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'We are modern slaves': Mdou Moctar, the Hendrix of the Sahara

His first guitar was made from wood and bicycle parts and his first songs were shared via Bluetooth in the desert. But the Niger musician has become international – and is taking aim at FranceHow do you even dream of making music when your family and religious leaders disapprove, when you live at the edge of the Sahara desert, and you cannot afford an instrument?It helps that the Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, from Niger, is not easily discouraged. Unable to acquire a guitar, he made one out of a ...
Tags: Music, Africa, US, Culture, World Music, Niger, Sahara, Mdou Moctar, Mdou Moctar the Hendrix


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 21, 2019

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores. The White Card by Claudia Rankine Poet and noted Genius (MacArthur Fellow) Claudia Rankine offers us her first published play - it delves into the ways in which white people discredit their whiteness. Originally performed in Boston, the piece features...
Tags: Music, Boston, US, David, Brazil, Salvador Dalí, Mars, Montreal, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Librairie Drawn Quarterly Books of the Week, Dali, Marx Brothers, Unger, Marge Piercy, Librairie Drawn Quarterly, Claudia Rankine


Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed]

In an effort to combat some of the negative press it's been receiving over its efforts to keep down songwriter royalty rates, Spotify is planning to hold a series of "town halls" where songwriters can air their concerns, a tactic the streaming company tried in 2014, with less than ideal results. ________________________ Op-ed by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions If you’ve heard about the high turnover at Spotify, here’s the latest confirmation:  Someone at Spotify evidently thinks...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York, Texas, Marketing, US, Los Angeles, Guest Post, Streaming, Nashville, Music Business, Soho House, Blake Morgan, Chris Castle, Publishing & Songwriting, Copyright Royalty Board First




Streaming Music Forecast 2018 - 2026 [MIDiA]

Respected music and entertainment industry analysts MIDiA have just published its latest global music forecasts, with revenue and user numbers projected through 2026. __________________________ From MIDiA's Mark Mulligan from the Music Industry blog 2017 was the last year of strong streaming revenue growth. From 2018 onwards streaming growth will lessen each year, falling from 29% in 2018 to 7% in 2026. The slowdown in revenue growth reflects maturation of developed streaming market...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Japan, UK, Australia, France, China, Germany, India, US, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Brazil India, Brazil Mexico, US UK Sweden Netherlands, Asia Argentina Brazil Colombia Mexico


Songtradr Adds $12 Million To Fund Global Growth

Music licensing platform Songtradr has completed a Series B capital of US$12 million to support acquisitions, growth and product development. This round brings Songtradr’s total funding to date to $21.5 million. Billing itself as the only fully-automated, open marketplace for music licensing with over 400,000 artists and catalogs from 190+ countries, Songtradr reports year-over-year revenue growth of over 400%. The lead investor in the round is former musician Richard White, CEO and foun...
Tags: Music, US, Bruce Houghton, Richard White, Songtradr, Paul Wiltshire, WiseTech Global WTC


The First FDA-Approved Drug For Postpartum Depression Is Here — But There's A Catch

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug to treat postpartum depression. According to the New York Times, on Tuesday, the FDA approved a drug called brexanolone to treat postpartum depression in adult women. The drug will be administered via injections into an IV and will be marketed under the name Zulresso.According to the Times, brexanolone — a synthetic form of the hormone allopregnanolone, a derivative of progesterone — begins to work to treat moderate to severe p...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Cdc, US, Cnn, New York Times, Fda, Times, Elizabeth Holmes, Food and Drug Administration FDA, Antoni, University of Rochester Medical Center, Sage Therapeutics, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Tiffany Farchione, Zulresso


Streaming Music Forecast 2018 - 2106 [MIDiA]

Respected music and entertainment industry analysts MIDiA have just published its latest global music forecasts, with revenue and user numbers projected through 2026. __________________________ From MIDiA's Mark Mulligan from the Music Industry blog 2017 was the last year of strong streaming revenue growth. From 2018 onwards streaming growth will lessen each year, falling from 29% in 2018 to 7% in 2026. The slowdown in revenue growth reflects maturation of developed streaming markets ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Japan, UK, Australia, France, China, Germany, India, US, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Brazil India, Brazil Mexico, US UK Sweden Netherlands, Asia Argentina Brazil Colombia Mexico


