Day: 3 avril 2018

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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