A streaming service teaming up with an AI music startup to create “over 170k songs”? Sound the klaxons!
Drake is one of the first artists to benefit from Spotify flexing the muscles of its sponsorship of Catalan football giant FC Barcelona.
Spotify’s long-rumoured sponsorship deal with football club FC Barcelona was confirmed yesterday as a four-year agreement.
The Covid-elongated European football season isn’t over just yet: the next three weeks will see the Champions League and Europa League tournaments play out their remaining rounds.
Now one of football body UEFA’s key sponsorship partners Heineken has teamed up with dance label Defected Records to soundtrack the rejigged tournaments.
They’ll be holding an eight-hour livestream called ‘The Kick Off’ this Sunday (9 August) featuring eight DJs broadcasting from their homes or special locations. Bob Sinclar (one of our go-to cheer-up livestreamers during the early weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown) is one of the DJs, alongside Idris Elba, Purple Disco Machine, Low Steppa, Melvo Baptise, Aline Rocha, Ferreck Dawn and DJ Monki.
Football’s World Cup kicks off later this week, with 32 countries hoping for glory (or, in England’s case, hoping at least for something better than abject embarrassment and penalties ineptitude).
Deezer is on the bandwagon, launching a promotion called ‘Football Fever’ with playlists curated by local artists in each of the 32 participating nations. Kasabian are at the helm for England; Zara Larsson for Sweden; Davido for Nigeria and Mc Kevinho for Brazil, among others.
Deezer may have sold its Stitcher podcasts app, but the streaming service is pressing on with its podcasting content strategy.
Deezer UK has launched an original podcast based on the Euro 2016 tournament. Called Deezer Balls Up – please, no jokes about last year’s cancelled IPO at this point – the podcast will see football writers and comedians debating the latest events from France.
Pepsi has created a shareable Facebook app that promises to give users a “VIP party experience” with some famous footballers.
The European Court of Justice has ruled against the English football Premier League in a case involving the rights of a landlady to show live matches in her pub using a Greek broadcaster’s satellite decoder, rather than UK broadcast licenser BSkyB. The court ruled that TV viewers should be able to watch matches using decoder cards from anywhere within the European Union.
Two unrelated stories today show the ongoing disruption of traditional media by digital services. First, Amazon has announced the first author to sign to its general trade books imprint. Timothy Ferriss was poached from Random House, where his The 4-Hour Workweek book had been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than four years.
British landlady Karen Murphy has prevailed in an appeal against a fine for showing Premiership football matches in her pub via a foreign broadcaster, rather than UK broadcaster BSkyB. Well, […]
K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag song – the anthem for this month’s World Cup – has been given an interactive makeover by MXP4. Hosted on K’naan’s Facebook page, it lets fans mess about with remixes of the song using MXP4’s widget technology