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DMT 198: SoundCloud & ads, Medium, Audiam, Gramofon, Denmark, age ratings and more…

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Jeff Price (Audiam) and J Herskowitz (Tomahawk, Hatchet).

We kick off by chatting about SoundCloud’s announcement: the company unveiled the first step in its new monetisation strategy (“On Soundcloud”) which involves brand advertising and launched a Premier Partner program for a selected number of artists.

We also discuss Medium’s upcoming music magazine, I show off the Gramofon box, and finally we cover Denmark’s latest recorded music revenues figures and the UK’s music video age rating test.

During the show Jeff brings us up to speed on the latest at Audiam and J on latest at Tomahawk.


I really hope you enjoy this week’s show, next week DMT will be recorded live at Berlin Music Week and may be released on Friday morning rather than Thursday (just FYI)…

‘Till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

steve rennie, sammy andrews, andrea leonelli, nico perez

DMT 197: BandPage & Spotify, SFX, Pono, Mixcloud & Vevo

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This week on Digital Music Trends I chat with Sammy Andrews, Head of Digital at independent label Cooking Vinyl, and Steve Rennie, the founder of Renman Music and Business and former manager of Incubus.

We start by discussing the recent deal between BandPage and Spotify to showcase merch items on artists’ Spotify pages. We also discuss the recent SFX earnings and the long-term prospects of the company, Pono’s super-successful new Crowdfunder campaign, we have Mixcloud‘s co-founder Nico Perez join us with some exciting news from the company and chat about the latest at Vevo.

Sammy and Steve also chat about their latest projects.

I’d like to thank Play MPE® for supporting this week’s episode of Digital Music Trends. Play MPE® is used by major and independent labels in over 45 countries and can help you to securely promote your artist with a rich multimedia experience. Find out more on http://www.plaympe.com


I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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DMT 196: SESAC, NAB, Smule, Global Street Date, Artist Distribution

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome Emily White, co-founder of Whitesmith Entertainment and Kevin Wortis, head of label services at Girlie Action Media & Marketing.

We chat about SESAC’s latest announcements and the acquisition of Rumblefish, the NAB’s opposition to a review of the consent decrees, Merlin’s deal with Pandora, Smule’s new artist program and the potential adoption of a global street date for music releases.

We also discuss the latest developments in music distribution services for independent artists and the evolution of crowdfunding services.


I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Andrea Leonelli, Jessie Scoullar, Syd Lawrence, Digital Music Trends

DMT 195: Beats & iTunes, Milk Premium, Shazam, Rhapsody, Swell & more…

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This week on Digital Music Trends it was a real pleasure to welcome direct-to-fan expert Jessie Scoullar (Wicksteedworks.com) and supreme tinkerer Syd Lawrence (Wemakeawesomesh.it) to the show.

We start by chatting about Beats, as the acquisition gets regulatory approval in Europe and Vivendi declares the sale of its 13% share in the company to Apple, Ian Rogers is reportedly going to head both Beats Music and iTunes Radio, what could that mean for the company?

We also chat about Samsung finally introducing a premium tier for Milk (with a twist), Shazam’s Mac app – creepy or cool? – and its new Resonate product, Rhapsody’s mini acquisition spree with Exfm and Soundtracking and what Apple’s acquisition of Swell could mean – do we need more integration between spoken word and music content?

On top of that my guests chat about their latest projects which are very very cool. Syd talks about Basement Jaxx’s Power To The People project that just launched today, allowing users to contribute to the track and remix the contributions that will go towards the release of a charity single – check it out on http://www.powertothepeople.fm.

Jessie chats about her “Which Platform?” report that compares the most prominent direct to fan platforms analysing pretty much every aspect of what they offer so you can make an informed decision. Check out http://www.wicksteedworks.com/report/ for more info and to get a free sample.


And that’s all for this week. I really hope you’ll enjoy the show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

zoe keating, steve lawson, glenn peoples, andrea leonelli

DMT 194: Independent music, Bandcamp, artist-fan relationship, YouTube, streaming…

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This week on Digital Music Trends a special show focused on independent music featuring Senior Editorial Analyst at Billboard Glenn Peoples (billboard.com), cellist and composer Zoë Keating (zoekeating.com) and solo bass guitarist Steve Lawson (stevelawson.net).

We chat about:

- Bandcamp, why does the platform work well for artists and why do artists identify with it? Zoë and Steve share how they got started on the platform and what it is about the service that works for them.

- How platforms like Patreon, Bandcamp and Pledge can facilitate an artist’s relationship with fans and what that relationship can mean to artists on both a human level and on a practical level.

- Streaming: how is it affecting “middle class” musicians and is the mainstream narrative of people’s shift to services like Spotify correct? Should artists have more of a say on the rates they are paid from streaming services or at least the ability to negotiate them?

- David Byrne’s latest comments on copyright review published by Glenn in a Billboard article this week.

- The Content Creators Coalition: can collective organisations help artists increase their bargaining power? Are there downsides?

- YouTutube’s music service: after a high-profile staff departure and several stumbling blocks what’s next for the yet-to-be announced service?



I really hope you enjoy this show, have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

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