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Now is the Time for Solidarity in Electronic Music
The situation has never been more serious, and supporting each other has never been more important. Which is why we’re asking the community to come together during this difficult time.
ArtistSupport 
13 days ago
You Don’t Have to Work All the Time Now
Employers will need to extend grace to employees who are working at home under difficult conditions
RemoteWork 
13 days ago
Marc Rebillet: QUARANTINE STREAM
Marc Rebillet had already perfected his YouTube livestreaming setup, he's now going daily by the look of it. NSFW!
Entertainment 
13 days ago
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
All of this is taking its toll on people's mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD. So how can we protect our mental health?
MentalHealth 
13 days ago
Marc Rebillet - Quarantine Stream: Day One
LIMITED EDITION MERCH (all proceeds go to GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund): https://ift.tt/2x6xcQQ See me live: https://ift.tt/2pEwH9x Instagram: https://ift.tt/2ygGiqM Facebook: https://ift.tt/2pDXMth Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcre
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14 days ago
THE YUNGBLUD SHOW LIVE (with MGK, Bella Thorne, and Oliver Tree)
YUNGBLUD LIVE!! the yungblud show live with MGK, Bella Thorne, and Oliver Tree #YUNGBLUD watch more official YUNGBLUD videos: https://ift.tt/37YgAr6 subscribe to YUNGBLUD: https://ift.tt/2TydN2P about YUNGBLUD: welcome to the black hearts club. we are the underrated yout
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14 days ago
Neil Young - Live streams from the fireplace
NYA contains the complete archives of Neil Young. The site is designed for a chronological exploration of artist output including music, books, films, & videos. Music is streamed in high-res with Xstream by NYA. A living document, NYA is always being updated with new information, content and news.
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14 days ago
Ultra Music Festival announce "Virtual Audio Festival”
With the news earlier this month that this year's Ultra Music Festival would be postponed by a year as a result of the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, organisers have announced plans for a "Virtual Audio Festival". The festival has partnered with US broadcasting company SiriusXM for the launch of UMF Radio, which will broadcast the “Ultra Virtual Audio Festival”, starting this Friday, March 20th at 5pm ET.
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14 days ago
Facebook to award $100 million in grants, ad credits to small businesses
Facebook Inc said Tuesday it plans to award $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries to address the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The majority will be in cash grants and Facebook will disclose more details soon about how businesses will be able to apply for assistance.
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14 days ago
Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube issue joint statement on misinformation
In an unprecedented move to reassure customers and flag the potential for misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms, all of the major social media companies and their parent corporations issued a joint statement on their efforts. “We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe,” the statement read.
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14 days ago
Sony to reveal new PS5 details in a ‘deep dive’ on March 18th
Sony is planning to reveal more about its PlayStation 5 hardware in a special event on March 18th. Today, the company announced an upcoming “deep dive” on the next-gen console where system architect Mark Cerny will talk about the “PS5’s system architecture, and how it will shape the future of games.” The event will be broadcast on the official PlayStation blog at 9AM PT / 12PM ET tomorrow.
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14 days ago
Apple fined record $1.2B in France over anti-competitive sales practices
The wheels of the regulatory machine continue to turn, and today Apple, along with two of its wholesale partners, was dealt a major blow in France over antitrust violations. It received the largest fine ever leveled against a business over anti-competitive practices and “sterilizing the market” for Apple products, specifically as they are sold across a range of Apple Stores, large “big box” retailers and smaller, independent resellers.
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14 days ago
Facebook is shutting down MSQRD, the AR selfie app it acquired in 2016
Facebook will shut down MSQRD, its AR face-filtering app, this April, the company announced today. On April 13th, Facebook will remove the MSQRD app from both the Android and iOS app stores. Facebook purchased MSQRD in 2016, and the AR app played a key role in boosting Facebook’s internal portfolio of AR image and video tools. One of those tools, Spark AR, lets you create custom face filters for Facebook and Instagram.
