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Gen Z Consumers Prioritize Original Content in Buying Decisions: Vice Media Study

75 percent of respondents said original content was important to them. The results of a new study conducted by Vice Media Group for Ontario Creates — the government agency that provides potential funding and economic development opportunities for the province’s creative industries — focus on how Gen Z discovers, consumes and shares culture content, including music, film,...

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TikTok Addresses ‘Multiple’ Security Vulnerabilities Found by Cyber Intelligence Firm

The video-sharing app has also issued new community guidelines for its users. In what is seemingly the latest effort to allay concerns over its security vulnerabilities, the hugely popular video-sharing app TikTok has revealed new measures to ensure the safety of its users. According to a Wednesday (Jan. 8) press release, the company has patched...

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Spotify Unveils ‘Streaming Ad Insertion’ Tech to Provide More Precise Metrics for Podcast Advertisers

Spotify just took another bold step toward becoming a major podcasting player. On Wednesday (Jan. 8), the streaming giant announced the launch of Streaming Ad Insertion (SAI), a new proprietary podcast ad technology that will power advertising for Spotify’s slate of original and exclusive podcasts. The technology will provide detailed metrics on actual ad impressions, listener...

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TikTok Shares Transparency Report Amid Suspicions of Chinese Censorship

The report lists a total of 278 requests from government bodies for user data & content removal. TikTok released its first-ever transparency report on Monday in a seeming effort to combat claims that the video-sharing app — which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance — has been complying with content takedown requests from the Chinese...

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Spotify Suspends Political Advertising, Citing Lack of ‘Robust’ Review Capabilities

‘We do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our processes…to responsibly validate and review this content.’ Spotify is suspending the sale of political ads on its platform beginning next year, the company has confirmed to Billboard. “Beginning in early 2020, Spotify will pause the selling of political advertising,” said a Spotify spokesperson...

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Apple Music Launches ‘Africa Now’ Playlist Featuring Latest in African Hip-Hop, Gqom, Afrobeats & More

On Tuesday (Dec. 24), Apple Music announced the official launch of its new Africa Now playlist featuring music from the continent’s hottest contemporary artists. The inaugural playlist features cover star Burna Boy’s new single “Money Play” in the No. 1 spot. Listen to it here.  “Apple Music is a huge support system for ensuring African music...

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Here’s How Many Times Amazon Alexa Users Asked for Holiday Music This Season

Plus, more good news for Mariah Carey. “Alexa, play holiday music!” Amazon smart speaker users voiced that or a similar request more than 100 million times in the U.S. this year, according to Amazon Music’s new blog post revealing its holiday listening data. The statistic is a testament to how smart speakers are transforming the way we soundtrack our lives,...

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Here’s the Best Career Advice Elton John Ever Received

The iconic artist shared words of wisdom with Spotify for Artists’ “Best Advice” video series. Spotify has released the latest episode of its ongoing series Best Advice, this one featuring pearls of wisdom from the Rocket Man himself, Elton John. John’s best advice came from his American agent Howard Rose, who encouraged the then-emerging singer-songwriter...

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Merlin Signs Licensing Deal With Boomplay, Leading Streamer in Africa’s ‘Fast-Evolving’ Market

LONDON — Users of Africa’s biggest and fastest growing digital music service will now be able to listen to and download music by Bon Iver, Major Lazer and Sleater-Kinney after global indie rights agency Merlin signed what it described as a “landmark licensing partnership” with Boomplay. The announcement comes less than a month after Sony Music...

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