Month: février 2018

Research claims 3% of YouTube channels get 90% of views

Views are no longer the most important currency on YouTube: it’s been watch-time for a while now – as shown by the fact that the platform’s new minimum requirements for ‘partner’ status include 4,000 hours of watch-time in the last year, rather than a certain number of views.
So, a new study of YouTube based on view-counts isn’t quite as valuable as it may seem, although there’s still some interesting analysis of the spread of views on Google’s video service.
“The top 3% most viewed channels upload at least 20% of all videos and receive the vast majority of all views, up to nearly 90% in 2016,” claimed the study, from Mathias Bärtl at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences.
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Big services can’t find big hits’ writers according to NOIs

Can Spotify, Google and Amazon *really* not identify who to pay publishing royalties to for Drake’s global hit ‘God’s Plan’? Or for Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’? Or for Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ or Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ or… Well, you get the picture.
Artist-rights blog The Trichordist has published a post from industry lawyer Chris Castle in which he mines the database of NOI (‘notice of intention’) filings with the US Copyright Office, which in theory are how streaming services acquire a compulsory licence for a track when they don’t have details of a song’s copyright owner.
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CISAC-commissioned study criticises safe harbour rules

It will come as no surprise that a study commissioned by collecting-societies body CISAC criticises ‘safe harbour’ exceptions in copyright law.
But the study, from Ashbel Smith Professor Stan Liebowitz of the University of Texas at Dallas, is a good summary of the arguments being marshalled by music rightsholders as they campaign for reform of those laws.
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Liberty Media offers $1.16bn for 40% iHeartMedia stake

US radio group iHeartMedia is battling to restructure its debts in order to avoid bankruptcy, and its latest potential saviour is a fascinating one: Liberty Media.
That’s the same Liberty Media that’s the majority owner of satellite-radio firm SiriusXM, which recently acquired a $480m stake in Pandora, which competes directly with iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio service.
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Live Nation reported record revenues of $10.3bn for 2017

2017 was a good year for Live Nation in financial terms, with the live-entertainment giant’s revenues rising by 24% to $10.3bn last year, according to its latest financial results.
86 million people attended concerts put on by Live Nation, which was up 21% year-on-year, as the company hailed “its seventh consecutive year of record results” with revenue growth in concerts, sponsorship and ticketing.
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Non-musical content key to UMG and WMG’s latest moves

Two separate announcements from major labels Universal Music and Warner Music shed some light on how they’re tackling content around the music of their artists.
UMG has appointed Celine Joshua to a new position as general manager, commercial, content and artist strategy. Her role will include heading a new label called ’10:22 pm’ focused on “signing and developing recording artists, social media influencers and digital media creators with a focus on creating multimedia content and advancing new forms of storytelling”.
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Check out the Music Ally digital sessions at by:Larm 2018

The by:Larm festival and conference is always a highlight of the year for Music Ally, and we’re delighted to be heading back to Oslo this week for the 2018 event.
We’re also running five panel sessions and a couple of insights talks during the conference, covering some of the digital topics close to our heart this year. They are:
OUR BY:LARM 2018 PANEL SESSIONS
20 Music Startups You Need to Know About in 2018
Thursday, 11am, Dansens Hus Studio Stage
I’ll be running through some of the music/tech startups we’re watching this year, before discussing them with a panel including Project Everyone’s Göran Andersson, Bertelsmann’s Pete Mathias and DBTH / Armonia’s Virginie Berger. Session link
AI and Music: Can We Learn to Love the Algorithm?
Thursday, 12pm, Dansens Hus Studio Stage
Our director of digital strategy Patrick Ross will be chatting about the new wave of AI music-creation technology, and what it means for human musicians. Panelists include The Orchard’s Scott Cohen, Reed Smith’s Sophie Goossens and Auddly’s Helienne Lindvall. Session link
New Kids on the Blockchain
Thursday, 2pm, Dansens Hus Studio Stage
Every conference has its music/blockchain panel, but ours will be focusing on some practical implementations of blockchain tech in our industry right now. Music Ally MD Steve Mayall will moderate a panel including Jaak’s Becky Brook, Reed Smith’s Sophie Goossens and DBTH / Armonia’s Virginie Berger. Session link
Sustainable Business Models in the Age of Scaleability
Friday, 1pm, Dansens Hus Studio Stage
Are we in a race to the bottom to devalue music generally and strip jobs and value creation from the creative community in our search for the ultimate scaleable global music platform? Music Ally’s Patrick Ross moderates a panel including WIN’s Henriette Heimdal, Auddly’s Helienne Lindvall and Media Deals / Musimap’s Thierry Baujard. Session link
Echoes in the Canon: How Smart Speakers are Shaking Up Music
Friday, 4pm, Scandic Vulkan
There’s a big industry buzz about Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other smart speakers. But what will they mean for the future? Music Ally’s Steve Mayall moderates a panel of Sonos’ Ninni Lindertz, Lyd og bilde’s Geir Gråbein Nordby, Warner Music Norway’s Bjørn Reinfjell and the University of Oslo’s Anja Nylund Hagen. Session link
OUR BY:LARM 2018 INSIGHTS SESSIONS
Data and Insights
Thursday, 1pm and Friday, 10am – both at Scandic Vulkan
Music Ally’s digital marketing executive Chiara Michieletto will lead a presentation explaining how managers, labels and artists alike can use sales, streams and social media insights to build their businesses. Session link
Future Trends
Thursday, 2pm and Friday, 3pm – both at Scandic Vulkan
Chiara will also be running this session, which will focus on emerging opportunities for musicians – from 360-degree content and virtual reality to new ways to interact with fans. Session link
We’ll also be reporting from some of the other conference sessions at by:Larm 2018, and (of course!) getting to some of the performances around the city of Oslo.
(I can only speak for myself, but Camilla Rosenlund, Billie Eilish, Holy, Sarah Klang, Sløtface, Farao, Superorganism, Ary, Cut Worms and Paradise are on my must-see list.)
We’ll also be aiming to get along to The Orchard’s drinks on Thursday and Spotify’s on Friday, so if you’re there, come up and say hello!
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Smaller channels gauging impact of YouTube’s new policies

