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

Issue #245: The First-Ever Digital Single; Spotify’s iMessage App; LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio

The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Release
The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Releasewww.billboard.com
In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” on the internet as the first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates.

Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversation
Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversationwww.billboard.com
Spotify’s new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation.

LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio
LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Slacker Radio’s technology team and platform will provide advantages for the audio and video sides of LiveXLive Media.

Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titles
Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titlesvariety.com
In the digital era, some job titles at music companies may need to be rebranded thanks to streaming.

After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with video
After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with videodigiday.com
With a new head of video, Spotify is trying to determine what its video business will look like. One thing’s for sure: music will be the focus.

From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Music
From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Musicrightstech.com

Music composed by artificial-intelligence agents is increasingly finding its way into the soundtracks of advertisements, videogames, apps, and other contexts where suitable human-authored works are either not available or too costly.

Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Market
Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Marketwww.hypebot.com
Tencent Music Entertainment CEO Cussion Pang talked up the Chinese music industry during a presentation at the 2017 Music Matters conference.

Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bands
Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bandswww.westword.com

Taking inspiration from then-emerging streaming sites like Bandcamp and SoundCloud, Joan Hansen led Denver Public Library’s initiative to launch Volume, a platform where local musicians can upload their albums and library patrons can stream or download local music.

The Marxist plot of music streaming
The Marxist plot of music streamingwww.creightonian.com
I finally did it; I reached Spotify’s downloadable content limit. I have 10,000 songs on my phone.

Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlement
Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlementvariety.com
As Spotify continues to clear the decks for an expected public offering this year or next, it has hit another potential roadblock.

Issue #243: The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online; Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music

The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online
The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Onlinewww.wired.com
A group called the Open Music Initiative is figuring out artist payments for digital platforms.

Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music
Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Musicwww.forbes.com
From films to comics to concert posters, Discogs has new ambitions to bring its successes and lessons as an online music marketplace and database to other verticals.

Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500m
Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500mmusically.com
Vevo has been talking about the growth in its advertising business, with the music-videos service having taken in $500m in 2016.

Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Card
Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Cardmusic3point0.com
Facebook has YouTube squarely in its sights as it dangles big licensing money in front of the music industry.

Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition show
Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition showwww.engadget.com
For all the ground Netflix has covered with its original shows, there’s one area it has yet to touch: the talent show. If you ask Variety, however, that’s abou…

LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactive
LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactiveplatformandstream.com
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.

Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fight
Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fightwww.billboard.com
Some music industry executives are whipping up outrage over Spotify’s recent court filing that challenges whether it needs mechanical licenses for streaming — a legal strategy that, if successful, could upend the economic foundation of the music publishing industry.

Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.
Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.ajournalofmusicalthings.com

It’s only natural that our worldviews are created as the result of what we see and experience locally. But if we take the time to get outside our bubble, we often see our preconceptions about how the world works are at best incomplete.

What if there were an IMDB for music?
What if there were an IMDB for music?soundcloud.com

Not only would fans be able to dig deeper into their favorite albums, but producers, artists, and other collaborators could catalog their contributions, labels could track data more easily, and businesses would have all of the information they need to license a song right at their fingertips.

Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Series
Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Serieswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company monitors social and streaming activity, charts, playlists and radio airplay data in real-time – and is currently used by executives working across marketing, sales, live, A&R and management, in addition to artists.

Issue #234: Bowie’s Music Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify; TuneIn Premieres ‘Indieclectic’; LANDR Gets Your Tracks on Streaming Services

David Bowie's Music Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify
David Bowie's Music Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Bowie has reached a billion streams.

YouTube Unveils New Logo, Look and Features
YouTube Unveils New Logo, Look and Featureswww.billboard.com
The Internet’s most popular video hosting site—last reported at 1.5 billion monthly users—is releasing updates that will bring a “new level of functionality and a more consistent look” for both desktop and mobile platforms.

TuneIn Premieres New Wide-Reaching 'Indieclectic' Radio Station
TuneIn Premieres New Wide-Reaching 'Indieclectic' Radio Stationwww.billboard.com
For music fans looking for what’s next, TuneIn is launching the new radio station Indieclectic. Premiering Monday (Aug. 28), Indieclectic is programmed and hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez.

