The bad press continues to ooze for Pandora, thanks to a continued push to reduce royalty requires (or at the very least, establish format parity). The outspoken David Lowery is now calling Pandora founder Tim Westergren a 'sellout,' while highlighting contradictory statements from the ex-musician. Just last week, Westergren pointed to millions in payouts to top-ranked Pandora-played artists, while confusingly using that math to demand lower rates.
Meanwhile, rumblings continue on stepped-up (and potentially suffocating) demands from publishers for increased Pandora payouts. Currently, a wide disparity exists between recording (ie, SoundExchange) payouts and those collected by publishers.
And the latest savior for artists? That would be Monkeybars (monkeybars.net), a socially-driven platform designed to help artists promote, sell, and monetize their music. Artists are handed 100 percent of royalties, and fans are rewarded with cash for helping to spark viral outbreaks. Early participants including Timbaland, with an advisor group that includes BFM Digital CEO Steve Corn. Official launch and splash happens October 24th.
Got no Seoul? Change that with MU:CON Seoul 2012, a global music industry event with a Gangnam flavor. The action kicks off November 1st with a participant list that includes Black Eyed Peas manager William Derella, Glastonbury programmer Malcom Haynes, YouTube Japan & Korea head of music John Hirai, DFSB president Bernie Cho, and Berklee College of Music instructor Mike King. Digital Music News will be there.
Coke, in the music industry? Rumors continue to percolate on a potential investment in Spotify by Coca-Cola, probably involving several million and a modest percentage stake. That would intensify a massive branding and advertising deal; talks are reportedly in progress.
The festival circuit was thriving this weekend. Austin City Limits featured quite the incredible slate, but also a stunningly-good YouTube livestream. Two stages were presented in near-perfect quality, with pumped-up performances by the Shins, Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + the Machine and Neil Young among the many others.
Up north in San Fransisco, the Treasure Island Music Festival featured Girl Talk, AraabMUZIK, M83, Public Enemy, and The xx, but alas, we couldn't find a livestream in sight.
balbers Monday, October 15, 2012
Hmm, interesting wording.
"but alas, we couldn't find a livestream in sight."
So do people just expect there to be a live audio/video stream for major concerts or festivals? Or minor events?
Just Another Voice Monday, October 15, 2012
some people do, certainly.