Avex, NetEase Cloud Music to Deliver Copyright-protected Japanese Music to Chinese Audiences

image Japan’s biggest music entertainment firm, Avex Group, and leading Chinese digital music platform, NetEase Cloud Music, announced the signing of an agreement forming a strategic partnership that grants the Chinese platform an exclusive license to Japanese music copyrights in mainland China. Both parties have said that they are committed to the introduction and promotion of a legal framework for the protection of the copyright of Japanese music in the mainland China market.

With the signing of the agreement, Avex has granted NetEase Cloud Music the exclusive license in mainland China to the copyright of the entire inventory of songs of artists that have signed with Avex, placing NetEase Cloud Music in the position of being the platform with the largest collection of Japanese music with proper copyright protection in mainland China. At the same time, the Chinese platform will become the exclusive management agent for the copyrights of these songs in mainland China, in terms of promotion, sales and distribution of the music as well as administration of the copyright, in a move to help Avex expand in the market. Continue reading “Avex, NetEase Cloud Music to Deliver Copyright-protected Japanese Music to Chinese Audiences”


Gracenote Unveils New Data Products Spanning Video, Music and Sports

gracenote_logo_2017Gracenote is launching new entertainment data products developed specifically for next-generation converged media platforms and services. The all-new Gracenote connected databases for Video, Music and Sports enable global entertainment providers and smart device makers to leverage industry-leading Gracenote data and IDs to power advanced voice and text search, intuitive user experiences as well as more personalized media recommendations.

The ways people experience entertainment today are dramatically different than just a few years ago. For example, movies and TV shows are now available from multiple services and watched on many different internet-connected devices.

The modern music experience is increasingly about streaming individual tracks and playlists and less about buying albums. Sports fans are now accessing real-time highlights and playing along with fantasy services across various platforms and apps. The next digital entertainment evolution converges all of these experiences together across platforms and services.


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Can Blockchain Make Music Great Again?

Blockchain technology can’t write songs or play instruments – at least not yet. But, it might be able to ensure that those who do get the proper credit and compensation, a problem that has always bedeviled this $15bn industry.

Since the start of the 2017 alone, both The Three Degrees and The Carpenters have brought cases against their record companies for alleged unpaid royalties. And the modern move towards streaming services, like Spotify and Jay Z’s Tidal, has brought a plethora of cases where artists said they have not been adequately compensated for the use of their music.

Read Article: CoinDesk

Country Music May be Pandora’s Secret Weapon

pandoraWhen Pandora Media Inc. launches its $10-a-month music service next month, it faces steep competition from a host of more established streaming providers.

But the Internet-radio giant has an edge with one relatively untapped fan base that has long been willing to pony up for tunes, albeit often in the form of CDs at Wal-Mart: country music lovers.With 55 million of its 78 million active monthly listeners having tuned into its “Today’s Country” station, Pandora is a trusted brand in the country world, said Cindy Mabe, president of Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group Nashville.

The country-music subsidiary says 10 of its artists each have had songs streamed on Pandora more than 1 billion times.

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Don’t Look Now, but the Great Unbundling Has Spun Into Reverse

dsc_0328-696x464We are in the age of the great rebundling, when firms use packages of services as a way to increase their scale advantage and thus deepen the moat around their businesses.

In music, the story is even starker than in television. At one time, consumers used to buy a collection of songs — on vinyl, cassette and then compact disc. It was possible to buy a single song or two in these formats, but the internet facilitated more and more people downloading individual tracks.

Yet, today, there is an inexorable consumer shift to all-you-can-eat bundles of music. Already more than 60 million people pay for Spotify, Apple Music and others. These music bundles will increasingly be combined with other services as well to build competitive advantage.

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FC Bayern Munich Announces Exclusive Collaboration with Apple Music

From today, music fans will be able to get even closer to their favourite team and players from FC Bayern Munich with exclusive playlists and content, curated especially for Apple Music.

From inspirational and uplifting songs to listen to during training to celebratory playlists post-match, there will be music for everyone to enjoy throughout the season. The first team playlist is available now. Alongside exclusive content and videos, Apple Music will also be FC Bayern Munich’s music service of choice.

Music has always played an important role in sport, helping athletes and footballers train and providing anthems for fans on the terraces. Bayern Munich star Mats Hummels proves just how important music is to him in the current Deutsche Telekom and Apple Music commercial in order to prepare for a match.

Apple Music is a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music including your music library, a revolutionary music streaming service offering access to over 40 million songs, radio led by the flagship Beats 1 station, and playlists curated by world class music experts. Twenty million subscribers are already listening to new music first and rediscovering old favourites with playlists including Chart Hits, Relax and the best of the week.

In addition to today’s music news, it’s also been announced Beats by Dr. Dre will continue to be the official sound partner of FC Bayern Munich providing the club with premium headphones and speakers.

Emerging Markets: The Next Big Opportunity For Music Streaming Services

Though music streaming is not limited to mobile phones, the increasing ownership of smartphones across regions beyond developed economies that presents significant opportunities for music streaming services. As people in emerging economies don’t own top-of-the-range mobile handsets and tend to use pay-as-you-go mobile plans, though there will be some challenges for music streaming companies to overcome.

Read Article: The Market Mogul

Love Streaming, Still Buying Music

I recently discovered a terrific, country-meets-Southern-R&B band called The Deslondes. It was via Uncut’s recent Sounds of the New West CD compilation.

As it goes with most of my new musical discoveries, I jump in hip-deep and start listening to as much of the band’s music as possible.

Once I heard the CD track I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I opened Spotify and started listening to the New Orleans quintet’s self-titled album.

And yet there I was a few days later downloading the album via iTunes. Did I really need to buy the digital version of the album when I already have it available to me via a music streaming service? As much as I love music streaming, I am still connected to the practice of buying various songs and albums via iTunes.

I don’t buy as much as I did way back in the early days of iTunes, but I continue to purchase a healthy number of songs. I still have an old 5th Generation (30GB 5.0) iPod, which I faithfully update with new music. Continue reading “Love Streaming, Still Buying Music”

Change Is Afoot In Music Video

sz_header_image-1Music video’s two power players are both in the news for strategic resets. On the one hand YouTube has announced that it is merging its YouTube Music and Google Play Music teams while on the other hand Vevo has announced it is postponing the launch of its subscription service in favour of prioritising global expansion. These are both important developments in their own rights but together form part of a changing narrative for music video.

Music video is streaming music’s killer app. According to MIDiA’s latest consumer survey, 45% of consumers watch music videos on YouTube or Vevo every month, while 25% of consumers use YouTube for music every week (more than any of the streaming audio services). So what YouTube and Vevo do has real impact.

Read Article: Music Industry Blog

Can Apple Music Ever Make Up the Ground It Has Lost to Spotify?

For the first time in my life, I’m considering buying a laptop that isn’t an Apple. I’m looking at the current range and seeing more minuses than pluses when it comes to memory, storage and connectivity. While we’re at it, the new iPhone is a bit of a disappointment. And don’t even mention that watch yoke. There is clearly trouble afoot in the empire.

The news that Apple is moving such operations as the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store from Luxembourg to Cork this month reminds you that the music part of the Apple galaxy is no great shakes either.

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The Great Unbundling

The music industry, meanwhile, has, at least relative to newspapers, come out of the shift to the Internet in relatively good shape; while piracy drove the music labels into the arms of Apple, which unbundled the album into the song, streaming has rewarded the integration of back catalogs and new music with bundle economics: more and more users are willing to pay $10/month for access to everything, significantly increasing the average revenue per customer.

Read Article: Stratechery by Ben Thompson