Issue #242: Deezer Seeks Musical Edge on Spotify; Tencent Music Signs Rights Deal with Alibaba

David v Goliath: Deezer seeks musical edge on Spotify
David v Goliath: Deezer seeks musical edge on Spotifywww.reuters.com
From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple.

Spotify Expected to Launch in South Africa Within Months
Spotify Expected to Launch in South Africa Within Monthsvariety.com

Spotify is expected to follow in the footsteps of Deezer, Google Play and Apple Music with a launch in South Africa in the next few months, according to a local report citing a recent recruiting ad from Spotify for a senior editor/music programmer in South Africa.

Owner of Music Piracy Network That Delivered 'Gut-Punch' to Artists Pleads Guilty
Owner of Music Piracy Network That Delivered 'Gut-Punch' to Artists Pleads Guiltywww.billboard.com
Artur Sargsyan, the owner and operator of Sharebeast.com, a file-sharing site popular among music fans before it was shut down two years ago, has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement.

Is Mighty, a Spotify-Compatible Portable Music Player, Going to Replace the iPod?
Is Mighty, a Spotify-Compatible Portable Music Player, Going to Replace the iPod?www.laweekly.com
The new Mighty, an $86 ultra-small music player, syncs with your Spotify playlists and plays them offline. Can it replace the increasingly obsolete iPod?

Spotify: Too Late to Become the Netflix Challenger It Could Have Been?
Spotify: Too Late to Become the Netflix Challenger It Could Have Been?variety.com
When Spotify and Hulu announced a joint effort this week to sell their streaming services at a combined discount rate to select niche markets, it was touted as a savvy marriage of audio and video content.

Tencent Music signs rights deal with Alibaba
Tencent Music signs rights deal with Alibabawww.ft.com

The deal, announced Tuesday morning by Tencent, gives Alibaba the right to stream music from some of Tencent’s exclusive deals with international music labels such as Sony and Universal Music, in exchange for reciprocal rights to Alibaba’s catalogue of Chinese and Japanese classics.

Facebook VP: 'We understand and respect the value of all artists'
Facebook VP: 'We understand and respect the value of all artists'musically.com
What is Facebook’s music-licensing strategy going to be? It’s one of the big music-industry questions of 2017, with rumours flying thick and fast.

Spotify to host largest ever music quiz as marketers urged to back Grenfell fundraiser
Spotify to host largest ever music quiz as marketers urged to back Grenfell fundraiserwww.thedrum.com
The UK marketing community has been urged to help raise funds for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire through what hopes to be the largest ever music marketing quiz, organised with the aim of raising £50,000.

Neil Finn explains the intense processes behind livestreaming the creation of his latest record
Neil Finn explains the intense processes behind livestreaming the creation of his latest recordwww.thelineofbestfit.com
Neil Finn, the frontman of Crowded House, was diving into the world of livestreaming long before your mate decided to ‘go live’ on the bus into town.

Issue #235: Deezer Expands, Rebrands HiFi Offerings; Report: Music Industry Will Hit $41 Billion By 2030

Deezer Expanding and Rebranding High-Fidelity Offerings, Integrating With Voice Enabled Services
Deezer Expanding and Rebranding High-Fidelity Offerings, Integrating With Voice Enabled Serviceswww.billboard.com
Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service, today announced it is expanding its high fidelity audio offerings and partnerships as well as rebranding its audiophile tier from Deezer Elite to Deezer HiFi

Music Industry Will Hit $41 Billion By 2030 According to New Goldman Sachs Report
Music Industry Will Hit $41 Billion By 2030 According to New Goldman Sachs Reportwww.billboard.com
A Goldman Sachs analyst forecasted that streaming will account for $34 billion of all revenues, with $28 billion coming from paid subscriptions and $6 billion from ad-supported streaming services.

Spotify's new 'Upstream' podcast taps top brand execs for culture forecasting
Spotify's new 'Upstream' podcast taps top brand execs for culture forecasting www.campaignlive.com

Debut run of seven episodes includes leaders from Dropbox, Airbnb, Gimlet and IBM.

What Song Is This? Find and Identify Music Now
What Song Is This? Find and Identify Music Nowwww.billboard.com
“What song is this?” We’ve all been there. Here’s a list of ways to discover the name of that song, whether you’re on the road, in the club, sifting through old mix CDs, or just remembering your favorite song from 1987.

Sony/ATV Launches App for 'SCORE' Royalty Portal
Sony/ATV Launches App for 'SCORE' Royalty Portalwww.billboard.com
After giving its SCORE royalty portal a makeover in May, Sony/ATV Music Publishing is today (Aug 29) launching an app version of the service, allowing songwriters to access real-time data about their earnings on iOS and Android.

How A Full-time Solo Pianist Made A Living Via Streaming Royalties
How A Full-time Solo Pianist Made A Living Via Streaming Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

Michele McLaughlin, a full time solo pianist explains how she has been able to successfully earn a living from her streaming music royalties. CD Baby’s Chris Robley chats with her about the unique opportunities she’s found on Pandora, Spotify and other streaming platforms.

The Faction Radio, A New Haven For Heavy Music Streaming
The Faction Radio, A New Haven For Heavy Music Streamingwww.killyourstereo.com
The Faction Radio, a new heavy music service to wrap your ears around.

Creative Artificial Intelligence in Music
Creative Artificial Intelligence in Musicmedium.com
Now that we’re past the first songs composed by artificial intelligence, do you think using AI is the logical next step in optimizing the generation of music for the film, television and games…

You can now play your music across multiple Echo devices
You can now play your music across multiple Echo devicestechcrunch.com
Amazon this morning announced a new feature for its Echo devices called “multi-room music,” which allows owners with more than one Echo to control where their..

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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Retailer Fnac Possible Shareholder in Deezer

French music and books retailer Fnac-Darty and music streaming site Deezer on Tuesday unveiled a strategic alliance, which could see Fnac becoming a Deezer shareholder within three years.

The deal will help Deezer compete better both in France and abroad with bigger rivals such as Spotify and Apple Music , while it will help Fnac-Darty, which competes with online retail giant Amazon, to improve its offering of music and video streamed online.

A spokesman for Fnac-Darty said the partnership will be reviewed after three years, at which time the group will decide on whether or not it buys a stake in Deezer.

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Here’s Deezer’s Grand Plan to Take Over the Music-Streaming World

 

While the number of Tidal subscribers subsided and Pandora plotted its grand music-on-demand service, there was a team sitting in a grungy (in a good way) Parisian office wondering what kind of music you’d like to listen to to get you excited in the morning.

That company is Deezer, the European streaming music service that has high hopes to crack America’s ultra-competitive market while simultaneously expanding to new territories like Asia and South America.

On top of its ambitions in America, it wants to keep up appearances in France, its home country, where it says that half the citizens have had a Deezer account at some point in their lives, and sneak into more homes in neighboring countries like Germany, Austria and the UK. It’s a tall order – and one that seems to get taller every time it turns around.

Read Article: TechRadar

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.”

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