Day: 24 juillet 2020

MUdaL – Digital Transformation in Latin America – event summary

The first edition of MUdaL was a great success – fostering new thinking, initiatives and connections for the region during these difficult times. (Translated from Spanish: Spanish language version) MUdaL managed to bring together, in its first edition, 3,000 registered participants , including artists, bands, booking and management agencies, along with industry professionals across Latin America and beyond […]
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Digital Deliveries & Rights Manager – Anjunabeats – London

Digital Deliveries & Rights Manager  Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep are two of the world’s leading independent dance labels. Based in Bermondsey, London, Anjuna celebrates 20 years at the forefront of electronic music this year. We’re growing rapidly and need an experienced, meticulous and solutions-oriented individual to bolster our digital supply chain and rights management capabilities. You’ll […]
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Report hails Twitch’s ‘skyscraper’ viewing hours in Q2 2020

Another Covid-19 lockdown trend is the sharp growth of viewing hours for livestreaming video services, particularly Twitch. Industry firms StreamElements and Arsenal·gg have published their latest ‘State of the Stream’ report quantifying this growth.
“Twitch’s 2nd quarter chart bars look like skyscrapers compared to Q1’s single floor dwellings,” it claimed, with a chart showing monthly viewing hours for Twitch in Q1 and Q2. “Twitch grew 56% in hours watched in Q2 compared to Q1 of this year surpassing the 5 billion mark.”
There’s also a stat on how the ‘Music and Performing Arts’ category on Twitch is doing. “The 16th most viewed category with a 268% increase in hours watched from January to June 2020 with a peak viewership of 25m hours watched in May,” according to StreamElements.
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Twitter in ‘very early’ phase of exploring subscriptions

The key Covid-19 trends for social media seem clear: spikes in users and engagement (because lots more people are at home doomscrolling through their feeds) but big challenges to ad revenues, with brands holding back their budgets.
Twitter’s latest financial results are the latest evidence for both. The company averaged 186 ‘monetisable daily active users’ (mDAUs) in the second quarter of this year, up from 166 million in the first quarter.
However, Twitter’s revenues were down 19% year-on-year to $683m, leading to an operating loss for the company of $124m for the company compared to an operating profit of $76m this time last year.
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Spotify answers some questions about playlisting policies

This should be received wisdom by now, but still isn’t: getting on streaming playlists isn’t a marketing strategy. It’s certainly part of a wider plan, but putting your faith entirely in getting a prominent slot on a playlist is a big eggs-in-one-basket mistake.
And besides, in 2020, it’s all the other activity and your story as an artist that’s most likely to lead to playlist recognition.
Enough of our views though: Spotify has been putting some common questions to its playlist team, and publishing the answers on its blog.
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MMP app recommends music based on your facial expression

Facial recognition technology is currently a hot potato in all kinds of sectors, music included. So the idea of a music app that monitors the listener’s facial expression to provide recommendations may spook a fair few people.
It’s interesting to see what’s possible though, and a new app called MMP is using machine learning technology to “detect your mood based off your facial expression and pick a perfect song for you”. 
Released as a free Android app (with in-app purchases) by developer Carl Duncan, it claims to recognise seven separate moods from facial expressions: happy, sad, neutral, surprised, disgusted, angry and scared. The facial analysis isn’t constant: users press a camera button when they want to be scanned.
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Study explores how 90s music is being remembered (or not)

Research news of the day! “Millennials know ‘No Diggity.’ But Gen Z? Maybe half of them, at best.”
This is one of the findings from an interesting study published by The Pudding on how well (or not) hit songs from the 1990s are being remembered.
It’s based on more than 3m datapoints collected via a music quiz to find out which tracks have maintained their status, and which have faded from memory with new generations.
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TikTok launches a $200m ‘creator fund’ in the US

TikTok is paying a growing number of music creators through its licensing deals – see this week’s agreements with Believe and the NMPA for the latest on that.
Now the social app is launching a $200m fund in the US for ‘creators’ more generally – as in people creating videos on its platform.
“We’re launching the TikTok Creator Fund to encourage those who dream of using their voices and creativity to spark inspirational careers,” explained its announcement.
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Pandora kicks off a new series of concert livestreams

Streaming service Pandora is getting into the livestreaming game with a series of performances branded Pandora Live.
The first one takes place next week (28 July) with country star Kane Brown, with the promise of more “across country, Latin, R&B, pop, and rock” to follow this year.
Besides streaming performances live, Pandora said that there’ll be additional interactivity: “Select attendees will receive access to virtual meet and greets, Q&As with the artist, exclusive merchandise, live chat functionality, and more.”
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Bandcamp’s rev-share waiving Friday sales to continue

Bandcamp has held four of its special sales – Fridays where the platform waives its revenue share of all music and merch sales – since March, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to CEO Ethan Diamond, those four days generated more than $20m of sales for artists and labels on Bandcamp – a big chunk of the $75m spent on the platform since March. Diamond revealed the figures alongside an announcement to build on the success so far.
“Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year,” he wrote. The next day is set for 7 August, then 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 4 December.
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Taylor Swift drops surprise album… with eight deluxe editions

“Surprise,” wrote Taylor Swift in a social post yesterday. “Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”
The album – ‘Folklore’ – was written and recorded in Covid-19 isolation. “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world,” wrote Swift.
Cue predictable excitement for Swifties on social media, but also keen interest from the music industry: this is probably the most high-profile ‘quarantine’ album so far from a major artist, so the release and marketing strategy around it will be watched closely.
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