As of 20 February, YouTube’s new monetisation policies went into effect, with channels required to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch-time in the last year before they are allowed to be ‘monetised’ through ads.
When YouTube announced the changes, it claimed that around 90% of channels affected were making less than $2.50 a month from ads anyway. However, DigiDay has an interesting piece quantifying the impact for multi-channel networks (MCNs).
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Music-making firm Splice buys remix-contest site Indaba

There is more consolidation afoot in the digital music-making space, following the news earlier this month that BandLab was buying Gibson’s Cakewalk division. Now one of its rivals, Splice, has snapped up veteran remix-contests site Indaba Music for an undisclosed amount.
“Over the years, Indaba has connected its community of musicians to over a thousand opportunities with a diverse array of artists and brands like Jack Antonoff, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper, Chainsmokers, Converse, Red Bull, X-Box, Sony Electronics, and hundreds more,” explained Splice in a blog post.
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Jukedeck takes its AI music to Korea with K-Pop collaboration

2018 may be the year of the AI/human music collaboration. British AI music startup Jukedeck is the latest company to work with musicians in an effort to show it’s a friend not a foe for human creators.
The firm has teamed up with South Korean music stable Enterarts, with some of its K-Pop songwriters taking compositions from Jukedeck’s algorithm and turning them into full songs.
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SiriusXM CEO criticises proposed US Classics Act legislation

The proposed Classics Act is trying to clear up the digital-licensing status of songs recorded before 1972. When it was introduced earlier this year, we noted that Pandora was supporting the bill, in stark contrast to satellite-radio firm SiriusXM – despite the latter now being one of its main investors.
Now SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer has written an op-ed piece for Billboard explaining his opposition to the legislation.
“The Classics Act does not ‘primarily affect’ digital audio services, it only affects digital audio services. Congress has again specifically exempted terrestrial radio from any payment obligation to the artists that the Classics Act purports to champion,” wrote Meyer, in a piece suggesting that “terrestrial radio, a $15 billion industry, has set the stage to tilt the playing field in its favour”.
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Report claims 46% of ICOs from 2017 are already defunct

Fears that the mania for blockchain startups and initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a bubble will hardly be assuaged by a new report published by news site Bitcoin.com.
“Tokendata, one of the more comprehensive ICO trackers, lists 902 crowdsales which took place last year,” it explained. “Of these, 142 failed at the funding stage and a further 276 have since failed, either due to taking the money and running, or slowly fading into obscurity. This means that 46% of last year’s ICOs have already failed.”
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Mobile World Congress kicks off with Android Go and Galaxy S9

The mobile-phone industry has swooped in to Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress event this week. Expect all manner of new smartphones to be announced, as well as related technologies.
The news got underway this weekend with a pair of Android handsets at opposite ends of the smartphone spectrum.
The Alcatel 1X is a €100 handset running a new flavour of Google’s Android software, Android Go, which is designed for low-end smartphones aimed at emerging markets. Android Go will be something to look out for this week: Google will be talking about its plans and other manufacturers are expected to debut handsets running the software.
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Airbnb Concerts expands to 25 cities around the world

Airbnb isn’t just a platform for finding non-hotel accommodation around the world. It’s been edging in to music for some time via its ‘Experiences’ initiative, which includes getting hosts to hold secret gigs in unusual locations.
Now that’s getting a proper rollout to 25 cities including London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney and Los Angeles. This is part of a wider expansion of ‘Experiences’ which also includes categories like social dining, adventures and social impact.
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LiveXLive approved for NASDAQ listing after Slacker acquisition

Digital music firm LiveXLive, which focuses on live-music videos as well as its recently-acquired streaming service Slacker Radio, has been approved to list on the public NASDAQ market.
Boss Rob Ellin described it as “an exciting and major milestone in our evolution that we believe will expose the company to a wider audience of potential institutional investors and increase liquidity, ultimately contributing to our ability to increase shareholder value”.
The news came just after the Los Angeles-based company published its latest financial results. In the final quarter of 2017, it reported zero revenues, and a net loss of $6.7m. LiveXLive didn’t report figures for the calendar year 2017, but instead published data for the last nine months of the year: revenues of $80.3k and a net loss of $13.8m for that period.
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Deezer reveals new Singtel deal and Midemlab sponsorship

Deezer has announced its latest deal with a mobile operator: Singtel in Singapore. It’s not quite a hard bundle, but it’s more than just a marketing partnership.
Singtel’s post-paid customers will be able to pay 0.88 Singapore dollars a month (around US$0.66) for the first two months of a 12-month Deezer Premium subscription, then will pay 7.90 Singapore dollars (US$5.97) for the rest of that year – just over two Singapore dollars less than the standard monthly price of a streaming subscription there.
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Shesaid.so seeks nominations for 2018 Alternative Power 100

