The Latest! Beyonce-Gate, Super Bowl, VEVO, Songza, Tunezy, Stones+Coachella, Bandsintown, WiMP, MusiXmatch…

Yes, she lip-synched the Inauguration. No, she doesn’t think it’s a big deal, at all.


Moving on, Beyonce has now publicly admitted that she indeed lip-synched the National Anthem during Obama’s recent inauguration ceremony, based on concerns about the weather and lack of practice time with the “orchestra.”  “Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry,” Beyonce told reporters during a Super Bowl XLVII pre-game event.  “It was a live television show and a very important moment for me… I’m proud of my performance.”  Beyonce will likely sing the real thing for the upcoming Super Bowl halftime (depending on the weather, of course…)

Not sure this is the best ‘break’ in life, but Sandy Hook Elementary students will be singing the National Anthem alongside Jennifer Hudson (no stranger to tragedy herself).

So is VEVO even more sketchy than we thought?  After some seriously-suspicious write-downs on VEVO views for superstars like Lady Gaga, there’s fresh evidence that VEVO deliberately and programmatically bumped its video viewcounts.  Which means little to fans, but everything to paying premium advertisers and investors like Google.  More ahead.

Which brings us to Songza, whose iOS radio-like app seems to be streaming perfectly in far-flung countries like Argentina and France (at least according to our testing).  But why, when its browser-based version is blocked in those regions and streaming competitors like Pandora are locked out?  “We’re always trying to tighten up IP-restricting, but it’s not always perfect,” Songza’s Elias Roman told Digital Music News.

Yes, even Digital Music News makes mistakes (that is, beyond starting this publication in the first place).  It turns out that Tunezy is being consulted by Ted Cohen’s TAG Strategic, not David Hazan as we originally thought (and wrote).  And as much as we’d love a juicy face-off/turf battle here, it seems like a simple misunderstanding on our part.

The funny part is that Coachella doesn’t even need this controversy to stoke sales. But Mick Jagger is now strongly hinting at an upcoming festival date, on either side of the Atlantic.  “There are other things in the world, you know, apart from Glastonbury,” Jagger hinted to NME in that Jagger way of his.  “But then again, Glastonbury is very important.”

Looks like Bandsintown is seriously going to town, thanks to an integration into Spotify.  That means more alert matches, and some snazzy features like targeted playlists of artists playing local shows.  Perhaps the broader question is whether this is more than just a ‘wowee’ feature: Bandsintown is flanked by heavily-funded competitors like Songkick, but the jury’s still out on whether the ‘live problem’ is rooted in awareness or a far more complex set of consumer issues.

WiMP has yet to seriously dance outside of Scandinavia, though that’s a seriously streaming-friendly stage.  Which is why WiMP has just structured an inclusion deal with Telenor-owned Canal Digital, one focused around streaming TV and broader content bundles.  WiMP will see roughly 28 million Norwegian kronor on the two-year deal, or about $5.1 million.


Yesterday, we told you that MusiXmatch scored a healthy, $3.7 million round to expand its lyric-focused model.  But there are some healthy stats that go along with that: as of this month, MusiXmatch boasts 10 million users, with one million jumping aboard every month.  Reading this, LyricFind/Larry Marcus?

5 Responses

  1. Casey

    Songza simply doesn’t care much about restrictions. It is a very gray area for internet radio. Some think you have license with every country you want to stream in, as is the case with Pandora. Others think it is good enough to pay the licenses for the country you operate in and treat all listeners as if they lived there.

  2. Roger Royal
    Roger Royal

    Songza worked fine in France. Hopefully the systems that keep track of all that domestic and international streaming for royalty purposes are more robust.

  3. Larry Marcus
    Larry Marcus

    Yes Paul, I’m reading as ever. I am happy there is so much interest and usage in lyrics apps. As an enabler of those who want to present lyrics, it’s a great indicator for LyricFind too. No doubt that MusicXmatch app has some interesting traction and this will help them innovate and market in this very competitve space.


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