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TikTok propose Oracle for Trump-mandated US handover

TikTok have potentially decided on their new partner to take over data operations in the US following President Trump’s threats. Last month, ol’ Don Trump threatened the huge social video app TikTok with a shutdown over security concerns. Largely because of the origin of the app’s creators Bytedance, China, Trump suggested that US citizens data could be accessed in Beijing. Bytedance have strongly denied this, saying they have taken “extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and ...
Tags: Music, US, Silicon Valley, US Treasury, Oracle, Trump, Treasury Department, Don Trump, Trump Administration, Digital Video News, Steven Mnuchin, Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi, Beijing Bytedance, Tiktok, TikTok US


Music streaming leads impressive 2020 growth in audio despite COVID’s drawbacks

A year that has seen drops in sales and music consumption has defied the odds with continued growth thanks to the boom in music streaming. In the last few years the music industry has been growing considerably with increasing revenues for the first time in over a decade in some countries. After the devastation caused by music piracy early in the millennium, streaming has been coming to the rescue. Despite years of growth, thanks in large part to streaming, this year could have seen th...
Tags: Music, US, Nielsen, Digital Music News, Mrc, COVID, MRC Data, Coronavirus Impact On Music Industry, Coronavirus Impact On Music Sales, Coronavirus Impact On Music Streaming, Covid Impact On Music, Covid Impact On Music Streaming, Covid19 Impact On Music Streaming, Has Music Grown In 2020, Has Streaming Grown In 2020, Music Streaming 2020 Growth


Vinyl records are making more money than CDs, first time since the 1980s

For the first time in 4 decades vinyl records have reclaimed their place as the most valuable physical form of music in the US. It’s been a shaky year for the music industry. After a phenomenal start, business fell rapidly after March but in spite of the impact of COVID streaming and vinyl are still growing at an impressive rate, reveals Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s Midyear Report. After 14 years of continuous growth vinyl records are back at the top of physical sales, beating CDs in the ...
Tags: Music, US, Vinyl Records, Artist / Label News, Cd Sales, Coronavirus Vinyl, Music Industry 2020, Music Sales 2020, US Music Industry, US Music Industry 2020, Vinyl Popularity, Vinyl Record Sales, Vinyl Records 2020, Vinyl Sales, Vinyl Sales 2020


Ikea’s Sonos friendly speakers now come in new colours and can be washed

Ikea’s mission to make speakers part of the furniture is getting more real with new customisation options for their Sonos powered speakers. Ikea announced their mission to make smart speakers more affordable and part of the home design, last year. Their new Symfonisk range of speakers designed to blend into the furnishing have clearly been a success as they have announced a new range of add-ons for them. The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker can now be transformed either red or blue with ne...
Tags: Music, Technology, Ikea, Sonos Ikea, Ikea Sonos, Symfonisk, Ikea Accessories, Ikea Furniture Speakers, Ikea Lamp Speaker, Lamp Speaker, Smart Speaker Accessories, Smart Speaker Lamp, Smart Speaker Light, Sonos Lamp, Symfonisk Accesories


The GRAMMY’s have a new subscription service launching this week

The GRAMMY Museum are the latest to launch their own subscription service offering exclusive interviews, performances, and livestreams from global artists. COLLECTION:live is a brand new subscription service from none other than the GRAMMY Museum. The worldwide-renowned recording academy are offering a bunch of musical content to earn money towards their initiatives in music education. The subscription service launches on the 17th and a bunch of content featuring some of the world’s b...
Tags: Music, James Bond, Selena Gomez, Grammy Awards, Digital Music News, Sparks, Billie Eilish, Grammy Museum, Michael Sticka, COVID, Collection:live, Grammy Collection, Grammy Streaming, Grammy Subscription Service, Grammys Content, Grammys Streaming


