Month: janvier 2018

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard talks streaming, Hysteria and label rows

When you have sold over 100m albums and shift more tickets today than you did in your supposed peak in the 1980s, you are “not exactly hurting” for money and can therefore afford to take your time when considering the leap into new, digital revenue streams.
This, according to Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott, was one major factor behind the band not putting their entire catalogue on streaming or download services until earlier this month. But there were other factors – notably a very public war of words with Universal Music over the handling and licensing of their catalogue, including the mega-selling Pyromania and Hysteria albums.
Elliott rarely held back in interviews over the past decade when asked why Def Leppard were digital holdouts.
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Source: Music ally

She Makes War: Laura Kidd on the experience of crowdfunding an album

UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She’s crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here’s her take on the experience as an artist.
“In the time since I crowdfunded my second album ‘Little Battles’ in 2011, using sites like PledgeMusic to raise money for recording and releasing records has become part of the musical landscape.
This shift in culture from “why are musicians begging me for money?” to “I have no problem pre-ordering Robbie Williams’ new album on Pledge Music” was aided in no small part by Amanda Palmers’s $1.2m Kickstarter in 2012 but all this is, of course, happening long after Marillion paved the way for all of us when they raised $60,000 upfront from fans so they could tour the US in 1997.
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Source: Music ally

Rights Negotiator – PPL – London

Rights Negotiator (Mid-level management) Permanent Who are PPL? As a collective rights management organisation at the heart of the UK’s music industry, PPL ensures those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are compensated when their music is used in public by businesses or broadcast on TV or radio. Based in […]
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The “women in music” conundrum revealed in two parallel stories

On the same day that Billboard covered a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (a think tank within the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism) showing how massively underrepresented women are in music production/creation/performance, it also unveiled its 2018 Power List, ranking the most influential people in the music business. And, well, you can […]
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Elton John: ‘I’ve never downloaded anything in my life. Not even porn!’

Elton John held a press event with YouTube yesterday (24 January) to announce his farewell tour – a 300-date, multi-continent extravaganza that will start in September and run into 2021.
While that news dominated the headlines, he also used the event to unveil a potted history of his career in music in VR as well as outline his views on streaming and explain why he won’t find a new audience by touring in hologram form.
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Source: Music ally

Startup Showcase: 8 emerging music/tech firms pitch at NY:LON Connect

As Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference drew to a close, eight emerging music/tech startups pitched their wares to the industry audience: from music-discovery to AI, location-based marketing and analytics. Here’s how it all went down.
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Source: Music ally

Trendwatch: fan relationships 3.0 and the rise of artist services

The first afternoon session in the second day of the NY:LON Connect conference focused on artist services, starting with a speech from Matt Young, EVP of Warner Music Artist Services.
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Despite Trump: ‘There are no walls that can stop Latin music…’

The most pointed quote of the second day of Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York came from Jesús López, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula. He used US president Donald Trump’s infamous ambitions to fortify the US border with Mexico as a jump-off for a reminder […]
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Kobalt CEO blasts ‘elitist’ concerns about music as background listening

Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz delights in ruffling feathers within the music industry, so his appearance as a keynote speaker at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York promised to deliver a fair few zingers. He was interviewed by Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley.
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Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records talk modern-day music companies

Is it too much to hope that we’ve seen the last ‘death of labels’ story in the modern music industry? Labels aren’t dying as an industry entity, but they are evolving in interesting ways, as are management companies, publishers and music companies with their roots in the digital world.
It’s the blurring of the boundaries between the capabilities (and the business models) of these companies that’s the interesting story. At Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York today, a panel explored some of the implications.
The speakers included AEI Group CEO Diluk Dias; Paul Sinclair, EVP of digital strategy and innovation at Atlantic Records; and Simon Wheeler, director of digital at Beggars Group. The moderator was Megan Healy, head of digital at Patriot Management.
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Music and tech startups: where is the innovation in 2018?

What kind of partner does the music industry make for music/tech startups in 2018? There have certainly been bumps in the past, from venture capitalists swearing never to invest again in startups requiring music rights, to shutdown firms blaming rightsholders for their business failure.
Yet for their part, rightsholders argue that their focus is rightly on protecting the work of their artists and songwriters, and often point to some of the poorer examples of startups with unworkable business models and unreasonable expectations.
A panel at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York explored the investment and innovation landscape. Panelists included Katherine Cheung, MD of Open Road Holdings; Gillian Ryan, general manager for TMWRK; and Rishi Patel, managing partner at Plus Eight Equity Partners. The moderator was TheWaveVR’s Dave Haynes.
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What do smart speakers and voice assistants REALLY mean for music?

Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it’s becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple’s Siri once its HomePod device ships) will be increasingly-common ways people interact with music.
But what does this really mean? What should the music industry be doing to adapt to it? And how soon will this be truly mainstream? A session today at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York explored the issues.
The speakers were Ryan Redington; director of Amazon Music; Pete Downton, deputy CEO of 7digital; and Ryan Taylor, director of partnerships at Sonos.
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AI that makes music: ‘Labels should be buying this stuff…’

Should Ed Sheeran be getting worried about artificial intelligence dethroning him from his place atop the modern pop pantheon?
It may sound like crazy foolish talk, but that was the question sparked by a session on creative AI at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference this afternoon in New York. There is already AI-created music, for example from startups like Jukedeck and Amper Music as well as projects like Sony’s Flow Machines. So what does this mean for musicians, and for the music industry?
The panelists were Inderjit Birdee, strategist at startup AI Music; Gregor Pryor, partner and co-chair of law firm Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group; and Peter Berg Steffensen, CEO at Moodagent. The moderator was Billboard and Forbes journalist Cherie Hu.
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CMO Seth Farbman on Spotify: ‘It’s maybe more like a republic than a democracy’

Seth Farbman used to be chief marketing officer at clothing retailer The Gap. Now he’s marketing a music-streaming service, as CMO of Spotify.
Farbman joined Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York this morning for a fireside chat on how he sees the world. The moderator was Music Ally’s head of training and development Wesley A’Harrah.
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UMG and WMG execs talk ‘growth hacking’ global music-streaming

‘Growth hacking’ has been a buzz phrase within the tech world for years now: referring to inventive (and sometimes unconventional) ways to attract more and more users and/or revenue to a fast-growing startup’s product or service.
Is it a phrase we should be applying to music-streaming on a global basis? The very first session at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York this morning addressed the question.
Jonathan Dworkin, SVP of digital strategy and business development at Universal Music Group, was joined by Tracy Gardner, SVP of global business development and strategy at Warner Music Group. The moderator was Bill Wilson, digital programming and industry relations at Music Biz.
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Apple HomePod smart speaker will go on sale on 9 February

Apple HomePod, the company’s first smart speaker, will go on sale on 9 February in the US, UK and Australia, with pre-orders kicking off online this Friday (26 January).
The company announced the dates today, having delayed the device’s planned launch in December 2017. It will compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home among other smart speakers already available. Apple’s device will also launch in France and Germany in the spring.
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Def Leppard break digital deadlock as entire catalogue goes online

Def Leppard, one of the last multi-platinum digital holdouts, have licensed their entire catalogue to download and streaming services. It is available today (19 January) on all the major streaming and download platforms.
The band, whose global album sales top 100m, were conspicuous by their absence from iTunes, Spotify and more. This was partly down to disputes with their record label (Mercury/Universal) over licensing but also tied to the band’s dissatisfaction with digital royalty rates.
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Spotify debuts ‘Spotlight’ format for podcasts, audiobooks and news

Spotify’s latest announcement focuses less on music, and more on the other kinds of audio content available on the streaming service: podcasts, audiobooks and news.
The company is launching a new ‘multimedia format’ called Spotlight, which will show photos, video and text as people listen to spoken-word content.
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Native Instruments launches Sounds.com loops and samples platform

The music industry is very familiar with the all-you-can-eat subscription model for streaming. Now Native Instruments is applying it to a different audio market: loops and samples. The company, best known for its Maschine music-production hardware and its Traktor DJing tools, has launched a new site called Sounds.com which will offer a catalogue of more […]
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Deloitte makes tech, media and telecoms predictions for 2018

What does the year ahead hold for technology, media and telecoms? Consultancy firm Deloitte has published its annual ‘TMT’ trends report with plenty of topics to chew on.
Here’s a grab-bag of some of its most interesting predictions: More than one billion smartphone users will create augmented-reality content at least once in 2018, with 300 million doing it monthly and “tens of millions” weekly; that by the end of 2023 (note, not 2018) penetration of smartphones among adults in developed countries will surpass 90%; and that live-streaming revenues will grow by 47% to $7.4bn in 2018.
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Source: Music ally

