Month: décembre 2017

Ticketmaster Shortlist app offers last-minute concert tickets

Ticketmaster’s latest mobile app is called Shortlist – Concert Tickets, and it’s promising music fans “last-minute tickets to great concerts”.
Released in the US for iPhone and for Android smartphones, the app is clearly aiming to fill venues by appealing to fans making their ticket-buying decisions just before the events.
“More tickets often become available right before great concerts. Shortlist makes it simple to get to those tickets quickly and easily,” explains its app store listing. The app can filter gigs by genre as well as location.
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Source: Music ally

India: The sleeping giant of digital music is ready to wake up

At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India. We’ve since been speaking to some of its main contributors, and taking a look at the key themes that emerged on how India is evolving as a music market.
All About Music is the brainchild of manager Tarsame Mittal. “All About Music is a platform curated to put the spotlight on the potential of India’s music industry, and to set new benchmarks and goals. Our aim is to bring the stakeholders together in a wide ‘all about music’ discussion, so we shape the opportunity, shape the future, together,” he said.
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Source: Music ally

Facebook signs Universal Music licensing deal for music, video and more

Music labels and publishers have spent much of 2017 wondering what Facebook’s plans were for licensing music. Today the social network announced its first major-label licensing deal, with Universal Music Group.
The companies are describing this as a “global, multi-year agreement” that will license Universal’s recorded-music and publishing catalogues for “video and other social experiences across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus”.
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Source: Music ally

Shiny Awards aims to celebrate music videos and emerging filmmakers

2017 has been an exciting year for online video of all kinds, music videos included. Now there’s a new awards ceremony for that, which aims to celebrate emerging talent creating music videos and other short-form music-related work.
The Shiny Awards take place on 22 February 2018 in London, and the deadline for entering is the end of December, with seven categories.
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Source: Music ally

Read our Sandbox Best Music Marketing Campaigns of 2017 report

Here it is – Sandbox’s massive run down of the best, most innovative and most exciting music marketing campaigns of the past 12 months. Download the report HERE.
As usual, all campaigns are listed in non-partisan alphabetical order. But this year there is a twist. We have given campaigns that have impressed us special commendations for their use of a particular tool or strategy.
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Source: Music ally

Apple tipped to merge Mac and iOS apps starting in 2018

Bloomberg has an interesting piece about Apple’s potential plans to bring its iOS and MacOS app ecosystems together.
“Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware,” claimed its report.
“The secret project is planned as a multiyear effort that will start rolling out as early as next year and may be announced at the company’s annual developers conference in the summer.”
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Source: Music ally

Apple changes its guidelines on template-based iOS apps

We reported earlier this month on new Apple guidelines that seemed to squash iOS apps created using template-based tools – for example, the various platforms that help musicians create and release their own mobile apps.
After protests, Apple has changed the guidelines, which should mean these platforms can continue operating.
The rules did say that “apps created from a commercialised template or app generation service will be rejected” but now they’ve been updated.
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Source: Music ally

Mixcloud will use Gracenote’s MusicID to identify tracks

Gracenote has a new customer for its MusicID music-recognition technology: streaming service Mixcloud.
The latter is going to start using MusicID to fingerprint music in the 1,000 hours-plus of DJ sets, radio shows and podcasts uploaded to its platform every day.
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Source: Music ally

Guest Column: How fixing the secondary ticketing market will help future music events be better

This guest column comes from Maarten Bloemers, CEO and co-founder of GUTS:
“The secondary ticketing market has recently been under scrutiny in the UK, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this month publishing the findings of a year-long investigation.
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Source: Music ally

YouTube and Universal Music sign new multi-year licensing deal

Despite the continuing rows over the ‘value gap’ and safe harbour, YouTube has struck its second new licensing deal of 2017 with a major label: Universal Music Group.
The new global, multi-year agreement follows a similar deal with Warner Music Group in May, although both parties are keeping the details private beyond official statements from respective CEOs Susan Wojcicki and Sir Lucian Grainge.
“This important step forward provides our recording artists and songwriters improved content flexibility and growing compensation from YouTube’s ad-supported and paid-subscription tiers, while also furthering YouTube’s commitment to manage music rights on its platform,” said Grainge.
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Source: Music ally

PRS for Music CEO: ‘How to unlock rightsholders’ money around the world’

This guest column comes from Robert Ashcroft, CEO of PRS for Music:
“The issues of data, value and protection for songwriters have never been so high on the agenda. In early 2016 I had a conversation with George Howard for a blog he was writing for Forbes about the biggest issue facing the industry in the internet age.
I explained that establishing authoritative copyright data had long been a goal of PRS for Music and that there is a need for new models that address the challenge of multi-territory licensing and high-volume transaction processing.
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Source: Music ally

Taylor Swift’s new app will sell virtual ‘picks’ for real cash

Taylor Swift caused a bit of a stir with her recent gamification of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan scheme, sparking complaints about whether fans would feel forced to buy merchandise and physical albums to boost their chances of getting concert tickets.
We wonder if Swift’s new mobile app could fall prey to similar sentiments. The app, created by games firm Glu Mobile, has gone live in New Zealand on Apple’s App Store, with its listing giving us more details of how it’ll work.
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Source: Music ally