ONErpm vs. RouteNote 2020 Comparison

There are many things to consider when choosing a distributor. Where will my music go? How much control do I have over my music? What else can the distributor offer me? RouteNote strive to offer a best in class service over all areas. On the face of it, ONErpm offer many of the same features as RouteNote, such as free distribution to stores and streaming services, however at RouteNote, we like to go the extra mile to help promote your music in as many markets as possible, giving you the be...
Tags: Asia, Music, Bugs, Youtube, Markets, Monetization, Asian, 2020, Revenue, Stores, Content Id, Soundcloud, Comparison, Streaming Services, Naver, Promotion


Behringer are making a free DAW with loads of plugins

In 2020 there are more DAWs than you can throw a stick at but quality free options are still few and far between… Enter Behringer. Behringer have officially confirmed that they’re creating their own digital audio workstation (DAW) for recording and producing music. Their ‘Music Tribe DAW’ won’t only be completely custom and full of samples and VSTs, but it will also be available completely free. Details are currently limited – because they have to make the bloody thing first – but what ...
Tags: Music, Technology, Free, Plugins, Free Software, Samples, Daw, Behringer, Music Production, Digital Audio Workstation, VSTS, Music Software, Free Daw, Production Software, Producing Music, Free Music Software


How to make money on Douyin

Douyin is China’s TikTok and is huge among China’s youth population, with over 400 million users. We can help get your music on the platform and earn revenue every time your track is used. Douyin and TikTok are the largest social media platforms in the world right now, with TikTok alone boasting an incredible 1.5 billion users. We can help you capitalize on that, by publishing your music on TikTok and Douyin. Much like Instagram stories, creators can use your music and for each play you’...
Tags: Music, Instagram, China, Social Media, Platform, Chinese, Revenue, How To, Royalties, Routenote, Make Money, Earn Money, Instagram Stories, Bytedance, Distribute, Douyin


Coachella postponed for 6 months if Coronavirus has its way

Coronavirus is cancelling events all around the world and Coachella are reportedly looking not to cancel but wait half a year to relaunch. As the Coronavirus spreads to countries around the world it is having a harsh impact on events, festivals, conventions and any large gathering, really. Coachella are the latest rumoured to be re-considering plans to go ahead. Coachella is one of the biggest festivals in the world and by that extension brings a lot of people from all over the globe in...
Tags: Music, Virus, Festival, Live Music, Aeg, Coachella, Riverside County, Gigs, Cancel, Goldenvoice, Pandemic, AEG Presents, Postpone, Cancelling, Coronavirus


7digital secured £500k loan, keeping the company afloat

After a shaky 2019 and recently suffering markets, London-based company 7digital have been handed a lifeline to help them continue operations. The unnamed lender has handed over a £500,000 ($643k) 12 month loan, with interest at 1.5%/month. 7digital say this will help the company re-establish itself, become profitable and grow into 2021, with funding used to expand current deals and bring in future partnerships. The company currently have agreements with major players such as Universal Med...
Tags: Music, London, Yahoo, Funding, Bbc, Lent, Loan, Stock, 500K, Lender, Partnership, Digital Music News, Sirius, Umg, Company, 7digital


Native Instruments to discontinue software products, making installation impossible

Native Instruments will discontinue a whole host of their and third-party software products on 31st May 2020. This will disable the ability to reinstall or reactive any of the applications and plugins. The announcement affects 45 Native Instruments and over 60 third-party software, plugin instruments, effects and sample libraries. Such as older versions of Traktor, Absynth, Battery, FM7, Pro-53, Spectral Delay and Guitar Rig. Find the full list of discontinue products and Native Instrument...
Tags: Music, Plugins, Software, Effects, Install, Products, Digital Music News, Native Instruments, Reactive, Service Center, Traktor, Activation, Activate, Third-party, Native Access, Reinstall


