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Cisco Adler & Donavon Frankenreiter Launch Concert Livestream Platform NoCap

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible for artists to bring fans out to a venue for a live performance, but a new Los Angeles-based startup is using technology to bring the venue to fans. Combining high-quality video and audio streaming with a text-based ticketing system, NoCap streams concerts from well known music clubs and...

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Spotify to Develop Podcast Programming for U.S. Latino Audiences

Spotify has created a team to develop original audio programming for the growing U.S. Latino podcast audience. The Swedish music streaming company, which over the last two years has made a sizeable investment into non-music audio formats like podcasting, will work with Latinx creators to produce both English- and Spanish-language programming. Javier Piñol, who for...

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Nashville Music Video Shoots Find a Way Amid COVID-Related Limitations

The morning after a night of protest in downtown Nashville, Matt Stell snuck into the Fleet Street Pub in the city’s Printer’s Alley, occupying the space for 12 hours as he portrayed 13 different characters for the video to “If I Was a Bar.” In the end, the project had Stell interacting with different versions...

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Spotify Launches New Subscription Plan For Couples in U.S., 54 More Markets

Spotify has unveiled a new, cheaper premium subscription option for couples, called Premium Duo, that will be rolled out in the United States and 54 other markets today (July 1). The single plan will allow two people living at the same address to have individual premium accounts, which are also entwined through playlists like its...

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India Bans TikTok, Dozens More Chinese Apps Amid Border Standoff

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying their data would be transferred to an Irish subsidiary, a response to India’s ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The quick workaround showed the ban was largely symbolic since...

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Executive Turntable: Epic Records Names CFO, StageIt Hires New Team as Livestreams Surge

Brian Wilson has been promoted to chief financial officer and senior vp at Sony Music’s Epic Records. He previously served as vp finance, a role he had held since 2014. During his eight-year run at the label, Wilson has played a heavy role in the financial analysis, deal-making and budgeting of projects for artists including...

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#iVoted, Rock the Vote Turn to Live Streams to Encourage Action in November

There’ll be at least one good byproduct of the upcoming presidential election: dozens of online events that will have encouraged people to vote. With college campuses closed and nearly all music venues shut down, voting rights activism is following the trend of hosting virtual concerts in place of in-person events. #iVoted uses the promise of...

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Sony CEO’s Annual Pay Rises as Company Sets Name Change

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida‘s annual pay rose 14 percent in yen terms. The Japanese entertainment and consumer electronics giant in a Friday regulatory filing disclosed that his pay for the latest fiscal year increased from ¥397 million to ¥454 million. In dollar terms, he earned $4.25 million using current exchange rates, up 16 percent compared...

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The Deals: Little Simz Renews AWAL Recordings Contract, Licensing Service Lickd Strikes UMG Partnership

Mercury Prize-nominated rapper and songwriter Little Simz (a.k.a. Simbi Ajikawo) has renewed her partnership with AWAL Recordings, which provides a full range of services including global marketing and promotion, digital and physical distribution, campaign coordination, A&R support, synch licensing and brand partnerships. Little Simz garnered acclaim with her most recent album, GREY Area, which was...

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A CNBC Host and Comcast Help Send Spotify Shares Up

Spotify’s share price reached into the stratosphere on Tuesday following an announcement of a new agreement with a communications giant, but the streaming platform’s stock performance might have had more to do with an approving nod from the biggest name in business news. Starting Tuesday, Spotify became available on Comcast’s cable TV service X1, and...

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