Madison Square Garden owner questioned about facial recognition tech

New York’s attorney general Letitia James has written to MSG Entertainment with some pointed questions about its facial recognition tech. The post Madison Square Garden owner questioned about facial recognition tech appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG reveals first numbers from its legacy unrecouped program

Warner Music Group published its latest Environmental Social Governance (ESG) report yesterday, including new figures. The post WMG reveals first numbers from its legacy unrecouped program appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Subscriptions now account for 55% of audio streaming in Spain

Spanish industry body Promusicae has published some figures for 2022, including the news that the number of music streams grew by 16%. The post Subscriptions now account for 55% of audio streaming in Spain appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Metal Workout offers a rockier spin on digital fitness services

Hell’s Kettlebells! Run to the Treadmills! And Fitness for All! Etc etc. Don’t think we’re poking fun: metal tracks are great for workouts. The post Metal Workout offers a rockier spin on digital fitness services appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lickd signs a deal with Streamlabs to reach more creators

We’ve reported on various licensing deals that UK startup Lickd has signed with rightsholders for its service. The post Lickd signs a deal with Streamlabs to reach more creators appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Marrying art and science: the challenges and opportunities of curation for the music industry today (Guest column)

In light of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Alex Kisch, EVP, Business Development & Affairs, General Counsel at Vevo – sponsor of the event’s “Changing nature of music formats” track – to share with us  some insight on the exciting opportunities he sees ahead in 2023. In today’s competitive attention economy, Kisch says, we cannot afford to lose the […]

Twitch says its streamers earned more than $1bn in 2022

There’s a big figure in the latest blog post from Twitch’s chief product officer Tom Verrilli and chief monetization officer Mike Minton. The post Twitch says its streamers earned more than $1bn in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG reveals plans for Spinnin’ Records party in The Sandbox

Warner Music Group became one of the landowners on web3 virtual world The Sandbox in January 2022. Now it’s holding a party there. The post WMG reveals plans for Spinnin’ Records party in The Sandbox appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cyanite debuts tech for ‘complex text input’ music searching

Cyanite’s latest music-search tech involves complex text input” using natural language, like the latest crop of text-to-image AIs. The post Cyanite debuts tech for ‘complex text input’ music searching appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PPL’s annual payouts grew by 7.1% to £244.9m in 2022

2022 was a good year for UK CMO PPL, which says its payouts to performers and recording rightsholders grew by 7.1% to £244.9m last year. The post PPL’s annual payouts grew by 7.1% to £244.9m in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

One House and Aerial launch tool to fuel greener music tours

The latest tool to help musicians cut their carbon emissions comes from talent development firm One House and sustainability company Aerial. The post One House and Aerial launch tool to fuel greener music tours appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Shinedown

Shinedown released Planet Zero, their seventh studio album, in June 2022. To build their profile in the UK, Blackstar Agency were brought in to explore ways to connect them with new audiences. The post Behind The Campaign :: Shinedown appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tools :: Wavo – 2023 profile

What’s changed that warrants a Wavo Tools update? It now offers two discrete ways for music marketers to engage with the platform. The post Tools :: Wavo – 2023 profile appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TuneCore appoints rapper Papoose as its new head of hip-hop

TuneCore has a genuine history with Shamele ‘Papoose’ Mackie, who has just been named its head of hip-hop. The post TuneCore appoints rapper Papoose as its new head of hip-hop appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify’s new Glow initiative will focus on LGBTQIA+ artists

Spotify has launched a new program to boost the profiles of LGBTQIA+ artists through a mixture of playlists, advertising and collaborations. The post Spotify’s new Glow initiative will focus on LGBTQIA+ artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

US Department of Justice sues Google over digital ads market

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit focusing on Google’s dominance of the digital advertising market. The post US Department of Justice sues Google over digital ads market appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Live Nation talks bots but US politicians are talking breakup

Look what you’ve made them do, Taylor Swift. ‘Them’ being the politicians on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. The post Live Nation talks bots but US politicians are talking breakup appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hipgnosis returns to acquisitions with $200m Justin Bieber deal

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Justin Bieber’s interest in his publishing copyrights, recordings and neighbouring rights. The post Hipgnosis returns to acquisitions with $200m Justin Bieber deal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

US Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for ticketing hearing

Front-row seats are brilliant, right? Possibly not if you’re Joe Berchtold, president and CFO of Live Nation Entertainment. The post US Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for ticketing hearing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Kid Laroi will debut new music in his Fortnite island

The Kid Laroi’s partnership with Fortnite publisher Epic Games goes beyond an individual performance, with his own island. The post The Kid Laroi will debut new music in his Fortnite island appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Rewind app offers historical music discovery (ChatGPT reviews included)

One of Tidal’s developers, Ziad Al Halabi, has created a mobile app called Rewind that explores music history. The post Rewind app offers historical music discovery (ChatGPT reviews included) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Support Act publishes guide to sexual harm and harassment

The Australian music industry has been rocked by recent revelations about sexual harassment and harm within its workplaces. The post Support Act publishes guide to sexual harm and harassment appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Shakira sets a new Spotify record for Latin American artists

It’s fair to say Shakira is having a bit of a moment at the start of 2023, thanks to her recent Bzrp Music Session. The post Shakira sets a new Spotify record for Latin American artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

What do we mean by ‘artist-centric’ music streaming models?

This month, UMG boss Sir Lucian Grainge went public with his belief that “the economic model for streaming needs to evolve”. The post What do we mean by ‘artist-centric’ music streaming models? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify confirms layoffs and management re-org with Dawn Ostroff departing

Spotify has announced a round of layoffs as part of what CEO Daniel Ek called an effort “to bring our costs more in line”. The post Spotify confirms layoffs and management re-org with Dawn Ostroff departing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Alphabet cuts 12k jobs as Spotify layoffs speculation emerges

Meta, Amazon and Microsoft have recently announced thousands of layoffs, and on Friday it was the turn of Google and YouTube’s parent firm. The post Alphabet cuts 12k jobs as Spotify layoffs speculation emerges appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

45% of games developers are still sceptical of the metaverse

In the music industry there is excitement and scepticism alike around ‘the metaverse’ but how do games developers feel about it? The post 45% of games developers are still sceptical of the metaverse appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians’ Union and Help Musicians launch UK census for musicians

In the UK, the Musicians’ Union and charity Help Musicians have both regularly published research canvassing musicians’ views. The post Musicians’ Union and Help Musicians launch UK census for musicians appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube Music to test new features in ‘Listening Room’ program

Want to get first dibs on brand new features on YouTube Music? Apologies, you’re already too late: applications closed this weekend. The post YouTube Music to test new features in ‘Listening Room’ program appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sometimes ‘heating’ is the reason videos go viral on TikTok

Sometimes when videos go viral on TikTok, it’s not an entirely organic phenomenon. Forbes has offered some evidence for this. The post Sometimes ‘heating’ is the reason videos go viral on TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music publishers talk innovation: ‘When there’s a will, there’s always a way’

We hear a lot about the new revenue streams that labels are hunting down in social, gaming, fitness and other areas The post Music publishers talk innovation: ‘When there’s a will, there’s always a way’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music streaming remuneration: ‘The value is fans, less so scale’

Remuneration is THE hot topic in the music industry of 2023, in terms of the models used by streaming services for their payouts. The post Music streaming remuneration: ‘The value is fans, less so scale’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Netflix is adding subscribers again, as its founder steps down

The big news from Netflix’s financial results yesterday was that its co-founder Reed Hastings is stepping down from his co-CEO role. The post Netflix is adding subscribers again, as its founder steps down appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Montreal’s Igloofest to send attendees on an NFTs treasure hunt

There’s still a lot of NFTs potential to be explored, and the latest example comes from a partnership between Igloofest and Mega Labs. The post Montreal’s Igloofest to send attendees on an NFTs treasure hunt appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Viberate slashes the cost of its music analytics service

One of the announcements made at the NY:LON Connect conference this week came from music analytics firm Viberate. The post Viberate slashes the cost of its music analytics service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok tastemaker Ari Elkins is launching a label with Avex

In the last two years TikTok has been the launchpad for a new wave of playlisters, among them Ari Elkins. The post TikTok tastemaker Ari Elkins is launching a label with Avex appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Luminate talks music data: Coldplay, Indonesia, streaming growth and more

Its name may have changed, but research firm Luminate remains one of the music industry’s key sources of data. The post Luminate talks music data: Coldplay, Indonesia, streaming growth and more appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple unveils a second-generation HomePod smart speaker

We may still be in the rumours part of the hype cycle around Apple’s plans for an AR/VR headset, but yesterday the company unveiled a new device. The post Apple unveils a second-generation HomePod smart speaker appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

You Me At Six get some promotional welly from Amazon and TikTok

Operating in the streaming environment in 2023 is a case of balancing promotional demands from streaming and social media services. The post You Me At Six get some promotional welly from Amazon and TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

US Senate will hold its Ticketmaster hearing on 24 January

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights has set a date for its hearing on the ticketing industry. The post US Senate will hold its Ticketmaster hearing on 24 January appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify and Deezer step up their pressure for an Apple crackdown

It’s been a few weeks since the last call from Spotify for a regulatory crackdown on Apple, so it must be time for another one. The post Spotify and Deezer step up their pressure for an Apple crackdown appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Just how big is the music industry’s ‘fake streams’ problem?

The grumbling about how bad actors are trying to game the streaming system and siphon royalties away has slowly but surely grown. The post Just how big is the music industry’s ‘fake streams’ problem? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Streaming services need to do better by listeners and artists — HiFi is the way (Guest column)

This is a guest post by Nigel Harding, VP Artist Relations at Deezer. He argues that hi-fi audio shouldn’t be a luxury extra – but instead should be a fundamental part of the music experience. The act of creating music is intense, personal and emotional. Artists pour their heart and soul into each song and aim […]

Kadeem Phillips: ‘If we don’t innovate country, the genre’s going to start to fall off’

The diversity within the country music industry has been a hot topic in recent times, as last year’s criticism of the sector showed. The post Kadeem Phillips: ‘If we don’t innovate country, the genre’s going to start to fall off’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundExchange CEO: ‘If you present your case properly,  you can have increases’

At NY:LON Connect, SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe was interviewed by Will Page, author of Tarzan Economics. The post SoundExchange CEO: ‘If you present your case properly,  you can have increases’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music startup lessons: ‘Some rightsholders don’t even know what they own!’

To say that being a startup founder is “a learning experience” is a kind way of saying that it is fraught with endless challenges The post Music startup lessons: ‘Some rightsholders don’t even know what they own!’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Roblox reports strong December metrics with 61.5m daily users

Roblox is one of the publicly-listed tech companies that has been enduring a rocky time on the markets in recent times. The post Roblox reports strong December metrics with 61.5m daily users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Now Getty Images is suing Stability AI over its training

This comes soon after a class-action lawsuit filed by three visual artists against the company, along with Midjourney and DeviantArt. The post Now Getty Images is suing Stability AI over its training appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Bandzoogle hits $100m music, merch and ticket sales milestone

More than half of that $100m has been generated in the last five years, while 75% of the total has come from merchandise. The post Bandzoogle hits $100m music, merch and ticket sales milestone appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK music bodies concerned by BBC Music Introducing uncertainty

In many parts of the world radio continues to play a powerful role for the music industry – including emerging acts. The post UK music bodies concerned by BBC Music Introducing uncertainty appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube renews its livestreaming deal with Coachella festival

Coachella has been one of the flagships of YouTube’s work in music livestreams, offering it a chance to test its technologies and features. The post YouTube renews its livestreaming deal with Coachella festival appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

DAACI crowned audience favourite in NY:LON Connect startups session

The final session of the NY:LON Connect conference showcased the winners of Music Ally’s SI:X initiative, with pitches. The post DAACI crowned audience favourite in NY:LON Connect startups session appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Neighbouring rights: ‘We’re hitting the ground running…’

The infrastructure and enthusiasm around licensing and neighbouring rights varies a lot around the world. In a NY:LON Connect session chaired by Alison Wenham, COO, Blue Raincoat/Chrysalis Group, a panel of local global experts explained the nuances and challenges in the territories that they cover. Those experts were Pfanani Lishivha, CEO of South Africa’s SAMPRA, […]

TikTok music boss talks short video, long-form listening and licensing

2023 is shaping up to be a fascinating year for TikTok, for reasons both positive and negative. And 2022 was eventful enough… The post TikTok music boss talks short video, long-form listening and licensing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Regulating the streaming economy: ‘Consumption isn’t the same as consumer’

The debate about how the music streaming economy works for artists and how it could be improved has reached new heights. The post Regulating the streaming economy: ‘Consumption isn’t the same as consumer’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Stability AI, Midjourney and DeviantArt face artists’ lawsuit

Some big names in text-to-image AI were facing a new challenge yesterday: a class-action lawsuit from three visual artists. The post Stability AI, Midjourney and DeviantArt face artists’ lawsuit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PRS for Music agrees new funding deal with PRS Foundation

The news follows loud protests last year after PRS for Music announced plans to cut its annual funding for the foundation by 60%. The post PRS for Music agrees new funding deal with PRS Foundation appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Nick Cave gives ChatGPT both barrels: ‘This song is bullshit’

It’s a brave person who gets the ChatGPT AI to write a song in the style of Nick Cave, then sends it to Nick Cave to see what he thinks. The post Nick Cave gives ChatGPT both barrels: ‘This song is bullshit’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Orfium bolsters broadcasting tech with Soundmouse acquisition

Music tech firm Orfium’s CEO Rob Wells relished his mic-drop moment at NY:LON Connect 2023 yesterday. The post Orfium bolsters broadcasting tech with Soundmouse acquisition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Diversity, equity and inclusion in music: ‘You have to look harder’

The Keychange Initiative was started to improve gender representation in the music industry. How is that mission going? The post Diversity, equity and inclusion in music: ‘You have to look harder’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

New music formats: ‘Your fans aren’t AI. Your fans are real people’

We’ve moved from a music industry based on physical sales to one driven by streams, but what are the new music formats looming? The post New music formats: ‘Your fans aren’t AI. Your fans are real people’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG’s Oana Ruxandra on music’s evolution: ‘Conservatism is out the door!’

