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 #291: Music Streaming in Mexico; Streaming: the Match.com of Music

Mexico City Is the No. 1 Market for Many Artists on Spotify: Why?
Mexico City Is the No. 1 Market for Many Artists on Spotify: Why?www.billboard.com
When assembling a list of global music business hubs, you might not think of Mexico City, a market that regularly loses tens of billions of pesos to piracy every year. But as streaming cements itself even further as the dominant means of music consumption, Mexico City is evolving into a force that cannot be ignored — and Spotify has the proof.

Streaming: the Match.com of Music
Streaming: the Match.com of Musicmedium.com
Streaming gives people what they want. Vast catalogs, immediate access, and personalized recommendations are features not available from legacy markets. Brick-and-mortar retail and AM/FM won’t always…

Spotify Acquires Cloud-Based Recording Studio Soundtrap
Spotify Acquires Cloud-Based Recording Studio Soundtrapwww.billboard.com
Spotify has acquired online recording and production studio platform Soundtrap for an undisclosed sum.

How to Get My Music Video on Vevo
How to Get My Music Video on Vevoblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Vevo provides premium video content either on your computers and mobile devices. Follow these simple steps to get your music video on Vevo.

Do Audio Companies Still Make Genuinely Bad Products?
Do Audio Companies Still Make Genuinely Bad Products?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the technological tides that have raised all audio boats.

The futuristic Vinci 2.0 headphones let you stream music, no phone required
The futuristic Vinci 2.0 headphones let you stream music, no phone requiredwww.digitaltrends.com

The Vinci 2.0 headphones offer unprecedented value and a smorgasbord of useful features.

Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watch
Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watchwww.iq-mag.net

Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionise the music business using blockchain technology.

This Is What Post-IPO Life Will Look Like For Spotify
This Is What Post-IPO Life Will Look Like For Spotifymusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
With a fair wind, Spotify’s long-anticipated public offering should happen before the end of Q2 2018 (and yes, probably a direct listing rather than an IPO but ‘IPO’ worked better in the title!) .

Warner licenses streaming service Anghami and its 50m users
Warner licenses streaming service Anghami and its 50m userswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Warner Music Group (WMG) and Anghami, the largest streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa, have signed a direct licensing deal that brings WMG’s catalogue of music to the region.

Country Music & Streaming
Country Music & Streaming medium.com
The nostalgic days of going to a store, buying a CD, and listening to an artist only to realize you like one song on the entire album are over.

Spotify App Updated With Support for iPhone X Displays
Spotify App Updated With Support for iPhone X Displayswww.macrumors.com
Spotify updated its iOS app today with support for iPhone X, exactly two weeks since Apple’s latest smartphone launched.

Issue #276: Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts; The Odd History of Music Formats

Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts
Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Effortswww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music service searches for ways to make money that don’t involve recorded music and costly royalties, people with knowledge of the matter said.

From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats
From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formatsblog.landr.com
Mapping the march to streaming through yesterday’s physical formats and today’s demand for digital discovery.

Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?
Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?nesthq.com

Years ago, Google started building towards this destiny with a first key move: pairing Google Play Music with YouTube Red upon its release.

Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017
Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017www.jambase.com
A yearly tradition will continue next week, when the Grateful Dead start rolling out free tracks from the archives for this year’s ’30 Days Of Dead’ collection.

Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-on
Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-onwww.cnet.com
Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you’d better get used to using Siri.

Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?
Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?pigeonsandplanes.com
Billboard’s new chart calculations may hurt their chances to accurately identify the most popular songs in the country.

A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industry
A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industrybitcoinmagazine.com
It’s no secret that the digital economy relies on user engagement. Recently, industries such as pharmaceuticals, information technology and finance have …

Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platform
Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platformwww.billboard.com
Swedish music metadata platform Auddly announced on Wednesday a new section in its business vertical specifically for music managers.

It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?
It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced 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.

Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to boot
Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to bootwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Rapid growth will see Spotify’s valuation hit $55 billion by 2020.

How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming business
How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming businesswww.gqindia.com

He’s the reason why you wouldn’t call Saavn just another app.

Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme music
Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme musicnews.abs-cbn.com

Pinoy Rock Radio Online is a 24/7 independent online radio that plays mainstream but also a healthy chunk of independent, underground, and extreme music from bands throughout the entire Philippine archipelago.

SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Florida
SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Floridawww.billboard.com
SiriusXM continues to make a comeback on a legal topic that at one point seriously threatened the satcaster and others.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer

Deezer today has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

The partnership will give Miami Dolphins fans access to a channel dedicated entirely to their favorite team, containing the official playlists of the Miami Dolphins team, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and mascot T.D. For those fans wondering how Miami Dolphins players get fired up each week, the channel also will feature Game Day and Warm-Up playlists.

Dolphins fans also will be able to enter sweepstakes during the season to win VIP experiences at Hard Rock Stadium, along with Deezer Premium accounts, which offer access to unlimited music from the world’s most diverse music catalogue.

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Issue #271: Musical Apps + Traditional TV; Spotify in Romania; Is High-Resolution Audio Worth the Extra Cost?

Musical Apps Are Finding Their Way To Traditional TV
Musical Apps Are Finding Their Way To Traditional TVwww.forbes.com

Streaming music is on the rise, and traditional TV is on the decline (at least in some regards), so can the former save the latter? A number of networks are looking to some of the biggest brands in music to help launch new series that may give them all a much-needed smash and bring in the eyeballs they so desperately crave.

Musical Podcasts Provide A Link To Broadway's Past And Future
Musical Podcasts Provide A Link To Broadway’s Past And Futurewww.forbes.com
The old business model of making audio musicals might appeal to modern Broadway producers.

