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6 Music Business Trends You Need To Pay Attention To

2Music manager Jake Udell shares six insights gleaned from a recent dinner hosted by the music/tech investment group Raised in Space and attended by several music industry heavy-hitters, as well as exploring what they can tell us about the future of the music business.

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Stream-Ripping Sites,YouTube Now Caught Up In Whac-A-Mole

1Stream-ripping sites, the new boogymen of the music industry, have been under heavy assault lately, a crusade which YouTube has happily joined in on. Unfortunately, these attempted shutdowns have been carried out with a typical lack of nuance which is now to be expected.

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Spotify Playlist ¡Viva Latino! Passes 10 Million Followers

image from i.ytimg.com¡Viva Latino! has been growing 5x times faster than any other Spotify playlist in its top 1000. The streamer's flagship Latin playlist has propelled numerous Spanish-language songs into the Global Top 100 and Top 50 charts. Now, ¡Viva Latino! has surpassed an impressive 10 million followers.

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Miss Anything? REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Last Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this tick back through a busy week in the music industry, we revisit the shuttering of PledgeMusic's website, Live Nation's acquisition of Latin concert giant OCESA, the latest milestone by 'Old Town Road,' and more.

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Spotify Names Sulinna Ong Head of Music UK and Ireland

image from pbs.twimg.comSpotify has appointed Sulinna Ong to the newly-created role of Head of Music in the UK and Ireland. Ong initially joined Spotify in April as Head of Artist & Label Services. She came to the streaming giant from Deezer, where she served as Global Vice President of Artist Marketing.

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PledgeMusic says "All data has been preserved"

PledgeMusic NewPledgeMusic pulled its web site offline Thursday leaving artists without the ability to access and download previous fan and order data. The shuttered service now says that all data has been preserved and will be made available soon.

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PledgeMusic Takes Website Offline

image from cdn.pixabay.comPledgeMusic, which suspended operations in February, has all but shut down its website. "The company continues to work with outside counsel on the most appropriate next steps, and we will update you with those specifics as we get more information," reads the home page.

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6 Tales From 'Spotify Unknown' Of Near Misses, Aborted Acquisitions and Steve Jobs' Heavy Breathing

Spotufy windowT'Spotify Untold' offers a behind-the-scenes "character-driven story of Spotify’s rise from a tiny start-up to the biggest music streaming company in the world,” and the new book is filled with some juicy revelations.

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Move with the Times: Ideal AI Tools For Musicians

1While AI's expansion into the music industry is an intimidating and off-putting idea for those songwriters afraid that a computer will take their job, the reality is that as this new era of technology dawns, there are number of ways in which the music can, and should, benefit from new AI tech.

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QUICK HITS: Vevo • Merlin • Sweet • Kobalt •  Warner Chappell Music

Quick HitsVevo has hired Scott Anderson as its new SVP of Engineering & Product.  Anderson brings with him over 25 years of technology experience and joins from startup Conversa Health, where he helped the healthcare provider through its first rounds of funding. Prior to that, he led mobile engineering at Walmart.

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A Music Metadata Best Practice Guide

1Recently AFEM and CI collaborated to create a "Meta Data Best Practice Guide", a definite must read for artists, particularly those who don't fully understand what metadata is, or why it's so important for artists to have, living as we are in the streaming age.

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Snapchat Is Back! Adds 13M Active Daily Users In 3 Months, SNAP Stock Soars 14%

SNAPCHATAfter 18 months of slow growth, Snapchat has added 13 million active daily users in the last 3 months. That brings the total number of people using the app around the world every day to 203 million, the highest since the social app went SNAP went public.

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Top Analysts Totally Disagree On The Future Of Spotify

Spotify new rectangleIs Spotify on a path to become the "dominant player" in streaming or one that lacks a path to profitability and "little content differentiation" from its competitors. Two top Wall Street analysts offer two very different views of Spotify's future.

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Incubus Guitarist Michael Einziger’s Startup Mixhalo Raises $10.7M To Improve Concert Sound Quality

image from assets-global.website-files.comLive music audio startup Mixhalo has raised $10.7 million in Series A funding. The company was co-founded by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and his wife, violinist Ann Marie Simpson-Einziger.

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Pandora Adds Conversational Voice Mode For All Users 'that sweeps the floor with anything else out there'

Pandora-new-logo-image-001This morning, Pandora rolled out Voice Mode for all users. The advanced, conversational voice interface combines voice-recognition and Natural Language Processing with Pandora’s Music Genome Project personalization technology so that users can talk conversationally with Pandora as specific or vague as they want.

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Gibson Guitar Formalizes Hands-Off IP Enforcement Approach Through Authorized Partnership Program

3In the wake of a recent rash of lawsuits surrounding Gibson Guitar, the company has formalized its IP enforcement approach into something called an authorized partnership program. While a step forward for fans of the company looking to create guitars inspired by Gibson, the new program has a long ways to go.

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TikTok Acquires AI Music Pioneer Jukedeck

image from www.hypebot.comTikTok parent Bytedance has acquired UK based music AI startup Jukedeck, according to multiple reports. The purchase, which could offer AI-created music to TikTok's 500 million global users even as the social video app continues contentious re-licensing with the major labels and battles performing right organizations.

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Piracy Is Not The Problem, Free YouTube and Spotify Are, says Music Industry Trade Group

FreemusicWith efforts to fight music piracy seen as largely successful, at least one music trade group executive is saying out loud what others in the industry have only dared whisper - the real problem keeping artists and labels from earning more from music isn't stream-ripping, it is the free music offered by Spotify and YouTube.

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Building A Thriving Music Ecosystem: An Interview with Bandsintown Co-founder Fabrice Sergent

Music-Business-Podcast-Overview-LinkedIn-2019-07-22-08-07-54“Live music is one of the last tribal experiences which connect people in unique manners, to live their passions, express their personalities and ultimately bring more happiness and understanding to the world," said Bandsintown co-founder Fabrice Sergent during a wide-ranging interview on the Music Business podcast hosted by Sam Hysell and Jordan Williams recorded at the new Bandsintown offices in New York City.

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Apple Music Launches ‘Rap Life’ Playlist, Beats 1 Show

image from cdn.macrumors.comApple Music has launched Rap Life, a new global playlist and Beats One radio show spotlighting the best new hip-hop.  The move comes in direct response to Spotify top-rated Rap Cavier playlist which has 11.7 million followers.

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Customizing Salesforce For The Music Industry

3When it comes to dealing with fans/customers, many artists and organizations within the industry rely on archaic and ineffective systems for keeping their teams in synch, which can lead to all kinds of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. Here we look at a more effective way in which groups in the music industry interact with potential customers.

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ROCCR Is A Non-Profit, Transparent PledgeMusic

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netUPDATED: As the effects of the collapse of crowdfunder PledgeMusic rippled through the music community, Iain Baker of UK rock group Jesus Jones was one of its most outspoken critics.  Now, Baker has decided to do something about it with the formation of ROCCR.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators shared their thoughts on why unpaid internships are such a problem, if rock radio can afford to not play Ed Sheeran's new song, whether or not major labels can weather another indie music revolution, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this look back on the past seven days of music industry news and events, we check back in on how Spotify Lite's first week went, what's next for the wreckage of PledgeMusic, Ed Sheeran's latest streaming milestone, and more!

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Filter Cancel Reunion After PledgeMusic Fiasco

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year, the band Filter had announced that original members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were reuniting to record a new album, their first since the band's 1995 debut, 'Short Bus.' The reunion has now been canceled and the band is blaming PledgeMusic.

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