Latest Industry: SoundCloud, YouTube, Modern Sky, Snapper Music, Duke University, K-Pop, Hackers, More…

Music Industry Latest: SoundCloud, YouTube, Modern Sky, Snapper Music, Duke University, K-Pop, Hackers, More...

‘Blacklisted’ South Korean Boy band 24K

SoundCloud hires Mark Eisenberg.

SoundCloud has hired Mark Eisenberg as Senior Vice President of Content Partnerships.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at SoundExchange.  Eisenberg will advance SoundCloud’s global content licensing efforts.  He will also strengthen the platform’s relationships with record labels, publishers, PROs, and collecting societies.  Based in SoundCloud’s New York office, Eisenberg will report to Chief Operating Officer Michael Weissman.


YouTube takes on Billboard with Expanded Music Charts.

YouTube has launched a Trending chart and relaunched its Expanded Music Charts in forty-four countries.  Updated several times a day, the Trending chart provides the platform’s first external list.  According to a blog post, it provides a unique, real-time view of the most-viewed new music on the platform.  The new YouTube charts also include Top Songs, Top Artists, and Top Music Videos.  The move comes after Billboard announced last week it would update its own music charts to favor paid subscription streams.


Modern Sky Entertainment builds a studio in Beijing and partners with Stephen Budd Music.

Chinese music company Modern Sky Entertainment has built a new studio complex in Beijing.  The company has also partnered with Stephen Budd Music to bring British producers to China.  The studio complex features four recording rooms and three control rooms.  It employs the same systems available in Abbey Road, AIR, and Capitol Studios.  The company’s in-studio team consists of Chen Dong, Wang Haichen, and Zang Lu.  Modern Sky Entertainment hopes that British producers will work with domestic artists in the country.


Frederick Jude buys a majority share in Snapper Music.

Managing Director Frederick Jude has bought British indie label Snapper Music from the Bryan Morrison estate.  The label has three imprints: Peace, a metal label, Kscope, a post-progressive and art rock label, and Madfish, a psychedelic rock label.  Snapper Music has a catalog of more than 12,000 songs.  Jude had worked at the label for 21 years prior to the buyout.  Morrison Music had purchased a majority stake in Snapper Music after publisher Bryan Morrison passed away.

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Joe Van Gogh and Duke University issue statements over the firings of two coffee shop baristas.

Following the abrupt firings of two baristas over rap music at a coffee shop on campus, Duke University and Joe Van Gogh, a local coffee chain, have issued statements on the terminations.  Joe Van Gogh apologized for the firings and has offered the baristas their jobs.  Duke University President Vincent Price apologized for the Vice President’s complaints that led to the unwarranted sackings.  Earlier this week, Larry Moneta, the school’s Vice President, had complained to Joe Van Gogh after hearing a Young Dolph song play in the coffee shop.  Despite the baristas’ apologies and the quick removal of the track, he reportedly pushed Joe Van Gogh to fire the employees.


YouTube, Netflix bank on K-Pop.

To attract consumers, YouTube and Netflix have reportedly offered more K-Pop content on their respective platforms.  Netflix has approved more shows featuring K-Pop idols, including the premiere of ‘Busted!’ featuring EXO’s Sehun.  YouTube has partnered with BTS to promote its Red subscription service.  ‘BTS: Burn the Stage’ features a behind-the-scenes look of the group’s 20-city concert tour over a span of 300 days.


Hackers can wire your hard-earned cash from music playing over the radio.

Researchers in China and the US have found they can send hidden commands to Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri undetectable to the human ear using imperceptible music signals.  In university labs, researchers secretly activated the AI systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them open websites and dial phone numbers.  In the wrong hands, the technology can unlock doors, wire money, and buy stuff online, simply by listening to music playing over the radio.


Apple files four trademark applications related to Shazam.

Ahead of the EU Commission’s ruling on its acquisition of Shazam, Apple has applied for the Shazam trademark in the US.  The company has also filed four trademark applications related to the acquisitions covering five International Classes.  The trademarks cover products and services including CarPlay and Augmented Reality.


In SongTrust we trust.

