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AI-music startup Popgun evolves: ‘We’re gonna make hit pop songs…’

In June 2017, Music Ally interviewed Stephen Phillips of Australian startup Popgun about his company's development of an artificial intelligence (AI) called 'Alice' that was capable of playing piano with humans. Alice...
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Universal Music to launch ‘Acoustic Room’ video series with LadBible

Research firm NewsWhip recently published a chart of the ‘top publishers on Facebook’ in September 2018 – ranked by total likes, shares and comments on English-language content posted on the social network that...
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Spotify is (almost) ready for launch in the Middle East and North Africa

Spotify appears to be making the final preparations for its long-anticipated launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on an invitation-only basis. News site MENAbytes reported this weekend that Spotify...
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CD Baby has solo pianists making $7k-$10k a month from streaming services

It’s hardly a secret that one of the most lucrative genres of music – certainly in terms of the ratio of production costs versus potential royalties – is relaxing piano music. That’s thanks to the growth of...
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Amazon Alexa gets artist notifications… and a Little Mix AAA skill

Spotify’s Release Radar and Apple Music’s New Music Mix are high in the minds of music marketers in 2018. They’re figuring out what ‘signals’ (for example: following an artist’s profile and saving their music...
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Instagram’s new marketing features: ‘promote’ for stories and business analytics

Music marketers have a couple of new tools to investigate for Instagram. One is something called ‘promote’ for stories, where Instagram business accounts – a number of artists’ profiles have been converted to...
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Lyor Cohen criticises ‘severe unintended consequences’ of Article 13

Lyor Cohen has joined fellow YouTube executives Susan Wojcicki and Robert Kyncl in criticising the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright directive. His comments, coming from someone who was so recently...
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Live Nation hails ‘best quarter ever’ with 2018 on course to break records

In a big day for music-relevant financial results, Live Nation set new records with its Q3 numbers. “Live Nation had its best quarter ever, and we are on track to deliver another year of record results across revenue,...
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Report claims social app TikTok gained 30m users in three months

Chinese tech firm Bytedance bought social app Musical.ly (obligatory clarification for new readers: nothing to do with us) earlier this year, then merged it with another app called TikTok, which offers similar ‘share your...
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Wall Street life is tough – but that’s no surprise for Spotify’s management

The headaches of life as a public company are well known: the quarterly scrutiny of your financial and other business metrics leaving little room to hide, as well as the instant, often-brutal verdict of Wall Street as your...
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Spotify and Google team up for smart-speaker giveaway in the US

Well, ‘giveaway’ may not be quite the right term here: it’s not a complete freebie as it requires a paying subscription. But new *and* existing Spotify Family plan subscribers in the US can now claim a Google Home...
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When influencer marketing goes wrong… Snap’s PR firm sues over specs deal

Influencer marketing can be a highly-effective way to promote a product (or music), but if the social star you’re paying for promotion doesn’t deliver, what’s the comeback? We may find out thanks to a new lawsuit filed...