Music Ally http://musically.com Music industry consultancy covering digital music marketing and strategy Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:24:45 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.3 Tim Westergren on Pandora: ‘We are a pyramid, not a funnel’ http://musically.com/2016/04/29/tim-westergren-on-pandora-we-are-a-pyramid-not-a-funnel/ http://musically.com/2016/04/29/tim-westergren-on-pandora-we-are-a-pyramid-not-a-funnel/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:18:36 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60288 Tim WestergrenThis morning we reported on Pandora’s latest quarterly financial results, with the streaming service reporting Q1 revenues of $297.3m but a net loss of $115.1m.

What did Pandora’s executive team have to say about the quarter, and its plans for 2016 and beyond? On the company’s earnings call, CEO Tim Westergren was bullish about the firm’s prospects.

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Pandora hails ‘strong start to year’ despite $115m quarterly loss http://musically.com/2016/04/29/pandora-hails-strong-start-to-year-despite-115m-quarterly-loss/ http://musically.com/2016/04/29/pandora-hails-strong-start-to-year-despite-115m-quarterly-loss/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:13:41 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60283 PandoraStreaming service Pandora published its latest quarterly financial results last night.

Recently-reinstalled CEO Tim Westergren hailed a “really strong start to the year” despite the company recording a heavy loss of $115.1m. Pandora’s revenues were up 29% year-on-year to $297.3m, but that loss compared to a $48.3m loss in the first quarter of 2015.

Pandora ended Q1 2016 with 79.4m active listeners, which was up 0.25% year-on-year, but down 2.1% quarter-on-quarter in its customary post-Christmas dip. Pandora’s peak listenership came in the final quarter of 2014, when it had 81.5m active listeners.

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The 20 hottest music startups of 2016 (according to Midemlab) http://musically.com/2016/04/28/20-hottest-music-startups-2016-midemlab/ http://musically.com/2016/04/28/20-hottest-music-startups-2016-midemlab/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:59:16 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60278 Cannes – Photo: Stuart Dredge for Music AllySoundCloud, Kickstarter, Next Big Sound, Songkick and The Echo Nest are just five of the companies that have passed through the Midemlab startup contest – originally known as MidemNet Lab – over the years.

This year's Midemlab finalists have just been announced: 20 startups that will be pitching their wares at the Midem conference in Cannes this June.

Disclosure: we (Music Ally) were involved in the process of narrowing down the 150+ entries to the 20 finalists, along with fellow contest partners Atomico and Bluenove. We'd love to know what you make of the final selection. So without further ado...

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Pop aims to promote music through push notifications http://musically.com/2016/04/28/pop-aims-to-promote-music-through-push-notifications/ http://musically.com/2016/04/28/pop-aims-to-promote-music-through-push-notifications/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:50:17 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60280 popThe music industry is pretty down on the idea of artist apps, with few having reached any kind of audience. How about marketing through push notifications though?

That’s an idea eliciting more interest, with smartphone lockscreens potentially – and we’ll stress that last word – an alternative to trying to cut through the Facebook news feed algorithms, for example.

One startup pushing this idea is called Pop, whose apps went live this week. Its pitch to artists: “Skip the congested social feeds and update your fans directly with push notifications.”

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YouTube hits back at ‘noise’ around its music payouts http://musically.com/2016/04/28/youtube-hits-back-at-noise-around-its-music-payouts/ http://musically.com/2016/04/28/youtube-hits-back-at-noise-around-its-music-payouts/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:26:59 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60277 YouTube Hi ResIt's been a bruising month for YouTube as labels, music industry bodies and artists have attacked Google's video service over its payouts for music streams, and the safe-harbour legislation that they see as protecting it.

YouTube has been responding with statements over the course of the month, but now its head of international music partnerships Christophe Muller has penned a guest column for the Guardian setting out the company's case.

Key points include a defence of YouTube's Content ID system: "Only 0.5% of all music claims are issued manually; we handle the remaining 99.5% with 99.7% accuracy. And today, fan-uploaded content accounts for roughly 50% of the music industry’s revenue from YouTube," wrote Muller.

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Music-streaming playlist strategy for 2016… and beyond http://musically.com/2016/04/27/music-streaming-playlist-strategy-for-2016-and-beyond/ http://musically.com/2016/04/27/music-streaming-playlist-strategy-for-2016-and-beyond/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:12:24 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60275 panel-sammyThe final session at AIM’s Music Connected conference covered streaming playlist strategies, with an expert panel.

They included Adam Cardew of Absolute Label Services; David Emery of Kobalt Label Services; Sammy Andrews of Entertainment Intelligence; Justin Barker of Slice Music; Zac Vibert of !K7 Artist & Label Services. It was moderated by Tim Ingham of Music Business Worldwide.

Vibert talked about there being a lot more to a campaign than just being on “flagship playlists” on streaming services, even though securing placement is a priority for labels.

