Day: 23 mai 2018

Def Leppard’s long tail gets flicked on interactive concert map

Having been digital holdouts for years, Def Leppard have taken to online with gusto in recent months. It’s the live arena where their next digital dalliance is happening, in part to promote the anniversary tour around 1987’s blockbusting ‘Hysteria’ album, but also to drive up the band’s total streams. 
The Def Leppard Tour Book is an interactive online map that links to a user’s Spotify account (something that was unimaginable even half a year ago).
Each city on the world tour contains a song from the band’s back catalogue, where clicking on the related plectrum on the map and listening to the full song will unlock an “exclusive digital laminate and photo from the band”.
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Big-data A&R startup TuneGo completes $7.7m funding round

Until recently, the idea of spotting emerging musicians through big data – analytics-driven A&R – was notable mainly for the ‘gut over data’ grumpiness it sparked on conference panels.
However, things are heating up in this space: in March, Warner Music Group acquired a startup called Sodatone that does exactly this task, while UK firm Instrumental announced a $4.2m funding round to continue developing its TalentAI platform, which mines Spotify and other services to identify artists with potential.
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Amuse raises $15.5m for its ‘next generation record label’

In March 2017, Music Ally reported on a new startup in Sweden called Amuse, which was billing itself as “the world’s first mobile record label”.
It had an app through which unsigned artists could upload their music for distribution, with the company then monitoring the data to spot artists with traction, to get behind promotionally.
Just over a year later, Amuse has announced a Series A funding round of $15.5m co-led by Lakestar and Raine Ventures. Note the latter name: it’s one of the investment funds owned by merchant-bank The Raine Group, which took a significant stake in SoundCloud last year.
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Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal

When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this approval may be tough for Sony to secure.
“The European Commission will want to avoid reinforcing the Sony/Universal duopoly, the two horse race which started in 2012 with the sale of EMI,” said its executive chair Helen Smith yesterday. “This is a step too far and I would expect to see an in-depth investigation in the EU and other key jurisdictions.”
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Source: Music ally

Should Spotify windfall lead majors to cancel unrecouped debts for legacy artists?

Musician Tom Gray of British band Gomez – currently firing up crowds on the 20th anniversary tour celebrating their ‘Bring It On’ album – has an idea for major labels about how to follow up their windfalls from Spotify’s public listing.
In short: he thinks they should cancel the unrecouped debts of the legacy artists whose music was part of the catalogues that ensured they got equity in Spotify before its launch 10 years ago.
Gray outlined his thoughts in a tweetstorm this week.
“The majors are all making huge profits from the sales of their Spotify shares and they say they will distribute monies to artists based on the number of streams they’ve had,” he wrote.
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Facebook AI team creates ‘universal music translation network’

The music industry has been abuzz with speculation about what, exactly, Facebook has planned for music beyond its first set of user-generated-content focused licensing deals.
Few people have suggested that the social network’s agenda includes using artificial intelligence for “translating music across musical instruments, genres, and styles”.
However, that’s exactly what a team within Facebook’s AI Research department has been doing, according to a paper setting out their work on a “universal music translation network”.
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Boiler Room launches ‘multi-genre’ streaming platform 4:3

We know Boiler Room for its DJ-set videos, although it has also published music documentaries online. Now it is spreading its wings further with the launch of a service called 4:3.
We’ll let the announcement speak for itself: “4:3, is for a culturally connected audience, the Netflix of the underground. 4:3 aims to expand gateways between image and sound by living across social channels, websites and physical spaces, filled by curated seasons and themes with a mix of archive and underground films, challenging the notions of high and low art.”
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Blockpool / OpSec blockchain deal could power merch and ticket sales

British blockchain startup Blockpool is best known to Music Ally readers for its recent partnership with Björk and One Little Indian, to reward fans who pre-ordered her new album by giving them cryptocurrency.
Now it has announced a partnership with a company called OpSec, which could also have implications for music. It needs a bit of unpicking.
“The relationship seeks to establish an integrated offer combining ‘chain-of-custody’ with advanced digital product authentication solutions for global brand protection,” is how OpSec put it in a press release. Blockpool’s Minesh Patel broke that down for Music Ally.
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Ticketfly co-founder’s blockchain startup Tari reveals plans – including ticketing

In early April, Music Ally was first to report on a new startup from ticketing firm Ticketfly’s co-founder Dan Teree. Codenamed Big Neon, it was slated to be a “highly scalable, mobile-centric event ticketing platform” using blockchain technology.
Now the company has been officially announced, but with a new name – Tari – and a wider brief than just ticketing.
Tari says that it’s working on “a new open source blockchain protocol being built specifically for digital assets” which includes concert tickets, but also in-game items, virtual currencies and loyalty points for a range of services.
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