Deezer Adds $185M, Strategic Partner That Should Make Spotify and Record Labels Very Nervous

DeezerEarlier this month Deezer added $185 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. New investors include a top Middle Eastern music and media company poised to give the streamer a distinct competitive advantage on the region.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: BlacKkKlansman, The Bold Type, Fallout 76 and More

Arrows in circleIn this every two week update from the Synchtank team, we'll review the important placements and major happenings in the wild and wonderful world of music supervision and music sync. 

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Billboard All Time Top 100 Offers More Shock Than Surprise

1In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Billboard has assembled a list of its all-time greatest hits from over the past six decades. Even factoring in changes in chart methodology and ranking, the chart contains more than a few shocks for anyone even vaguely familiar with the music industry.

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Sensing Blood In Water, Major Labels Sue ISP Cox For 'Ignoring' Their DMCA Notices

1Major labels have for some time been excited by the prospect of being able to use the DMCA to get Internet Service Providers to boot users from the internet, and suing them if they failed. The most prominent victim of this strategy has been ISP Cox, who is now the subject of a bombardment of lawsuits from all the major labels, writes Mike Masnick.

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NYT Expose Looks Inside The Culture Of Billboard Magazine

Billboard - justin-bieberThe New York Times‘ Ben Sisario has published a scathing report on the business culture of Billboard, both before and after the exit of chief John Amato. The expose comes just as the trade is feeling increased pressure from online outlets and a well financed effort to challenge its dominate music charts.

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50% Of Universal Music Is For Sale, But Who Will Buy It?

Universal_music_group_logo__pngVivendi announced this week that it is no longer spinning off its Universal Music Group with an IPO; but rather that it wants to sell up to 50% of the world's largest music company.  But given the price tag and other hurdles who can afford UMG?  Who will want to?

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For Better Or Worse: Drake Defines Streaming Era Success

1While the consumption habits of the streaming era have led many to believe that the traditional album format would soon become a thing of the past, the massive streaming success of Drake's newest ninety minute album tells a different story.

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Pop Music Eats Itself: A&R Is Facing A Data Driven Crisis

image from cdn.pixabay.comIt is no secret that data now drives who gets signed, with record labels chasing stats in search of the next streaming friendly hit.  But analyst Mark Mulligan and some label execs are wondering how music can evolve when A&R is a reflection of current trends rather than as a tastemaker; and how an out of the box music can find a place with an increasingly closed loop of statistics.

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Variety, Rolling Stone Owner Penske Invest In BuzzAngle To Challenge Billboard Chart Dominance

image from d1qb2nb5cznatu.cloudfront.netPenske Media has invested in music charts and data company BuzzAngle Music. Penske owns Rolling Stone, Variety, Deadline and IndieWire, and plans to leverage BuzzAngle charts across their properties.

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Sire Records' Seymour Stein: Moving On, But Not Slowing Down

2After forty-two years in the corporate music world, music industry legend Seymour Stein (notable in part for his discovery of Madonna, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads) is leaving Warner Music Group to return to his roots working in indie music.

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R. Kelly Answers Critics With 'Admit'

R. KellyBy Allgamenab at English Wikipedia [Public domain] / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)R. Kelly has released “I Admit,” which superficially addresses sexual misconduct allegations against him. In the new 19-minute song, released on Soundcloud, Kelly touches on a range of subjects, including the allegations of luring women into a “sex cult” and accusations that he preys on under age women

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Apple Music Scores Ed Sheeran Documentary Exclusive [VIDEO]

image from i.ytimg.comApple Music will be the exclusive home for a new official Ed Sheeran documentary. It's a big win that should draw new subscribers to Apple Music, as the battle for exclusive content among streamers clearly shifts from music to video. 

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Polaris Music Prize Short List 2018

image from www.hypebot.comTen albums have been named to the Polaris Music Prize short list for Canadian album of the year. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.

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Billboard CEO Amato Paid $18 Million To Exit [RERORT]

John AmatoYesterday we reported that allegations of sexual misconduct, a pattern of burying similar allegations against others and possible financial improprieties had allegedly forced the exit of Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato. Now come reports that Amato was paid handsomely to find the door.  

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Full List Of MTV VMA Nominees 2018, Fan Voting Open Now: Cardi B and The Carters Lead Nominees

MTV VMA 2018MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories.

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Former Billboard CEO Accused Of Sexiual Harrasment, Hiding Misconduct Of Others

image from www.hypebot.comOusted Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato was reportedly pushed out earlier this month after an internal investigation uncovered allegations of sexual harassment and efforts to cover up misconduct by others.

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