Décembre 2019 – Semaine #2

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Voici la veille pour la période du 9 au 15 décembre 2019.

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13 décembre

Billboard 200 to Include Official Video Plays From YouTube, Streaming Services
Video and audio data from YouTube, along with visual plays from several music streaming services, will soon be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart.

TikTok Owner ByteDance Makes Another Key Music Hire, Bringing in Tracy Gardner to Negotiate with Labels
Gardner was previously Senior Vice President, Global Business Development and Strategy at Warner Music Group.

Apple and Spotify Can Now Play Podcasts on Your Alexa-Enabled Devices
Starting today, Apple Podcasts is available through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Echo speakers.

Scanner le visage plutôt que le billet
Plus simple d’utilisation pour l’industrie de la billetterie, la reconnaissance faciale inquiète certains experts du milieu qui craignent le partage involontaire par des millions de personnes des «données» de leur visage, destinées à gonfler des banques de données.

Spotify Will Recommend Podcasts Even If You’ve Never Listened Before
As part of its ongoing push into the increasingly lucrative world of podcasting, Spotify is making it easier for free users to get hooked on the audio format.

Sony Music Invests in Podcast Production Firm Neon Hum
In its latest move into the podcast biz, Sony Music Entertainment announced a strategic investment in podcast production house Neon Hum.

12 décembre

Pandora Launches Interactive Voice Ads
The new format capitalizes on Pandora’s underlying voice technology which also powers the app’s smart voice assistant, Voice Mode, launched earlier this year.

Recording Academy Reveals Its Diversity Task Force Report, With Strong Calls for Reform
Anyone wondering what the Recording Academy’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion has been doing for the past 18 months got their answer this morning in the form of the organization’s strongly worded, 47-page-long Final Report.

Tidal Adds Dolby Atmos Music to Its HiFi Tier
Tidal is following Amazon Music by adding Dolby Atmos Music-encoded tracks to its Tidal HiFi tier, the company announced.

Soundcharts Algorithm Aims to Predict Breakout Stars of 2020
This list isn’t the usual ‘experts making their tips’ affair: it’s the result of an algorithm developed by Soundcharts analysing data from YouTube, Deezer, Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Shazam, Instagram, Twitter and more than 200 British radio stations.

Hype Machine Connects Spotify Wrapped Playlists with Bandcamp
It’s a welcome reminder that there are ways to directly support artists on top of streaming their music.

Neil Jacobson Exits Geffen Records; Launches Crescent Drive Productions
Called Crescent Drive Productions, it will operate as an independent music management firm, publishing company and record label. 

You Can Now Upload “Synced” Lyrics with DistroKid
DistroKid now lets any artist automatically create & upload synced lyrics.

11 décembre

A Show About Spotify Is Coming to Netflix
The as-yet-titled show is inspired by the book Spotify Untold, according to Netflix’s announcement.

AI-Music Startup Popgun Launches Consumer Music-Making App Splash
Popgun plans to grow Splash into the next big social music network with millions of people making and sharing music.

TikTok Owner Is Testing Music App in Bid for Next Global Hit
TikTok owner ByteDance Inc. is testing a new music app in emerging markets as it tries to pull off another global sensation akin to its viral video-sharing service.

Facebook’s Portal TV Gets Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, Sling TV, Deezer
Facebook is bringing additional media services to its Portal TV device.

Africa’s Boomplay Reaches 62 Million Users – Major Labels + Merlin Now on Board
Boomplay, which is Africa’s largest music streaming platform, reached an important milestone by surpassing 60 million users on the continent.

Beat Maker Go Developer Gismart Drops Half-a-Million on ‘The Next TikTok’
Gismart has announced a $500,000 investment in Jambl, a Berlin-based music startup. Jambl hopes to become ‘the next TikTok’ for music discovery.

ASCAP Launches “TuneUp,” a Health and Wellness Program for Musicians
“TuneUp” will provide a range of benefits to ASCAP members, including access to wellness services, recovery support groups, wellness events like sound baths and meditation groups, and more.

10 décembre

Warner Launches $650M Fund to Do Battle with Music’s Big Spenders
A new threat is growing to the dominance of the Big Three. Well-funded players like Merck Mercuriadis’s Hipgnosis and Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings – not to mention the likes of Concord, Primary Wave, Downtown Music Holdings, Kobalt Capital, Round Hill and others – are snapping up impressive catalog assets for prices that the majors often appear unwilling to match.

Is It Time for Spotify and Other Streaming Services to Increase Their Prices?
As Spotify’s ARPU (average revenue per user) rates continue to decline, pressure from rightsholders is being exerted on the company to consider raising its prices, but, so far, SPOT has resisted.

Google Shows off Stunning New AR Features Coming to Web and Mobile Apps Soon
The company says it’s ready to unveil some of the next-generation upgrades to depth detection and physics it’s achieved, which promise to make AR experiences seem much more realistic in the future.

Twin Atlantic Use New Google Earth Features for Their New Single
Fans get to explore pins dropped on the city of Barcelona. (via Music Ally)

9 décembre

Le bassin de talents internationaux en IA passe à 80 au Canada
Dans le cadre de la Stratégie pancanadienne en matière d’IA du CIFAR, 86,5 millions de dollars ont été octroyés au recrutement et au maintien en poste d’experts en IA de renommée mondiale.

Spotify Officially Adds Paul Vogel as a Director Ahead of CFO Transition
Spotify, in a recent British regulatory filing, appointed Paul Vogel as a director, in anticipation of him replacing Barry McCarthy as the company’s CFO early next year.

Report: Spotify Has 36% Market Share of Music-Streaming Subs
Spotify, Tencent Music and Pandora announce their subscriber figures on a quarterly basis, but other music-streaming services can be more selective about when they publish stats (if they do at all).

What’s the Real End-Game for AI Music? Popgun’s CEO Has Ideas…
Stephen Phillips, CEO of Australian startup Popgun, thinks that the early business models in this sector – AI-music as a replacement for production music, for example – are just a sliver of the ultimate potential for this technology.

Charles Caldas: “We are very bullish that the streaming growth will continue.”
Charles Caldas, Merlin Network’s CEO, speaks to Emmanuel Legrand about Merlin’s journey from its beginnings to distributing over $2 billion to its members, plus his thoughts on the future of the streaming market.


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