms also part of the funding.
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Amazon launches Echo devices and Alexa in Japan

Amazon is continuing its slow-but-steady global rollout of its Echo smart speakers and Alexa voice assistant. Having launched the devices in India in October, now they’re debuting in a major music market: Japan.
The Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers are available to pre-order today, and will ship to Japanese customers next week. Meanwhile, Alexa is being opened up to Japanese developers to create local ‘skills’ for the devices.
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iOS to support introductory subscription pricing offers

This is a small change to the way in-app subscriptions work on Apple’s iOS platform, but a potentially good one for third-party music-streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and the rest.
Apple’s next software update, iOS 11.2, will include a feature called ‘Introductory Pricing for Auto-Renewable Subscriptions’. The company explains the feature thus: “Soon, you’ll be able to offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store.”
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Musical.ly starts to attract brands for influencer marketing

Social app Musical.ly has been cautious about getting into advertising – and with good reason, given the strong regulations in the US around advertising to children.
However, brands are starting to make use of the app for their own marketing by working with its popular ‘Musers’ on influencer-marketing campaigns.
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Canary app could offer a new mobile spin on scrobbling

Last.fm’s days as a music-streaming powerhouse may be behind it, but its idea of ‘scrobbling’ music – keeping track on the songs and artists you listen to – remains useful.
Now a new startup called Canary looks like it’s exploring the idea with more of a mobile focus. Its app is currently available in beta for iOS devices, and is pitched as “a social network where you check-in the music you listen to and keeps a record of that data to let you know things like how often do you listen to the particular music, artist, or genre and how your music tastes change over time”.
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Chinese startup Nusic to launch mobile game for mix-sharing

We raise our eyebrows wearily whenever we see a new startup touting itself, as Nusic does, as an ‘Instagram for Music’.
But the slogan for the Chinese firm’s profile on investment site AngelList actually sells it short: the company appears to be working on something much more interesting than just a ‘share photos with music clips’ application.
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Google Assistant gets its own Shazam-style music ID feature

Google really does mean business in 2017 when it comes to parking its tanks on Shazam’s lawn. The company’s recently-unveiled Pixel 2 smartphones include a feature to automatically identify music that’s playing around their owner.
Now the company’s voice-assistant Google Assistant can perform a similar trick, simply by being asked ‘What song is this?’ or ‘What song is playing?’. On devices with a screen, it’ll show a card with the song title, artist name, lyrics and links to YouTube, Google Play and Spotify.
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Source: Music ally

Social stars launch their own video-streaming service

There’s a new video-streaming service in town, called Zeus, but its founders are social-media stars rather than tech entrepreneurs or media companies.
Zeus is due to launch in early 2018, co-founded by Andrew ‘King Bach’ Bachelor, Amanda Cerny and DeStorm Power. According to Variety, the service will focus on categories including comedy, beauty, fashion and fitness, with other online influencers roped in to provide content.
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Beats 1 launches its first Spanish-language radio show

Beats 1 tiene un nuevo programa de radio que es en español y se enfoca en la música latinoamericana. Or to switch back into English: Beats 1 has a new Spanish-language radio show, focusing on Latin American music.
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Russian streaming services add restrictions for free users

The first industry push in Russia was to clamp down on pirate and unlicensed music services, persuading some of the highest-profile examples to sign licensing deals.
Now we appear to be entering a second phase: to shift those services’ emphasis a little more towards paid subscriptions rather than free streaming.
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Shania Twain goes mobile gaming with Home Street partnership

Mobile gaming is a huge and growing industry, with spending up 18% to $40.6bn in 2016 according to research firm SuperData – a figure that matched global box-office revenues for films that year.
Mobile games based on musicians, however, are… less lucrative. Publisher Glu Mobile had flops with its games based on Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears, and ditched plans for a Taylor Swift game in favour of an app focused more on social features. Other single-artist games, such as that for Iron Maiden, haven’t troubled the upper reaches of the app-store charts either.
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Salute Music Makers contest gives cryptocurrency to entrants

Salute Music Makers is the latest attempt to adapt the idea of a musical talent contest to the digital world. Announced in March, it has attracted more than 2,000 entrants so far, with six chosen as finalists this past weekend.
Now Salute is announcing a very-topical additional element to its contest: plans to distribute free cryptocurrency to everyone who entered the competition.
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Metal streaming service Gimme Radio launches new iOS app

We’ve been wondering about the potential for single-genre streaming services for a while now, with classical (through companies like Primephonic and Grammofy – one of the first areas to explore the idea.
Now it’s time for metal to have a go, with streaming service Gimme Radio launching its first mobile app this week. Pitched as “the ultimate streaming music service for the true metal fan”, its completely free to listen to, with no advertising, adopting a radio-style model for delivering music, rather than on-demand.
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Spotify data shows ‘listening diversity’ is up 40%

