Month: avril 2018

S-Curve Records’ Steve Greenberg talks startups and music-marketing history

Steve Greenberg is certainly a music man with some pedigree. The renowned music executive and founder of S-Curve Records is also a Grammy-winning producer of hits for artists including Joss Stone, Hanson, Baha Men, Jonas Brothers, AJR and Andy Grammer.
In his time he’s also been head of A&R at Mercury Records, president of Columbia Records and written a book about The Beatles. But he’s also an entrepreneur, investor and tech innovator – and in April, a key speaker at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in New York.
The full story of how Greenberg came to set up S-Curve Records (acquired by BMG in 2015) and release the quirky track that became a massive global success story – the Baha Men’s ‘Who Let the Dogs Iut?’ – because the majors wouldn’t touch it, is a book in itself.
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Former Armonia CEO Virginie Berger joins VC fund LeanSquare

Virginie Berger has joined Belgian venture-capital fund LeanSquare as a venture partner, moving from pan-European licensing platform Armonia, where she served as CEO for the past two years.
As well as being founder of Paris-based tech/media consultancy DBTH, Berger’s career has also included stints at Microsoft, NRJ, Omnicom and MySpace France.
Her role at LeanSquare involves running its music technology investment programme globally. She will also serve as the content director of Wallifornia Music Tech, a series of events focused on music and new technologies, from conferences to hackathons.
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MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’

After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch.
In an announcement this morning, the publicly-listed company revealed that it “intends to launch its flagship music product (The MelodyVR app) in the coming weeks”, including a version for Facebook’s upcoming Oculus Go headset.
There are no further details on dates, pricing or content for now: this was a bare-bones announcement for investors rather than a detailed press release. In his accompanying statement, executive chairman Anthony Matchett focused on the Oculus Go aspect.
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British music companies admit ‘unacceptable’ gender pay gaps

Yesterday was the deadline for all British companies with more than 250 employees to report their ‘gender pay gaps’ to the UK government’s Equalities Office. The definition of this being the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women for each company.
Each firm has reported their ‘mean’ gender pay gap (based on adding the wages of all staff and dividing it by the number of staff) and their ‘median’ gender pay gap (based on the difference between the male and female employees in the middle of the pay range – which reduces any possible skew from the highest earners.
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Source: Music ally

Beggars Group China strategy: ‘We have a real issue with exclusivity’

“China was my hobby for the best part of 10 years: something which the company allowed me to run as a hobby on the side as long as I wasn’t spending too much money. It was five years before we made any money whatsoever, and 10 years until we felt we had a business…”
Simon Wheeler, director of digital at independent music company Beggars Group, first went to China in 2006 on a trade mission organised by trade group AIM and government body UKTI. The dominant form of digital-music consumption was piracy, but his curiosity was piqued.
“At that time, there was no pressure from the Chinese government in the market for people to behave properly. Effectively it was the Wild West,” he says, of a time when local music services were essentially unlicensed.
“We were going in and doing meetings with people saying ‘How about a licence?’ and they’d just be smiling at you. ‘Why would we want to do a licence? We’ve got your music already…’” he remembers.
“But it was a good learning experience to go and do that. If nothing else, we got to build relationships with all the different players, even though we weren’t able to do business back in those days.”
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Source: Music ally

SEC files charges over ICO that was promoted by DJ Khaled

This may seem obvious in the light of some recent news stories, but prominent artists really do need to be careful when endorsing brand-new blockchain startups running ICOs.
The latest example is a company called Centra, which raised more than $32m last year from an ICO based on its CTR token, with plans to build a suite of financial products.
DJ Khaled joined boxer Floyd Mayweather in promoting the company at the time: for example, DJ Khaled published an Instagram post in September proudly proclaiming that “The Centra Card & Centra Wallet app is the ultimate winner in Cryptocurrency debit cards powered by CTR tokens!… This is a Game changer here. Get your CTR tokens now!”
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Source: Music ally