Facebook promises to redesign “too cluttered” Messenger app

2017 was a good year for Facebook Messenger, as the social network’s own-brand messaging app grew to 1.3 billion monthly active users.
However, its boss David Marcus has admitted to one downside in his annual blog post predicting trends for the year ahead.
“Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven’t,” he wrote.
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Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’

To the list of ‘surprising things we’ve seen on Facebook in 2018’ we can now add ‘Nightmares on Wax talking about the early days of Warp Records’.
Not that this is surprising in itself, but the source of the video is interesting: Spotify. The streaming service has created the minute-long promo featuring musician George Evelyn explaining his initial meeting with the founders of Sheffield label Warp in 1989.
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YouTube introduces stricter requirements for partner channels

YouTube’s latest response to what it calls “bad actors” on its platform are stricter requirements for channels to gain ‘partner’ status – required to earn money from advertising on the service.
Since April 2017, channels have needed 10k lifetime views on YouTube to apply to become a partner.
And now? “Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetisation to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers,” explained YouTube in a blog post.
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MelodyVR prepares for launch and aims to be a top-10 VR app

Music virtual-reality startup MelodyVR is preparing for its long-awaited commercial launch, with more than 5k hours of live performances and other content shot with artists.
“We’re not going to say we want to be the killer app for VR because we’re not that arrogant, but we want to be in the top five to ten apps for VR,” CEO Anthony Matchett told Wired.
The story clarifies the launch platforms for MelodyVR’s app: it’ll be available on the Oculus Rift, PlayStationVR and HTC Vive, as well as iOS and Android – with a Microsoft partnership also putting it on the HoloLens headset at some point too.
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SiriusXM debuts ‘360L’ in-car satellite-plus-streaming service

US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has launched the latest iteration of its in-car service, called 360L. That represents “360-degree listening” with a blend of satellite radio and streaming to pipe music into vehicles, starting with the 2019 Ram 1500 truck.
Drivers will get SiriusXM’s lineup of 200+ live radio channels, as well as recommendations for other shows and stations they might like based on their listening habits.
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David Lowery publishes 2018 ‘streaming price bible’

Musician David Lowery has published the latest data on payouts from a range of streaming services, sourced from “a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 200+ album catalog now generating over 200m+ streams annually”.
It’s a very interesting snapshot as ever: both of average per-stream payouts and of the market shares of the various services.
Among the trends that Lowery identifies is a further drop in the average payout from Spotify: from $0.00521 in 2014 to $0.00437 in 2016, and now $0.00397 in 2017.
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17% of VC-backed startups have at least one woman as a founder

A study conducted by CrunchBase has found that only 17% of startups receiving their initial round of venture funding in 2017 had at least one woman as a founder.
What’s more, that percentage has stayed static since 2012, having risen steadily in the three years before that.
In 2017, all-women teams accounted for 3% of all VC funding – around $3.8bn – while men-only teams accounted for 86% of it, and mixed teams 11%.
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Transsion enjoys smartphone success in India and Africa

Anyone thinking about music in emerging markets may already be following the story of Chinese tech firm Transsion Holdings, which has several mobile-phone brands as subsidiaries including Tecno, Itel, Infinix and (via a 2017 takeover) Spice.
The South China Morning Post has the latest profile of the company’s success in India and Africa, claiming that Transsion has become one of the top three phone-sellers in India, and the top one in Africa.
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Finnish band Phantom launch VR video using Notch technology

Finnish electronic duo Phantom have become the first artist to use new technology from Notch, which is best known for its software providing live visuals for a host of big acts.
Its new tool aims to help artists create virtual-reality videos based on the music itself.
“The interactive music video visualises sound in VR. It uses sound to animate, with drum, bass and vocals separated to drive different visuals. Users are surrounded by the music and truly immersed in the experience,” as the company explained it in a press release.
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Deezer unveils first batch of Deezer Next 2018 artists

Jorja Smith will be the first global artist promoted as part of streaming service Deezer’s ‘Deezer Next 2018’ initiative.
She’ll get playlist and promotional support on the platform, with three more global ‘priority’ artists set to be announced later in the year.
Up to eight more artists will be announced in each of Deezer’s key markets, including the UK, US, France, Germany and Latin America.
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Black boxes still a big challenge says ReedSmith partner

Transparency remains a big challenge for the music industry in 2018, according to Gregor Pryor, co-chair of law firm ReedSmith’s global Entertainment and Media Industry Group.
“As ever, the challenge with distribution is data hygiene. Getting composers and creators focused on all of the supply chain is a difficult thing to do,” he said in an interview for the NY:LON Connect conference blog.
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Meet Kasotsuka Shojo – the cryptocurrency-themed J-Pop group