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14 days ago
British music labels' trade income grew by 7.3% in 2019
UK music industry body the BPI has published its annual figures for British labels’ trade income – the money that labels actually earn, rather than the ‘retail value’ of consumer spending on music that was reported by fellow body ERA earlier this year. The unsurprising headline: more growth for labels. Their trade income grew by 7.3% in 2019 to £1.07bn (around $1.32bn), the fourth consecutive year of growth. As in other countries, streaming was the main driver: British labels’ streaming income grew by 21.8% to £628.9m last year, and now accounts for 58.9% of their revenues – up from 51.9% in 2018.
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14 days ago
Tencent Music generated over $1bn from online music last year, ending 2019 with 39.9m paying users
Tencent Music Entertainment, parent of China’s biggest streaming music platforms, ended 2019 with 39.9m paying music users worldwide. TME, which runs QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo in China (but is not actually a Chinese company) told investors in a full-year update today (March 16) that its online music subscribers paid $160m to the firm during the course of Q4 2019.
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14 days ago
Amazon Music launches analytics for artists with a mobile app
It’s built around five tabs: Overview, Songs, Fans, Voice, and Programming. Across those, artists can choose to see their data – which is updated every couple of minutes – for the last 24 hours, the last seven days, the last 28 days, or using a custom date filter for any period since the 1 January 2018. The Overview and Songs tabs are self-explanatory: showing quick stats for how many listeners and streams an artist has been getting on Amazon Music over the period they’ve chosen, drilling down into albums and individual tracks.
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14 days ago
Apple inks new deals with Universal, Sony and Warner for music streaming
Apple Music has fresh multi-year licenses in place with the biggest companies in music, having inked new agreements with Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music. That’s according to the Financial Times, which reports that the recorded music deals were struck in the past few months. The agreements do not license Apple to bundle its Apple Music service with Apple TV, said the FT’s sources.
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14 days ago
US subscriptions surge still accompanied by ‘value gap’ fears
Dr. Richard James Burgess, president and CEO of A2IM (American Association of Independent Music), says that “there are too many factors to parse” to be able to confidently predict a ceiling for subscriber numbers. “I look at the amount of free usage and I believe that those users could be converted if they had more incentive to subscribe,” he adds. “The ceiling for subscription growth in the US is related to the availability of unlimited free music. The value gap is still a real issue.”
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14 days ago
Zapier CEO Wade Foster on scaling a remote team up to 300 employees
When Zapier was founded in 2011, it was a side project for three friends from Missouri who wanted to make it easier to connect any one web app to another.
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19 days ago
YouNeedABudget founder Jesse Mecham on managing a remote 115-person team
YouNeedABudget (or YNAB, as it’s known) started as a spreadsheet built by a college student who was looking to cover his rent. Here’s the transcript of our chat, lightly edited for brevity and clarity.
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19 days ago
A Lazy Person’s Guide to Happiness
Find the right environment, and very little effort is necessary. Happiness is an active process, not something you get by sitting back and waiting. It’s something to be grabbed by the horns or more vulnerable areas and then conquered.
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19 days ago
How to work from home even if you don't have coronavirus
If you’re starting to work from home or just got a remote position, you’re probably looking forward to not spending time on a frustrating commute and staying in your pajamas until noon.
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19 days ago
Advertising during the coronavirus crisis is not finger lickin' good
There could not possibly be a worse time to run advertising that’s sole focus is slow-motion close-ups of people licking their fingers in public. Since it launched two weeks ago, 163 people have reportedly complained to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority about the “Finger Lickin’ Good” spots. Which is, of course, why KFC logically announced this week that it was hitting pause on the campaign. “It doesn’t feel like the right time to be airing this campaign, so we’ve decided to pause it for now–but we’re really proud of it and look forward to bringing it back at a later date,” a spokesperson told The Drum.
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19 days ago
Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web
The Facebook Container add-on is not new, but has been enhanced in its latest version, 2.1.0, with the ability to add custom sites to the container so that you can "login with Facebook wherever you need to". The purpose of the Facebook Container is to let you continue to use Facebook but without having the social network site track your browsing elsewhere. "Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook," say the docs.
