Month: août 2018

Report 417: Islands in the Streams

This month’s report focuses on country music and how the genre is finally leaning in to streaming, with the major streaming services also making it a priority. We’ve talked to Amazon, Spotify, YouTube and the Nashville arms of UMG, Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell among others to uncover what’s happening with country and streaming, and where it […]
The post Report 417: Islands in the Streams appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Warner Music Australia signs new influencer partnership

As influencer marketing continues to become a more-common part of the music-marketing landscape, Warner Music Australia has announced an interesting joint venture with talent agency Born Bred Talent.
The post Warner Music Australia signs new influencer partnership appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

T-Series tipped to overtake PewDiePie for YouTube subscribers

We’ve been covering the rapid growth of Indian music firm T-Series’ YouTube channels (in terms of their subscribers) in recent months. Now the company’s main channel could be set to dethrone the biggest YouTube star of all: gamer Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg.
The post T-Series tipped to overtake PewDiePie for YouTube subscribers appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

WMG appoints Alfonso Perez-Soto to Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa role

Warner Music Group is setting its sights on growth in more emerging markets. It has appointed Alfonso Perez-Soto as its new EVP of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Reporting in to WMG’s international boss Stu Bergen, Perez-Soto will be hoping to bring his knowledge of building the major-label group’s business in Latin America.
The former Telefonica and Nokia executive played a key role in growing WMG’s business in Latin America, before moving to a new role as global business development and chief commercial officer of emerging markets for WMG in 2017.
The post WMG appoints Alfonso Perez-Soto to Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa role appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Senior Director – AWAL Label Management – London

We’re currently working with an incredible and growing roster of emerging talent and already established labels from all over the world. We’re looking for someone to be responsible for the day to day management of our UK AWAL Label Management team, operating out of the London office. The role also works closely with our North […]
The post Senior Director – AWAL Label Management – London appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

YouTube is ‘the main way consumers aged 16-44 discover music’

Music videos continue to be the most popular video category on YouTube, accounting for 32% of views on the platform. This, at least, is the estimate published by research firm Midia Research in its latest State of the YouTube Music Economy report.
The post YouTube is ‘the main way consumers aged 16-44 discover music’ appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

UK music industry ups #LoveMusic Euro lobbying effort

Tensions are rising ahead of the crucial European Parliament vote in September on copyright-reform legislation. A group of British music industry bodies are lobbying together to persuade MEPs to vote to reform the way safe harbour works in Europe, under the banner of #LoveMusic.
The post UK music industry ups #LoveMusic Euro lobbying effort appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Universal Music and ESL team up for esports music label

We’ve thought for a while that there’s potential for more partnerships between the music and esports (competitive gaming) worlds. Now Universal Music Group and esports firm ESL are testing the waters.
The companies are launching a joint-venture label, which will sign artists and promote their music across ESL’s esports tournaments and channels. That will include live performances during ESL’s broadcasts, which it says attracted more than 300 million online viewers in 2017.
UMG and ESL are also promising to create “the ultimate destination for gaming and music fans alike” to listen to music associated with ESL’s events around the world, which include the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL National Championships.
The post Universal Music and ESL team up for esports music label appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Netflix joins Spotify in bypassing Apple in-app subscriptions

Netflix is testing changes to the way it charges iOS users for its monthly subscriptions – and that’s a move that will be of intense interest to the music-streaming world in the coming days and weeks.
TechCrunch has the details, reporting that Netflix is testing a new subscription method in 33 countries where, instead of new and lapsed subscribers paying via the iOS in-app subscriptions system, they’re directed to Netflix’s mobile website to enter their payment details.
This has historically been a big no-no for Apple, which has cracked down in the past on digital services – Amazon’s Kindle store most famously – that try to avoid giving Apple its 30% cut from in-app purchases on iOS devices.
The post Netflix joins Spotify in bypassing Apple in-app subscriptions appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR says its early metrics are ‘extremely encouraging’

Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR launched its app commercially in the US and UK on 1 May, then in eight more European countries on 26 June.
So its just-published figures for the first half of 2018 – revenues of just £6.8k included – aren’t a reflection of where the company hopes to be as its app rolls out globally and on to more VR headsets.
In its half-year financial report, MelodyVR said that “our early metrics regarding user engagement and conversion rates are extremely encouraging and remain on track with management expectations; with over 72% of MelodyVR’s install base now having utilised the platform to consume our content”.
The post Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR says its early metrics are ‘extremely encouraging’ appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Napster revenues down, but unlike music-streaming rivals it’s profitable

Music-streaming service Napster is on track to record a net profit in 2018, despite its revenues having dropped by nearly 28% since the company’s peak in 2016.
Napster recorded net profits of $4.4m and $2.1m respectively in the first two quarters of this year, although its $76.5m revenues for the first half of 2018 compare to $106m in the comparable period in 2016.
This is based on Music Ally’s analysis of figures provided by technology firm RealNetworks in its own quarterly and annual financial results.
RealNetworks owns a 42% stake in Rhapsody International Inc, having launched Rhapsody as a joint venture with MTV Networks in 2007, before spinning it off as an independent company in 2010.
Rhapsody bought Napster in 2011 from its previous owner, US retailer Best Buy, operating it outside the US while retaining the Rhapsody brand in the US – until 2016, when the latter was rebranded as Napster.
RealNetworks publishes quarterly financial metrics for the streaming service, as a result of its stake: revenues and profit/loss figures, although not any metrics for Napster’s subscribers.
The post Napster revenues down, but unlike music-streaming rivals it’s profitable appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

20 voteworthy music sessions from the SXSW PanelPicker 2019

The voting process is underway in the SXSW 2019 PanelPicker, where the public gets to vote on which session ideas should be programmed at the Austin conference next March.
As ever, there are plenty of music sessions being pitched, so I’ve spent some time today reading through them on the PanelPicker website, to come up with a selection of 20 that may be worth your vote. Interestingness is the prime selection criteria, while leaving out all-male panels (although not single-male sessions) and separating sessions pitched by or involving Music Ally staff out from the 20.
(You can find those at the end though: we’d love your votes!)
Here are the 20 music-related session pitches from other people and companies that I think would be fab to see programmed at SXSW 2019, then:
The post 20 voteworthy music sessions from the SXSW PanelPicker 2019 appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Nicki Minaj hits out at Spotify after Queen album misses #1 in the US

Nicki Minaj isn’t happy with Spotify at all. But this isn’t an argument about royalties: it’s about her new album ‘Queen’ only getting to number two in the US chart in its week of release, with Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ holding on to the top spot. According to Billboard, Scott’s album recorded 205k equivalent-album units last week compared to Minaj’s 185k – including 167.5m and 128.7m on-demand streams respectively.
In a series of tweets, Minaj initially claimed that ‘Queen’ was the rightful number one, citing Scott’s tactic of selling bundles of tickets and merchandise with the album – although this is something that she is also (just as smartly) doing on her own online store. “Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week,” tweeted Minaj. “I spoke to him last night & he said he’s been selling clothes b4 the music. Billboard says they’ll change the rules cuz of this, so it should be changed now!”
The post Nicki Minaj hits out at Spotify after Queen album misses #1 in the US appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?

There has been a lot of bellyaching, handwringing and bluster spoken about Spotify recently doing direct deals with artists. Is it a stealth move by Spotify to cut out labels entirely? If it is, it’s the biggest kamikaze play in history. Is it a tactical bartering chip for when Spotify has to renew its licensing […]
The post Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels? appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels

It’s not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon’s Echo is leading the pack. The latest numbers come from Strategy Analytics, looking at the smart speaker market globally in Q2 2018. The headline figures are that Amazon shipped 4.8m speakers in Q2, giving it a 41% market […]
The post Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Instagram Instgr-albums: aligning the social network

[The following is a comment piece by Gregor Pryor, co-chair of the Entertainment & Media Group at legal firm Reed Smith.] So Jaden Smith released his (remix) album solely on Instagram. It’s a typically obtuse promotional move from Smith, a pop star who once tweeted that “Instagram is not the answer”. Perhaps the release of […]
The post Instagram Instgr-albums: aligning the social network appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Spotify could overtake Pandora in the US by 2022; but is a ceiling being hit?

