los angeles – MP3ar http://mp3ar.com/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 08:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mp3ar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-150x150.png los angeles – MP3ar http://mp3ar.com/ 32 32 Streamlytics allows the public to join real-world data to https://mp3ar.com/streamlytics-allows-the-public-to-join-real-world-data-to/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 16:33:25 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/streamlytics-allows-the-public-to-join-real-world-data-to/ MIAMI, March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — Streamlytics, an ethical data market maker, continues to show its strong commitment to innovation and data portability. In its latest development, the company leverages its own Universal Data Interchange Format (UDIF) to allow individuals to connect activity data from today’s most popular technology platforms to […]]]>

MIAMI, March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — Streamlytics, an ethical data market maker, continues to show its strong commitment to innovation and data portability. In its latest development, the company leverages its own Universal Data Interchange Format (UDIF) to allow individuals to connect activity data from today’s most popular technology platforms to NFTs that they own or create entirely new NFTs with their data attached.

Historically, NFTs have been used for collectibles and cryptocurrency projects, and Streamlytics is innovating to combine NFT utility functionality with its patent-pending UDIF data standard as a carrier. The result is truly portable data across the current structure, web2, and the future environment, the web3 decentralized internet.

The development of Streamlytics is unique in that affinities, streaming preferences and consumption habits such as songs, playlists, purchases or audience across various platforms can now be personalized, unified and ported into Web3 environments. In simple words, it means that individuals can easily transfer their activities, articles, songs, etc. favorites from Netflix, Google, Hulu, Apple, YouTube, Spotify, Uber and other digital platforms to Web3 communities and metaverse environments, allowing them to customize environments. or avatars based on their preferences and real-world activity.

Additionally, security and privacy continue to be a key differentiator for Streamlytics’ data products as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is removed in the UDIF data normalization process. Individuals have the option not only to keep their privacy first, but also to remain anonymous or pseudonymous when attaching their Web2 data to NFTs.

Streamlytics’ patent-pending UDIF isn’t new; the company uses the data standard in its technology stack to transform data ingested from its consumer products. However, this new use of existing technology is indicative of how it can be applied to emerging technologies like web3. This latest breakthrough feature comes courtesy of Streamlytics Labs, a division of the company that focuses on applying proprietary technologies to new technologies and emerging trends.

Not so long ago, the concept of NFT, the metaverse and the web3 might seem like unrealistic parts of a sci-fi fantasy; now they are the mark of the real aspects of today’s world and its direction.

“At Streamlytics, we believe Web3 is the future and a new foundation for the Internet in data portability and privacy,” said Streamlytics Founder and CEO Angela Benton. “We are extremely excited to be able to open our UDIF data standard to the general public for new and exciting uses, starting with NFTs.”

Streamlytics’ latest project is available to members of their Discord community, Streamlytics Labs. The community will have quick and convenient access not only to this project, but also to future use cases and innovations. Join us here: https://discord.gg/z8DZWqM6tr

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Streamlytics unifies consumer data from today’s fastest growing communities across popular platforms spanning five billion data points. The company ethically unleashes the power of real usage data (straight from the source) and helps businesses grow by improving their zero-party data strategy in sales, marketing, product and artificial intelligence.

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Review: Shotgun’s ‘Passing Strange’ is a magnificent meditation on artistic creation and growth https://mp3ar.com/review-shotguns-passing-strange-is-a-magnificent-meditation-on-artistic-creation-and-growth/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 18:16:43 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/review-shotguns-passing-strange-is-a-magnificent-meditation-on-artistic-creation-and-growth/ Devin Cunningham as Youth with Angel Adedokun (left rear) and Chanel Tilghman in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange.” Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players The young man from “Passing Strange” needs to get out of here. He can’t be himself with his mother’s giggling, normed middle-class mannerisms, or his church’s “Baptist fashion show,” or his teenage punk band, […]]]>
Devin Cunningham as Youth with Angel Adedokun (left rear) and Chanel Tilghman in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange.” Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players

The young man from “Passing Strange” needs to get out of here. He can’t be himself with his mother’s giggling, normed middle-class mannerisms, or his church’s “Baptist fashion show,” or his teenage punk band, with their spirited performance but lukewarm commitment. their musicality worse.

Yes, the whole world – in this case, Europe and its sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – is calling, and the youth (Devin Cunningham) must respond, as all children must eventually. And yet, leaving the nest doesn’t in itself make him a man or an artist, suggests this Tony Award-winning musical by the mononyms Stew and Heidi Rodewald. It also doesn’t quite resolve his American blackness. On another continent, with its death metal concerts and its arthouse cinema, its bohemian collectives, its cafes full of strollers and philosophers, the Youth can neither rid themselves of their race nor symbolize it for a short-term and sickening gain.

Chanel Tilghman as Desiz in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange.” Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players

Now in a beautiful, liberating, and heartbreaking production from Shotgun Players that debuted Saturday, March 12, “Passing Strange” offers nothing less than a vision of what it’s like to be human. The Youth might protest to Mother (Rolanda D. Bell) that he didn’t choose to be different, that he didn’t choose to have quirky artistic dreams that don’t fit bourgeois Los Angeles and sunny. But neither did he choose the farm, the history, the race, the family, the identity. He must recognise, accommodate and reckon with all parts of himself if he is to be whole – and he does not have a lifetime to figure this out at leisure. Eventually, time is running out and forcing his hand.