Billboard’s recent Power 100 list of music-industry executives was criticised for being dominated by men. Now industry network Shesaid.so has opened nominations for its own Alternative Power 100 list – the second year for an initiative that aims for a more diverse selection of executives and creators within the industry.
It’s not just about gender. “This year’s overarching theme is ‘Intersections’, with a focus on traditionally under-represented communities such as people of colour, the LGBTQ community, those from lower economic backgrounds or with disabilities,” explained Shesaid.so as it opened the nominations process. “Nominations of men who support these values are more than welcome.”
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Spotify ‘Bulgarian’ scam fuels call from MMF for user-centric licensing debate

The ‘Bulgarian scam’ on Spotify, revealed earlier this week by MBW, allegedly involved an entity uploading a collection of sub one-minute tracks to Spotify; then arranging them into a few playlists.
Devices tied to Premium Spotify accounts were then used to stream those playlists round the clock: even at a monthly cost of nearly $12k for 1,200 accounts, the potential revenues paid out from those streams could be $288k or even more.
Anyway, music managers body the MMF thinks the revelation of the scam should reignite discussion within the music industry about a switch to ‘user-centric’ licensing for streaming services.
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MelodyVR keen for more publishing deals after Warner/Chappell

Music virtual-reality company MelodyVR announced a multi-year licensing deal with publisher Warner/Chappell yesterday.
The agreement covers VR distribution of the publisher’s catalogue of songs around “an extensive library of original content, throughout numerous European territories”.
MelodyVR has been signing a succession of deals with labels and collecting societies, but executive chairman Anthony Matchett said that publishers are also high on its priorities list.
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Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify

Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall.
Speaking about two-gong winner Dua Lipa: “If she had a pound for every time someone listened to her on Spotify, they would finally be paying an acceptable level of royalty,” said Whitehall.
Given that the 10 tracks in the ‘popular’ section of her Spotify profile alone have done more than 1.9bn streams, that’s not an idea to float in front of Spotify’s potential investors…
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Facebook signs licensing deal with processing-hub ICE

The music agreements keep coming for Facebook, which now has a deal with online licensing and processing hub ICE – the joint venture between European collecting societies PRS for Music, STIM and GEMA.
“The licence covers Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger and provides online music licensing for over 290,000 rightsholders, across 160 territories,” explained ICE in its announcement of the deal.
Can you spot what’s missing from that last sentence? Facebook’s WhatsApp wasn’t included, and that’s not a mistake.
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SoundCloud: ‘Do not think of us [just] as a streaming service… we’re a form of social media’

How did Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert and other artists have such success building an audience on SoundCloud? Because they saw it as more than just a music-streaming service.
That’s according to SoundCloud’s director of label relations Julia Killer, who was talking at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam last week.
“Do not think of us as a streaming service. Yes, we’re a streaming service, but first and foremost we’re a form of social media,” she said.
“The more you engage, the more results you get. End of. It’s up to you to set yourself up for success on the platform.”
Chance the Rapper famously gave SoundCloud a shout-out when accepting a Grammy award in early 2017, and later came to the company’s defence on Twitter when it was under pressure over its financial situation.
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Lyor Cohen: ‘The music industry will recognise us as a huge value contributor’

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, has told Music Ally that 2018 will be “the year of music for YouTube and Google” and suggested the animosity between the video platform and the music industry will soon be a thing of the past.
“It’s too easy of a soundbite – ‘value gap’,” he said. “I believe that YouTube contributes in such a significant way to the artist community […] With the ability for us to not simply play in advertising but also in subscription, I think the music industry will recognise us as a huge value contributor.”
As part of this charm offensive, he hosted a Q&A with Dua Lipa, the artist whose ‘New Rules’ video recently passed one billion views on YouTube – the hundredth video on the platform to cross the billion threshold. Cohen was formerly the chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group until 2012 while Lipa is signed to Warner Bros Records, so there is a certain symmetry there.
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Mobile games developer Supercell made $2.03bn in 2017

Finnish mobile games firm Supercell has published its financial results for 2017, revealing that it made $2.03bn of revenues, and a profit of $810m.
The twist: the company did that without even releasing a new game that year. Supercell only has four games available: Hay Day and Clash of Clans were originally released in 2012, then Boom Beach in 2014 and Clash Royale in 2016.
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Drake gives away nearly $1m for his new music video

How to follow up the success of a video where the highlight was your dad-dancing on a flight of stairs? For Drake, the answer is giving away $996,631.90 to strangers.
That’s the clever premise of the video for ‘God’s Plan’ – already a big global hit thanks to the streaming services – which sees Drake wandering the streets of Miami giving money away to all and sundry, complete with a ‘Don’t tell the label’ joke at the start.
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Analyst claims YouTube is ‘probably’ a $15bn business

How much money does YouTube make from advertising? Parent company Alphabet has never announced that, leaving analysts to make their best guesses.
In 2013, eMarketer claimed that the site was generating $5.6bn in annual revenues, for example, while in 2015 UBS suggested that had grown to $8.5bn.
A recent claim from Nomura that an advertising boycott of YouTube in 2017 might have cost it $750m in lost revenues – ‘about 7.5% of its annual revenue’ – suggested an annual figure of around $10bn last year.
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No-booking-fees ticketing app Dice now adds booking fees