Oana Ruxandra has been a prime mover in a host of new partnerships and tech experimentation for Warner Music Group. The post WMG’s Oana Ruxandra on music’s evolution: ‘Conservatism is out the door!’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tencent targets TikTok with WeChat Channels short-video feature

Last year we reported on the enormous claimed audience for a Backstreet Boys concert that was livestreamed on WeChat: 44.2 million viewers. The post Tencent targets TikTok with WeChat Channels short-video feature appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube faces criticism over plans to demonetise sweary videos

Warning! If you’re filming a ****ing YouTube video, don’t ****ing swear in the first eight ****ing seconds. Or perhaps not. The post YouTube faces criticism over plans to demonetise sweary videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims SoundHound has laid off nearly half of its staff

Last time SoundHound pinged our radar, it was preparing plans to go public via a SPAC merger with a $2.1bn valuation. The post Report claims SoundHound has laid off nearly half of its staff appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music boss adds Apple TV+ business to his responsibilities

Oliver Schusser is one of the longest-serving executives in Apple’s music business, from the iTunes days through to Apple Music now. The post Apple Music boss adds Apple TV+ business to his responsibilities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Moj parent company ShareChat holds another round of layoffs

In the wake of TikTok’s ban in India, Moj prospered. However, its parent company ShareChat is having to make cutbacks now. The post Moj parent company ShareChat holds another round of layoffs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook is shutting down its Creator Studio dashboard

Facebook has long had two tools for managing pages and profiles on the social network: Facebook Creator Studio and Meta Business Suite. The post Facebook is shutting down its Creator Studio dashboard appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PRS for Music sues LIVENow over livestreaming licensing

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, for many artists livestreaming was suddenly the only way they could connect with their audiences to perform. The post PRS for Music sues LIVENow over livestreaming licensing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok to host public votes for the 2023 Brit Awards

TikTok is heavily involved again, hosting the public vote aspect of the awards for the second year. The post TikTok to host public votes for the 2023 Brit Awards appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Livestreaming music app Sessions has shut down

Music livestreaming app Sessions, the startup founded by former Pandora boss Tim Westergren, shut down abruptly before Christmas. The post Livestreaming music app Sessions has shut down appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Eight friendly meditations for the industry formerly known as music in 2023 (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Matt Urmy, co-founder & CEO of collaboration platform Artist Growth – which is co-sponsor of the event’s Innovation and Startups track – to share with us the exciting opportunities he sees ahead in 2023. Urmy lays out eight clear messages designed to help readers navigate an industry which has been subject to a “pretty hostile takeover”, but […]

DCMS Committee publishes UK streaming inquiry follow-up report

We’ve been paying close attention to the UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, as our past coverage shows. The post DCMS Committee publishes UK streaming inquiry follow-up report appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

App store spending fell by 2% in 2022 (but it was still $167bn)

Data·ai (formerly App Annie) analyses the mobile apps market and makes revenue predictions. Its latest annual report has plenty of juice. The post App store spending fell by 2% in 2022 (but it was still $167bn) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

K-Pop streams for businesses grew by more than 200% in 2022

Soundtrack Your Brand, one of the main companies providing music to shops, restaurants and other businesses, has offered some data points. The post K-Pop streams for businesses grew by more than 200% in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

After text-to-image AIs now there’s a text-to-playlist AI

We’ve been writing regularly about the emergence of ‘text-to-image’ AIs. Now there’s another branch to think about: text-to-playlist AIs. The post After text-to-image AIs now there’s a text-to-playlist AI appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok signs a licensing deal with MENA-based Rotana Music Group

While TikTok continues to butt heads with major label licensing teams behind closed doors, there is at least one new agreement to report. The post TikTok signs a licensing deal with MENA-based Rotana Music Group appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Dr Dre joins catalogue sales boom with UMG and Shamrock deals

Did you think the catalogue-acquisitions bandwagon had forgot about Dre? The post Dr Dre joins catalogue sales boom with UMG and Shamrock deals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

A pep talk for the independent artist in 2023 (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Amuse – which is co-sponsor of the event’s Artist Manager track – to share with us the exciting opportunities they see ahead in 2023. Aimed at indie artists, this “pep talk” takes stock of the music business landscape as seen from Amuse’s perspective, and offers some advice, perspective, and positive encouragement in the face […]

UMG boss Grainge: ‘The economic model for streaming needs to evolve’

Universal Music Group chief Sir Lucian Grainge has sent his annual start-of-the-year message to employees. The post UMG boss Grainge: ‘The economic model for streaming needs to evolve’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fan-focused strategy still the best catalyst for success (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Vasja Veber, co-founder of music data analytics platform Viberate – and one of the co-headline sponsors of the event – to share some key insights for readers to take into the new year. Veber looks into the underlying data, and explains how building immersive artist strategies that cultivate fandom […]

Metal band Assimilate had album stolen on streaming services

The British metal band have 130 monthly listeners on Spotify, yet they saw their album ‘Suffer in Silence’ re-uploaded to streaming services. The post Metal band Assimilate had album stolen on streaming services appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

More than 80% of Apple Music subscribers listen to spatial audio

Apple’s annual state-of-services post, this year written by services boss Eddy Cue, revealed new stats focused on its spatial audio feature. The post More than 80% of Apple Music subscribers listen to spatial audio appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Streaming subscriptions could be ‘affordable luxuries’ in 2023

“There are no two ways about it, 2023 is going to be a challenging year” according to Midia Research MD Mark Mulligan. The post Streaming subscriptions could be ‘affordable luxuries’ in 2023 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will music streaming finally hit maturity in 2023? (Guest post)

This is a guest post by Phil Bird, head of sales, rights and royalties, (media) at Vistex. He looks ahead to what may happen in with regards to rights and income for rights holders in 2023. Phil wonders when music streaming business maturity could happen, and argues that it’s already arrived for rightsholders – plus, he sees the return of big catalogue purchases, albeit for more moderate sums. It […]

YouTube Shorts ad revenue-sharing program kicks off in February

As YouTube turns on the advertising taps for Shorts, it’s also time to start sharing that money with creators – and music rightsholders. The post YouTube Shorts ad revenue-sharing program kicks off in February appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AR Rahman talks up plans for Katraar digital music platform

AR Rahman is one of the most revered Indian musicians, but now he has ambitions in the music-tech world too. The post AR Rahman talks up plans for Katraar digital music platform appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kano is launching some new Stem Players without Kanye West

British firm Kano started off making computers for kids, before moving into music-tech in 2021 with the Donda Stem Player. The post Kano is launching some new Stem Players without Kanye West appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Belarus changes rules for rightsholders from ‘unfriendly’ countries

Alexander Lukashenko’s support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a knock-on effect for his country’s international status. The post Belarus changes rules for rightsholders from ‘unfriendly’ countries appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Keychange adds 74 people to its talent development programme

Gender-equity organisation Keychange is starting 2023 with the addition of 74 people to its ‘Talent Development Programme’. The post Keychange adds 74 people to its talent development programme appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mastercard uses Polygon for its new web3 artist accelerator

There are so many ‘web3 artist accelerators’ being launched at the moment, soon we’ll need a web3-artist-accelerator accelerator to help the good ones stand out from the crowd. The post Mastercard uses Polygon for its new web3 artist accelerator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Independent artist Damien Jurado removes his music from Spotify

Neil Young’s removal of his catalogue from Spotify last year sparked a small wave of similar action by likeminded artists, but not a bigger trend. The post Independent artist Damien Jurado removes his music from Spotify appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Independence (and TikTok) fuelled Raye’s rise to UK chart summit

Hearty congratulations to British artist Raye, who sits atop the latest official singles chart in the UK with her latest release ‘Escapism’. The post Independence (and TikTok) fuelled Raye’s rise to UK chart summit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Taylor Swift holds a flash sale for ‘Midnights’ digital albums

There is still some innovation to be had around downloads, and Taylor Swift is the latest to explore it. The post Taylor Swift holds a flash sale for ‘Midnights’ digital albums appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AI music startup Beatoven launches $50k fund… for human artists

From the earliest days of the modern AI-music era, startups in this area have been keen to work with human artists. The post AI music startup Beatoven launches $50k fund… for human artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify’s latest personalised playlist is a 2023 time capsule

Spotify is hoping to inspire some musical nostalgia in a year’s time with its latest personalised playlist. The post Spotify’s latest personalised playlist is a 2023 time capsule appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Fitness+ adds Beyoncé music and kickboxing workouts

Apple has provided a new-year update for its Apple Fitness+ workouts service, including a partnership with one of the world’s biggest artists. The post Apple Fitness+ adds Beyoncé music and kickboxing workouts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Downtown Music Holdings acquires Curve Royalty Systems

One of the more acquisitive companies in the independent music space, Downtown Music Holdings, has swooped again. The post Downtown Music Holdings acquires Curve Royalty Systems appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple deploys AI tech for ‘digital narration’ of audiobooks

Only a small proportion of published books get audiobook versions, due to the costs of recording voice narration professionally. The post Apple deploys AI tech for ‘digital narration’ of audiobooks appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Irish regulator slaps Meta with €390m of privacy fines

Yesterday was an expensive day indeed for Meta, hit by €390m of fines from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC). The post Irish regulator slaps Meta with €390m of privacy fines appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG could face a class-action lawsuit over Spotify royalties

The label has been accused of withholding nearly $750m of royalties from its artists in a proposed class-action lawsuit by Black Sheep. The post UMG could face a class-action lawsuit over Spotify royalties appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Calvin Harris taps Wave for a virtual concert on TikTok

Electronic music star Calvin Harris is the latest artist planning a livestream on TikTok, with ‘The Calvin Harris Experience’ on 13 January. The post Calvin Harris taps Wave for a virtual concert on TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Shazam offers predictions for breakthrough artists in 2023

After a flurry of 2023 predictions at the end of last year, Shazam has published its tips for emerging artists who could break through. The post Shazam offers predictions for breakthrough artists in 2023 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: SVOD services to slow growth in original content spend

Recent years have been boomtimes for TV production companies, thanks to the emergence of streaming video services and their enormous budgets. The post Report: SVOD services to slow growth in original content spend appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kenyan musician Bien-Aime Alusa wants to expand HustleSasa app

The app enables artists and retailers to sell products to fans who can pay using bank cards or mobile payments platforms. The post Kenyan musician Bien-Aime Alusa wants to expand HustleSasa app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music shows off 360 Reality Audio music in cars at CES

Hi-res and surround-sound music is one of the key points of competition between Amazon Music and Apple Music. The post Amazon Music shows off 360 Reality Audio music in cars at CES appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI boss warns of short-video culture’s ‘unrelenting demands on artists’

Music Ally talked to outgoing BPI chief Geoff Taylor about the body’s annual figures, and music streaming and industry trends in the UK. The post BPI boss warns of short-video culture’s ‘unrelenting demands on artists’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Recorded music consumption in the UK grew by 4.3% in 2022

British music industry body the BPI has published its annual figures for recorded music consumption in the UK, which grew by 4.3% in 2022. The post Recorded music consumption in the UK grew by 4.3% in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

2023’s the magic number: De La Soul’s first six albums hit streaming services in March

Since the dawn of the streaming economy, De La Soul’s back catalogue was a say-no-go area for music services. That’s now changing. The post 2023’s the magic number: De La Soul’s first six albums hit streaming services in March appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok is still battling against the political winds in the US

TikTok’s difficult end to 2022 in the US, related to security tensions with China, continued right up to the wire. The post TikTok is still battling against the political winds in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kids entertainment firm Moonbug’s revenues grew 148% in 2021

Moonbug Entertainment has become one of the biggest players in children’s music and YouTube videos, according to its latest financial results. The post Kids entertainment firm Moonbug’s revenues grew 148% in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Disturbed used an image-generating AI for latest music video

Rock band Disturbed have become one of the most prominent music artists to use image-generating AI technology to create a music video. The post Disturbed used an image-generating AI for latest music video appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NetEase Cloud Music trumpets 760k album sales for Hua Chenya

The Chinese music service has always been keen to point out that artists are selling albums on its platform, rather than only being streamed. The post NetEase Cloud Music trumpets 760k album sales for Hua Chenya appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Weeknd beats Ed Sheeran for most-streamed Spotify track

Congratulations are due to The Weeknd, whose track ‘Blinding Lights’ has (at the time of writing) 3,334,180,640 streams on Spotify. The post The Weeknd beats Ed Sheeran for most-streamed Spotify track appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

You’ll surely enjoy Bob Dylan’s opinion of music streaming

Is it a crystal-clear factual statement with no verbal flourishes, or a delightfully gnomic stream of rhythmic consciousness? The post You’ll surely enjoy Bob Dylan’s opinion of music streaming appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

After Blackpink concert, PUBG Mobile is now launching a label

Mobile game PUBG Mobile has been exploring music for some time: working with Blackpink in 2020, Anghami in 2021 The post After Blackpink concert, PUBG Mobile is now launching a label appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

EU-funded project aims to ‘democratise and monetise’ access to lyrics

LyricFind has long been banging the drum for translated lyrics, especially in recent years when non-English tracks have become global hits. The post EU-funded project aims to ‘democratise and monetise’ access to lyrics appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta delays Within acquisition amid court battle with FTC

It’s more than a year since Meta announced that it was buying VR startup Within, but the deal has yet to close. The post Meta delays Within acquisition amid court battle with FTC appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok gets more transparent about ‘For You’ recommendations

A new feature enables TikTok users to tap on any ‘For You’ video’s share panel to see why it was recommended to you. The post TikTok gets more transparent about ‘For You’ recommendations appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Japan’s music streaming revenues have grown by 24% in 2022 so far

Although it’s still the second biggest recorded music market in the world, Japan was famously one of the slowest to adopt streaming. The post Japan’s music streaming revenues have grown by 24% in 2022 so far appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

19 moments from music’s exploration of the metaverse in 2022

Today’s topic is music and the metaverse. online games and virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented reality, avatar artists and more. The post 19 moments from music’s exploration of the metaverse in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Gig Life Pro’s Priya Dewan talks APAC: ‘Every music market in this region works quite differently’

Artists in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region are making creative use of collaborations to expand their fanbases there, according to Priya Dewan. The post Gig Life Pro’s Priya Dewan talks APAC: ‘Every music market in this region works quite differently’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Epic Games to pay $520m in two FTC settlements over Fortnite

It’s an almighty double-OOF for one of the biggest brands in children’s entertainment. The post Epic Games to pay $520m in two FTC settlements over Fortnite appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The latest artist in metaverse Decentraland is… Bing Crosby?!

