1. Senate Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act Legislation Streamlining Copyright Disputes

    July 18, 2019 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 If ultimately passed, the legislation would create a copyright small claims court, allowing for arbitration, within the Copyright Office. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CA ...

  2. Vodafone's Takeover of Parts of Liberty Global Gets EU Approval With Conditions

    July 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 European wireless giant Vodafone Group has won conditional European Union approval for its takeover of Liberty Global’s cable assets in Eastern Europe and Germany. Vodafone cited a deal value of €18.4 billion ($20.7 billion), while Liberty Global fo ...

  3. 7digital CEO John Aalbers Steps Down After 3 Months to 'Reduce Cash Burn'

    July 18, 2019 10:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 "This will save the company close to £1M per annum, reducing cash burn in the most effective way." John Aalbers has stepped down from his role as director and CEO of 7digital, effective immediately, after just over three months at the Lond ...

  4. Patreon Raises $60 Million to Take Membership Funding Model to a 'New Level'

    July 16, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The company has paid out nearly $1 billion to creators, many of them music artists. Patreon -- the membership funding platform that lets fans support musicians like Pentatonix and Amanda Palmer  with monthly payments -- has raised $60 million in lat ...

  5. Facebook's New Currency Plan Is Under Scrutiny in Congress

    July 16, 2019 7:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook’s ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it’s shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Fe ...

  6. Xiami Music and MQA Partner to Bring Hi-Res Streaming to China

    July 16, 2019 5:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 China’s Xiami Music has partnered with audio tech company MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) to bring master-quality hi-res audio streaming to one of the world’s fastest-growing music markets.    Effective immediately, Alibaba-owned Xiami Music will ...

  7. Billboard Partners With Bandsintown to Power Global Tour Date Catalog

    July 11, 2019 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard has announced a multifacted partnership with concert discovery site Bandsintown to power a global tour date catalog, strengthening fan engagement on both platforms while helping artists sell more tickets.  Drawing from Bandsintown's t ...

  8. France Passes Controversial Tech Tax, Setting Up Possible U.S. Retaliation

    July 11, 2019 9:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 France's controversial tech tax is now law. The so-called "GAFA tax" – because it targets companies including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – will impose a 3 percent levy on tech giants with at least $845 million (750 million eur ...

  9. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams to Create Shows for Snapchat

    July 10, 2019 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Snapchat is expanding its shows format, striking deals with a handful of digital-first and traditional media creators to help them launch projects that take advantage of the app's shortform vertical video format. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for exam ...

  10. Spotify Criticized For 'Dance Like Nobody's Paying' Ad Campaign

    July 10, 2019 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify is drawing heat from artists and music execs for an ad campaign that urges listeners to "dance like nobody's paying," a pitch for its free 30-day Spotify Premium trial. "Keep in mind that it takes 380,000 streams a month ...

  11. Nintendo Unveils Cheaper, Handheld Version of Switch Console

    July 10, 2019 11:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nintendo has introduced a new version of its Nintendo Switch console dedicated entirely to handheld gaming. Called the Nintendo Switch Lite, the new system is a more compact, lightweight edition of the popular gaming hardware that will retail at $19 ...

  12. Spotify Unveils 'Lite' Version of App in Markets With Limited Connectivity

    July 09, 2019 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Looking to boost accessibility in potentially less-connected corners of the globe, Spotify on Tuesday released Lite, a "small, fast, and simplified" version of its industry leading streaming app. "Spotify Lite was built from the groun ...

  13. How to Watch Amazon's Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa & SZA

    July 08, 2019 11:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Amazon Music's 2019 Prime Day Concert is happening in New York on July 10 and will feature an A-list lineup, with Taylor Swift set to headline. Other acts on the bill include Dua Lipa , SZA , and Becky G as well as  Glee  star Jane Lynch, who w ...

  14. UnitedMasters Launches iOS App for Distribution & Artist Services

    July 08, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Steve Stoute's distro platform is going mobile. Independent artist services and digital distribution platform UnitedMasters has announced the launch of its new iOS app, allowing artists to upload their music to major streaming services and more ...

  15. Jobs of Tomorrow: The Woman Behind Virtual Concerts for Rezz, Jean-Michel Jarre and More

    June 27, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As the mother of two young children, Nicole St. Jean doesn’t go out like she once did as a club kid in New York’s early-aughts house music scene. But in her current role as head of content and partnerships at the virtual reality company Wave, she ha ...

  16. Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business

    June 27, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the 64th floor of 4 World Trade Center, at Spotify’s Manhattan offices, Nick Holmstén is holding court in the Orchestra of Bubbles conference room. Seated on a comfy blue couch, Holmstén -- the streaming service’s global head of music since Octob ...

