The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th

The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th. Born of the original Clios and created in partnership with Billboard, Clio Music underscores the visceral power of music to connect consumers and brands. It lives as a section within the Clio Awards event dedicated to honoring work that spans artist self-promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations, and the use of music in advertising.

The Clio Awards ceremony will be held October 3rd (during Advertising Week) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC. Continue reading “The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th”

Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UK

Last Fall, Spotify launched Spotify Ad Studio, the first-ever audio self-serve advertising platform, in the US. Today, the platform embarks on a world tour as the public beta expands to Canada and the UK.

Spotify Ad Studio makes it easy for marketers of all sizes to create audio ads on Spotify in minutes, letting them connect with the music streaming service’s highly engaged audience and tap into culture. Over the last five months, a wide range of US businesses and advertising agencies have used the platform to reach the right people in the right moment. And across the board, they’re seeing results. Continue reading “Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UK”

Bose Introduces Audio Augmented Reality Platform

At SXSW, Bose introduces Bose AR, the world’s first audio augmented reality platform, and glasses to hear— a Bose AR prototype that launches the future of mobile sound. Bose also announces its SDK schedule date for developers, manufacturers, and research institutions, along with collaborations currently under way, and venture funding for related start-ups.

“Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality— one that’s made for anyone and every day,” said John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose. “It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the amazing world around you— rather than a tiny display. It knows which way you’re facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more. And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines.” Continue reading “Bose Introduces Audio Augmented Reality Platform”

TuneGO Announces New Song Review Service

TuneGO, a music platform that connects independent artists with a global community of music fans and industry professionals, is now offering a song review service. TuneGO Song Reviews are available in three packages: Gold, Platinum and Diamond, and offer artists insight from up to 200 music fans, and options for assessments on where a song ranks in a music genre, its market potential and likelihood of chart success. During the month of March only, the Diamond song review, which includes a comparison to 100,000 major label releases in the song’s genre, comes with a free Muzen radio ($90 value), a retro radio and Bluetooth speaker that won the 2017 CES Innovation Award.

“Writing and producing music is a very personal endeavor and many artists are unsure as to the quality and the universal appeal of their work. Having access to song reviews is an invaluable tool for a musician as it gives them guidance in what’s working or what’s not so they can continue to perfect their song,” said John Kohl, co-founder and CEO of TuneGO. “In the past, this kind of feedback has only been available to artists working with big record labels. We knew offering this service direct to artists could make their journey easier. That is what we’re all about: finding ways to level the playing field for artists and provide new pathways to success.” Continue reading “TuneGO Announces New Song Review Service”

Issue #364: Spotify in South Africa; Deezer Now Works with Amazon Alexa; End of iTunes?

Spotify To Launch In South Africa
Spotify To Launch In South Africawww.forbes.com
Music streaming service Spotify will launch in South Africa this month.

Deezer now works with Amazon Alexa
Deezer now works with Amazon Alexawww.theverge.com

Deezer Premium+ users will also be able to take advantage of Deezer’s Flow feature, which plays “a never-ending personal soundtrack” directly through Alexa voice commands.

Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?
Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?www.billboard.com
Whether Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group will share any funds from the shares they own from Spotify when the streaming service goes public is an up-to-now-unanswered question.

'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloads
'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloadsmetro.co.uk
Die-tunes: Industry experts predict that Apple will bin its music download store

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia
The state of music streaming in Southeast Asiatheaseanpost.com
Music streaming platforms are mushrooming around the region.

Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Sale
Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Salewww.billboard.com
It’s taken two years and an IPO, but Universal Music Group is now ready to commit to sharing with its artists the bounty it will generate from the sale of its Spotify stock.

Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonders
Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonderstechcircle.vccircle.com

In a matter of hours last Wednesday, music streaming services in India suddenly came under the spotlight.

CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017
CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017www.billboard.com
CD Baby, now celebrating its 20th year in existence, unveiled a few significant milestones: in 2017 alone, CD Baby paid out $80.1 million dollars to independent artists, a 33 percent increase over 2016; and it passed $600 million in payouts over the past 20 years.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Award
Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Awardvariety.com
Spotify’s Daniel Ek and Troy Carter will be presented with the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award by UJA-Federation of New York. 

Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in January
Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in Januarymusically.com
While recent ERA and BPI figures have made much of the growth in revenue and consumption of music streaming services in the UK, they didn’t explains how many people in Britain pay for a music subscription.

Spotify’s IPO in six charts
Spotify’s IPO in six chartswww.recode.net
What we learned from the streaming company’s public filing.

Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?
Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?www.rollingstone.com
Spotify’s planned IPO will make the major record labels hundreds of millions of dollars, but will artists also benefit from the potential windfall?

Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Track
Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Trackwww.jambase.com
Listen to “Hell-On,” the lead single and title track from the forthcoming new Neko Case album.

Rightsify Creates a New Way for Hotels to Enhance the Guest Experience With Rightsify FM

Rightsify (PRNewsfoto/Rightsify)
Rightsify has today launched their Rightsify FM service to hotels and resorts globally. With Rightsify FM, hotels get custom designed music playlists that match their brand and every zone of their property, along with an online radio station and branded mobile music streaming application.

From boutique hotels to global brands, Rightsify FM is an all new and innovative way for hotels to connect with their guests with music while enhancing their brand. With unique and custom music for each area of a hotel from the lobby to the restaurants, gym and spa, Rightsify creates for hotels their very own branded online radio station and mobile music application so they can broadcast music and communicate with their guests anytime, anywhere. Continue reading “Rightsify Creates a New Way for Hotels to Enhance the Guest Experience With Rightsify FM”

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. Continue reading “Mixcloud Taps Gracenote for Advanced Music Recognition to Improve Royalty Payment Process for Rights Holders”

Issue #286: Is Streaming Killing the Musical Author?; Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform, Debuts

Streaming Is Killing the Musical Author
Streaming Is Killing the Musical Authornoisey.vice.com
How algorithms are not only changing the way we listen, but are changing the way we write music.

Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album project
Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album projectdavidgerard.co.uk

The weekend’s big splash in musical blockchains was the news that indie pop star Björk is selling her forthcoming album, Utopia, for bitcoins.

Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launched
Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launchedallafrica.com
A free online audio distribution platform that enables users to upload, record, promote, and share their original content: Sounds like Soundcloud, right?

Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bands
Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bandswww.scmp.com
For years the music scene in the Philippines was dominated by big labels and established stars, but the advent of sites including Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify has made it possible for grass roots bands to promote themselves

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battle
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battleloudwire.com
In a new interview, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich speaks in depth about the band’s early 2000s battle with Napster and how they could’ve handled it differently.

‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Service
‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Servicewww.ubergizmo.com
It appears that Kanye West might be getting in on the music streaming game. Following a strained relationship with Jay Z’s Tidal which saw…

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotify
Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotifywww.vanityfair.com
After its release on November 10, fans will only have to wait a week to stream Reputation.


Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices

Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices
www.thehindubusinessline.com

Online audio and music streaming platform Saavn has teamed up with Amazon for its Alex

Five key developments in piracy and copyright protection
Five key developments in piracy and copyright protectionwww.completemusicupdate.com

Here’s a quick summary of the last year in music piracy and copyright enforcement in five steps.

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 #277: Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services; Deezer Sets First NFL Deal

New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services
New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Serviceswww.savingcountrymusic.com
Now there is an entirely new reason to consider transitioning from ad-based streaming to a paid account, and it’s based off the greater commitment paid

Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Music
Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Musicwww.forbes.com
A company may have a well-known name, it may be powerful, it might be innovative and it may have an annual revenue stream that rivals some smaller countries, but that doesn’t mean that everything will always work out, especially when it comes to new technologies that many in the world are still getting used to.…

Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the World
Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the Worldwww.billboard.com
There were a number of factors that helped Pink land a No. 1 album this week, from a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion to the music itself.

5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrong
5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrongblog.landr.com

It’s a phrase that’s becoming more and more important these days. And for good reason too. In a recent poll, NME ranked social media (26%) just behind playing live (51%) as the most important channel for musicians looking to get their music heard.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer
Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezerplatformandstream.com
Deezer has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Music
Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Musicvariety.com
Sonos is giving money to non-profits that fight against censorship and for artists’ rights.

