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.

Issue #326: Why Digital Music is Booming; Spotify Makes a New Home for EDM

Why Digital Music is Booming (And It's Not Just Streaming)

That big streaming bet? The one that would kill off download stores, and put the music industry on a track to sell subscriptions? It may be paying for some great parties, but today’s labels actually sit alongside of a new wave of digital opportunity and complexity, far beyond streaming.

With the comfort of a growing streaming business and a focus on supporting their big partners, I got the sense they may not see it all.

Grime Officially Has Its Own Category on Spotify
Grime Officially Has Its Own Category on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Spotify has officially created a Grime genre category.

CD Baby's Parent Company Acquires AdRev and DashGo
CD Baby's Parent Company Acquires AdRev and DashGowww.billboard.com
CD Baby’s parent company, AVL Digital Group, has taken a major step in expanding beyond artist-driven services and into B2B services with the acquisition of AudioMicro and its AdRev and DashGo divisions.

Minty Fresh: Spotify Makes a New Home for EDM
Minty Fresh: Spotify Makes a New Home for EDMblog.chartmetric.io
The beginning of 2018 is an interesting time to look back at the $7.4 billion industry known as electronic dance music, or as the branding world likes to call it: “EDM”. Purists may hate the term…

Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital media
Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital mediatechcrunch.com
This past fall, media software maker Plex expanded its service with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app — a feature that arrived by way..

SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021
SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021www.billboard.com
Sound Exchange CEO Michael Huppe will now helm SoundExchange through 2021, thanks to a contract extension. Huppe has led the agency, which has distributed nearly $5 million in digital performance royalties to artists and rights owners since its formation by Congress, since 2011.

Add wireless music streaming to any home audio system with this $22 adapter
Add wireless music streaming to any home audio system with this $22 adapterbgr.com
Are you tired of having to plug in your phone and leave it behind to play music on your home audio system? No, you don’t need to ditch your old wired system any buy a whole new system from Sonos. All you need is a Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter.

CES 2018: Lincoln Motors Embraces Hi-Res Audio
CES 2018: Lincoln Motors Embraces Hi-Res Audiowww.billboard.com
Studio quality sound was on display today at CES 2018’s Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, where Ford announced it will begin offering a premium music system in its Lincoln line of luxury vehicles, a first among automakers.

'We've reached the tipping point': BPI's Geoff Taylor talks soaring streaming numbers
'We've reached the tipping point': BPI's Geoff Taylor talks soaring streaming numberswww.musicweek.com
The music industry has started 2018 with a bang following the publication of strong sales for the previous 12 months.

Jimmy Iovine Refutes Rumors He’s Leaving Apple
Jimmy Iovine Refutes Rumors He’s Leaving Applevariety.com
Jimmy Iovine shot down rumors that he plans to exit Apple in August telling Variety that he’s committed to getting music streaming right.

Issue #325: 20 Music/Tech Startups to Watch in 2018; High-Res Audio Grows as Industry Pivots to Streaming

20 music/tech startups to watch closely in 2018
20 music/tech startups to watch closely in 2018musically.com
Here at Music Ally, we covered a lot of new music/tech startups for the first time in 2017. We’ve now chosen 20 of them that we think have potential.

CES 2018: High-Res Audio Grows As Industry Pivots To Streaming
CES 2018: High-Res Audio Grows As Industry Pivots To Streamingwww.twice.com
The music industry is shifting to a streaming model from a download model, spurring new high-res streaming services to prepare for launch and more audio hardware companies here at CES to support high-res streaming services.

music tech predictions for 2018: Synths, streaming and more
music tech predictions for 2018: Synths, streaming and morewww.factmag.com
From SoundCloud’s survival to the kind of devices you’ll be making music on, we predict the likely music tech trends for 2018.

Spotify tests new feature using video loops as song artwork
Spotify tests new feature using video loops as song artworkmusically.com
Spotify is testing a new feature that replaces static artwork for songs on its service with GIF-like looping videos uploaded by their artists or labels.

Disrupting Enterprise Data With The Cloud: What We Can Learn From The Music Industry
Disrupting Enterprise Data With The Cloud: What We Can Learn From The Music Industrywww.forbes.com
Data scientists should take a page from Spotify’s book to create their own data mixtapes.

Tencent Music: Let the Online Music Grow in a Sustainably Prosperous Way
Tencent Music: Let the Online Music Grow in a Sustainably Prosperous Way www.scmp.com

Gimlet Media is one step closer to becoming the “HBO of Audio”
Gimlet Media is one step closer to becoming the “HBO of Audio”www.fastcompany.com

Brooklyn-based podcast network Gimlet Media just hired Jenny Wall as its first chief marketing officer, and she seems to have the chops to help position a podcast company for the upcoming audio revolution.

Music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 is a surprisingly nice feature to have
Music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 is a surprisingly nice feature to havewww.theverge.com
Must be completely bought in to Apple products and services

40% Say They Would Gladly Pay More For Music
40% Say They Would Gladly Pay More For Musicwww.hypebot.com
How much will consumers pay for music? A new survey conducted by MusiComms of 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions in the United States offered some surprising, contradictory and yet hopeful trends amoun music fans.

Sony's new soundbars can virtualize Dolby Atmos sound
Sony's new soundbars can virtualize Dolby Atmos soundwww.engadget.com
Sony always makes home audio products a part of its CES presentations, and 2018 is no difference.