  17. Smart Speaker Ownership Continues to Rise Among Americans, Even as Privacy Concerns Grow

    June 26, 2019 9:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 According to a new report from NPR and Edison Research, 53 million Americans now own at least one smart speaker. Twenty one percent of Americans -- or around 53 million people -- now own at least one smart speaker, according to the latest Smart Audi ...

  18. NMPA Strikes Back at Peloton's Counter-Claim In Workout Video Lawsuit

    June 26, 2019 2:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The trade association for music publishers denies accusations of anti-competitive activity by the exercise-bike manufacturer. Over a dozen music publishers involved in a  $150 million copyright infringement lawsuit against exercise-bike manufacturer ...

  19. MTV Execs Chris McCarthy & Bruce Gillmer On Competing With YouTube and Rebooting TRL For the Digital Age

    June 25, 2019 11:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 ‘Our Voice Is Unique’: MTV's president and global head of music talk about increasing music programming at the channel. Madonna 's appearance at MTV's London offices on April 24 for a globally televised special premiering the video fo ...

  20. Beats By Dr. Dre Hires Former Electronic Arts Executive Chris Thorne as Chief Marketing Officer

    June 25, 2019 11:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beats by Dr. Dre has hired Chris Thorne , a former executive at Electronic Arts (EA) and The Honest Company, as its new chief marketing officer. In his new role, Thorne will oversee global marketing efforts, reporting directly to Beats president Luk ...

  21. Facebook and Instagram Launch Enhanced Music Features in Brazil

    June 25, 2019 10:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook has been working hard to incorporate music into the ways people share and connect on its platforms, launching music-related functions in more than 40 countries to date. As of today (June 25), that list now includes Brazil. Brazilian users c ...

  22. YouTube Taps Martin Kon as Strategy VP

    June 25, 2019 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Google-owned YouTube has hired veteran management consultant Martin Kon as vp YouTube strategy to help drive the long-term direction for the online video giant for original programming and distribution. Kon was most recently at the Boston Consulting ...

  23. Popular Stream-Ripping Site Convert2MP3 Shut Down

    June 21, 2019 11:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 Another stream ripper bites the dust. Convert2MP3, one of the world's most popular stream ripping sites, has been shut down following a joint operation by international labels body IFPI and German trade organization Bundesverband Musikindustrie ...

  24. Apple CEO Tim Cook to Be Honored by GLSEN for LGBTQ Advocacy and Equality Efforts

    June 21, 2019 9:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 GLSEN — the national education organization that champions LGBTQ students and issues in K-12 education — has found a champion at Apple. CEO Tim Cook has been selected to receive the Champion Award at GLSEN's Respect Awards in Los Angeles. Cook ...

  25. Federal Trade Commission Investigating YouTube Over Kids' Videos

    June 20, 2019 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Federal Trade Commission is in the late stages of an investigation into how Google’s YouTube handles children’s videos, a probe prompted by complaints that the company failed to protect kids who used the service and improperly collected their da ...

  26. Deezer's Newest Feature Lets Users Add Song Lyrics to Instagram Stories

    June 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 You've heard of Instagrammers carefully choosing the perfect song lyrics to caption their photos. Now, music streaming service Deezer is helping users add lyrics that fit their mood directly to Instagram Stories with a few taps. Starting today ...

  27. Should Sony Listen to Investor Calls to Split the Company This Time?

    June 19, 2019 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the second time in six years, Dan Loeb and his activist hedge fund, Third Point, are calling on Sony Corp. to spin off assets in an effort to boost rewards for investors saddled with shares of a complicated media giant that is underappreciated o ...

  28. Google Defends How It Sources Song Lyrics: 'We Do Not Crawl or Scrape Websites'

    June 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Faced with accusations that it copied song lyrics from Genius, the search engine is offering an explanation. When users search for song lyrics online, where do the results come from? That question sparked conflict earlier this week, when lyrics webs ...

  29. Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida's Annual Pay Fell to $3.67M

    June 18, 2019 2:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida 's annual pay fell around 10 percent to $3.67 million (¥397 million) last year after his promotion to the top job, due to a drop in his performance bonus. He earned more in the previous year as chief financial officer ...

  30. Spotify Explains Why It Is Backing Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

    June 18, 2019 9:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify has signed on as an early backer of Facebook's planned cryptocurrency Libra, citing a "massive opportunity for simple, convenient, and safe payment over the internet" for the nearly 2 billion people worldwide without tradition ...

  31. Facebook Unveils Plan for Own Currency Called Libra

    June 18, 2019 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global us ...

