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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

All the Answers to the Big Questions Facing Today's Hitmaking Songwriters
By Billboard Staff -- Are songwriters the new rock stars?

NMPA Announces 11.8% Member Revenue Growth to $3.3B at Annual Meeting
By Ed Christman (Billboard) -- For the first time in recent memory, the U.S. music publishing sector grew at the same rate as the recorded music sector, said president and CEO David Israelite.  

Are the Major Record Companies Signing Too Many Artists?
By Tim Ingham (Rolling Stone) -- Recent stats raise an important question: How can the major labels perform at an optimum level with two new artists a day to develop, record, promote and market? …  In 2017, according to a report backed by the U.S. music trade group RIAA, major record companies signed a total of 658 acts — a number up 12 percent over 2014. … In 2019, that figure (judging by the subsequent launch of additional frontline record companies at Warner Music and Sony Music) must have grown yet again.

Genius Accuses Google of Copying Its Lyrics Data
By Jon Fingas (engadget) -- Apostrophes were reportedly the telltale clues.

The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying
By Alexis C. Madrigal (The Atlantic) -- Technology companies have long had a simple answer to anyone who did not like what was happening on, in, or through them: Services like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were platforms, which merely provided the tools for free expression, and not publishers or broadcasters responsible for the content they distributed. … It’s not working anymore. … [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

6 Things You Must Ask Your Automated Content Recognition (ACR) Vendor
By Jay Friedman (Hypebot) -- Automated Content Recognition, or ACR, has become an integral part of the consumption of music and video as we experience them today. As more platforms publish user generated content, effectively monitoring use of copyrighted material has become increasingly difficult. So, how does one choose an ACR vendor that can be relied on?

Not OK, Computer: How It Feels To Have Your Music Leaked
By Al Horner (The Guardian) -- When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating

A List of Artists Whose Masters Were Lost In the 2008 Universal Studios Fire
By Paul Resnikoff (Digital Music News)

[Originally published 11/7/2016 this story provides an interesting connection to the 2008 fire that reportedly destroyed many Universal Records master recordings.]
Master Recordings — From Abbey Road to Born to Run — Could Be Lost Forever, Without Archivists' Help
By Matt Wake (L.A. Weekly)

A Musical Prodigy? Sure, but Don’t Call Her ‘a New Mozart’
By Melissa Eddy (New York Times) – 14 year old Alma Deutscher has not yet become a household name, but it seems only a matter of time. An accomplished pianist and violinist, she is also a composer, having written concertos for piano and violin and an opera. In December, she will make her debut at Carnegie Hall, where she will play the solo violin and piano in her two concertos, while the orchestra will play selections from her opera and her most recent work, a Viennese waltz. Next month, she will record a retrospective album with Sony of piano melodies she composed going back to when she was just 4 years old.

Meet Primephonic, The Streaming Company On A Mission To Save Classical Music
By Oisin Lunny (Forbes) -- While the biggest record labels and pop artists are enjoying an economic renaissance thanks to the success of streaming services like Spotify, classical music is dying a slow death in the streaming age. The problem, explains Thomas Steffens, CEO of classical streaming service Primephonic, is baked into how the main streaming platforms have been designed. [Thanks to Alex Shapiro for the link.]

A Eulogy for iTunes, and The MP3 Era
By Chris Thomas (androidauthority) -- With Apple killing off iTunes it’s worth noting that this marks the last major cornerstone of the MP3 era meeting its end. It’s bittersweet in a way. I have nothing but terrible memories of iTunes — but now that Minidiscs, CDs, iPods, Napster, MySpace, portable hard-drive music players, and even record clubs are now either dead or unrecognizable — it feels like a big part of my life is finally over.

Spotify’s latest update makes it difficult to find saved tunes
How To Find Your Downloaded Music In Spotify
By Cameron Faulkner (The Verge)

[A translation of today’s popular music for those of a certain age.]
Tango Style Cover of “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish - Featuring Ariana Savalas
PostmodernJukebox (YouTube)

This Is Why Uber Drivers Play Such Bad Music
By Zara Stone (OneZero)

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