Latest Industry: Ikea, Google, YouTube, Hackers, Congress, Live Nation, Deezer

Music Industry Latest: Ikea, Google, YouTube, Hackers, Congress, Live Nation, Deezer
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Doubling down on Bluetooth speakers.

Ikea will bring two Bluetooth speaker models to the US and the UK.  Called the Ikea ENEBY, the speakers measure 20 x 20 or 30 x 30 and come in white, gray, or black.  This marks the first time that the Swedish-founded/Dutch-based company has produced Bluetooth speakers.


Won’t someone please think of the children?

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national non-profit advocacy group, has called on the FTC to investigate Google.  The group alleges that YouTube has violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  Per COPPA regulations, companies that run sites targeted at children must notify parents and obtain their consent prior to collecting data.


Not so ‘Despacito.’

A hacker has taken down the world’s most-watched YouTube video, Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito.’  Attributed to Kuroi’SH, the same hacker also took down multiple Vevo music videos, including multiple Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez videos.  ‘Despacito’ recently crossed 5 billion views, making it the most-viewed video on YouTube (and maybe of all time).  Just recently, the track was snubbed at the Grammys, contributing to huge allegations of sexism against the Recording Academy.


Exclusive streaming — eight years in a row.

YouTube will host an exclusive live-stream of Coachella.  This year’s popular West Coast music festival will feature The Weeknd, Beyonce, Eminem, SZA, and Haim, among other artists.  From April 13th to the 15th, YouTube will stream their sets on desktop, mobile, and TV.  However, the video platform won’t stream the second weekend of Coachella, set to take place April 20th to the 22nd.


Will podcasts bring this streaming platform back from the dead?

Pandora CEO Roger Lynch has confirmed plans to add more podcasts to its service and beef up advertising.  Podcasts have become a significant part of the company’s plans to turn Pandora Radio into a profitable service.  Speaking with Yahoo Finance, Lynch explained,

In the car, 80% of listening is music, while 20% is other stuff.  As a service, if you don’t have that 20%, it doesn’t mean you capture the 80%, because then people will just stay on their FM Radios.  But, if you can create audio content for people that gets packaged with the music content in a way that doesn’t give them a reason to go back to that FM dial, then you capture much more than just the spoken word.


Reforming how you get paid for your music.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is expected to introduce a beefed-up Music Modernization Act today.  The measure is designed to transform how mechanical royalties are collected and distributed, though critics are pointing to a crony deal that benefits major publishers and Spotify.  The bill will also reform how labels and musicians receive payments for the use of sound recordings online.  The broadened Music Modernization Act will combine three previously-introduced music bills and include a rate-setting change.


Prepare for pay more for Kpop.

Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has announced a proposed amendment to fee regulations for streaming music websites.  The amendment will change the profit distribution between artists and online streaming music platforms.  Popular platforms, including Melon Music, Genie Music, and Bugs, may significantly raise their subscription fees as a result.


How to conquer 5 streaming charts — twice.

TWICE, a popular K-pop girl group, has achieved another major win on streaming music charts.  Their latest single, ‘What is Love?’, has peaked at No. 1 on five streaming services – Melon Music, Naver, Bugs, Mnet, and Soribada.  Preorders for the EP, also titled What is Love?, now total 350,000 units.


Learn how to become a successful musician.

Carroll Community College has offered a free lecture on the music industry and the business of making music.  Baltimore-based musician Athena Hiotis will share her experiences in the industry. Speaking with a local newspaper, she said,

We basically cover most of the major parts of what it takes to be a successful musician or artist.  We will start with the basics like the different parts of your team: what’s the difference between a manager, an agent and a producer?

In addition, Hiotis will cover contracts, business structures, video and lighting, social media, and how to care for your instruments.  The lecture will take place at 3:30 pm in Room T404.


What legal problems?

Live Nation has announced that it will expand its Festival Passport program.  Along with a new VIP tier program, it now includes more than 100 participating events around the world.  Live Nation will reportedly offer 100 VIP passports for $5,000 each.  A normal pass will cost $999, up $200 over last year.


Major Bob goes Downtown.

Downtown Music Publishing has announced a deal to acquire a portion of Major Bob Music’s song catalog.  Under the agreement, Downtown has acquired more than 2,000 copyrights for hits including ‘Crash & Burn,’ and ‘American Honey.’  The deal specifically excludes the Garth Brooks catalog.


It’s Springtime in Dollywood.

More than 30 award-winning artists will take part in this year’s Dollywood Spring Mix.  Set to take place April 11th to the 29th, the event will include artists The Drifters, Amy Grant, Pam Tillis, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many more.


“Google, play Deezer.”

Deezer has announced the UK availability on Google Home.  Starting today, music fans can listen to their favorite songs on the platform using Google Assistant.  In addition, Premium+ users in the UK can discover their Flow, a personal soundtrack that uses smart data and algorithms, along with recommendations from editors around the world to play both old favorites and new tracks.


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