Apple Music Shuts Artist-To-Fan Social Platform Connect, Redesigns Artists Pages, Radio

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple Music is shutting down its  Connect artist to fan social platform.  Apple's previous attempt at building a music focused social network, iTunes Ping, launched and shutters in months.

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SoundCloud Adds Live Stream-To-DJ Mixes With Serato

image from cdn.pixabay.comSoundCloud has launched the ability for DJ's to discover and live mix music from its licenced catalog through Serato’s DJ Pro 2.1 and DJ Lite 1.1 decks with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription. 

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Trala Scores $1.3M For Violin Learning App, Another Win For Techstars' Startup Incubator

image from violinlounge.comTrala has raised an oversubscribed $1.29 million seed investment round for its violin learning app. Trala is part of the Techstar Chicago startup incubator.

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Tencent Music [TME] Ends First Trading Day Up 7.7%

Tencent musicAfter opening at $14.10, Tencent Music ended its first day of trading Wednesday up $1.00 at $14.00 or 7.69% above it's $13.00 target IPO asking price. At one point in the day, the stock was trading at $14.75. 60,190,565 shares of TME traded hands on Wednesday.

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Audiobyte Raises $6M For Gifnote Music Gif App

GifnoteAudiobyte,  the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.

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Tencent Music IPO's At Reduced $12.3B Valuation

Tencent musicTencent Music [TME] will launch its scaled down U.S. IPO on Wednesday. China's largest music streamer priced shares at $13 ahead of its NYSE listing hoping to raise $1.1 billion. The IPO had originally been scheduled for October 18th.

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Top Jukebox Artists and Songs 2018 From TouchTunes

image from pbs.twimg.comModern U.S. jukebox leader TouchTunes has released its annual Year-End Charts reporting its top-played songs and artists of 2018.  TouchTunes’ annual jukebox charts are based on music played by consumers across its domestic network of digital jukeboxes.

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PPL, SAMI Partner With Max Martin Startup Auddly For Metadata Management

image from celebrityaccess.comPPL and SAMI–collective management organizations from the UK and Sweden–have joined forces with Swedish start-up Auddly to support performers with the management of their sound recording metadata.

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Latest On EU Copyright Directive: No One's Happy With Article 13, So Maybe Let's Drop It? [Op-Ed]

1As negotiations between the EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament have progressed regarding the EU Copyright directive, something which they all passed different versions of, the directive overall (and Article 13 in particular) has devolved into a mess no one, it seems, wants.

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Sony Music Takes On Spotify, Launches Streaming Service In Japan 'Powered By Napster'

SonyMusicJapan[UPDATED] Sony Music will use Rhapsody's "Powered By Napster" platform to launch the first high resolution streaming music service in Japan. The move by Sony Music Entertainment Japan makes Sony the first major label to directly challenge Spotify, Apple Music and others with their own music streaming service.

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SoundCloud Names 2018 Top Tracks, Artists To Watch, More

SoundCloud_logoSoundCloud has crunched the numbers and released its top artists, tracks, trends and more of 2018. For the second year, Two Friends released the top DJ setl, and “synthwave” and “phonk” were the most tagged genres.

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Will Fans Unsubscribe If Artists Leave Major Streamers?

2In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an "ethical pool" solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists' departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well.

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Apple Acquires Platoon Emerging Artists Marketing Platform

image from is3-ssl.mzstatic.comApple has acquired U.K. based music creative services and artist development startup Platoon, according to multiple reports. The startup's co founder, Denzyl Feigelson, is a long time consultant for Apple and produces its annual UK iTunes Festival.

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PresskitTO Disappears Without Notice Leaving Many Musicians Without Promo

image from res-2.cloudinary.comDigital press kit service presskit.to has gone offline without warning, leaving hundreds, if not thousands of artists and marketers without access to their promotional material.

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25% Skip A Song Within 5 Seconds [New Data]

1We knew our attention spans were short, and it seems the streaming era is only making things worse, with new data revealing that consumers are becoming increasingly fickle, and skipping more songs after spending a decreasing amount of time listening to them.

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SoundCloud Names Lisa Ellis To Head Music, Artist Relations

image from celebrityaccess.comSoundCloud has hired former Sony Music exec Lisa Ellis to head Global Head of Music & Artist Relations. She will work alongside SoundCloud’s artist and label services team based in New York.

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Spotify 'Wrapped' Artist, Fan 2018 Recap Micro-sites Launch

MosesSpotify for Artists has launched the 2018 edition of its annual Wrapped campaign. Artist get a free custom micro-site chronicling their stats and successes on the streamer over the last year.  Wrapped for fans give users a look back at the music they discovered and played on Spotify over the last year.

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