If you thought Bing Crosby looked awkward duetting with David Bowie, imagine the scenes if he was having to get to grips with Decentraland. The post The latest artist in metaverse Decentraland is… Bing Crosby?! appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Virtual artist Polar gets in on the Christmas-single action

We’ve reported on a number of virtual artists this year, and Polar is one of the examples that appears to have some momentum. The post Virtual artist Polar gets in on the Christmas-single action appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Muso.ai wraps streaming and social data in Encore experience

It has launched a Spotify Wrapped-style feature to help its ‘Pro’ tier users show off their career achievements at the end of 2022. The post Muso.ai wraps streaming and social data in Encore experience appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon adds music videos to its Fire TV service in the US

Amazon has announced a deal with Xite to make tens of thousands of music videos available for free viewing on its Fire TV service. The post Amazon adds music videos to its Fire TV service in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

10 of the best Music Ally Focus podcast episodes of 2022

Music Ally is continuing our series of articles looking back at the music industry’s 2022. Today the focus is our own podcast. The post 10 of the best Music Ally Focus podcast episodes of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Credit where it’s due: transforming poor music credit metadata by putting creatives in control

The below post – by Kyran de Keijzer, Co-founder and CPO of Muso.AI – is Partner Content. At Muso.AI, we’re delivering lifetime, greatest-of-all-time, big data energy type of analytics that get creatives motivated to engage with their data again. Total streams, Shazams, charts, playlists, collaborations and more; we’re giving the power of data back to […]

Blokur to build a copyright hub for licensing agency IMPEL

The licensing and data firm is ending 2022 with a deal to provide a copyright hub for independent publishing licensing agency IMPEL. The post Blokur to build a copyright hub for licensing agency IMPEL appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Scott Cohen reveals JKBX’s executive team ahead of 2023 launch

In November we reported on former WMG exec Scott Cohen’s plans to launch a fractionalised music royalties startup. The post Scott Cohen reveals JKBX’s executive team ahead of 2023 launch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Former Tidal COO raises $7m for catalogue-buying firm Duetti

How long can the boom in music catalogue acquisitions continue? Judging by the number of startups in the area, there’s still life in this trend. The post Former Tidal COO raises $7m for catalogue-buying firm Duetti appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Roxi now has 1m users… and Simon Cowell as a curator

British music streaming service Roxi has signed up another starry playlist curator, and announced its first user figures. The post Roxi now has 1m users… and Simon Cowell as a curator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

South Korea music revenues grew by 31.7% in first half of 2022

Korean creative industry body KOCCA’s report on the first half of 2022 held good news for South Korea’s music industry. The post South Korea music revenues grew by 31.7% in first half of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

12 ways the music industry leaned in to climate action in 2022

Today, what we’re looking back on is the music industry’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency by reducing its emissions. The post 12 ways the music industry leaned in to climate action in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitter blocks Mastodon links and suspends prominent journalists

“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” tweeted Elon Musk in April. The post Twitter blocks Mastodon links and suspends prominent journalists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI to celebrate billion-stream artists with new award

With apologies to Justin Timberlake in The Social Network: A million streams isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion streams… The post BPI to celebrate billion-stream artists with new award appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Singing startup Biiah launches Kickstarter for its mobile app

Biiah, formerly known as The Choral Hub, was one of the winners in our recent Music Ally SI:X startups contest. The post Singing startup Biiah launches Kickstarter for its mobile app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anghami taps Mubert for 170k AI-generated football chants

A streaming service teaming up with an AI music startup to create “over 170k songs”? Sound the klaxons! The post Anghami taps Mubert for 170k AI-generated football chants appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG takes a stake in augmented-reality fashion startup DressX

Another web3/metaverse partnership for Warner Music Group: the partner is DressX, which has been building a business in digital fashion. The post WMG takes a stake in augmented-reality fashion startup DressX appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

14 thoughts about music, NFTs and web3 technologies in 2022

Today, we’re talking web3, a space that generated buzz and backlash in pretty much equal measures this year. The post 14 thoughts about music, NFTs and web3 technologies in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify is cancelling some of its original live-audio shows

This time last year, it felt like live audio would be Spotify’s next big growth category. Now there appears to be a bit of a shake up. The post Spotify is cancelling some of its original live-audio shows appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Armin van Buuren, Led Zeppelin, Hume…

Web3-driven communities, an NFT drop for one of the biggest rock bands in history, and a songwriting camp in Miami Beach… The post Music NFTs roundup: Armin van Buuren, Led Zeppelin, Hume… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok gets less vertical with horizontal full-screen mode test

One of the prime platforms behind the vertical videos trend is… going horizontal? Well, kind of. The post TikTok gets less vertical with horizontal full-screen mode test appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Epidemic Sound’s music is heard 1.5bn times a day on YouTube

Production music firm Epidemic Sound gets quite a few people’s backs up in the music industry, it’s fair to say. The post Epidemic Sound’s music is heard 1.5bn times a day on YouTube appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

22 stats to help you understand India’s music industry in 2022

Facts and figures about India’s music industry are hard to come by, and when they are shared, the numbers are most often self-proclaimed. The post 22 stats to help you understand India’s music industry in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

US Senator Marco Rubio wants TikTok to be banned in the US

What was that we wrote yesterday in our look back at the big TikTok news stories of 2022? The post US Senator Marco Rubio wants TikTok to be banned in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud ended 2021 with 130m listeners and 19.2% revenue growth

SoundCloud doesn’t describe them as listeners, we should note. The post SoundCloud ended 2021 with 130m listeners and 19.2% revenue growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

1% of Anghami’s music is Arabic but it generates 60% of listening

CNN’s profile of Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami includes some interesting stats on the role that local music plays for the platform The post 1% of Anghami’s music is Arabic but it generates 60% of listening appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tidal turns listeners into DJs while Deezer adds music quizzes

Tidal and Deezer are ending 2022 by adding some interesting features to their streaming services. The post Tidal turns listeners into DJs while Deezer adds music quizzes appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tracklib finds sampling still rising – and the 2000s are hot

Sample-clearance service Tracklib has published its end-of-year report: ‘State of Sampling 2022’. The post Tracklib finds sampling still rising – and the 2000s are hot appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

7 reasons why AI music was a fascinating space in 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great strides in recent years, and one area where it is beginning to have an impact is music. The post 7 reasons why AI music was a fascinating space in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Public Pressure, 3lau, UMG…

Three interesting music NFTs and web3 stories from startup Public Pressure, artist 3lau and Universal Music Group The post Music NFTs roundup: Public Pressure, 3lau, UMG… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lickd adds another major licensing partner in Warner Chappell

Startup Lickd has been growing the catalogue of music it has available to license to creators on platforms including Twitch and TikTok. The post Lickd adds another major licensing partner in Warner Chappell appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches in-app rewards program for Indian listeners

Spotify is doing something interesting with its ‘Premium Mini’ short-term subscription plan in India. The post Spotify launches in-app rewards program for Indian listeners appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster under fire over ticketing issues at Bad Bunny gig

Fresh from controversy surrounding tickets for Taylor Swift’s North American tour, Ticketmaster is facing criticism in Mexico. The post Ticketmaster under fire over ticketing issues at Bad Bunny gig appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

12 big talking points around TikTok and music in 2022

TikTok was never far from the music industry headlines in 2022, for better or worse. We’re looking at the biggest talking points. The post 12 big talking points around TikTok and music in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Feature.fm gets YouTube conversion and attribution data

Using smart-links to direct fans to their preferred streaming service is a long-established part of music marketing. The post Feature.fm gets YouTube conversion and attribution data appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Rock ’n’ yule: charting the Christmas music peak with Last.fm data

This article from Last.fm is Partner Content. Christmas, the cliché runs, starts earlier every year. Shops, apparently, push out their Christmas stock earlier and earlier and everyone is giddy with festive delight even before Halloween is over.  Except no one seems to have told music streamers this because the musical lift-off for Christmas holds to […]

ICE Core breaks monthly distribution record as AKM signs up

Things are still going well for the ICE Core, the hub that licenses repertoire from collecting societies and various independent publishers. The post ICE Core breaks monthly distribution record as AKM signs up appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mystery around streaming release of ‘bootleg’ R. Kelly album

‘I Admit It’ came out on Friday on the major streaming services before being swiftly removed. The post Mystery around streaming release of ‘bootleg’ R. Kelly album appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians facing lawsuit over Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs

One result of the recent crypto-market difficulties has been anger from people who bought expensive NFTs, then saw their value plummet. The post Musicians facing lawsuit over Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Users may be uploading copyrighted music to Russian site VK

Russian social network vKontakte was regularly criticised by music rightsholders for allowing its users to upload and share copyrighted music The post Users may be uploading copyrighted music to Russian site VK appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

38 key music/tech funding rounds in 2022

Today’s 2022 roundup article focuses on funding rounds for startups (and bigger companies) in and around music/tech. The post 38 key music/tech funding rounds in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hipgnosis reveals 7.5% revenue rise in its half-year results

Hipgnosis Songs Fund enjoyed a good run as a media darling, with warm coverage of its ambition to make songs a lucrative asset class for investment. The post Hipgnosis reveals 7.5% revenue rise in its half-year results appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NetEase Cloud Music salutes success of K-Pop group (G)I-DLE

Chinese service NetEase Cloud Music prides itself on having plenty of young listeners who are keen to discover international music as well as homegrown tracks. The post NetEase Cloud Music salutes success of K-Pop group (G)I-DLE appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tuned Global adds two more clients in the medtech industry

B2B music firm Tuned Global is seeing a big opportunity in the medical technology (medtech) industry, buoyed by a recent report predicting that musical therapy could be a $4.4bn market by 2028. The post Tuned Global adds two more clients in the medtech industry appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: OffBeat, Clef, Public Pressure…

OffBeat is the startup formerly known as MonkingMe, which rebranded in March and pivoted towards NFTs. The post Music NFTs roundup: OffBeat, Clef, Public Pressure… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify says Wrapped 2022 broke its weekly merch-sales record

The dust has settled from the Spotify Wrapped 2022 promotion (and the inevitable memes riffing off it). The post Spotify says Wrapped 2022 broke its weekly merch-sales record appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

14 music diversity, equity and inclusion must-reads from 2022

Today’s roundup of articles from Music Ally in 2022 focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion within the music industry. The post 14 music diversity, equity and inclusion must-reads from 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: global music subscribers grew to 616.2m in Q2 2022

At the end of 2021 there were 523 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions. The post Report: global music subscribers grew to 616.2m in Q2 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

American Music Fairness Act takes another step forward

Step by step, the American Music Fairness Act is working its way through the US legislative system. The post American Music Fairness Act takes another step forward appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Indiana’s attorney general files two lawsuits against TikTok

TikTok is ending 2022 with more legal headaches in the US: two lawsuits filed by Indiana’s attorney general against the company, focusing on user data and children’s safety. The post Indiana’s attorney general files two lawsuits against TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TuneCore reaches a new milestone: $3bn of DIY-artist earnings

Believe has announced that its distribution subsidiary TuneCore has now reached the milestone of $3bn of artist earnings, having hit the $2.5bn mark in April this year. The post TuneCore reaches a new milestone: $3bn of DIY-artist earnings appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

FTC and Meta prepare for court battle over Within acquisition

The US Federal Trade Commission and Meta are heading to a courtroom in San Jose today The post FTC and Meta prepare for court battle over Within acquisition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: European tech industry has lost $400bn in value in 2022

The numbers involved are still huge, but it’s still a clear snapshot of a difficult year for the sector. The post Report: European tech industry has lost $400bn in value in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snapchat gets a new spin on digital collectibles: Bitmoji Drop

NFTs may all be digital collectibles, but not all digital collectibles have to be NFTs. Look at what Snapchat’s parent company Snap is doing… The post Snapchat gets a new spin on digital collectibles: Bitmoji Drop appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: WMG x LGND Music, Punx, Winamp…

Time for a few more music NFT announcements before Christmas, including the latest partnership for Warner Music Group. The post Music NFTs roundup: WMG x LGND Music, Punx, Winamp… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK indie body AIM names Silvia Montello as its new CEO

Montello is a former BMG and Kobalt executive, and has also held positions at Blokur and Audio Network in recent years. The post UK indie body AIM names Silvia Montello as its new CEO appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music adds ‘Sing’ karaoke feature with adjustable vocals

Now subscribers can turn off/down the vocals on tens of millions of tracks to sing along, while seeing lyrics that are properly ‘real-time’. The post Apple Music adds ‘Sing’ karaoke feature with adjustable vocals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

9 notable moments for K-Pop music in 2022

Today our focus is on K-Pop: the music and artists of South Korea whose horizons were truly global in the music industry of 2022. The post 9 notable moments for K-Pop music in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hybe launches online comic for &Team with Webtoon and Wattpad

Webtoons – essentially digital comics often created with mobile reading in mind – are big business particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The post Hybe launches online comic for &Team with Webtoon and Wattpad appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Leaders Network women’s leadership scheme opens 2023 applications

Music Leaders Network offers coaching, training and networking for women and people who identify as non-binary or trans. The post Music Leaders Network women’s leadership scheme opens 2023 applications appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Venue Trust names first Pipeline Investment Fund grants

In October, the UK’s Music Venue Trust announced its latest fund to help grassroots venues who are struggling: the Pipeline Investment Fund. The post Music Venue Trust names first Pipeline Investment Fund grants appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Music’s WMX launches three FAST music channels with Roku

