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Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challenges

  Managers, by the very nature of their job, have to be across everything their artists do, closely following each ebb and flow of every revenue source and being ready to jump on the next one when it emerges.  Data...
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Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit

A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes. Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that...
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Apple Music launches its first Carpool Karaoke episode

After a few delays on its way to people’s screens, Apple Music has launched the first episode of the standalone run of music show ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for its subscribers. Based on the popular segment of James Corden’s...
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India’s Eros Group in talks with Apple, Amazon and Netflix

Eros Group is one of the largest film production companies in India, but it is reportedly in talks to sell its catalogue of films AND music to Apple, Amazon or Netflix. At least, that’s according to Indian financial...
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Apple Music ‘making no dent’ in Spotify… but that’s not the bigger picture

Research firm Edison Investment Research has put out a surprisingly-sharp note on Apple Music’s prospects of competing with Spotify, sparked by the latter’s announcement that it now has more than 60 million subscribers. “Apple...
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Apple Music helps drive record quarter for Apple services

Apple published its latest quarterly financials last night and – no surprises here – it’s still making plenty of money. The company’s revenues were up 7.2% year-on-year to $45.4bn in the second quarter (Apple’s...
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Apple Music gets exclusive livestream from Tidal co-owners Arcade Fire

We’ve written regularly in the last year about the shift in definitions of ‘exclusives’ on music-streaming services. Bar the odd exception, few albums are now exclusive to a single service, but Apple Music, Spotify...
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Amazon and Google launch smart-speaker flash sales

Don’t underestimate Amazon and Google’s determination to get their smart speakers – the Echo family and Google Home respectively – into as many homes as possible. Amazon has launched an aggressive sale for the...
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Deezer and Apple tipped for potential SoundCloud acquisition

Rumours about an imminent acquisition of streaming service SoundCloud had died down, but the gossip-drums are beating once more. The New York Post – still the publication of choice for strategic music-industry leaks...
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Jimmy Iovine blames labels, YouTube and Billboard for bad albums

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has been making waves again, with an interview for Beats 1 in which he criticises labels for their handling of YouTube and safe harbour, suggesting that they are partly responsible for a decline...
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Apple Music rolls out personalised ‘My Chill Mix’ playlist

Apple is making its latest move in personalised playlists, with the rollout of a new one called ‘My Chill Mix’. “A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening,” reported TechCrunch. “An...
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Apple bags Breaking Bad execs for ‘video programming’ roles

It’s actually a little unfair to characterise Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg as just ‘Breaking Bad execs’. As presidents at Sony Pictures Television since 2005, the pair have overseen shows including The Crown, The...