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19 days ago
Quibi will have pre-roll ads that you can’t skip on its videos
Advertising is going to play a crucial role on Quibi. CEO Meg Whitman thinks most people will opt for the $4.99-a-month ad-supported streaming plan rather than the more expensive $7.99-a-month ad-free tier. Companies are encouraged to take full advantage of Quibi’s “Turnstyle” technology, which optimizes video to make transitioning from landscape to portrait seamless. It’s a core facet of Quibi’s sell to potential subscribers, and it’s clear the company wants advertisers to think of the function as native to the Quibi experience.
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19 days ago
Liz Pelly talks Spotify, independence and ‘big music tech criticism’
Pelly wasn’t pulling any punches by this point in her keynote. “As Spotify actively targets independent artists and drags them into its data and ad-driven environment, it has contributed to the grander forces that currently strip the word ‘independent’ of any meaning, and generally make survival for independent artists more difficult and complicated,” she suggested. “It has led to a grand reckoning with whether the word ‘independent’ even means anything today.” Pelly would later describe Spotify’s annual Wrapped promotion in less-than-impressed terms: “Just an advertising campaign, and a cynical one at that. It also creates a dangerous feedback loop of inadequacy by perpetuating a scarcity mindset for music, as musicians compare themselves to one another, inevitably…”
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19 days ago
More SXSW damage from Coronavirus pandemic: No refunds for ticket-holders, as event lays off a third of staff
Over 160,000 attendees were expected for this year’s event – but it has now emerged that none of them will be able to claim a refund for SXSW 2020, which was due to kick off this Friday (March 13). In a note responding to inquired about refunds in the past few days, SXSW has told would be attendees: “We wish that the SXSW and SXSW… no refund policy (see Terms & Conditions) was just there as a safeguard and never imagined we would ever be in a situation where we would have to enforce it in this manner.” It adds: “SXSW has to rely on the registration terms you agreed to when you purchased your credential, which acknowledge that SXSW will not issue refunds.”
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19 days ago
How Coronavirus Will Affect the Entertainment Industries
Of course, when push comes to shove, consumers may find themselves cutting back more dramatically, with streaming music particularly vulnerable because: Younger people are normally the first to lose their jobs and millennials make up the lion’s share of music subscribers Downgrading to a free tier still leaves the consumer with a decent music experience, and that’s without even considering the role of YouTube Across both music and video, a long-term recession – if it happens – would see a growing role for ad-supported. YouTube looks best placed to prosper, not least because Spotify has not had the best of times growing its ad business. Pandora may also benefit, as may the likes of Peacock in video.
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19 days ago
Live Nation stock crashes 16.6%, as Coronavirus is categorized as 'pandemic' by WHO (update)
As much as this is worrying news for the world’s general population, it’s especially so for Live Nation’s board and its investors. UPDATE: The live concerts giant’s share price finished today on the New York Stock Exchange 16.58% down on the prior day. That means, according to Google Finance data and MBW calculations, Live Nation has seen $1.8bn wiped off its market cap value in the past 24 hours – down to an end-of-trading valuation today of $9.01bn. In the past week (from trading close on Wednesday, March 4 to now), Live Nation’s share price has tumbled 29.7% (from $59.77 to $42.01), representing a market cap value fall of $3.8bn.
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19 days ago
Coronavirus Is Changing The Music Business Big Time, Maybe For The Better
If you think that the concert business was business-like before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In order to make up for lost profits, tours will cut overhead to the bone. Productions will get smaller and less elaborate and will be able to get away with it with few repercussions since an audience starved for live entertainment because of virus containment will be less demanding. Ticketing moves into the future as service charges are decreased, paperless tickets increase, and on a concert level, concession prices are brought in line with competing venues in order to get more meat in the seats. The name of the game is survival first, and that may mean lower prices all around in order to attract a cash-strapped audience.
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19 days ago
Tencent Music isn’t actually a Chinese company. Why should the global music business care?
Moreover, because of its offshore incorporation, Tencent Music doesn’t actually own any of the music services it operates — namely QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo and WeSing — and, crucially, neither do its shareholders. Instead, Tencent Music merely maintains a series of “contractual arrangements” with said music services through a legal structure known as a variable interest entity (VIE) — which gives the parent company effective operational control over the services and the ability to consolidate their financial and operational results in quarterly financial statements, but does not give Tencent Music’s shareholders any voting rights.
