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

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.

Issue #268: Universal Music Group Wants to Find the Next Spotify; NME Launches ‘Emerging’ Platform for New Bands

Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify
Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotifymashable.com

Tuhin Roy is hoping to find the next big thing in music—before it’s too late.

“Not only are we looking for the next Spotify or Pandora or consumer music service, but a lot of the startups we interact with are helping in less visible ways,” said Roy, vice president of new digital business at Universal Music Group, one of the three major record labels.

Music streaming services are focusing on original content to widen the net
Music streaming services are focusing on original content to widen the netwww.business-standard.com

At a time the music industry in India moves further towards digital consumption, the push for improved listening experience and original content by streaming services shows competition is set to grow to capture more audiences.

NME launches 'Emerging' platform for new bands
NME launches 'Emerging' platform for new bandswww.nme.com
NME is launching a new platform to launch the careers of the best of the world’s best new and rising artists.

The 15 Most Powerful Indie Curators on Spotify
The 15 Most Powerful Indie Curators on Spotifyslotifymethod.com

There are plenty of blogs and networks who have a large following on Spotify. Spinnin’ Records, Walt Disney Records, all well into the one million follower range. What about individuals who have the most push and influence on the platform?

How can we restore music's status as social glue in the age of streaming?
How can we restore music's status as social glue in the age of streaming?www.musicxtechxfuture.com
The case for a passive discovery mechanism for friends’ playlists on Spotify. This article started with a tweet on a Saturday evening.

The new way to listen to your music on-the-go
The new way to listen to your music on-the-gowww.usatoday.com

As the first and only Spotify music player that functions without a bulky smartphone, cell reception, or internet connection, it fills every workout, commute, or adventure with all your favorite tracks without forcing you to sacrifice precious battery life or data usage.

Lantern brands classical music streaming service, Primephonic
Lantern brands classical music streaming service, Primephonicwww.transformmagazine.net

With its identity, logo, digital and advertising, social media and tone of voice rebranded from July 2017 by London-based brand design agency Lantern, the Primephonic brand is disruptive while recognising the gravitas of the product it provides.

Spotify Will Become A Full Stack Music Company
Spotify Will Become A Full Stack Music Companywww.hypebot.com
Spotify needs to become much more than just a music streamer if its going to be ever be profitable, writes analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA.

Issue #267: The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Online

The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Online
The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Onlinewww.wbur.org
Once the records are digitized through the Internet Archive, anyone will be able to hear them — free.

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music's Revenue, Cache With Young Fans
Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music's Revenue, Cache With Young Fanswww.billboard.com
Mood-based streaming playlists are creating hoards of new composer groupies as classical music finds a new generation of fans.

Senegal: Start-Ups launch Local Music Streaming Services
Senegal: Start-Ups launch Local Music Streaming Serviceswww.cp-africa.com

Senegalese start-ups are testing a fledgling market for online music platforms in French-speaking West Africa.

How Augmented Reality Audio Will Let You Soundtrack Your Life
How Augmented Reality Audio Will Let You Soundtrack Your Lifewww.billboard.com
It’s easy to grasp how users will see AR content through screens, and later glasses, but how will they hear augmented reality?

Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board
Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins boardtechcrunch.com
When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets..

Spotify Records Surging Revenues, Continued Losses in First Half of 2017
Spotify Records Surging Revenues, Continued Losses in First Half of 2017www.billboard.com
The music industry is poised to face its third consecutive year of growth in 2017, thanks to paid subscription streaming services like Spotify. Yet, as it approaches its much-anticipated IPO, that company has yet to convince investors of its future profitability.

Spotify link now appearing in Groove Music app
Spotify link now appearing in Groove Music appwww.neowin.net
Another indication foreshadowing the end of Microsoft’s music streaming service has appeared in the Groove Music app for Windows 10 Mobile and PC, prompting users to get Spotify ahead of the shutdown.

China's Spotify: How Tencent leads the music streaming market
China's Spotify: How Tencent leads the music streaming marketwww.bbc.com
Chinese tech giant Tencent is dominating the music streaming market after clamping down on piracy.

A Journal of Musical ThingsThis New Music Discovery App Attempts to Visualize All the Music in the World
A Journal of Musical ThingsThis New Music Discovery App Attempts to Visualize All the Music in the Worldajournalofmusicalthings.com

There is too much music out there. Who has time to sort through the tens of millions of songs looking for something they might like?

Issue #266: Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data

Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data
Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Datawww.fastcompany.com
Spotify is making its listener data more accessible to hungry artists with the launch of a new analytics app.

Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fans
Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fanswww.tennessean.com

Blake Shelton concert headlines Pandora campaign to lure country fans.

Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts
Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast effortswww.engadget.com
60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it’s shutting down. The app’s developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven’t…

Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business students
Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business studentsbiznews.fiu.edu

On a quest for dynamic college students as interns and student ambassadors, Spotify executives arrived at FIU’s College of Business with a DJ mixing the latest hits and lighting effects headlining its #jointheband event.

Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins
Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollinsvariety.com
The service offers daily text-messaged recommendationsbased on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  

Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than ever
Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than everqz.com
Think of any teen movie out of the 1980s or 1990s, and there’s a fair chance you can recall a scene of characters lounging in a car, singing along to the blare of a dashboard radio.

Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experience
Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experiencewww.popsci.com
A Chromecast displays a simple, humble exterior. But within, Google’s streaming device has clever features to let you supercharge your casting.

Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in India
Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in Indiatelecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
At a time when global sales are slowing, India has become a critical market for the company to have more than a foothold.

US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Charts
US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Chartswww.hypebot.com
US record labels and others in the music industry are considering launching their own charts as an alternative to the iconic Billboard lists, according to multiple sources.

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