Issue #324: What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fans; Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebook

What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fans
What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fanspitchfork.com
Big releases behind a paywall, financial transparency, and more possibilities that accompany Spotify’s next big move

Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebook
Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebookwww.billboard.com
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Facebook have signed a multi-year licensing deal that will allow users to share videos on the social network and its popular Instagram service, giving songwriters a long sought after path to generating more royalties.

iHeartRadio unveils Facebook, Samsung Bixby support at CES 2018
iHeartRadio unveils Facebook, Samsung Bixby support at CES 2018www.cnet.com
The streaming music service lines up a slew of tech integrations, including Facebook Messenger and Samsung voice assistant Bixby.

How Amber Grimes Hustled To Become A Senior Manager At Spotify
How Amber Grimes Hustled To Become A Senior Manager At Spotifywww.forbes.com
At 19, Amber Grimes had already turned down an internship, dropped out of college and landed a full-time position as an executive assistant at Def Jam Records. How did she manage to land an executive assistant position and also go on to become a senior manager at Spotify, all before the age of 30?

Major Organizations Announce Support for Music Modernization Act
Major Organizations Announce Support for Music Modernization Actvariety.com
More than 20 music organizations today formally announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.

YouTube’s Unlikely Peacemaker Has a Plan to Make Musicians Rich
YouTube’s Unlikely Peacemaker Has a Plan to Make Musicians Richwww.bloomberg.com
The music executives hobnobbing with Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez at an industry party one recent November night knew the enemy was in their midst. Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube, the site that’s let millions of fans listen to their favorite songs without paying a dime.

Pandora shares slip after Morgan Stanley downgrade
Pandora shares slip after Morgan Stanley downgradewww.cnbc.com
Shares of Pandora fall after Morgan Stanley downgrades the stock.

Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spend
Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spendplatformandstream.com

MusiComms, the leading organization dedicated to the future of music distribution, announced today the results of its latest industry research.

Kobalt Appoints Lonny Olinick to Recording Division CEO
Kobalt Appoints Lonny Olinick to Recording Division CEOwww.billboard.com
Lonny Olinick has been appointed to chief executive officer of Kobalt’s recording division, the global independent music services company announced on Monday.

Zimbabwe: Is the Digital Platform Robbing Musicians?
Zimbabwe: Is the Digital Platform Robbing Musicians?allafrica.com
I am standing in a long queue at the enquiries desk at one of the local banks. I have a problem with sending money to someone through online banking.

Issue #323: 8 Breaking Changes Impacting Music Brands in 2018; U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017

Eight Breaking Changes Impacting Music Brands in 2018

It’s clear to me that 2018 – the year we’ve all been waiting for with grave anticipation – will revolutionize the music industry. It is clear that the world of the music industry is accelerating. So what does this mean for 2018?

U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017, Outpacing Sales Declines Again
U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017, Outpacing Sales Declines Againwww.billboard.com
For the third straight year, the U.S. music business is not only growing, it’s growing faster, as overall consumption hit 636.7 million equivalent album units in 2017, up 12.5 percent from 566.1 million in 2016, according to Nielsen Music.

How Lyor Cohen and YouTube Will Compete With Spotify
How Lyor Cohen and YouTube Will Compete With Spotifyfortune.com
YouTube agreed to deals with major music labels, which were needed to launch a subscription music service to compete with Spotify.

Music industry is trying to save CDs any way it can
Music industry is trying to save CDs any way it canwww.thestar.com
Despite becoming what some dubbed “the year of streaming,” 2017 proved those shiny little discs still have some life left in them. But it isn’t necessarily because of strong consumer demand.

Most Popular Workout Song? It’s By Eminem
Most Popular Workout Song? It’s By Eminemvariety.com
Spotify has released its list of most played workout songs on the music streaming platform, led by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone.

Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exits
Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exitsvariety.com
Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, is leaving the company after a little more than three years — and just as the music-streaming provider is about to launch an initial public offering.

Sony Reaches Settlement Over Streaming Royalties to 'American Idol' Stars
Sony Reaches Settlement Over Streaming Royalties to 'American Idol' Starswww.billboard.com
On Wednesday (Jan. 3), it was revealed in court that Sony Music had reached a settlement in principle on streaming income with 19 Recordings, the entity started by Simon Fuller that represents the financial interests of American Idol stars like Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood.

Anderson East Streams New Album 'Encore'
Anderson East Streams New Album 'Encore'www.jambase.com
Here’s your chance to stream the Dave Cobb-produced new album from acclaimed vocalist Anderson East one week early.

How Spotify solved a $1 billion debt problem that will help it IPO
How Spotify solved a $1 billion debt problem that will help it IPOwww.recode.net
Big investors TPG and Dragoneer get a nice return, and Tencent gets a piece of the streaming music company. Everybody happy?

Music Streaming Site Melon Releases Year-End Stats For 2017
Music Streaming Site Melon Releases Year-End Stats For 2017www.soompi.com
Melon, one of Korea’s largest online music stores, released some statistics for the year of 2017.

Totally Unguaranteed Predictions for the World of Music in 2018
Totally Unguaranteed Predictions for the World of Music in 2018ajournalofmusicalthings.com
Filtering what’s happening in music to save you time, money and effort.

Napster, Voxtok Join Forces to Bring a Unique Music Experience to TV
Napster, Voxtok Join Forces to Bring a Unique Music Experience to TVplatformandstream.com
Napster and Voxtok, which recently joined the Netgem Group as its dedicated Sound Division for innovative musical entertainment in TV and audio sectors, are joining their expertise and complementary offerings to create a unique new musical experience based on multiple sources and contextualized services.

Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spend

MusiComms, the leading organization dedicated to the future of music distribution, announced today the results of its latest industry research. The survey, which was conducted in Q4 2017, polled 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions across the United States.

How much will consumers pay for music? Will they ever pay more? How will this type of information impact music business strategy? Those are the types of questions MusiComms posed to consumers in their latest survey. Here’s what they learned:

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