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19 days ago
What Megan Thee Stallion's Lawsuit Won't Solve
If similar deals were more public, it would help future Carl Crawfords and Megan Thee Stallions have a baseline understanding of what’s fair to aide their meetings with lawyers and other experts. In a recent episode of the Trapital Podcast, entertainment lawyer Karl Fowlkes said that he hopes there are less music lawyers in the future. It’s in hope that these types of situations can be addressed with more information. Remember the infamous Google company spreadsheet with over 12,000 self-reported salaries? Artists can do the same with past and present deals. It would make waves, but anger even more people than that Google Sheet did.
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19 days ago
Spotify playlist complaint sparked by killer clown advert
Warner Bros has been rebuked after an advert for one of its horror movies was played during a Spotify playlist of children's lullabies. The advert for the film It: Chapter Two featured the voice of killer clown Pennywise talking and giggling over scary music. It ran in August although it had been tagged as unsuitable for "kids' music". The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said Warner must take further steps to prevent a similar incident.
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19 days ago
How the Music Industry Can Do Better for Female Songwriters, Producers
By creating a more diversified body of songwriters, we’ll experience new kinds of music that we would have never heard if we kept limiting songwriting opportunities to the same group of people. This is also how we can begin to create change with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Only 69 of the 888 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are women according to Longreads — that accounts for just 7.7%. The music industry has the opportunity to reset itself and become a champion industry for gender balance, and representation.
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19 days ago
How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America
The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United States Haskell County, Kansas, lies in the southwest corner of the state, near Oklahoma and Colorado.
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21 days ago
Playground behaviour in the cultural industries
This recent incident involving a German audio equipment company and a respected music technology journalist has understandably sparked a massive response online.
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21 days ago
11 Rare Hip-Hop Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now
Whether it is because of its niche subject matter or lack of broad distribution, many amazing hip-hop documentaries end up flying under the radar. Here’s a list of 11 you can stream right now.
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21 days ago
The 12 best DJ mixes from Andrew Weatherall archive The Weatherdrive
The response to the Weatherdrive has been unprecedented. What was released in 2019 as a resource for the Flightpath Estate Facebook group has been shared far and wide since Andrew’s untimely death on February 17.
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21 days ago
Marketers look to reap benefits of Apple’s new push notification ad rules
Push notifications have higher open rates than email, but until now push notifications have largely represented an “unexploited opportunity for consumer engagement” between brand owners and consumers, said Rafe Blandford, chief product officer at Digitas UK. The policy change “will allow a more direct link to revenue driving journeys, so I would expect it to increase app-linked revenue for apps that have transactional elements,” he added. Still, app owners should beware “death by notification,” said Gillian Bell, director of digital services at marketing communications agency Wake The Bear. “It has to be benefit-led versus, ‘We have inventory to sell and we need to push more product’ … in the app environment people are less forgiving — make too many mistakes and, boom, you’re gone.”
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21 days ago
Reddit takes on Twitter with its first trending ad product
he new ad unit will allow brands to reach visitors on two of the most heavily visited areas of Reddit’s website: the Search tab and the Popular feed. The ad format allows the brands’ campaigns to run across the largest trends on Reddit’s site for 24 hours, Reddit says. The trends section is where users can see what’s currently buzzing and being discussed across the site, similar to the Trends section on Twitter, which can also be targeted by advertisers.
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21 days ago
Facebook Stories tests cross-posting to its pet, Instagram
Facebook’s latest colonization of Instagram has begun. Facebook is testing the option to cross-post Stories to Instagram, instead of just vice-versa. Hopefully, that means the two apps will finally sync up the “already viewed” status of cross-posted Stories so we don’t have to watch re-runs any more, as I harped about in January. If fully launched, the cross-posting feature could save social media managers and average users time while letting them maximize the views on the content they create.
