Day: 12 août 2020

PubG Mobile, the world’s top mobile game, made $208.8m in July

The amount of money sloshing around in the mobile games industry continues to startle. According to analytics firm Sensor Tower, the top mobile game in July 2020 was PubG Mobile, published by Tencent.
It generated $208.8m in user spending via in-app purchases on Google and Apple’s app stores that month.
Comparison time: Tencent Music generated less than that ($186.6m) from music subscription revenues in the entire second quarter of this year.
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Muse to bring Simulation Theory show to virtual reality

Muse’s live shows are famously spectacular when it comes to the staging, so it’s no surprise that the band’s new concert film is out of the ordinary too.
Drawn from their ‘Simulation Theory’ tour in 2019, it will be released to IMAX cinemas on 17 August in full wraparound vision – yes, there’ll be lots of social distancing and sanitation at those venues – with a pair of deluxe box-sets with items including VHS-style packaging, fluorescent pink cassettes and a jacket, wooden-sunglasses and facemask combo.
What’s more, this autumn will see the launch of ‘Muse’s Simulation Theory: Virtual Experience’ by VR startup Stageverse. It’ll blend 360-degree footage from one of the shows on the 2019 tour with a virtual concert venue for fans to explore, including meeting one another as avatars, and buying virtual merchandise.
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Neil Young Archives site ditches Facebook and Google logins

Neil Young’s official archives site is getting rid of the ability for fans to log in using their Facebook or Google accounts. Instead, they’ll be asked to register their email address and a password to access the site.
In an article explaining the decision, Young – who’s been a prominent voice in the run-up to this year’s US presidential election – gave Facebook a pasting.
“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users. Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we can not condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election,” he wrote.
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NetEase Cloud Music says it’s tops for Japanese music in China

China has become an important market for Japanese artists and labels in recent years. Now streaming service NetEase Cloud Music is staking its claim to be the “platform of choice for fans of Japanese music” in China.
It’s wielding a report published by research firm Small Antlers Think Tank as its proof: a survey of around 100,000 people in China. The report praises NetEase’s catalogue of Japanese music, from J-Pop and classical to game and anime music, as well as its features for commenting on music.
“The report concluded that 61% of NetEase Cloud Music’s users read comments and around 25% of users write comments,” claimed NetEase’s press release – these are useful stats to understand its service, beyond the Japanese angle, by the way.
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Aloha by Elk wants to improve remote music collaboration

We’ve written about a blizzard of new livestreaming startups in recent months, but Aloha – which is the work of Swedish ‘audio operating system’ firm Elk – is a bit different.
It’s described as “a virtual shared studio, rehearsal room, stage and or classroom with options to stream performances to audiences over social platforms” – so it’s a production tool for live, synchronised performances which can then be watched elsewhere.
“It enables musicians, producers and educators from different locations to create, rehearse and perform as if they were in the same room. The ultra-low latency service operates over high speed internet and 5G networks, allowing users to collaborate, play together live and in sync.”
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Judge sinks Genius’s lyrics-scraping lawsuit against Google

Last June, Genius accused Google of scraping its song lyrics without permission, and later in the year launched a $50m lawsuit against the tech giant and its partner LyricFind. It hasn’t gone well for Genius: a federal judge has now dismissed the lawsuit.
The Hollywood Reporter has the full ruling, and the gist is… well, it’s complicated. The case has essentially been thrown out because Genius’s claims “are preempted by the Copyright Act”. In other words: publishing lyrics without permission is copyright infringement, but Genius isn’t the copyright owner (that would be publishers).
So (in the ruling’s words) “the case law is clear that only the original copyright owner has exclusive rights to authorize derivative works”.
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NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase

We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen as backing the streaming services in ruling against the procedure used to set the new rates.
Now the ruling has been unsealed – you can read it here in full – and the National Music Publishers Association has been offering its opinion on why it’s not a clearcut victory for the DSPs.
In a statement, CEO David Israelite claimed that the ruling “supported the rate increase granted by the CRB to music publishers and songwriters, agreeing that writers have been underpaid and that the rate increase start date is January 1, 2018”.
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