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YouTube expands money-making features with Channel Memberships

YouTube’s latest announcement is about its full community of creators, rather than just musicians. It’s one to take notice of though: especially for anyone working with independent, emerging artists who are building...
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Pandora and Amazon part of mobile-plan bundle launched by AT&T

It’s been a while since the music industry first got excited about the idea of bundles – be they ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ – of streaming services with mobile data contracts. But AT&T has launched a new offering in...
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St. Vincent talks live music: ‘People want transcendence’

This year's Cannes Lions conference has featured a succession of artists talking about their creative processes and the wider culture. After earlier sessions featuring Vic Mensa and Jax Jones, this afternoon's program closed...
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Jax Jones: ‘Creativity is a constant exercise. It’s a muscle that you train’

Universal Music Group's global head of new business Olivier Robert-Murphy was joined by artist Jax Jones at the Cannes Lions conference today, for a session titled 'Re-humanising the Creative Process' focused on how brands...
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Vic Mensa on hip hop and brands: ‘Nobody likes those #ad posts on Instagram!’

Streaming has helped to make hip-hop the most popular recorded-music genre in the US, according to industry-tracker Nielsen. A panel at the Cannes Lions conference today explored what this means for brands, who are mulling...
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LDH talks music, brands and artists: ‘They sell 2.4m tickets just in Japan…’

LDH – it stands for Love + Dream + Happiness, since you ask – is a Japanese creative artist management group, which has been striking some interesting deals with brands. At the Cannes Lions conference today, some of...
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European Parliament proceeds on Article 13 of new copyright directive

We’ve covered the ‘value gap’ debate regularly and emphasised that it’s a slow-burning issue in terms of policymakers deciding how to modernise safe-harbour regulations in the US and in Europe alike. On the latter...
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Socan collected $352m to songwriters and publishers in 2017

Canadian collecting society Socan is the latest industry entity to reveal encouraging growth in 2017. It collected $352m in royalties for songwriters, composers and publishers last year, up 8% year-on-year which thus reflects...
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Instagram launches IGTV long-form video hub for creators

This is one of those stories that was so thoroughly leaked in advance, few of the details are surprising. But Instagram has signified its intention to become a home for longer-form videos, upping its limits on individual...
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AR and VR headset shipments down 30.5% year-on-year

Get set for a ride down into the trough of disillusionment, as research firm Gartner puts it. Augmented and virtual reality headset shipments have fallen by 30.5% year-on-year. At least, this is according to one of that company’s...
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Esports are booming: so how can music brands get involved?

Whenever Music Ally has to define esports for someone who hasn’t followed the sector, we tend to say it’s ‘competitive gaming with an audience’, citing tournaments using games from League of Legends to FIFA, and the...
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Indian streaming service Gaana trumpets its 60m active users

The recently-announced merger of Saavn and JioMusic, as well as the anticipated launch of Spotify, has made India an even-more interesting music-streaming market in 2018. Now Gaana, one of the other established local services,...