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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

Musical Apps Are Finding Their Way To Traditional TV

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.

Earlier this week, iHeartRadio and Fox announced that they had come together to produce The Four: Battle For Stardom, a new musical reality show that aims to, as so many others have before it, uncover the next great talent just waiting to break out and dominate the airwaves.

Read Article: Forbes

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

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.

The Pioneer-KUVO device is being provided voluntarily to nightclubs, beginning with the Toronto area, as an additional aspect of their SOCAN music license agreement. Once installed, the KUVO device easily plugs into a DJ’s mixing board, capturing metadata from the music, which is then collected and relayed to SOCAN to tabulate and distribute royalties more accurately to the copyright holders of the music.

Simply put, KUVO helps to ensure that the correct owners of music used in nightclubs are compensated accurately from the music licenses already being paid. There are no additional costs, expectations or maintenance required from electronic music venues that voluntarily adopt the easily-installed system.

“For years we’ve been dissatisfied with the system in place, knowing that not all licenses we pay are getting in to the hands of artists behind the music played in our venues and at our events,” said Joel Smye, owner of CODA nightclub in downtown Toronto, one of the largest and most successful electronic music venues in Canada and the first to adopt the technology. “Now, through technology, the use of a simple device will ensure that the music licenses that we pay and have always paid will go to the right people.”

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Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong Musical Partnership Celebrated In New 4CD/Digital Set, Out November 10

For the first time, all of Fitzgerald and Armstrong’s classic duets are in one place: Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings, a new 4CD and digital set will be available November 10.

Part of Ella 100, Verve Records/UMe’s yearlong celebration of Fitzgerald’s centennial, the 75-track collection gathers their three timeless Verve albums – newly remastered versions of Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – along with all of their Decca singles, live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded as a warmup for Ella and Louis, plus several alternates and false starts from the Decca and Verve eras, illuminating their craft and good humor. Cheek To Cheek also includes unreleased material: “The Memphis Blues,” with Bing Crosby, from his radio show; several takes of Armstrong’s solo showcase, “Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess;” and an instrumental mix of “Red-Headed Woman.”

Armstrong and Fitzgerald were first paired together by Decca label head Milt Gabler when they were both recording for the label. For the inaugural session in January 1946, Gabler had them cut the new song “You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)” and a recent Nat King Cole hit, “The Frim Fram Sauce.”

The former became a jukebox hit and hinted at the magic they could create together. Over the next few years they would reunite for a string of singles – all eight are presented here in order of release – before recording their first album together. Fitzgerald’s manager Norman Granz, on the heels of founding Verve Records with his highly successful first release, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book, put Fitzgerald and Armstrong in the studio on August 16, 1956 to record the entire eleven-song Ella and Louis album in a day.

The record was a critical and commercial success when released in the fall of 1956. Down Beat gave it five stars and, in November, the album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz charts. The night before recording the album, Fitzgerald and Armstrong performed together at the Hollywood Bowl, and these rare, impromptu performances of “You Won’t Be Satisfied,” along with “Undecided,” marking their earliest collaborative recordings for Granz, are included on the fourth disc.

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Issue #270: JOOX a Big Hit in South Africa; Naver, YG at Work on New Music Streaming Platform

JOOX a Big Hit in South Africa

Tencent Africa’s brand new music streaming app JOOX, that enables South Africans to listen to music wherever they are, is now also jam-packed with Afrikaans music hits.

Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa Services, says JOOX has already surpassed other music streaming services in the four other markets into which it has been released.

Naver, YG Entertainment begin work on new global music service platform
Naver, YG Entertainment begin work on new global music service platformm.koreaherald.com

South Korean internet giant Naver and YG Entertainment said Wednesday that they would begin preparations to jointly build a new global music service platform by pooling their technologies, resources and global influence.

TiVo Brings Powerful Music Metadata to BuzzAngle Music
TiVo Brings Powerful Music Metadata to BuzzAngle Musicplatformandstream.com

The combination of data analytics from BuzzAngle Music embedded with Music Metadata from TiVo directly connects consumption to recommendations, providing some of the most accurate and unique research findings currently available in the industry.

VOISE to Launch Decentralized Streaming and Download Platform
VOISE to Launch Decentralized Streaming and Download Platformthemerkle.com

The platform will bring music artist, lovers, and listeners together in their common love for music and has received strong support from Grammy-nominated, independent artist Carolyn Malachi and DJ sensation, Jinco.

AM/FM Radio finding a new place in the audio landscape: Pandora research
AM/FM Radio finding a new place in the audio landscape: Pandora research radioinfo.com.au
A study of American audio consumption by music streaming service Pandora has, not unexpectedly, talked up the growth of music streaming and podcasting, but has also acknowledged that traditional analog broadcast radio is still strong, but is “finding a new place in the audio landscape.”

Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watching
Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watchingwww.copyright.com
In quite a short time, copyright has come to be seen by many as an inhibitor to creativity and innovation instead of the enabler and protector it once was.

Restoring those old music liner notes in the digital era
Restoring those old music liner notes in the digital era business.financialpost.com

TunesMap wants to return much of that lost information through an interactive display cued by a song playing on a streaming service.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music
Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new musichackernoon.com

This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them.

Plex Adds Android Auto Support, For Streaming Audio
Plex Adds Android Auto Support, For Streaming Audiowww.androidheadlines.com
Plex has finally added Android Auto support to its app, which it says will be rolling out to the Android app in the coming days.

Issue #269: Deezer, Fnatic Sign Partnership; Spotify Launches New Playlist-Pitching System for Labels

Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnership
Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnershipwww.esportsinsider.com

esports organisation Fnatic has signed a new partnership with music streaming service Deezer. Fnatic’s first-ever music partnership will give fans the chance to connect with their favourite players and see the music they’re listening to.

Fnatic’s team members will have the chance to connect with fans in real time, sharing all of their personal playlists across Europe.

Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labelsmusically.com
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?
Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?www.abc.net.au
CD players are becoming rarer in homes and cars, as the take-up of streaming continues to surge. But like we did with the recent vinyl revival, will we come to regret getting rid of our CDs — and everything they say about us?

How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Gold
How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Goldwww.complex.com
"Get You" is a milestone for the unsigned R&B artist, and owes some of its success to Apple's curation efforts that pushed it to the top of the playlists.

Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’
Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’variety.com
Fox is teaming up with large radio broadcaster iHeartMedia to generate notice for its new music-competition series “The Four”

Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fans
Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fanswww.psfk.com
Spotify for Artists leverages real-time data with demographic information to help musicians understand their audience.

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design
10 Principles Of Great Music Web Designwww.musicthinktank.com

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates

Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challenges
Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challengeswww.completemusicupdate.com

The lack of a decent publicly accessible music rights database that tells streaming services what songs are contained in what recordings, and who wrote and published those songs.

VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusic
VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusicwww.hypebot.com
Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum.

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