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21 days ago
Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog
Yesterday it said the French regulator has finally opened a probe of Criteo. “CNIL’s confirmation that they are investigating Criteo is important and we warmly welcome it,” it said in the  statement. “The AdTech ecosystem is based on vast privacy infringements, exploiting people’s data on a daily basis. Whether its through deceptive consent banners or by infesting mental health websites these companies enable a surveillance environment where all you moves online are tracked to profile and target you, with little space to contest.”
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21 days ago
Australia sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica, fine could scale to $529BN
Australia’s Privacy Act sets out a provision for a civil penalty of up to $1,700,000 to be levied per contravention — and the national watchdog believes there were 311,074 local Facebook users in the cache of ~86M profiles lifted by Cambridge Analytica . So the potential fine here is circa $529BN. (A very far cry from the £500k Facebook paid in the UK over the same data misuse scandal.)
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21 days ago
Spotify, Amazon Argue Against Songwriter Rate Hike in Appeals Court
Tensions have been high since the appeal was made last March: The publishing community is understandably up in arms over this threat to a hard-won rate increase, while the streaming giants insist that they are not “suing songwriters,” which is how the appeal is often characterized. To be technically accurate, they’re not: Rather, they’re suing in part to pay songwriters less than the Copyright Royalty Board decided they should, and, all moral considerations aside, that is an argument they are legally entitled to make. However, songwriters and the publishing community have lambasted the streaming services over the move.
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21 days ago
Spotify rolls out a more personalized home screen to users worldwide
Spotify has been slowly rolling out a redesigned mobile app in small sections — first with an update to podcast pages, then to other parts of the experience. Today, the company is revamping the most critical part of the Spotify app: the home screen. Now, when Spotify users launch the app, they’ll notice the new home screen greets them depending on what time of day it is with a “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon” or “Good Evening,” for example. But the screen’s content and recommendations will also change with the time of day, Spotify says, and the content has also been better organized so you more easily jump back in or browse recommendations from the main page.
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21 days ago
Rihanna Unveils Fenty Beauty House Specifically for TikTok Users
Rihanna recently unveiled the Fenty Beauty TikTok House in Los Angeles, which fulfills her vision of providing the "next wave of content creators" with a space and set-up that will assist them in getting their ideas off the ground. "We are standing in the official first Fenty Beauty TikTok home," Rihanna said. "I just wanted to create a platform for the next wave of content creators. I think our generation is the sickest, the illest, the most creative. I can't do it alone, so to join in with the people who are influencing the world and my community and my generation, this is a hub."
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21 days ago
How to deal with a Coronavirus-hit music business: 'It’s not fair' is not a strategy.
There is an old cliché which goes, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” If there is any upside to this current situation it is that there is small window of opportunity for companies to prepare for the potential storm ahead. This rarely happens and should be seized. The time to figure out your communications strategy is now. Not tomorrow, or the next day – now. You only get one reputation. It is the most precious thing you have; make sure you look after it.
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21 days ago
When Diplo and The Strokes need a deepfake, they go to this guy
The Strokes look like they’re 20 years old again in their latest music video. That’d be impressive makeup work on a group of roughly 40-year-olds, but the band doesn’t appear in the music video at all: every one of their faces is a deepfake. The deepfakes were created by Paul Shales, whose meme pages have blown up over the past year. Under the moniker The Fakening, Shales has put Sen. Bernie Sanders into a dance troupe, turned President Donald Trump into a young girl, and added Joe Rogan to Star Wars. More recently, he went viral after inserting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk into an episode of Star Trek — a creation he called “an easy deepfake” after he got frustrated working on some harder projects.
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21 days ago
Maggie Collins warns artist managers are overworked, underpaid and unseen
The plight of artist managers, who are overworked, underpaid and unseen, has been documented in cold, hard reports. Collins’ social post, however, puts a human voice to the issue. In it, Collins points out, “We are not super humans. We are fucking exhausted. An alarming amount are suffering serious mental health problems due to burn-out because we have to do so much more than a manager of decades ago.” And when that work is done in a developmental stage, “we take 20% of almost nothing, it takes about three years to maybe pay-off, and then we face the threat of major competitors taking our artists and reaping all the rewards.”
