Veille 2020 – Semaine #20

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Voici la veille pour la période du 11 au 17 mai 2020.

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15 mai

Facebook Is Buying Giphy and Integrating It With Instagram
Facebook is buying the popular GIF-making and sharing website Giphy for a reported price of $400 million, with plans to integrate the massive GIF library into Instagram and other Facebook apps.

It’s Going to Be a Long Road for Everybody to Start Seeing Recovery in the Live Music Industry
What, and when, might a return to live music look like?

Music Discovery Rises in Popularity Amid Pandemic, Study Finds
A new survey from Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data titled “COVID-19: Tracking the Impact on the Entertainment Landscape” examines how media consumption has shifted during the pandemic.

14 mai

Why did Apple buy NextVR?
After plenty of talk about AR as the next computing platform, Apple may have more interest in virtual reality than they’ve previously forecasted.

Facebook’s 50-Person Zoom Alternative, Messenger Rooms, Is Now Available
The product is a more feature-rich and expanded version of the existing Facebook Messenger’s video calling function, and it allows up to 50 people to chat on video with no time limit through either the main Facebook app or through the dedicated Messenger one.

Music Made by Artificial Intelligence Has Started Winning Awards. Grammys Next?
Those following the ‘robots writing songs’ narrative might like to learn that things have progressed yet again.

La SOCAN paiera les créateurs de musique pour leurs concerts en direct sur Facebook et Instagram grâce au programme Encore!
Ce programme assurera qu’un total d’environ 200 000 $ sera disponible chaque trimestre pour la durée de la période de confinement au Canada.

Songwriters and composers generate record £810.8 million in music royalties
PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of over 145,500 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and worldwide, collected a record £810.8m on behalf of its members in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 8.7% (£65.0m).

The Algorithm Worth Billions: How YouTube’s Addictive Video Recommender Works
YouTube, along with other sectors of Google, underwent a fundamental shift in technology and an embrace of deep learning to build such an addictive and well-performing algorithm.

13 mai

Another Billion-Dollar Quarter for Sony Music, as Streaming Revenues Jump 27.4% Year-On-Year
According to a fiscal announcement from parent Sony Corp, Sony Music saw recorded music revenues rise 13.5% year-on-year to $1.074bn in the three months to the end of March.

We Asked 13 Artists How Spotify’s ‘Tip Jar’ Is Working Out for Them
Amber Coffman, Of Montreal, and Zola Jesus gave VICE their thoughts on asking for donations on the multi-billion-dollar platform after coronavirus put them out of a job. (h/t Music Ally)

12 mai

Instagram Now Lets People Delete Comments in Bulk and Is Testing Pinned Comments
Instagram is launching and testing multiple new features starting today that are aimed at making the platform a more positive space.

YouTube Music Adds a Transfer Option Ahead of Google Play Music’s Shutdown This Year
Starting today, Google Play Music users will be able to move their libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to the newer YouTube Music service by way of a new “transfer” option available in the app.

Universal Music Group Accelerates China Strategy, With Joe Fang Named First Ever MD of UMPG in Region
Fang is tasked with developing UMPG China at its new headquarters in Beijing, overseeing business strategy and the growth of the company’s Chinese language roster.

Spotify Now Lets Parents Access Their Kids’ Listening History and Block Content
Spotify first released its Spotify Kids app in October last year, and now it’s introducing two new features to give parents more control over what their kids consume.

Nielsen Launches Gracenote Audio On Demand for Advanced Podcast Search and Discovery
Nielsen launched Gracenote® Audio On Demand, a standardized and enriched dataset enabling powerful navigation, search and discovery of more than 37 million podcast episodes across all digital entertainment platforms. (h/t Music Ally)

Tencent Music Misses Quarterly Revenue Estimates, Signals Better Second Quarter
China’s Tencent Music Entertainment narrowly missed market estimates for quarterly revenue as the COVID-19 crisis hurt the company’s social entertainment services business, sending its shares down 4.5% in extended trade overnight.

11 mai

HBO Veteran Joins Spotify as General Counsel
The music streaming company has tapped WarnerMedia veteran Eve Konstan to the role. She replaces Horacio Gutierrez, who in November was promoted to head of global affairs and chief legal officer.

Facebook’s Small Business Tools Include a New Messenger Inbox
Facebook is planning more features to help business owners stay connected with customers.

Spotify Officially Launches a Shared-Queue Feature Called Group Session
Spotify is introducing a new feature, Group Session, that will allow two or more of its Premium users in the same space to share control over they music being played.

Musicians Call for Industry Shake-Up to Protect Artists During Lockdown
Two organisations that represent thousands of British musicians and songwriters will today launch a Keep Music Alive campaign calling for urgent changes to the music industry to protect artists at risk of ruin as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

ASCAP Joins Leading Music and Film Organizations to Call on Congress to Fix Safety Net in New CARES Act
ASCAP and several other entertainment industry organizations sent a joint letter to leaders of Congress, highlighting the ways the implementation of the CARES Act has fallen short in assisting workers in need in the entertainment community and requesting that these flaws be remedied in a new CARES Act COVID-19 relief package.


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