Major Label Signs An Algorithm To A 20 Album Deal

EndelThis is NOT an early April Fools joke. Endel, an app that uses algorithms the company calls predictive mechanics to produce personalized sounds to help you focus and relax, has signed a multi-album deal with Warner Music Group.

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Spotify Condemns Apple's New "App Tax," But Could It Be A Cover For A Price Hike?

1Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.

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Fiona Apple Teases New Music With Instagram Videos

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comFiona Apple has teased new music with two very casual videos on Instagram. The visual social media platform is gaining major traction as a music marketing channel, even as it's owner Facebook's effectiveness declines.

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BTS Pre-Sale Exceeds 2.6 Million Albums In Just 5 Days

image from pbs.twimg.comK-Pop superstars BTS have pre-sold more than 2.6 million copies of the album "Map of the Soul: Persona" Set to be released on April 14, the album may be the biggest pre-sale in history, a particualty impressive feat in an era where streaming has surpassed physical sales.

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JUNO Award Winners 2019: The Full Winner List

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Juno Awards, Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC took over Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario last weekend to celebrate Canada's annual biggest night if music.

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'Band vs Brand" - Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian Examines The State Of The Music Business

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netBAND VS BRAND is a feature length documentary film focusing on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group, in many cases, has more power than the band members themselves. Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian joins Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert.

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The Magic Of Indie Record Stores: 'Dream Big Shop Small' [VIDEO]

Record Store DaySub Pop, Easy Street Records and J Mascis produced this short video tale "Dream Big, Shop Small," about the magic of record stores and the music you find in the. It's a fitting teaser as we count down to Record Store 2019.

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Jaxsta Adds Warner Music To Global Music Metadata Platform

image from www.jaxsta.comWarner Music Group has granted music metadata platform Jaxsta permission to tap into its massive song and recording database.The deal marks Jaxsta’s 28th licencing data agreement in the last 18 months, including The Recording Academy and Sony Music Entertainment.

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Africa’s Boomplay Inks WMG Licensing Deal

image from celebrityaccess.comAfrican streaming and download service Boomplay has inked a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the company’s global music roster to millions of music fans across the continent.

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Lou Pearlman and 'The Boy Band Con' - A Look Inside One Of The Music's Darkest Corners [VIDEO]

image from celebrityaccess.comA new  looks into a dark corner of the music industry and  he late boy band producer Lou Pearlman. The documentary, ‘The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story’ which premiered at SXSW this week, was produced for YouTube Originals by Lance Bass, a singer in one of Pearlman’s most successful projects N’Sync.

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A2IM, RIAA, Music Trade Groups Unite To Improve Digital Attribution, Credits

SongwritingThe RIAA, A2IM, The Artist Rights Alliance and SAG-AFTRA have joined forces to support the creation of a “more robust and effective system of digital attribution and credits.” For the first time, groups representing  both artists and labels have come together to work towards better attribution for musicians and fans music by creating a state of the art credits system.

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Streaming, Artists Without Labels Are Driving Music Industry Growth [Mark Mulligan]

Arrow red upThree key factors shaped the music industry over the last year, according to Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: continued growth, streaming and artists direct (artists without labels).These findings are highlights of the MIDiA Research report: Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine.

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Ready Or Not, K-Pop Is Here To Stay

1Just a few short years ago, it seemed unlikely that the K-pop wave would ever truly break on the US, with multiple attempts to break into the market falling short. This all changed with the rise of BTS, bringing K-pop into the American mainstream, and while you still won't here much K-pop on US radio, it seems it's here to stay.

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Major Labels Split On Supporting Article 13; As Music Publishers Complain They Can't Make Money From Parodies

2The controversial Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive has apparently lost some support from the major labels, after the music publishers learned the article would prevent them from making money off parodies of their artists' songs. Universal is the most opposed however Warner and Sony Music taking a more nuanced position.

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EMI Counter-Sues Kanye West For Breach Of Contract

image from upload.wikimedia.orgKanye West has been hit with a lawsuit by his longtime music publishing company EMI, alleging breach of contract. The suit, filed in Federal court in Manhattan, follows Kanye’s own January lawsuit against EMI in which he claimed that his contract violated California law because it lasted more than seven years without allowing him “one moment of freedom.”

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Streaming Revenue Impressive, But Can It Ever Make Up For Lost Physical Sales?

1With streaming revenue showing a massive increase in comparison to previous years, the major three record labels are rejoicing at their annual haul. A big part of this income still draws from physical sales however, and as these old-school revenue streams continue to thin to a trickle, will streaming be able to fully compensate?

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Kobalt Is Now A Next Generation Major Label In The Making [Mark Mulligan]

image from amfmusicpublishing.com"Kobalt has been the poster child for the changing of the guard in the music business," writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. But it's on a path to become much more as "next-generation label... plotting a course to becoming a next generation-major."

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Artists Are Increasingly Rejecting Record Deals

2Some record executives are starting to sweat, as  the music industry morphs into one where the climate is significantly more favorable towards a DIY way of doing business and many artists are eschewing traditional label deals in favor of doing things their own way.

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Orchard Co-Founder Scott Cohen Joins WMG As Chief Innovation Officer

image from pbs.twimg.com[UPDATED] Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard, has joined Warner Music Group in the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music. Cohen exited the Sony owned indie distributor earlier this year.

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Radio Stations Pull Michael Jackson Music

image from celebrityaccess.comThree major radio outlets in Montreal have pulled Michael Jackson’s music from their playlists, following new allegations of child molestation leveled against the late performer in an HBO documentary.

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Childish Gambino Settles Legal Dispute With Glassnote

Childish_GambinoDonald Glover aka Childish Gambino filed a lawsuit against his former label Glassnote Records last year, alleging the indie label owed him more than $10,000 in streaming royalties. Now, Glover and Glassnote have settled the dispute.

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This May Not End Well... Top UMG Top Suitors Are A Streaming Service and A Private Equity Firm

image from cdn.pixabay.comIf history is any guide, this may not end well... The two top suitors eyeing a $20 - $25 billion bid for a 50% stake in Universal Music Group are US investment firm KKR and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

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Teen Musician Rejects $3M Deal: No Need For Label Thanks To Internet

3Billboard magazine recently released a profile of teenaged musician/rapper NLE Choppa, who handily turned down a $3 million label deal, opting instead to partner with a distribution company, UnitedMasters, and maintain all rights to his work. Kids these days!

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Court Denies WMG Injunction, Clears Spotify India Launch

Spotify[UPDATED] A Mumbai court has failed to grant Warner Music Group and it's Warner/Chappell Music publishing subsidy an injunction that would stop Spotify's launch in India. Unable to reach a direct deal with Warner/Chappell, Spotify is preparing to launch under a blanket license previously used only by TV and radio. A Spotify spokesperson reacted to the news, telling Hypebot:

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