The latest forecast from eMarketer claims that a sharp growth in adoption of Spotify and a slowdown in the adoption of Pandora will see the former overtake the latter in the US within the next five years. The research company suggests that Pandora will have 75.9m users this year compared to 58.4m for Spotify (split […]
The post Spotify could overtake Pandora in the US by 2022; but is a ceiling being hit? appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Industry reacts to Ticketmaster’s U-turn on secondary ticketing

You will hopefully have seen our news alert yesterday on the news that Ticketmaster is decommissioning its two secondary ticketing sites in Europe. From October, GET ME IN! and Seatwave will be replaced by a new fan-to-fan ticket exchange platform that will not permit tickets to be sold for more than face value. The move […]
The post Industry reacts to Ticketmaster’s U-turn on secondary ticketing appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing

Lead: Affiliate marketing in music used to mean taking a few pennies from download sales that you drove on iTunes or CDs that you pushed on Amazon. But with Apple Music offering significant bounties for driving subscriptions – one factor behind its reported overtaking of paying Spotify users in the US – the stakes have […]
The post Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

UMG goes deeper with Apple on Deutsche Grammophon playlist initiative

  It is not quite picking favourites between Spotify and Apple Music, especially when it has equity in the former, but Universal Music Group has certainly been getting a lot closer with Apple Music in recent months. Its latest move is around classical, a genre that has been dramatically underserved by streaming to date. As […]
The post UMG goes deeper with Apple on Deutsche Grammophon playlist initiative appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?

Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more…
Any over-confident tech startup promising to ‘make music social’ is drunk on their own disruption. But of course, they’re talking about social in the ‘social networking’ sense: digital connectivity. And it’s true that in their current form, the big music-streaming services aren’t particularly social.
There were 176 million people using paid music subscriptions on streaming services at the end of 2017, but much of our time on Spotify, Apple Music and their rivals is spent listening alone – or thanks to headphones, listening alone in a crowd.
The post What is Social Music in the Streaming Age? appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Spotify is now Samsung’s ‘go-to’ music partner on its devices

Spotify has made its latest move in its battle with Apple, striking a partnership with the latter company’s fiercest rival in the smartphone space: Samsung.
Spotify is now the “go-to music service provider” for Samsung, across its various devices, from smartphones and TVs to smart speakers.
“Users can get excited about Spotify becoming part of the set-up experience on a Samsung device from the very beginning,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in a Q&A published on Spotify’s website as the deal was announced.
The post Spotify is now Samsung’s ‘go-to’ music partner on its devices appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Drake hits 50bn streams milestone: here’s how that breaks down for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube

Universal Music’s Republic Records has announced the latest digital milestone for Drake: he’s “the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms”. The news comes just a month after his latest album ‘Scorpion’ became the first album to rack up more than one billion streams in a single week.
“Additional details on the 50-billion mark, including specifics for each streaming platform, were not cited,” reported Complex on the latest milestone. Thanks to some rooting through Drake’s public metrics on Spotify and YouTube this morning, as well as a recent milestone announcement from Apple, Music Ally can offer some more context on all this.
The post Drake hits 50bn streams milestone: here’s how that breaks down for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Ninja gets 10m Twitch followers (and a Lollapalooza slot)

Tyler Blevins (aka Ninja) is the gamer who’s been attracting big audiences on Twitch and YouTube alike with his videos playing the game Fortnite. Oh, and he’s also the chap who helped Drake and Marshmello clamber on to this particular bandwagon earlier this year, playing the game with them online and breaking Twitch viewing records in the process.
Now Blevins has reached a big milestone for Amazon’s live-video platform: his channel is the first on Twitch to reach the milestone of 10 million followers. “This milestone is seriously ridiculous and the one I am most proud of,” he tweeted in celebration, having joined the platform in 2011 when it was still called Justin.tv.
The post Ninja gets 10m Twitch followers (and a Lollapalooza slot) appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso

A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus.
“Low costs and no annual fees for bands, artists and producers. Over 300+ stores. Worldwide digital music distribution,” pitches its website. “Blockchain ready. Direct-to-fan music downloads. Track your progress and withdraw funds using our Mobile Wallet app available exclusively and free for all users.”
And so on. The company’s profile on investment site AngelList adds more on the D2C and blockchain aspects.
The post Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters

Zillow is the website whose features start with providing an estimate for the value of your house, to help you gauge whether to sell or rent it out (which the site can also help with). Now music firm Royalty Exchange has launched an app for songwriters that it’s pitching as ‘the Zillow for royalties’.
That’s “a free resource that provides songwriters an instant valuation and analysis of their catalogue,” as the company puts it. “We call it the Know Your Worth app… The app analyses songwriters’ public performance statements from their PRO, and automatically produces a personalised report with details that until now were unavailable from a single source.”
The post Royalty Exchange launches valuation app for songwriters appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Amazon Prime Music may have overtaken Apple Music in UK

It’s been clear for some time that in terms of music subscribers, Amazon is now the third player globally behind Spotify and Apple Music. Could it have vaulted Apple Music into second place in the UK however?
That’s the conclusion of the latest report from research firm Kantar Worldpanel as reported by Music Week. Its Entertainment Retail Barometer suggests that in the four-week period to 1 July, Amazon Prime Music had a 3.8% market penetration in the UK, ahead of Apple Music’s 2.9% – Spotify now has “one in 10 British adults actively using the service” according to Kantar, so around 10%.
The post Amazon Prime Music may have overtaken Apple Music in UK appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Smart speaker primer: sales, forecasts and market shares

The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri respectively.
Research firms are also interested in this market, putting out regular estimates of how well these devices are selling and how the market shares of their manufacturers are changing. We’ve covered an array of studies, and thought it was high time we rounded them up in a primer.
The post Smart speaker primer: sales, forecasts and market shares appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more

The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri respectively.
Research firms are also interested in this market, putting out regular estimates of how well these devices are selling and how the market shares of their manufacturers are changing. We’ve covered an array of studies, and thought it was high time we rounded them up in a primer.
Our first roundup follows, and our plan is to keep updating this article as and when new research (or even just individual data-points from companies in the sector) comes out.
The post Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

SESAC row eases to take Music Modernization Act one step forward

Peace appears to have broken out after a heated row involving collecting societies and songwriting bodies in the US, over the Music Modernization Act (MMA).
Songwriter bodies SONA and NSAI had strongly criticised Blackstone, owner of SESAC and the Harry Fox Agency, for what they perceived as an attempt to derail the legislation as it progresses towards becoming law. Yesterday, the two sides brokered a compromise agreement that will see the MMA take a step forward.
The key change: the new collective organisation being created by the MMA will now only administer mechanical licences, but not sync, performance and lyric licensing too.
The post SESAC row eases to take Music Modernization Act one step forward appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Deezer shoots for unicorn status after $185m funding round

‘Is Deezer really worth a billion dollars?’ asked one headline yesterday, as the streaming service announced a new funding round of €160m (around $185m) from new and existing investors. Well, is Deezer worth ‘unicorn’ status? Taking Spotify as the base for some super-rough calculations, the latter service has 180 million active users, and a current market cap of $32bn – around $178 per user.
Deezer has 14 million active users, which by that maths would mean $2.5bn, and thus perhaps even undervalued at a billion. But, of course, metrics like subscribers, revenues and net income are what’s really needed for these kinds of calculations, rather than just listeners.
The post Deezer shoots for unicorn status after $185m funding round appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Social app Musical.ly to shut down after merger with TikTok

Social music app Musical.ly is being shut down by its owner Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, which plans to merge the app’s community with one of its other apps, TikTok.
Bytedance bought Musical.ly for more than $800m in November 2017, after the latter app had grown to more than 100 million users – mostly in the west. However, TikTok has an even bigger community of 500 million monthly active users in Asia.
[Just so it’s clear: Musical.ly the app has nothing to do with Music Ally the music-industry research company – we’re the latter, and have been operating as Music Ally since 2002.]
The post Social app Musical.ly to shut down after merger with TikTok appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Music

Music for relaxation has quietly (well, it wouldn’t be loudly…) become one of the big playlist genres on music-streaming services. Now Universal Music Group is hoping to capitalise by launching a playlist called Peaceful Music.
For now, it’s only available on one streaming service: Apple Music. Universal says that the playlist has been “co-created” with Apple’s team, as well as its own artists. Composer Max Richter is in the curator’s seat for the playlist as it launches today.
The playlist will blend ambient, chillout, electronic and other contemporary music, with UMG targeting “the commute to work, studying for an exam or even for a yoga class” as suitable listening contexts.
The post Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Music appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Report 416: Rock ‘n’ Role