Director William Hodgson tells this story with compassion and insight. He gives every beat, every discovery, every song the perfect amount of breath, which shows a deep and refreshing confidence in the script and the audience. The emotional peaks — when the youngster denounces the director of his church choir (Shakur Tolliver), when the youngster’s European lovers (Angel Adedokun, Chanel Tilghman) confront him for his hypocrisies — have the space to settle down and then move on. reverberate outwards.

Shakur Tolliver as Venus with Angel Adedokun (rear left), Chanel Tilghman, Devin Cunningham and Myles Brown in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange.” Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players

Musical director Daniel Alley turns the in-depth, inventive, rock-focused score into a joyous theatre-wide call-and-response party. Alley and his three bandmates enjoy their playing so much that they frequently dissolve the fourth wall.

Each member of the seven-person cast excels, and Jasmine Milan Williams’ costume design extends the song they sing, making a teenage crush all the more swish, in her ruffled skirts, or highlighting Amsterdam as a dreamland in primary colors.

Tolliver, as a repressed choirmaster and Berlin steampunk artist who speaks like the last gasp of a flurry, has this electric superpower that makes everything on stage feel a little dangerous. Writhing like a snake on the floor or smoking majestically in a powder blue Volkswagen, he doesn’t just make choices; he seizes them, and you are also under their hold.

Albert Hodge as narrator in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange”. Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players

As the narrator, looking back with rue, mortification and empathy on his younger self, often from a platform a level or two above the rest of the set, Albert Hodge hits just the right person. He is a little harsh, a little instigator; it’s almost like he’s stuck running the circus of his youth like some sort of eternal purgatory. But despite all the resignation and shrewdness he projects, he still has the ability to be surprised by his younger self.

Then there’s Bell, whose mother is a quiet revelation, the product of a born performer who doesn’t need an amp to command the stage. Watch as the color drains from her face as she is on a long distance call with her son in Berlin, realizing how much more than geography separates them. Something else left her body, something you’d swear was tangible, as if she conjured up a shadowy figure and left the stage, leaving it behind.

Rolanda D. Bell as a mother in Shotgun Players’ “Passing Strange”. Photo: Ben Krantz/shotgun players

In “Passing Strange”, the artist cannot simply hound the composition notebook, converting the muse into notes and words, like a hand-cranked machine. He can’t just soak up cool experiences like water for the mill and debate Marx and Hegel with European girls. His responsibilities must also be more earthly, more prosaic. Otherwise, he is not one of us, and his art cannot touch us, as “Passing Strange” so indelibly does.

NOT“Strange Pass”: Book and lyrics by Stew. Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen. Directed by William Hodgson. Until April 10. Two hours, 40 minutes. $7 to $40. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley. 510-841-6500. shotgunplayers.org


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Young Guelph musician has opportunity to advance his career at LA Academy of Music https://mp3ar.com/young-guelph-musician-has-opportunity-to-advance-his-career-at-la-academy-of-music/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 01:14:03 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/young-guelph-musician-has-opportunity-to-advance-his-career-at-la-academy-of-music/ “Of everyone who submitted an application, out of the 75 people who entered, and I was one of them” A local musician says she is in shock after being accepted into a prestigious music studio in Los Angeles. Auri Fell, who has performed at several festivals like the Hillside Festival, Guelph Multicultural Festival, Guelph Jazz […]]]>

“Of everyone who submitted an application, out of the 75 people who entered, and I was one of them”

A local musician says she is in shock after being accepted into a prestigious music studio in Los Angeles.

Auri Fell, who has performed at several festivals like the Hillside Festival, Guelph Multicultural Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and many more, is taking her music career one step further after being accepted into the A Cappella Academy of Scripps College in Los Angeles.

More than 500 applicants have applied for the 10-day intensive vocal program for young people to be held in July, where only 75 young people will benefit from musical mentorship.

Fell said part of her was still in shock after finding out about the acceptance.

“I know a lot of people love what I do, and a lot of people say I’m talented and I’ve met a lot of people online, I’ve met big names, who said, ‘Fuck Damn! Your music is so good!” she said.

“I was expecting it, but I’m also like, ‘I really got in?’ Of all those who submitted an application, out of the 75 people who participated, and I was one of them.

Fell developed a love for music at an early age. As a toddler, she said her mother composed songs for her about everyday objects.

“I think that’s where my passion for music kind of started,” Fell said.

Her first request for music was a banjo, which she asked Santa Claus for when she was two years old. At age 10, Fell’s parents gave him a saxophone after years of asking for one.

From there, Fell learned to play alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, ukulele, Ubass, merlin, piano, melodica, percussion, tin whistle, kalimba and the harmonica.

“I also sing, beatbox and do polyphonic singing, which is singing two notes at once,” Fell said. “It’s a lot of things.”

In 2020, Fell started a YouTube channel after learning how to make a track on Apple’s music program, Garage Band.

“I was like, ‘That’s really cool and I like that,’ and I wanted to share that with people,” Fell said of creating the track. “So, I created a channel and posted it two years ago, and I did covers of songs and posted them and really, that’s all I want to post.