How to share your Spotify profile

So your music is up on Spotify for the world to hear, now it’s time to share your lovely, custom profile for everyone to see. On Spotify, your artist profile is a very important thing. It’s the hub for all of your releases, a place where new listeners can read your biography to find out your story, see images to put a face to the tunes, and much more. For this reason you want to make it represent you as best as possible. You can customise it so that the images you select come up on your...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Sharing, Share, Profiles, Artist / Label News, Profile, Artist Profile, Customise, Spotify for Artists, Spotify Artists, Spotify for Artist


BandPay’s app ensures creators see collaborations through, just received $2 million investment

BandPay keeps both sides of a collaborators sweet by making sure its completed then sending all the agreed upon cash. A new app is helping creators trust each other when they’re both working on a project. BandPay lets its users set out their arrangement which they will then work towards and once completed, the app will pay out the agreed upon price – everyone’s happy and no-one gets mugged off. BandPay has now received $2 million in investment to launch their app on iOS and Android. Th...
Tags: Deals, Music, Investment, App, Creators, Artists, Collaboration, Musicians, Payments, Agreement, Artist / Label News, Producers, Producer, Collabs, Collab, DeCarlos Garrison


How to download music on Pandora for offline listening

Taking your music offline is super useful for listening on the go without eating up your data allowance or if you’re going into dead zones. With Pandora Premium, it’s easy to download tracks and whole albums. Pandora pioneered online radio way back in 2005. Specializing in personalized listening experiences, today Pandora offers a bunch of features making it a worthy competitor in the online streaming market. Here’s how to take your music offline on iPhone and Android. Note, this featur...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Music, Download, Pandora, How To, 4G, 3G, Offline, Listening, Cellular, Streaming Service, Online Radio, Personalized, Pandora Premium, Audio Quality


The iRig Pro Duo offers a portable audio & MIDI interface for just $200 and is out now

IK Multimedia have launched their latest device making dual audio recording possible in a pocketable device. The iRig Pro Duo is a battery powered audio interface that can record audio and MIDI making it the perfect portable companion for musicians and producers. It’s capable of high quality sound recording and is compact enough to take anywhere. iRig Pro Duo I/O has 2 Neutrik analog inputs to record microphones, guitar/bass, keyboards, synths, and more. New Class-A mic preamps with ext...
Tags: Music, Technology, Italy, Ai, PSU, Instruments, Recording, Portable, Audio Recording, IK Multimedia, Audio Interface, Irig, In / Out, iRig Pro, Irig pro duo, Midi Devices


Led Zeppelin are safe from copyright infringement in Stairway to Heaven thanks to “pre-1976 music” law

Led Zeppelin have won a case against them (again) that claims they stole elements of their huge track Stairway to Heaven from another thanks to a concrete copyright law for older recordings. Earlier in the decade Led Zeppelin were taken to court by songwriter Randy Wolfe over one of their most famous tracks. Randy alleged that the British band had heard his band Spirit’s song ‘Taurus’ before writing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and took elements from it. The court case initially concluded that ...
Tags: Music, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Spirit, Circuit, Court Case, Led Zeppelin, Taurus, Digital Music News, Zeppelin, District Court, Randy, US Copyright Office, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Randy Wolfe, Stairway to Heaven


Ahrix, K-391 and Alan Walker want YOU to get involved in remixing End of Time

3 of our favourite producers teamed up to celebrate the power of bedroom producers with their latest hit and now they want you bedroom producers to get involved. The ‘End of Time’ is a celebration of how musicians can make it from home now, with the power of online listeners looking for good music. It sees Ahrix team up with Alan Walker and K-391 for a reworking of his massive song Nova. They say: “The ‘home studio’, AKA the bedroom, is where it all started out for us. It was Ahrix’s or...
Tags: Music, Remix, Time, Dj, Fun, Competition, Mixing, Djs, Nova, Digital Music News, Artist / Label News, Producers, Alan Walker, Ahrix, Remixers, Liquid State


