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Issue #187: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music; Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Labels

Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music
Blockchains and the Future of Digital Musicgowlingwlg.com
Some technological revolutions come suddenly, others come slowly, but this one is coming in regimented ten minute updates to a distributed public ledger. Heralded as the next great step forward for the Internet, blockchain technology is already turning heads in the finance world, and is attracting major investment interest around the globe.

Spotify builds collaborative playlist tool for Facebook Messenger to get people talking music
Spotify builds collaborative playlist tool for Facebook Messenger to get people talking musicwww.thedrum.com
Music streaming company Spotify has introduced a social element into the creation of music playlists by integrating a new feature with Facebook Messenger.

Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labels
Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labelswww.bloomberg.com

Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels’ share of revenue from streaming, part of negotiations to revise the iPhone maker’s overall relationship with the music industry, according to people familiar with the matter.

Taylor Swift's return to streaming earns $400K in 12 days
Taylor Swift's return to streaming earns $400K in 12 dayswww.cnet.com
Swift’s music returned on June 8 to the streaming services she left in 2014 and has already earned her nearly half a million dollars.

Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience
Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patiencemusically.com
If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week was a grand, prolonged call for patience from indie labels and their partners.

Spotify Offline Playlist Syncing Arrives For Smartwatches
Spotify Offline Playlist Syncing Arrives For Smartwatcheswww.forbes.com
The Holy Grail for smartwatch users, finally arriving… on the Samsung Gear S3.

Tidal Launches New Podcast Series
Tidal Launches New Podcast Seriesvariety.com
Tidal, the Jay Z-owned global music and entertainment platform, will launch podcast playlists, the company announced Tuesday afternoon.

TuneIn Sues Pandora for Breach of Contract Over Failed Ad Sales Goals, Guaranteed Payments
TuneIn Sues Pandora for Breach of Contract Over Failed Ad Sales Goals, Guaranteed Paymentswww.billboard.com
Radio streaming platform TuneIn is suing Pandora for breach of contract in a deal where the music streaming service failed to meet ad sales goals and guaranteed payments over the first quarter of 2017.

Small Russian Labels Balk at 'Unfavorable' Licensing Deals From VKontakte
Small Russian Labels Balk at 'Unfavorable' Licensing Deals From VKontaktewww.billboard.com
The social network VKontakte — aka “The Russian Facebook” — which recently launched a paid music service and has license agreements with Sony, Warner and Universal, is having trouble signing deals with smaller, local labels.

What Spotify and Apple's figures tell us about music streaming right now
What Spotify and Apple's figures tell us about music streaming right now www.musicweek.com
Here’s the cold, hard truth about music streaming: right now, Spotify can’t seem to make money out of it. Apple, meanwhile, doesn’t need to… Music Week looks at the two streaming giants’ financials and analyses what they mean for the future…

Adult Swim Singles' creative director: 'People don't download music anymore'
Adult Swim Singles' creative director: 'People don't download music anymore'www.theverge.com
For 31 weeks last year, Adult Swim dropped a new track every Wednesday from artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Tim Hecker, and Run the Jewels. This year, the TV network is going to extend Adult Swim…

Music-Marketing Startup Fuzic Secures $3.52M in Total Funding

Fuzic, a marketing technology startup, announced the completion of a $3 million seed funding round, bringing total funding raised to $3.52 million.

Fuzic engages on-site customers through custom audio messages and licensed music playlists. Managed online, it is easy to use for a business owner with a single location, yet powerful enough for a large organization. Companies with hundreds or thousands of locations can centrally control music, messaging, and advertising to whatever degree of local personalization is desired. Powered by a network of on-demand professional voice talent, messages are recorded, produced and ready for play within hours of request.

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Songtradr Expands Footprint into UK with Milamber Ventures PLC Partnership

 Songtradr announced today a long-term partnership with Milamber Ventures PLC to establish essential business development and territorial expansion of Songtradr in the UK. This partnership with Milamber Ventures PLC expands Songtradr’s presence to a key market where commercial music licensing is a highly fragmented industry for European based brands, filmmakers and advertising agencies. The focus will be on sales, marketing and content acquisition.

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SiriusXM to Broadcast Private Guns N’ Roses Show at the Apollo Theater

SiriusXM announced today that Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N’ Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band’s North American “Not In This Lifetime” tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel.   

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Alexa Now Plays SiriusXM

SiriusXM announced today that its 200+ channels – featuring Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more – are now available to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide with Amazon Alexa.

“We are delighted that customers can now enjoy SiriusXM’s exclusive shows, live sports, music, and news through Alexa,” said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. “Music, news, and sports are already some of the most popular categories of content on Alexa, and SiriusXM brings even more choices to customers. People with an Alexa device and a SiriusXM trial or paid subscription can simply enable the SiriusXM skill for Amazon Alexa, link their accounts and start listening at home or on-the-go with Alexa.”

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The Revolution Will be Blockchained: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music

Some technological revolutions come suddenly, others come slowly, but this one is coming in regimented ten minute updates to a distributed public ledger. Heralded as the next great step forward for the Internet, blockchain technology is already turning heads in the finance world, and is attracting major investment interest around the globe.

While much of the focus on the application of blockchain technology is centred on improving the efficiency of the financial sector, this technology has the potential to disrupt the music industry as well.

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Spotify, AXS Partner To Deliver Personalized Event Recommendations

AXS and Spotify have announced a global partnership where music listeners will get personalized recommendations for live events in their area through the tens of thousands of live events AXS tickets annually.

The more than 100 million active Spotify users will be able to buy AXS tickets through the Spotify desktop or mobile app. Personalized event recommendations of AXS events will be based on listening behavior, artist preferences, user location and will be delivered to the listener in multiple ways.

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