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October 15, 2019 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] — Disillusion or Revolution? Understanding AI’s Role in the Future of Music Rights: Op-Ed by Synchtank CEO Rory Bernard

Artificial Intelligence has grabbed the attention of a number of industries, including the music business, given the potential ways it can automate certain tedious processes and streamline data collection/processing. We’ve asked Synchtank CEO Rory Bernard, whose company has implemented AI solutions for years, to discuss the current state of AI applications in our industry and what future AI applications may looks like. A rather excited article in Music Business Worldwide recently asked, “Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Sync Industry?,” proposing that the solution to all music searches might lie in a tie-up between production library Audio Network and machine learning startup Musiio.... Read More

October 8, 2019 – Q&A’s Troy Carter to Deliver Finale Keynote at NY:LON Connect 2020

Music Biz and Music Ally also confirm esteemed panelists from Kanjian Music, Napster, The Orchard, SOCAN, VKontakte and more. October 8, 2019 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Music Ally today announce that Q&A Founder and CEO Troy Carter will deliver the closing keynote for the fourth annual NY:LON Connect Global Music Business Summit, the first music business forum for the calendar year featuring impactful conversations between key power players whose ideas are pushing global growth industry-wide.... Read More

October 4, 2019 – [MUSIC BIZ LAW CONFERENCE RECAP] Panel 5 — Blurrier Lines: The Evolving and Confusing Landscape of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Entertainment Industry

In the final part of Music Biz’s recap series of last week’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference with a look at “Blurrier Lines: The Evolving and Confusing Landscape of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Entertainment Industry.” Thank you to our panel of four cybersecurity and technology law experts for their invaluable insights on changing best practices and new consumer data privacy laws! At the advent of the internet in the 1990s, the common belief was that “Content is King,” and that it would be the major source of revenue on the platform as it continued to grow.... Read More

Member Updates

October 11, 2019 – Music Biz Member Chartmetric Debuts New 6MO Report for H1 2019

Earlier this month, Music Biz member Chartmetric released their inaugural 6MO report covering industry insights from the first half of 2019. The report offers a robust look at playlist stats from across the major digital platforms, chart data, and more, and will be available on a semi-annual basis going forward. “It’s what our music analytics startup has been working toward since we started in 2016: providing a unique window into the artists, playlists, and music culture behind what you do every day,”... Read More

October 11, 2019 – Music Biz Member Epitaph Joins AMPED Distribution for Physical Distribution in the U.S.

In a press release this week, Music Biz member Epitaph announced that the label, along with its sister label Anti-, have tapped AMPED Distribution, the indie arm of member Alliance Entertainment, as their new distribution partner in the U.S. “We’re thrilled to be joining AMPED and look forward to many successful years together,” commented Epitaph/Anti- CEO Brett Gurewitz. “AMPED’s ability to quickly and continually supply brick and click outlets large and small with Epitaph Records and Anti- Records impressively diverse roster will help fans find their artist wherever they shop,” offered Dean Tabaac,... Read More

October 9, 2019 – Music Biz Partner DDEX Details New MEAD Metadata Standard

DDEX’s Mark Isherwood and Niels Rump to discuss the format in a Music Biz Webinar tomorrow In a press announcement late last week, international standards-setting organization DDEX detailed its Media Enrichment and Description (MEAD) standard, set to provide a new level of music metadata capabilities. The MEAD standard enables support for additional types of metadata that do not appear in Electronic Release Notification (ERN) messages from labels and distributors. MEAD will allow for over 30 types of additional data — including lyrics,... Read More

Industry Analysis

October 15, 2019 – Sustainability Is Factoring into 2019 Holiday Purchases

Discounts and low prices are historic holiday asks. But this year, sustainability is also top of mind. According to a recent survey, shoppers are more mindful of who they do business with, especially as it pertains to the environment. Coleman Parkes Research, on behalf of Accenture, conducted an online survey of 1,500 consumers in 17 cities, including New York, Seattle and Detroit. On average, 34 percent of respondents said they were unaware of the negative environmental impact faster shipping causes.... Read More

October 8, 2019 – NRF Forecasts Holiday Sales Will Grow Between 3.8 and 4.2 Percent

The National Retail Federation (NRF) said in a press release that it expects holiday retail sales during November and December to increase between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent over 2018, to a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. The numbers compare with an average holiday sales increase of 3.7 percent over the previous five years. “The U.S. economy is continuing to grow and consumer spending is still the primary engine behind that growth,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.... Read More

October 4, 2019 – MIDiA Report: Leaving Legacy Behind — Music Marketing Responds to Streaming

The problems for music marketers are manifold. Given that global marketing is one of the core competencies of a modern record label (and perhaps a modern artist manager), the broader solution to these issues is for marketers to push their agenda higher up the chain, and for more corporate-level innovation and investment to take place to get the marketing engines changed up and fit for purpose. In their latest report, MIDiA argues that to succeed in doing this,... Read More