Beats Music has seemingly made its next move in what no-one will ever refer to as ‘The Streaming Wars’ by buying direct to fan music and merch platform Topspin Media. In an interesting music industry top trumps twist, former Topspin CEO Ian Rogers joined Beats last year and will again take the helm at Topspin.
Ministry of Sound and Spotify have reportedly reached an amicable agreement following a High Court dust-up over user-generated playlists. Ministry issued legal proceedings after claiming that various playlist were identical in branding and content to their own compilation albums and therefore in breach of copyright.
Birmingham band act JAWS has been announced as the winner of the first Momentum Deezer Award of £2,500. As previously announced, the award is a bonus addition to PRSF’s Momentum Music Fund, which is supported by National Lottery money through Arts Council England (ACE).
The value of streaming revenue to artists, in particular Spotify has become the big industry debate but has thus far largely consisted of Thom Yorke and others shouting about how evil and damaging it all is, The Gen was therefore pleased to cross over to the other side of the stream this week and discover some of the positives.
The Great Escape has announced details of a new convention strand focusing on Global Digital Markets, also adding over 150 artists to the live line-up, including Dome shows from Wild Beasts and These New Puritans.
The Music Export Growth Scheme launched by UK Trade & Investment and The BPI last year has announced artists that will benefit from its first round of funding, including Drenge and Beth Jeans Houghton (pictured). 14 artists (not to be confused with Booking Agency 13 Artists) signed to small to medium sized UK labels will receive a grant to promote their music overseas.
Warner Music Group has partnered up with music discovery service Shazam to launch a new label. The new label will be imaginatively titled ‘Shazam’ and will obviously have a big focus on collecting data through its apps, which will then inform marketing campaigns. It is all a bit ‘Skynet’ but The Gen can just about stomach it provided there is no talk of ‘big data’ or ‘crowdsourcing‘.
The annual music industry awards ceremony that everyone loves to hate returned to London last week- but that’s enough said about the BBC Folk Awards -This article, in no way sponsored by Barclaycard and or subject to its #PricelessSurprises enforced tweets, will instead focus on the BRITS- the winners, the live streaming, the California dreaming and Bowie’s