We’ve come a long way from Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice and Posh Spice, it’s fair to say.
Japanese pop group Kasotsuka Shojo have been getting a wave of coverage in the west for being the first J-Pop group where each member “represents a different cryptocurrency”.
“We want to promote the idea through entertainment that virtual currencies are not just a tool for speculation but are a wonderful technology that will shape the future,” is the official statement from the group’s Rara Naruse (or, if we’re continuing the Spice Girls theme, you should think of her as Bitcoin Shojo).
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7digital signs contract with 8tracks as other clients launch

B2B digital-music firm 7digital has signed a contract with US streaming service 8tracks. The company says the deal has a minimum term of one year.
7digital has also signed a new contract with its largest shareholder, retailer MediaMarktSaturn, to migrate the latter’s Juke streaming service on to 7digital’s platform.
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Pandora was fourth top non-game app for revenue in 2017

Pandora was the fourth biggest non-game app across Android and iOS in 2017 in terms of revenues, according to app analytics firm SensorTower’s end-of-year report.
Its analysis of in-app purchases ranks Pandora behind only Line, Tinder and chart-topper Netflix – with the latter thought to have earned $510m from in-app subscriptions in 2017, up from $215m in 2016.
Note, Netflix’s last investor letter predicted that the company’s overall streaming subscription revenues would be $11.23bn for 2017 as a whole, so if SensorTower is correct, that suggests in-app subscriptions on Android and iOS only generate around 4.5% of Netflix’s overall revenues.
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NPR / Edison: One in six Americans now own a smart speaker

January has already seen a flurry of new research into smart speakers, timed to coincide with the CES show in Las Vegas.
The latest example comes from NPR and Edison Research, who surveyed 1,816 Americans in November and December. 16% said that they own a smart speaker, which scales up to around 39 million people in the US.
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Live Nation settles Songkick lawsuit for $110m

There has been a surprise ending to the long-running legal battle between Live Nation and the owners of ticketing firm Songkick: a $110m settlement that sees Live Nation acquiring some of the company’s remaining technology assets and patents. This, despite Songkick suffering several setbacks as it pursued litigation against the live-entertainment giant.
“We are pleased that we were able to resolve this dispute and avoid protracted and costly legal proceedings, while also acquiring valuable assets,” said Live Nation president Joe Berchtold in a statement.
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Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones

Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app.
Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio owner TagStation claimed that the move will mean owners of the smartphones can listen to broadcast-radio while consuming less mobile data and battery life.
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Pandora wants to create ‘the podcast genome project’

Pandora signalled its interest in the world of podcasts in late 2015 when it became the ‘exclusive streaming partner’ for the second series of podcast Serial.
Now its recently-appointed CEO Roger Lynch says the company is ready to double down with the intention of creating “the podcast genome project” – referring to its famous system for classifying music.
Variety reported on Lynch’s comments at CES, in which he suggested that Pandora is also aiming to shake up the way podcast advertising works, with better-monetising formats than the standard method of podcasters reading out messages from their advertisers.
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Vivendi expects 10% revenue growth for UMG in 2017

Media group Vivendi isn’t due to publish its next quarterly financials until mid-February, but the company issued a statement on “preliminary positive trends of 2017” yesterday including a couple of Universal Music stats.
“Universal Music Group (UMG) confirmed its excellent momentum during the fourth quarter of 2017, which should lead, as expected, to revenue growth of around 10% and an improvement in EBITA close to 20%, at constant currency,” announced Vivendi.
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YouTube Red to roll out to more international markets

YouTube is planning to launch its YouTube Red subscription service in a number of countries outside the US this year, according to its chief business officer Robert Kyncl.
“In December we announced an agreement with Universal Music giving us the licenses to distribute their catalogue on the free and paid part of our platform and all over the world. In France, we are also in discussions with Sacem, SACD and other agreements are arriving,” Kyncl told French newspaper Les Echos.
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Facebook confirms plans to focus more on ‘personal moments’

Rumours have been bubbling for several months that Facebook was planning a shift for its news feed back towards ‘personal’ content from friends and family, rather than ‘public’ posts and content from brands and media.
Now CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed the changes, which he says are part of the social network’s determination to make its usage “time well spent” – even if that means people spend less time on Facebook.
“Recently we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content – posts from businesses, brands and media – is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other,” wrote Zuckerberg on Facebook.
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Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff’s GMR, Kobalt and indie publishers

