NAMM, heard of it? This time around, it’s happening directly opposite MIDEM, and according to sources, posing competitive problems for the beleaguered French fair. Let’s see the extent of the dent, but it looks like a substantial number of digital music (and broader music industry) executives are staying in the states for NAMM instead of indulging the far pricier (and time-consuming) MIDEM. Which of course makes sense for a myriad of reasons, though we’ve also heard that a very large chunk (and more overall) are sticking with MIDEM for reasons that include international dealmaking. Overlaps happen, but is NAMM eyeing this potentially vulnerable piece of conference real estate?
(Updated, Tues. 8:30 am PCT: Yes, we’ll actually be at MIDEM this year to clarify. See ya there.)
Which brings us to ultra-successful SXSW, which has also exerted pressure on MIDEM to shift more towards a festival-style approach. MIDEM has been snubbing Digital Music News for years, but SXSW has been giving us a Texas-style welcome: this year, Digital Music News will be featured on two session panels and broadening coverage to include Interactive.
It’s 2013, and this time around, Myspace isn’t even pretending to give a crap. Over the weekend, indie label consortium Merlin vociferously complained that the New Myspace is using member content without permission, and that its deal lapsed two years ago. Sounds like a problem, except that Myspace told the New York Times that it isn’t interested in licensing the content, and whatever has been uploaded should be removed via DMCA takedown procedures.
Another lap in the race to the bottom? It’s been a strange weekend for dropping DIY fees: first, upstart Fandalism started offering free, unlimited iTunes and Spotify uploads, only to change the offer to $19.99 for everyone except Digital Music News readers. Perhaps Fandalism disruptor Philip Kaplan isn’t ready to go that far, this soon, but he is openly embracing the ‘race to the bottom’ with glee.
Which means, companies may already be reacting. CD Baby is now downwardly-normalizing its cut on digital sales to 9 percent, which slashes 25 percent cuts on some services like Facebook and cdbaby.com sales (iTunes and other important distribution endpoints were already at 9). Last month, Tunecore reluctantly dropped its fee for first-year accounts.
CrowdSync, heard of it? It’s a pretty cool, SF-based startup that combines smartphone vids of the same concert or event. Then, puts them all together for your directing, viewing, or sharing enjoyment.
And for those watching history repeat, the Inauguration of President Obama‘s second term was stuffed with musicians. Across the actual ceremony and various events, the cast included Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, Usher, Katy Perry, and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, among many others. Perhaps the most interesting moment happened ahead of the formal event, when Lupe Fiasco’s performance was yanked after an incredibly critical tirade against Obama at Hamilton Live.
HMV may have a buyer, but it ain’t gonna be pretty. According to reports, restructuring specialist Hilco is the frontrunning bidder of the bankrupt property, with Deloitte shepherding the dump-off. Separately, Deloitte has had a change-of-heart and decided to honor previously-nullified gift cards.
And, Spotify will soon be bundled into certain Orange Switzerland subscriber packages, the latest in a string of similar deals for Spotify. Earlier, Orange brokered a broader inclusion deal with Deezer, obviously non-exclusive.