One of the key selling points for ticketing app Dice has always been its promise not to charge booking fees for its mobile tickets. Now the company has changed its policy, and has been explaining the decision to customers after a Twitter spat with British band Shame made it public.
“Everyone’s favourite ‘no booking fees’ vendor @dicefm have slyly added a 10% booking fee to shows costing above £10, we knew absolutely nothing about this,” tweeted the band on 9 February.
A few days later, Dice MD Russ Tannen published a response on Medium for customers.
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New report quantifies the independent US creative economy

A new report published by a lobbying coalition called Re:Create – we’ll get to who that is in a bit – is trying to put some numbers to the independent creative economy in the US.
The report is deliberately narrow in focus, attempting to calculate how much musicians, filmmakers, artists and other creators earned from nine platforms in 2016: Amazon Publishing, eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Shapeways, Tumblr, Twitch, WordPress and YouTube.
The headline findings: “14.8 million independent, American creators earned a baseline of almost $6 billion from posting their music, videos, art, crafts and other works online in 2016,” claims the coalition.
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Diversity in the music industry: ‘We are all part of the solution’

From the recent open letters from women working in the Swedish and Australian music industries condemning harassment to the ‘step up’ storm currently engulfing Grammys organiser the Recording Academy, diversity is a huge topic for our industry in 2018.
The term covers a number of related issues, from harassment to equal opportunities to enter and advance up the industry for women, people of colour and other groups. So how well are music companies tackling these challenges, and how can they improve?
Live Nation Entertainment’s director of diversity and inclusion, Genevieve O’Neil, offered her assessment of the progress being made and the barriers still standing, in a speech at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
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How NoCopyrightSounds went from YouTube channel to indie label with 1.2bn streams

NoCopyrightSounds first came to the attention of many people in the music industry for its role as the launchpad for Norwegian artist Alan Walker’s track ‘Faded’.
How could a YouTube channel devoted to making tracks available royalty-free for gaming channels on that service to use as their backing music spawn a global hit?
It’s a fascinating story that has continued, with NCS now having more than 14 million subscribers to its channel, and having sold a million tracks as it evolved into an independent label.
Label manager Daniel Lee outlined some of the lessons of this journey in a speech at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
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Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get ‘bored with blockchain’

There is, to put it mildly, a lot of hype and misinformation around the world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including their potential for the music industry.
Music Ally has already noted a blockchain backlash within many rightsholders, who question whether the tech and its fresh-faced startups can ever deliver on the promises that have been made.
One of those startups is British firm Jaak, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie-Landell thinks that there’s a danger of any real progress being stymied amid this backlash.
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Debating the future for music merch and direct-to-fan sales

From merchandise and ticketing to crowdfunding, modern music artists have more options than ever to go ‘direct to fan’ and build a sustainable income to complement their recordings.
But how can they make the most of those options? A panel at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today debated how the D2F (or D2C) world is evolving, and how artists can capitalise.
It included PledgeMusic’s Chloe Johnson; artist Dan le Sac; AEI Group’s Leanne Joseph; and D2F consultant Russel Coultart. Wicksteed Works’ Jessie Scoullar moderated.
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Music streaming is booming… So what happens next?

The music industry is understandably excited about its streaming-fuelled return to growth over the past couple of years, but there’s also a widespread awareness that this isn’t the time for resting on laurels.
The challenges and opportunities around how streaming should evolve were a topic up for discussion in a panel at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
FUGA’s Anne Jenniskens; Nichestreem’s Catherine Lückhoff; and musician Jeremy Pritchard (from British band Everything Everything) were the panelists, while Columbia Records UK’s Sam Potts – also the founder of BuzzJam – moderated.
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ShaoDow talks artist entrepreneurs: merch, manga and more

Music Ally first encountered British artist ShaoDow earlier this month at AIM’s Indie-Con event in London. Less than a fortnight later, he was holding court at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam.
The topic: ‘The Artist Entrepreneur’ – an exploration of how this particular musician has built his fanbase and income not just from his tracks, but from merchandise and other creative projects. He was interviewed by The Rattle’s community manager Jess McCarten.
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Artist managers talk data, transparency and the attention economy

Coming off the back of 2014’s Dissecting The Digital Dollar report and 2017’s guides on both digital deals and transparency (as well as the beta launch of the Digital Deals Comparison Calculator), music management body the MMF organised a managers roundtable in London earlier this month, chaired by Music Ally.
The purpose was to openly discuss the range of data that managers are given access to, the types of information they are being locked out of and how this all affects their artists.
With renewed YouTube licences and the first music deals with Facebook being struck, these issues have never been more pertinent.
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Music/tech people share book tips and advice for younger selves

A pair of interesting articles on blogging platform Medium may provide some industry inspiration today. First, there’s Idagio product director Bas Grasmayer’s piece asking “what people in music tech would tell their 18 year-old selves”.
From former Geffen CTO Jim Griffin (“Get 8+ hours of regular sleep a night. Doing it right is like the most powerful drug in the world”) to Outdustry’s Ed Peto (“Surround yourself with smart people — continuously challenge yourself by being out of your depth, slightly in awe of those around you”) there are some good nuggets of advice.
Second, Pandora’s Glenn Peoples has been asking music-biz people what books they’ve been reading and would recommend to their peers.
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Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests

The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of its comparative tests pitting the device against rivals.
“Apple’s speaker does deliver very good audio performance, though it’s not the best-sounding wireless speaker in our ratings—or even the best-sounding smart speaker,” is their initial verdict.
The key here is that Consumer Reports isn’t comparing the HomePod to the original Amazon Echo or Google Home, both of which impressed more with their smarts than with their audio quality. Instead, it pits the HomePod against the Sonos One and Google Home Max.
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Musiio and Mubert are the latest AI-focused music startups

The fact that ‘AI music’ can mean several, very different things is well illustrated by the latest pair of startups exploring strains of artificial intelligence tech applied to music.
Musiio’s focus is on using AI to analyse large catalogues of music. “The tools we provide allow you as a business to process more data than is humanly viable, and gives you the competitive advantage by substantially increasing the accuracy and quality of your A&R,” explains its pitch.
“By ‘listening’ to more tracks than a human could ever comprehend and identifying characteristics and patterns therein, our AI allows you to better predict success.”
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Bandcamp paid out more than $70m to independent artists in 2017

Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has published its annual review of its business, including the stat that its all-time payments to artists are now past the $270m mark.
That compares to nearly $200m at the end of 2016, meaning that the $70m+ paid to Bandcamp artists in 2017 represents a quarter of all payouts since the platform launched in 2008.
More stats? “Digital album sales were up 16%, tracks 33%, and merch 36%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl (up 54%), CDs (up 18%), and cassettes (up 41%),” explained Bandcamp.
“Revenue from the 3,500 independent labels on Bandcamp grew 73%, and more than 600,000 artists have now sold something through the site.”
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Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify

Three separate stories this morning come together into a strand illustrating 2018’s status as a continued landgrab for new music-streaming subscribers. YouTube is finally readying a global push for its YouTube Red tier; Apple Music is launching its student membership plan much more widely across the world; and Spotify is offering lovebirds a Valentine’s-themed two-month free trial of its Premium tier.
Details are still relatively thin on the first of those: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at the Code Media conference yesterday that the service will expand Red “to many more countries” in 2018. “We’re only in five countries now. Now that we’ve finished all of our music deals, we’re going to be expanding to a large number of countries… Many, like, I don’t know, a hundred.”
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eMarketer claims Facebook is losing more younger users

‘Young people are ditching Facebook’ is a tech-industry trope that’s been running for at least five years now, without yet having an obvious impact on the social network’s growth or revenues.
However, eMarketer’s latest report at least has data to back up its claim: “This year, for the first time, less than half of US internet users ages 12 to 17 will use Facebook,” claimed the research firm today.
“In 2018, US Facebook usage among those younger than 12 will decline 9.3%. Additionally, growth among 12- to 17-year-olds and 18- to 24-year-olds will decrease by 5.6% and 5.5%, respectively. This is the first time eMarketer has predicted a decline in usage among 18- to 24-year-olds and those younger than 12… Facebook will lose 2 million users under 25 this year.”
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Like app resembles Musical.ly but with more AR features – and ‘BOOM’ effects

We can’t resist an app pitch that includes the phrase “revolutionary 4D magic coming” with a man in a cape flying out of a smartphone screen.
The app is called Like, and it’s the latest social music/video app that is showing the first shoots of becoming a Musical.ly-sized craze. At its heart it’s still a lip-syncing video app, but with more digital special-effects to apply to videos before sharing them with the world.
“There are so many fun ways to play: space shift, magic body, micro world, giant attack and more,” as its App Store listing explains. “From fantasy magic effects, romantic Cupid’s arrows to thrilling explosions, 12 kinds of super power ‘BOOM’ effects are here to make your video to Hollywood Blockbuster!”
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Chamillionaire launches Convoz video-messaging app

Having conversations through the medium of 15-second video clips, which may or may not include ending up getting a video back from Snoop Dogg and/or Chamillionaire? There’s an app for that!
It’s called Convoz, and the latter artist is actually its founder. Chamillionaire describes the app as “the place where you go to talk to people” as an alternative to platforms like Twitter.
“I just wasn’t happy with the communication channels that are currently existing on social media,” he told TechCrunch. There’s a sensible hope behind this: that people are less likely to be trolls if they’re addressing celebrities in a video showing their face.
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MelodyVR to launch alongside new standalone VR headsets

Music virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has been in closed beta since the end of 2016, holding its plans for a commercial launch until it judges the market is ready. The company has just reiterated that this will be in 2018.
“MelodyVR is well positioned for a successful public launch of its VR music platform in 2018,” the firm announced in an update for investors this morning.
“In order to secure a greater impact at launch, the Company intend to launch its music service to consumers alongside the new wave of standalone and accessible VR devices, leveraging its partner’s significant marketing capabilities alongside in-house marketing strategies.”
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International Label & Product Manager – Kobalt Music Recordings – London

JOB SUMMARY Kobalt Music Recordings is looking for a flexible, confident and highly organised International Label & Product Manager, based out of our London office. Reporting to the International Marketing Manager, the role will involve working with our artist and label clients well, alongside our network of International marketing managers, distribution partners and licensees to […]
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Google tickets: FanFair Alliance sees ‘room for improvement’

Yesterday, we reported on Google implementing its new policy for secondary ticketing ads on its search engine. Now UK lobbying group FanFair Alliance has issued its response, which welcomes the changes while urging Google to go further.
“FanFair unequivocally welcomes the updates to Google’s ad policies. As a result of these changes, we are already witnessing greater clarity in how the largest secondary websites present themselves to users,” it claimed in a statement issued yesterday.
“However, on the evidence so far, there is room for improvement – and especially in regards to the secondary platforms’ paid advertising on Google.”
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7digital trading update shows 52% rise in revenues

