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Amazon Music gets Latin music hub and exclusive Neil Young EP

Amazon Music is the latest streaming service to make a concerted push around music from Latin America, with its new ‘Amazon Music Lat!n’ hub. It will offer a mix of Latin playlists, original/exclusive tracks, interview and mini-documentary videos with artists, and podcasts.

There’s also a program called ‘Rompe’ to promote emerging artists in the US, Latin America and Spain; and a content brand called ‘Raices’ which will spotlight established artists – starting with Marc Anthony.

Amazon has also rebranded its ‘Fuego Latino’ playlist as ‘Platino’ for a new global push, with separate playlist brands for new tracks (‘Hoy’), classics (‘Clasicos’ and hits (er, ‘Hits’).

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Neil Young Archives site ditches Facebook and Google logins

Neil Young’s official archives site is getting rid of the ability for fans to log in using their Facebook or Google accounts. Instead, they’ll be asked to register their email address and a password to access the site.

In an article explaining the decision, Young – who’s been a prominent voice in the run-up to this year’s US presidential election – gave Facebook a pasting.

“Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users. Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we can not condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election,” he wrote.

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More artists turn to livestreams amid coronavirus isolation

As the live-music shutdown continues, more and bigger artists have turned to livestreaming performances online as an alternative, if not (certainly not in terms of income) a replacement.

Neil Young is launching a ‘Fireside Sessions’ series of concerts broadcast from his home. As far as we can tell, the performances will be hosted on his own Neil Young Archives website, since (as his announcement reminded fans) he’s dropping Facebook “very very soon”. Coldplay’s Chris Martin streamed a performance via Instagram yesterday, as part of a new ‘Together, At Home’ partnership between the World Health Organization and Global Citizen. John Legend will be the next artist to take part, later today.

Meanwhile, US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has announced that acts including Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Major Lazer (all of whom were to play the now-cancelled Ultra Music Festival in Miami at the start of the month) will play DJ sets at the Ultra Virtual Audio Festival on limited-run channel UMF Radio which will be accessible from 20th March to 23rd March. Plus, artist Frank Turner is playing a three-sets concert later today from home, via his Facebook page.