Day: 7 août 2020

Ride apologise after technical problems nix paid livestream

The music industry is increasingly excited about the potential for ticketed livestreams, but we can’t ignore some of the risks involved too.
For example, British band Ride were forced to abandon their concert last night and apologise to fans who’d bought tickets to watch it online, after technical troubles at the venue.
Ride: Live From London was due to be broadcast “loud and fully amped from an intimate, secret location”, with fans paying £12 via ticketing app Dice to watch then take part in an after-set Q&A with the band. After kicking off the gig and then having to restart it due to “streaming issues”, Ride were ultimately forced to call it off.
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Julianna Barwick releases three tracks on meditation app Calm

Julianna Barwick is the latest artist to release music through meditation app Calm, following in the footsteps of Moby, Above & Beyond and Kygo.
Barwick, who’s signed to Ninja Tune, is releasing three extended versions of tracks from her latest album ‘Healing Is A Miracle’, with Calm getting a 30-day exclusive on the new versions.
Calm is giving the tracks some promotional love within the music section of its app too: “Experience a distinctive meditation with these deep, reflective compositions brought to life by human voice and strings, enriched by reverb and complementary harmonies,” it explains.
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Spotify teams up with DJs for ‘track IDs’ dance playlists

“Do you ever dance to your favorite DJ and wonder what track they’re mixing?” begins Spotify’s latest blog post, seemingly blithely unaware that the Shazam app was ever invented.
Sorry, we’ll stop snarking: Spotify is actually doing something interesting around this question. It’s a new range of playlists under the brand ‘track IDs’ which are being created with DJs including Black Coffee, Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Kelly Lee Owens, Todd Terry and more.
The idea is that the DJs will regularly add the tracks they play in their sets to their playlists, ensuring that fans can find tracks that they enjoyed live (or, at the moment, livestreaming).
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Google launches tools for audio ads on Spotify and Pandora

Is there more money to be squeezed out of the ad-supported music market? Google hopes so. But for once, we’re not talking about YouTube in this context.
Google’s advertising business is also putting some more effort into ad-supported music, with the launch of some audio-focused tools in its Google Ad Manager service, and an audio section of its Display & Video 360 ad-buying platform.
“Advertisers can buy ads from Spotify, Pandora, AdsWizz, iHeartMedia, and Triton Digital, and Google plans to add brand lift, which tracks metrics like brand perception, awareness and purchase intent, for audio ads later this year, similar to what it does for YouTube campaigns,” reported Business Insider.
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Latest Bandcamp Friday looks to build on $75m sales so far

Independent artists and labels have sold $75m of music and merchandise so far on the ‘Bandcamp Fridays’ series of sale days, during which the D2C platform waives its revenue share.
Today’s the latest one, as part of Bandcamp’s decision to repeat the sale on the first Friday of every month – complete with an ‘Is It Bandcamp Friday?’ website to help people in different timezones know if the sale is still on.
As ever, it’s a marvellous chance to fling some money at independent artists you love, and also to take a punt on some emerging acts who might be up your street.
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TikTok rivals continue to see spike in US downloads

Events around TikTok and its proposed ban in the US are moving so fast, any data on how consumers are responding risks being out of date as soon as it’s published. Still, Sensor Tower has some new numbers on how TikTok’s rivals are benefitting from the uncertainty.
“As talk of a ban ramped up from mere conjecture during the week of July 27, four of the largest challengers contending to be the top social video-sharing app in the US saw their installs collectively grow 361 percent compared to the week before,” reported the app-analytics research company.
Those four rivals cited are Triller, Zynn, Dubsmash and Byte, which together saw nearly 1.5m US installs in the week of 27 July. “During this time, Triller reached No. 1 among the top free iPhone apps in 50 markets including the US on August 1,” added Sensor Tower.
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Executive order bans US transactions with ByteDance… and Tencent

As promised, President Trump has signed an executive order banning all transactions by US companies with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance. However, a separate order extends the ban to messaging app WeChat AND its parent company Tencent – including “any subsidiary of that entity”.
Strap yourselves in. Given Tencent’s web of investments in and from music industry companies, there may be some chaos ahead.
Here’s the TikTok/ByteDance executive order and here’s the WeChat/Tencent one. Both set a deadline of 45 days after which transactions with ByteDance and Tencent will be prohibited, and both note that the US Secretary of Commerce will “identify the transactions” covered by the order… in 45 days’ time.
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