The television industry loves its acronyms, and FAST (free, ad-supported, streaming TV) is the latest buzzy one. The post Warner Music’s WMX launches three FAST music channels with Roku appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud launches joint venture with music firm Third & Hayden

Traditional music industry boundaries continue to blur, particularly around artist development. The post SoundCloud launches joint venture with music firm Third & Hayden appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

17 of the main strategic moves made by Spotify in 2022

Our Spotify roundup focuses on the big moments of 2022 for that streaming service, Apple, Joe Rogan, tips economics, audiobooks and much more. The post 17 of the main strategic moves made by Spotify in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify for Artists Marquee: made for marketing music to the right listeners

This article on Spotify for Artists Marquee is Partner Content. Marquee by Spotify for Artists is a powerful marketing tool – ideal for artists, managers, and labels to promote their new releases. Marquee is specifically created to market music, and stands out from other digital marketing tools in two vital ways: firstly, by targeting listeners based […]

Roblox gets official Mariah Carey ‘Winter Wonderland’ experience

The announcement came alongside another digital activation for Carey: a series of official classes on fitness-tech platform Peloton. The post Roblox gets official Mariah Carey ‘Winter Wonderland’ experience appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify caught in the middle of BTS and Blackpink fandom-feud

Last week’s release of Spotify Wrapped 2022 generated the usual mountain of social-media buzz – but also some controversy. The post Spotify caught in the middle of BTS and Blackpink fandom-feud appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster faces a ticketing lawsuit from Taylor Swift fans

Ticketmaster’s difficult end to 2022 continues. The recent on-sales for Taylor Swift’s North American tour are at the centre of it. The post Ticketmaster faces a ticketing lawsuit from Taylor Swift fans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Triller music deals under the microscope amid catalogue removals

What’s the deal with Triller and music? It’s a longstanding question around the short-video service, and there are competing narratives. The post Triller music deals under the microscope amid catalogue removals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

15 key moments from the fights for musicians’ rights in 2022

We’re publishing a daily roundup in December. Today’s focuses on the fights for artists’ rights (and higher royalties) in the streaming era. The post 15 key moments from the fights for musicians’ rights in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Listen and learn: understanding uneven album consumption

This article from Last.fm is Partner Content. How much of a classic album do you actually listen to? It turns out that even the most loftily-held LPs have a surprising number of tracks that modern listeners tend to skip en masse. In the physical age, albums were often designed as – or, at least, presented […]

Viberate breaks down ‘Taylor Swift As a Marketing Mastermind’

Profoundly unsurprising news of the day: Taylor Swift has been hugely popular on social media for a long, long time. The post Viberate breaks down ‘Taylor Swift As a Marketing Mastermind’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Discord expands its ‘server subscriptions’ feature to more users

People with thriving Discord servers are already making money from them, but the most common model is to charge subscriptions on other platforms for access. The post Discord expands its ‘server subscriptions’ feature to more users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Audius opens up its artist-tipping feature to credit cards

web3 streaming service Audius is making its payments features more accessible to mainstream music fans. The post Audius opens up its artist-tipping feature to credit cards appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kanye West suspended from Twitter again after swastika post

It turns out that even ‘free-speech absolutists’ have, well, an absolute limit to the hate content that they’ll tolerate. The post Kanye West suspended from Twitter again after swastika post appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

We DO talk about the top song of 2022 on YouTube in the US

It’s still Recap Week in streaming-land, with YouTube publishing its regional charts of popular videos, Shorts, creators and songs. The post We DO talk about the top song of 2022 on YouTube in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

17 key music industry acquisition stories from 2022

Every working day in December, we’re publishing a new article drawing together some of the big music industry stories. Today: acquisitions. The post 17 key music industry acquisition stories from 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Logcast links with Spotify for artists’ short-form audio talk

Swedish firm Logcast is a service helping creators to record and publish short-form audio clips, and to make money from them. The post Logcast links with Spotify for artists’ short-form audio talk appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Aurora set for an in-game concert in Sky: Children of the Light

Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft may hog the headlines when it comes to in-game music performances, but there are opportunities beyond that trio. The post Aurora set for an in-game concert in Sky: Children of the Light appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFTs roundup: OpenSea, Warner Chappell, Probably a Label…

These are testing times for the crypto world, but there is still plenty of activity going on around NFTs, music and web3 technologies. The post NFTs roundup: OpenSea, Warner Chappell, Probably a Label… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Measure of Music conference to return in February 2023

Measure of Music has built a deserved reputation as one of the most thoughtful and diverse music, tech and data conferences. The post Measure of Music conference to return in February 2023 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

VR update: Megan Thee Stallion on Quest and FitXR’s new tracks

Earlier this year, Megan Thee Stallion went on a virtual reality tour of the US in partnership with startup AmazeVR. The post VR update: Megan Thee Stallion on Quest and FitXR’s new tracks appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Sandbox Guide to… Marketing Latin music globally

For the last Sandbox Guide of 2022, we look at how you can successfully launch Latin music in your own territories. The post The Sandbox Guide to… Marketing Latin music globally appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

A conversation with OpenAI’s ChatGPT about the music industry

Artificial intelligence firm OpenAI has revealed its latest project. “We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT…” The post A conversation with OpenAI’s ChatGPT about the music industry appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

22 best data sources to understand the music industry in 2022

Here is Music Ally’s handy primer on the best sources of data on the music market: industry stats, surveys, forecasts and more. The post 22 best data sources to understand the music industry in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Hot Chip

The post Behind The Campaign :: Hot Chip appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tools :: Levellr

The original fan community concept – artist fan clubs – have shifted from physical mailing lists to email lists and now to online messaging platforms like Telegram and Discord. Fan communities are highly desirable at the moment, allowing direct communication between the artist and their most devoted fans. But building your online communities on messaging […]

Spotify 2022 Artist Wrapped: making the most of your remarkable year

This article on Spotify Artist Wrapped is Partner Content. With the year coming to a close, it’s time for artists to look back on all the progress they have made in 2022. Today, Spotify has launched 2022 Artist Wrapped, which offers artists a look at all the progress they’ve made over the last year with […]

Spotify Wrapped 2022 is here: end-of-year charts, artist data and more

Apple, YouTube and Deezer did well to get their end-of-2022 recaps out yesterday: Spotify has just launched its annual Wrapped promotion. The post Spotify Wrapped 2022 is here: end-of-year charts, artist data and more appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Women In Music’s third annual summit will be a global event

Non-profit organisation Women In Music is preparing for its third annual summit, , which will be held worldwide in January 2023. The post Women In Music’s third annual summit will be a global event appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Trevanna Tracks and Soundmouse team up in sync partnership

We recently covered a report published by Synchtank focusing on the “fiendish mass of complexities” around sync licensing and reporting. The post Trevanna Tracks and Soundmouse team up in sync partnership appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

US senators put FTC under the microscope over ticket-buying bots

Live Nation has been under the spotlight since the difficulties with the ticket on-sales for Taylor Swift’s next tour. The post US senators put FTC under the microscope over ticket-buying bots appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Universal Music Group buys 49% stake in indie group PIAS

Independence is still being stressed, with Gates and fellow co-founder Michel Lambot retaining majority control of PIAS. The post Universal Music Group buys 49% stake in indie group PIAS appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music, YouTube Music and Deezer launch their annual recaps

With Spotify’s annual Wrapped promotion imminent, three other streaming services launched their recap features for listeners yesterday. The post Apple Music, YouTube Music and Deezer launch their annual recaps appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk picks a fight with Apple over ads and the App Store

Sound the klaxons! Elon Musk is picking a fight with Apple. Twitter’s new owner blasted the tech giant yesterday in a tweet. The post Elon Musk picks a fight with Apple over ads and the App Store appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Bicep is the latest face of TikTok’s #ElectronicMusic campaign

TikTok has announced its latest music livestream, and it’s coming from Northern Irish duo Bicep at Alexandra Palace in London. The post Bicep is the latest face of TikTok’s #ElectronicMusic campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AI music firm DAACI joins Abbey Road Red startups incubator

London’s Abbey Road Red music-tech incubator has announced its latest participant: British startup AI music company DAACI. The post AI music firm DAACI joins Abbey Road Red startups incubator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NetEase Cloud Music extends its deal with Japanese label Avex

Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music [NCM] sees even more potential for J-Pop (Japanese pop music) to grow in China. The post NetEase Cloud Music extends its deal with Japanese label Avex appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pixelynx tests out its Elynxir tech with AR game in Miami Beach

Pixelynx began life as a startup helping musicians to forge partnerships with metaverse companies, with co-founders including deadmau5. The post Pixelynx tests out its Elynxir tech with AR game in Miami Beach appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

IFPI publishes its first official music chart for MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa is one of the ‘high potential’ regions being eyed eagerly by the global music industry. The post IFPI publishes its first official music chart for MENA region appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK’s CMA publishes its final report on music streaming market

The UK’s competition regulator the CMA has published its final report from its market study of music streaming. The post UK’s CMA publishes its final report on music streaming market appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

K-pop’s global rise: a series of well-planned explosions rather than a single big bang

This article from Last.fm is Partner Content. Most eruptions in pop music happen over a long period of time rather than immediately. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was Elvis’s first US number 1, but his sixth single (albeit his first on RCA Victor). Even The Beatles had been plugging away for several years before Beatlemania happened.  The story […]

Twitter verification to return as Musk trumpets signup stats

What’s the plan for Twitter’s verification system? Three colours, ‘tentatively’ launching on Friday, according to a tweet from Elon Musk. The post Twitter verification to return as Musk trumpets signup stats appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cliff Richard aims for Christmas charts success… with a magazine

Our British readers may remember a time when veteran artist Cliff Richard was a reliable end-of-year singles-chart topper. The post Cliff Richard aims for Christmas charts success… with a magazine appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Dutch university reseacher wins €1.5m grant for streaming study

Politicians and regulators have been keen to understand streaming’s impact on the music industry and on artists in recent times. The post Dutch university reseacher wins €1.5m grant for streaming study appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sao Paolo, Mexico City and Santiago are the metal megacities

Chartmetric’s latest deep-dive blog post comes from SoundCloud’s director of music intelligence and analytics Wyatt Marshall. The post Sao Paolo, Mexico City and Santiago are the metal megacities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘From Apple Music With Love’ Christmas countdown promo returns

The Christmas season is well and truly underway for music streaming: all the services are rolling out their festive content and promotions. The post ‘From Apple Music With Love’ Christmas countdown promo returns appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Last.fm is 20: VP of Product Michael Horan on Last.fm’s 20 years in music-tech – and the future of data in the music industry

This article from Last.fm is Partner Content. The Music Ally Focus Podcast recently welcomed Michael Horan, VP of Product at Last.fm, which is just about to hit a remarkable milestone: 20 years as a music tech company. In that time, Last.fm has gathered an enormous amount of data on how people listen to music – and […]

UK charity Youth Music launches latest round of incubator fund

British charity Youth Music’s incubator fund has so far provided  more than 800 paid work opportunities in the music industry. The post UK charity Youth Music launches latest round of incubator fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer reveals its most streamed artists and albums of 2022

Deezer has published its end-of-year charts to avoid clashing with (and thus being flattened by) Spotify Wrapped. The post Deezer reveals its most streamed artists and albums of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ed Sheeran’s Pokémon track causes Twitch takedown headaches

Sheeran’s track ‘Celestial’ is being played over the end credits of the latest Pokémon games: Scarlet and Violet. The post Ed Sheeran’s Pokémon track causes Twitch takedown headaches appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Utopia Music confirms layoffs to focus on ‘sustainable growth’

Utopia Music is one of the companies that has been most aggressive with its headcount growth in recent times. The post Utopia Music confirms layoffs to focus on ‘sustainable growth’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report predicts 12.5m sales of consumer VR headsets in 2022

Research firm Omdia has been gazing into its crystal ball – or should that be crystal headset? – for the virtual reality market. The post Report predicts 12.5m sales of consumer VR headsets in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music-events tech company Xceed raises €2m funding round

It’s not been a brilliant year, to say the least, for companies with businesses based on selling tickets and travel around music events. The post Music-events tech company Xceed raises €2m funding round appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Stormzy to chat and perform for Amazon Music +44 showcase

Amazon Music really is throwing its full weight behind British artist Stormzy’s new album, with a Stormzy special event to be held in London. The post Stormzy to chat and perform for Amazon Music +44 showcase appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NetEase Cloud Music revenues grew by 22.5% in Q3 2022

We don’t have the latest financial results from NetEase Cloud Music yet, but we do have some numbers from Cloud Village’s majority shareholder NetEase. The post NetEase Cloud Music revenues grew by 22.5% in Q3 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok tipped to grow its annual ad revenues to $122.5bn by 2027

If labels weren’t already pushing for a share of TikTok’s advertising revenues, the latest predictions from research firm Omdia should change that. The post TikTok tipped to grow its annual ad revenues to $122.5bn by 2027 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook’s Widely Viewed Content report reveals news feed stats

Facebook has published a report on ‘Widely Viewed Content’, focusing on what its users in the US are seeing in their news feeds. The post Facebook’s Widely Viewed Content report reveals news feed stats appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFTs firm Sound adds activity feed to boost music discovery

Sound is one of the more interesting music NFTs platforms we saw spring up in the last couple of years. The post NFTs firm Sound adds activity feed to boost music discovery appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BeatBread secures $100m fund to power its advances for artists

Music financing company BeatBread started the year by raising $34m of its own funding to build a business providing advances to musicians. The post BeatBread secures $100m fund to power its advances for artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music artists and ClientEarth call for new Euro climate law

A group of music artists are among the signers of an open letter calling for the EU to adopt a new law cracking down on deforestation. The post Music artists and ClientEarth call for new Euro climate law appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster to face US Senate hearing by the end of this year

Ticketmaster’s difficult end to 2022 continues, with the company now facing a hearing in the US Senate over its business practices. The post Ticketmaster to face US Senate hearing by the end of this year appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Music Group revenues grew 9% to $1.5bn in Q3 2022

WMG had another strong quarter in Q3 2022, with its financial results revealing a 9% year-on-year growth in the major’s revenues. The post Warner Music Group revenues grew 9% to $1.5bn in Q3 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Instagram’s takedown of a drill music video has been overturned

Earlier this year, Instagram took down a music video featuring a track called ‘Secrets Not Safe’ by British drill artist Chinx (OS). The post Instagram’s takedown of a drill music video has been overturned appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

DAACI, Hawkr, Volta XR, Biiah, Curve and Music Health win Music Ally SI:X

It’s time to announce the winners of Music Ally SI:X, our new global showcase, contest and mentorship program for music/tech startups. The post DAACI, Hawkr, Volta XR, Biiah, Curve and Music Health win Music Ally SI:X appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MBA For Africa to release its 2022 album: ‘Fuel & Flames’

MBA for Africa returned for its second year in April, and evolved into a company led by its latest cohort of aspiring industry executives in September. The post MBA For Africa to release its 2022 album: ‘Fuel & Flames’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Believe and TuneCore enlist Luminate for gender equality study

Believe and TuneCore have published two of their annual ‘Be The Change’ gender equality studies so far, in 2021 and 2022. The post Believe and TuneCore enlist Luminate for gender equality study appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kanye West back on Twitter, but Jack White and Trent Reznor quit

Musk had stated that he would not reinstate prominent banned accounts until he had formed “a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints”. The post Kanye West back on Twitter, but Jack White and Trent Reznor quit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK Music report reveals updated stats on industry diversity

UK Music’s latest Workforce Diversity Survey data is an important guide both to the progress made so far, and areas for improvement. The post UK Music report reveals updated stats on industry diversity appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify expands its audiobooks feature to more countries

Having launched its new catalogue of audiobooks in the US in September, Spotify has moved quickly to roll it out to other countries too. The post Spotify expands its audiobooks feature to more countries appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Has the key change been dying out in western popular music?

