Month: juillet 2018

Integrations Manager – AWAL – London

As part of Kobalt’s significant expansion of AWAL – our recorded music division – the Integrations Manager will support the growing operations team by ensuring accurate and timely review and cleanse of all Incoming catalogue/label distribution deal releases for digital and physical distribution. Reporting to the Senior Director of Release Management, the team is responsible […]
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Childish Gambino gets a new summer-themed Snapchat lens

Having created the most talked-about music video of 2018 with ‘This Is America’, Childish Gambino is also getting up to some inventive stuff with Snapchat.
Gambino and RCA Records worked with Snap to create a new Snapchat lens based on his song ‘Summertime Magic’, which will be geofenced to 23 cities – starting with Los Angeles, New York and London last Friday.
The lens popped up in Snapchat users’ carousels, offering a clip of the track and an augmented-reality logo, so that fans could share it with their friends (you can see some example snaps here). There’s also a website showing fans when the lens will unlock in other cities, plus a ‘snapcode’ to make it quicker for them to unlock it on their phones if they’re not in one of the specific cities that’s part of the campaign.
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Netflix sees its next 100m subscribers coming from India

The Financial Times has a good piece on video-streaming service Netflix’s ambitions in India where it’s starting to invest more money in original shows and films.
It quotes CEO Reed Hastings speaking at a Delhi conference, saying “Even we couldn’t have predicted the last two years of Indian internet growth” and adding that in terms of Netflix subscribers “the next 100 million is from India”.
There’s a way to go on that: the FT quotes the latest estimates from research firm IHS Markit, which thinks Netflix ended 2017 with around 522,000 subscribers in India, not far behind Amazon Prime Video’s 610,000, but considerably lagging the leading video-streaming service in India, Hotstar, which had 1.6 million.
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Report: Amazon now accounts for 49.1% of US e-commerce market

Amazon is about to fire the starting trigger on its annual Prime Day of shopping deals, and research firm eMarketer has put out some new analysis of the company’s place in the US online-retail sector to accompany it.
Its analysts reckon that Amazon will do $258.22bn of US retail sales this year, accounting for 49.1% of all e-commerce spend in that country for 2018, and 5% of all retail sales – offline and online combined.
“Now, it is fast approaching a tipping point where more people will be spending money online with Amazon, than with all other retailers — combined,” reported TechCrunch. “Amazon’s next-closest competitor, eBay, is a very, very distant second at 6.6 percent, and Apple in third at 3.9 percent.”
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Maroon 5 frontman to exec-produce eight-episode YouTube series

The video for Maroon 5’s single ‘Sugar’ has been popular on YouTube, with nearly 2.7bn views so far for the band’s exploits crashing wedding receptions. YouTube liked it so much, it’s now commissioned an entire series based on the video’s concept.
w‘Sugar’ will be an eight-episode show behind the YouTube Premium paywall, executive-produced by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. It’ll choose deserving people to get special ‘pop-up’ performances from their favourite stars, with Snoop Dogg, Blake Shelton, Fifth Harmony, Bad Bunny, Kelly Clarkson and Charlie Puth among the artists taking part.
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Artist Ben Kweller is working on music startup Streamative

Very few details are available on this, but an intriguing new startup popped up on our AngelList feed this morning. It’s called Streamative, and its CEO is Ben Kweller.
Yes, musician Ben Kweller, or as his profile on the investment site puts it: “Acclaimed recording artist and songwriter for 20+ years. Huge advocate for artists and creators. Investor. Inventor.”
What he’s inventing now appears to be something to help musicians make money directly from their fans. “Streamative is the first music platform based on the sharing economy,” explains its profile. “Our groundbreaking payment algorithm puts power in the person, not the platform. This means artists get more compensation for their creations and fans see exactly where their money goes.”
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Danish court rules that stream-ripping is illegal

Given the growth of the recorded-music market overall, it’s hard to make apocalyptic predictions about how specific forms of piracy will damage the industry.
Not that rightsholders haven’t been tempted to do that with ‘stream-ripping’, with several reports and industry-body announcements proclaiming that tools for turning YouTube streams into downloads are the new menace.
The industry has had some success in getting players like YouTube-MP3 shut down, which may also have contributed to the lack of a widespread panic about stream-ripping’s impact. Anyway, for people who are worried, there was some more good news this week, from Denmark.
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Stashimi releases figures for G-Eazy and Zedd messaging bots

Startup Stashimi has built a platform for artist messaging bots, working with artists including G-Eazy, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. The company says it has more than 100 artists using its tool to create bots for Facebook Messenger, and this week it’s published some figures for two of them: G-Eazy and Zedd.
Stashimi worked with G-Eazy’s social team as well as label RCA’s marketing team to launch his bot for his ‘The Beautiful & Damned’ album, with a mixture of messages about the album’s recording process, lyrics quizzes, photo filters and other news.
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Blink Identity raises $1.5m from Live Nation and others

