Downtown Music Publishing has signed Randy Newman to an administration deal for North America. The six time grammy award winner is responsible for hits such as “Short People”, “I Love L.A.” and “It’s Money That Matters” as well as movie scores for “Ragtime”, “Toy Story”, and “Monsters, Inc”. Newman signed with the NYC based Music Publishing company this week. Newman is currently working on songs for his new studio album expected to be released later this year via his longtime label Nonesuch Records.
Yesterday Radionomy officially relaunched their Shoutcast service. Of particular note is the introduction of a new Shoutcast streaming service that gives webcasters free streaming and monetization options among other features. A downloadable version of Shoutcast with some of these will be released later in the year. The big thing to keep in mind is that music broadcasters apparently have to license their broadcasts themselves making this a poor service for those who just want to plug and play.
1. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "NOW That's What I Call Polka!" (RCA Records)
2. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Handy" (RCA Records)
3. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes" (RCA Records)
4. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Foil" (RCA Records)
Rolfe Winkler at WSJ's Digits dropped this one last night but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have spread yet. Winkler draws on a number of unidentified sources but he says YouTube did confirm that Christopher LaRosa, Product Manager, YouTube Music at Google, is leaving on Friday for an unnamed startup. Winkler also notes that LaRosa follows last fall's exit of Nikhil Chandhok, Director of Product - Music, Paid Subscriptions, Live Streaming at YouTube, who's now a co-founder and CEO at Bento Labs.
Today Amazon announced the addition of "hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog." Obviously this isn't the same as licensing current hits from the major labels but you can already see it turning the tide in some of today's press coverage. But even with major label licensing Amazon won't win by building a superior product. In fact, I don't see them ever being the top music streaming service. Yet I do expect them to create a great deal of pain as they continue their march to dominate the 21st Century.
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When Coldplay announced they weren’t releasing their album on Spotify a few months back, it got me thinking; I’ve been streaming music for a couple of years now and I’ve never thought about how this is affecting everyone. Is this service really that beneficial to the music industry? Is it beneficial to me as an artist? While it does offer up a chance to be discovered by new fans, the fact that it’s free and so easy to use lends to more serious consequences, like substituting actual album sales. So much so, that I think free streaming services like Pandora and Spotify represent the most recent dagger into the filleted heart of the record industry.
Apple released a beta version of iTunes 12 on Monday alongside betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and some development tools. First spotted by Apple Insider, Apple is touting iTunes 12' s "elegant new design" and support for the Family Sharing feature which allows up to 6 people to share an account. Expect a fall release.
If winning the battle for streaming music supremacy is about partnerships, Spotify scored a major victory today. MTV,VH1,and CMT today announced a significant marketing deal that makes Spotify the preferred streaming music service across all the MTV/VH1/CMT music sites and apps. Collectively they deliver 60 million monthly unique visitors who can now play Spotify-powered full tracks and playlists there.
UPDATE 2: Song promotion platform Feature.fm exited beta today, and with the unveiling comes an important new partnership with popular indie music discovery site 8tracks. Feature.fm inserts songs on targeted streaming radio stations to replace audio ads. Included are tools to interact with fans and an analytics dashboard to measure success.
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Omid Kordestani, who us the acting chief business officer at Google is joining the Board of Spotify, according to reports today. And a former executive, Shishir Mehrotra, will reportedly become a special adviser to Spotify and CEO Daniel Ek. YouTube execs have said that they'd love to buy Sporify, if they could. But do these moves, first posted by re/code, point to a Google purchase of Spotify?
By David Lowery of The Trichordist.
Seems like every six months or so I have friends forward me an article or interview with a manager or agent extolling the virtues of streaming (and sometimes even piracy.) Usually this comes with some note that reads something like this “Agent/Manager X thinks streaming/piracy is a good thing, Why don’t you?” I am always perplexed by this. Of course some managers and agents love streaming and piracy! Less revenue from recorded music means their artists must play more and more live shows to make up the difference. I thought everyone knew this.
Spotify is planning to expand its music streaming service to many other countries in Asia and globally in the next 12 to 18 months, according to a top Spotify international executive. Currently Deezer is ahead globally with 182 countries worldwide and plans to add the U.S. and others this year. Spotify is only available in 57 countries. But that may be about to change.
Chris Maples, Spotify's Vice-President of Europe has exited after three years. No reason for the change was given and Maples only says he's looking for his "next adventure". Maples was the music streamer's most visible representative in the EU; and comes at a time when a planned IPO and expansion in to Russia and other countires seem to be gaining steam.
Microsoft is spinning off it's Nokia MixRadio streaming music app into a standalone company. The announcement is of deep cuts at the parent company. If the free Pandora like service can survive the move financially the split might be good for MixRadio. The app will still be preloaded on smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, but can now also have expand to Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Pandora in Australia and New Zealand has reached 2 two million registered listeners, effectively doubling its listener base in less than 12 months since launching in December 2012. Listeners have created 29 million personalized stations customized by 90 million Australian and New Zealand thumbs up and down.
Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries where Pandora is available outside of the U.S. More results there include:
The ongoing saga of Kim Dotcom's attempt to launch a new music service continues with a search for funding for Baboom. A "Limited Pre-IPO" is offering shares to "Sophisticated Investors only" in an attempt to raise $4.5 million. That offer closes Friday. The plan is to launch the service and to go public on the Australian stock exchange by the end of the year. Baboom will be dependent on indie music and "friendly major artists" and, though they're claiming strong indie support, one has to wonder at the prospects of such a company that identifies its competitors as Pandora, Spotify and Beats.
An ongoing battle with YouTube over alleged heavy handed negotiating tactics and unfair terms for their unlaunched subscription music service, has united the global independent music community on the broader issue of fairness in all digital deals. In a not so veiled jab at YouTube and other digital services, global indie trade group WIN has released an open letter signed by more than 700 independent labels that calls for fair digital music deals.
"The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.”
In what is likely to be the first of many such announcements, unless they update in a batch, Shazam yesterday announced that Rdio subscribers will be able to stream full songs on Shazam. Other services are expected to be added in "coming weeks." Shazam has been known as a great app for identifying and "Shazaming" music in the wild but has only shared song previews to this point. Shazam has also been a great driver of music downloads which may start to decline with the addition of streaming services.
That was the blog post headline three years ago today on July 14th, 2011 when Spotify launched in the U.S. Since then Spotify has become the largest streaming music service in the U.S. with 3 million paid subscribers here. Globally, Spotify has 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets.
What will the streaming music marketplace look like in three more years?
Late last week in a shakeup at PonoMusic, Neil Young became CEO while Rick Cohen was named COO. John Hamm stepped down as CEO while remaining an investor. In addition, today Omnifone has announced that their MusicStation platform will be powering the service. They state PonoMusic will launch "before the end of the year" in the US, UK and Canada which suggests that the October delivery of PonoPlayers to pledgers is still on track.
Sonos has added Soundcloud in beta for all users. The much requested serivce brings a world of independent music to the popular wireless audio system. Soundcloud is also integrated into Sonos' impressive Universal Search on its controller app,
In news that appeared on Business Insider early this morning, Bop.fm is said to be raising $2 million in funding. Bop.fm is also launching Verified Artist Pages with curated playlists from big stars. No word on what they're planning for the future but they seem to be successfully building out their early service with each new step fitting nicely into place.
Sub Pop's been making bold moves of late from opening a record store at Sea-Tac Airport to launching a Drip.fm-powered digital music subscription service. Last week they debuted a web radio station on TuneIn, a massive platform for web radio including both pure plays and terrestrial streams. It's hard to say how the station will do but it's another strong forward move by Sub Pop.