Month: octobre 2018

“I want everything available digitally”: Danny Bennet, head of Verve, on how digital is regenerating classical and jazz

  In a recent issue of Sandbox, we spoke to the team behind the release and marketing of the “lost” 1963 John Coltrane album Both Directions At Once. In that campaign focus, Danny Bennett, president & CEO of Verve Label Group, talked about how his label made the album launch “an event” by treating it […]
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Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants

Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has twisted and turned so much as to be unrecognisable and the old ways of […]
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Spotify invests in DistroKid as part of new distribution partnership

Spotify recently announced that it would be testing a direct-uploads tool with some artists, enabling them to get their music onto its service without a distributor or label.
Now the company has expanded the initiative to help those artists distribute to rival services, via a partnership with distributor DistroKid – including Spotify making a “passive minority investment” in the company.
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Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared

Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, providing research it claims exposes how the bulking up of Sony would give it an iron grip on […]
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Mixcloud’s subs service edges ever closer with UMG deal

Yesterday, Mixcloud announced that it had signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with Universal Music Group. This is not quite a global deal as both China and Japan are currently excluded from the agreement, but the UMG deal does cover recorded music rights and will see its artists remunerated for the use of their music […]
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Report 418: Article of faith

This report looks at the aftermath of the recent Article 13 vote in the European Parliament. We’ve talked to several of the music bodies who were most involved in the lobbying process to find out what they think the vote means; what’s likely to happen next; and what that will mean for the long-running ‘value […]
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Confirmed: Apple has bought music analytics startup Asaii

Music-analytics startup Asaii is shutting down this month because it has been acquired by Apple. The deal has been confirmed to Music Ally by the company’s first investor.
“As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly excited by their recent acquisition by Apple where they will have the opportunity to dramatically scale their impact and continue building out their vision for the future of the music industry,” Cameron Baradar, founder of The House, told Music Ally.
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Tencent Music IPO on hold amid market turbulence?

There has been growing excitement and anticipation around the planned IPO of Chinese mega-company Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TMEG). At the start of the month it even filed its IPO documents which gave a revealing insight into the company, its business models and its growth targets (as well as confirming that Sony and WMG have […]
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Social Strategist & Digital Marketeer (12 month contract) – Sony Music – London

Overview Responsible for devising best in class digital marketing and social media strategies for artists; the setting and achieving of campaign-specific objectives & KPIs; the coordination/creation and upkeep of regularly updated social media strategies and the preparation of reports to inform key stakeholders & strategy moving forward. The candidate will work closely with artists, artist […]
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Genius strikes lyrical deal with Apple Music

The company formerly known as Rap Genius has a new partner. ‘Encyclopedia of music’ Genius has announced a deal to make Apple Music the official music player on its site and iOS app.
Genius’ database of lyrics will be integrated into the streaming service in return as part of the partnership.
“Starting today, Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will be able to play any song in full right from the song page, simply by signing into their Apple Music account,” explained the company this afternoon.
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Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’

Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including some stats and views pushing back on the assumption that it doesn’t have one.
Added spice came from the event’s location: the YouTube Space studio at the heart of a company that the BPI has regularly taken to task over the ‘value gap’ issue. Or as one industry executive muttered to Music Ally on the night: “We’re deep in the belly of the beast!”
That beast is evolving too, though: in his introduction to the event, BPI boss Geoff Taylor admitted that “it may seem a little incongruous that we’re celebrating the album here at YouTube”, before pointing out that albums are still a prominent way that the recently-launched YouTube Music service puts music in front of its subscribers.
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eMarketer breaks down US digital-video advertising predictions

Research firm eMarketer has published its latest predictions for digital video advertising in the US, which includes a new number for YouTube. “This year, YouTube will generate $3.36 billion in net US video ad revenues, up 17.1% over last year,” claimed eMarketer. “YouTube now derives 73% of its ad revenues from video in the US. YouTube […]
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Study outlines internet-access growth in sub-Saharan Africa

The music industry’s excitement about the potential of countries in sub-Saharan Africa is underpinned by the awareness that internet access – particularly through smartphones – is growing rapidly in those markets. Now the US-based Pew Research Center has published some new data on that growth in six countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. […]
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PledgeMusic reveals management changes and promises improvements

Crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic has confirmed the departure of its CEO Dominic Pandiscia, and announced a reshuffle of its management team in its wake. Co-founder Malcolm Dunbar will now be global president and chief operating officer at the company, with two of its former executives – Jayce Varden and Scott Graves – back at the company in senior-management […]
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Yandex.Music has 20m active users – and now it’s in Israel

Russian music-streaming service Yandex.Music was rumoured to be planning a launch in Israel, and this week it’s happened. It’s the first time the service, run by internet giant Yandex, has expanded outside the former Soviet Union. One interesting aspect of the launch: the chance to get a ‘lifetime’ 50% discount on the cost of a […]
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SoundCloud opens up its Premier monetisation program

