Facebook hires former WMG exec Jeremy Sirota for labels role
Facebook has taken its latest step forward in its path towards music-licensing. the social network has appointed Jeremy Sirota as its label music business development manager, operating out of New York. Sirota joined the...
November 22, 2017
Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons
Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have...
November 15, 2017
Big Shaq gets an augmented-reality Facebook Camera effect
In our recent report on augmented reality technology, we suggested that rather than launching standalone AR apps for artists, labels would do better exploring some of the AR features in the big social apps. Now Island...
November 8, 2017
Facebook revenues up 47% while net profit grows by 79%
Facebook has announced another strong set of quarterly financials, with the company’s revenues growing by 47% year-on-year to $10.33bn in the third quarter of 2017. The social network reported a net profit of $4.71bn...
November 2, 2017
Facebook tests relegating page posts to secondary news feed
In recent years, we’ve regularly covered claims by digital marketers that posts from their pages are seeing their ‘organic’ (i.e. not paid for) reach decline. Less of their fans are seeing their posts unless they pay...
October 24, 2017
A new Silicon Valley trend: disconnecting from social media
What does it say about the culture we’re currently living in that several of the key people who created the ‘like’ button for Facebook are now disengaging from social media? The Guardian published a thought-provoking...
October 9, 2017
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