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Soundrop is investigating fake Beyoncé and SZA album-uploads

More details are emerging about the fake Beyoncé and SZA albums uploaded to streaming services just before Christmas, which gathered old tracks and unreleased demos from the artists under different artist names (Queen Carter...
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Independents’ global share up to 39.9% claims Wintel report

Independent labels’ share of the global recorded-music market grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017, according to trade body WIN’s latest Wintel report. WIN says that indie labels’ revenues grew by 10.9%...
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Protected: Smart and Immersive Music Marketing Trends 2018

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ERA gets physical with IFPI; IFPI hits back

Last week we covered the publication of the IFPI’s Music Consumer Insight Report (based on AudienceNet data) which looked at, among other things, how much time consumers spend listening to music and how they listen to...
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Sandbox 207: Pre-Saves, Apple Music for Artists, Jory Boy and more

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Aubergine Test Report

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How would user-centric payouts affect the music-streaming world?

‘User-centric’ licensing is where the royalties from a streaming subscription only go to the artists who that subscriber listens to, rather than into a bigger pool split by overall share of all the streams on the platform. There...
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2017 End of year Sandbox Issue

Here it is – Sandbox’s massive run down of the best, most innovative and most exciting music marketing campaigns of the past 12 months. As usual, all campaigns are listed in non-partisan alphabetical order. But this year...
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Blockchain music: rights, artists and ‘the big spreadsheet in the sky’ (#SlushMusic)

Jaak is one of the startups exploring the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry. The company is working on a number of pilot schemes, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie has been a regular speaker on blockchain...
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VR and music: ‘The biggest challenge thus far is the storytelling’ (#SlushMusic)

Musical VR is creatively exciting but commercially nascent: key startups are still in their early days, while there’s no clear path for artists and labels to make decent money (or even a return on their investment) in virtual...
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ASCAP / BMI database plans are already sparking a row

ASCAP and BMI are fielding criticism for not including other US performing rights organisations (PROs) in their partnership to create a new database of song rights. Sesac and Global Music Rights are both currently not...
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High-end speakers manufacturer Devialet raises €100m

While Amazon’s Echo, Google’s new Home and established firm Sonos tend to get most of the headlines around connected speakers, new models and companies are emerging too. French startup Devialet has been winning praise...