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Facebook lets content owners claim ad earnings of pirated videos
Today’s update to the Facebook Rights Manager tool that launched last year includes the new option to “claim ad earnings” on other people’s uploads of a video you own. This way if an infringing video includes a new mid-roll ad break Facebook is testing, the revenue will be sent to the content’s owner instead of the uploader who stole it. And now instead of manually reviewing all pirated content instances, rights owners can set automated rules for whether infringing uploads should instantly be blocked, allowed but the viewing metrics shown to the owner, allowed with the owner claiming the ad earnings or sent to manual review.
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Facebook is working with Live Nation to make organizing concert tours easier
Facebook is testing out a new feature that will allow artists, managers, and tour promoters to organize and manage tour-related Facebook events, the company tells The Verge. For example, if an artist is on a 40-city tour, there’s going to be 40 Facebook events for the concerts, plus meet-and-greet events, and potentially club appearances after the show. The new feature allows for all of those events to be grouped together and managed more easily, allowing for consistent messaging from the artist to their fans.
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Musical.ly syncs up with Apple Music
Musical.ly lets its users create and share their own music videos, using snippets of songs. Starting on Friday, Apple Music will be one of the services that supplies the songs. (Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Apple Music would replace music distributor 7digital; Musical.ly will continue to work with 7digital and recently renewed an agreement with the company.) Connecting with Musical.ly gives Apple a new marketing venue: The app will promote Apple’s paid service to its own users, and will allow paying Apple Music subscribers to listen to full songs within the app. Reps for both Apple and Musical.ly declined comment.
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Does Apple Music Have a Millennial Problem?
The LendEDU report showed that nearly half of all millennials (47%) get their music from Spotify. That's triple the 14% who named iTunes (which for the purpose of this report includes Apple Music and traditional downloads) as a source for music. "Apple Music appears to be Spotify's biggest competitor in terms of social sharing, but even they are lagging behind," wrote LendEDU, which was started in 2014 and calls itself "a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance." "They differ in that Spotify allows users to share a track, artist, or playlist on their personal Spotify, Twitter, or Tumblr feed, while also being able to share through Facebook, email, text message, WhatsApp, or Google Hangouts. Spotify also gives users the option to 'follow friends,' which shows what their friends are listening to on a continuous feed," wrote LendEDU.
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Chance The Rapper Tour: Rapper Takes Aim at Record Labels
We all know Chance The Rapper is no fan of labels, but on the first night of his Be Encouraged Tour, the artist made sure the labels knew, too. During the San Diego, Calif., stop this past Monday (April 24), the indie rapper made a bold statement amidst his “No Problem” set. On a screen behind Chance and his band were projected two handfuls of mocked label names. There was a negative spin on some of the biggest label imprints from Atlantic Records as “A Titanic” Records, Aftermath Entertainment spun as “Can’t Do Math Entertainment,” and Def Jam Recordings as “Don’t Join Recordings.” Clearly playing off of the lyrics of the song, the Grammy-winning rapper sandwiched eight satirical label logos between images of three Grammy award statues -- rubbing salt on the already humiliating wound with his historic wins.
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Apple Music interview: Jimmy Iovine approached Netflix before selling Beats
Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine was already an Apple veteran when he sold Beats for $3 billion in 2014. But Iovine approached Netflix as he mulled whether he could keep Beats as a stand-alone company, according to a profile in Bloomberg Businessweek published on Thursday. According to Bloomberg, Iovine realized he needed to raise money and dilute his stake in Beats because of the costs of keeping the brand afloat. But Netflix's content chief, Ted Sarandos, told Iovine the company wasn't ready for music.
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Amazon Stock Jumps on Q1 Profits Gain, Subscription Services Rise
For the latest quarter its total subscription services' net sales saw a 52% increase year-over-year. Amazon shares shot up nearly 5 percent Thursday afternoon after the company reported first quarter earnings and revenue above what analysts were anticipating. For the first three months of the year, Amazon had sales of $35.7 billion, up from $29.1 billion in the same period in 2016. Net income for the quarter was $1.48 per share. Wall Street, polled by Thomson Reuters, expected the e-commerce giant to report earnings of $1.12 per share, excluding some items, and revenue of $35.3 billion.
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If Vivendi sells a chunk of Universal Music Group... who'd buy it?
You have to question why Vivendi took the decision to plonk such a public pricetag on Universal this week – unless it was in the hope of stimulating some acquisitive interest. So… who might be interested in splashing the cash on an acquisition or part-acquisition? A few possible suitors are already swirling around the rumor mill…
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Bruno Mars 'That's What I Like' Camera Effects Come To Facebook
The new effect allow fans to use the same doodle animations from Mars' “That’s What I Like” video. According to a Facebook rep, the more "fun" users have and the more they dance, the more the animations appears in the video. Although how an algorithm assess fun and dancing was not explained.
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Primary Wave acquires Rough Trade Publishing stake in $5m+ financing deal
Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an equity stake in Rough Trade Publishing and will be providing the company with future financing. The total deal was worth more than $5m. The agreement leaves the way clear for co-publishing deals between the two parties. It also arms Rough Trade with more money to compete for global signings, and will provide the company access to Primary Wave’s marketing and creative team.