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21 days ago
The global recorded music business generated over $50m a day last year – and more than $2m of it went to DIY artists
The worldwide recorded music industry generated $21.5bn across all formats last year, growing 11.4%. That’s according to new numbers from trusted analysis platform Midia Research, which estimates that $11.9bn of this $21.5bn – some 56% – came from streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube. Interestingly, Midia has revised upwards its preliminary estimate for the ‘artist-direct’ sector, i.e. those DIY artists independently uploading their own music via platforms like Amuse, Ditto, TuneCore, CD Baby etc.
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21 days ago
‘Who are you Jan Thiel?’ Zola Jesus uncovers new Spotify mystery
The EP simply lists Jan Thiel as the provider (i.e. no label or distributor details) while its three tracks credit Thiel as the performer, with no details of writers or producers. This artist really is a mystery, but given the speed with which their tracks were added to some of Spotify’s prominent concentration and piano playlists, Zola Jesus’ questions should not come as a surprise. The truth may well end up being that they’re not ‘fake f**king music’ but simply a production musician who came to editors’ attention by submitting one of those tracks via Spotify’s playlist-pitching tool – but if so, it would probably be a good idea for the streaming service to explain that fairly speedily.
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21 days ago
Pex buys Dubset to build YouTube ContentID for TikTok & more
That’s where Pex comes in. The profitable royalty attribution startup founded in 2014 scans social networks and other user-generated content sites for rightsholders’ content. Pex then lets them negotiate licensing with the platforms, request a take-down, demand attribution and/or track the consumption statistics. It has collected a database of over 20 billion audio and video tracks found on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter and more. It’s like an independent YouTube ContentID. Today that business gets a big boost as Pex is acquiring Dubset, which has spent 10 years tackling the problem of getting remixes and multi-song DJ sets legalized for streaming on services like Spotify, to some success. The $11.3 million-funded Dubset does fingerprinting of 45 million tracks from over 50,000 rights holders down to the second so the artists behind the source material get paid.
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21 days ago
Spotify unveils new RADAR global emerging artist program
According to a post published in Spotify’s official newsroom today, through the new global emerging-artist program ‘RADAR’, the platform says that it’ll be “deepening [its] commitment to emerging artists at all stages of their development and strengthening their connection to audiences”. Adds Spotify: “With this global launch, we’ll continue to build on Spotify’s history of working with emerging artists through 19 sister programs featuring up-and-coming creators from more than 50 markets worldwide, all focused on helping artists from around the world reach the next stage in their careers.”
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21 days ago
Malawi legalises the growing, selling and export of cannabis
Malawi has joined the list of southern African countries that have legalised the growing, selling and export of cannabis. But the country still restricts the legalization of cannabis for personal use, unlike in South Africa where the courts allowed for cannabis for personal use.
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26 days ago
Thurston Moore opened a record store in London
Thurston Moore showing off Ecstatic Peace Library’s wares. (photo: @thurstonmoore58Thurston Moore has opened a record store, Ecstatic Peace Library, in London’s Hackney neighborhood.
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26 days ago
Why ‘free’ Wi-Fi isn’t really free
How much would you ‘pay’ for ‘free’ Wi-Fi? Would you give away your birthday? Your travel details? Your home address? Your phone number?
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26 days ago
Toms founder launches Madefor, a back-to-basics wellness kit
If you’ve ever downloaded an app to keep track of your well-being, welcome to the club. There are more than 250,000 mobile health and fitness apps on the market. Unfortunately, according to a recent survey out of Bond University, there’s not much evidence that they get results.
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26 days ago
Bob Iger got Disney into the streaming wars, so what happens once he’s gone?
Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox.
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26 days ago
Reddit CEO says TikTok is ‘fundamentally parasitic,’ cites privacy concerns
“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with [TikTok],” Huffman said at the event, “because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.” The fingerprinting Huffman is referring to is a combination of audio and browser tracking to determine which users are watching and sharing a video on both the app and on the web, as detailed by researcher Matthias Eberl on Rufposten.
