Day: 4 avril 2018

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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Source: Music ally

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

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