Austin-based startup Blink Identity has raised a $1.5m seed-funding round from investors including Live Nation, Techstars and Sinai Ventures. The company was part of this year’s cohort of Techstars Music startups.
Its focus is on ‘facial recognition at scale’ with an emphasis currently on live events: identifying people as they walk past its scanners, for example to check that they have bought tickets without having to slow down the queue with a manual-checking process.
Blink Identity says it’s also working with Live Nation to “leverage early pilot programs in a variety of venues”, following its participation in Techstars Music. “Blink Identity has created a fast, accurate and user-first identity service for live entertainment venues, solving the bottleneck problem and creating a preferential experience for consumers and venue owners alike,” said Jordan Fudge of Sinai Ventures, which led the seed-funding round. “We believe that this technology is widely applicable.”
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Deezer expands HiFi tier’s availability on Google Home

Thus far, the music aspects for smart speakers have focused on voice-control features, rather than the quality of the audio. Deezer is hoping to drum up more subscribers for its ‘high-fidelity’ Deezer HiFi tier from owners of Google Home smart speakers.
It’s offering a deal for Google Home users in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Germany where they can get three months of Deezer’s premium tier for the equivalent of £0.99, with the US, Canada, Italy and Australia getting access to the HiFi tier on these devices for the first time – joining the UK, France and Germany where it was already available.
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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs criticises lack of support for black execs

Artist and entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has given an interview outlining his frustration with the music industry’s approach to supporting black executives. “You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us,” he told Variety.
“For all the billions of dollars that these black executives have been able to make them, [there’s still hesitation] to put them in the top-level positions. They’ll go and they’ll recruit cats from overseas. It makes sense to give [executives of colour] a chance and embrace the evolution, instead of it being that we can only make it to president, senior VP. … There’s no black CEO of a major record company. That’s just as bad as the fact that there are no [black] majority owners in the NFL.”
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Chinese secondary-ticketing firm Moretickets raises $60m

In the west, secondary-ticketing platforms are increasingly controversial in terms of their role within the music industry. In China, though, one of the most popular sites has just raised a significant funding round. 
Moretickets’ Series C round was worth $60m, led by investment firm TPG Growth – last covered here in January when it bought a 75% stake in music’n’media firm Trace, and before that when its parent company led Spotify’s $1bn debt-funding round in 2017.
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Universal Music expands in French-speaking African countries

Universal Music Group is launching a new division focusing on French-speaking African countries, based in Côte d’Ivoire. It will be led by industry veteran Moussa Soumbounou, who’ll report in to Universal Music France CEO Olivier Nusse.
Cameroon, Congo, Mali, Senegal and Togo will be among the countries falling under the new division’s wing, with plans to sign local artists and distribute their music across the region, but also to other parts of the world. It’s interesting that live music is a big part of this too.
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Amanda Palmer has raised nearly $1.6m so far on Patreon

A story about Amanda Palmer crowdfunding leading the Music Ally Bulletin? Today’s email is brought to you by 2012… But no: Palmer continues to be one of the most successful crowdfunders in the music world, but nowadays she’s operating on fan-funding platform Patreon rather than Kickstarter.
We’ve reported before on Palmer’s Patreon community: she has 11,115 patrons at the time of writing, paying between $1 and $1,000 per ‘thing’ that she creates, be it a new song, a piece of physical art, a blog post or something else. Three years after joining Patreon, Palmer has raised a total of $1.58m according to figures shared with Billboard by her team.
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Sandbox Issue 208: Making Micro Waves

Lead: In an age of constant digital distractions, sometimes it is better to play the short game. We trace the rise of the micro ad and how it is being tailored to stand out when users are rapidly hopping and grazing across a variety of platforms. Can the “three-second rule” help advertising and marketing make its impact felt in a time of constant distractions? We look […]
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Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’

Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel discussion on the current state of music analytics / data and their future was held at the BPI’s office in London yesterday (9 July).
Lucy Blair, from the artist and label marketing team at Spotify UK, opened with a presentation on what the streaming service is doing in terms of data access to artists, labels and managers as well as where it is evolving next.
“There were more than 100 updates in a few months last year,” she revealed of the data tools Spotify opens to registered partners. Blair worked through the range of data sets open up to the music industry, giving tips on how best to read them and indicating what are the most accurate metrics of success and engagement.
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Digital Assistant – Tru Thoughts – Brighton

Tru Thoughts is looking to hire a Digital Assistant to work in-house at our office in Brighton. The candidate should be confident and organized, with a demonstrable passion for the label’s music (and a love of being by the sea). This role will consist of working alongside Project Managers and the Press Department to plan and execute successful campaigns; with a particular […]
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MIT’s new AI system can identify instruments within music