Amazon Music Unlimited is now cheaper for students
Amazon Music Unlimited is now cheaper for studentswww.engadget.com
Sigh, it’s that time of the year again. Despacito may still be atop the charts, but summer is dwindling, meaning it’s time to head back to school.

Charlie Shrem Thinks Music Industry is Ripe for Disruption
Charlie Shrem Thinks Music Industry is Ripe for Disruptioncointelegraph.com
Disrupting the status quo and providing new opportunities to musicians is made possible with Viberate’s upcoming Vibe tokens.

Akon Partners With Music Bi to Change How the Continent Listens to Music
Akon Partners With Music Bi to Change How the Continent Listens to Musicallafrica.com
Senegalese-American singer Akon has announced he is purchasing 50% of Senegalese company Musik Bi to create a music streaming service in Africa that can compete with global competitors. Musik Bi is Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads.

6 Music Crowdfunding Campaigns That We're Totally Rooting for Right Now
6 Music Crowdfunding Campaigns That We're Totally Rooting for Right Now flypaper.soundfly.com
From telling the stories of women in Upper Egypt to an insult-filled piano method book, here are some of our favorite current crowdfunding campaigns!

LANDR aims to make it easier than ever to release your music on multiple platforms
LANDR aims to make it easier than ever to release your music on multiple platforms www.musicradar.com
New distribution service gets you on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more

Hurricane Harvey's Flooding Wreaks Havoc On the Houston Radio Community
Hurricane Harvey's Flooding Wreaks Havoc On the Houston Radio Communitywww.billboard.com
As the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate east Texas, the country remains glued to TV news coverage, particularly of the massive flooding in Houston.

First Listen: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
First Listen: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangersgardenandgun.com

Stream a new song from The Long Awaited Album, Martin’s forthcoming record with the award-winning bluegrass band.

Goldman Sachs: Universal is worth $23.5bn - and streaming revenues will jump 500%+ by 2030
Goldman Sachs: Universal is worth $23.5bn – and streaming revenues will jump 500%+ by 2030www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The global music business is about to explode thanks to streaming – and its biggest rights-holders are going to be worth a fortune.

Issue #233: Pandora Partners With Fitbit; Ways YouTube Can Fix Its Problem With The Music Industry; Viberate Is the Music Marketplace of the Future

Pandora Partners With Fitbit Smartwatch As Exclusive Music Streamer
Pandora Partners With Fitbit Smartwatch As Exclusive Music Streamerwww.hypebot.com

Pandora has partnered with Fitbit as the exclusive music streaming provider for their new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic.

Ways YouTube Can Fix Its Problem With The Music Industry
Ways YouTube Can Fix Its Problem With The Music Industryvariety.com
NMPA president/CEO David Israelite responded to YouTube head of music Lyor Cohen’s recent blog post.

How Pitchfork Plans On Creating A VR Presence With Its New Music Channel
How Pitchfork Plans On Creating A VR Presence With Its New Music Channelwww.alistdaily.com

Pitchfork is positioning its online music magazine and video strategy in the immersive vertical of virtual reality.

Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?
Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?www.nytimes.com
If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide, on Popcast.

Lessons from the WiMPs who created TIDAL
Lessons from the WiMPs who created TIDALwww.kjartanslette.com
This text is intended to shed some light of the early mistakes at WiMP (now TIDAL) and how the Norwegian startup ecosystem can avoid some of the same mistakes.

Viberate Is the Music Marketplace of the Future
Viberate Is the Music Marketplace of the Futurethemerkle.com

More and more people these days want to get paid for their work in cryptocurrencies. While individuals can and do use payroll services to accomplish this, some would prefer to be paid directly in cryptocurrency without the need for a middleman.

Revealed: Billboard's 2017 Digital Power Players, Guiding the Future in Music and Tech
Revealed: Billboard's 2017 Digital Power Players, Guiding the Future in Music and Techwww.billboard.com
As streaming drives the $15.7 billion global music business, these 50 executives, deep in data and from every industry sector, are on the cutting edge of music and tech.

Spotify’s VP of Growth: CRM is much more than off-the-shelf software
Spotify’s VP of Growth: CRM is much more than off-the-shelf softwaremartechtoday.com
For Mayur Gupta, everything a digitally based brand does revolves around understanding what the customer needs, and when.

Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' Video Tops Adele's Vevo Record
Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' Video Tops Adele's Vevo Recordwww.billboard.com
Another day, another new record set by Taylor Swift. The singer’s new ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video is on track to break Vevo’s 24-hour record, which was most recently held by Adele’s ‘Hello’ video.

Merlin Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Indie Sector Since Launch
Merlin Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Indie Sector Since Launchwww.billboard.com
Since launching in May 2008, Merlin has paid out $1 billion to its 20,000 independent record labels and distributors in 53 countries around the world.

The Rise of Curated Playlists; Jukedeck Hopes AI Can ‘Democratise Music’; LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands

The Rise of Curated Playlists
The Rise of Curated Playlists www.thembj.org

Artists have traditionally commanded attention, serving as the primary inspirations and icons for diverse communities of fan bases around the world. However, with the unrelenting rise of on-demand music streaming, playlists are overtaking albums and artist discographies as the primary form of music consumption.

Jukedeck Hopes AI Can 'Democratise Music'
Jukedeck Hopes AI Can 'Democratise Music'musically.com
British AI-music startup Jukedeck has been on the music industry’s radar for three years now, since TechCrunch’s August 2014 report.

Fighting For Your Ears
Fighting For Your Earswww.project-disco.org

Last week Spotify revealed it’s going to promote podcasts on its streaming service, providing yet another example of the fierce competition underway for your ears. Indeed, between music services, audiobooks, and podcasts, the fight for listening time is only heating up.

LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festivalplatformandstream.com

LiveXLive will be livestreaming select performances from Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on the LiveXLive platform beginning today (August 11), and ending Sunday, for music fans outside of the United States.

PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asia
PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asiatechcrunch.com
This week seems to be a good one for media streaming companies in Asia.

Microsoft is building a great music experience with Groove that few will listen to
Microsoft is building a great music experience with Groove that few will listen towww.onmsft.com

Groove Music offers roughly the same 40 million tracks as other industry leaders, partial free access, selective streaming and downloads as well as cloud storage integration, all of which means it has the foundation to compete.

Spotify desktop design-tweak boosts podcasts and videos
Spotify desktop design-tweak boosts podcasts and videosmusically.com
Spotify is rolling out a design tweak for its desktop app’s menu bar, which gives podcasts and videos more prominence for listeners.

CEO Ljung: SoundCloud Dies If Temasek, Raine Offer Rejected | Fortune.com
CEO Ljung: SoundCloud Dies If Temasek, Raine Offer Rejected | Fortune.comfortune.com
Embattled streaming service Soundcloud could cease to exist without an injection of cash from investors.

Glen Campbell album sales soar 13,000 percent after singer's death
Glen Campbell album sales soar 13,000 percent after singer's deathwww.reuters.com
Sales of Glen Campbell’s music soared after the death of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer after a public struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Thursday Is the New Friday for New Tunes
Why Thursday Is the New Friday for New Tuneswww.billboard.com
Why some artists are breaking the industry’s Friday-release rule: “It’s a little bit less about the chart game, a little bit more about the global reach game.”

From French Montana to Katy Perry, the Meme-First Reality of Today's Music Promotion Game
From French Montana to Katy Perry, the Meme-First Reality of Today's Music Promotion Gamewww.wired.com
French Montana’s latest single is just the latest in a long line of songs that rode an Instagram dance challenge to the top.

LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

LiveXLive will be livestreaming select performances from Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on the LiveXLive platform beginning today (Friday, August 11), and ending Sunday, for music fans outside of the United States.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which takes place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and the second year of the LiveXLive streaming partnership. This year’s streaming lineup includes Metallica, Lorde, Gorillaz, Alt J, Above and Beyond, Empire of the Sun, as well as many other artists across rock, alternative, hip hop, electronic and pop music.

“At LiveXLive, we are committed to bringing the world’s biggest festivals and experiences to music fans all over the world,” said Robert Ellin, founder and CEO of LiveXLive. “Even though Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place in San Francisco, we’re going to ensure that fans worldwide won’t miss the incredible performances from this weekend by streaming them on our platform.”

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