Spotify look to break emerging artists all around the globe on RADAR

Spotify are launching a new program around the world to push new artists on the global stage starting with 36 fresh faces. RADAR is a brand new program for emerging artists that Spotify have launched in over 50 countries around the world. Their new program looks to root out artists with a lot of potential and pushes them with exclusive recording sessions, documentaries, live sessions, music videos, playlist inclusions and more! It’s safe to say that Spotify are keen to invest in the up-...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Indonesia, Australia, US, Austria, Colors, Radar, Promotion, Digital Music News, New Artists, Programme, Houston Texas, Alaina, Sessions, Up And Coming


Prevent Coronavirus with your favourite song by ‘washing your lyrics’

We’ve all been told the most important thing we can do is wash our hands so lets get our favourite songs to aid us. We’ve all heard the recommendations as Coronavirus grips the world. “Wash your hands in the amount of time it takes to sing happy birthday twice”, “sing the national anthem whilst you wash your hands”, and so on – but that’s a little boring isn’t it? We want to sing along to the songs that we know and love (and that won’t earn us a visit from Warner Music’s lawyers). Fortu...
Tags: Music, Fun, Virus, Warner Music, Songs, Wuhan, Hand Washing, Corona, Sing, Wash Hands, Wash Your Hands, Coronavirus, Wash Your Lyrics


Check out Spotify’s brand new Home screen page

Spotify listeners will get something new when they open the app and listen to music with a better home page that caters to them. Spotify have updated their Home screens for mobile and tablet listeners. Spotify’s goal is to make it easier than ever before to dive right back into the music you love or discover something new to stan on. The new home page is a full refresh with more personal curation and contextual So whether you’ve discovered a new podcast, have been listening to an artis...
Tags: Home, Spotify, Podcast, Music, Podcasts, App, Recommendations, Application, Playlists, Curation, Digital Music News, Playlist, Recommendation, Home Page, Refresh, Recently Played


Sonos end ‘Recycle Mode’ for old devices that are being replaced

As they phase out support for their older devices Sonos have abandoned their plans for legacy devices. Sonos announced near the start of the year that they would be fully phasing out their older products by ending software updates for them. Their scheme let legacy device owners upgrade to Sonos’s newer offerings but their old devices had to be put into a ‘Recycle Mode’. Sonos are still offering upgrades to owners but they’ve scrapped the ‘Recycle Mode’ which made older devices defunct. ...
Tags: Music, Technology, Speakers, Sonos, Legacy, Connect, Trade Up, Smart Speakers, Zone, Connect: Amp, Recycle Made


How to build a vocal booth at home

Be it a dedicated room, wardrobe, reflection filter or just some blankets, here are our top tips to treating your room to get the best sound possible. Studio For the best experience and quality, or maybe just a one off recording, it may be cost efficient and easiest to head to the local studio for recording vocals. Most professional studios will have dedicated rooms, with the best quality microphones and sound proofing equipment. However if you want to regularly record vocals at home ...
Tags: Echo, Podcast, Music, Diy, Isolation, Quality, Noise, How To, Wardrobe, Building, Mic, Microphone, Studio, At Home, Closet, Reverb


How to write songs on guitar

The guitar is a favourite for songwriting as it offers a varied sonic palette but how do you get started writing a song on it. To start with it helps if you know to some extent how to play the guitar. Even if you only know 3 chords it’s the perfect building block to start writing with. In fact there are hundreds of beloved songs that use just 3 chords. If you don’t know how to play any chords then it’s a good idea to brush up on some before you get songwriting! Now decide which chord...
Tags: Music, Note, How To, Guitar, Scales, Song Writing, Songwriting, Chords, KEY, Strings, Strum, Writing Songs, How To / Support / FAQs, Song Writing Software, Guitar Playing, How To Create Music


How to legally use samples in your music

The specifics on how and where you can use samples you’ve found online can be murky. Make sure you’re clued up on how to use copyright samples in your commercial music before publishing. Make sure you trust where you’re obtaining your samples from. If they say ‘royalty-free’ but the site’s not legit, that claim means nothing. Please note you cannot use samples from your favourite songs or films without permission from the copyright holder, regardless of fair-use or the length of sample. ...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Legal, Youtube, Copyright, How To, Beats, Sell, Fair Use, License, Routenote, Lease, Facebook Content, Royalty Free, Tagged, Receipt