Spotify launches in Romania this year
Spotify launches in Romania this yearwww.romania-insider.com
Spotify, an online video streaming service that is currently available in 60 countries, will also launch in Romania by the end of this year

Is High-Resolution Audio Worth the Extra Cost?
Is High-Resolution Audio Worth the Extra Cost?www.electronicdesign.com
While many people are happy with the quality of MP3s, sound engineers, musicians, and hi-fi enthusiasts have long demanded higher-definition audio.

Recording Academy Addresses Hi-Res Music with New Initiatives
Recording Academy Addresses Hi-Res Music with New Initiativeswww.commercialintegrator.com
On Oct. 19, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineering Wing will present its High Resolution Record Production and Why it Matters at the AES convention.

SOCAN First to Use Cloud-Based Technology for Real-time Electronic Music Royalty Tracking
SOCAN First to Use Cloud-Based Technology for Real-time Electronic Music Royalty Trackingplatformandstream.com

SOCAN today announced it has partnered with Pioneer DJ Corporation of Japan to become the first music rights organization in North America to use direct metadata extraction technology, KUVO, to identify electronic dance music performances automatically and seamlessly in nightclubs and other electronic music venues.

Songtrust Expands Business Operations to Europe
Songtrust Expands Business Operations to Europewww.billboard.com
Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing’s global digital rights management platform, is opening a new office in Amsterdam and hiring Mandy Aubry as Director of Global Business Development and Client Relations, leading the company’s expansion in Europe.

War of the airwaves
War of the airwaveswww.thehindubusinessline.com
Reliance Jio’s data blitzkrieg has taken the telecom market by storm but the battle for supremacy is only just beginning

US marketers spend 10x more on sports than music — but why?
US marketers spend 10x more on sports than music — but why?www.marketingdive.com

Marketing news, voices and jobs for industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Vivendi Content boss: “My belief is that YouTube’s DNA is free”
Vivendi Content boss: “My belief is that YouTube’s DNA is free”musically.com
Dominique Delport is the chairman of Vivendi Content and MD of Havas Group, so he’s an interesting figure in terms of connecting the dots between Universal

Issue #245: The First-Ever Digital Single; Spotify’s iMessage App; LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio

The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Release
The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Releasewww.billboard.com
In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” on the internet as the first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates.

Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversation
Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversationwww.billboard.com
Spotify’s new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation.

LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio
LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Slacker Radio’s technology team and platform will provide advantages for the audio and video sides of LiveXLive Media.

Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titles
Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titlesvariety.com
In the digital era, some job titles at music companies may need to be rebranded thanks to streaming.

After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with video
After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with videodigiday.com
With a new head of video, Spotify is trying to determine what its video business will look like. One thing’s for sure: music will be the focus.

From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Music
From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Musicrightstech.com

Music composed by artificial-intelligence agents is increasingly finding its way into the soundtracks of advertisements, videogames, apps, and other contexts where suitable human-authored works are either not available or too costly.

Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Market
Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Marketwww.hypebot.com
Tencent Music Entertainment CEO Cussion Pang talked up the Chinese music industry during a presentation at the 2017 Music Matters conference.

Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bands
Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bandswww.westword.com

Taking inspiration from then-emerging streaming sites like Bandcamp and SoundCloud, Joan Hansen led Denver Public Library’s initiative to launch Volume, a platform where local musicians can upload their albums and library patrons can stream or download local music.

The Marxist plot of music streaming
The Marxist plot of music streamingwww.creightonian.com
I finally did it; I reached Spotify’s downloadable content limit. I have 10,000 songs on my phone.

Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlement
Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlementvariety.com
As Spotify continues to clear the decks for an expected public offering this year or next, it has hit another potential roadblock.

Issue #243: The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online; Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music

The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online
The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Onlinewww.wired.com
A group called the Open Music Initiative is figuring out artist payments for digital platforms.

Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music
Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Musicwww.forbes.com
From films to comics to concert posters, Discogs has new ambitions to bring its successes and lessons as an online music marketplace and database to other verticals.

Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500m
Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500mmusically.com
Vevo has been talking about the growth in its advertising business, with the music-videos service having taken in $500m in 2016.

Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Card
Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Cardmusic3point0.com
Facebook has YouTube squarely in its sights as it dangles big licensing money in front of the music industry.

Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition show
Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition showwww.engadget.com
For all the ground Netflix has covered with its original shows, there’s one area it has yet to touch: the talent show. If you ask Variety, however, that’s abou…

LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactive
LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactiveplatformandstream.com
LiveXLive Media announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire SNAP Interactive, a leading provider of live video social networking and interactive dating applications.

Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fight
Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fightwww.billboard.com
Some music industry executives are whipping up outrage over Spotify’s recent court filing that challenges whether it needs mechanical licenses for streaming — a legal strategy that, if successful, could upend the economic foundation of the music publishing industry.

Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.
Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.ajournalofmusicalthings.com

It’s only natural that our worldviews are created as the result of what we see and experience locally. But if we take the time to get outside our bubble, we often see our preconceptions about how the world works are at best incomplete.

What if there were an IMDB for music?
What if there were an IMDB for music?soundcloud.com

Not only would fans be able to dig deeper into their favorite albums, but producers, artists, and other collaborators could catalog their contributions, labels could track data more easily, and businesses would have all of the information they need to license a song right at their fingertips.

Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Series
Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Serieswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company monitors social and streaming activity, charts, playlists and radio airplay data in real-time – and is currently used by executives working across marketing, sales, live, A&R and management, in addition to artists.

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