Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, music festivals are announcing cancellations or postponing dates on a daily basis. This puts economic strain on not only the performing artists, event organizers, and the teams involved, but also on anyone with flights, hotels, and festival tickets already booked and paid for months in advance, now struggling to get info in time to get their bookings refunded.

To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily. Continue reading Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data

Dance Needs Data: Viberate Demonstrates Big Data’s Power via IDMA Nominations, at WMC

Viberate is bringing data-driven insights and a better approach to award nominations to Miami this month, as part of Winter Music Conference.

First, the live music data platform has surfaced nominees for the WMC’s high-profile International Dance Music Awards (IDMA), with the final award going to the nominee who receives the most votes. Viberate will also be hosting a panel on the WMC Main Stage with media and industry voices addressing the importance of data for live music and festivals. Continue reading Dance Needs Data: Viberate Demonstrates Big Data’s Power via IDMA Nominations, at WMC

Bandsintown’s Artist Year in Review Reveals the Power of Live Music Data

To celebrate a record year of growth with 55m registered users, and 530,000 artists sending fans to 2.5m events in 2019, live music discovery platform Bandsintown is offering its artists an Artist Year in Review for the first time.

The Year in Review gives a snapshot of 2019, aggregating their live performance, fan response, ticketing information and creating a powerful window into their career and fanbase. Continue reading Bandsintown’s Artist Year in Review Reveals the Power of Live Music Data

Issue 683: Even in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Ever; Final Fantasy Soundtracks Come to Spotify, Apple Music

Even in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Everwww.complex.comEven in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Ever
For many artists, viral fame seems like an ideal scenario. But the baggage that often comes with being an out-of-nowhere star shows no signs of disappearing.

Final Fantasy soundtracks come to Spotify and Apple Music
Final Fantasy soundtracks come to Spotify and Apple Musicwww.engadget.com
Square Enix might have just convinced a ton of Final Fantasy fans to spend their hard-earned Gil on music streaming services. The game developer, with no prior…

R.I.P. Apple’s iTunes: Remembering the Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments
R.I.P. Apple’s iTunes: Remembering the Best, Worst and Wackiest Momentswww.rollingstone.com

A failed Green Day anti-piracy ad and a forced U2 album are among most iconic events in the history of the now-retired iTunes.

In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Places
In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Placeswww.billboard.com
To make money in Nigeria’s music industry, Groove Platforms CEO Chidi Okeke is chasing it at the source: the bank.

Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obama
Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obamawww.cnbc.com
The Obamas are getting into the podcasting business, and Spotify has the exclusive rights, NBC News reports.

Spotify Wants You to Listen to More Podcasts, Less Music
Spotify Wants You to Listen to More Podcasts, Less Musicfortune.com
Why podcasts equal profit for the music streaming company, which recently acquired Gimlet and Anchor.

Midemlab 2019: music marketing and data/analytics startup pitches
Midemlab 2019: music marketing and data/analytics startup pitchesmusically.com

The Midemlab startups contest is taking place at Midem today, and the third category was for marketing and data/analytics startups.

Spotify client Xpotify gets Live Tile support in the latest update for Windows 10
Spotify client Xpotify gets Live Tile support in the latest update for Windows 10www.windowscentral.com
Fans of the Spotify music service will want to grab the latest Xpotify update that brings Live Tile support and more.

Know Your Rights: Musician's Simple Guide To Digital Royalties
Know Your Rights: Musician’s Simple Guide To Digital Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off.

EasyBroadcast Announces Partnership and Investment in WAW MUSIC Streaming Service
EasyBroadcast Announces Partnership and Investment in WAW MUSIC Streaming Servicewww.broadcastingcable.com
Using EasyBroadcast’s Hybrid Streaming Delivery Protocol, WAW MUSIC Can Deliver a Superior Experience to End Users in Africa

SoundCloud names Gilles BianRosa Chief Product Officer
SoundCloud names Gilles BianRosa Chief Product Officerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
He was previously a Chief Product Officer at Samsung

Warner Music Digital Chief Ole Obermann Exiting Company
Warner Music Digital Chief Ole Obermann Exiting Companyvariety.com
In a surprise move, Ole Obermann, Warner Music’s chief digital officer, is leaving the company, a rep confirmed to Variety.

IAB Study: Podcast Advertising Revenue Grew 53% to $479.1 Million
IAB Study: Podcast Advertising Revenue Grew 53% to $479.1 Millionwww.billboard.com

Podcast advertising revenue grew to an estimated $479.1 million in 2018, up 53% over the previous year.

Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77
Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77 www.nola.com
Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. was a six-time Grammy winner.

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Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine

Music Audience Exchange today unveiled its MAX Artist Matching Engine, the result of a three year project from a team of engineers and data scientists. The Artist Matching Engine is powered by a novel data model that uses neural networks to map music tastes onto the demographic, psychographic, geographic, and behavioral attributes of music audiences.

Driven by a wealth of first party and aggregated data, this system combines a proprietary genre taxonomy with analysis of streaming, social media and live show data to gain insight into the fan bases of over 1.8 million artists worldwide. Brands are now using these insights to reach millions of music fans through immersive music programs. Continue reading Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine

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.

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.

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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.

Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform

Nielsen today announced that Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP.

This ushers in an era of highly specific radio audience targeting. Advertisers can now make sharper buying decisions across Westwood One’s over-the-air radio and streaming audio channels, which reach almost a quarter of a billion listeners weekly across all U.S. media markets.

“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.” Continue reading Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform

Glastonbury Social Sharing Will Use 40 Terabytes of EE Data

Phone firm EE has said it will be setting up the “most powerful temporary 4G network seen at any UK event” for this month’s Glastonbury Festival, where it is the “official technology and communications partner” no less.

All that power is necessary because of all the live streaming nonsense that has become popular on the social networks in the last year. EE reckons that fad means more content will be digitally streamed and shared from Worthy Farm than ever before this month, with 40 terabytes of data likely to be used across its 4G network.

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