Day: 15 juillet 2020

Live concerts are opening up again in Japan and Germany

It’s important that the industry (us included) starts to move away from talking about the ‘live concerts shutdown’ as a global trend, now that a growing number of countries are tentatively opening up their live industries again. In Japan, for example, the government has further relaxed its restrictions on mass gatherings. Having previously capped indoor events […]
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Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move

Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership with Facebook. Then move to 2015, when video was one of the topics in the social network’s tentative talks […]
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IAB report quantifies Covid-19 hit to US podcast ad revenues

Advertising industry body the IAB has published its latest figures on the podcast ads market in the US. “With an expected growth rate of 14.7%, US podcast advertising revenues are nearing the $1bn mark,” it claimed.
Are they really, though? The report doesn’t actually give a figure for its 2020 revenue prediction, but it does for 2019: $708.1m. 14.7% growth on that would mean $812.2m of podcast advertising revenues in 2020. It’s certainly nearer to $1bn than last year, but ‘near’ seems a bit of a stretch.
The report does explain how the IAB has revised its original forecasts for the year though: it expected 29.6% growth for the US podcast ads market this year (which would have taken it to $917.7m) before the Covid-19 pandemic hoved into view, causing many ad campaigns to be put on hold.
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Feature·fm adds conversion data from Anghami, Qobuz and more

We’ve reported on Linkfire’s various partnerships to get conversion (or ‘attribution’) data from streaming services, so that music marketers can tell not just that fans tapped or clicked on smart links, but whether they streamed, followed etc afterwards.
But this isn’t an idea confined to one smart-links company. Feature·fm has just announced the addition of its own conversion and attribution features, starting with artists’ own merchandise stores, as well as from data partners Rough Trade, Anghami and Qobuz.
“The advanced attribution data we provide means you will be able to see conversion data for sales, streams and revenue after a fan clicks through to a store from one of your links,” promised the company, which is making the feature available to its Pro Artist, Pro Marketer and Enterprise customers.
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Pitbull signs LiveXLive deal for paid livestreams and vodcast

Pitbull is the latest artist looking to do more with livestreaming and video content, and he’s found a partner to help.
He’s working with US firm LiveXLive in a “multi-year revenue-share content partnership” that will see Pitbull play a series of pay-per-view livestream concerts, while also launching a video podcast (or ‘vodcast’). The latter will be distributed through PodcastOne, the podcasting network that LiveXLive recently bought.
The first livestreamed concert will be on 12 September, as part of a run of four weekly events for which tickets will cost $9.99 a pop from LiveXLive’s site and apps. Tickets won’t be the only revenues either.
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Twitch set for multi-week run of Amazon Music Sessions

Slowly but surely, the crossover between Amazon Music and its parent company’s Twitch subsidiary is growing.
Amazon Music’s channel on the livestreaming platform has been ramping up during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the streaming service has also been throwing some promotional weight behind artists’ own streams on Twitch.
Now it’s launching a series of ‘Amazon Music Sessions’ of its own, which it describes as a “multi-week run of performances, Q&As, discography discussions and community interaction” from artists.
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FanTracks and Bulldog DM are the latest livestream startups

To adapt the old cliché about buses: you wait ages for a music livestream startup to arrive, then two come at once! Except actually, the two are arriving just after what feels like another couple of dozen. Can FanTracks and Bulldog DM stand out from the crowd?
FanTracks is launching with a prominent artist at least: rock band Bush, who’ll be livestreaming a concert on its platform this Saturday (18 July). They’ll play a 70-minute set from a studio, with fans able to choose different camera angles, tweak a four-channel audio mixer and access ‘AR experiences’.
FanTracks also says its platform will be capable of hosting pre-show channels, merch deals, virtual signings and post-show Q&As.
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SoundCloud moves into instant audio mastering services

SoundCloud’s evolution from a streaming service to a suite of distribution and related tools for artists continues. The company now has a ‘Mastering on SoundCloud’ service, powered by Dolby.
“As the last step of your upload flow, you can make any track release-ready in minutes for one low cost per master,” promises SoundCloud. “Pick from a custom suite of mastering styles that sculpt your song’s tonal balance and dynamic range while preserving its original intent.”
The new tool costs $4.99 per track, although artists subscribing to SoundCloud’s Pro Unlimited tier will get three masters a month for free, and a discounted price of $3.99 for extra tracks.
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Indian TikTok rival Roposo is adding 500k new users an hour

TikTok remains banned in India, and some of the rival short-form video services there are enjoying their moment in the sun as a result. One of them, Roposo, has given some startling figures to Bloomberg on its growth in the wake of the ban.
“It’s peaking at 500,000 new users an hour and expects to have 100 million by month’s end. That’s almost double the 55 million it had before the ban,” explained the report, which also quotes Naveen Tewari, CEO of Roposo’s parent company InMobi: “It was a rocket ship instant for the country’s app startups.”
The story is also a good refresher on Roposo’s recent history. Originally founded by three graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, it grew to 42 million users before being acquired by Glance, the maker of a popular app showing news and content on people’s smartphone lock-screens.
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PRS for Music warns of royalties hit to come from Covid-19

British collecting society PRS for Music has offered another warning that the Covid-19 pandemic will be delivering its biggest hit to songwriter royalties later this year.
PRS has just paid out its July 2020 distribution, £132.4m, which was up by 3% year-on-year. However, CEO Andrea Martin warned the society’s members that there are tough times ahead.
“As this distribution covers revenue collected mostly prior to Covid-19, we are only just starting to see the impact of the pandemic on royalty payments in July’s distribution. This will mean a further reduction in the royalties usually seen from Live, Public Performance, Commercial Radio, and International from October 2020 onwards,” she said in a statement.
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Spotify Russia launch is part of eastern Europe expansion

Last week’s reports of an imminent Spotify launch in Russia were correct, but it’s part of a wider expansion in eastern Europe for the streaming service.
Yesterday, it launched in 13 new countries in the region: Russia plus Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The launches came with 200 new playlists focusing on artists from the region, with five of the countries getting Spotify’s free and premium tiers, and the other eight getting those plus its family, student and couple subscriptions.
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Live Nation to double Black US leadership representation by 2025

The latest music company making promises about how it plans to make its senior management more diverse is Live Nation.
“We commit to increasing diversity at every level of our company. This will start at the very top with our Board of Directors, where we plan to nominate more Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and women candidates as we strive towards having at least 30% of our directors be diverse by 2025,” explained CEO Michael Rapino in an open letter to staff.
“In the United States, we plan to have doubled our Black leadership representation, and to have increased our overall racially/ethnically diverse leadership representation to 30% by 2025. We’ll be investing at least $10 million globally over the next two years as we expand and launch new programs focused on developing, promoting and hiring Black and underrepresented talent as we work to bring our overall employee population to parity across race and gender in every country.”
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