Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Funding

Musicolony, a new social music app, helps music streaming fans listen to and share playlists with friends in real time. Currently in beta re-development, the service includes a larger vision of developing localized “colonies” based in local music scenes.

“Re-coding the site and building in new features, such as the Timbreo sound app, means we need additional funding for staff and overhead,” Cirrus Social Media CEO Doug Williams said. “We want music fans to be part of the site’s fabric because they’ll stick around and help Musicolony grow.” People who want to help crowd fund the site can find the campaign at Indiegogo.

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Issue #188: The Secret Lives of Playlists; Tesla Might Launch Its Own Streaming Music Service

The Secret Lives of Playlists
The Secret Lives of Playlistswatt.cashmusic.org

Not all Spotify playlists are created equally. To begin understanding this, look at them closely. Literally. Choose a playlist in Browse, and look at its cover art. Look in the corner for a logo. Look at another. Look at all of them.

Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service
Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming servicewww.recode.net
Why not work directly with Spotify, Apple and others? Good question.

How a podcast is changing minds on songwriter pay and recognition in the streaming era
How a podcast is changing minds on songwriter pay and recognition in the streaming era www.latimes.com
The writer behind Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” has a podcast on songwriters, an undervalued corner of the pop music machine.

Cannes Lions: Vivendi to Relaunch Dailymotion With Focus on Premium Content, Older Demo
Cannes Lions: Vivendi to Relaunch Dailymotion With Focus on Premium Content, Older Demowww.hollywoodreporter.com
“[Older viewers] are appealing to advertisers because they have money to spend and are very attractive to brands,” said Dailymotion chair Maxime Saada.

Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shattered
Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shatteredwww.bloomberg.com
Daniel Ek has a beautiful product, but he needs to make the numbers sing.

Young SA artists hope Deezer Next will bring success
Young SA artists hope Deezer Next will bring successwww.musicinafrica.net

Last month Deezer launched Deezer Next, a new programme designed to identify and promote emerging talent. Deezer Next enables users to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists worldwide. The programme is a plus for upcoming musicians, especially in Africa, as it promotes them to new audiences.

Jay-Z’s album revives streaming debate
Jay-Z’s album revives streaming debatewww.therecord.com
As if he’s not busy enough with his new twins, Beyoncé’s husband and the father of three Jay-Z announced Monday that he’ll be releasing his new album, “4:44,” on June 30.

How Major Lazer Bet on Diversity (and Data) to Make Global Hits: 'The Audience Controls Music Now'
How Major Lazer Bet on Diversity (and Data) to Make Global Hits: 'The Audience Controls Music Now'www.billboard.com
“The audience controls music now,” says Diplo. “That’s in our favor”

Spotify app arriving on Windows Store is music to the ears of Windows 10 S
Spotify app arriving on Windows Store is music to the ears of Windows 10 Swww.techradar.com
Microsoft needs all the high-profile apps it can get, and this is certainly a major boon for the store.

Songtradr Expands Footprint into UK with Milamber Ventures PLC Partnership
Songtradr Expands Footprint into UK with Milamber Ventures PLC Partnershipplatformandstream.com
 Songtradr announced today a long-term partnership with Milamber Ventures PLC to establish essential business development and territorial expansion of Songtradr in the UK.

Sean Parker exits Spotify board after seven years
Sean Parker exits Spotify board after seven yearswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Parker, co-founder of Napster and ex-President of Facebook, became part of Spotify in 2010 when he reportedly invested $15m for a 5% stake.

His exit comes as Spotify today adds former Disney COO Tom Staggs to its board, in addition to former YouTube product head Shishir Mehrotra.

Guns N' Roses to Launch SiriusXM Channel, Play Private Apollo Theater Show
Guns N' Roses to Launch SiriusXM Channel, Play Private Apollo Theater Showwww.billboard.com
Guns N’ Roses are bringing their legendary hard rock anthems to Harlem’s legendary venue for the first time for a private, invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on July 20. The band will also launch the limited-run Guns N’ Roses Radio on July 13 on satellite channel 41.

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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