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January 29, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Kobalt CEO Blasts ‘Elitist’ Concerns About Music As Background Listening

Kobalt CEO Willard Ahdritz delights in ruffling feathers within the music industry, so his appearance as a keynote speaker at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference in New York promised to deliver a fair few zingers. He was interviewed by Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley. Ahdritz talked about the founding story of Kobalt, including losing $432k… Read More

January 25, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Beggars Group, AEI Media and Atlantic Records Talk Modern-Day Music Companies

Is it too much to hope that we’ve seen the last ‘death of labels’ story in the modern music industry? Labels are far from dying out as an industry entity, but they are evolving in interesting ways, as are management companies, publishers and music companies with their roots in the digital world. It’s the blurring of the boundaries between… Read More

January 25, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Music and Tech Startups: Where Is the Innovation In 2018?

What kind of partner does the music industry make for music/tech startups in 2018? There have certainly been bumps in the past, from venture capitalists swearing never to invest again in startups requiring music rights, to shutdown firms blaming rightsholders for their business failure. Click here to read more.

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: Opportunity in the Global Music Industry Brings New Challenges as Services Find One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event in Manhattan on Tuesday discussed streaming’s globalizing effects on the business. Even with the turnaround news of the last few years, there could be more good news ahead for the music industry, according to panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event staged by the Music Business Association and Music Ally… Read More

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: What Do Smart Speakers And Voice Assistants Really Mean For Music?

Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it’s becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple’s Siri once its HomePod device ships) will be increasingly-common ways people interact with music. But what does this really mean? Click here to read more.

January 24, 2018 – IN THE NEWS: AI That Makes Music: ‘Labels Should Be Buying This Stuff…’

Should Ed Sheeran be getting worried about artificial intelligence dethroning him from his place atop the modern pop pantheon? It may sound like crazy foolish talk, but that was the question sparked by a session on creative AI at Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference this afternoon in New York. Click here to… Read More

January 22, 2018 – Camila Cabello tops album & singles charts: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published by Billboard — albums, singles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double — albums, singles). “This week, Camila Cabello became the first woman since 2015 to debut at #1 with her first full-length album, moving over 109,000 album… Read More

January 22, 2018 – [NY:LON Connect Blog] Speaker Q&A: Vivien Lewit, Global Head of Artist Services, YouTube and Google Play Music

As Global Head of Artist Services at YouTube and Google Play Music, Vivien Lewit directs a team of music ambassadors focused on developing and executing strategies to support the growth of artists’ careers on YouTube and Google Play Music. She also oversees the company’s live music content programming and special events, including international live music… Read More

January 11, 2018 – Exclusive Pollstar Live! Discount for Music Biz Members

Pollstar Live! will take place February 6-8, 2018. The event will bring thousands of music business executives to Los Angeles for three days of deal making, discussions, education, networking, music and fun at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown! Pollstar Live! is a tremendous networking asset for those who want to meet their current and future business contacts face-to-face.… Read More

January 8, 2018 – ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack reaches #1: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published by Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double). “Film audiences can’t get enough of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron’s new musical The Greatest Showman, and the movie’s success is translating into music sales for its soundtrack… Read More