Overall, Fell said it was cool to see people supporting his channel.

“I don’t care if people listen to it, I don’t even care if people like it, I don’t even care how many people are there, I just want to show people,” Fell said, “and if people like it, then that’s cool.

Regarding his music, Fell describes it as “jazz-inspired” with hints of indie percussion. For years Fell has been involved with the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Fell also mentions that she draws inspiration from musicians such as James Taylor, Cave Town and Jacob Collier.

“I get a lot of inspiration from him and his music,” Fell said of Collier. “It’s super weird harmonies and crazy musical theories.”

Living in Guelph, Fell said she was able to talk with other musicians, learn about their careers and decide how she would like to chart her own path. She also credits the role her parents played in helping her follow her passion.

“I think a lot of the opportunities that were made available weren’t possible without their support,” she said.

With her acceptance into the A Cappella Academy, Fell said she looks forward to improving her singing skills, working in groups, and learning more about music.

With tuition and travel costs amounting to $4,500, Fell created a fundraising page.

“I really couldn’t do it without their help,” Fell said.

For donors of different levels, she offers a reward system, including personalized singing telegrams, personalized performance videos, personalized a cappella multitrack videos and digital caricatures. Those interested in donating can do so here.

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Cameron Crowe at Keynote Entertainment Law Initiative at Grammy Week https://mp3ar.com/cameron-crowe-at-keynote-entertainment-law-initiative-at-grammy-week/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 23:41:00 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/cameron-crowe-at-keynote-entertainment-law-initiative-at-grammy-week/ In a scene he probably wouldn’t even have written in one of his films, the Oscar-winning writer, director and producer Cameron Crowe will be the keynote speaker at the Entertainment Law Initiativeduring Grammy Week in April. Crowe, of course, is the writer-director of the classic rock movie “Almost Famous,” as well as “Fast Times at […]]]>

In a scene he probably wouldn’t even have written in one of his films, the Oscar-winning writer, director and producer Cameron Crowe will be the keynote speaker at the Entertainment Law Initiativeduring Grammy Week in April. Crowe, of course, is the writer-director of the classic rock movie “Almost Famous,” as well as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire,” and the music documentaries “Pearl Jam Twenty” and “L ‘Union.” As previously announced, the Entertainment Law Initiative’s 2022 Service Award will be presented at the event to Susan Genco, Co-Chair of the Azoff Company.

Additionally, the winner and runners-up of the Entertainment Law Initiative’s annual writing competition were chosen by ELI’s panel of attorneys, for which the top prize is a $10,000 scholarship and a $2,500 for the top two finalists:

Winner:
Sona Sulakian, JD contestant
USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles
“Protecting the Artist: Licensing in an AI-Powered Music Market”

Finalist:
Chelsea Cohen, JD contestant
Loyola Law School. Los Angeles
“Welcome to the Metaverse: Resolving Old World Licensing in a Whole New Universe”

Finalist:
Michael Harrigan, JD Candidate
Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
“Beyond Reasonable Doubt: How Blockchain Technology Can Shift the DMCA Notification Burden Away From Copyright Holders”

+ Capitol Music Group named Rebecca “Dimplez” Ijeoma senior vice president of digital marketing and content development, company president Arjun Pulijal announced on Wednesday. She is based in Los Angeles and reports to Pulijal.

In his new role, Ijeoma will co-lead the company’s digital department with Nicholas Osborne, SVP of CMG. She comes to CMG after four years at the helm of her own eponymous marketing agency, which will continue under her former partner, John King; she was previously with CMG in 2017-18 and held positions at Yo! Raps Magazine and worked as a freelance writer and publicist.

CMG President and CEO Michelle Jubelirer and Pulijal said in a joint statement, “Dimplez is a culture builder and thought leader in the digital space, and she brings to CMG all the qualities that are synonymous with our new era: she is an artist-driven leader who is highly innovative, creative, resourceful and inspiring to all who have the pleasure of working with her.

+ Ultra Music Editingleading independent publisher founded in 2004 by Patrick Moxey, announces a strategic alliance with Warner Chappell Music. The deal will see Warner Chappell Music become Ultra’s UK sub-publisher and responsible for collecting the company’s digital revenue across the UK and the rest of Europe. Ultra will also explore new collaborations and opportunities for its extensive roster of writers and producers with those represented by Warner Chappell Music. Ultra’s 36,000 copyright catalog includes releases from Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Future, Kygo, Migos, Madonna, Diplo, the Weeknd and David Guetta, among others.

+ Jaime Rosenberg will join PR BB gun after 11 years at Warner Music Group, starting next week. She also moved to Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, March 1

city ​​of hopeone of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, will honor Monte and Avery Lipman, founders of Republic Records (pictured above, RL) at her 2022 Spirit of Life gala in the fall. The prestigious award will be presented to them at a gala dinner – the first Spirit of Life gala since 2019.

According to the announcement, the Spirit of Life Award is City of Hope’s highest honor and is given to an esteemed community of industry leaders from around the world who have made a significant commitment to improving the lives of others through to the advancement of research and clinical innovation. and the provision of personalized and compassionate care. Past recipients of the music, film and entertainment industry group include Sylvia Rhone, Jon Platt, Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris and Lucian Grainge. The Lipman brothers continue a 49-year tradition of supporting industry, which has collectively raised nearly $125 million for research.