Audiomack data analytics expert Chris Dalla Riva has been listening to every single number-one track from Billboard’s Hot 100. The post Has the key change been dying out in western popular music? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music reveals Stormzy pop-up and Central Cee livestream

Amazon Music has announced its latest pair of artist partnerships in the UK: one offline and one online. The post Amazon Music reveals Stormzy pop-up and Central Cee livestream appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Dice extends its ticketing partnership with Primavera Sound

The companies have worked together since 2019, and Dice has sold nearly half a million mobile tickets for Primavera Sound’s events in 2022. The post Dice extends its ticketing partnership with Primavera Sound appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Brands survey hints at recession silver lining for ad-supported music

There are significant concerns about the impact that economic recessions around the world may have on paid music subscriptions. The post Brands survey hints at recession silver lining for ad-supported music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deutsche Grammophon launches Stage+ classical subscription service

The UMG subsidiary service will combine audio, video and livestreams with music drawn from the DG and Decca catalogues. The post Deutsche Grammophon launches Stage+ classical subscription service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster cancels public on-sale for Taylor Swift tour

Ticketmaster has cancelled the public on-sale of tickets for next year’s US leg of Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’, with the company firmly on the defensive amid criticism from fans and politicians alike. The post Ticketmaster cancels public on-sale for Taylor Swift tour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anghami revenues grow but 22% of its staff have been laid off

Middle Eastern and North African music streaming service Anghami has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Anghami revenues grow but 22% of its staff have been laid off appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok to stream Wet Leg concert as part of #AltMusic push

On the TikTok, on the TikTok, on the TikTok, all day long, on the TikTok… Well, not all day long if we’re honest: British band Wet Leg’s 24 November London concert will be streamed on TikTok for a shorter period of time, but at least it will be live. The post TikTok to stream Wet Leg concert […]

Sony Music backs ‘Rising Star’ new-talent contest in Africa

Sony Music Africa is giving its backing to a competition for emerging and unsigned artists in Africa. The post Sony Music backs ‘Rising Star’ new-talent contest in Africa appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

After $100k of payouts, Royal launches music rights marketplace

Royal is the startup founded by musician Justin Blau (aka 3lau) to help artists sell NFTs that include a share of their streaming royalties. The post After $100k of payouts, Royal launches music rights marketplace appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Linktree’s ‘Payment Lock’ can paywall content (music included)

Smart-links firm Linktree has launched a new feature called ‘Payment Lock’ which aims to help people charge for access to exclusive content. The post Linktree’s ‘Payment Lock’ can paywall content (music included) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Jukedeck co-founder returns to AI music with Stability AI role

British firm Jukedeck was one of the first AI music startups to launch and get some traction, back in late 2014. The post Jukedeck co-founder returns to AI music with Stability AI role appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Neil Young dings Spotify again over Joe Rogan and music quality

Neil Young removed his catalogue from Spotify earlier this year in protest at podcaster Joe Rogan’s views on Covid-19. The post Neil Young dings Spotify again over Joe Rogan and music quality appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer reveals its latest B2B partner: DAZN in Italy

Since going public, streaming service Deezer has been outlining its strategy for growth, including good B2B partnerships. The post Deezer reveals its latest B2B partner: DAZN in Italy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SiriusXM and Pandora launch an artist accelerator program

Ever since SiriusXM bought streaming service Pandora in 2018, the two services have explored partnerships and cross-promotions. The post SiriusXM and Pandora launch an artist accelerator program appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music in Christmas covers battle

As in previous years, music streaming services are gearing up to celebrate Christmas with a battle royale of exclusive music. The post Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music in Christmas covers battle appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

IFPI explores 2022’s music-listening trends in its new report

The IFPI’s Global Music Report makes plenty of springtime headlines with its figures for the recorded music industry. The post IFPI explores 2022’s music-listening trends in its new report appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Tears For Fears

The post Behind The Campaign :: Tears For Fears appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Campaigns :: 16 November 2022 – Taylor Swift, Amazon Christmas exclusives, Shygirl, UK Charts

A look at four innovative campaigns from Taylor Swift, Amazon, Shygirl and the UK Charts. The post Campaigns :: 16 November 2022 – Taylor Swift, Amazon Christmas exclusives, Shygirl, UK Charts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Single

The post Behind The Single appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster shifts Taylor Swift onsales after presale chaos

Ticketmaster has rescheduled some of the onsales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour, after “historically unprecedented” demand for tickets in the initial presale. The post Ticketmaster shifts Taylor Swift onsales after presale chaos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube roundup: Black Voices Fund music class and Shorts updates

There are a few stories from YouTube to let you know about today, starting with the announcement of its Black Voices Fund class of 2023. The post YouTube roundup: Black Voices Fund music class and Shorts updates appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AIM launches investment syndicate and apprenticeship program

British independent labels body AIM held its annual general meeting yesterday, and announced a pair of new initiatives. The post AIM launches investment syndicate and apprenticeship program appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music licensing startup Uppbeat reaches 1m users milestone

Startup Uppbeat emerged early in 2021 as a music licensing service for YouTubers, with a catalogue of 900 cleared tracks and a freemium business model. The post Music licensing startup Uppbeat reaches 1m users milestone appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Santigold, Coachella, Pianity x Sacem…

Santigold is the latest artist to experiment with NFTs in the context of an online fanclub. The post Music NFTs roundup: Santigold, Coachella, Pianity x Sacem… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK streaming inquiry: ‘The elephant in the room is fair remuneration’

Yesterday, the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee held a pair of follow-up sessions for its inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The post UK streaming inquiry: ‘The elephant in the room is fair remuneration’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK music streaming inquiry returns with follow-up evidence sessions

Thought you’d heard the last of the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Soz, but no. The post UK music streaming inquiry returns with follow-up evidence sessions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Amazon is preparing to lay off around 10,000 people

Amazon may be the next tech giant to lay off thousands of people, according to a report in the New York Times. The post Report: Amazon is preparing to lay off around 10,000 people appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify wants to help artists sell more merch on its service

Merchandise has been part of Spotify for a while now, and the company is increasing its efforts to help artists use that feature. The post Spotify wants to help artists sell more merch on its service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians to suffer from ‘cost of working’ crisis this winter

A survey by the charity Help Musicians has found 98% of musicians are ‘concerned’ about their ability to earn enough income in the next six months. The post Musicians to suffer from ‘cost of working’ crisis this winter appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tencent Music revenues fall, but its online music business is still growing

Chinese music-streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Tencent Music revenues fall, but its online music business is still growing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Emma McGann talks Discord RPGs, Unreal music videos and pushing tech boundaries

British artist Emma McGann is launching a Discord RPG bot game alongside her latest EP ‘Monsterverse’, as well as Unreal music videos. The post Emma McGann talks Discord RPGs, Unreal music videos and pushing tech boundaries appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

How gaming could reshape music distribution (guest column)

This is a guest post by Roman Rappak, of the band Miro Shot, and co-founder of music metaverse startup Ristband. He’s been performing and touring live mixed reality concerts since 2017, creating digital twins of live events in his metaverse platform. In this article, he writes about the electronic music and digital arts festival MUTEK, […]

DeviantArt wants to help visual artists opt out of AI systems

There’s a growing debate about whether and how visual artists should be able to opt out of their work being used to train creative AI systems. The post DeviantArt wants to help visual artists opt out of AI systems appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Staccato pitches itself to songwriters as ‘an AI Lennon to your McCartney’

The new AI-music startup, like its established rivals, is pitching itself as a boon for human songwriters rather than a replacement for them. The post Staccato pitches itself to songwriters as ‘an AI Lennon to your McCartney’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta is getting out of its Portal smart-displays business

Meta has been running TV ads for its Portal smart displays, but canny buyers may want to hang on until Black Friday or the Boxing Day sales. The post Meta is getting out of its Portal smart-displays business appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK telco Vodafone’s Voxi launches an ‘unlimited music’ plan

British Telco Vodafone is making music a key selling point in the latest affordable mobile plan from its Voxi brand. The post UK telco Vodafone’s Voxi launches an ‘unlimited music’ plan appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI trumpets indies’ growth ahead of streaming inquiry follow-up

“In the first ten months of the year, independently-released music made up 28.6% of the UK music market,” announced the BPI this morning. The post BPI trumpets indies’ growth ahead of streaming inquiry follow-up appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Viberate explores the Netflix effect for artist Sofia Carson

Analytics firm Viberate has been digging into the Netflix bump for artist and actor Sofia Carson, star of Purple Hearts. The post Viberate explores the Netflix effect for artist Sofia Carson appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lorde warns fans about the ‘demented struggle’ of touring

Lorde sold nearly 20,000 tickets to her recent London concerts, which makes her one of the artists who’s keeping her head above water. The post Lorde warns fans about the ‘demented struggle’ of touring appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Songwriter sues 3lau over revenues from his NFT sales

Artist Justin Blau (aka 3lau) has been one of the early movers in music NFTs, selling his own and founding startup Royal. The post Songwriter sues 3lau over revenues from his NFT sales appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

HIFI Labs outlines plans for its Neume web3 music data layer

In May we reported on startup HIFI Labs spinning out a project called Neume, to create a data layer for web3 music platforms. The post HIFI Labs outlines plans for its Neume web3 music data layer appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AI music startup Boomy has been used to create 10m songs

We’ve seen a flurry of announcements from streaming services about their catalogues reaching 100m tracks. Now Boomy has its own milestone. The post AI music startup Boomy has been used to create 10m songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG launches ‘Out of Order’ label for emerging-markets music

WMG’s latest label has a wide-ranging geographic focus: Africa, India, the Middle East, Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The post WMG launches ‘Out of Order’ label for emerging-markets music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk has ‘killed’ Twitter’s official labels… or has he?

It’s possible you don’t want a daily blow-by-blow account of what Elon Musk is doing and saying as the new owner and CEO of Twitter The post Elon Musk has ‘killed’ Twitter’s official labels… or has he? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube Content ID processed 758m copyright requests in 1H22

YouTube has published its latest copyright transparency report, covering the first half of 2022. It includes stats for Content ID. The post YouTube Content ID processed 758m copyright requests in 1H22 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Medical music startup MediMusic joins Abbey Road Red incubator

UK-based startup MediMusic, which explores the intersection of music and medicine, has just joined the Abbey Road Red music-tech incubator. The post Medical music startup MediMusic joins Abbey Road Red incubator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Esports brand Fnatic is launching its own music label

Fnatic is one of the big names in the esports world, with its teams of professional gamers competing in tournaments. The post Esports brand Fnatic is launching its own music label appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music for Artists adds two more merchandise features

Amazon Music has been making a significant push recently around merchandise, encouraging artists to explore the ways they can sell merch. The post Amazon Music for Artists adds two more merchandise features appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube now has 80m paid Music and Premium subscribers

It’s more than a year since YouTube announced that it had 50 million paid subscribers for YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. The post YouTube now has 80m paid Music and Premium subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music names Bad Bunny as its artist of the year for 2022

Apple Music is stealing a march on its rivals by announcing that Bad Bunny is its artist of the year for 2022. The post Apple Music names Bad Bunny as its artist of the year for 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anything World raises $7.5m from investors including WMG

Startup Anything World has big ambitions to make it easier for people to create 3D worlds. Now it has a big new round of funding. The post Anything World raises $7.5m from investors including WMG appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta to lay off more than 11,000 staff – 13% of its headcount

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta has announced plans to lay off 11,000 of its staff – around 13% of its workforce. The post Meta to lay off more than 11,000 staff – 13% of its headcount appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer hires former Vivendi exec Maria Garrido as chief marketing officer

Streaming service Deezer has a new chief marketing officer: Maria Garrido, former global chief insights and analytics officer at Havas Group. The post Deezer hires former Vivendi exec Maria Garrido as chief marketing officer appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MQA gains approval for new MQair wireless audio tech

We know MQA for its hi-res audio technology that has been adopted by a range of digital music services, hardware firms and broadcasters. The post MQA gains approval for new MQair wireless audio tech appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitter plans ‘official’ label for ‘some public figures’

Another day, another update in how Twitter is planning to change its verification system for public figures and brands. The post Twitter plans ‘official’ label for ‘some public figures’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Condé Nast sues Drake and 21 Savage over promo campaign