SongTrust, Downtown Music Publishing’s global digital rights management platform, now boasts 150,000 songwriters and 200,000 publishers among its clients.  In a little over a year, SongTrust added 50,000 songwriters and 5,000 publishers.  Downtown’s global digital rights management platform now represents 1 million copyrights.  According to the company, 1-in-5 new songwriters use the platform.


Ostereo launches a two-week music industry internship program.

Ostereo, a Greater Manchester-based record label, has now offered 80 people from the North West an opportunity to work in the music industry.  Following its rapid growth, the label has launched a two-week internship program.  The program will include training through workshops and seminars to provide insights into the music industry.  At the end of the internship, eight candidates will receive full-time jobs.  Launched in 2016, the digital-only label has over 20 international artists who have racked up over 2 billion streams globally.


Scott Hutchison passes away.

After an exhaustive search, authorities in Scotland have confirmed that Frightened Rabbit’s lead singer Scott Hutchison has passed away.  They found the singer’s body on Thursday night.  Authorities have yet to provide an official cause of death.  The singer had gone missing early Wednesday morning.  Band members were worried about his health, imploring fans for their help in finding the lead singer.  In a statement, family members confirmed that Hutchison had struggled with mental health problems.  They had remained positive he had taken time to “compose himself.”


Jessie Reyez outlines her sexual assault allegation against music producer Noel Fisher.

Two female singers have accused Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk in Love’ producer Noel Fisher of sexual assault.  Now, Island Recording artist Jessie Reyez has detailed her own accusation against him.  On Twitter, she confirmed that the lyrics to her 2017 song, ‘Gatekeeper,’ were about Fisher.  In the track, Reyez sings,

“Drink up, b—h, we got champagne by the cases / Don’t you know, we are the gatekeepers … You know you’re supposed to get drunk and get naked / 20 million dollars in a car/ Girl, tie your hair up if you wanna be a star/ 30 million people want a shot / How much would it take for you to spread those legs apart?”


Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson return to The Voice.

NBC has announced that The Voice will bring back Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson for Season 15.  Clarkson currently appears as a coach on the popular singing competition series.  Hudson had served as a coach in the show’s UK version.  The two will compete against Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine and country music star Blake Shelton.  Alicia Keys, who currently appears as a coach, will not return.


SoundExchange launches Music Data Exchange.

SoundExchange has launched Music Data Exchange (MDX).  Developed in cooperation with the RIAA and National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the free software facilitates the exchange of sound recording, publishing data, and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers.


AST collects two streaming multimedia patent portfolios.

AST, a proactive patent risk mitigation solutions company, has acquired two streaming multimedia patent portfolios.  The first, a P2P media patent portfolio, was acquired from Napster.  AST acquired the second, a streaming media patent portfolio, from Intertainer.  The portfolios are now available on the open market through ICAP Patent Brokerage (ICAP IP) for purchase subject to all prior licenses.


Should Spotify have removed music from artists not yet found guilty?

Following Spotify’s decision to remove R. Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music from its playlists, 50 Cent has stepped in to defend both artists.  On Twitter, the rapper called out the company for removing music from artists who have yet to be convicted.


Nine Inch Nails announces North American tour.

Nine Inch Nails has announced the Cold and Black and Infinity North American tour in support of the group’s newest album, Bad Witch, releasing this June.  The tour kicks off in Atlanta on September 13th.  The tour ends on December 12th in Los Angeles.  The group will tour with alt-rock band, The Jesus and Mary Chain.


The Beach Boys team up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Beach Boys will release an album featuring the group’s original songs with added symphonic arrangements from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  According to co-founder Mike Love, the arrangements add “a whole other dimension” to their hits.  The album, The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchesta, will drop on June 8th.


Blacklisting K-Pop artists.

According to a new report from Sports Kyunghyang, two now-jailed former South Korean presidents blacklisted almost 9,000 artists in the country from certain opportunities.  At the start of Lee Myung-bak’s administration, he blacklisted 342 organizations and 8,931 individuals.  One notable boy band in South Korea, 24K, missed multiple economic opportunities after singing the theme song for Park Geun-hye’s political opponent, Moon Jae-in, in 2012.  Moon has succeeded Park as President.


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