HTC appoints former SoundCloud / TheWaveVR exec to VR role

HTC is expanding its Vive X global VR and AR accelerator program, with a new ‘hub’ based in London. It has also appointed Dave Haynes as its director of Vive X in Europe.
He’s a familiar face for the music industry over here, joining from a post as head of business development and partnerships at VR music startup TheWaveVR.
He was also VP of business development at SoundCloud between 2008 and 2014, and co-founder of the Music Hack Day events.
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Source: Music ally

Deezer optimistic about subscriptions growth in Brazil

Music Ally’s latest country profile focuses on Brazil, including an interview with Deezer’s country manager Bruno Vieira.
He expresses optimism about the growth not just of music-streaming in Brazil, but of people willing to pay for a streaming subscription there.
“We are very positive that over time users will adopt the premium model because it offers them the quality and catalogue they want, combined with engaging features, ways to explore music and high-quality sound,” he told us.
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Apple hails 26m first-day streams for The Weeknd’s new EP

If Spotify needed a reminder yesterday to focus on the music-streaming competition rather than swinging share prices, Apple provided it.
The latter company announced that The Weeknd’s new EP ‘My Dear Melancholy’ was streamed more than 26m times in its first 24 hours on Apple Music, including 6m streams for its lead track ‘Call Out My Name’.
The Verge notes that the latter track was streamed nearly 3.5m times on Spotify in its first 24 hours, despite the latter service having many more users than Apple Music, and a pair of exclusive vertical videos from The Weeknd to promote the EP’s release.
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Source: Music ally

Amper Music: ‘AI’s not going to replace your job – it’s going to change it’

“Our goal is to write music as well as John Williams, which then sounds like it’s recorded at Abbey Road and produced by Quincy Jones. Obviously we’re not there yet…”
No, this isn’t the latest ambitious young band with an eye for a pullquote. It’s Drew Silverstein, CEO of startup Amper Music. And the music he’s talking about will be created by an AI, not by human musicians.
As he admits, Amper isn’t keeping Quincy up at night just yet. The company’s technology is mainly used to create production-music for online videos, TV shows, games and films. However, it has been branching out.
Earlier this year, Amper Music was one of four AI-music tools – Google’s Magenta, IBM’s Watson Beat and startup AIVA being the others – used by musician Taryn Southern for her ‘I Am AI’ album. It was pitched as the first long-form musical collaboration between a human artist and AI technology.
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Source: Music ally

Apply now to compete in Primavera Pro Startups 2018 contest

Applications are underway for 2018’s crop of music/tech startup contests. Besides Midemlab in June, there’s Primavera Pro Startups 2018 in May, as part of the Primavera Pro conference in Barcelona.
Registrations are open until 20 April for this year’s contest, with five startups due to be chosen to pitch at the event, which was won last year by music-education firm Uberchord.
There’s a prize of €100k worth of services from sponsors including ad agency McCann Worldgroup; law firm Baker & McKenzie and Berklee College of Music.
The contest is open to any startup linked to the music sector, with at least a beta version of their product or service up and running. Find more details here, and apply using this form.
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Source: Music ally

Production and A&R Admin Associate – mtheory – New York

The Position Production Associate will assist all efforts surrounding the organization, coordination, and execution of production and content rights management under the guidance of the Director for Production and A&R Admin. Responsibilities Assist production department and client teams in the distribution, manufacturing and setup of releases. Liaise between our production department, and all key internal […]
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‘Battle royale’ game Fortnite is generating $100m a month

We first wrote about Fortnite: Battle Royale last month, when Drake popped up on Twitch playing the game against a popular streamer.
But the rise of Fortnite is well worth following for its own merits: a gaming brand that’s come from nowhere to generate more than $100m a month from in-game purchases, and become a bubbling pop-culture phenomenon in its own right.
Vox’s explainer is a good place to start: it outlines Fortnite’s original release as a game focused on shooting and crafting (“kind of like Minecraft meets The Walking Dead”) before the launch of a “battle royale” mode inspired by another popular game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG for short).
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Source: Music ally

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: ‘We will dig through this hole’