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Using Blockchain, Russian Music Orgs Creating Single Database for Intellectual Property
Collecting societies are teaming up with innovation agencies in Russia to create an intellectual property platform based on blockchain technology. Music publishers, such as Warner, are reportedly interested in joining it. Named IPChain, the platform is being developed by the government-sponsored innovation fund Skolkovo in collaboration with collecting societies RAO, RSP and VOIS and several research institutions.
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Universal has fewer staff than it did 10 years ago - despite buying EMI
Here’s an interesting fact: MBW has been back over UMG’s total headcount numbers under Vivendi ownership, stretching back 10 years. The high-point came in 2007, when it employed 8,114 people (part-time inclusive) around the world. Within five years, by 2012, that figure had reduced by more than a fifth (20.8%) to 6,422 – a dramatic downsizing of the company in the wake of troubled, piracy-ridden years. As you can see below, this number jumped again in 2013 as the EMI Music workforce were integrated into UMG. Since 2013, though, that net annual employee figure (7,649) has reduced every year. Conclusion: UMG has hundreds fewer employees than it did ten years ago, despite the ingestion of EMI along the way.
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Can country music save Pandora?
But look beyond the saccharine sell, and you’ll notice that about one-third of the celebrity musicians on board for Sounds Like You are country artists. This is no mistake — Pandora has a serious advantage in country music. A virtually untapped market in the world of streaming, country fans are loyal, spend more than fans in other genres, and, perhaps most importantly, already trust Pandora. 56 million of Pandora’s 81 million active users subscribe to its Today’s Country station — a whopping 69 percent of its total audience. It’s a long shot to think Pandora could steal a significant portion of business from other streaming providers, but what if it played to its unlikely strength? Can building a country music streaming business save Pandora?
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Apple Music secures exclusive rights to Sean “Diddy” Combs documentary
Apple Music has secured the exclusive online streaming rights to Sean “Diddy” Combs documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story. The film will be available to watch on Apple Music from June 25th following a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It tells the story of Combs founding hip hop label Bad Boy Records in ’93, the label’s 20th anniversary celebration and Reunion Tour last year.
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The digital marketing mistakes that music labels make every day
Mas moved on to content adaptation. “Yes, I’ve seen your album cover. I saw it when you talked about the pre-order… when you talked about the tours. I’ve seen your album cover 500 times. You do not need to keep posting about it!” she said. “Social media content is supposed to change all the time. if you keep using the same image over and over again over three months, people are so bored. They’re really, really bored. We spend so much money on photo-shoots and have 500 photos, and we pick three and chuck all of the rest away. And then we say ‘we have no content’… At least 50 others are all really good photos, and in the same style.”
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Major labels ‘positive and hopeful’ about Facebook licensing
“We are generally positive and hopeful that Facebook can enter into a relationship with music companies where they are identifying content, filtering content, implementing rights management and monetising content. That is our hope,” said Nash. “We would like a free-market negotiation – a seller and buyer negotiation – where licensed content is made available on the service,” added Bergen. Naturally, none of the label execs could talk about specific discussions or deal terms.
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What does the streaming age mean for independent labels?
The conversation turned back to streaming playlists: can a release be successful without playlist support from Spotify? “Absolutely!” said Hitchman. “What Spotify and Apple are looking for is fan engagement with music anyway. You have to try to ignite that fire… You’re looking for a virtuous circle where you’re creating engagement that gets picked up by those platforms, which leads to playlisting.” Wheeler. “Not everyone is only listening to music off a playlist. In fact, far from it. Across our entire catalogue, somewhere around 10% of our plays on a certain large streaming service come from playlists! Which means 90% of them don’t… If you base your campaign around being on specific playlists on specific services, you probably haven’t got a very good campaign. And as soon as your track comes off those playlists, you probably haven’t got anything at all.”
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Merlin boss Charles Caldas: 'The majors seem to be three years behind us'
“We’ve changed the perception of where independents sit in the marketplace,” he continued, noting that Merlin was second to renew its licensing deal with Spotify, after Universal Music, but ahead of Sony Music and Warner Music. “We’re the second party they thought they wanted to get into business with. When we did the Pandora announcement we were in that release with the major labels… we’ve moved independents from the back of the queue very much to front and centre in those businesses.”
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Spotify acquires Mediachain Labs
Today Spotify is pleased to welcome the team from Mediachain Labs to Spotify. Brooklyn-based Mediachain Labs has been the driving force behind the Mediachain project, a world-class blockchain research agenda and open source protocol to better manage data that is critical to the health of the music industry. The Mediachain team will join our New York City offices and help further Spotify’s journey towards a more fair, transparent and rewarding music industry for creators and rights owners.
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New Survey: Most Millennials Both Pay For Streaming Services And Use Pirate Streams When Content Isn't Legally Available
A recent survey conducted specifically with millennials finds that more than half of them regularly use pirate streaming sites to watch movies or shows, but would prefer to use legitimate streaming sites had they been available. This is one of the main conclusions of a new survey conducted by Launchleap. The data come from a survey among millennials between 18 and 35, and zooms in on pirate streaming preferences in this age group. The results show that more than half of the respondents, a whopping 53%, admit to having used illegal services to stream movies or TV-shows over the past month. Legal streaming services remain on top with 70%, but interest in more traditional platforms such as TV, DVDs or Blu-Ray is clearly lagging behind. The respondents don’t appear to be particularly bothered by their habit. Only 7% of the people questioned say they feel guilty when they watch a pirated movie, the remaining 93% experience no guilt.
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