The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of People
The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of Peoplewww.billboard.com
A review of the Apple Watch Series 3, the first version to have functionality with Apple Music and its 40 million-song on-demand catalog and suite of Beats 1 radio stations, as well as cellular capabilities that allow the user to text and make phone calls even without Wi-Fi or a phone nearby.

Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?
Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

The Importance Of Music In Our Lives
The Importance Of Music In Our Liveswww.magneticmag.com
“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights
Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heightsmusically.com
Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017.

Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubin
Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubinwww.hypebot.com
Spotify will honor super producer Rick Rubin as the first recipient of the Legendary Genius Award at its inaugural Secret Genius Awards. It will be presented to him by singer-songwriter, Frank Ocean.

Issue #236: The Agony and Ecstasy of Building an Online Music Business; Where Is the VR Music Revolution That Was Promised?

The Agony and Ecstasy of Building an Online Music Business
The Agony and Ecstasy of Building an Online Music Businesswww.vulture.com

The music industry is booming for the first time in nearly two decades, entirely because of streaming. In 2016 the music industry’s revenues hit $115.7 billion and are projected to keep rising, in large part because of the 100 million people globally paying for a subscription service. So why is it so damn hard to build a successful online music business?

Where Is the Virtual Reality Music Revolution That Was Promised?
Where Is the Virtual Reality Music Revolution That Was Promised?www.billboard.com
So where is all of the revolutionary VR music content? Why is it taking so long to arrive?

Vevo Live Music Video Show to Stream on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
Vevo Live Music Video Show to Stream on YouTube, Facebook, Twittervariety.com
Vevo is combining a live studio audiences, online comments, music videos and artist interviews to a live show.

SoundHound redesigns its music discovery app, adds new discovery features
SoundHound redesigns its music discovery app, adds new discovery featureswww.digitaltrends.com
SoundHound introduced a complete redesign to its music and discover app with the launch of SoundHound 8 available on iOS and Android.

Tom Calderone Out as Spotify Head of Video
Tom Calderone Out as Spotify Head of Videowww.billboard.com
Tom Calderone is leaving Spotify after nearly a year-and-a-half overseeing its video and podcasting efforts

Pandora Partners With Neustar On Understanding Identity Over Data
Pandora Partners With Neustar On Understanding Identity Over Datawww.geomarketing.com

“In partnering with Neustar to build this custom onboarding portal, we can offer advertisers a new, effortless way to reach their customers on Pandora,” says Pandora’s Dave Smith.

Auddly Signs Up ASCAP, PRS & STIM In Bid to Solve the Music Industry's Data Problem -- And Get Songwriters Paid
Auddly Signs Up ASCAP, PRS & STIM In Bid to Solve the Music Industry's Data Problem — And Get Songwriters Paidwww.billboard.com
Can Swedish songwriters help save the music-publishing business that they have come to dominate? Auddly, a company co-owned by Max Martin and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, is hoping to do just that.

musicFirst Targets YouTube, iHeart, Sirius Over Fair Pay In New Ad Campaign
musicFirst Targets YouTube, iHeart, Sirius Over Fair Pay In New Ad Campaignwww.billboard.com
musicFirst’s new ad campaign takes aim at the fair pay issue by targeting YouTube, iHeart, Sirius and the U.S. Copyright Act.

SoundExchange Reaches Out To Help Gulf Coast Musicians
SoundExchange Reaches Out To Help Gulf Coast Musicianswww.hypebot.com
SoundExchange is reaching out to its members based in Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast to speed secure distribution of royalties in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and epic flooding in the region.

Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challenges
Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challengesmusically.com
  Managers, by the very nature of their job, have to be across everything their artists do, closely following each ebb and flow of every revenue sourc

NAB Responds to ‘Silly’ Study Predicting Radio’s Downfall
NAB Responds to ‘Silly’ Study Predicting Radio’s Downfall variety.com
Dennis Wharton of the National Association of Broadcasters has responded to a report predicting a grim future for traditional radio.