Mark Zuckerberg’s apology tour of the media continues, with an interview with website Vox about Facebook’s recent data controversies.
“I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years,” said Zuckerberg. “I wish I could solve all these issues in three months or six months, but I just think the reality is that solving some of these questions is just going to take a longer period of time.”
There’s a real sense of Facebook questioning its grasp of how its platform has been used, with quotes like “It’s tough to be transparent when we don’t first have a full understanding of where the state of some of the systems”.
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Source: Music ally

Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mind

Fresh from being acquired by Sony Music, dance label Spinnin’ Records is experimenting with its streaming playlists – with a particular focus on how they’re accessed through smart speakers.
“While curated music content is becoming the norm, voice-recognition is rapidly changing the digital landscape. According to Google, about 20 percent of all mobile search queries are done using voice commands which will grow to 50 percent within the next two years,” explained a blog post from the label.
“With the refreshed branding, Spinnin’ Records aims to create specific, top-of-mind branded keywords that can work as anchor points while asking a voice enabled product which music to play.”
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Source: Music ally

Spotify gets exclusive videos from Taylor Swift and The Weeknd

We reported last Thursday on Apple Music adding a dedicated music-videos category. Just after we clocked off for Easter, Spotify launched its own salvo in what’s shaping up as a new battle for ‘exclusives’ between the two companies (not to mention YouTube and Vevo).
Taylor Swift debuted a new vertical-orientation video for her track ‘Delicate’ on Spotify at midnight on Thursday, with the streaming service also embedding it within playlists like Today’s Top Hits, Teen Party and Pop Rising.
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Source: Music ally

Landmrk powers ‘frame-by-frame’ album-unlock campaign for CNCO

Latino boy-band CNCO have a new album on the way, and for the second time they’re working with location-based-marketing startup Landmrk to promote it.
In August 2016, their label Sony Music US Latin used Landmrk for a campaign called CNCO Go, which encouraged fans to visit ‘hotspots’ in Latin America and Spain to hear the band’s album ‘Primero Cita’ ahead of its release.
This time, the campaign is focused on the video for CNCO’s new single ‘Solo Yo’. The video has been broken up into 4,218 individual frames, which have been digitally scattered between that many hotspots across the world.
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Source: Music ally

Genius and YouTube launch new ‘Song Stories’ video format

2018 is already a very active year for lyrics-focused company Genius: its latest $15m funding round was revealed in early March, before a partnership with Spotify on a podcast called Déjà Vu which was announced last week.
Now Genius is working with YouTube on something else: a new format called ‘Song Stories’ which will tell fans more about artists and their tracks as they play, except with more video content than the ‘Behind the Lyrics’ feature that Genius powers on Spotify.
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Source: Music ally

Kobalt revenues and losses both increased in last fiscal year

Music firm Kobalt’s latest financial results show that its revenues grew by 23.5% to $321m in its last fiscal year, which ended on 30 June 2017.
However, the group’s operating loss grew by 45.6% to $24.3m, while its net loss for the year grew by 69.8% to $33.1m. Although given the company’s ability to raise a $75m funding round in May 2017 plus its Kobalt Capital’s $600m raise that November, the lights aren’t in danger of going out any time soon for the company.
Kobalt told MBW that the widening operating losses were due ‘largely’ to interest relating to its acquisition of Fintage House’s publishing and neighbouring rights businesses in late 2016, although the company’s sharp growth in headcount: from 344 to 448 people in that last fiscal year, will also have contributed.
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SoundCloud says it surpassed $100m of revenues in 2017

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor has been talking to the Financial Times about what he says is a corporate comeback for the streaming service, following its troubles of 2017.
According to Trainor, SoundCloud’s revenues last year surpassed its goal of $100m, with its user base growing in each of the last three quarters after an (underreported at the time) sluggish few years before that.
Trainor added that SoundCloud has “significantly reduced the burn” (of cash) including recording a few ‘cash flow positive months’ recently. The FT piece also stresses that SoundCloud’s subscription tier is, if not canned entirely, not the strategic priority for the company that it once was.
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Source: Music ally

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