B2B digital-music firm 7digital has issued a trading update showing strong growth in its full-year revenues. The company says it expects to report revenues of £17.3m for 2017, up 52% year-on-year.
“Losses at Adjusted LBITDA level are expected to be significantly reduced from the previous period and be better than market expectations,” claimed the company in its update to the markets.
7digital says operational restructuring is already underway following its acquisition of 24-7 Entertainment last June, including “the closure of the company’s office in Paris and a reduction in headcount”.
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Napster appoints Bill Patrizio as president and CEO

Streaming service Napster has a new, permanent boss. Bill Patrizio is no stranger to the company though: he was named as interim CEO in May 2017, while retaining his position as president of consumer media at RealNetworks – which continues to hold a stake in Napster.
“He has led a resurgence of the company in its new partner-oriented focus,” said co-chairmen Rob Glaser and Jason Epstein in a statement. “Bill has a track record of resilience and operational success, and a passion for the industry that will lead Napster forward into its next phase of innovation and growth.”
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Amazon Alexa gets new music-playlist creation features

Amazon hasn’t made a big deal of its latest smart-speaker feature, but it’s an extremely interesting development for anyone who’s been thinking about how playlists evolve in a world of voice control.
Users – initially on Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited in the US, we think – can now say commands like ‘Alexa, create a new playlist’ and ‘Alexa, add this to my playlist’ – the latter used when a song is playing.
It’s the first time this has been possible using purely voice commands, rather than creating and managing playlists from Amazon’s web or mobile music interfaces.
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Recording Academy faces further industry criticism

Earlier this month, a group of six senior women from the music industry wrote to the Recording Academy calling for it to up its game on diversity, and offering their help. One report yesterday suggested that they have been “seriously underwhelmed” by the response.
So, in a world where the term ‘hepeating’ has been coined to describe the situation where a woman says something in a meeting to be greeted by blank faces, only for a man to say it a few minutes later to a rapturous reception, imagine the biting irony if a new letter to the Academy from a group of senior men from the music industry gets a more convincing response?
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A&R in the digital age: ‘Learn with your artist and be open to admitting your mistakes’

In a world of streaming, social networks and the ability for any artist to get their music up on digital platforms, how is the role of the label A&R evolving?
A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today addressed the topic of ‘A&R in the digital age’. The speakers included Vidhi Ghandi from Ninja Tune; Darius Van Arman from Secretly Group; Achal Dhillon from Killing Moon; Jane Third from PIAS; and Will Headlam-Wells from Believe. The moderator was Tim Ingham from MBW.
Dillon kicked off by talking about the value of A&R input into an artist’s career: it can be as much about “serving the record” as developing the artist – the happiest scenarios see those two co-incide – and it can be a very long-term process lasting years, rather than just the early period of the partnership.
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Independent artists talk fans, streaming and digital survival

Around 20,000 new songs are added to streaming services like Spotify every single day. A sobering statistic for an independent artist wondering how they can cut through the noise to reach people who’ll love their music.
So how are artists using streaming services, social networks and other means to build their audiences and sustain their musical careers? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today picked the brains of a group of musicians.
They included J. Willgoose Esq from Public Service Broadcasting; Emmy The Great; Sam Duckworth (aka Get Cape Wear Cape Fly); James Brown from Pulled Apart By Horses); Eckoes; and ShaoDow. The moderator was industry journalist Rhian Jones, of MBW and Hits Daily Double.
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How does UK radio and streaming-playlist plugging work in 2018?

What’s more important for an independent artist in 2018: getting A-listed by prominent radio stations, or bagging some prominent slots on the playlists curated by Spotify and Apple Music?
A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today explored the evolving world of plugging with a focus on independent artists and labels.
It included Secretly Group’s Jess Kangalee; Plug Life’s Gregory Wells; BBC 6Music’s Jon Hillcock; Hospital Records’ Nikki Ellis, Radio X’s John Kennedy; and Beggars Group’s Robert Cannell. The moderator was Your Army’s Amy Collins.
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Case study: marketing Laura Marling’s Semper Femina album

Laura Marling’s last album, ‘Semper Femina’, is a wonderful piece of work: something I’ve returned to again and again since its release, discovering new details every time.
Hats off to that, then. But also to the team that worked hard on the marketing campaign for an album, released through More Alarming Records via Kobalt Music Recordings, that went top five in the UK and also made an impact elsewhere in the world.
At AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today, some of that team talked about the campaign: Abi Dawson from management company Everybody’s Management, and Kobalt Music Recordings product manager Helen Barrass and general manager Paul Trueman. AIM CEO Paul Pacifico moderated.
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Snapchat growth sends Snap, Inc share price soaring

Since its IPO last year, Snapchat parent company Snap, Inc has had a rough time of it on Wall Street, with investors uneasy about the social app’s sluggish growth.
Yesterday brought some good news for the company in its latest financial results though: it beat analyst forecasts with stronger-than-expected growth, and saw its share price soar by more than 25% as a result.
The key stats from the final quarter of 2017: Snapchat ended the year with 187 million daily active users, up 18% year-on-year and 5% quarter-on-quarter. Meanwhile, the company’s revenues grew by 72% year-on-year to $285.7m.
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Eventbrite joins the UK’s FanFair Alliance lobbying group