Did you enjoy the spoof Vogue magazine cover created to promote Drake and 21 Savage’s new album? Condé Nast didn’t. The post Condé Nast sues Drake and 21 Savage over promo campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

#FestivalsWithoutBarriers campaign aims for more accessible festivals

Attitude is Everything is an organisation campaigning to improve accessibility to concerts and festivals for disabled people. The post #FestivalsWithoutBarriers campaign aims for more accessible festivals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Endlesss adds third-party instruments and audio imports

Endlesss started as a mobile app where electronic musicians could create and collaborate. Now it’s widening its horizons. The post Endlesss adds third-party instruments and audio imports appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Reservoir financials reveal 10% growth in Q3 revenues

Music rights firm Reservoir Media has published its latest financial results, revealing that its revenues grew by 10% year-on-year. The post Reservoir financials reveal 10% growth in Q3 revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pressure mounts on TikTok over its music royalties payments

There has been a steady increase in the chorus of grumbling from music rightsholders about how TikTok pays royalties for music. The post Pressure mounts on TikTok over its music royalties payments appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitter alternative Mastodon reaches 1m monthly active users

Mastodon is one of the Twitter alternatives that some people are migrating to in the wake of Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company. The post Twitter alternative Mastodon reaches 1m monthly active users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketswap expands to UK (but it already has 1.5m users there)

Ticketswap is one of the firms trying to build an ethical business out of ticket reselling, rather than going down the tout’s-paradise route. The post Ticketswap expands to UK (but it already has 1.5m users there) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Get set for a festival playing every Taylor Swift song ever

Yes, every single one. Which according to the latest blurb means 194 Taylor Swift songs will be performed at the two-day festival. The post Get set for a festival playing every Taylor Swift song ever appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BeatBlox gives Decentraland’s Metaverse Music Festival a LatAm twist

Later this week the second Metaverse Music Festival takes place in virtual world Decentraland. BeatBlox is one of the companies involved. The post BeatBlox gives Decentraland’s Metaverse Music Festival a LatAm twist appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Moon Projects adds publishing division via Warner Chappell partnership

The lines between labels, music publishers and management companies get ever blurrier, as shown by Moon Projects’ new publishing arm. The post Moon Projects adds publishing division via Warner Chappell partnership appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Meta could announce significant layoffs this week

Last week’s big tech-layoffs news story may have been Twitter, but this week’s seems likely to be Meta, according to the Wall Street Journal. The post Report: Meta could announce significant layoffs this week appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Indian regional streaming app Baahi adds subscription tier

Baahi is a music streaming service that launched in 2020 in the Assam region of India, focusing on regional music. The post Indian regional streaming app Baahi adds subscription tier appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok trumpets #ClassicalMusic (with Hans Zimmer’s help)

Well, TikTok isn’t just trumpeting classical music in its latest promo: it’s celloing it, fluting it and bassooning it for good measure. The post TikTok trumpets #ClassicalMusic (with Hans Zimmer’s help) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lil Nas X stars at League of Legends Worlds opening ceremony

More than five million people (plus an unknown number of viewers watching livestreams in China) watched the final matches of the League of Legends Worlds 2022. The post Lil Nas X stars at League of Legends Worlds opening ceremony appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ISP faces $46.8m damages after losing piracy battle

Record label lawsuits against ISPs for piracy conducted by the latter’s customers feels like a story from a different age. The post ISP faces $46.8m damages after losing piracy battle appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Audioshake wins Swimming with Narwhals music-tech startups contest

Stem-separation startup Audioshake has another feather in its cap this month: it won the Swimming with Narwhals startups contest. The post Audioshake wins Swimming with Narwhals music-tech startups contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundOut launches OnBrand music-search tool for marketers

There’s a giant haystack of music out there, with every brand searching for the needles that will work best for their campaigns. The post SoundOut launches OnBrand music-search tool for marketers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Block financials hint at $56m of quarterly Tidal revenues

Fintech firm Block is a.) the owner of music service Tidal, and b.) a public company, so its quarterly results give us an insight into how Tidal is performing. The post Block financials hint at $56m of quarterly Tidal revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Live Nation posts strong Q3 but Biden tweet spells trouble ahead

Live Nation has hailed “record levels” of demand for concerts in the third quarter of this year, but there may be some regulatory clouds gathering for its ticketing business in the US, encouraged from the very highest level of US politics. The post Live Nation posts strong Q3 but Biden tweet spells trouble ahead appeared […]

Believe reports 36.9% growth in its Q3 2022 financial results

Business continues to be very good for distributor Believe, which announced its Q3 2022 financial results yesterday. The post Believe reports 36.9% growth in its Q3 2022 financial results appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Peloton lost 200,000 members in the third quarter of 2022

“For the last nine months my goal has been to turn around Peloton and position it for sustained growth and scale. The post Peloton lost 200,000 members in the third quarter of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Former Apple exec Jimmy Iovine has some advice for Spotify

We’d happily listen to Jimmy Iovine telling anecdotes about his time producing the likes of John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. The post Former Apple exec Jimmy Iovine has some advice for Spotify appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Diplo, Ellie Goulding and Kygo invest in biodegradable bottles

When it comes to the climate emergency, some artists are putting their money where fans’ mouths are. The post Diplo, Ellie Goulding and Kygo invest in biodegradable bottles appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Climate emergency: notes from Julie’s Bicycle’s We Make Tomorrow 2022

As part of Music Ally’s coverage of the climate emergency and the music industry, we’ve written several times about Julie’s Bicycle. The post Climate emergency: notes from Julie’s Bicycle’s We Make Tomorrow 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: global music copyright value grew 18% to $39.6bn in 2021

Every year, author and former Spotify chief economist Will Page publishes his analysis of the ‘global value of music copyright’. The post Report: global music copyright value grew 18% to $39.6bn in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify says ‘no news to report’ on Anghami acquisition rumour

Is Spotify buying Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami? The question wasn’t in our minds until we read this quote from the company’s spokesperson: “We have no news to report regarding a potential acquisition between Spotify and Anghami.” The post Spotify says ‘no news to report’ on Anghami acquisition rumour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: […]

How does music streaming affect the valuations of catalogues?

We know how streaming has had an impact on the value of the recorded music industry, but what about on the value of music catalogues? The post How does music streaming affect the valuations of catalogues? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hybe revenues grow and Com2uS buys stake in SM Entertainment

K-Pop giant Hybe has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Hybe revenues grow and Com2uS buys stake in SM Entertainment appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music and climate: #WeMeasureTogether and Nordic pilot project

This weekend sees the latest ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP) climate summit kick off in Egypt, with COP27 due to bring world leaders, climate scientists and activists together. The post Music and climate: #WeMeasureTogether and Nordic pilot project appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AI music roundup: Holly+ does Dolly, Emergent Drums…

“Your algorithm’s like a breath of spring, your code is soft like summer rain…” These are NOT the lyrics in a new cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, we hasten to add: it’s very faithful to the original. The post AI music roundup: Holly+ does Dolly, Emergent Drums… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elton John goes ‘Beyond the Yellow Brick Road’ on Roblox

Elton John has launched his own Roblox experience today. It’s called Elton John Presents ‘Beyond The Yellow Brick Road’. The post Elton John goes ‘Beyond the Yellow Brick Road’ on Roblox appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tools :: Trendpop

Trendpop is a SaaS platform and a data-driven tool designed to help users strategise their TikTok presence and navigate the app’s ecosystem. The post Tools :: Trendpop appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Joakim Berg

Swedish singer and songwriter Joakim Berg first came to prominence as lead singer of pop/rock band Kent. They split in 2016 and thereafter Berg worked behind the scenes. His solo debut, Jag Fortsätter Glömma was released in early 2022 and came as a surprise to many. The post Behind The Campaign :: Joakim Berg appeared […]

The Sandbox guide to… Catalogue Sync

Catalogue music is having a moment: a full third of Spotify’s weekly Top Songs are now catalogue tracks, and catalogue syncs – Kate Bush, we’re looking at you – have been big news this year. Catalogue music brings with it mood, authenticity, pedigree – and money… but only if you get it right.  So how can you […]

Labels, artists and DSPs join campaign to protect Black art

There has been a growing wave of concern and anger within the music industry about how Black artists’ lyrics have been used as evidence against them in US courtrooms. The post Labels, artists and DSPs join campaign to protect Black art appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pandora ad revenues increase but listener total still falling

US satellite radio firm SiriusXM has published its financial results for the third quarter, including the latest figures for its music-streaming service Pandora. The post Pandora ad revenues increase but listener total still falling appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Taylor Swift clean-sweeps top 10 in Billboard Hot 100 chart

Women may be underrepresented in Blokur’s chart of the top 100 songwriters globally, but this week at least, it’s a different story in Billboard’s Hot 100 tracks chart in the US. The post Taylor Swift clean-sweeps top 10 in Billboard Hot 100 chart appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI hails UK chart surge for dance-music releases in 2022

It’s a good year for big fish and cardboard boxes in the UK. The post BPI hails UK chart surge for dance-music releases in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Former Warner Chappell exec Eric Mackay reveals new venture Imbr

It must be the week for music industry veterans who recently left Warner Music to the wrappers off their new startups. The post Former Warner Chappell exec Eric Mackay reveals new venture Imbr appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fred again tapped Discord for album-launch listening parties

There’s a lot of buzz around the latest album from British artist Fred again, and a decent chunk of that buzz is being driven by his thriving fan community on Discord. The post Fred again tapped Discord for album-launch listening parties appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk’s next stunt might just be a revival of Vine

In our Twitter report yesterday, we noted that new owner Elon Musk had tweeted a poll asking ‘Bring back Vine?’ – referring to Twitter’s long-shuttered short-video spin-off. It seems he may not have been joking. The post Elon Musk’s next stunt might just be a revival of Vine appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Olivia Rodrigo was 2021’s top songwriter – but only 15% of the top 100 were women

Startup Blokur has released its second ‘Songwriters’ Review’ report, based on its analysis of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube. The post Olivia Rodrigo was 2021’s top songwriter – but only 15% of the top 100 were women appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ex-WMG exec Scott Cohen to launch fractionalised music royalties startup

In September, Warner Music Group announced that Scott Cohen, its chief innovation officer, recorded music, would be leaving the company at the end of September. The post Ex-WMG exec Scott Cohen to launch fractionalised music royalties startup appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

eMarketer predicts tenfold slowdown of social-media ad growth

“Who killed the social media ad boom?” asked the Financial Times on Friday, in a piece sparked by the estimates from research firm eMarketer. The post eMarketer predicts tenfold slowdown of social-media ad growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WIN opens up new international networking project for indies

Global independent body WIN is launching a new project called ‘WINHUB’ as part of its efforts to connect members around the world. The post WIN opens up new international networking project for indies appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

FTC plans to question Zuckerberg in case to block Within deal

Meta bought the developer of popular VR music game Beat Saber in 2019 without a hitch, and may have expected similar for Within. The post FTC plans to question Zuckerberg in case to block Within deal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon lays off some Amp staff but says still focused on growth

Amazon unveiled the Amp app in March, with artists, radio hosts, journalists and listeners able to launch their own music station and play DJ. The post Amazon lays off some Amp staff but says still focused on growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer revenues rise but subscriber total declines slightly

Deezer is the latest digital music company to publish its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Deezer revenues rise but subscriber total declines slightly appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk’s Twitter: paid verification, moderation council and more

You wouldn’t get a prize for predicting that Elon Musk’s first few days in charge of Twitter would be eventful, for better or worse. The post Elon Musk’s Twitter: paid verification, moderation council and more appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Universal Music Group Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year

Universal Music Group has reported another strong quarter, with its Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year to €2.66bn ($2.65bn) – or up 13.3% at constant currency, which translates last year’s figures to today’s exchange rates. Whichever metric you go with, UMG’s business is growing well. The post Universal Music Group Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year appeared first on […]

Apple services revenue up 5% as subscribers top 900m

Business is still good for Apple: the tech giant posted record quarterly revenues in Q3 this year (its fiscal Q4), up 8% year-on-year to $90.15bn. The post Apple services revenue up 5% as subscribers top 900m appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Instagram now has more than 2bn monthly active users

Something we missed in our report on Meta’s latest financial results yesterday: CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new milestone stat for its Instagram service. The post Instagram now has more than 2bn monthly active users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Opulous litepaper reveals ‘Royalty Vault’ and advances plans

“Q4 is product time. Let’s make history,” tweeted Opulous, the web3 spin-off from distributor Ditto Music, yesterday. The post Opulous litepaper reveals ‘Royalty Vault’ and advances plans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Peloton has ‘indefinitely paused’ use of Kanye West’s music

Streaming services are uncomfortable with the idea of removing Kanye West’s catalogue due to his recent round of interviews expressing antisemitic views. The post Peloton has ‘indefinitely paused’ use of Kanye West’s music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CISAC and SCAPR publish their annual collections figures

Collecting societies body CISAC has published its annual Global Collections Report this morning, revealing the latest figures and trends from its member bodies. The post CISAC and SCAPR publish their annual collections figures appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Black Lives in Music unveils its industry anti-racism code

British organisation Black Lives in Music has announced its anti-racism code for the music industry, which will be adopted in 2023 with the backing of industry bodies and the UK’s Independent Standards Authority. The post Black Lives in Music unveils its industry anti-racism code appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sony Music, WMG and Ticketmaster back ‘Own Our Venues’ campaign

UK charity the Music Venue Trust launched its ‘Own Our Venues’ campaign earlier this year with the aim of raising enough money to buy the freeholds of independent music venues, and thus safeguard their futures. The post Sony Music, WMG and Ticketmaster back ‘Own Our Venues’ campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Songwriter tools: Session x SONA, and Bridger gets collaborative

Accurate metadata is going to be the lifeblood for songwriters in the future (or, to put it less positively, inaccurate or missing metadata has been a big problem for them in the streaming era thus far). The post Songwriter tools: Session x SONA, and Bridger gets collaborative appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

