Issue #316: The Data-Driven Future of Media, Entertainment; Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville’s Support

The Data-Driven Future of Media and Entertainment
The Data-Driven Future of Media and Entertainmenttowardsdatascience.com

After a decade long struggle, the music ecosystem seems to have gotten over the shock of technology disruption and is now actively embracing technological advances. With the rise of mobile, streaming, social media, and connected devices, musicians have never been closer to their audience.

With Open House and New Hires, Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville's Support
With Open House and New Hires, Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville's Supportwww.billboard.com
Over the last few years, Spotify has been investing more and more resources into both “sides” of Nashville: not only educating country-leaning major labels on the value of streaming, but also treating the city as a key focal point for improving relationships with indie and up-and-coming acts.

India: a music market on the rise, but still facing big challenges
India: a music market on the rise, but still facing big challengesmusically.com
At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India.

Sirius XM Announces Live Concerts & DJ Sets for NYE Celebrations
Sirius XM Announces Live Concerts & DJ Sets for NYE Celebrationswww.billboard.com
Check out some of the live performances and DJ sets Sirius XM has to offer for the NYE celebrations.

Taylor Swift’s Rivals This Holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole
Taylor Swift’s Rivals This Holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Colewww.nytimes.com
The popularity of streaming holiday-music classics has made record labels more reluctant to release non-Christmas albums in the final quarter.

Shazam Announces 'Next to Know' Breaking Artist Program, Reveals 10 Artist to Watch in 2018
Shazam Announces 'Next to Know' Breaking Artist Program, Reveals 10 Artist to Watch in 2018www.billboard.com
The music discovery app has picked Sofi Tukker, Lil Pump and BTS as part of its artists to watch in 2018.

What Does the Future Hold for Retail Audio Sales?
What Does the Future Hold for Retail Audio Sales?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the current way in which audio components are purchased, and wonders about the future…

Fanburst Is Innovating Music Sharing for Musicians
Fanburst Is Innovating Music Sharing for Musicianswww.noiseprn.com
Fanburst is making a big name for itself by omitting the difficulties in a streaming platform, including upload limits and unique reposts.

Mixcloud Taps Gracenote for Advanced Music Recognition to Improve Royalty Payment Process for Rights Holders

Gracenote announced today that it will power advanced music recognition for Mixcloud, the world’s fastest growing digital audio streaming platform. Using Gracenote MusicID, the industry’s leading music recognition technology, Mixcloud will more accurately identify copyrighted audio content on its music platform to ensure proper royalty payments to rights holders.

Mixcloud’s catalog maintains more than 12 million DJ sets, radio shows and podcasts and ingests more than 1,000 hours of user-generated content every day. As the Mixcloud community of more than 1.2 million creators upload music mixes, radio shows and podcasts, Gracenote automatically fingerprints each piece of content to identify copyrighted work and enable compliance. Once Gracenote MusicID identifies a song, Mixcloud maps it to its proprietary database of artist, label and publisher rights holders to facilitate proper and timely royalty payments.

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Issue #295: How Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music; Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silent

Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music
Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Musicpigeonsandplanes.com
If streaming data is the new metric for success, we are all A&Rs.

Why the last big music label against streaming caved in
Why the last big music label against streaming caved inwww.irishtimes.com

The ECM record label was long a holdout against streaming, with boss Manfred Eicher believing in the integrity of the “album”.

Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silent
Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silentwww.bloomberg.com
Songwriters threaten to withhold their music if stations don’t give them a bigger share of revenue.

Those 'Fake Artists' on Spotify? Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Holland Says There Was 'No Special Deal'
Those 'Fake Artists' on Spotify? Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Holland Says There Was 'No Special Deal'www.billboard.com
After four months of quiet, Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Hoglund has finally spoken out at length in response to allegations that his company was promoting “fake artists” on Spotify’s playlists, and undercutting licensing fees and royalty payouts to traditional labels.

Voise Platform Upgrades to Alpha 0.2; Token to be Listed on Aussie Exchange
Voise Platform Upgrades to Alpha 0.2; Token to be Listed on Aussie Exchangemedium.com
Voise, one of this year’s most exciting blockchain projects, has upgraded its music streaming platform to include new features and fix the old ones.

Beginner’s Guide to Music MetaData.
Beginner’s Guide to Music MetaData.medium.com
All that you need to know about music metadata. What are recordings, releases, release groups, tracks, etc.

Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music
Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify musictechcrunch.com
In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An..

Spotify's RapCaviar turned the playlist into a movement, now Viva Latino is next
Spotify's RapCaviar turned the playlist into a movement, now Viva Latino is nextwww.theverge.com

Spotify’s biggest Latin playlist is rolling out video internationally.

Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support
Amazon Music app adds Chromecast supportwww.androidpolice.com
Amazon and Google’s relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts… by Rita El Khoury in Amazon, Applications, News

What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streaming
What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streamingwww.npr.org
NPR’s Elise Hu talks to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about what the FCC decision to end so-called net neutrality means and what it will mean to consumers of internet streaming.

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success

Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

The digital music company with more than 100 million users has been busy this year enhancing its service and tech capabilities through several acquisitions. Industry watch dogs predict the company will launch an IPO in 2018.

Read Article: Forbes

Issue #266: Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data

Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data
Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Datawww.fastcompany.com
Spotify is making its listener data more accessible to hungry artists with the launch of a new analytics app.

Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fans
Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fanswww.tennessean.com

Blake Shelton concert headlines Pandora campaign to lure country fans.

Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts
Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast effortswww.engadget.com
60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it’s shutting down. The app’s developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven’t…

Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business students
Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business studentsbiznews.fiu.edu

On a quest for dynamic college students as interns and student ambassadors, Spotify executives arrived at FIU’s College of Business with a DJ mixing the latest hits and lighting effects headlining its #jointheband event.

Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins
Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollinsvariety.com
The service offers daily text-messaged recommendationsbased on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  

Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than ever
Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than everqz.com
Think of any teen movie out of the 1980s or 1990s, and there’s a fair chance you can recall a scene of characters lounging in a car, singing along to the blare of a dashboard radio.

Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experience
Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experiencewww.popsci.com
A Chromecast displays a simple, humble exterior. But within, Google’s streaming device has clever features to let you supercharge your casting.

Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in India
Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in Indiatelecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
At a time when global sales are slowing, India has become a critical market for the company to have more than a foothold.

US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Charts
US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Chartswww.hypebot.com
US record labels and others in the music industry are considering launching their own charts as an alternative to the iconic Billboard lists, according to multiple sources.

The Art of Music Classification

There’s a huge amount of music on any given streaming service but only a fraction is actively curated and streamed. It’s easier to spot when you delve into the more niche genres like Classical or Jazz or the sub categories of electronic music. The well-known repertoires of Mozart, Louis Armstrong or Frank Sinatra, will appear in curated playlists and recommendations often, yet you will be hard pressed to find a Hank Mobley or a Freddie Redd. The songs are there, but they don’t show up in recommendation, because they aren’t properly classified or curated.The beauty of digital is that we have access to everything.

The beauty of music streaming should be that we can discover an infinite amount of great music we will love and that it always gets played at the right time.

Read Article: LinkedIn

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