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”

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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.

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.

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.

Read Article: CMU

Music Data Should Not Become ‘Part of an Arms Race’, says PRS CEO

Addressing PRS members and the wider industry at the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), he said that sharing intelligence and working together are essential to ensuring ‘the right people are paid the right money as fast and accurately as possible’.

As recorded music returns to growth, it has attracted both venture capital and private equity investors, Ashcroft explained.

‘Music properties, companies servicing, or owning musical assets and rights, are once again fashionable acquisition targets’ he continued.

Read Article: M Magazine

How Data is Transforming the Music Industry

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music.

Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits.

Decisions about how to market and sell music, to some extent, still hinge upon subjective assumptions about what sounds good to an executive, or which artists might be easier to market. Increasingly, however, businesses are turning to big data and the analytics that can help turn this information into actions.

Read Article: The Conversation

Gracenote Unveils New Data Products Spanning Video, Music and Sports

gracenote_logo_2017Gracenote is launching new entertainment data products developed specifically for next-generation converged media platforms and services. The all-new Gracenote connected databases for Video, Music and Sports enable global entertainment providers and smart device makers to leverage industry-leading Gracenote data and IDs to power advanced voice and text search, intuitive user experiences as well as more personalized media recommendations.

The ways people experience entertainment today are dramatically different than just a few years ago. For example, movies and TV shows are now available from multiple services and watched on many different internet-connected devices.

The modern music experience is increasingly about streaming individual tracks and playlists and less about buying albums. Sports fans are now accessing real-time highlights and playing along with fantasy services across various platforms and apps. The next digital entertainment evolution converges all of these experiences together across platforms and services.

 

Continue reading “Gracenote Unveils New Data Products Spanning Video, Music and Sports”

Pandora’s Next Big Sound Creates ‘Moneyball for Music’ With Big Data

Alex White grew up surrounded by music—his father is a professional cellist and he’s played in several rock bands.But while interning at Universal Music Group, he recognized that using CD sales to sign bands and influence sales decisions was an outdated strategy in the age of streaming.

So he and three Northwestern University classmates launched Next Big Sound, a Moneyball-style big data tool for the music industry. The company’s free software analyzes metrics like social media traffic, streaming statistics and listener demographic information to determine artists’ influence and popularity.

Read Article: Observer

Ever Wondered Where Exactly Those Spotify Playlists Come From?

As a senior editor for Spotify, James Foley’s job involves listening and curating music to an audience of mostly one (at a time). His job did not exist 10 years ago.

Once internet access became commonplace and speed reliable at the turn of the century, it enabled an audience that flocked to illegal channels of poor-quality MP3 downloads via shady web-based services. People did so out of habit and convenience rather than any moral shortcoming.

The sharks got there before the legal players and it looked like the music industry had missed the boat.

Enter the technology innovators. When Spotify, the Swedish-based music streaming service came along, it answered a question that was beginning to be asked – how to serve streaming music legally with ease, speed, good design and functionality.

Read Article: Irish Times