Tencent Music Posts $127M Loss, 664M Monthly Active Users

Tencent Music posted a $127 million loss in its first quarterly report its a December 2018 IPO. The loss, which the streamer forecast in its IPO prospectus stems from a one time $221 million stock issuance to Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Tencent Music reported 664 million monthly active users and 27 million paid subscriber as of the end of 2018.  Financial Highlights From the Tencent filing.  In the three months ended  December 31, 2018 : Total revenues incr...
Tags: Music, US, Tencent, Sony Music Entertainment, Bruce Houghton, Company, The Company, Warner Music Group, Kugou, Kuwo, Tencent Music, Sony Music Entertainment Tencent Music, Cussion Kar Shun Pang, Cheuk Tung Tony Yip, Shirley Min Hu, QQ Music Kugou Music


Media fragmentation is annoying consumers

Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics – with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, Millenials: 22-35, Gen-X: 36-52, Boomers: 53-71, and Matures: 72+). While already accompanied by a succinct 1...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Music, Television, Media, Podcasts, Video Games, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Cloud Storage, US, San Francisco, Tech, United States


deton8 is a little drum machine with loads of soul

Twisted Electrons move on from acid and chip synths to drum machines. And the deton8, for around three hundred bucks, packs a ton of personality and sound possibility in a cute, playable package. Twisted Electrons made a name for themselves in fun little boxes and boards packed with 8-bit, chip music, and acid sounds. Those instruments all stand out for lots of sequencing features and hands-on playable options. So a drum machine is of course a natural next step. But what a next step the deton...
Tags: Mobile, Music, Hardware, US, Tech, Nes, Previews, Gear, Stories, Sync, Alex, Compact, Midi, 8-bit, Drum-machines, Music Tech


The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. ________________________________________ By Mike Masnick from Techdirt A key claim by those who support Article 13 is that it's necessary to get "fair compensation" for artists on the internet. Whenever more specifics ...
Tags: Europe, Music, US, Streaming, Riaa, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Mike Masnick, Napster, IFPI, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Axel Voss


Here are some of the weirdest musical instrument ideas from NAMM

Trade shows can be a strenuous onslaught of noise, cost, and crowds – but then it’s often the weirdest stuff that makes it worth it. And no one finds strange quite like Barry Wood and his annual NAMM Oddities. Barry impressively tracks every kind of freakish appearance at the enormous US music instruments show, and it’s worth digging through his whole NAMM Oddities guide category by category ($1.2 million-dollar guitar straps and all). I’ve taken the liberty of picking some of my favorites fro...
Tags: Asia, Music, Germany, Animals, US, Stories, LEDs, Nashville, Instruments, Barry, Ukulele, Oddities, Instrument-design, Controllers, Namm, Pianos


XITE, Music Video Streaming App, Makes US Debut

A free app already popular on the international scene, XCITE has officially been rolled out in the US, and may be the first streaming service solely dedicated to music videos. ________________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Finally, a streaming service solely focused on music videos has debuted in the United States. The internationally popular music video streaming app XCITE has made its official debut in the United States today, March 12. The free servic...
Tags: Music, US, United States, Comcast, Netherlands, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Warner Music Group, Europe Canada, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment, James Shotwell, Middle East XITE, Infinity Apple TV, XITE, Cees Honig, Shelly Powell


What Ivanka & Her Dad Have In Common: Stealing Other People's Ideas

The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every week.One of the reasons we regularly write about Ivanka Trump is because her position actually comes with a lot of power. As a presidential advisor to her father in the most chaotic White House ever, she reportedly has a great deal of freedom to set her own agenda. And she has, admirably, focused her agenda on issues that affect women, both globally and in the United States, from...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, Child Care, Senate, White House, US, United States, House, Social Security, Global development, States, Jezebel, University Of Maryland, Trump, Ellen Bravo


