SiriusXM Acquires Automatic Labs

SiriusXM today announced the acquisition of Automatic Labs Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of connected vehicle services for consumers and enterprises.

Automatic’s data-driven platform enables vehicle owners to be safer and drive smarter.

The company’s proprietary Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car adapters provide vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parking information, live vehicle location tracking and much more. Automatic also works with insurance carriers to enable usage-based savings and teen driver coaching, and works with automotive dealers to provide tools that help manage their vehicle inventory and customer service relationships.

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Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels

Spotify and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, today announced a new multi-year license agreement – ensuring the world’s leading independent record labels and their artists will remain at the core of Spotify’s offering to music fans.

Continuing a successful nine-year partnership, the agreement is structured to reflect and promote the value of Merlin’s collective offering of its members’ repertoire, while offering improved marketing and advertising opportunities and enhanced access to data.

Merlin member labels can also participate in Spotify’s recently announced flexible release policy. Continue reading Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels

Spotify and Universal Strike Right Chord

Cue the singing angels. After interminable wrangling, the world’s biggest music label and the world’s biggest streaming service have agreed on new contract.

That Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Spotify Ltd. overcame the acrimony bodes well for both.

The deal includes key compromises on both sides: Universal Music has agreed to accept a lower royalty rate for each song than it received under the old contract, but only if Spotify hits certain targets on increasing its paying subscriber base.

Neither company disclosed exact figures, but suffice it to say that if Spotify lures more customers it will pay less than the current rate of roughly 55 percent.

Read Article: Bloomberg Gadfly

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Barcelona Joins Man Utd on Deezer Music Streaming Platform

Deezer is hoovering up the world’s biggest club football brands. Hard on the deals of the announcement of a deal to become Manchester United’s official music partner earlier this week, it has now unveiled FC Barcelona as a partner.

The Barca deal mirrors the Man Utd one, but with a Catalan flavour. Deezer will offering users The Sound of Barça, the Club’s official music channel, containing official playlists both of FC Barcelona and of different Barça footballers and other athletes. It will “provide over 100 songs for music and football fans that represent the best of the Club, including top hits and Catalan songs, as well as the tracks that help players get in their pre-match Flow”.

Read Article: Inside World Football

Deezer Launches Partnership with Manchester United

deezerDeezer has entered into a multi-year partnership with Manchester United.

As a global partner, Deezer will enhance the user experience on Manchester United channels, with fans able to access more than 43 million tracks and 40,000 pieces of broader audio content such as podcasts.

United fans will also be able to experience the service’s signature feature, ‘Flow’, which automatically gives each user a personal soundtrack, put together by a combination of Deezer’s in-house musical curators as well as algorithmic data.

The campaign launches today across the social media channels of both partners, will star Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ashley Young and Rio Ferdinand, and explores how music can help footballers to focus and relax and so improve their performance.

Deezer is already the exclusive source of live Premier League commentary in 37 European countries outside the UK & Ireland, with 380 matches per season in both English and Spanish.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO of Deezer, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with one of the most recognised football teams in the world to give fans that are both hugely passionate about music and football access to compelling, entertaining and innovative content.”

Spotify Focusing on Deal to Move to World Trade Center

960xSpotify, the world’s No. 1 music streamer, is focusing on a deal to move its city offices to the World Trade Center. The Swedish company, whose US offices are now located in about 140,000 square feet at 620 Ave. of the Americas on the Ladies’ Mile in Midtown South, is negotiating through a JLL team for prime positions at both One World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center, real estate sources tell The Post.

Source: New York Post