2017 End of Year Special Report

With the year almost over, it’s time to look back, reflect on what we have learned in the music business in 2017, and consider how we’ll build on it in 2018. That’s a huge job, so we’ve tried to do some of the heavy lifting for you with our review of the year, looking back […]
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Source: Music ally

Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers

Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies including Apple and Amazon.
The pair – along with a group of European games companies – are calling for “clear and enforceable obligations that are a deterrent and prevent unfair businesses practices by platforms”.
“These obligations should include but go beyond mere transparency requirements, which alone will not ensure platforms act as gateways rather than become gatekeepers to the digital economy,” continued the letter, which at the time of writing has not yet been published in full – instead, the Financial Times reported on its contents.
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Source: Music ally

7digital’s Pete Downton talks streaming, telcos, voice control and Apple

In the mid-2000s, Pete Downton had a PowerPoint presentation. It included a slide with a map of the world plotting Warner Music Group’s licensing partnerships with 40 mobile operators: a network with a theoretical reach of 1.8 billion customers.
“There was a certain amount of truth in that, because we had deals in place to do products with all of them. But none of them had the teams, expertise or frankly the business reason to focus on executing those relationships,” says Downton now.
With 2017’s focus on the rapid subscriber growth for music-streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music, it’s easy to forget that a decade and a half ago, telcos and mobile phone manufacturers were among the great hopes to turn around the music industry’s sales decline.
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Source: Music ally

SoundCloud revamps app home screen with playlists and recommendations

SoundCloud is redesigning its app’s home screen with more focus on playlists and recommendations, including two new own-brand playlists showcasing trending hip-hop and dance tracks.
The app’s homepage will now be based around sideways-scrolling carousels of playlists and albums, some of which will be tuned to the listener’s tastes.
These will include ‘More of what you like’ (suggestions based on their habits) and ‘Artists you should know’ (artists similar to those they’ve listened to) as well as popular playlists created by other SoundCloud users.
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Source: Music ally

Artists, blockchain and experimentation: ‘We’re at the very start of what’s possible’

Imogen Heap’s Mycelia event in London today wasn’t just about announcing a world tour and Creative Passport initiative for artists. There was also a panel of ‘reflective bytes from absorbent minds’ about some of the issues raised in Heap’s keyonote. The panel included Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament; Sammy Andrews, CEO of Deviate […]
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Source: Music ally

Imogen Heap is taking Mycelia on tour… with Creative Passports

We’ve seen a few music-industry conference venues in our time, but never a giant tipi until today. Built in the grounds of musician Imogen Heap’s home in Havering-atte-Bower, it was the location for Heap to talk about the next steps for her Mycelia project.
She was unveiling Mycelia’s proposal for a ‘Creative Passport’, which is pitched as a digital identity standard for musicians. It’ll include verified profile information, IDs, acknowledgements and details of works, business partners and payment mechanisms.
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Source: Music ally

Sandbox 193: Playlisten without prejudice

Lead: Labels and artists spent 2017 getting their heads around how playlists have created a new centre of gravity for the record business. The old ways of promoting a record (discounting at retail, plugging at radio, pitching to the specialist music press) have all gone and now playlists are the conundrum everyone wants – and […]
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Source: Music ally

Deezer HiFi streaming service is launching in Japan this month

Deezer is launching its hi-res ‘HiFi’ tier in Japan this month, working with local partners Onkyo, Pioneer Marketing and Yamaha.
Deezer HiFi will offer FLAC-quality streaming in Japan with a catalogue of more than 36m songs, according to its announcement. A three-month free trial will be offered to people signing up with devices bought from its hardware partners.
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Source: Music ally

Senior Manager, Business Development – Vevo – New York City

Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with over 24 billion monthly views globally. Vevo delivers a personalized and expertly curated experience for audiences to explore and discover music videos, exclusive original programming and live performances from the artists they love on mobile, web and connected TV.   Take a look […]
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Warner Music Group revenues up 10.2% year-on-year

The music industry’s growth story continues: Warner Music Group has just announced its financials for its fiscal fourth quarter, and thus its full financial-year figures.
The headline: 10.2% growth in total revenues. In fact, WMG saw its revenues grow from $3.25bn in the year ended 30 September 2016 to $3.58bn in the year ended 30 September 2017.
Within that, WMG’s digital revenues grew by 24.7% to £1.87bn – 52.3% of the group’s total revenues. Overall, Warner Music reported a net profit of $149m for its latest fiscal year, up from $30m the previous year.
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Source: Music ally

YouTube music videos back online in Finland after blockage

YouTube and Finnish collecting society Teosto have resolved a situation that saw a number of music videos on the service blocked from being watched in Finland.
The message shown to users pointed to Teosto as the cause, but this did not turn out to be a prolonged GEMA-style dispute between YouTube and the society.
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Source: Music ally

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