Anthropologie Just Launched A 120-Piece Plus-Size Collection, And We Want It ALL

Anthropologie has long been the destination for things that are just plain pretty. The Philadelphia-based retailer and big-sister brand to Urban Outfitters and Free People has cultivated a whimsical, feminine aesthetic ever since its founding in 1992. Now, despite having over 200 stores, they still manage to make its range of lifestyle offerings (clothing, home decor, furniture, and beauty) feel hand-picked, and every time we walk into — nay, are pulled in — to a store we’re amazed to find that...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Anthropologie, Anthro, Ali Tate, Aplus, Aly Kauffman, Paloma Elesser Candice Huffine


APlus, Anthropologie's 120-Piece Plus-Size Collection, Gets All The Gold Stars

Anthropologie has long been the destination for things that are just plain pretty. The Philadelphia-based retailer and big-sister brand to Urban Outfitters and Free People has cultivated a whimsical, feminine aesthetic ever since its founding in 1992. Now, despite having over 200 stores, they still manage to make its range of lifestyle offerings (clothing, home decor, furniture, and beauty) feel hand-picked, and every time we walk into — nay, are pulled in — to a store we’re amazed to find that...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Anthropologie, Anthro, Ali Tate, Aplus, APlus Anthropologie, Aly Kauffman, Paloma Elesser Candice Huffine


Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in yearsThe Killers and the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers’ Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Stormzy, who will close the Pyramid stage on Friday night.It is the Cure’s fourth time headlining Glastonbury, following slots ...
Tags: Music, UK, US, Rap, Tame Impala, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Festivals, Indie, The Cure, Jazz, Liam Gallagher, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Coldplay


"I Love You, Now Die" Is The Most Relevant & Shocking True Crime Story Of 2019

One hot day in July 2014 in Fairhaven, Ma., Conrad Roy III was found dead by suicide in his pickup truck. He had purchased a generator to trap the carbon monoxide from his the car’s cabin as he sat parked behind a local K-Mart. He was 18.These details about his death may not sound familiar until you hear about the attractive young woman that the state of Massachusetts has found responsible for Conrad’s death. Michelle Carter, 17 at the time, was Conrad's friend, and maybe-girlfriend; they had m...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Usa, Supreme Court, Massachusetts, New York City, US, America, Cara Delevingne, Gilberto Valle, Roy, Commonwealth, Sxsw, Carr, Michelle


Gaby Moreno Sings Immigrant's Songs at Lincoln Center

Like pretty much every artist I have seen perform at the Appel Room, Gaby Moreno expressed her awe of the Lincoln Center venue's view. I had seen the view before, but I hadn't seen a full set from Moreno. And I feel lucky I got to see her American Songbook show on February 27th as it brought a warm breath of Latin America and the southwest to an otherwise cold evening. The Guatemalan immigrant performed a rousing set of original songs, both old and unreleased, as well as covers with accompanim...
Tags: Music, Review, Mexico, US, America, Soul, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Lincoln Center, Quentin Tarantino, Latin America, Moreno, Nancy Sinatra, Van Dyke Parks, David Gray


Napster Turns A Profit, Partners With Univision

The latest financial filings from Napster proves that music streaming - at least, the all paid variety - can be profitable. From 2017 to 2018, Napster moved from a net loss of $13.1 million to a net profit of $10.3 million. But parent company RealNetworks still warned that “for Napster to meet its future liquidity needs... (it) will need additional financing to fund its operations and growth”. Read the full SEC filing here. Napster also announced that it had partnered with Univision  f...
Tags: Music, US, SEC, Univision, Bruce Houghton, RealNetworks, Napster, Uforia, Napster Turns A Profit Partners With Univision, Angel Gambino


Spotify's antitrust complaint against Apple is a neat parable about Big Tech's monopoly

Spotify has asked the EU Commission to intervene in its business relationship with Apple, citing the fact that Apple takes a 30% vig on all customer revenues from people who join the service or buy songs through an Iphone app, while Apple's own competing Itunes store does not have to pay this commission. That means that while Apple and Spotify pay the same wholesale rates for the music they sell, Spotify has to give 30% of its revenues to Apple, while either earning 30% less on each of its ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Spotify, Post, Music, News, Elizabeth Warren, US, Eu, Reagan, Competition, EK, Antitrust, Warren, Streaming, Department Of Justice