  32. Genius Accuses Google of Displaying Copied Lyrics: 'It's Clearly Unfair and Anticompetitive'

    June 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lyrics website Genius Media has a bone to pick with Google over the lyric cards that appear right above their site in search results. The Brooklyn-based company has accused the tech giant of hosting lyrics that were copy and pasted from its site, sa ...

  33. Facebook CEO Is Focus of Latest 'Deepfake' Video

    June 14, 2019 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It� ...

  34. Facebook Settles Class Action Claiming Company Inflated Video Viewership Metrics

    June 13, 2019 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Several advertising agencies told a California federal court Wednesday that Facebook has agreed to settlement terms to resolve a putative class action alleging that the social media giant wildly overstated the average time its users spent watching p ...

  35. Streamers Battle For Africa: No Front-Runner Yet as Spotify, Spinlet & Others Fight for Market Share

    June 13, 2019 12:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 "If the streaming platforms are patient, things are going to fall their way," says one major label exec on the potential payoff as the continent skews younger and more tech-savvy. LAGOS, Nigeria — On a May night in the Lekki District, the ...

  36. SoundCloud Promotes Michael Weissman to President

    June 12, 2019 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 SoundCloud has elevated Michael Weissman to president of the streaming audio platform. Since joining the company in 2017 as chief operating officer, Weissman has focused on generating revenue and forging partnerships with the likes of Pandora and Ta ...

  37. DistroKid Teams With Audible Magic to Combat Streaming Piracy

    June 11, 2019 10:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 New deal will help keep unauthorized music off Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. DistroKid, the digital distribution service that allows artists to upload their music across a variety of digital platforms, is making moves to combat ...

  38. Online Music Marketplace BeatStars Has Paid Out More Than $50M to Producers

    June 11, 2019 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The platform helped birth Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." Global music marketplace BeatStars , where Lil Nas X found his "Old Town Road" beat, has paid out more than $50 million to producers who license and sell their work on t ...

  39. Big Tech on Trial: House Panel Begins Review of Market Power

    June 11, 2019 9:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Big Tech is about to become big politics in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will launch its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley's biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants� ...

  40. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Fights US Extradition in New Zealand's Top Court

    June 10, 2019 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues on Monday took their fight against being extradited to the U.S. to New Zealand's top court.   The Supreme Court began hearing arguments in the seven-year-old case after Dotcom ...

  41. What's Really Going On With Apple's iTunes Shutdown?

    June 05, 2019 3:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Monday (June 3), Apple announced that it was splitting the iTunes app into three distinct programs: Apple Music, Podcasts and TV. But there’s still quite a bit of confusion around how existing music libraries will work, how devices will be synced ...

  42. Facebook, Google and Music Licensing Mark Today's Biggest Antitrust Targets

    June 05, 2019 8:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 What is the biggest antitrust conundrum for the U.S. Department of Justice at the moment?    It's not Facebook. Evidently, in a bit of regulatory horse-trading, the Justice Department just  agreed to confer jurisdiction  to the Federal Trade Co ...

  43. New York Music Month Conference Highlights City's Bustling Music Tech Industry

    June 04, 2019 6:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 More music-related digital services companies have gotten their start in the concrete jungle than in any other city in the world. "Who needs Silicon Valley when you have Silicon Alley?" That was the question posed by  Shira Gans , senior e ...

  44. YouTube Teams With Game Awards Creator for 10-Hour E3 Live Stream

    June 04, 2019 1:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 YouTube has teamed with The Game Awards creator and producer Geoff Keighley for the fifth annual  E3 Live on YouTube , a 10-hour live stream starting Sunday, June 9, ahead of this year's video game convention in Los Angeles. E3 Live  will begin ...

  45. SoundCloud Brings Go+ to Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland

    June 04, 2019 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 SoundCloud is launching its ad-free subscription tier in a (even more) global capacity. The open audio platform announced on Tuesday (June 4) that SoundCloud Go+ would now be offered in Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. For €9.99 (app ...

  46. Apple Announces New Apple Music App, Replacing iTunes, at WWDC 2019

    June 03, 2019 2:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eighteen years after it was released, Apple is ready to retire iTunes. Apple is launching a new Apple Music app for Mac, the company announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. today (June 3).  Apple will continue to operate ...

  47. Spotify UK's Head Of Editorial Austin Daboh Exits Company

    June 03, 2019 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After less than a year in the role, Austin Daboh has stepped down as head of music culture and editorial at Spotify U.K. His exit was first reported by Music Business Worldwide and confirmed to Billboard by Spotify, which declined to comment further ...

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