Ticketing firm Eventbrite has joined UK lobbying group the FanFair Alliance, to ‘support the fight against industrial-scale online ticket touting’.
This follows Eventbrite’s partnership with face-value-resale platform Twickets last year, as well as the company’s ongoing expansion of its music-ticketing activities.
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European Commission to assess Apple’s Shazam acquisition

Apple announced plans to acquire music-recognition firm Shazam in December 2017, but European regulators may yet throw a spoke in the works of the deal.
“The European Commission has accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple,” announced the EC yesterday.
“The Commission considers the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the EEA.” The EEA being the European Economic Area – the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, if you’re wondering.
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Apple HomePod reviews: sounds great, could be smarter

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker goes on sale this Friday (9 February) in the US, UK and Australia, with the first wave of reviews published yesterday.
How does it compare to the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges? Reviewers have been broadly positive, with the HomePod’s audio quality coming in for particular praise.
“From dance pop to guitar rock to orchestral pieces, the HomePod sounded excellent,” claimed CNET. “The audio quality is way better than any other smart speaker I’ve heard, including the Sonos One and Google Home Max,” added the Independent. “Easily the best sounding mainstream smart speaker ever,” said TechCrunch.
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Google ‘tightens standards’ on secondary-ticketing search ads

Google has implemented a new policy on secondary-ticketing websites, which will now have to ‘radically increase their transparency’ to be certified to book advertising on its platform.
To be certified, secondary sites will have to not ‘imply’ that they are a primary marketplace; prominently disclose their status as a ticket reseller / secondary marketplace; prominently disclose that prices may be above the tickets’ original face value; from March prominently show the face value of the tickets being sold in the same currency; and break down the total price including fees and taxes before taking payment details from customers.
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Avicii launches his own mobile game: Gravity HD

It’s been a while since anyone thought mobile games would be the next big revenue stream for the music industry. But experiments continue, with dance star Avicii the latest to test the app-store waters.
He’s fronting a game called Avicii Gravity HD, developed by Swedish mobile games firm Hello There.
“In fast-paced Avicii Gravity HD, Avicii’s galactic hits merge with intense gameplay into a uniquely immersive experience – and YOU decide how it all plays out,” is the pitch in its App Store listing.
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Nelson lets people play with Spotify recommendation engine

Nelson: not just the chap whose statue stands on a column in Trafalgar Square seething at pigeons. Nelson is also the name of a “friendly in-browser Spotify jukebox” that’s gone live this week.
Using Spotify’s recommendations API and web playback SDK, it’s a nifty way to play with Spotify’s recommendations engine. After logging in with a premium account, you can set it to major or minor mode, choose from a list of genres, before using slider bars to set audio characteristics including popularity, tempo, energy, acousticness, danceability, liveness and instrumentalness (yes, that’s now a word).
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Lino raises $20m funding round to build a ‘crypto YouTube’

Lino wants to build “a decentralised autonomous content economy, where content value can be recognised efficiently and all contributors can be incentivised directly and effectively to promote long-term economic growth”.
Not bad for something named after your carpet, eh? Lino is the latest startup hoping to tap blockchain technology in an attempt to eat at least some of YouTube’s lunch. That means a platform for recorded and live videos, with creators rewarded through “micro-tipping, gifting, purchasing, and more”.
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Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system

Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed at publishers and self-published songwriters.
The system promises to track who’s recording their songs, where they’re being listened to and how much they’re being streamed, the royalties being generated by those streams and – a topical feature this – which recordings *aren’t* generating payouts.
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Gareth Emery of blockchain music startup Choon: ‘We’re committed to radical transparency’

We’ve seen a few blockchain-music startups in our time, but Choon is the first one named after what you might shout at the DJ when feeling over-excited and emotional in a club. That’s a world that the startup’s founder Gareth Emery knows well, mind. His career has seen him crack the top 10 twice in […]
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Social Media and Digital Content Editor – Warp Records – London

Social Media and Digital Content Editor Warp Records is looking for a Social Media and Digital Content Editor to join us, promoting our roster of groundbreaking artists. You should be an all-rounder with great copy writing skills, plus the eye for and the skills to create and commission engaging images, film and design for social media […]
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eMarketer claims YouTube is ‘close to saturation’ in the UK

Research firm eMarketer has published some data for YouTube viewership in the UK, claiming that more than 90% of people classed as ‘digital video viewers’ regularly visit the service.
“In 2018, 40.4 million people, or six out of 10 people in the UK, will watch video via the YouTube app or website at least once per month,” claimed the company in its report this morning.
It adds that in 2018, more than two thirds of the UK’s population will be watching some form of digital video. The company is stressing the competition within the market.
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Cür Music returns from the grave with licences and Q2 launch

Cür Music was one of the digital music services that shut down in recent years: having rebranded personal-radio service Raditaz in 2014, its owners raised $9.6m in funding; launched in beta in January 2016 with $2.99-a-month and $6.99-a-month subscription options; agreed to pay $8m in advances to major labels; and then in August 2016 laid off all its staff and ceased operations.
Now it’s coming back, or at least trying to.
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Apple Music’s latest milestone is 36m paying customers

Apple says its Apple Music service now has 36 million subscribers, up from “well over” 30 million in late September 2017. The milestone was shared with the Wall Street Journal as part of a wider piece on Apple Music’s progress – including the claim that it’s growing faster than Spotify in the US.
“Apple’s subscriber-account base in the US has been growing about 5% monthly, versus Spotify’s 2% clip… Assuming those growth rates continue, Apple will overtake Spotify in accounts this summer,” claimed the WSJ, citing ‘people in the record business familiar with figures reported by the two services’. Which is interesting, because if taken at face value, it suggests the sources are rightsholders, rather than Apple as you might expect.
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Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Records