SoundCloud has thrown the doors open wide to its SoundCloud Premier program, which enables independent artists to make money from streams of their tracks on its service. Any SoundCloud Pro and Pro Unlimited creators – those who pay a subscription for extra tools around their uploads and profiles on SoundCloud – can now join the program. CEO […]
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Streaming and piracy star in IFPI’s 2018 consumer-insight report

Global industry body the IFPI has published its latest ‘Music Consumer Insight Report’, which is based on a survey by market-research firm AudienceNet earlier this year. The trends it outlines will not come as a surprise, but the data is useful nonetheless. On average, consumers spend 17.8 hours a week listening to music; 86% of them […]
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Spotify now pays music rightsholders $288m every month

Spotify is ten years old today as a consumer service, having launched on 10 October 2008. Among the stats being put out to celebrate the anniversary is a new figure for payouts. “As of August 31, 2018, we have paid over 10 billion euros to rights holders since launch,” announced Spotify this morning. That’s up €2bn […]
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Google+ to shut down after Google reveals user-data leak

It seems a long time since Music Ally was writing articles about what the Google+ social network might mean for music marketing. Google stopped promoting it as a social network some time ago, although Google+ lived on. Not any more: it’s being shut down in the wake of a data leak affecting up to 500k accounts on […]
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Peter Bjorn and John get a ‘3-in-1’ video for new singles

Remember Peter Bjorn and John? Their big hit was ‘Young Folks’ in 2006, and we can only apologise if reading this sentence puts its whistling hook on your internal jukebox for the entire day. They’re still going strong, though, and they’ve done something interesting around their latest music. The band have released three singles from […]
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Help Musicians UK launches £200k fund for independent musicians

Music-industry charity Help Musicians UK has launched a new ‘Do It Differently’ fund aimed at independent musicians, which will start with £200k to distribute. Producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, DJs and beatboxers are being invited to apply for up to £3k each for “developing experience in touring or recording”, while a further £2k will be […]
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Sentric to help dance producers get their songwriting royalties

British music-rights firm Sentric Music thinks that dance producers are missing out on royalties from the tracks that they’ve worked on – specifically publishing royalties from their songwriting contributions. Now it’s trying to help them, with the launch of a new division called Sentric Electronic. “Clubs, download stores, streaming services, radio stations and television are […]
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Euro songwriters body comes out against Sony / EMI deal

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the latest industry body to come out against Sony’s plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing. The deal has been ‘notified’ to the European Commission, which will now decide if it merits further investigation on competition grounds. ECSA follows IMPALA and BASCA in calling for […]
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Spotify UK financials reveal growth in advertising revenues

Spotify’s UK subsidiary has published its financial results for 2017, and at first glance there’s a shock: revenues *down* by 55% year-on-year to £107.1m ($140.1m). However, that’s because Spotify started processing British listeners’ subscription payments through Spotify AB in Sweden – hence only £1.7m of subscription income is included in the 2017 UK results, compared to […]
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‘Ethical Pool’ idea could let fans choose user-centric royalties

Industry blog Music Tech Solutions has been thinking about the debate around ‘user-centric’ streaming royalties. That’s where the royalties from every paying streamer’s monthly subscription are divided only between the artists they listen to, rather than going into a bigger pool divided by overall listening share on the entire service. MTS’ new idea: let fans choose […]
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Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships

Facebook has finally unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, we say smart ‘speakers’ – like Amazon’s Echo Show, these devices have screens built in too.
Facebook’s new devices are available initially in the US, pre-orderable from today and shipping in November. They use Amazon’s Alexa for their voice-control features, while Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio are the launch partners for music-streaming.
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Sandbox Issue 213: Single-Minded. What Actually is a Single in 2018?

Lead: what exactly is a single in 2018? When any song can technically take on a life of its own now, there is a dizzying diversification in what could count as a single. We work through the main 14 (14!) types of “single” we have identified, explain how they work and also how they can […]
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Five trends for digital music marketing in 2018

There are three pillars for music marketing in 2018: what you do with social media; what you do with digital service providers (DSPs, principally streaming services); and what you do with your own platforms – mailing lists, most obviously, and direct-to-fan sales be it on your own site or something like Bandcamp.
But what are the trends around those three pillars? That’s something we think about a lot at Music Ally, particularly for our fortnightly Sandbox music-marketing reports, and that has influenced the programming for our upcoming Sandbox Summit conference in London. Here are five trends we’d pick out
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Via tests time-stamped lyrics merchandise with QR-code rewards

Los Angeles startup Via has some interesting ideas around lyrics, merchandise and physical-to-digital connectivity. “We’ve created endless options for artist merchandise by using lyrics and citing the exact time stamp they were recorded.This turns every lyric into a product and allows fans to express themselves through the music they love,” explains its profile on startups website AngelList. “We’ve […]
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Yoko Ono to hold ‘Imagine Global Listening Event’ with Spotify