Facebook’s latest music-licensing deal, following its agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, is something a corker: it’s with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights.
That would be the Irving Azoff who’s regularly castigated YouTube in recent times over its licensing and royalty payments? The very same.
“Today, we are excited to announce that Global Music Rights, Irving Azoff’s US Performing Rights Organization, and Facebook have entered into Global Music Rights’ first-ever user generated content deal,” blogged Facebook’s head of music business development and partnerships Tamara Hrivnak.
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Hulu now has 17m subscribers after adding 5m since 2016

Video-streaming service Hulu has announced its latest milestone: 17 million subscribers. That’s up from 12 million in May 2016, which means the service has averaged just 263,000 net new subscribers a month over that period.
Compare that to Netflix, which has been adding around five million subscribers a quarter in recent times, albeit with a global footprint rather than Hulu’s more US-focused business.
In the US, Netflix ended last September with 51.4 million subscribers, which is a better comparison to Hulu. However, the latter has more metrics which paint a positive picture of its business.
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Data suggests Snapchat is still mainly a messaging app

We know from Snapchat’s last quarterly financial results that the social app had 178 million daily active users, but the company hasn’t broken down what those people are doing within its app.
The Daily Beast has now got its hands on some internal metrics that show how popular – or unpopular – individual sections of the Snapchat app are.
For example, daily usage of its Discover section which offers content from media partners peaked at 38 million users in July 2017: around 21% of Snapchat users.
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Huffington Post pulls artist’s report of Spotify meeting

An article by musician Blake Morgan about an artists meeting held by Spotify has been ‘unpublished’ by Huffington Post, in a move that’s already giving the piece a wider airing on other sites.
“If anyone were to dispute your account of the meeting in question, we wouldn’t be able to verify or stand behind the quotes,” wrote HuffPo’s contributors editor in an email to Morgan, which has since been published by Digital Music News alongside the full version of the original article.
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CD Baby’s parent company buys AdRev and DashGo

The parent company of distributor CD Baby has executed a mini-rollup of B2B services. AVL Digital Group has acquired AudioMicro, which in turn owns YouTube-monetisation tool AdRev and label-services provider DashGo, as well as its own sync-licensing platform.
The intention here is to offer AudioMicro’s services as part of CD Baby’s package for artists and labels. It’s also a significant expansion for the latter company, with DashGo alone bringing a catalogue of 250k sound recordings, on top of CD Baby’s existing 9m-track catalogue.
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EC presses internet platforms to crack down on illegal content

Yesterday saw a meeting in Brussels between a group of European Commission representatives and (unnamed) internet platforms to discuss illegal content.
While piracy was included in the brief, the driving force behind the meeting was more about extremist content and hate speech.
“Terrorist propaganda and content that incites violence and hatred online is a serious threat to security, safety and fundamental rights. It demands a collective response – from all actors, including the internet industry,” explained the commissioners in a statement put out ahead of the meeting.
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Digital Marketing Manager – Kobalt Music Recordings – London

JOB SUMMARY: We’re looking for a Digital Marketing Manager to join the Kobalt Music Recordings team and work with our growing roster of emerging and established talent from all over the world. Based out of our London office and reporting to the General Manager you will be working within the UK & International marketing teams […]
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Spotify tests new feature using video loops as song artwork

Spotify is testing a new feature that replaces static artwork for songs on its service with GIF-like looping videos uploaded by their artists or labels.
In place of the full-screen artwork (accessed by tapping the now-playing bar at the bottom of the screen) there was a looping video featuring cats, prawns and the band’s singer. The clip is taken from the full-length video for the song, and includes an ‘uploaded by Superorganism’ credit.
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Report: Apple’s ARKit has been used by 825 apps so far

App analytics firm Apptopia claims that 825 iOS apps released in 2017 used Apple’s ARKit augmented-reality framework.
That included around 300 when the technology went live in Apple’s iOS 11 software in September, plus another 525 over the final three months of 2017.
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Roku is launching a voice assistant for smart speakers

Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and the rest of the voice-assistant gang will soon be getting a new member, from an unexpected source.
Set-top box maker Roku has announced plans to launch the ‘Roku Entertainment Assistant’ by this autumn, which will be used to control entertainment on its own devices, as well as those made by licensors of its software.
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Lyor Cohen promise: ‘We’re going to make you rich and famous’