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Music Ally Report 388 – Spotify: A decade in and its long road ahead http://musically.com/2016/04/27/music-ally-report-388-spotify-a-decade-in-and-its-long-road-ahead/ http://musically.com/2016/04/27/music-ally-report-388-spotify-a-decade-in-and-its-long-road-ahead/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:40:12 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60270 Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 16.36.18In our cover feature we mark 10 years since the founding of Spotify by looking at its journey so far and pointing to where it needs to move next if it wants to celebrate a second decade in the music industry. Trying to balance freemium and windowing, using the Echo Nest as its secret weapon, […]

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The future of music: VR, blockchain… and Radiohead making Minecraft videos? http://musically.com/2016/04/27/the-future-of-music-vr-blockchain-and-radiohead-making-minecraft-videos/ http://musically.com/2016/04/27/the-future-of-music-vr-blockchain-and-radiohead-making-minecraft-videos/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:18:50 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60267 maxresdefault (5)What does the future hold for the music industry and its artists? A panel at AIM’s Music Connected conference in London this afternoon discussed exactly that.

The panel comprised Bas Grasmayer of Music X Tech X Future; Mark Mulligan of Midia Research; Benji Rogers of PledgeMusic; Steven Hancock of Melody VR; and Phil Hutcheon of Dice. The moderator was Music Ally’s own Paul Brindley.

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Big music data: streaming youth, YouTube v Spotify and more http://musically.com/2016/04/27/big-music-data-streaming-youtube-spotify/ http://musically.com/2016/04/27/big-music-data-streaming-youtube-spotify/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:44:03 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60263 Chris CareyBig data isn’t a new music-industry trend. Labels, managers and artists have been awash in data since the early days of the digital music era. It’s true that the emergence of streaming has intensified all this: millions of lines of data on streams and social signals, which musicians and their teams have to make sense […]

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Apple Music up to 13m subscribers nine months after launch http://musically.com/2016/04/27/apple-music-13m-subscribers/ http://musically.com/2016/04/27/apple-music-13m-subscribers/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:42:15 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60262 apple-musicMore than $40bn was wiped off Apple’s market cap last night, as shares dipped by more than 8% after its latest quarterly financial results.

Analysts were spooked by the company missing their revenue and earnings estimates, as well as by an anticipated year-on-year decline in sales of iPhones. But on the music side, there was some good news for Apple: the latest milestone for its Apple Music streaming service.

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Dance Tonight launches social clubbing guide app http://musically.com/2016/04/26/dance-tonight-launches-social-clubbing-guide-app/ http://musically.com/2016/04/26/dance-tonight-launches-social-clubbing-guide-app/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:04:21 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60259 dance-tonightThe latest startup launching an app to help dance-music fans decide where to go out is Dance Tonight, which has just launched for iOS and Android.

The free app offers a database of dance-related events, from DJ sets to festivals, plus features for users to ‘follow’ specific artists, venues and friends.

Structured around three categories – underground, indie electronic and EDM – the app includes features to buy tickets for events, as well as messaging. In the latter case, there’s a choice of private messages between friends or group “after-party” chats within cities.

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Spotify denies claims of user-details hack (again) http://musically.com/2016/04/26/spotify-denies-claims-of-user-details-hack-again/ http://musically.com/2016/04/26/spotify-denies-claims-of-user-details-hack-again/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:39:02 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60258 spotify-ekAs one of the most prominent – and sometimes controversial – digital entertainment services, Spotify is an obvious target for hackers.

Whenever user login details appear on sites like Pastebin, then, there are concerns that the streaming service’s security has been breached – a legitimate worry given past hacks of services from Sony’s PlayStation Network to extra-marital dating site Ashley Madison.

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Deutsche Grammophon teams up with Play with a Pro http://musically.com/2016/04/25/deutsche-grammophon-teams-up-with-play-with-a-pro/ http://musically.com/2016/04/25/deutsche-grammophon-teams-up-with-play-with-a-pro/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:22:33 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60255 bg_newsroomUniversal Music classical subsidiary Deutsche Grammophon is testing musical eLearning through a partnership with startup Play with a Pro.

It will involve British violinist Daniel Hope hosting an “interactive online masterclass” with students from around the world, including teaching them pieces from his new album ‘My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin’ and answering their questions on his working life and routines.

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Warner Music to film artist interviews in 360 degrees http://musically.com/2016/04/25/warner-music-to-film-artist-interviews-in-360-degrees/ http://musically.com/2016/04/25/warner-music-to-film-artist-interviews-in-360-degrees/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:32:20 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60252 LightsAs we cover the ongoing debate about YouTube and music, we’re seeing positive partnerships around the platform as well as negativity.

Take Warner Music’s decision to start filming artist interviews in 360 degrees, for distribution on YouTube as part of the buzz around virtual reality (VR).

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Justin Bieber added 1m YouTube subscribers last month http://musically.com/2016/04/25/justin-bieber-added-1m-youtube-subscribers-last-month/ http://musically.com/2016/04/25/justin-bieber-added-1m-youtube-subscribers-last-month/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:18:52 +0000 http://musically.com/?p=60251 Justin BieberYouTube may be under fire from some artists, but it remains a powerful online-audience builder for Justin Bieber.

The star added more than one million new YouTube subscribers over the month of March: 1.03m to be specific, taking the overall subscriber count of his Vevo channel to 20.5 million.

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