“City of Hope remains one of the most important organizations in terms of diagnosis, treatment and care for those in need,” commented Monte Lipman. “Their groundbreaking research into cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases continues to save many lives. To be recognized by City of Hope is an exceptional honor, and we are fully committed to raising even more awareness for this incredibly worthy cause.

“We have marveled at the tireless work of City of Hope for many years,” adds Avery Lipman. “Evan and the board have been on a very important mission that has made the world a better place in the process. For us, this is one of the most important honors we can ever receive.

This announcement kicks off a year-long fundraising initiative for City of Hope that includes milestone events, such as the Taste of Hope dinner and wine auction and the Songs of Hope event. Hope.

+ Atlantic Records named Brian Dackowski to the newly created position of executive vice president of viral marketing and analytics, CEO Paul Sinclair and West Coast President Kevin Weaver announced Tuesday. Dackowski, who joined the label in 2004, will oversee a marketing analytics team as well as the video content team, and will join the marketing leadership team alongside our other department heads..

“Over the years Brian has been incredibly thoughtful about how we try new strategies, first in digital marketing and then in launching and building The Shop. our artist development incubator to launch many of our promising new artists, and more recently partnering with A&R and digital marketing to dramatically amplify the opportunities on our viral recordings across the various platforms,” Sinclair and Weaver said.

+ UK based marketing agency digital deviate promoted Steve Pascal to the general manager. Prior to joining Deviate in 2020, Pascual held positions at Crown Talent, the Orchard, Sony Red and Essential, and also lectured at the Berklee School of Music and owns the Silent Cult label. Deviate also promoted Rusty Alex to the Director of Digital Marketing and has hired Digital Marketing Managers Meg Parker, Manny O’Donnell and Tom Parker.

Along with new hires and promotions, Deviate, which was founded in 2017 by UK digital director Sammy Andrews, also announced that its premium advertising services are now available directly to artists and managers. Andrews said: “The music industry has fundamentally changed and it is essential that artists and managers have direct access to best in class advertising products globally with a team of experts to advise them. We’ve served global publicity for so many top 10 records in the past year and after each success we’ve had some interesting approaches from managers. While everyone has access to basic services, most do not have access to premium ad products or relationships directly outside of label and promoter media buys. Today, we are opening this service to the entire music business community.

+ 10,000 projects promoted Molly McLachlanone of the company’s first employees, serving as executive vice president of global marketing.

“From the day Molly took charge of international at 10K, we’ve seen an immediate positive effect on our artists’ success outside of the United States,” said Zach Friedman, co-president of 10K Projects. “She continues to evangelize our artists overseas in a powerful way and we are delighted to be able to offer her this expanded role within the label.”

+ Primary wave music has acquired all rights to Regent Music Corporation and Jewel Music Publishing, which includes songs such as the surf classic “Pipeline”, works by jazz giants Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk and Django Reinhardt (including “Minor Swing”), and “Apache”, one of the most sampled songs hip hop. The companies were founded in the famous Brill Building by music publishing luminaries Gene Goodman and his late brother, Harry. Other Regent and Jewel hits include “More Today Than Yesterday” (written by Pat Upton and made famous by Spiral Starecase), songs by soul and R&B legend Jackie Wilson (including his debut hit, ” Lonely Teardrops”), the folk anthem “Abraham, Martin and John”, the pop hit “Silhouettes”, and “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.

+ Music Wasserman has hired agents Matt Elam and Sahil Mehtaand promoted Stephanie Aristakesian, Zach Berkowitz, Alex Guaraldi, Daniel Lee, Leigh Millhauser and Jeff Molek to the agent. The agency also promoted Antonio Dell’Aglio to the tour director and Mohammad Shah to the tour manager.

Elamwho will be on Brent Smith’s team at Wasserman Music, joined after a decade at WME, where he represented D Smoke, Allen Stone and Hobo Johnson, among others, and signed Smith for Best New Artist Grammy nominee Baby Keem. Mehta hails from Madison House, where he has developed a roster of mostly electronic music artists over the past three years.

“We are thrilled to have Matt Elam and Sahil Mehta join our team, and expect them to do great things here,” said Brent Smith, executive vice president and general manager of Wasserman Music. “They are both agents we know and respect, and they fit perfectly with our culture and ethos as an agency focused on artist discovery and long-term development.”

+ Based in South Carolina TrueScale Records enlisted ADA in the world for worldwide distribution. According to the announcement, the company, which was founded by Phillip Michael Gilchrist, “seeks to focus on the black creative experience and offer comprehensive artist development services as a centerpiece for young artists,” it says. .

“As we celebrate Black History Month in February and the significant contributions of entertainment and music legends to the civil rights movement, we are thrilled to have Phil and our roster of artists join the incredible teams of ADA and their vast footprint in the music market space,” said Steve G, Vice President of Business Development at ADA.

