Day: 13 septembre 2019

YouTube excludes paid-ad views from its music charts and 24-hour records

YouTube is making a change to the way it calculates its YouTube Music charts, and its ’24-hour debut’ records. From now on, paid advertising views will not count towards either.
The change follows a recent controversy when Sony Music India claimed that artist Badshah had broken YouTube’s 24-hour-debut record, before it emerged that paid ads had played a role in his milestone.
“In an effort to provide more transparency to the industry and align with the policies of official charting companies such as Billboard and Nielsen, we are no longer counting paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. Artists will now be ranked based on view counts from organic plays,” announced YouTube in a blog post today.
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US politician Tim Ryan reveals his policies… as a Spotify album

Democrat congressman Tim Ryan is one of the runners in the race to take on Donald Trump in the next US presidential election.
Not one of the front-runners, or even a mid-runner in fairness: he didn’t clear the bar of fundraising and polling to qualify for this week’s televised debate between candidates. However, Ryan is turning to unorthodox means to keep himself in the minds of voters: he’s released an album on Spotify.
Sadly it’s not a collection of deep-discofox crustpunk-catstep bangers, but rather an album of spoken-word tracks outlining his views on education, climate change, healthcare, gun control and immigration, among other topics.
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Fan project turns Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’ into a VR video

Hot on the heels of Björk releasing her new virtual-reality album, there’s a new VR experience for Daft Punk’s classic track ‘One More Time’. However, in this case, it isn’t an official release by the band.
‘Interstella VR’ has been produced as a fan project by Australian developer Jake Donaldson and a small team of collaborators as a showcase for the potential he sees in music VR experiences. It’s been built for HTC’s Vive VR headset, but Donaldson says it’ll also work with the Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality devices.
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Source: Music ally

Lucy Dacus is spending 2019 releasing ‘slow music’ holiday songs

Artist Lucy Dacus is stepping out of the traditional album-release cycle in 2019, choosing instead to release a series of tracks tied to public holidays and other notable dates.
She covered ‘La Vie En Rose’ for Valentine’s Day; released ‘My Mother & I’ for Mother’s Day; and then a track called ‘Forever Half Mast’ for Independence Day.
In a blog post outlining her strategy, Spotify noted that Dacus will release more tracks for Halloween, Christmas and (although this isn’t a public holiday… yet) Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. At the end of the year, the tracks will be compiled as a physical EP.
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Apple HomePod set to get ‘Ambient Sounds’ mode this autumn

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker didn’t get much of a look-in at the company’s press event earlier this week, which focused more on iPhones, iPads, watches and the company’s new video-streaming and games subscription services.
But Apple has quietly updated its HomePod product page to remind owners of a pair of new features coming to the device this autumn – and a third that hasn’t (as far as Music Ally is aware) been previously announced.
The two already-revealed features are multi-user support, so that the HomePod can recognise different voices in a family and thus play music based on their profiles, and live streaming of more than 100k radio stations via integrations with iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Radio·com.
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Spotify launches a podcast about musician mxmtoon

Oakland-based singer/songwriter mxmtoon has built an audience of 3.6 million listeners on Spotify – aided by slots on playlists including New Music Friday, Lorem and Alone Again.
Now she’s getting a different kind of support from the streaming service: its Spotify Studios division is making an eight-episode podcast all about her. It’s called ’21 Days with mxmtoon’, and follows the three-week process of recording her first album ‘The Masquerade’ in New York.
“This podcast traces her path to this pivotal moment while she fights pressure, trolls, self-doubt, and most importantly, the clock,” as the blurb puts it. Spotify has published the first three episodes, with the remaining five set for release next week alongside the album.
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Source: Music ally

Lil Nas X promises to release 25 remixes of ‘Panini’

If you thought that the succession of remixes of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ were a *bit much* we’d advise you to look away from your screen now. “PANINI REMIX 1 OF 25 TONIGHT!” he tweeted yesterday.
This was shortly before dropping said remix, which features rap star DaBaby. ‘Panini’ was originally released as a single in June this year, making headlines for its interpolation of Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ (Kurt Cobain has a credit on the composition).
However, the track was overshadowed by the ‘Old Town Road’ remix juggernaut – its official audio version has 46m views on YouTube and 204.5m streams on Spotify, but those figures pale in comparison with ‘Old Town Road’.
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Source: Music ally

Spotify takes flak for location-tracking family-plan move

Spotify knows where you live… but it would like to check that you’re still living there, every so often, if that’s okay? This is part of the new terms and conditions for the company’s much-discussed Premium Family plan.
An August update to the t’s and c’s included this clause: “We may from time to time ask for re-verification of your home address in order to confirm that you are still meeting the eligibility criteria.” 
CNET spotted the clause, and found a privacy expert to criticise it. “The changes to the policy allow Spotify to arbitrarily use the location of an individual to ascertain if they continue to reside at the same address when using a family account, and it’s unclear how often Spotify will query users’ devices for this information,” said Christopher Weatherhead of Privacy International, suggesting that this has “worrying privacy implications”.
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Source: Music ally

The challenge with podcast music-licensing: annual renewals

If you read our report of the event we ran with the BPI in June, you’ll already be well aware that licensing music for podcasts is… challenging. Now Billboard has published an interesting feature outlining some of those problems in more detail.
It explains some of the basics: for example that licensing a song for a podcast is like a sync deal, so needs permission from the recording and composition rightsholders.
But the part that stood out to us: “An annual track license generally costs between $500 and $2,000 for the master recording, plus the same amount for publishing, sources say, and must be renewed for a podcast to remain online”.
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Source: Music ally

Vevo says its music videos generate more than 800m daily views

A birthday we almost forgot about: Vevo is 10 years old this year. The music-videos firm has published a few new stats to celebrate the performance of the 400k-plus videos in its catalogue.
Vevo says that its catalogue is currently averaging more than 800m views a day, rising to near-1bn on the weekends. It also says that it has seen a 300% growth in daily views over the past five years.
That period, of course, includes the moment in May 2018 when Vevo decided to ‘phase out’ its owned-and-operated services – its website and mobile app – in favour of working purely through distribution partners. YouTube remains the most prominent, but Vevo now also makes its catalogue available through Amazon, Apple, Roku, Sky, Virgin Media and Viewd.
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