In late January, former Playlists.net and Warner Music Group executive Kieron Donoghue launched his new venture, a ‘streaming-first’ independent label called Humble Angel Records.
He promised royalty payout rates for artists ‘at least double’ the average of those offered by major labels – paid on a monthly basis, using startup Stem’s platform – as well as an ‘open song submission process’.
The label has since released two tracks: Jazz Mino’s cover of 80s hit ‘Together in Electric Dreams’, and Loic Penillo’s ‘Love’. Music Ally caught up with Donoghue to find out more about his plans.
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Hi-res music: ‘The barrier is the understanding of the value of the proposition’

Major labels are very excited about upping the audio quality of music-streaming services, under the banner of ‘hi-res music’.
Audio hardware firms are excited too, while some streaming services (Tidal, Deezer and dedicated services like Qobuz for example) have adopted the technology.
And music fans? That’s the challenge: as yet there isn’t an obvious surge in demand for higher-quality streams from actual listeners.
That’s why the most popular subscription-streaming services, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music / Music Unlimited, haven’t leapt aboard the hi-res bandwagon yet. So what might it take to get that bandwagon rolling even faster?
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Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app

Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they’ll only appear within its desktop app.
From today, listeners can right-click on a track and choose a ‘Show Credits’ option to see the credited performers, songwriters and producers in a pop-up window.
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Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new boss

Abbey Road Studios in London has announced that HumTap and Lickd will be the next two companies to join its Abbey Road Red startup incubator, under the wing of a new boss for the program.
Karim Fanous, formerly head of research and insight at Music Ally (that’s us!) is taking over from Jon Eades, who has been in charge of Abbey Road Red since its launch in 2015.
“Karim is a classically-trained musician and brings a really broad skillset to Abbey Road Red. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he can do with Red going into the future,” said Isabel Garvey, managing director at Abbey Road Studios.
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‘Shapeshifting’ startup AI Music closing £5m funding round

British artificial-intelligence music/tech startup AI Music is raising £5m of funding, as it prepares to launch its first product. The company has developed technology capable of “shapeshifting” songs, using AI to remix tracks on the fly.
“We’re raising £5m, and we have a lead investor that’s happy to take the whole thing,” said CEO Siavash Mahdavi as he pitched at the Abbey Road Red incubator’s demo event in London. “We want more of a rounded round, so we’re going to open up about 30% to anyone else who’s interested. We’re looking to close in the next couple of months.”
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Online audio-mastering startup CloudBounce to launch ICO

Drag’n’drop audio-mastering startup CloudBounce is joining the blockchain bandwagon, with plans to launch an initial coin offering (ICO).
The company, which competes with services like Landr, announced its plans tonight at the Abbey Road Red incubator’s demo event in London.
“We’re doing the next step in building a better community and better and faster audio-processing service,” said CEO Anssi Uiomonen, who was speaking in a session of the incubator’s alumni (he’s on the far left of the photo above).
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Facebook’s viral crackdown sees time spent on service fall

It’s unusual to see a company proudly announcing in its quarterly financial results that people have been using it less. But Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 goal of focusing more on ‘time well spent’ on Facebook makes it an unusual case. “Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time […]
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Music Ally Training :: Digital in Practice courses

Two new Music Ally webinar training courses start next week: ‘Connections’ and ‘Advanced’. A great way to start the year, our ever popular training courses will provide you with a solid grounding of digital knowledge with the best tips and practical insights whilst preparing you for what the future holds in this space too. Don’t […]
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Dubset debuts three more DJ mixes on Apple Music

Mix-licensing startup Dubset Media Holdings has announced its three latest pieces of content, which appear to be exclusive to Apple Music. At least it’s getting first dibs on the DJ mixes by Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One, which have been released on Apple’s streaming service this week. Dubset says it’s part of a deal to deliver “hundreds” […]
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Deezer strikes deal with telco Hutchison 3 Indonesia

Telco partnerships have always been a key part of Deezer’s business model, and its latest sees the company expanding its ambitions in Asia. It’s working with Hutchison 3 in Indonesia, through its Tri operator brand in that country. Tri customers will be able to pay for a monthly Deezer Premium+ subscriptions using their balance credit, […]
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Socan reports record revenues but highlights songwriter payouts

2017 was a good year for Canadian collecting society Socan, which has reported record revenues and distributions to its membership. The society’s performing-rights revenues grew by 6.4% to more than $350m in 2017, with more than $300m distributed to songwriters, composers and publishers. These figures included $49.3m of ‘internet audio streaming’ revenues up 46% year-on-year. However, […]
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Sony Music launches dance label with Tencent Music

Fresh from its stock-swap with Spotify, Tencent Music has another interesting partnership with a western firm: Sony Music. The pair have teamed up to launch Liquid State, a label that will focus on dance music from Asian artists, as well as live events. “Liquid State has been created to support and enhance the discovery and development […]
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Pandora lays off 5% of staff as value shrinks for Sirius XM

It’s just over a year since Pandora laid off 7% of its staff in the US in order to “to focus and realign existing resources on execution and make further investments in product innovation to drive advertising revenue and subscription growth”. Now it’s in for another round of layoffs, this time “an organisational restructuring designed to […]
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