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26 days ago
Facebook pulls out of the SXSW conference citing coronavirus concerns
Facebook has pulled out of the upcoming SXSW conference in Austin, TX, according to a company statement given to Business Insider. “Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year,” said the statement, which Facebook also shared with The Verge. Twitter announced earlier today that it had pulled out of SXSW as well. This evening, SXSW said the event was still proceeding as planned.
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26 days ago
YouTube is experimenting with letting creators sell ads directly to brands
The pilot program is extremely limited and only works for deals between creators and brands that already have a relationship, Tom Leung, director of product management at YouTube, said in a video from January, spotted by Tubefilter today. This will mean “basically allowing a creator to sell ads directly to a brand,” Leung said. “We know a lot of people are very interested in this topic, so it’s a very small pilot now, but as we have more information, we will definitely share it out as soon as we can,” Leung said in the video.
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26 days ago
Twitter starts testing its own version of Stories, called ‘Fleets,’ which disappear after 24 hours
Twitter is testing its own version of Stories. The company announced today it will begin to trial a new sharing format called “Fleets,” starting in Brazil, which will let users post ephemeral content to its social network for the first time. Unlike Tweets, Twitter’s new Fleets can’t receive Likes, Replies or Retweets. And they’ll disappear entirely after 24 hours.
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26 days ago
Facebook Messenger ditches Discover, demotes chat bots
Chat bots, businesses and games are being hidden, but not completely banished from Messenger. They’ll still be accessible if users purposefully seek them through the Messenger search bar, Pages and ads on Facebook, buttons to start conversations on businesses’ websites, and m.me URL that create QR codes which open to business accounts in Messenger. The spokesperson diplomatically claimed that businesses are still an important part of Messenger. But without promotion via Discover, businesses will have to rely on their owned or paid marketing channels to gain traction for their chat bots. That could discourage them from building on the Messenger platform.
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26 days ago
Warner Music Group delays IPO, with stock market in grip of Coronavirus fears
According to sources close to the company, WMG was set to share target price ranges for its public debut this week, as well as starting formal meetings with potential IPO investors today (March 2). However, according to CNBC, Warner’s IPO plans have been put on ice while it waits out the negative effects on the stock market caused by Coronavirus panic. Last week saw nearly 12% of value wiped off the S&P 500 Index – the collective indicator of the stock performance of 500 of the USA’s biggest public companies. Global markets suffered their biggest fall in value since the 2008 financial crash as a result of the Coronavirus scare.
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26 days ago
Spotify co-head of music slams playlist promotion ‘scams’
Spotify’s co-head of music Jeremy Erlich has come out strongly against agencies charging labels or artists to pitch their music to the streaming service’s playlists. “I hate it. They’re just scamming artists. There’s absolutely no promo in the streaming world. We don’t talk to any of these people at all. They’re scams,” he told Forbes. “If I could snap my fingers and make them all disappear, I would. When people use our name falsely we try to stop them. If anyone tells you to pay for playlisting, it’s a lie. Going through the pitch tool is the only way.” Note, he was talking about Spotify’s own playlists: there are agencies that focus on pitching to external curators too, who don’t misrepresent themselves.
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26 days ago
What the US record industry should fear about its future – and what it deserves to celebrate
The headline: the US recorded music market grew 13% on a retail basis in 2019 to $11.11bn, with streaming responsible for nearly 80% of this monetary haul. (You can read the full report through here.) But, beyond this, what were the most meaningful trends for record labels and artists from the RIAA numbers, and what do they tell us about the future direction of the music business? Below, MBW drills into five key commercial patterns beginning to form in the USA, the world’s biggest music market. You’ll find data deserving of high-fives from record industry bosses – as well as numbers that might solicit rather more caution…
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26 days ago
Musiio launches self-service dashboard for AI catalogue-tagging
AI-tagging startup Musiio has launched a new service that will make it easier for music companies to use its technology. It’s called Musiio App, and is aimed at independent labels, production houses, sync companies, DJs and other creatives. Anyone with a catalogue of music, who wants to make it easier to tag those tracks and search through them quickly. It’s a self-service tool: people can sign up and use it for 25 tracks for free as a trial, before paying 5p per track (around $0.06) after that.
