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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LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactive

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.

“We are building a unique, highly differentiated destination for music fans globally and are excited to add SNAP’s robust live video expertise and technology, intellectual property and user base to the LiveXLive family,” said LiveXLive’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Robert Ellin. “LiveXLive is committed to becoming a live social music network with experiential tools and features from SNAP to power our video content and live streams for music lovers,” continued Mr. Ellin.

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Issue #239: Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner; Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights

Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony Pact
Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony
Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights
Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music
Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.

How Tencent's empire is making music pay
How Tencent's empire is making music

While licensing fees can easily eat up the bulk of revenues, Tencent knows that in the long run, a firm control over copyright will give it an edge over competitors.

Stream Ripping Carries On Despite YouTube-MP3's Demise
Stream Ripping Carries On Despite YouTube-MP3's
The pesky world of stream ripping took a big hit this week with the demise of one of its leading purveyors,, but that doesn’t mean the practice of pirating MP3s from YouTube (and other services) is going anywhere. Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry' Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry' is betting big on data to drive the future of the music industry, as the Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday his joining Swedish tech company Amuse as a co-founder.

Spotify Snags Courtney Holt From Disney for Top Content Job
Spotify Snags Courtney Holt From Disney for Top Content
Spotify has lured digital-media veteran Courtney Holt over from Disney to lead its efforts around original video and podcast programming, Variety has learned exclusively.

Have High Performance and Lifestyle Audio Merged?
Have High Performance and Lifestyle Audio Merged?

Paul Wilson wonders what the future of Lifestyle Audio might be…

Music creators stuck in safe harbour trap, says musicFIRST
Music creators stuck in safe harbour trap, says

A new campaign from music industry coalition musicFIRST has accused Google of hiding behind its legal ‘safe harbour’ to make millions at the expense of music artist.

Hi-Res Audio: As the Major Labels Get On Board, Momentum Continues to Build
Hi-Res Audio: As the Major Labels Get On Board, Momentum Continues to

The problem with compressed digital files (like but not limited to MP3s) is that they all sound like crap. A lot of dynamic range is gone, the high end can sound harsh and the bass can sound undefined.

Musiconomi, Jaxx Announce Partnership

Musiconomi, the blockchain-based music ecosystem, today announced that Jaxx, the leading multi-asset digital wallet, as its official wallet partner.

Following the pre-sale for Musicionomi (MCI) tokens due to commence August 29, 2017 and public crowdsale starting August 31, Jaxx will integrate Musiconomi’s Ethereum-based token into its platform. The integration will let supporters send and receive MCI tokens and manage their own keys via Jaxx’s easy-to-use app.

“Musiconomi is delighted to announce the pre-eminent Ethereum wallet as its official partner,” Musiconomi cofounder and CTO Dan Phifer said. “We are excited to offer Jaxx’s intuitive, secure, and compelling user experience across multiple platforms to our supporters. Jaxx has a tremendous network of partnerships and we see this as an opportunity to engage with them and add value in a way that will also benefit users of the Musiconomi platform.”

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LiveXLive, Cinedigm Partner for Live Music Events, Original Content

LiveXLive and Cinedigm have partnered in a worldwide distribution agreement that will give music fans across the globe access to LiveXLive’s live and original video programming. Cinedigm will focus on circulating the LiveXLive service worldwide on cable, satellite, skinny bundles, and digital distributors, as well as distribution of LiveXLive’s programming rights into the digital retail ecosystem, including Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix, among others.

Additionally, through a recent joint agreement with Cinedigm and Jungo TV, LiveXLive’s channels and content will also be distributed onto cable, telecommunication, and technology companies in fast-growing, emerging markets, which represent over 2.5 billion consumers.

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Spotify Kicks Off Inaugural ‘RapCaviar Live’ Concert Series

RapCaviar is hitting the road. Inspired by one of Spotify’s biggest playlists with over seven million followers, the web streaming company has partnered with Live Nation to bring fans the first of its kind, 6 city hip-hop concert series titled “RapCaviar Live,” featuring the heaviest hitters and hottest emerging artists in rap.

Kicking off “RapCaviar Live” in their hometown of Atlanta is the Trap God himself, Gucci Mane, along with Mike WiLL Made it plus special guests. Gucci takes the stage on August 12th at The Tabernacle. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 30 at 10:00am local time, and are available via and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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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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