In this issue we look at how whole new disciplines and skill sets are changing the power balance in the music industry. Jobs that didn’t exist even a few years ago are now so important that those who have perfected them will decide the future shape of the business – from data scientists to playlist […]
The post Report 416: Rock ‘n’ Role appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Global smartphone shipments down as Huawei overtakes Apple

Apple’s quarterly financial results are always the trigger for a new round of figures on the global smartphone market, and such was the case yesterday.
Research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics agree on the key trend: smartphone shipments are down slightly year-on-year. IDC claimed a fall of 1.8% to 342m smartphone units shipped in the second quarter of 2018, while Strategy Analytics estimated a 2.8% drop to 350.4m units.
The details are slightly different, then, but both companies also agreed on another aspect of the market: that Chinese firm Huawei has overtaken Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone vendor behind Samsung.
The post Global smartphone shipments down as Huawei overtakes Apple appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

eMusic claims it will raise $70m for its blockchain plans

We reported earlier this year, somewhat sceptically, on digital-music service eMusic’s plans for a blockchain-powered relaunch. Now the company has given more details about how much money it’s planning to raise to fund its pivot to a ‘decentralised music distribution and royalty management system’.
eMusic says that it’s shooting for $70m in its token sale, which will kick off with a public pre-sale in September, followed by a token generation event (TGE, if you’re keeping track of these acronyms) straight after.
Cue rhetoric: “Today’s supply chain is full of blockers, middlemen and inefficiencies that create barriers for artists’ music to get from the studio to fans’ headphones. eMusic is going to fix this problem using an all-new blockchain platform that provides a more streamlined, transparent and autonomous structure benefiting all parties,” said CEO Tamir Koch.
The post eMusic claims it will raise $70m for its blockchain plans appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

New for Spotify: Google Clock deal and Archie motion-comics

Spotify already has a pretty close relationship with Google for integration into its Google Home family of smart speakers. Now the companies are collaborating on one of the most well-used apps on Android devices: its clock app.
“Starting today, you’ll be able to wake up to your favourite music on Spotify with the Google Clock app,” explained Google. The feature works for both free and premium Spotify users, as long as they have the latest versions of Google Clock and Spotify installed on their device.
There’s also something new happening on Spotify itself: a deal with Archie Comics to create a six-episode motion-comics series. “They’re completely tricked out, with voice acting and music to complement the sequential art,” reported Nerdist. “These episodes were made to look especially amazing on mobile devices.” The first episode is already available.
The post New for Spotify: Google Clock deal and Archie motion-comics appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Canadian collecting society Socan acquires Sodrac

Socan is getting its wallet out again: this time the collecting society has closed its acquisition of fellow Canadian organisation Sodrac (the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers).
Socan is bullish about what the deal means for creators. “For the first time in Canada, a single organisation – Socan – will be able to license, track and distribute all royalties for both music performing rights and mechanical rights,” it announced yesterday.
“A transition period will result in the full integration of the organisations. Efficiencies in overhead expenses and operations will be sought and ultimately passed along for the benefit of members.”
The post Canadian collecting society Socan acquires Sodrac appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Researcher suggests Facebook is working on ‘Talent Show’ feature

Could the world’s biggest social network have plans to park its tanks on the X Factor and The Voice’s lawns? Researcher Jane Manchun Wong has uncovered what may be plans for a new Facebook feature called ‘Talent Show’ by digging around in the code of its app.
“Wong has discovered an interface that allow users to pick a song from a list of popular tunes, which is then followed by a way to start recording yourself singing the track in question,” reported TechCrunch.
“The app’s code also makes references to the feature as ‘Talent Show’ and includes mentions of elements like ‘audition’ and ‘stage.’ The auditions are loaded as videos, Wong notes.”
The post Researcher suggests Facebook is working on ‘Talent Show’ feature appeared first on Music Ally.
Source: Music ally

Aller à la barre d’outils