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Kendu Harrell: New York artist full of ambition to break into the music industry https://mp3ar.com/kendu-harrell-new-york-artist-full-of-ambition-to-break-into-the-music-industry/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 08:05:17 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/kendu-harrell-new-york-artist-full-of-ambition-to-break-into-the-music-industry/ (DailyMusicRoll Editorial): – Los Angeles, Calif. February 28, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – Kendu Harrell is an up-and-coming hip hop artist from Brooklyn, New York. His musical inspiration comes from some of the biggest in the industry such as Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kwali, J.Cole, Jay Z and many more. His goal is to impact everything that comes […]]]>

(DailyMusicRoll Editorial): – Los Angeles, Calif. February 28, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – Kendu Harrell is an up-and-coming hip hop artist from Brooklyn, New York. His musical inspiration comes from some of the biggest in the industry such as Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kwali, J.Cole, Jay Z and many more. His goal is to impact everything that comes into contact with his music. Music for Kendu has been a passion since he was a teenager, but has grown into something more serious over the past two years. Creating poetry helped him articulate and sculpt his style and puns. His flow is unlike any other as his sound is completely original and authentic. It was at the young age of 18 that music became a real passion and a potential career choice. His music speaks volumes as it is both catchy and relevant to anyone who listens to his content.

This year, it’s growth. Grow as an artist as well as a brand. Continue to attract new audiences and attract more attention. Kendu is unmatched and completely unique. Currently, he is working on an album called “Me, Myself and Art”. This album is his first album and certainly not the last. The goal is to become a household name and be known around the world. This year is all about growing and expanding its audience. He is a dedicated individual who seeks to remain innovative and inspiring throughout his career. Be sure to check out its catalog, you won’t be disappointed.

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Kanye West wants to “redesign the world” and music with Stem Player https://mp3ar.com/kanye-west-wants-to-redesign-the-world-and-music-with-stem-player/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 16:55:00 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/kanye-west-wants-to-redesign-the-world-and-music-with-stem-player/ If you want to listen to Kanye West’s new album, you’ll need to purchase a $200 Stem Player. Last week, West announced that “Donda 2” would not be available on traditional music streaming services like Spotify (SPOT) or Apple Music (AAPL), although the latter had apparently offered the rapper a 100 million contract. of dollars […]]]>

If you want to listen to Kanye West’s new album, you’ll need to purchase a $200 Stem Player.

Last week, West announced that “Donda 2” would not be available on traditional music streaming services like Spotify (SPOT) or Apple Music (AAPL), although the latter had apparently offered the rapper a 100 million contract. of dollars that he rejected.

Instead, the album will be released exclusively on Ye’s new handheld device, the latest evolution in a music industry where payment and distribution models are rapidly being transformed by powerful digital trends like non-fungible tokens. (NFT).

“Today, artists get 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own,” West said in a statement.

The Stem Player, which West created in collaboration with Kano Computing, allows users to manipulate music tracks using touch controls.

Alex Klein, CEO of Kano Computing and close friend of the rapper, told Yahoo Finance that the product creates a “deeper and more immersive” experience for consumers. It also opens the door for other artists to build stronger relationships with fans, but without relying on big tech.

Klein and West “both have a desire to redesign the world,” he added.

“The current paradigm of consumer electronics and software is damaging our mental health…we wanted to create a way to interact with each other through music,” he continued.

“It’s the future”

Kanye West’s Stem Player (Courtesy of Jon Tham, Elliot Schneiderman and James Hicks)

Stem Player sales skyrocketed with the recent release of “Donda 2”. Klein said that “in a single day of sales, Ye was able to generate more revenue – $2.2 million – than 500 million streams would have generated on conventional streaming platforms”.

The exec reiterated that all early concerns about the product were “blown away,” adding that the company “moves over $100,000 from Stem Players per hour” at the “Donda 2” listening party in Miami more early this week.

Consumers “want to support their favorite artists” and “get the work the way artists want to present it, rather than how these tech conglomerates want to present it,” according to Klein.

“This is the future. This is the 2032 level,” the CEO continued.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Kanye West attends the Los Angeles Mission's Annual Thanksgiving Event at the Los Angeles Mission on November 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Kanye West attends the Los Angeles Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Event at the Los Angeles Mission on November 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

In addition to pocketing the majority of revenue, selling these products directly to the consumer allows the rap star to own the customer data, which is what virtually every tech and media company focuses on.

The device also creates a new path for other artists, who can use the Stem player to launch their own exclusive albums. If successful, it’s likely that this product would force the industry to redefine how it measures success – beyond album sales and streaming downloads.

According to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), status is measured in specific levels of at least 500,000 Displaced Units (Gold) or Platinum (over 10 million). For certification, one album sale (or 10 permanent track downloads or 1,500 audio or video streams) counts as one unit.

Therefore, it is unclear at this point how the RIAA would define West’s Stem Player, and whether or not the device would count as an eligible unit for artists to submit in an application for Gold & Platinum certification.

Still, it’s entirely possible that the device could revolutionize the status quo and force the RIAA to recognize the model, especially if sales continue to climb.

West is “so ambitious and pursues every opportunity,” Klein of Kano Computing told Yahoo Finance.

“It’s a great privilege to partner with him and work with him, because he just says, ‘Why not?’ We need more of that…that boldness to break down barriers and break down walls. It takes courage,” the CEO continued.

“Together, no estimate will be too big for what we do next,” he concluded.

