Video publishers say Facebook mid-roll ads off to slow start
There are high expectations for Facebook’s plans to license music and share advertising revenues from streams of videos including it. But it’s important not to forget the question about how lucrative those revenues will...
October 3, 2017
iHeartRadio launches entertainment show on Facebook
The latest music brand looking to make use of video on Facebook is iHeartRadio. The US streaming service has launched a TV-style chat-show called ‘iHeartNow with Elvis Duran’, fronted by one of its most popular DJs. The...
October 2, 2017
Yandex Music strikes deal with Facebook in Russia
Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music has followed western peers like Spotify and Apple Music in launching an integration with Facebook. Like those, its music will now be playable in 30-second clips on the social...
September 29, 2017
Report 409: AI-Composed Music Is Here, So What Does It Mean For You?
Lead: Artificial intelligence is the next disruptive force to seriously hit the music business – but its disruption will be around music creation rather than distribution or pricing. There is already a huge panic about...
September 29, 2017
Facebook expected to spend $1bn on original video shows
Don’t get too carried away with reports that Facebook is planning to splash a 10-figure budget on original-video shows in the next year. That would represent just 3.7% of the social network’s revenues for the whole...
September 11, 2017
Facebook ‘respects the value of artists’ – so it should pay them
Facebook’s VP EMEA Nicola Mendelsohn delivered the guest keynote at British industry body the BPI’s annual general meeting yesterday. Awkward timing, given this month’s speculation about Facebook waving ‘hundreds...
September 8, 2017
Facebook VP: ‘We understand and respect the value of all artists’
What is Facebook's music-licensing strategy going to be? It's one of the big music-industry questions of 2017, and earlier this week, Bloomberg suggested that the strategy will start with paying 'hundreds of millions' of...
September 7, 2017
Facebook hits back after claims it over-counts young people
Here’s a puzzle for music marketers to figure out: why, if there are only 31 million 18-24 year-olds in the US according to the country’s census data, does Facebook promise you it can reach 41 million 18-24 year-olds...
September 7, 2017
BE-AT.tv boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico
BE-AT.tv was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge, as well as watched various business models come and go. Through it all,...
August 30, 2017
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...
August 24, 2017
Facebook launches its ‘Watch’ platform for TV-style shows
Its plans have been regularly leaked in recent months, but Facebook has now officially announced its ‘Watch’ platform for TV-style shows on its network. “Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop,...
August 10, 2017
Neil Finn talks livestreams, tech and social media’s evolution
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter. As well as being hugely prolific, he was an early convert to the...
August 9, 2017