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YouTube Says It Paid the Music Industry More Than $3 Billion Last Year
The latest figure hints at how much of the Alphabet-owned company’s ad revenue goes back into the music industry.
6 Questions (And Answers) With Tony Jebara, VP of Spotify’s Machine Learning
Tony Jebara and his team of engineers and research scientists, therefore, have a two-fold mission: to analyze data on what users search and stream, and use those learnings to run experiments that turn into personalized playlists and personalized homepages.
Pandora’s Apple Watch App Can Stream Music Without an iPhone
Next time you go for a run or to the gym, you might be able to leave your phone behind but still listen to whatever music you want on the fly if you’re a Pandora premium subscriber.
New Specialist Music Streaming Platform, Jazzed, Launches in the UK
Claiming to be ‘the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming destination for jazz’, the service features audio channels, exclusive video content, podcasts, documentaries and interviews.
Instagram Is Testing a Way to Display Posts in Chronological Order
In 2016, Instagram began messing with users’ feeds, much to fans’ chagrin. The posts they would see from the accounts they followed weren’t in order of when they were posted, but in order of what the app’s algorithm determined to be worth looking at.
New Record for Smart Speakers As Global Sales Reached 146.9 Million in 2019
The global smart speaker market reached a new high in 2019 with sales of 146.9 million units, an increase of 70% on 2018, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. (h/t Music Ally)
Vivendi plans an IPO of Universal by early 2023 at the latest
French media conglomerate Vivendi said on Thursday it planned to list its most-prized asset, Universal Music Group, by early 2023 at the latest.
SoundExchange Asks U.S. Trade Rep to Help Artists Get Paid Abroad
Rights management agency SoundExchange is asking the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to help American music creators get paid fairly for the use of their work abroad. (h/t Emmanuel Legrand)
Introducing ‘Music Exists’ With Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan
In Music Exists, The Ringer’s newest podcast, best-selling author Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan ask and answer big questions about their love of music.
Are Spotify and Pandora Testing a New Tempo-Based Playlist Feature?
Both music streaming services have filed for patents related to tempo-based playlists.
Capitol Records Names Amanda Samii Senior VP of A&R
Amanda Samii has been named senior vice president of A&R for Capitol Records, the flagship label of Capitol Music Group, it was announced today by label president Jeff Vaughn.
A New Way to Share the Songs You’ve Written on Spotify
Spotify is debuting a beta version of songwriter pages, which helps fans, collaborators and industry partners dive deeper into some of the creators behind their favorite songs.
YouTube Continues to Mirror Twitch, Tests New Clap Feature That Lets Fans Donate to Creators
YouTube is trying to figure out how to help creators earn more revenue through alternative monetization methods, and its newest attempt reiterates that YouTube is still following in Twitch’s footsteps.
Apple Music Has Been Quietly Expanding Its Preferred Distributors List
Both Believe Digital and FUGA are now listed as ‘Preferred Plus’ distributors.
Spotify Pays $250 Million for The Ringer in Podcasting Drive
Spotify is paying close to $200 million upfront for The Ringer, the growing online sports and pop-culture outlet, as part of its push into podcasting, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Drake Signs Multiyear Live-Streaming Partnership with Caffeine
The Canadian artist will first produce a series of rap battles along with a range of additional live content, all of which will premiere on the rapper’s new Caffeine channel.
Apple Hires Warner Music Veteran to Oversee Music Initiatives
Warner Music Group veteran Jeff Bronikowski said in a LinkedIn post late Monday that he has joined Apple Inc as global head of strategic music initiatives.
SoundCloud Secures $75m Investment From SiriusXM
SiriusXM will take a minority stakeholding in SoundCloud as a result of the $75m investment.
Spotify’s Kids App Is Coming to All Premium Family Subscribers
The UK and Australia get it today ahead of a global rollout.
IMPEL Inks Licensing Deal With Amazon for Its Music Streaming Services in Europe
IMPEL, the collective licensing agency representing digital music publishing rights, has inked a licensing deal with Amazon for its music streaming services in Europe.
Music Account Sharing: Benign or Battleground?
In the quarter ending July 2019 MusicWatch estimated that 95 million people had used one of the major streaming services. Of these, 68 million were self-paying, 25 million had access through a family plan, 13 million were on a free trial and 11 million were “mooching” or sharing a log-in that was not from an authorized family plan.
Tencent, Set to Control 10% of Universal, Also Owns 9.1% of Spotify – but Daniel Ek Has the Final Say on Firm’s Stake
Who is the most powerful company in the music business?
Paradigm Invests in Pitch & Sync, a London-Based Sync Agency
The terms of the investment, including pricing and the designated ownership stake, weren’t released publicly. However, it was revealed that Pitch & Sync will retain its name, current employees, and office while working closely with Paradigm’s Brand Partnerships division.
Splice Payouts to Creators Top $25 Million as Company Prioritizes Female Producers
Splice, the popular platform for rights-cleared sounds and beats, has paid out more than $25 million to musicians in its artist-to-artist marketplace, the company has revealed.
Meet Radiant – Your Personal Radio Presenter
Radiant is a new age radio presenter built for you. It plays music based on your taste whilst updating you on local news, weather, traffic and more. (h/t Music Ally)
Tidal Financials: Its Revenues Grew by 26.4% in 2018 to $147.6m
Tidal’s US revenues fell from $71.5m in 2017 to $57.4m in 2018, but its revenues from the rest of the world grew from $39.6m to $84.5m that year.
Hildur Guðnadóttir, First Female Oscar Score Winner in 23 Years, Tells Women ‘We Need to Hear Your Voices’
Hildur Guðnadóttir became only the fourth woman to win an Academy Award for a film score, and the first since 1997, as she walked away with honors for her “Joker” music Sunday night.