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26 days ago
Spotify’s Newest Pitch to Labels and Musicians: Now You Pay Us
Under current royalty agreements, record companies get a share of all Spotify revenue. That means the labels could theoretically claw back some of the ad money they pay to the company. Both sides agree that makes no sense -- and Spotify is pressing in current talks to create a new revenue pool that major record companies don’t get to share, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is highly sensitive.
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26 days ago
Did Germany just overtake the UK as the world's third biggest recorded music market?
As you can see, in terms of industry-reported retail numbers at the US dollar-level, Germany is coming out just higher than the UK here – thanks to Germany growing 8.2% in 2019, and the UK growing by a smaller margin of 7.1%. This suggests that Germany is in with a chance of claiming the coveted spot of the world’s third biggest recorded music market after the two biggest markets, the USA (No.1) and Japan (No.2).
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26 days ago
Stem is offering cash advances to help musicians stay independent
With Scale, Rabkin Lewis and her team are trying to offer something better — a way for musicians to get access to the money they need without having to sign a restrictive contract. The payment terms are transparent; they’re calculated as a percentage of monthly revenue, with musicians able to adjust how much money they take and how quickly they want to pay it back. Plus they’re able to maintain creative control and full ownership of their master recordings. And Stem says these advances are better from a tax perspective, because they’re classified as a merchant credit advance that only gets taxed as money is actually earned.
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26 days ago
Why Are Artists Breaking Up Their Albums Into Separate Releases?
Managers and labels who’ve taken the multi-part plunge tend to insist that it all begins with their artists’ visions. But some also acknowledge that serialized albums reflect the commercial reality of the Spotify era. “All of this comes down to streaming,” one indie label campaign manager tells me.
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26 days ago
A Conversation With Zoe Keating: From Emily White's "How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Revenue Streams"
Zoë: Email is crucial and it’s still amazing at this point when people don’t use it. It’s just got to be all about the email list and it’s worth the money. I pay for the email list every month and I’m happy to pay for it. When I say email list, I also mean text. I don’t even put an email list out at shows any more. I put a number out from the stage and place posters with the number in the lobby by the merch table. I’m famous for putting out my email list and losing it. For a while, I was using TaskRabbit for my shows’ email list sheets to get the information into my email list’s database. Lately I’ve just been using a text platform, which is great. And way more people are signing up that way.
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26 days ago
found.ee launches an Ad Builder with audio playable banner ads
“These ads get tremendous response, both in terms of plays and clicks and make it easy to engage existing fans or convert new ones,” said Jason Hobbs, CEO, found.ee. “Now we can take a track streaming from Apple Music and get it directly in front of fans that stream on Apple Music, and take a Spotify song and get it in front of fans that prefer Spotify. We could never do it before. Now an entire campaign is ready in less than 5 minutes. It’s a game-changer for how we market new releases.”
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26 days ago
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
I was skeptical, but it turns out there is something to be said for a daily fast, preferably one lasting at least 16 hours.I’ve long thought the human body was not meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political protest.
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4 weeks ago
How to Tell if Machine Learning can Solve your Business Problem
Machine learning has emerged as one of the top technology buzzwords today. It promises to be a miracle formula that solves a variety of challenges that businesses are facing. Not surprising then that machine learning is growing at a phenomenal rate.
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4 weeks ago
The Whitney Houston hologram tour has begun. Here's how it works
In 2016, Whitney Houston was schedule to perform during the season 10 finale of The Voice—four years after her death. The stunt was supposed to be a duet with then-judge Christina Aguilera, but five days before the finale, Houston’s estate pulled the plug.
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4 weeks ago
The future of AI journalism is less hyperbole and smarter readers
Today we launched Neural, our new home for human-centric AI news and analysis. While we’re celebrating the culmination of years of hard work from our behind-the-scenes staff, I’m taking the day to quietly contemplate the future of AI journalism.
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4 weeks ago
Meet the 10 most overpaid CEOs in the U.S.
The median employee at Align Technologies, the company that makes Invisalign, makes $13,180 a year. The CEO makes $41,758,338. That’s a pay ratio of 3,168:1.
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4 weeks ago
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