The Revolution Will be Blockchained: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music

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.

While much of the focus on the application of blockchain technology is centred on improving the efficiency of the financial sector, this technology has the potential to disrupt the music industry as well.

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Spotify, AXS Partner To Deliver Personalized Event Recommendations

AXS and Spotify have announced a global partnership where music listeners will get personalized recommendations for live events in their area through the tens of thousands of live events AXS tickets annually.

The more than 100 million active Spotify users will be able to buy AXS tickets through the Spotify desktop or mobile app. Personalized event recommendations of AXS events will be based on listening behavior, artist preferences, user location and will be delivered to the listener in multiple ways.

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Deezer Study Reveals It’s Kids Who Influence Parents’ Music Taste

Today Deezer launched its first-ever Family offer in the United States.

A shared music plan that provides access for up to six family members to the full Deezer Premium+ plan, at a cost of $14.99 per month, Deezer Family offers unlimited access to more than 43 million tracks on multiple devices at the same time.

In conjunction with the launch of Deezer Family, the streaming platform released findings from research which explores the connection of music tastes and discovery habits between generations.

The results, from 2,000 respondents, revealed that, while family members of all ages shared many of the same habits, there were a few notable differences and surprises.

“Regardless of where and when music is discovered, we believe it has the power to create some of the best family moments and memories,” said Jorge Rincon, VP of North America at Deezer. “We’re so excited to bring Deezer Family to the U.S. market so all families can build their own personal Flow while continuing to share their favorite hits with each other.”

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Me, Otis Gibbs, and the Joy of Discovering New Music

I read a post about John Moreland on Bob Lefsetz’s blog. Later, as I surfed Spotify, Moreland’s name popped into my mind, and I pulled up his latest album.

After sampling a few tunes I checked Related Artists; this is one of my favorite features and a helpful road map to a variety of artists I have a) overlooked in the past, b) just hit the scene that I’m not aware of yet, or c) I have just never ever heard of for whatever reason.

A few clicks later, and I am knee-deep into the musical output of Otis Gibbs. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs. I liked the name, so I figured I would check him out.

But now I really like Otis Gibbs!

Sure, I might have eventually caught up with the singer-songwriter via a blog, Twitter post, or whatever, but more likely I would have continued on having never heard of Otis Gibbs.

And that would be too bad for me because I am enjoying his music.

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Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform

Nielsen today announced that Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP.

This ushers in an era of highly specific radio audience targeting. Advertisers can now make sharper buying decisions across Westwood One’s over-the-air radio and streaming audio channels, which reach almost a quarter of a billion listeners weekly across all U.S. media markets.

“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.”

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Music Discovery Platform WAV Makes its Debut

WAV, a Los Angeles-based live streaming music discovery app and artist platform, has officially launched in all major global markets.

The app features exclusive content, such as music videos, docuseries, interviews, and concert footage from both established and emerging artists.

WAV has onboarded dozens of artists from the worlds of hip-hop and dance music, facilitating their use of WAV’s proprietary technology to tell fresh stories in interactive ways. Artists have the opportunity to live stream video content and interact directly with their fans in real-time, all while creating new revenue opportunities – all within the app.

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SiriusXM Introduces Newest Dock and Play Radio

SiriusXM today introduced its newest dock and play radio – the Onyx EZR – which delivers several new features at an entry-level price.

The Onyx EZR features a larger display than its predecessor, the Onyx EZ, with improved resolution and selectable background and text options that allow for better viewing in all lighting conditions.

It also offers a split screen option that enables the user to view what’s on the current channel in one pane, and simultaneously see what’s playing on their other favorite channels in the second pane. Another improvement over the Onyx EZ is the addition of TuneMix™, which allows Onyx EZR users to listen to a mix of songs from across several of their favorite channels.

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