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Rumor has it…, I ❤ Streaming, and Snapchat makes a Spectacle: Liv Buli's Week in Music and More

image from www.hypebot.comAnother Friday, another Liv Buli Reading List. Buli, the data journalist for Pandora's Next Big Sound, often sees what is going to matter before the rest of us and lucky for us, she shares it with us lesser beings on Hypebot .

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Spotify Adds "6 Animated Layers" Of Lyrics In Japan, Global Roll Out Still Pending

Spotify newEver since Spotify removed one of its core features - song lyrics - earlier this year, users have been clamouring for their return. So there was cause for excitement when it was announced that lyrics were included in Spotify's Japan launch yesterday.

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A$AP Rocky Named Creative Director Of MTV Labs

image from media.hotbirthdays.comMTV and Viacom Velocity, its in-house creative agency, today named A$AP Rocky as Creative Director for MTV LABS, a creative incubator developed in partnership with rapper. Rocky and his own creative company AWGE will now have access to cross-platform production capabilities to develop branded content.

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O.P.I.P. Yeah You Know - Free? [A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess]

FreemusicRecording artists, songwriters and the music industry are under siege, says Richard James Burgess, CEO of indie music trade group A2IM. Music is catnip for consumers, says Burgess, and creators and rightsholders are not properly protected or compensated.

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Spotify SoundCloud Acquisition Could Come At A Deep Discount, As Traffic Flattens

SoundCloud_logo (1)There are conflicting reports has to how likely a Spotify acquisition of SoundCloud is, but any deal would likely happen at a price far below the $700 million - $1.2 billion which investors have valued the company during previous funding rounds.

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SF MusicTech Names Winners Of 2016 Startup Competition

image from www.sfmusictech.comAfter careful consideration and many impressive entries, the winners of the SF MusicTech Summit 2016 Startup Competition have been announced.  Each winner will be showcasing onstage during the Summit on Monday, October 17th. And don't forget, Hypebot readers receive discounted registration to the Summit using the code: HYPEBOT or by registering here.

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The Music Supervisor: Are They Killing Songwriting?

Music-supervisor-killing-songwriting-300x200With such a vast variety of channel options now available to consumers, the music supervisor for television and film has, in many ways, become the modern A&R person. However this is creating some concern that songwriters might compromise their artistic integrity in hopes of being placed.

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Music's Streaming Pile Of Garbage [Cortney Harding]

1-JMTB4NA_jSNf1Mi1IS8HSgWhile variety and competition are typically a good sign in most other industries, the same doesn't seem to hold true in the music industry. An increasing number of not-so-different streaming services are cropping up from companies like Amazon, iHeart, and Pandora, says Cortney Harding.

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Doc McGhee, Leon Russell, Rod Essig Among 2016 Nashville Association of Talent Directors Honorees

image from www.celebrityaccess.comThe Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) has announced the music industry figures who will be recognized at this year's 6th Annual NATD Honors Gala including Doc McGhee, Leon Russell and Rod Essig. 

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Spotify Finally Launches In Japan, World's 2nd Largest Music Market, Debuts New Lyrics Feature

Spotify newSpotify has finally launched in Japan. The world's second biggest music market is a notoriously finicky one and slow to change. CD's still sell in large numbers there, despite early digital adoption elsewhere in the culture. With the launch also came the overdue re-introduction of a Spotify lyrics feature.

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New Global Head Of Music Lyor Cohen's Letter To His YouTube Team [FULL TEXT]

Lyor cohenFormer top Def Jam and Warner Music Group executive Lyor Cohen has been named the Global Head Of Music for Google's YouTube (more here), and began his tenure with a letter the the YouTube Music Team. 

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Google Hires Ex-Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen As YouTube Global Head Of Music

Youtube_logoFormer Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen has joined Google's YouTube as its Global Head of Music.  The outspoken music industry veteran takes on the difficult task of mending fences with a music industry vocally upset with the royalties that YouTube pays compared to its massive scale.

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Capitalizing On Remix Culture: Beatport’s Former CEO Has A New Mission

1In this article former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell weighs in on the founding of MetaPop, a company working to bring labels, producers, and remixers together as well as discussing why remixes are so important, and how potentially profitable they could be.

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Musicians Dominate Most Dangerous Celebrities Study

DangerousIn its 10th year, McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrities study names which celebrities generate the most dangerous search results that could expose consumers to malware. Amy Schumer comes in at No. 1, but Bieber a close second, followed by celebrities Will Smith, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

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