Yahoo! has aquired concert streaming platform EVNTLIVE. Founded by former Cisco CTO Judy Estrin, the EVNTLIVE team will now join Yahoo's video team working on Yahoo Music and Yahoo Screen. No details of the deal were announced, but the company had received $2.3 million in fuNding from Vint Cerf, Yogen Dalal, Dave House and others.
Bop.fm launched out of beta this week promising the end of song link and playlist frustration. By offering playlists that source songs from multiple services, including YouTube, SoundCloud, Rdio and Spotify, Bop.fm lets you use the sources to which you have access. This service makes it easier to enjoy songs and playlists across licensing and geographic boundaries. Bop.fm also has a player for web publishers that's currently in use on Rap Genius. So you may have already enjoyed their work.
Vevo has released it's Top 10 Most Viewed Music Videos of 2013 Miley Cyrus dominates the list.“Wrecking Ball” was the clear winner with over 371 million views worldwide. The controversial video was the fastest in VEVO’s history to reach 100 million views just six days after its September release. Miley also owns the second most viewed music video of 2013 with "We Can't Stop."
Earlier this week I shared Top 23 Musicians To Watch In 2014 based on the contrasting lists from The BBC and Shazam. Yesterday Spotify released its Spotify Spotlight for 2014 featuring 16 artists with BANKS now the only artist to appear on all three lists. BANKS is somebody I'll be checking out much more closely, among others, and it's a reminder that these lists can be great discovery tools.
Sonicbids is "re-launching" it's platform, according to an email sent to users yesterday afternoon. The music gig and opportunity platform will go offline temporarily starting Sunday, December 8th at 11:59PM EST. There was no word as to how long the outage was scheduled to last. "You can expect an enhanced user experience with new tools and some awesome advancements to your EPK and the find gigs page," according to the email. Here is the full text:
Rolling Stone is planning to launch a country music website, Rolling Stone Country, next year and put out its first country-themed print edition. It's actually an obvious move in many ways though one that will certainly get a negative response from the "anything but country music" crowd. Over the last few years country has truly gone mainstream with increased sales, advertiser interest and a general shedding of the wide range of prejudicial images associated with poor and working class white people. This process, which arguably began with such artists as Shania Twain in the 90s, represents a huge opportunity for popular media that embraces such changes to grab some territory that can last.
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Music-sharing site This Is My Jam – whose founders call it “slow music” because in contrast to the way many music apps encourage the sharing of everything, it only lets you post a single jam at any given time — launched a new feature this week designed to help users find more people to follow.
Pandora has officially abandoned the Internet Radio Fairness Act - a piece of legislation that would have effectively reduced the royalty rates it pays to songwriters and publishers, as well as performers and labels. Pandora founder Tim Westergren attributed the strategic move to "the low probability that Congress will address this issue in the near term", but strong resistance and bad press from initiatives like ASCAP's #StandWithSongwriters petition and open letter signed by prominent artists opposing the bill was certainly a factor.
Spotify is adding a new mobile tier to its free music offering, according to multiple reports. The announcement will be made during a NYC press event scheduled for next Wednesday, December 11th. More music consumption is moving to mobile, and some services like iTunes Radio already offer free service there. In fact, the new free mobile service will reportedly have more in common with iTunes Radio than with it's own on-demand paid tier.
An internal Facebook memo points to a future where the distribution of unpaid posts on the social network "decline over time" in favor of messages from advertisers. Several music marketers tell Hypebot that, over the last year, the reach of their posts on Facebook has gradually grown smaller, no mater how big their artist's audience is.
Lyle McKeany shares his take on touring based on his experience with major label act Pressure 4-5. His time on the road was relatively short but, as he points out, that's the only way they were going to make any money given the unlikelihood of recouping initial expenses through album sales. But McKeany was young and without major obligations other than the band so he includes some thoughts from long time Nonpoint drummer Robb Rivera on going on tour once you're a family man. It's a sobering look at the realities of the music industry and also the backstory to McKeany's upcoming merch-related mobile app.
By Robal Johnson of PUMP Merch.
In the last ten years we have experienced the simultaneously terrifying and invigorating evolution of recorded music and collectively bore witness to the ups and downs of technological progress and innovation. The entire major and independent music establishment has struggled to find new ways to make an honest living in this ever-changing market. Yes, it has been scary at times, but the impassioned and determined among us will never be deterred because this music game isn’t a phase, it’s a way of life.
Lady Gaga's been pretty open about her personal life and puts forth a strong image of sexual exploration and of excess. She's also very much into appropriating art and fashion ideas across cultures and time periods. So GAGADOLL makes a lot of sense given her approach though it must read rather differently from a Japanese perspective than that of the West. Then again, it's basically a music-enabled celebrity sex doll.
In episode 34 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Matt Voyno, co-author of the New Rockstar Philosophy, a book that strives to be a road map for starting a musical project in the digital age. We were excited to interview Matt, because we have been virtual colleagues and friends through about five years now. We discuss how Matt and his co-author started blogging, what has changed in the music and technology sector since then, how theory of one thousand true fans and direct-to-fan marketing has evolved in recent years, and what this new age means for indie artists.
DJ Earworm has released his annual audio/video mashup of 2013's Top 25 most popular songs in the U.S., as determined by Billboard's weekly Hot 100 charts. "United State Of Pop 2103 (Living The Fanatsy)" features everyone from Avicii to Will.I.am and Bruno Mars to Taylor Swift. Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake, Maclemore & Ryan and Miley Cyrus each placed two songs on the playlist.
Gracenote today announced an agreement with Microsoft to provide their music recognition technology to Xbox Music Pass subscribers. Among other features, MusicID will be used to identify music owned by subscribers and make those songs available at no additional charge for streaming across devices. It's a strong reminder that Xbox Music extends beyond the Xbox console but, when one looks at the details of Xbox Music Pass pricing, it's also a reminder that it may be a more competitive service when not connected to the Xbox.