Issue #327: Facebook Inks Trio of Music Licensing Deals; SiriusXM Not Interested in Big Acquisitions

Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff's GMR, Kobalt and indie publishers
Facebook signs music deals for Irving Azoff's GMR, Kobalt and indie publishersmusically.com
Facebook’s latest music-licensing deal, following its agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, is something a corker.

SiriusXM Not Interested in Big Acquisitions, Says CFO
SiriusXM Not Interested in Big Acquisitions, Says CFOwww.hollywoodreporter.com
David Frear told an investors conference his company does not expect to do any major acquisitions, and will focus on creating value from within the business.

How to Get Your Music On Spotify Playlists
How to Get Your Music On Spotify Playlistsblog.symphonicdistribution.com
For musicians looking to get their music known to listeners on a global scale, here’s a guide for getting your music on Spotify!

Musicians + Bits + Blocks – Humans + Bits + Blocks
Musicians + Bits + Blocks – Humans + Bits + Blocksmedium.com
While the digital era has drained many wallets in the music industry, it’s brought on a spate of innovations, particularly in recording, distribution and engagement. In the last few years we’ve seen…

Live-Streamed Broadway Shows? The Tech Was Easy, But Oh The Drama!
Live-Streamed Broadway Shows? The Tech Was Easy, But Oh The Drama!www.fastcompany.com
For services like BroadwayHD, building the platform was the first hurdle. Now it’s time to convince stage purists that live theater belongs on your phone.

Cloud Lockers, Streaming Services and the End of Music Ownership
Cloud Lockers, Streaming Services and the End of Music Ownershipvariety.com
Amazon is just the first company to phase out its cloud music locker.

Jimmy Iovine Denies Leaving Apple, Reveals Streaming’s Inevitable Future
Jimmy Iovine Denies Leaving Apple, Reveals Streaming’s Inevitable Futureuproxx.com
Jimmy Iovine won’t be leaving Apple Music anytime soon, and he might be sticking around just long enough to save the music industry.

INgrooves Acquires Sovereign Music Services to Provide Royalty Accounting
INgrooves Acquires Sovereign Music Services to Provide Royalty Accounting www.billboard.com
INgrooves has acquired Sovereign Music Services in an arrangement that will provide royalty accounting and mechanical reporting services for label, publishers and artist partners.

When Wi-Fi Won't Work, Let Sound Carry Your Data
When Wi-Fi Won't Work, Let Sound Carry Your Datawww.wired.com
Birds encode data in their chirps. Now businesses are encoding data in sound waves, as a way to authenticate users, pair devices, and complete other tasks.

Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV’s sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalt
Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV’s sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalttechcrunch.com
GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) has lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan is joining Kobalt​, a New York-based..

Music Consumption Trends and What They Mean
Music Consumption Trends and What They Meanwww.hypebot.com
As we dive into 2018, it’s important to take a look back at some of the music consumption data from last year which shows an unsurprising bump and streaming, as well a rise overall.