Alexandra is a Producer and Entertainment Correspondent at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alliecanal8193

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Live Covid-19 updates: mask mandates, cases and more https://mp3ar.com/live-covid-19-updates-mask-mandates-cases-and-more/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 03:07:00 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/live-covid-19-updates-mask-mandates-cases-and-more/ Video Governor Gavin Newsom of California unveiled the state’s new approach to living with the coronavirus, moving away from what he called a “crisis mindset” and starting to treat the virus as a manageable risk .CreditCredit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times On Thursday, California health authorities unveiled a “next phase” pandemic playbook for the […]]]>
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Governor Gavin Newsom of California unveiled the state’s new approach to living with the coronavirus, moving away from what he called a “crisis mindset” and starting to treat the virus as a manageable risk .CreditCredit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

On Thursday, California health authorities unveiled a “next phase” pandemic playbook for the most populous U.S. state that will treat the coronavirus as a manageable risk that “will stick with us for a while, if not forever.” , rather than an emergency.

The plan, which includes steps to promote vaccines, stockpile medical supplies and mount an aggressive assault on misinformation, will mark a new chapter in the response to the coronavirus, which has infected at least one in five Californians and claimed the lives of more of 83,000 states. residents.

It’s also an acknowledgment that “we’re going to live with this,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in an interview ahead of the announcement.

“We’re not in the denial hell that has been the last two years,” he said. But, he added, “It’s not like World War II, where we can have a ticker tape parade and announce the end.”

A towering spike in new coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant peaked in the state in mid-January and has since receded, leaving the daily average roughly where it was at the end of last summer, at about 25,000 new cases per day. The disappearance of the outbreak was seen as a signal to ease restrictions across the country.

Earlier this week, Newsom eased California’s indoor mask requirements for those vaccinated, and state health officials said they would review school mask mandates at the end of the month of February. Los Angeles County lifted its outdoor mask mandate, Disneyland and other companies relaxed their mask rules for vaccinated people, and music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach announced they would not require attendees wear masks, get vaccinated or take a test when the events take place this spring.

California’s new vision for the virus, outlined in a briefing by the state’s top health official, Dr. Mark Ghaly, will continue to emphasize vaccines and boosters, with extensions to school-based vaccinations, preparations to vaccinate children under 5 when they become eligible, and the potential reassessment of vaccine needs to take into account the possibility of some natural immunity against previous infection, among other targets. Scientists have warned that protection may diminish over time and that future variants may better circumvent defenses.

Mask requirements would be relaxed or tightened as needed, depending on the severity and trajectory of infections, according to the new plan. Strategic stocks would be modernized and strengthened.

The plan would expand sewage monitoring testing and genomic sequencing; expanding access to Covid-19 treatments; and creating a special office of community partnerships that would send hundreds of workers into immigrant, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities to fight misinformation and provide access to care.

The governor said that for now, the state will continue to operate under emergency clearance, allowing health officials to act quickly in the event of a further outbreak. But he said his goal was to lift the state of emergency as soon as possible.

Other priorities would include addressing labor shortages in hospitals and nursing homes, studying the impact of the virus on communities, expanding the use of smartphone technology to alert people to possible exposure to the virus; and provide incentives for innovations in air testing and filtration.

Although 70% of state residents have been fully vaccinated, that’s a long way from reaching “herd immunity,” a level where so few people remain vulnerable to the virus that it can’t spread easily. Most experts believe herd immunity to the coronavirus is now likely out of reach.

Statewide surveys show that Californians generally support the governor’s pandemic policies, which have limited Covid deaths to a rate per capita significantly lower than in Florida, Texas or all of the states. United States.

But public patience has frayed since Mr Newsom announced the country’s first stay-at-home order of 2020, triggering a wave of restrictions. A local recall election, fueled by anger over pandemic rules and amplified by misinformation, has placed members of a far-right militia under the apparent control of the Board of Supervisors in rural Shasta County. And a poll released this week by the Institute for Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley found that Mr Newsom’s overall approval rating had fallen from 64% in 2020 to 48% now.

“Right now we’re really anxious,” Mr Newsom said. “Many of us are suspicious. And that affects us deeply throughout our existence, not just this pandemic.”

The state’s updated approach, he added, aims to ease that anxiety with “more permanent” guidelines that will help policymakers better navigate the next wave.

Credit…Allison Zaucha for The New York Times

Health experts who got a first look at the new plan gave it high marks, though some urged the state to be bolder, especially on vaccinations. “California is better than average,” said Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, “but that’s not saying much.”

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ByteDance’s music app is a growing threat to Spotify, data shows https://mp3ar.com/bytedances-music-app-is-a-growing-threat-to-spotify-data-shows/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 16:15:35 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/bytedances-music-app-is-a-growing-threat-to-spotify-data-shows/ TikTok parent company ByteDance launched music streaming app Resso in 3 markets in 2020. Resso now competes with Spotify in India and Indonesia, according to new data from Apptopia. If Resso expands into more markets, that could make ByteDance a significant rival to Spotify. When TikTok’s parent company ByteDance launched standalone music Diffusion service in […]]]>
  • TikTok parent company ByteDance launched music streaming app Resso in 3 markets in 2020.
  • Resso now competes with Spotify in India and Indonesia, according to new data from Apptopia.
  • If Resso expands into more markets, that could make ByteDance a significant rival to Spotify.