Streaming, Artists Without Labels Are Driving Music Industry Growth [Mark Mulligan]

Three key factors shaped the music industry over the last year, according to Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: continued growth, streaming and artists direct (artists without labels).These findings are highlights of the MIDiA Research report: Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine. ________________________   By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA from the blog Recorded music revenues grew in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching $18.8 billion, up $2.2 billion from 2017. Streaming was the engi...
Tags: Music, Japan, UK, Mexico, Germany, US, Sony, Brazil, Warner Music, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Sony Music, Universal Music


Ready Or Not, K-Pop Is Here To Stay

Just a few short years ago, it seemed unlikely that the K-pop wave would ever truly break on the US, with multiple attempts to break into the market falling short. This all changed with the rise of BTS, bringing K-pop into the American mainstream, and while you still won't here much K-pop on US radio, it seems it's here to stay. _________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 A few years ago it seemed inconceivable that Korean Pop music, known as K-Pop, would ever...
Tags: Music, US, United States, Apple Music, K Pop, Nielsen Music, Bobby Owsinski, Steve Aoki, Dua Lipa, Blackpink, Pandora Music, Billboard `` Spotify


Music Publishers Issue 'Fact Check' Of Spotify Blog Post 'Attempting To Deceive' Songwriters

Spotify has released a blog post laying out their decision to join Amazon, Pandora and Google in appealing a US Copyright Board decision that would raise streaming payments to songwriters by 44%, over time. Now, David Israelite of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has issued point-by-point "fact check" of Spotify's claims. ______________________________________ From the NMPA Spotify Blog Post Insults Songwriters by Attempting to Deceive Them – A Fact Check ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, US, Pandora, Bruce Houghton, US Court of Appeals, Spotify Spotify, National Music Publishers Association NMPA, DC Circuit, David Israelite, National Music Publishers ' Association, Spotify Amazon Google, Amazon Pandora, US Copyright Board


Spotify Files EU Anti-Trust Complaint Against Apple

Spotify announced Wednesday that it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint is centered on the 30% that Apple charges for in app purchase and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."   "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience - essentially acting as both a player and referee to...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, US, Eu, EK, Streaming, EC, App Store, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Apple Apple, Siri HomePod, EU Anti Trust Complaint Against Apple


AM BRIEF: Spotify Files Apple EU Complaint • XITE Music Video App US Launch YouTube Music Artists On The Rise • More

WEDNESDAY 3.13. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, US, Bruce Houghton


WED. BRIEF: Spotify Files Apple EU Complaint • XITE Music Video App US Launch YouTube Music Artists On The Rise • More

WEDNESDAY 3.13. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, US, Bruce Houghton


PayPal are starting to send payments straight to your bank

Tired of heading to PayPal to withdraw your payments every month? Now you can get payments sent straight through PayPal and into your bank account. As artists your earnings are important to you. That’s why we’re thrilled to see that PayPal are making it possible to get any payments sent to your PayPal profile drawn straight out into your bank account. We pay all of the earnings that you make from streaming services, download stores, YouTube and all of our other partners into your PayPa...
Tags: Music, Featured, Wallet, Youtube, US, Paypal, Transfers, Earnings, Bank, Payments, Bank Transfers, Account, Bill Ready


How Spotify Can Fix Its Songwriter Problem [Mark Mulligan]

While it seems easy to blame Spotify for joining Google, Amazon and Pandora to appeal a 44% increase in streaming royalties paid to songwriters, the issue is not that simple. In fact, it's so complex, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. that "both sides are right: songwriters need to be paid more, and streaming services need to increase margin." ____________________________________   By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Songwriter royalties have always been a pain po...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, US, Netflix, Pandora, Streaming, Music Business, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Google Amazon, Copyright Royalty Board, Spotify Amazon Pandora, Publishing & Songwriting



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