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Apple Music’s Web Interface Exits Beta
The interface looks nearly identical to the desktop app, but bringing it to browsers allows for a lot more cross-platform flexibility.
Streaming Services Are Going to Have to Change Their MO
New music is the fuel in the streaming engine, creating a virtuous circle of increased label and artist output to meet DSP-stimulated user demand. Now though, with COVID-19 disrupting the production of music, everything is set to change. The streaming services haven’t realised it yet, but their underlying modus operandi is going to need to change, too.
Recorded Music Community Comes Together to Provide Additional Support to Artists
The UK’s record labels are coming together with streaming services and other parts of the music industry to provide additional hardship funding to musicians in need. This funding comes on top of individual company initiatives to help artists and the wider music community through the COVID emergency, and is being co-ordinated by record labels association the BPI.
Spotify Lets You Hide Bad Songs on Playlists You Didn’t Make
From the context menu on iOS and Android, you’ll be able to hide songs in a playlist so that every time you fire it up, Spotify will skip the tracks you don’t like.
Fanbytes Launches ByteLabs to Help ‘TikTok Play a Longer-Term Role’ for Labels and Artists
Fanbytes – whose clients include Universal, Sony and Warner, as well as McDonald’s, Apple Music and others – have launched ByteLabs, a new division which offers what Fanbytes calls a ‘360 degree’ menu of services and technology to help artists better grow and engage audiences on TikTok.
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Create Songwriter-Focused Fund for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Effort
Performing Rights Organizations, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and SESAC announced today that they are contributing to create a special fund as part of the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to support music creators who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
PPL Donates $875,000 to Music Industry COVID-19 Hardship Funds
British music licensing company PPL has today announced that it will donate £700,000 to three UK music industry hardship funds set up as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
People Are Paying Real Money to Get Into Virtual Zoom Nightclubs
Welcome to the new era of clubbing under quarantine. Somewhere on the internet, a virtual party is always going down.
Qrates Is Bringing Old-School Vinyl Distribution Back — And Offering a COVID Workaround for Musicians
In 2019, U.S. vinyl record sales grew by nearly 20 percent to over $500 million, marking the 14th consecutive year in which the format’s domestic commercial performance has improved. Now, COVID-19 is putting that progress on pause, though Qrates is developing smart manufacturing and distribution workarounds to keep growing the format.
La SOCAN annonce la démission de son chef de la direction
Jennifer Brown, vice-présidente principale de l’exploitation et du droit de reproduction, est nommée chef de la direction intérimaire et sera en poste pendant le processus formel de désignation d’un chef de la direction permanent.
YouTube Music Adds an Explore Tab to Help You Find New Music
Starting today, Google is rolling out a new « Explore » tab to the YouTube Music mobile app.
#RSDFillTheGap Launched to Celebrate the Original Record Store Day Date
Record Store Day UK has joined forces with independent record shop owners to commemorate what would have been the 13th Record Store Day on Saturday 18th April.
YouTube Launches a Free, DIY Tool for Businesses in Need of Short Video Ads
YouTube today is launching a new tool aimed at small businesses that need a simple, low-cost way to create videos, but may not have the creative experience or technical know-how required to do so.
Swedish Audio Startup Dirac Raises $6m; Appoints Former Spotify Exec Jonathan Forster to Board of Directors
British exec Forster worked in a number of leadership roles at Spotify before leaving in 2016. He spent 10 years at the company after joining as one of its first five employees.
Hipgnosis Now Has $188m More to Spend, via Loan Facility From Banks Including JP Morgan
The company, run by founder Merck Mercuriadis (pictured), has secured a new £150m (approx $188m) revolving credit facility (RCF) via its subsidiary.
AIMS API uses AI to mine catalogues of recorded music
AIMS is an API service that searches and recommends music within your catalogue based on reference audio tracks. (h/t Music Ally)
YouTube Is Testing a ‘Chapters’ Feature to Help You Navigate Lengthy Videos
The feature takes timestamps from the description specified by creators and automatically turns them into chapter markers for the video.
Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman on the Uncertain Future of Live Music: ‘None of Us Were Ready for This’
An expert on all things related to staging a concert, he spoke to Variety about issues related to insurance, rescheduling and how he expects the industry to adapt.