Day: 23 octobre 2020

Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Netflix among PS5 media partners

November this year is New Consoles Month, with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S plus Sony’s PlayStation 5 making their debuts. While games are the focus, music and video streaming will also be part of the packages.
Sony revealed some of its plans yesterday: at launch the PS5 will have apps for Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch and YouTube available in its media hub, with Amazon Prime Video and more to follow.
There’s also going to be a media-focused remote-control device to control this, with dedicated buttons for Spotify, YouTube, Netflix and Disney+.
“The PS5 console also features a new Control Center that makes controlling your music easier than ever before, so you can quickly switch between channels, skip, and pause your music,” said Sony.
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Sam Smith set for AR Spotify video and TikTok interview

Sam Smith’s new album ‘Love Goes’ is out later this month, and they’re pulling out plenty of promotional stops around its release, including new single ‘Diamonds’.
The latter is getting a web-based augmented reality music video in partnership with Spotify. Dreamed up by agency Powster, it gets fans to scan an image to pop up a “miniature dancing Sam Smith hologram”, although they’ll need two phones to make it work (you can see how in this promotional video).
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Quincy Jones invests in music/tech startup Musimap

Quincy Jones is no stranger to the world of music/tech startups: he founded music video-on-demand service Qwest TV, which launched three years ago.
Now he’s also investing in another startup, Musimap, which describes itself as an “emotional artificial intelligence” company, with a lead product called MusiMe which is a “psycho-emotional profiling engine”.
Essentially it analyses people’s listening to try to understand their personality (“Is your customer self-aware or spiritual? Does he like exercise or travelling? Our emotion-sensitive algorithm can predict automatically all this and more from the music he loves…” as its website explains it.)
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Music-making tech company Output raises $45m funding round

Output is one of the music/tech companies making digital instruments, effects and even furniture for musicians to use in the studio.
A valuable business? It certainly is according to investment firm Summit Partners, which has just funded Output to the tune of $45m in its Series A round.
It’ll help the company to add “playable instruments and mobile applications in 2021” to build on the success of its music-creation software Arcade, which it says has been used by more than 420,000 musicians so far.
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YouTube Music’s next online festival is the #FoundryFest

YouTube Music’s #SOSFest last weekend has so far raised more than $1.8m to support NIVA’s campaign to support independent music venues in the US.
The company is already planning its next online festival though: it’s called #FoundryFest, and will be an “on-demand video series” rather than a full-on livestreamed event. It’s focusing on artists who took part in YouTube’s Foundry program for early-stage musicians, the success of which is shown with the roster of now-stars taking part.
Dua Lipa, Beabadoobee, Arlo Parks and Rina Sawayama will be among the artists contributing performances, premieres and interviews for the event today (23 October). There’s also a fundraising element: the Save our Stages campaign again, but also the Equal Justice Initiative and other charities, using YouTube’s donations feature.
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Pandora now has 58.6m monthly active listeners

US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM published its latest financials yesterday, revealing that it now has nearly 30.5 million ‘self-pay’ subscribers to its service, having added 169,000 in the third quarter of this year. Its revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to $1.6bn.
Its music streaming subsidiary Pandora is still battling to turn around its listener decline though. Pandora ended Q3 with 58.6 million monthly active listeners, down from 59.6 million in Q2, and 63.1 million a year ago.
Pandora added around 105,000 self-pay subscribers for its premium tiers, meaning it has nearly 6.4 million – compared to nearly 6.3 million a year ago.
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Report: independents are 27% of music publishing market

Independent publishers body IMPF has published a new ‘Global Market View 2020′ report offering figures for its members’ share of the global publishing sector.
The key stats: an estimate that the global publishing market was worth €5bn (around $5.9bn) in 2019 – up from €4.63bn in 2018 – and that independent publishers accounted for 27% of that market in 2019.
Note, there’s a specific methodology here: IMPF defines ‘independent’ as any firm with less than 5% of the market, adding that the three major global publishers (Sony/ATV, UMPG and Warner/Chappell) have a 55% share collectively.
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Calvin Harris sells publishing catalogue for $90m-plus

Shock news! The latest big-money deal for a publishing catalogue doesn’t involve Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Dance star Calvin Harris has sold his catalogue of more than 150 songs to financial firm Vine Alternative Investments, although Sony/ATV will continue administering it.
The price wasn’t officially announced, although Variety claimed it was “around $100m” while Billboard offered a wider “between $90m and $110m” estimate.
Vine has been around since the mid-2000s, largely focused on the film and TV sectors, but its first deal in music came in September this year, when it acquired the catalogue of songwriter Sean Douglas.
Bagging Harris for its next deal is a significant statement of intent, not to mention renewed proof of the kind of investors setting their sights on music rights at the moment.
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Spotify launches its own radio-style ‘daily morning show’

Breakfast shows are a staple of the traditional radio landscape. Now Spotify has one too. ‘The Get Up’ is a weekday-mornings show, launching in the US only, delivered as a playlist.
That means personalised music picks for each listener, sandwiched between talk segments from the show’s three hosts: Kat Lazo, Speedy Morman, and Xavier Jernigan. The promise is of pop culture, news, entertainment and music chat, and the production company is in-house: Gimlet Media.
The format is an interesting step on from playlists like ‘Your Daily Drive’ and ‘Daily Sports’, which offer personalised mixes of podcast clips and music. ‘The Get Up’ is a full-on radio-style show, which we’d expect to be localised with different hosts in other countries if the US version proves popular.
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Canalys thinks 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve had some big-figure predictions for the smart speakers market, but here’s research firm Canalys hoving into view with its latest forecasts. It reckons that 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021, which would be year-on-year growth (from its estimates for 2020) of 21%. 
Speakers using Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are expected to account for the bulk of shipments globally except China, where local tech companies’ voice assistants are in command. This is all for new shipments, but Canalys also has some new numbers for the install base – those already owned and in use. That total will be 320m this year, with the company predicting that it will double to 640 million by 2024.
The predictions come at a time when a round of new devices are set to scrap it out for the lucrative pre-Christmas season. Amazon recently unveiled its latest Echo speakers; Google has a new Nest Audio; and Apple is getting into the sub-$100 market with its new HomePod Mini.
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