Tomorrow (9 October) would have been John Lennon’s 78th birthday if he was still alive. Yoko Ono is set to mark the anniversary of her late husband and musical collaborator with a ‘global listening event’ based on the album ‘Imagine’. Or, to be specific, ‘Imagine – The Ultimate Collection’ – a new remastered version of […]
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Apple Music exclusive sees Ministry of Sound de-list (but not delete) Spotify playlists

Reports earlier this week of an exclusive playlists partnership between Ministry of Sound and Apple Music have now been confirmed.
“All Ministry of Sound playlists and the monthly Ministry Mix – only on Apple Music,” explains Ministry’s curator profile on Apple Music.
15 playlists are currently featured on the profile: Dance Nation, R&B Mixtape, Ibiza Anthems, Rap Mixtape, Slowjamz, Garage Heads, Party People, House Sessions, Chilled, Fitness Freaks, Weekend Warmup, Track Of The Week, Saturday Night, and Grime Heads.
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New study explores the clout of modern ‘power gamers’

Online-video network Fullscreen has teamed up with research firm Magid to explore the changing demographics – and the purchasing power – of modern gamers. Obligatory caveat: Fullscreen owns a number of gaming brands, so the goal here is clearly to offer brands more evidence to spend money with them. Still, the survey of 1,300 Americans threw up […]
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Deadmau5 takes his global mau5trap Radio show to Mixcloud

Dance star Deadmau5 – or as we’ll always think of him, thanks to Kanye West: Dead-Mow-Five – is launching a new, global radio show called mau5trap Radio. In the US, it’ll air every Friday on SiriusXM, as well as on selected radio stations in countries like Australia, Mexico, Russia and Thailand. However, Deadmau5 has done an accompanying deal […]
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Warner Music Group signs partnership with DotBlockchain

Blockchain startup DotBlockchain appears to have secured a high-profile new partner from the rightsholder world: Warner Music Group. “In the next months, Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will collaborate with us to create a revolutionary way for record labels and publishers form a collective truth about their media assets on the blockchain,” announced DotBlockchain, while […]
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Mobility of artists key to Impala’s post-Brexit recommendations

Independent body Impala has been debating the potential impact on music from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union – aka ‘Brexit’. It has published a list of recommendations for the cultural sectors, following a meeting with more than 60 experts from across Europe. One of the key recommendations concerns freedom of movement for artists and […]
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Facebook launches Premieres interactive-video format

Facebook has announced the official launch of its ‘Premieres’ format, which enables people to “release a pre-recorded video as a live moment” on the social network. The idea being that new videos can be turned in to fan events, complete with pre-publicity and a chat window for interactions while it’s airing. Premieres can be scheduled up to […]
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$321.3m copyright infringement case against Spotify continues

Bluewater Music Services Corp. has been given the go-ahead to continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify, despite the streaming service’s attempt to get the case struck down. A Tennessee federal court denied that, according to Law360. “Spotify said that under the language of the administrator agreements involving the songs, Bluewater has not obtained either exclusive […]
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10 things we learned from Tencent Music’s IPO filing

Tencent Music published its filing to go public last night. We’ve been filleting the document to pull out some of the most interesting data and strategic titbits on the Chinese digital-music company.
1.  The big figures
Tencent Music’s total revenues were RMB 10.98bn in 2017 (that’s $1.66bn) having grown by 151.8% year-on-year. The company recorded a net profit of $199m in 2017. Meanwhile, in the first half of 2018, its revenues grew by 92% year-on-year to $1.3bn, while its net profit was $263m.
The company claims more than 800 million unique monthly active users (MAUs) across its four biggest products: streaming services QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music, and karaoke app WeSing.
Tencent Music grew its number of paying music customers from 16.6 million at the end of Q2 2017 to 23.3 million at the end of Q2 this year. That helped it grow its quarterly streaming-subscription revenues from $62.9m to $88m in the same period.
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RIAA criticises new US trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

President Trump was certainly happy with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal that he announced yesterday, describing it as “one of the most advanced trade deals” in the world that’s “truly extraordinary for US, Canada and Mexico”.
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US ‘plateaued’ in internet, social media and device ownership

US research organisation the Pew Research Center is on a run of interesting reports this autumn, with its latest focusing on internet and social media usage, as well as device ownership in the US. The headline: all three metrics have “plateaued”. “The shares of U.S. adults who say they use the internet, use social media, own […]
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YouTube money calculator suggests merchandise is the key

Calculating earnings from YouTube video views is, as ever, a real piece-of-string affair. Much depends on the length of the videos and the nature of the ads run against them, for example: there’s no one ‘royalty rate’ to use in wider calculations. What there are, though, are averages – and now a tool launched by a […]
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