How to Get FL Studio 20 Free

Our users love FL Studio, in fact it was picked as the top DAW in our poll. At $99 it’s not cheap if you just want to give it a test run. What is your absolute FAVOURITE software to make music with?— RouteNote (@routenote) February 18, 2020 FL Studio makes jumping into music production a breeze, with simple composing, arranging, recording, sequencing, editing, mixing, mastering, plugins and effects.  The trial limitations are as follows: You can SAVE FL STUDIO projects.R...
Tags: Music, Free, Mac, Windows, Download, Buy, Plugins, How To, Effects, Record, Trial, Install, Purchase, Mix, Daw, Master


What’s on the Spotify for Artists home page

Spotify for Artists is an incredible tool for artists with customisation features, real-time analytics and much more for your music. Spotify for Artists gives you power over customising your profile, access to real-time statistics, insights into your audience and more. If you’ve not yet claimed your Spotify for Artists profile then head to artists.spotify.com. Here’s what you can see as soon as you go to the app or website: When you have a new release, you can get a pulse check on h...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Streams, Data, Analytics, Artists, Music Streaming, Streaming, Manage, Customisation, Customise, Artist Page, Spotify for Artists, How To / Support / FAQs, Artist Page Customisation


YouTube Kids expands launching in 11 more countries

YouTube Kids app quietly updates, making it available in: Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay Introduced in 2015, YouTube Kids is the go to place for children online, with extra protection over the main YouTube site. With curated child-friendly content, parental controls and no collection of personal data. YouTube is clearly trying to push all users under 13 away from the main platform and towards Y...
Tags: Music, Privacy, App, Update, Platform, Personal Data, Uruguay, Content, Kid, Child, Parental Controls, Growth, Youtube Kids, Ftc, Bosnia, Artist / Label News


YouTube’s new role is a first in creating relationships and conversation with creators about the platform

In an effort to improve communications between the team and the community YouTube have made a new role to create conversations. Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO and head, has said that they want to be more transparent with their community of creators about changes when they happen and what they will mean for them. To strengthen the relationship between the management and the creators they’ve appointed their first ever ‘Head Creator Liaison’. Matt Koval takes on the role that aims to bridge t...
Tags: Music, Youtube, Communication, Creators, Susan Wojcicki, Communications, Lem, Wojcicki, Koval, Liaison, Digital Video News, New Hire, New Role, Creator Liaison, Head Creator Liaison, Matt Koval


Get to know: Spotify Mobile’s fresh new look

Spotify have updated their mobile apps with a fresh new look that cuts down on words and makes streaming easier. Spotify has a new design for their app on iOS devices that they say will make streaming music even more streamlined than ever. Their new interface has brand new button designs and actions to play music. Here are the new designs to get to know if you’re listening to Spotify on iOS: Simpler and more universal Shuffle Play button Spotify’s new green “shuffle play” ...
Tags: Iphone, Ios, Spotify, Music, Phone, App, Music Streaming, New Look, Mobile App, Digital Music News, Phone App, Redesign, Spotify mobile, Fresh New Look


Top platforms for music buyers

Over the past ten years, the market has almost completely shifted to streaming platforms, however there are still sites for purchasing music should you prefer to own your media with no monthly costs. Most streaming platforms have adopted the same deal, around $10 a month for unlimited, ad-free streaming. So what are the advantages of paying around $10 per album? You own the media. When you purchase music from iTunes, it’s DRM-free meaning you will be given the music file to do with as y...
Tags: Amazon, Google Play, Google Play Store, Top 5, Music, Best, Software, Itunes, Guide, Google Play Music, Purchasing, 7digital, Emusic, Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Google Play, Amazon Mp3