Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries.
In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of their rights in 2015, making it our worst recorded year yet, nearly doubling the number of cases from 2014 with a 98% increase from the year previous, wherein 237 cases were registered.
While at the UN level there have been positive signs of larger attention being paid to the importance of protecting artistic freedom in 2015, sadly the year was dominated by a 20% increase in registered killings, attacks, abductions, imprisonments and threats, and a staggering 224% increase in acts of censorship.
What seems more likely to me is that Spotify will follow Apple's slowly unfolding tactic of using video content, perhaps even its own exclusive content, as a means of insulating itself from better-financed rivals like Apple and Alphabet. In recent weeks, word has surfaced that Apple is in fact accelerating the pace of its original and exclusive content strategies. The strategy is by no means innovative. It's really an extension of the content strategy we've seen employed with great success at Netflix in streaming video. Alphabet's YouTube has taken steps to secure its own original video content as well.
One thing that's clear is that content, either video or music, doesn't come cheap in today's day and age
la construction d’une communauté de « curateurs vidéos » est notre priorité : qu’ils soient « influenceurs » sur un réseau type Twitter ou YouTube aujourd’hui et se prennent au jeu de la curation vidéo ou qu’ils le deviennent grâce à Wellcut avec leurs collections d’extraits sur un sujet qui les passionne.
Le chiffre fait image. En 2015, les quelque 540 000 écoutes Spotify de la chanson Paradis City de Jean Leloup lui auront rapporté… un peu moins de 30 $ pour ses droits d’interprète.
Autre illustration d’une industrie qui ne tourne pas rond : l’an dernier, la vente de 17 millions de disques vinyles aux États-Unis a rapporté plus que le cumul de « milliards et de milliards » d’écoutes en ligne sur des sites légaux sans abonnement, révélait la Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) la semaine dernière.
The main reason for existing stockholders (like the major labels and Merlin in Spotify’s case) to avoid a down round is to protect the preferences that the prior investors have built into their stock ownership. Those preferences can require the company to issue more shares to protect the percentage ownership of the insiders and key executives, for example, and that can lead to washout financings and recapitalizations to incentivize investors in the down round (who often are not, as one might say, “babies”).
Down rounds are also one indicator that a bubble is about to burst but that investors have not yet capitulated. (Down rounds are a precursor to failed capital calls, which are the real sign of a bubble bursting.) Down rounds were very common in the dot bomb bubble burst.
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Good news coming out of Denmark: total recorded music income in the market – one of the world’s most advanced nations in terms of streaming music consumption – grew 3.7% last year, up from DKK 437 million ($64.6m) in 2014 to DKK 453 million ($67m).
It was the third consecutive year of growth for the Danish record industry, according to IFPI stats.
Income from streaming, helped by leading services such as Spotify, TDC Play and Apple Music, leapt up by 26.5% to DKK 323 million ($48m) from DKK 256 million ($37.9m) in 2014.
Live Nation Concerts promoted over 25,000 shows globally – up 12 per cent from 2014 – and some of the biggest tours of 2015, including Taylor Swift, One Direction, Madonna, U2 and Fleetwood Mac. Attendance grew eight per cent to a record 63 million. Significantly – and in good news for the live music market as a whole – 13 of LN’s 20 best-selling artists in 2015 were new compared to the previous year. Despite increased competition in the ticketing sector, Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster also had a bumper year, shifting over 530 million tickets for a record 12 per cent growth. Much of that growth came from its secondary ticketing operations, represented by platforms such as TicketsNow and TicketsExchange in North America and Get Me In! in the UK, which experienced 34 per cent growth in gross transaction value (GTV) in 2015, to $1.2bn.
Le géant de l'e-commerce chinois a profité de la très populaire émission de télévision « I'm A Singer » pour présenter son intelligence artificielle, Ai. L'IA a réussi à prévoir 100% des finalistes et même le vainqueur de l'émission.
Xiaomi has furthered its push into India after completing its first investment in the country. The Chinese smartphone firm today announced it has led a $25 million round for Hungama, a video and music streaming service that claims 65 million users, and that it will integrate the company’s services into its content platform in India “in the near future.”
Xiaomi has made a concerted effort to gain marketshare in India’s fast-growing smartphone market since it began selling there in 2014. It joined the government’s Make In India program and took strategic investment from top businessman Ratan Tata, and has long said on record that it would invest in startups that complement its business in India.
While the music industry bickered in the media over fractions of cents per stream, there were innumerous development projects shipped and celebrated by corporate and independent coders. Historic rivals formed enviable collaborations. Petabytes of content alongside billions of lines of code were released. At the center of it all – open source and free sharing of digital resources. Amazingly, companies and people have been able to do this while still profitably protecting the value of intellectual property.
The global open source renaissance is here. There is as an opportunity to leverage the same resources and adopt the same guiding principles that have seen success everywhere else. Most, if not all of the core tools have already been developed; let’s work together to bring them to the music world. The wider music industry now has an opportunity to build on our existing collaborative spirit. Instead of hiding behind opaque processes masquerading as ’trade secrets’, let’s remember and re-engage our own rich history of artistic collaboration.
Une des missions essentielles qui incombe au monde de la culture dans les temps à venir est de repenser au plus vite son rapport à la société. De réfléchir à une définition nouvelle de l'engagement culturel, qui est par essence engagement sociétal.
Songkick’s legal battle with live music conglomerate Live Nation is heating up, with the pre-sales specialist filing new papers in court, while LN’s Ticketmaster agrees a deal with Bandsintown – a direct Songkick rival.
So why is the music industry trying to insist on the $9.99 subscription being the new CD, a 20th century approach to standards in the dramatically different 21st century? And more crucially, why is it able to?
Que se passera t-il pour Spotify lorsque Bouygues Télécom sera céder enfin à Orange et ses actifs dépecés entre SFR et Free ? Actuellement, la plate-forme suédoise bénéficie pleinement d'un accord avec le troisième opérateur français historique. Le nombre d'abonnés Spotify a littéralement explosé pour dépasser les 500 000 en fin d'année. Spotify est proposer en Bundle par Bouygues Télécom. A l'instar de ce que faisait Orange avec Deezer à la grande époque.
2015 was another year of mixed fortunes for the music industry, with Nordic markets showing positive signs (again) while some bigger markets struggle. It is in this context that French music industry trade body SNEP announced that the French recorded music market registered a whopping 7% decline in 2015, which followed hot on the heels…
These days most of the money comes from syncs (i.e. when a commercial, TV show, movie, etc. uses your song) and merchandise,” Kimbra told the blog. “With the huge rise in TV and musicians being commissioned to write for films, this has become a really great way for artists to make back money invested in their records and help pay off the huge advances that are often provided up front for living costs and creation of the record. ”
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