Day: 3 août 2020

Snap strikes deals for licensed music in Snapchat app

Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc has signed music licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing, Merlin and a number of members of US publishing body the NMPA.
Bloomberg reported on the deals this morning, adding that Snap is testing a new feature in Australia and New Zealand that lets people add music to their Snapchat posts. Snap has confirmed the news of the deals to Music Ally.
“We’re constantly building on our relationships within the music industry, and making sure the entire music ecosystem (artists, labels, songwriters, publishers and streaming services) are seeing value in our partnerships,” said a spokesperson.
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Noah Cyrus’s new video was made using PS4 game Dreams

Shooting music videos is possible but challenging within the social distancing measures of this Covid-19 pandemic. The latest example of an artist getting a creative way around those barriers is Noah Cyrus, as part of the ‘A Sony Collaboration’ series of projects.
You may remember we wrote about a Nicky Jam TikTok video created through the scheme earlier this year. The idea is to connect Sony Music artists with tech from the wider Sony empire, and in Noah Cyrus’s case that means a PlayStation 4 game called Dreams.
Well, it’s more a creative application really: a tool that people can use to make their own games. Or, as it turns out, music videos. A team pulled together by Dreams developer Media Molecules built the music video for Cyrus’s ‘July’, with a separate behind-the-scenes video showing how they did it.
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Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok in US and other countries

Events have moved fast since Friday for TikTok’s business in the US, it’s fair to say. We’ll start with the latest news: confirmation from Microsoft that it’s in talks about an acquisition of TikTok in the US and certain other countries, with a mid-September deadline to reach an agreement with the app’s parent company ByteDance – not to mention the US president.
“Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” announced Microsoft yesterday.
“Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”
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One Direction and Goldie get new anniversary websites

One Direction and Goldie? Now that’s a collaboration made in musical heaven, possibly. Sadly they’re not working together (yet!) but they have both just got new websites to celebrate significant anniversaries.
It’s 10 years since One Direction were formed during TV show The X Factor, and their 10 Years of 1D website offers an interactive timeline of that decade, even though the band went on hiatus six years in.
Fans sign in using Spotify or Apple Music, and browse the timeline’s videos, voice notes, lyrics and image galleries, clicking to ‘like’ things as they go. At the end, those likes are turned into a personalised playlist on the streaming service they signed in with.
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Blockchain music service Audius raises $3.1m funding round

We first wrote about startup Audius when it raised a $5.5m funding round in August 2018 for a service that was described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’.
When it launched its public beta a year later, it was interesting, but its ‘censorship-resistant’ philosophy created some headaches in the potential for unauthorised uploads, and the difficulty for rightsholders to get them taken down.
Since then, Audius has launched an iPhone app, and now it has announced another funding round: this time for $3.1m. There’s another figure too: “Today, there are more than 250,000 fans using Audius every month,” revealed the company, adding that more than 40,000 artists have so far uploaded music to the platform – with Deadmau5 being the highest profile.
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Wire protest after Bandcamp ‘scam page’ sells their album

Bandcamp has been getting a lot of love from artists in recent months, thanks to its Covid-19 relief and Black Lives Matter sales. One artist who’s not quite so keen, though, is British post-punk band Wire, who’ve been having some problems with their albums appearing on Bandcamp without their say-so.
“You may have recently seen 10:20 for sale on Bandcamp. This was a scam page that was nothing to do with Wire, and is actually the second time this has happened on that site,” the band announced on Facebook – ’10:20′ being their latest album, released this year.
The post goes on to explain that Wire don’t use Bandcamp, so “you will never find legit Wire releases (digital or otherwise) for sale there”. A mailout to fans earlier this year gave details of the first time this had happened, with their 2017 album ‘Silver/Lead’.
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Source: Music ally

Twitch to feature artists in its first ever ‘music month’

Twitch is building on its recent growth of music livestreams by launching its first ever ‘Music Month’.
It’ll be spending August promoting some of the musicians who are operating on its platform, including featuring their streams on the service’s homepage and its own official channel. The latter will include a show every Friday called ‘Follow Fridays: Music Edition’ which will focus on clips from musicians.
Meanwhile, Twitch is also launching a ‘community development program for music’, which will offer advice and tips for people streaming in the platform’s Music & Performing Arts category to help them build their audiences and improve their broadcasts.
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Hipgnosis snaps up Barry Manilow’s global recording royalties

Another day, another big deal for UK-based Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which continues to enthusiastically splash its cash on music catalogues. The latest belongs (or rather, belonged) to Barry Manilow.
“Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Barry Manilow’s worldwide recording royalties (excluding Sound Exchange royalties) in his Catalogue comprising 917 songs,” announced the company this morning.
We don’t need to list Manilow’s hits for you to know that it’s a significant catalogue for Hipgnosis to have snapped up, although we’ll settle for putting ‘Copacabana (At the Copa)’ in your head as a Monday earworm.
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Source: Music ally

ATC and Beggars Group team up for Driift online concerts firm

The founders of music management company ATC Management have launched a new firm called Driift, to produce and promote ticketed online concerts.
The team has already worked on recent livestreams for Laura Marling (who sold 6,500 tickets for her recent Union Chapel concerts), Lianna La Havas and Dermot Kennedy (who Driift says sold more than 30,000 for a show last week) and is planning upcoming gigs for Biffy Clyro and Sleaford Mods.
Driift says it will be handling ticketing, production, licensing, rights management and digital marketing for online concerts. Independent label Beggars Group is a founding investor and shareholder in the new company, which is being run by ATC’s Ric Salmon and Brian Message.
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Source: Music ally

YouTube under fire over music licensing impasse in Denmark

Something is kicking off in the state of Denmark, and it’s the latest music licensing controversy around YouTube.
Danish collecting society Koda issued a press release last week titled ‘Google removes all Danish music from YouTube’, although the first paragraph makes it clear that this removal hasn’t happened yet.
The background is negotiations for a new deal between YouTube and collecting societies in Norway, Finland and Denmark, operating jointly through their Polaris licensing hub to replace their existing individual deals. Koda’s expired in April, but the society says it was temporarily extended while the new Nordic deal was being thrashed out.
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