Spotify says it’s experiencing “an explosion in listening diversity” on its service, by which it means the number of artists the average listener streams in a week.
“Since 2014, the average number of artists each listener streams per week has increased 37 percent, from just under 30 to about 41 artists per week so far in 2017. And the biggest increase happened in the past year,” wrote the company’s insights team in a blog post. “The majority of this effect is coming from our personalised and editorial playlists and discovery tools.”
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Manager, Global Digital Business Development – Warner Music Group – London

Job Description: A little bit about our Team: The Warner Music Group Business Development team is responsible for the company’s global strategic initiatives and business partnerships to drive the consumption of our music via digital platforms. Within Business Development, the Innovation team of four (or five, with you) is focused on emerging business models and […]
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Facebook revenues up 47% while net profit grows by 79%

Facebook has announced another strong set of quarterly financials, with the company’s revenues growing by 47% year-on-year to $10.33bn in the third quarter of 2017.
The social network reported a net profit of $4.71bn for the quarter, up 79% year-on-year. The latest user numbers: Facebook daily active users were up 16% to 1.37bn, while monthly active users were up 16% to 2.07bn. Facebook’s average quarterly revenue per daily active user is now $7.54 – the highest in its history.
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Smart headphones startup Doppler Labs is shutting down

US firm Doppler Labs has raised more than $51m since 2013 to make its range of smart headphones, telling media in 2015 that “we want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone’s ear: We have very lofty visions of the future, everything from real-time translation to personal assistants.”
Yet those lofty visions are coming to naught: Doppler Labs is shutting down, after failing to secure new investment or get bought by one of the big technology companies.
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Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids

Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around privacy issues and data storage.
Former 7digital CEO Ben Drury is hoping to avoid that with his new venture Yoto: a smart speaker for children that doesn’t have a microphone or use / record voice commands.
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Q&A: Blockpool’s Kevin Bacon talks Björk, blockchain and cryptocurrency

Earlier today, Björk announced more details about her upcoming album ‘Utopia’, including plans to reward fans who pre-order the album with free AudioCoins cryptocurrency, through a partnership with British blockchain startup Blockpool.
The company’s CEO Kevin Bacon has been talking about the project in an interview published this morning. We used selected quotes from it in our story this morning, but the full Q&A is below.
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Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewards

Fans will be able to buy Björk’s new album ‘Utopia’ using cryptocurrencies, and pre-ordering it directly from the star or her label will earn them crypto rewards too.
The musician has teamed up with British blockchain startup Blockpool, which is working with label One Little Indian on the online store to process ‘Utopia’ pre-orders using credit/debit cards and PayPal, but also the Bitcoin, Audiocoin, Litecoin and Dashcoin cryptocurrencies.
However they choose to pay, each fan will receive 100 Audiocoins – worth just under $0.20 at the time of writing – as a reward for pre-ordering the album, deposited into an e-wallet created for them by Blockpool.
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Games firm CCP pulls back from virtual reality investment

Many people in the music industry have high hopes for virtual reality technology, and Universal Music’s announcement this week of a partnership with startup Within is an example of the partnerships being struck around VR.
But here’s some news from the games industry that may spark caution: one of the key evangelists for VR in that world is pulling back on investing in the technology.
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Bandcamp launches new app for its artists and labels

Bandcamp has launched a new Android and iOS app, but this one isn’t for its customers, it’s for the artists and labels using the platform to sell their music.
“It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats, helps you manage and fulfil your merch, and lets you directly message your fans, even targeting those messages by fan location and level of support,” explained the company in a blog post announcing the app.
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Deezer gets more social with new community feature

Should music-streaming be more or less social? Spotify recently shut down its Inbox messaging feature, but Apple Music’s latest update bumped up its friends factor a bit.
Now Deezer is making its own move, launching a feature called ‘Community’ that aims to get its listeners chatting to one another about music.
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Ducktails albums pulled from several streaming services

Several albums by Ducktails – the project for American independent musician Matt Mondanile, formerly of Real Estate – have been pulled from streaming services.
Pitchfork claimed that distributor The Orchard was responsible for the takedowns on Spotify and Tidal, with three albums – two released through Domino and one through his own label – affected.
The news comes shortly after Mondanile was accused of sexual assault and other misconduct by a number of women, and also after it emerged that his departure from Real Estate in early 2016 was a sacking related to such allegations.
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Apple Watch software update brings more music features

Apple has pushed out its latest software update for its Watch smartwatch, and watchOS 4.1 has some notable features for music fans.
Apple Music subscribers will now be able to browse and stream the entire catalogue from their watch, rather than having to download specific playlists to it for offline listening.
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