89% of British adults are still weekly radio listeners

The next time that somebody flippantly tells you that music streaming has already ‘killed’ radio, point them in the direction of the latest figures from British radio industry body Rajar. The post 89% of British adults are still weekly radio listeners appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Ally SI:X 2022 :: meet the 36 finalists in our startups contest

Earlier this year, we launched Music Ally SI:X, our new, global music startups contest. Today, we’re announcing the 36 finalists. The post Music Ally SI:X 2022 :: meet the 36 finalists in our startups contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Audiobooks are the latest spark in Spotify-Apple battle

Spotify launched audiobooks in the US recently, but the process of buying them is far too complicated and confusing – according to Spotify! The post Audiobooks are the latest spark in Spotify-Apple battle appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Volumetric capture startup Tetavi raises $15m and rebrands

It’s a mark of the pace at which things are moving that the first time Music Ally is writing about Tetavi, it’s already rebranding. The post Volumetric capture startup Tetavi raises $15m and rebrands appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YellowHeart sets its ticketing sights on the metaverse

We first wrote about YellowHeart in 2019, when it emerged as a blockchain ticketing startup backed by EDM duo the Chainsmokers. The post YellowHeart sets its ticketing sights on the metaverse appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta and Tidal team up for new series of virtual concerts

Could musicians be part of the solution to disappointing usage figures for Meta’s Horizon Worlds virtual world? The post Meta and Tidal team up for new series of virtual concerts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians’ Union publishes ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry response

The Musicians’ Union’s response to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry has been published. The post Musicians’ Union publishes ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry response appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify pushes back on pressure to remove Ye’s music

Ek said that if Ye’s recent “awful comments” had been made on a podcast or a music track, it would have been removed for being hate speech. The post Spotify pushes back on pressure to remove Ye’s music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Alphabet financials reveal decline in YouTube ad revenues

YouTube’s advertising revenues were down 1.9% year-on-year in Q3: a rare decline for one of tech firm Alphabet’s key business lines. The post Alphabet financials reveal decline in YouTube ad revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify reaches 195m subs and hints at future price rise

The cost-of-living crisis isn’t biting yet for Spotify’s premium business. It’s expecting to cross the 200m milestone by the end of this year. The post Spotify reaches 195m subs and hints at future price rise appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lil Durk preps a ‘music IPO’ with Grand Theft Auto perks

The latest artist hoping to sell fans a share of his royalties is US rapper Lil Durk, with a gaming tie-in to his plans for a “music IPO”. The post Lil Durk preps a ‘music IPO’ with Grand Theft Auto perks appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify encourages artists to prepare for Wrapped 2022

Spotify is preparing for its annual Wrapped promo, where artists and fans alike share their streaming stats for the year. The post Spotify encourages artists to prepare for Wrapped 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Unionisation afoot for YouTube and Netflix music workers

The topic of unionised workers within and around the music industry is growing in prominence, with two more stories to add to the trend. The post Unionisation afoot for YouTube and Netflix music workers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Chinese firm Kuaishou is Merlin’s latest licensing partner

Kuaishou has a global footprint: more than 45 million users of its separate Kwai app in Brazil for example. The post Chinese firm Kuaishou is Merlin’s latest licensing partner appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The 1975 set to be Amazon Music’s next concert livestream

Amazon Music really does have the bit between its teeth when it comes to livestreamed concerts. The post The 1975 set to be Amazon Music’s next concert livestream appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CAA ends relationship with Ye after antisemitic comments

It’s been a troubling few weeks watching Ye (formerly Kanye West) making antisemitic comments in a series of interviews. The post CAA ends relationship with Ye after antisemitic comments appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will Apple Music subscription rise spur rivals to follow?

If Apple’s move paves the way for its rivals to follow suit, this may be a significant moment. Can we quantify the impact? The post Will Apple Music subscription rise spur rivals to follow? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Call for entries :: Music Ally Sandbox Marketing Campaigns of the Year 2022

Every December, our final Sandbox report of the year highlights the best, most original and most impactful music marketing campaigns from around the world. The post Call for entries :: Music Ally Sandbox Marketing Campaigns of the Year 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok hits back at Forbes allegations over tracking tech

TikTok is on the defensive again, after a report by Forbes making some very serious allegations about the app. The post TikTok hits back at Forbes allegations over tracking tech appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

British artist Shygirl debuts new music video on OnlyFans

Subscription platform OnlyFans has been increasingly keen to talk about its potential for creators beyond the adult entertainment industry. The post British artist Shygirl debuts new music video on OnlyFans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SCAPR opens up International Performer Numbers with UMG

Collecting societies body SCAPR is opening up its IPN [International Performer Number] system beyond its PRO members. The post SCAPR opens up International Performer Numbers with UMG appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pepsi follows Coca-Cola with new emerging artists initiative

Launched last year as a pilot program, it’s now essentially an artist incubator being run with distributor UnitedMasters. The post Pepsi follows Coca-Cola with new emerging artists initiative appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Finnish startup Gixon launches live music bookings app in UK

Gixon is a startup from Finland that launched in 2021 and aims to make it easier to book artists for live performances. The post Finnish startup Gixon launches live music bookings app in UK appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify turns to Twitch star Pokimane for latest campaign

Moroccan-Canadian streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is one of the biggest Twitch stars, with 9.3 million followers there. The post Spotify turns to Twitch star Pokimane for latest campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BeatBread is building a network of investors in artists

Startup BeatBread’s technology automates the process of paying advances to artists based on their projected streaming revenues.  The post BeatBread is building a network of investors in artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

web3 DSP Audius buys online-concerts startup SoundStage·fm

Audius’s take on ‘web3 music streaming’ has focused mainly on its decentralised nature and its plans for tokens. The post web3 DSP Audius buys online-concerts startup SoundStage·fm appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pinterest ups music activities with WMG, Merlin and BMG

Of all the social media platforms, Pinterest might be the one most under the radar for the music industry. The post Pinterest ups music activities with WMG, Merlin and BMG appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Activist groups team up for ‘Break up Ticketmaster’ campaign

Live Nation and Ticketmaster completed their merger in January 2010, after receiving regulatory approvals. The post Activist groups team up for ‘Break up Ticketmaster’ campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Single – 19th October 2022

The post Behind The Single – 19th October 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Nova Twins

Melissa Fernie (head of audience engagement at FUGA), Peter Capstick (label manager of Marshall Records) and Rupert King (Blue Raincoat Artists, the artist management arm of Blue Raincoat Music) explain why the band signed to Marshall Records for their new album, how their campaigning around Black identity and gender identity gave them new impetus, where […]

Campaigns :: 19 October 2022 – Ed Sheeran, The Kinks, Erland Cooper, The Spice Girls

Campaigns :: 19 October 2022 – Ed Sheeran, The Kinks, Erland Cooper, Spice Girls. The post Campaigns :: 19 October 2022 – Ed Sheeran, The Kinks, Erland Cooper, The Spice Girls appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Netflix is growing again, adding 2.4m subscribers in Q3

Netflix has been spooking the investor horses – well, certainly giving them long faces – with its decline in subscribers in recent times. The post Netflix is growing again, adding 2.4m subscribers in Q3 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MPA offers menopause, menstruation and miscarriage guidance

October is World Menopause Awareness Month, and in fact Tuesday 18th October was World Menopause Day. The post MPA offers menopause, menstruation and miscarriage guidance appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hyph and Ableton launch new apps for music creation

There have been a flurry of new music-creation mobile apps in the last year or two, aimed at amateur musicians and pros alike. The post Hyph and Ableton launch new apps for music creation appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Venue Trust launches new fund for grassroots UK venues

The UK’s Music Venue Trust continues its work to help independent venues stay open amid continuing economic headwinds. The post Music Venue Trust launches new fund for grassroots UK venues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sacem taps the blockchain for Musicstart works-protection tool

French collecting society Sacem has launched a new service for songwriters called Musicstart. The post Sacem taps the blockchain for Musicstart works-protection tool appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Slacker hit by court judgement over SoundExchange royalties

Earlier this year, SoundExchange sued streaming service Slacker alleging that it had “stopped paying statutory royalties” in 2017. The post Slacker hit by court judgement over SoundExchange royalties appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music adds another livestream: Kendrick Lamar

Just a day after announcing a new series of weekly livestreamed concerts, Amazon Music has announced another online set-piece. The post Amazon Music adds another livestream: Kendrick Lamar appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok debuts StemDrop music format with UMG, Syco and Samsung

Amid all the speculation about TikTok Music, TikTok has been quietly working on… a new music format. It’s called StemDrop. The post TikTok debuts StemDrop music format with UMG, Syco and Samsung appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Stability AI raises $10m as Stable Diffusion reaches 10m users

We’ve written a few times recently about Stability AI. It’s the company behind the text-to-image Stable Diffusion system, and also a backer of the Harmonai project that recently launched AI music tool Dance Diffusion. The post Stability AI raises $10m as Stable Diffusion reaches 10m users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Discord adds YouTube integration and monthly $3 subscription

Popular chat platform Discord has announced some new features which will be relevant for artists building communities there, as well as for how music is experienced more widely on it. The post Discord adds YouTube integration and monthly $3 subscription appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Decentraland unveils plans for second Metaverse Music Festival

web3 virtual world Decentraland has signed up more than 100 artists for its second Metaverse Music Festival, which will be happening on its platform from 10-13 November. The post Decentraland unveils plans for second Metaverse Music Festival appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mixcloud gets into short-form audio with new ‘Tracks’ feature

From its launch in 2008, Mixcloud’s focus was on long-form audio: DJ sets, radio shows and podcasts, complete with a blanket-licensing model to ensure royalties were paid for the music used in that content. The post Mixcloud gets into short-form audio with new ‘Tracks’ feature appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music launches series of livestreamed music concerts

Amazon Music is going to be livestreaming weekly music concerts, but not through the sister service you might expect. ‘Amazon Music Live’ will air every Thursday not on Twitch, but on Amazon Prime Video. The post Amazon Music launches series of livestreamed music concerts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report suggests podcasts could be TikTok’s next expansion

TikTok moving into audio is already the subject of frenetic speculation, with rumours that a TikTok Music streaming service (or just a geographic expansion of Resso with deeper TikTok integration) may be imminent. The post Report suggests podcasts could be TikTok’s next expansion appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Branded worlds may bring risks as well as rewards for Roblox

New research from KidsNoBest, which surveys around one million children a year on their media and digital habits, reveals the risks. The post Branded worlds may bring risks as well as rewards for Roblox appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Meta’s Horizon Worlds only has 200k active users

Internal documents from Meta suggest that the company was hoping for 500,000 monthly active users for Horizon Worlds by the end of 2022. The post Report: Meta’s Horizon Worlds only has 200k active users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Substack says it’s more than just a newsletters platform

Co-founder Hamish McKenzie pointed out that the platform also supports podcasts, videos and audio narrations. The post Substack says it’s more than just a newsletters platform appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Stable Diffusion used to turn lyrics into AI-driven videos

Video Killed the Radio Star… Diffusion transcribes lyrics from YouTube videos and turns them into prompts for Stable Diffusion images. The post Stable Diffusion used to turn lyrics into AI-driven videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Records debuts own web3 imprint Probably A Label

It’s a partnership with “former celebrity restaurateur turned web3 creator” Jeremy Fall, riffing off his existing Probably Nothing brand. The post Warner Records debuts own web3 imprint Probably A Label appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music takes spatial audio to Mercedes-Benz cars

Spatial audio is currently one of the key selling points for Apple Music, and now it’s making its way into one of the most logical environments for this technology The post Apple Music takes spatial audio to Mercedes-Benz cars appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BTS Busan livestream attracted more than 49m viewers

Despite premature reports of the demise of K-Pop titans BTS, the group returned for a stadium concert in their homeland this weekend The post BTS Busan livestream attracted more than 49m viewers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Girls I Rate seeks next generation of women hitmakers

Girls I Rate is campaigning for gender equality and female representation and recognition in the creative industries The post Girls I Rate seeks next generation of women hitmakers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Impala still opposed to equitable remuneration for streaming

Impala recently held its latest board meeting, and has published some of the conclusions drawn and policies affirmed there. The post Impala still opposed to equitable remuneration for streaming appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Latest TikTok advertising features include Focused View

TikTok has been pitching brands and agencies on the idea of amping up their spending in its app even more. The post Latest TikTok advertising features include Focused View appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud rebrands creator tools with growth in mind

Spotify for Artists; Apple Music for Artists; Amazon Music for Artists… and now SoundCloud for Artists. The post SoundCloud rebrands creator tools with growth in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify puts Drake OVO Sound logo on FC Barcelona’s next match kit

Drake is one of the first artists to benefit from Spotify flexing the muscles of its sponsorship of Catalan football giant FC Barcelona. The post Spotify puts Drake OVO Sound logo on FC Barcelona’s next match kit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘Economic reality’ puts paid to Animal Collective’s UK and EU tour

American band Animal collective announced yesterday that they have cancelled their upcoming tour of the UK and Europe. The post ‘Economic reality’ puts paid to Animal Collective’s UK and EU tour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta and Instagram’s ‘Creator Week’ returns in November

Every platform wants to teach creators how to make the most of its key features, and hopefully court them to give it priority. The post Meta and Instagram’s ‘Creator Week’ returns in November appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Epidemic Sound launches web series to profile its musicians

Production music firm Epidemic Sound has launched a new web video series profiling some of the musicians that it works with. The post Epidemic Sound launches web series to profile its musicians appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Publishers receive setbacks in latest Wolfgang’s ruling

In 2018, a company called Wolfgang’s was ruled liable for copyright infringement after a lawsuit brought by music publishers. The post Publishers receive setbacks in latest Wolfgang’s ruling appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Google and Harmonai reveal their latest AI music models

The recent history of creative AIs and music has been a tale of fledgling startups and huge technology companies alike. The post Google and Harmonai reveal their latest AI music models appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta’s Horizon Worlds metaverse has some teething issues

Meta is hoping for big things from its Horizon Worlds metaverse, but it’s fair to say there are still some teething issues. The post Meta’s Horizon Worlds metaverse has some teething issues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok adds more editing tools and a new ‘Photo Mode’