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced details of its latest use for AI – a deep-learning system capable of isolating the individual instruments used in a music video.
“The system, which is ‘self-supervised,’ doesn’t require any human annotations on what the instruments are or what they sound like,” explained MIT.
“Trained on over 60 hours of videos, the ‘PixelPlayer’ system can view a never-before-seen musical performance, identify specific instruments at pixel level, and extract the sounds that are associated with those instruments.”
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Top-10 social profiles have thousands of impersonators

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are among the musicians with the largest followings on social networks – but also those with the greatest number of impersonators.
That’s according to the New York Times, which commissioned a company called Social Imposter to research the number of people pretending to be one of the top 10 accounts on Instagram. The answer? Nearly 9,000 across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
That included 1,389 fraudulent Selena Gomezes, 714 pretend Beyoncés and 233 fake-it-off Taylor Swifts, although Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr beat them all with 1,676 impersonators.
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Drake ‘Scorpion’ album does more than 1bn first-week streams

This is where we’re at in the evolution of music-streaming: a single album has been streamed more than 1bn times in its first week after release.
That album, of course, is Drake’s ‘Scorpion’, with label Republic Records having confirmed the figure to The Verge, as well as the artist himself having posted about it. “New era. New platinum. Thank you a billion times over (a billion plus),” wrote Drake on Instagram.
These are global figures, but it has also become clear how large a role the US played in the first-week success of his new album: according to Billboard, ‘Scorpion’ did 745.9m streams in the US last week – nearly three quarters of the total.
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Music bodies up lobbying efforts ahead of crucial Article 13 vote

It’s now one day until a crucial vote in the European Parliament on the EU’s draft Copyright Directive, and music bodies are leading the charge of creative industries in urging politicians to support the proposed legislation – and specifically its Article 13, which focuses on the obligations of online platforms around copyrighted content being uploaded by their users.
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Music bodies up efforts ahead of crucial Article 13 vote

It’s now one day until a crucial vote in the European Parliament on the EU’s draft Copyright Directive, and music bodies are leading the charge of creative industries in urging politicians to support the proposed legislation – and specifically its Article 13, which focuses on the obligations of online platforms around copyrighted content being uploaded […]
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Report claims global publishers may pull out of SGAE

Spanish collecting society SGAE is facing a big problem in early 2019: the potential for some of the world’s biggest publishers to take their catalogues elsewhere.
Warner/Chappell, Peermusic, Sony/ATV, Universal Publishing and BMG have given SGAE six months’ notice of their intention to not renew their contracts with the society, according to reports in the Spanish media. At a stroke, that could remove catalogue that generated 60% of SGAE’s collections in 2017.
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WMG signs partnership to boost video advertising revenues

Warner Music Group has announced a new partnership, with Sony Pictures subsidiary Internet Media Services (IMS), which the label hopes will boost its advertising revenues in some under-monetised parts of the world.
IMS will be managing the ad inventory for WMG’s YouTube channels in Russia, Poland, Spain, Portugal, and all of Latin America bar Brazil. The idea being that IMS can capitalise on “previously untapped potential” in these markets around music videos.
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Amazon to hold ‘Unbox Prime Day’ event in London including music

Amazon’s annual ‘Prime Day’ has become a date to ring in the diaries of anyone who likes bargain-hunting online. This year’s starts on 16 July, and the reason we say ‘starts’ is because it’ll actually last for 36 hours rather than a single day. What’s new this year, for Amazon in the UK, is a real-world event as part of the promotion. It’s called Unbox Prime Day, and will focus on promoting Amazon’s digital services: films, books and music.
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Years & Years preview new album with Facebook Camera effects

The latest element in artist Years & Years’ campaign for their new album ‘Palo Santo’ is a set of augmented-reality ‘effects’ for Facebook’s Camera feature. Fans using the camera to record video selfies can trigger one of 11 different effects based on the album’s artwork – with the visuals overlaid as they film their clips.
According to Polydor Records, which is running the campaign, it’s the first time that multi-effects have been used for music in this way – Marvel was the first brand to use the technology. The incentive for fans to explore all 11 effects is that they’ll be able to hear snatches of each track from the new album ahead of its release.
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Project Manager – AWAL – London

AWAL serves a growing roster of emerging talent and established independent artists from all over the world and we are now expanding our UK Marketing team to include a new Project Manager, reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing and Project Management. Responsible for managing relationships and marketing initiatives with a wide range of clients, […]
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Drake Scorpion takeover risks reminding Spotify users of Apple’s U2 overreach

“Drake’s new album Scorpion is currently being streamed over 10 million times per hour,” chirped Spotify’s official Twitter account on Friday.
There hasn’t been an updated-stats tweet since, which is possibly explained by the announcement on the Twitter feed of Spotify’s greatest rival. “#Scorpion x Apple Music. The most streams in a single day, on any streaming service,” tweeted Apple Music, accompanied by an image emblazoned with ’24 hours. 170 million streams’.
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