Music Tech

Pandora Stock Tanked Monday Despite $680 Million Cash Infusion, Cleaner Balance Sheet

[UPDATE 2] A $480 million investment in Pandora by SiriusXM along with a $200 million sale of Ticketfly were not enough for Wall Street to regain confidence in the music streamer. Pandora stock closed down 7.63% Monday at a one year low of $7.87, and analysts were predicting more trouble…

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3 Big Takeaways From Midem 2017

Midem 2017 is a wrap. And although attendance at the global music industry gathering did not see the uptick that the overall music industry is having there were deals done an important topics debated during the four day convention in Cannes. ________________________________ By Zach Fuller of MIDiA Research MIDiA Research…

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Former Etsy Exec Chad Dickerson Joins Bandcamp Advisory Board

Former Etsy CTO Chad Dickerson has joined Bandcamp’s Advisory Board. His addition is a rare shift for closely held and often secretive indie music services provider and fan destination. "His passion for music and appreciation of our artist-friendly model make him uniquely suited to help us grow Bandcamp in a…

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A Core Flaw In Music’s Blockchain [Chris Castle]

[UPDATED] Although many in the music industry are excited by the possibilities of blockchain’s potential, others like Chris Castle are more skeptical, particularly of it’s need to be forced on rights holders as a means of making the technology scalable. _______________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions…

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Navigating A Sea Of Music: Pandora’s Catalog Curation

In this article Glenn Peoples explores the reasoning and process behind Pandora’s curation of the music they offer, and how it allows them to hand pick the best and most likely to be enjoyed tracks. _____________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples of Pandora on Medium Key takeaways: Curation allows Pandora…

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#Midem 2017 Attendance Flat Despite Music Industry Upturn

Despite a significant uptick in the global music industry over the last year, attendance at international music industry convention Midem was flat this year. Held June 6-9, 2017 in Cannes, France, the 51st Midem drew 4400 attendees, the exact same number as 2016, according to show officials. _______________________________________ Attendance at…

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This Week In Music Commentary

This week music commentators explained why Spotify needs to learn to just say no to unlicensed music, how artists must find and maintain their creative hustle, and why artists need to think twice when considering an advance. Dear Spotify, Just Say No To Unlicensed Music Finding & Maintaining Your Creative…

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#MIDEM DAY 4: Deezer • E1 • Mute • The Future • Much More

Day 4, the final full day of international music industry convention Midem 2017 has wrapped with Deezer, Sarah Stennett, Mute & A&R, predictions, trends and more on the agenda as recapped in this post from Midem Blog in partnership with Music Ally. ___________________________________________ Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht provided an informative…

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Drake Wins Sampling Case Over Fair Use, Music Licensing Still A Mess

In a landmark case from the muddled world of music copyright, Drake has managed to win a case regarding music sampling on the ground of fair use, something which almost never happens, although this case still serves to highly the continued madness of copyright licensing and the rules surrounding it….

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Pandora Sells Ticketfly To Eventbrite For $200M, A $250M Loss

[UPDATED] In addition to a $480 million investment from SiriusXM, Pandora today announced it will sell its Ticketfly ticketing arm to Eventbrite for $200 million. _________________________________________ In addition to today’s $200 million sale by Pandora of Ticketfly to self-service ticketer Eventbrite, the two companies say they are close to a…

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