TikTok announced a range of new features focused on editing yesterday, including making it easier to edit video clips and sounds. The post TikTok adds more editing tools and a new ‘Photo Mode’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

StemsDAO raises $4m seed funding for its music-focused DAO

We’ve been following with interest some of the grassroots efforts to create decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) around music. The post StemsDAO raises $4m seed funding for its music-focused DAO appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims 100k tracks are now added to DSPs every day

Forget that oft-quoted ’60k new tracks are added to music streaming services every day’ stat. Two major labels have upped the figure to 100k. The post Report claims 100k tracks are now added to DSPs every day appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Latin music now generates 6.6% of US recorded music revenues

Latin music’s growth continues to outstrip the overall market: revenues were up by 23% year-on-year, over double the overall market growth. The post Latin music now generates 6.6% of US recorded music revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music and Music Ally launch Amazon Music for Artists Pro Series

Music Ally and Amazon Music have launched a free five-course educational video series called the Amazon Music for Artists Pro Series. The post Amazon Music and Music Ally launch Amazon Music for Artists Pro Series appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Google joins Meta in the race to improve text-to-video tech

One of Meta’s Big Tech rivals, Google, is revealing its own efforts in the discipline with not one, but two research projects. The post Google joins Meta in the race to improve text-to-video tech appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music for Artists gets new profile and lyrics features

Apple has added more features, including a profile section where musicians can create a customised bio by answering a series of short questions. The post Apple Music for Artists gets new profile and lyrics features appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Naked Record Club launches with sustainable vinyl focus

Vinyl sales are booming, but it’s also good to see an uptick in the discussion and innovation around making the format more sustainable. The post Naked Record Club launches with sustainable vinyl focus appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Softside wants to help more artists sell fan-designed merch

It’s a relatively recent trend for artists and music companies to actively encourage fans creating their own merchandise – and build commercial models around it. The post Softside wants to help more artists sell fan-designed merch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music preps Wizkid concert and adds Flo to Up Next promo

Apple Music is getting back to its live roots by returning to the Roundhouse venue in London for a concert. The post Apple Music preps Wizkid concert and adds Flo to Up Next promo appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify adds ‘Planet Hip-Hop’ to its branded Roblox island

One problem with music experiences on Roblox is that many of them are one-offs: a single performance or album launch then nothing more. The post Spotify adds ‘Planet Hip-Hop’ to its branded Roblox island appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitch tweaks its revenue-sharing deals with top streamers

Twitch’s standard revenue share for channel subscriptions is 50/50, but the Amazon-owned platform is having to have a somewhat delicate conversation with its creator community about it. The post Twitch tweaks its revenue-sharing deals with top streamers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Tectonics reveals finalists in its 2022 startups contest

The Music Tectonics conference is fast making a name for itself as one of the key music/tech events in the US, and that includes its ‘Swimming with Narwhals’ startups contest. The post Music Tectonics reveals finalists in its 2022 startups contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Symphony launches video streaming service for classical music

Symphony is the latest startup hoping to build a viable streaming business around classical music. The post Symphony launches video streaming service for classical music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model

We knew Spotify was preparing to make a big splash in audiobooks, most recently signified by its acquisition of specialist firm Findaway. The post Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook Pages can restrict posts to top fans and subscribers

Meta has unveiled some new features for ‘creators who use Pages’ on Facebook, which could be of use to musicians. The post Facebook Pages can restrict posts to top fans and subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ERA claims musicians AND DSPs are more popular than labels

ERA’s longstanding consumer-tracker research interviews 2,000 Brits every quarter about a range of topics. The post ERA claims musicians AND DSPs are more popular than labels appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ivors Academy’s Advocacy Accelerator aims to boost diversity

British songwriters body The Ivors Academy is getting into the accelerator game, but not for startups. The post Ivors Academy’s Advocacy Accelerator aims to boost diversity appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans

Bodies representing music venues in the UK have warned that spiralling costs of gas and electricity could put members out of business. The post UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind

Doodles is one of the more successful brands in visual NFTs, with a collection selling for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The post NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit

Universal Music Group revealed its plans yesterday for a new division with a familiar name: Virgin Music Group. The post UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy

If the creator economy is booming, why are some of the most prominent creator-economy companies laying off staff? The post Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Amazon will spend $15bn on video programming in 2022

Bloomberg Intelligence looks into how much money the biggest tech firms are spending on content for their video streaming services. The post Report: Amazon will spend $15bn on video programming in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn

YouTube paid out $6bn to the music industry in the 12-month period between July 2021 and June 2022, the company has announced. The post YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Gramrphone adds feature to help musicians livestream to TikTok

Gramrphone emerged in 2020 as one of the startups trying to help artists audio-livestream to fans from their homes or studios. The post Gramrphone adds feature to help musicians livestream to TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MMF opens applications for latest music managers accelerator

Applications open today for the initiative’s fifth year, offering training and 12-month grants of up to £15k for the participants. The post MMF opens applications for latest music managers accelerator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Commercial tracks are only 7% of music used for US television

A new report commissioned by the PMA has broken down the sources of music used for broadcast and cable television networks in the US. The post Commercial tracks are only 7% of music used for US television appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Techdirt takes TikTok critics to task over privacy hypocrisy

The interesting and very spirited counterpoint from Techdirt to the debate about TikTok’s data, privacy and links to China is worth a read. The post Techdirt takes TikTok critics to task over privacy hypocrisy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Crypto influencer Cooper Turley launches a $10m music fund

Earlier this year, we wrote about a ‘Music NFT Landscape’ chart that crypto influencer Cooper Turley had compiled. The post Crypto influencer Cooper Turley launches a $10m music fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify and MerchFriends launch ‘Band Shirt Day’ this month

It’s due to take place on 16 September, and revolves around exclusive merch (or discounts on existing products) and donations to charities The post Spotify and MerchFriends launch ‘Band Shirt Day’ this month appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists

Linkfire’s bio links have become a key part of the music marketing space, among those of its smart-links competitors. The post Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Leaked Snapchat memo reveals plans for growth and resilience

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has been circling its wagons amid wider economic wobbles. The post Leaked Snapchat memo reveals plans for growth and resilience appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Impala launches climate literacy-training IMPACTS project

European indies body Impala has been talking about and working on climate emergency issues for some time now. The post Impala launches climate literacy-training IMPACTS project appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG and UMG sued for patent infringement by Blue Spike

A new legal rumble afoot in the digital music world involves a company called Blue Spike and its patents for digital watermarking technology. The post WMG and UMG sued for patent infringement by Blue Spike appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Fitness+ users soon won’t need to own an Apple Watch

Apple held its latest product launch event last night, with new iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods Pro earphones. The post Apple Fitness+ users soon won’t need to own an Apple Watch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt

After months of speculation about whether Kobalt was up for sale, who might buy it and for how much, finally some concrete news. The post Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy

Collecting society GEMA has commissioned a report from consultancy firm Goldmedia on music streaming in Germany. The post GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands…

How many people work in India’s music industry? Whatever you guessed, it’s probably well short. The answer is 14 million. The post India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ByteDance CFO tells staff it has no current plans for an IPO

Speculation about whether and when TikTok’s parent company ByteDance will go public has been quite the rollercoaster ride. The post ByteDance CFO tells staff it has no current plans for an IPO appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts

Last week, Indian music company Saregama announced a deal to make its catalogue available for use on YouTube Shorts globally. The post Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022

Italy was the tenth biggest recorded music market in the world last year according to the IFPI, buoyed by a 27.8% increase in revenues. The post Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

“Unacceptable levels of sexual harm, harassment and discrimination in Australian music industry”

A months-long review into abuse in the Australian music industry has been published, and the report that has followed is difficult but essential reading. The post “Unacceptable levels of sexual harm, harassment and discrimination in Australian music industry” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Marketing round-up: sheet music “leak” and Asia-Pacific report

Data and research company Luminate’s latest study on the Asia-Pacific region shows that audio/video music streaming platforms are a highly popular form of music discovery in that region.  The post Marketing round-up: sheet music “leak” and Asia-Pacific report appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches AI music tool, Basic Pitch

Spotify has launched an open-source AI-powered tool called Basic Pitch. The post Spotify launches AI music tool, Basic Pitch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Merge is coming – will it be the next push that web3 music needs?

The Merge has been promised for nearly a decade now. And now The Merge is going to happen… soon, possibly in two weeks. The post The Merge is coming – will it be the next push that web3 music needs? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music in the Metaverse Challenge showcases four new startups

Music Ally has been covering music in the metaverse – the intersection of music with games and virtual worlds – for a long time now. The post Music in the Metaverse Challenge showcases four new startups appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims Reels are the most-liked content on Instagram

We know that Instagram loves its Reels format and is making it a bigger priority within its app, but do Instagram users agree? The post Report claims Reels are the most-liked content on Instagram appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Björk teams up with Mailchimp for ‘Sonic Symbolism’ podcast

Artists can launch podcasts, but should they? Only if they’re interesting enough is the blunt answer to that question. The post Björk teams up with Mailchimp for ‘Sonic Symbolism’ podcast appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple has quietly released a Platoon for Artists app

Apple appears to have released a new music-related app this week, although without the fanfare that would usually accompany such a launch. The post Apple has quietly released a Platoon for Artists app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer launches a spin-off ‘Zen’ app focused on wellbeing

Relaxation and meditation has been a big playlists category on the major music streaming services. The post Deezer launches a spin-off ‘Zen’ app focused on wellbeing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany

More than 170 people applied for the prize, with five winners announced this week: Novaa, Jenny Gerdts, GOTOPO, Maxi Menot and Nora Medín. The post First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce

SoundCloud employees received an email yesterday from CEO Michael Weissman, who told them “we have decided to make reductions to our global team that will impact up to 20% of our company The post SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI Chief Geoff Taylor to depart in 2023

Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of UK record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023, after 15 years leading the BPI. In the decade prior to the BPI, he also worked in senior legal roles at the […]

Audoo strikes deal with APRA AMCOS for use of audio recognition tech

British music tech startup Audoo’s Audio Meters are small devices that plug into the wall, recognise what music is playing, and provide data that aims to gives a more accurate insight onto which songs are being heard in business premises. The post Audoo strikes deal with APRA AMCOS for use of audio recognition tech appeared […]

Solana blockchain suffers widespread attack, with wallets drained

Solana is a public blockchain and crypto wallet that is used by a number of music-oriented web3 platforms, like Audius and Single Music amongst others, and the users of those platforms. The post Solana blockchain suffers widespread attack, with wallets drained appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back

Will Page, the former Chief Economist of Spotify, and British collecting society PRS for Music, has brought together some hefty sets of data in order to map the change in UK consumer behaviour around music before, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The post Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back appeared […]

Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition

Catalogue music – traditionally defined as songs over 18 months old – has always been an intriguing proposition, containing locked-away value that sometimes seemed difficult to eke out. The post Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs

The idea of songs being “leaked” in the early internet era had an illicit thrill, but the concept has changed somewhat since it became clear that considerable social media excitement followed a leak The post TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFT round-up: Jay Chou, Damien Hirst and OneOf

Jay Chou is the “King of Mandopop”, and has sold tens of millions of records – but is also known in his native Taiwan as an artist, actor, rapper, producer, TV presenter *and* fashion designer. The post NFT round-up: Jay Chou, Damien Hirst and OneOf appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cypress Hill sue Peloton over “unlicensed use” of music

Peloton has had a rocky year or so: shares in the Fitness startup are down by 95% from their all-time high, and it’s made dramatic changes: outsourcing manufacturing, and focusing on expanding its product range and the classes that made its name. The post Cypress Hill sue Peloton over “unlicensed use” of music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: […]

Music Ally NTK :: Creating Music NFTs

This Need To Know video is based on our Sandbox Guide to creating music NFTs. In it, we’ll be explaining the key questions you need to ask (and answer) if you’re launching NFTs for an artist or music brand. We dig into what NFTs are; explore what kind of content and features might be most […]

Spotify’s audio ad revenue shows possibility for more growth

Why is Spotify not suffering in the markets quite like its big-tech peers? The post Spotify’s audio ad revenue shows possibility for more growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fan-centric platform Fave launches “fan verification”

The nature of some fandoms is to generate a fan hierarchy, often based around either perceived proximity to the artist, or by regularity of posting, or encouraging fan behaviour like downloading of new songs The post Fan-centric platform Fave launches “fan verification” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Serenade launches chart-eligible “digital pressings”

Web3 music marketplace Serenade has partnered with Warner Records UK to launch “digital pressings”: The post Serenade launches chart-eligible “digital pressings” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture

As the world experiences shocking extreme weather due to the climate emergency, there’s increasing attention on celebrities’ use of private jets. The post Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snap launches Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund

Snap has announced that, as of August, it will launch a “Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund”   which provides monthly grants “of up to $100,000” to top creators using its ‘Sounds’ feature, The post Snap launches Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Dynamic ticketing: Springsteen’s manager defends pricing

The Bruce Springsteen ticket-pricing saga rumbles on, and now The Boss’s, erm, boss – manager John Landau The post Dynamic ticketing: Springsteen’s manager defends pricing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cyanite raises funding to create “universal music intelligence”

When AI music platforms were at the spiky end of the Hype Cycle, they seemed poised to offer a lot of exciting possibilities with a wide variety of real world applications The post Cyanite raises funding to create “universal music intelligence” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Web3 troubles provide useful learning opportunities

New buzzy web3 things like NFTs and DAOs, are – on balance, we think – A Good Thing. DAOs, for instance, will likely provide a platform to create a “fan-club+” experience – take a look at artist RAC’s experimental racOS DAO The post Web3 troubles provide useful learning opportunities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music […]

“22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes available” – pursuing a copyright claim in the music industry today (Guest column)

This is a guest post on music copyright law by Oliver Lock, and Owen O’Rorke, who, respectively, work in Reputation Management and Intellectual Property & Commercial, at UK law firm Farrer & Co. They wrote this column in response to Ed Sheeran’s recent plagiarism case court victory, and in it they discuss when – and when not to – […]