Issue #348: Tech Giants Aim to Conquer China’s Digital Music Market; Alexa Builds Amazon Music Playlists for You

Tech Giants Are Creating Their Own Labels To Conquer China's Digital Music Market
Realizing that licensing from record labels is no longer enough for China’s music fans, web giants led by Tencent and NetEase are creating their own music labels, which can bring more lucrative returns than playing songs from Rhianna or Katy Perry.

Post Internet Music
Post Internet Musicmedium.com

The third internet generation for music is here.

Local Radio's Digital Future
Local Radio's Digital Futurejacobsmedia.com
Digital revenue is an evergreen topic in radio. Gordon Borrell’s LOAC event takes on this issue, bring traditional media brands together.

Alexa can build Amazon Music playlists for you
Alexa can build Amazon Music playlists for youwww.engadget.com

Amazon announced that Amazon Music listeners will now be able to ask Alexa to make a playlist through their Alexa-enabled devices.

HomePod launch: Sonos trolls Apple with Spotify playlist amid smart speaker battle
HomePod launch: Sonos trolls Apple with Spotify playlist amid smart speaker battlewww.independent.co.uk
The smart speaker battle is getting a little sassy. Apple is the latest company to release a speaker with a voice assistant built in for listening to music just by asking for it.

Donna Summer's 'State of Independence' Streams Increase After Quincy Jones Alleges Michael Jackson 'Stole' Song
Donna Summer's 'State of Independence' Streams Increase After Quincy Jones Alleges Michael Jackson 'Stole' Songwww.billboard.com
In the wake of an accusation by Quincy Jones that Michael Jackson ‘stole’ Donna Summer’s 1982 single ‘State of Independence’ for his own ‘Billie Jean,’ streams of ‘State’ grew tremendously in the U.S.

7digital trading update shows 52% rise in revenues
7digital trading update shows 52% rise in revenuesmusically.com
B2B digital-music firm 7digital has issued a trading update showing strong growth in its full-year revenues.

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming
How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streamingpitchfork.com
Musician and writer Damon Krukowski explains how streaming services are failing artists and listeners, and what we can do to fight back.

SLC library to stream music collection from Utah artists
SLC library to stream music collection from Utah artistswww.ksl.com
If you’re making and recording music in Utah, the Salt Lake City Library wants to hear it — and pay you for it.

Fumbling Toward Audio Bliss - Next Stop Digital Signal Processing
Fumbling Toward Audio Bliss – Next Stop Digital Signal Processingaudiophilereview.com

Andy Schaub leads a jazz lover into the modern musical world…

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China’s Media Regulator Admonishes Music-Streaming Services

Once chastised for supporting digital music piracy, China’s tech giants are now zealous copyright crusaders, vying against each other for exclusive deals and stamping out smaller competitors, much to the chagrin of the country’s media regulator.

On Sept. 12 and 13, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) called together the heads of internet companies and record labels, and ordered them to stop signing exclusive content deals, driving up prices for song rights, and using artists’ work without authorization.

According to online notices, SAPPRFT issued its warning to Tencent Music Entertainment Group, Ali Music Group, NetEase Cloud Music, and Baidu Taihe Music — all owned by enormous companies — as well as to over 20 domestic and international record labels, including Universal, Sony, Warner, and Emperor Entertainment.

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Music Business Regains Confidence In the Chinese Market

mobile_music_1487070222 Chinese digital music platforms are gaining more and more attention from music entertainment firms in other countries. On February 27th, leading Chinese digital music platform NetEase Cloud Music and Japan’s biggest music entertainment firm Avex Group Holdings Inc. announced the signing of an agreement forming a strategic partnership that grants the Chinese platform an exclusive license in mainland China to the copyright of all the songs in the Japanese firm’s massive portfolio.

Many of Japan’s leading artists can be found in the portfolio including Ayumi Hamasaki, Every Little Thing, Koda Kumi, Ai Otsuka, AAA and the Wagakki Band. The entire music collection in the portfolio is already available on the NetEase Cloud Music platform for any Chinese user who would like to give some of the tunes a listen.

Chinese music industry insiders said that after years of talks between the two countries’ many firms involved in the music trade going nowhere, this “breakthrough” agreement between NetEase and Avex could mark the beginning of a new era for the sector and a harbinger for similar agreements, not only with other Japanese entertainment firms, but also with owners of large music portfolios in other countries, creating an environment where music, whether from Japan or elsewhere, enjoys the same legal protections in China as it does in the rest of the developed world. Continue reading “Music Business Regains Confidence In the Chinese Market”