AdAge has been profiling Lyor Cohen’s plans for 2018 as head of music at YouTube, including boiling down his pitch to artists, managers and labels as “We’re going to make you rich and famous”.
That includes providing financial support for music videos and promotion for new releases, as well as the previously-reported plans for a relaunched premium subscription service under the YouTube brand.
There are no direct quotes from Cohen on this, but the claim by AdAge that “subscribers will be able to listen to millions of songs on-demand, much like on Spotify, and access exclusive material, including videos and some songs that aren’t available for free” – as well as a hoped-for launch in the first half of 2018.
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On-demand video was 22.8% of US music consumption in 2017

We reported on the latest music-consumption stats from the UK yesterday, but now Nielsen has published its data for the US, revealing even bigger growth for 2017.
Specifically, sales and streams of albums and songs grew by 12.5% last year in the US, driven by a 59% increase in on-demand audio streams.
Nielsen also noted that seven of the top 10 ‘most consumed’ albums were R&B / Hip-Hop albums, with these genres collectively seeing a 72% increase in audio-only on-demand streams last year.
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Reports claim Spotify has already filed to go public

Spotify may go public in the first quarter of this year, according to several reports citing the company’s confidential filing of documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in December.
“All indications are that Spotify wants to list in Q1, and timing of the confidential F-1 filing would support such a calendar,” claimed Axios. “Spotify sent confidential documents to the SEC in late December with the aim of listing its shares in the first quarter of this year,” added Bloomberg.
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20 music/tech startups we’ll be watching in 2018

Here at Music Ally, we covered a lot of new music/tech startups for the first time in 2017. We’ve now chosen 20 of them that we think have the potential to make an impact in 2018 and beyond, from analytics to artificial intelligence, and from blockchain tech to radio monitoring.
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UMG boss hails ‘best financial performance in 15 years’

Universal Music Group enjoyed a stonking 2017 according to chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge’s year-end memo to staff.
“The dramatic worldwide increase in streaming has been the single most important catalyst in returning UMG – and the music industry at large – to growth,” wrote Grainge.
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Some big YouTubers may be seeing a decline in views

Business Insider has been mining some stats for some of the most well-known YouTubers, and has identified a decline in their monthly views during 2017.
PewDiePie, Zoella and DanTDM all saw their monthly views fall in the last year, as well as the number of new subscribers to their channels every month.
The piece notes that this isn’t a trend across the board – some channels it highlights as increasing their monthly views in 2017, as you’d expect – but suggests that YouTube’s recommendation algorithms may no longer be working quite as well for some of the platform’s big stars.
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Facebook hires more music executives for biz-dev and licensing

Fresh from the pre-Christmas news of its first licensing deal, with Universal Music, Facebook has continued to build out its music team, with former Googlers looming large.
Among Facebook’s latest hires: Joe Bognanno, former manager of music content partnerships at Google and also director of royalties at SoundCloud, who is now Facebook’s commercial music publishing partnerships manager.
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Publisher Wixen hits Spotify with a $1.6bn lawsuit

If Spotify was hoping 2018 would see its publishing woes die down… well, Wixen Music Publishing has put those hopes to rest.
The publisher has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of at least $1.6bn for Spotify’s use of songs written by Tom Petty, Rage Against The Machine, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks and other artists/songwriters.
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UK spending on recorded music grew by 9.6% in 2017

Brits spent more than £1.2bn on recorded music in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 9.6% fuelled by the growth of streaming subscriptions.
Figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed that people spent £577.1m on streaming subscriptions, up 41.9% from 2016’s £406.6m. This more than outweighed a 3.4% decline in physical sales to £459.4m and a 23.1% decline in download sales to £165m in 2017.
ERA covers sales and subscriptions, so these figures do not include advertising revenues for music – for example ads on YouTube or on the free tiers of streaming services like Spotify – nor does it include sync, merchandise or live income.
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Jazz legend Scott Henderson talks taking guitar lessons online

Guitarist Scott Henderson’s career has seen him mixing jazz, blues, funk and rock in his solo work, as co-leader of fusion band Tribal Tech, as well as playing with artists like Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea.
He’s also got more than 30 years’ experience teaching other people to play, in his role as an instructor at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles. And now also as one of the teachers in the new online courses offered by the Musicians Institute, MIO Online.
Music Ally asked Henderson some questions about the experience of providing music education online rather than in person, as part of our recent focus on music-education startups and platforms.
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