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Andrea Leonelli, James Hamlin from WhoSampled, Darryl Ballantyne from LyricFind, Kevin Breuner from CD Baby, Paul Anthony from Rumblefish and Mark Steiner from Gigsalad.

DMT 224: SXSW Calling, Empire, Rhapsody, YouTube for Artists, Lamar most streamed

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This week on Digital Music Trends a SXSW special recorded with a few attendees who took some time to fill me in on what’s going on at this year’s event. We discuss what’s happening in Austin, the latest from their respective companies and we also cover this week’s news.

And it was a pleasure to welcome to the show James Hamlin from WhoSampled, Darryl Ballantyne from LyricFind, Kevin Breuner from CD Baby, Paul Anthony from Rumblefish and Mark Steiner from Gigsalad.

We also chat about Kendrick Lamar’s Spotify streaming record, the Empire soundtrack taking the N.1. spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart thanks to streaming, Rhapsody’s Twitter feature and Rdio’s new social features, YouTube for artists and much more…

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

Andrea Leonelli

brian zisk, kevin breuner, andrea leonelli, mike mccready, peter tondstad, olivier de simone

DMT 200: Apple & U2, TIDAL, Deezer, Rdio, Spotify Video Ads, Twitter

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A special show today as DMT reaches its 200th Episode, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than spending an hour chatting with Olivier de Simone (Urturn), Brian Zisk (Sf Music Tech Summit) and Kevin Breuner (CD Baby). This week’s week show also contains appearances from Peter Tondstad, Chief Commercial Officer at WiMP, and Mike McCready, CEO at Musicxray.

We kick off by chatting about Apple distributing U2’s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ for free to anyone with an iTunes account at the end of the company’s keynote announcing the new iPhones and the Apple Watch. Does this contribute to the perception of music being free? Was it “creepy” to see an album appear in your library without requesting it? We discuss this and much more, including whether the Apple Watch will end up on our wrists…

This show is not an Apple fest though as we had a tonne of news from other services including the announcement of a new high-quality audio service called TIDAL (developed by WiMP) debuting in the US and UK later this fall. Deezer also announced its own high-quality Deezer Elite service that will launch internationally on Sonos devices and will also be available in the US.

We cover Rdio’s redesign and its conversion to freemium, Spotify’s introduction of video adverts and ‘sponsored’ listening and finally Twitter testing a BUY button. A game changer or something people don’t really want?

Mike McCready from Musicxray jumps on for a few minutes as well to talk about the latest at the Future Music Forum event which is happening next week in Barcelona (futuremusicforum.com).

As you can see, a packed show so I really hope you enjoy it,
Have a fantastic week and ’till next time!

Andrea Leonelli

digital music trends 148

DMT 148: Spotify Connects, Twitter Commerce, Vevo & GEMA, Yahoo! redesigns Music & more…

This week on Digital Music Trends Andrea Leonelli, Kevin Breuner (CD Baby Marketing Director) and Mike McCready (MusicXray CEO) discuss the introduction of Spotify Connect, the hypothetical scenario of a musicians strike from streaming, Twitter’s new commerce focus with the appointment of Nathan Hubbard, artists’ demands on live audiences (for example the no mobiles/photos policy), Jay-Z premiering the “Holy Grail” video on Facebook, Trent Reznor’s Spin interview (he wants $10), Shazam’s new Twitter preview, the VMA sales lift for the artists performing (who got the most?) and what happened with Miley Cyrus, Vevo’s deal with GEMA, Yahoo Music’s redesign and Echo Nest back-end help and finally a cool project to get local U.S. libraries to help promote local music.

And you can find this week’s show notes with links to all the stories on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/c…

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

This week’s show is sponsored by media law firm Sheridans, at http://www.sheridans.co.uk, we thank them for their support of Digital Music Trends.

Andrea Leonelli

Show timeline:

00:24 Introduction
01:55 Mike talks about how he went about building his relationship with Future Music Forum it Barcelona, we chat about the conference
04:13 Kevin updates us on the latest news about CD Baby
05:50 Spotify unveils Spotify Connect. Many speaker manufacturers have jumped on board. Will the general public pay attention?
09:50 What could Spotify do to raise customer awareness about this function? Will people even realize that the option exists?
11:50 Looking at a Billboard piece on a hypothetical Spotify strike, is it a feasible possibility?
17:00 Where will streaming position itself in US over the next few years, and will it cause another wave of the abandonment of CD?
24:10 Will Twitter’s new commerce strategy help the music industry increase record/merchandising/ticket sales?
29:52 A few artists lately have been banning mobile phones from gigs, is it ok for artists to make such demands of fans? Is it even reasonable to think fans will stop carrying phones/cameras to gigs?
34:40 Jay-Z released his new video “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake exclusively on Facebook for the first 24 hours, was using Facebook as a video hosting platform a good move and what is Facebook’s play here?
37:53 Short break featuring our sponsors Sheridans
40:50 Sales projections for the acts that performed during the VMA’s. Does a boost on social media always lead to an increase in sales?
44:47 We chat a bit more about Nine Inch Nails after Trent Reznor’s new interview with Spin.
53:40 Vevo manages to strike a deal with GEMA and is set to launch in Germany
56:10 Yahoo relaunched music.yahoo.com, also went through with a deal with the Echo Nest, a music intelligence service, hoping to improve their music database system. Given Yahoo!’s huge traffic how relevant is it for music and should artists pay attention as to their positioning on the platform?
59:42 Hypebot picks up on local NPR coverage about local libraries building streamable and downloadable collections or digital music from local artists, will this drive music communities in small to medium sized towns?
1:02:45 Outro