When TikTok’s parent company ByteDance launched standalone music


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service in India in March 2020, it was unclear whether there would be room for a newcomer to the already crowded audio market.

When it launched, the company tried to differentiate itself as a social music app for Gen Z and Millennial users, sponsoring college music festivals to bring its offering to a younger audience. .

It added similar functionality to TikTok’s app, which at the time was already popular with young Indians, allowing users to add short videos (known as “vibes”) and comments to songs. And it’s tailored its content for a younger generation, categorizing 1990s music as “retro” in playlists, Gopika Panchmatia, a former programming manager at the company, told Insider.

“Someone born in 2000 and 22 years old is going to think 90s music is retro,” Panchmatia said.

Apart from Resso, ByteDance had already established itself as an important player in the music industry. The song’s trends on TikTok were shaping the Billboard 100 and Spotify Viral 50, and artists and record labels had begun using the app to promote new tracks to the app’s Gen-Z audience. Targeting that same young audience for a standalone music service seemed like a logical next step.

In India, the strategy paid off. Almost two years after Resso entered the country, new data shows that ByteDance’s music app is catching up with Spotify and other competitors in the country.

Over the past year, Resso has edged closer to Spotify’s market share in India in terms of monthly active users (MAUs) compared to other music streaming apps in the country, according to shared estimates. with Insider by analytics firm Apptopia.

Market share (by MAU) for 6 music streaming apps in India between January 2021 and January 2022 (source: Apptopia)

Resso is growing faster than Spotify in India.

The company saw 304% MAU growth between January 2021 and January 2022, compared to Spotify’s 38% MAU growth over the same period, according to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower.

Resso operates in two other markets outside India: Brazil and Indonesia.

In Indonesia, it is also catching up with Spotify. Last month, it had around 8.3 million MAUs compared to Spotify’s 9.5 million MAUs in the country, according to Apptopia. Similar to its India rollout, the company also targeted younger users when it launched in Indonesia.

“When you marry the love of music with the habits of Gen Z and Millennials, you get Resso,” Tricia Dizon, country manager for Resso Indonesia, told Marketing Interactive in March 2020.

But it still trails Spotify in the third market in which it operates, Brazil, where Spotify leads. Apptopia estimated that Resso had around 9 million MAUs compared to Spotify’s roughly 28 million MAUs in the country in January 2022.

Neither Spotify nor Resso dominate in India, where local brands like JioSaavn and Gaana come preinstalled on users’ devices across the country. The country can support a multitude of audio streaming platforms due to its large population and wide diversity of languages, music genres, and customer segments.

But Resso’s particular ability to attract young users in India could pose a significant challenge for Spotify down the road. And it potentially foreshadows a battle that could happen in other markets like the US if ByteDance decides to launch a music app.

A group of TikTokers attended Spotify

A group of TikTokers attended Spotify’s “Wrapped” party in December in Los Angeles. Pictured: Christian Plourde and Mads Lewis.

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Spotify.


Why Resso’s Popularity With Young Users Could Cause Spotify Trouble

Resso’s early success with younger users, a demographic with which Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Bloomberg he “could do better,” could pose a significant challenge to Spotify if ByteDance seeks to expand its brand. to more markets in 2022.

Spotify noted that ByteDance and TikTok were risk factors for its business in a public filing earlier this month, listing the two companies alongside YouTube and other brands as competitors “for users, the time of listening to users and advertisers”.

It’s unclear whether Resso will come after Spotify’s audio subscription revenue in other markets this year. ByteDance has not publicly announced any expansion plans for 2022, and it has previously been tight-lipped on where and when it will launch.

Spotify and Resso did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

But TikTok has already cemented its position as a global hub for music discovery, and it’s easy to see a scenario in which the company could use the app to convert music fans into paying Resso subscribers in the whole world.

ByteDance followed that exact playbook to develop Resso in Brazil, incorporating a button to allow TikTok users to click on the Resso app when they heard a song they liked, The Information reported. The company intended to use TikTok as a promotional tool for Resso in India before the app was banned in June 2020 amid a geopolitical dispute between India and China, two elders told Insider. Resso employees.

“I think the biggest victory [for Resso] is the app’s interactivity and how easily it merges with social media, which is why it’s aimed at a younger demographic,” said Panchmatia, who also worked as a contractor at YouTube Music. last year at Insider.

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There’s a serious new player in music catalog acquisitions – and he just bought the rights to Robbie Robertson https://mp3ar.com/theres-a-serious-new-player-in-music-catalog-acquisitions-and-he-just-bought-the-rights-to-robbie-robertson/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 14:55:50 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/theres-a-serious-new-player-in-music-catalog-acquisitions-and-he-just-bought-the-rights-to-robbie-robertson/ To make a splash in the music catalog acquisition game these days, you better come up with a unique strategy. After all, the giants of the financial space – be it KKR, Blackstone, Apollo and others – are now funding nine- and even ten-figure music rights buyouts. Olivier Chastan knows this world well: he was […]]]>

To make a splash in the music catalog acquisition game these days, you better come up with a unique strategy.

After all, the giants of the financial space – be it KKR, Blackstone, Apollo and others – are now funding nine- and even ten-figure music rights buyouts.

Olivier Chastan knows this world well: he was previously CEO of Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group, which last year acquired catalogs from Beach Boys, David Crosby and Linda Ronstadt.

Today (February 4), Chastan unveiled his very own Acquisition Vehicle – based in Los Angeles Iconoclast — with a headline-grabbing rights deal already signed and sealed.

Iconoclast has purchased Robbie Robertson’s music publishing and NIL (name, likeness and likeness) rights, as well as his recorded music interests, spanning his career to date.

Robertson wrote and performed on a string of hits for legendary rock band The Band, including The weight, the night they drove Old Dixie Down and On Cripple Creek.

Robertson also produced the genre-defining concert film The last Waltzdirected by Martin Scorsese, and has also cultivated a rich career as a solo artist, film composer, producer, author and actor.

(An anomaly: The underlying publishing rights to The Band’s 1968 debut album belonged to Bob Dylan and was acquired by Universal as part of its 2020 Dylan catalog buyout; Robertson retained the share of the writer.)

Olivier Chastan tells MBW that Iconoclast has strong financial backing.

When we suggest out loud and thoroughly that his company can “compete or even exceed” funding from any of the big M&A players in today’s music market, Chastan responds: ” I am aware of recent fundraising, and this statement is factually correct.”

That’s a big comment: we don’t need to remind you that the likes of Blackstone (via Hipgnosis) — among others — have committed over $1 billion to music acquisitions in recent months.

(MBW sources tell us that Iconoclast is backed by Pimco, which has over $2 trillion in assets under management. Chastan declines to comment on this suggestion.)

To be frank, Chastan seems rather disinterested in talking about the purchasing power of Iconoclast.

The US-based French executive is much more energized discussing Iconoclast’s strategy, which he says will differentiate itself from many in the market by emphasizing “global brand management and an artist’s legacy, not just their musical rights”.


Since Chastan quietly launched Iconoclast last fall, he says the company has made five separate music rights acquisitions.

Chastan adds that Iconoclast has a “strong focus on technology,” including immersive entertainment and blockchain.

He comments, “We want to drive the conversion to make legacy artists relevant in the future of entertainment.”

“We want to drive the conversion to make legacy artists relevant in the future of entertainment.”

Olivier Chastan, iconoclast

This approach manifested itself in an NFT sale last month, which saw Iconoclast team up with electronic music icon Giorgio Moroder and RM Sotheby’s.

This partnership led to the sale of a “supercar plus NFT” package, including the original 1988 Cizeta-Moroder supercar owned and inspired by Moroder.

The package sold at auction in Arizona in late January for US$1.36 million, exceeding Iconoclast’s initial expectations.


As part of the deal with Robbie Robertson, Chastan reveals, the band’s musician has joined Iconoclast’s board of directors — a signal, the exec says, of the closeness his company seeks to build with artists and legendary songwriters.

Chastan de Robertson says, “My passion for Robbie’s music started when I first heard Music by Big Pink like a 13 year old kid. His sophisticated and cinematic songs changed my life and never left my musical universe.

“Our partnership with Robbie illustrates our commitment to preserving and developing culturally significant art into the future. Our focus on developing innovative brands and emerging technologies ensures that existing and new fans will continue to discover Robbie’s incredible music over the years.

“I’m also delighted to welcome Robbie as Creative Advisor to Iconoclast, where he will bring his invaluable taste and artistic insights.”

“Olivier’s deep appreciation for art and creativity infused with his vision for the future of entertainment convinced me that Iconoclast was the right partner to entrust with the legacy of The Band and my catalog.”

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson added, “Olivier’s deep appreciation for artistry and creativity infused with his vision for the future of entertainment convinced me that Iconoclast was the right partner to entrust the legacy of The Band and from my catalog.

Peter Paterno and Michael Rexford of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP represented Iconoclast, and Gary Stiffelman of GSS Law represented Robbie Robertson in the transaction.The music industry around the world

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Rufus Philpot: “The first time I heard Level 42’s The Chinese Way on the radio, I couldn’t believe someone could play bass so fast in a pop song” https://mp3ar.com/rufus-philpot-the-first-time-i-heard-level-42s-the-chinese-way-on-the-radio-i-couldnt-believe-someone-could-play-bass-so-fast-in-a-pop-song/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:28:15 +0000 https://mp3ar.com/rufus-philpot-the-first-time-i-heard-level-42s-the-chinese-way-on-the-radio-i-couldnt-believe-someone-could-play-bass-so-fast-in-a-pop-song/ Rufus Philpot has a long list of amazing musicians on his CV – Allan Holdsworth, Tony MacAlpine, Tool drummer Danny Carey, Virgil Donati, Derek Sherinian, Simon Phillips, vibe legend Roy Ayers, Reggie Washington, Scott Kinsey, Kirk Covington , Joel Rosenblatt, and Randy Brecker among them. He also plays with jazz guitarist Scott Henderson as part […]]]>

Rufus Philpot has a long list of amazing musicians on his CV – Allan Holdsworth, Tony MacAlpine, Tool drummer Danny Carey, Virgil Donati, Derek Sherinian, Simon Phillips, vibe legend Roy Ayers, Reggie Washington, Scott Kinsey, Kirk Covington , Joel Rosenblatt, and Randy Brecker among them.

He also plays with jazz guitarist Scott Henderson as part of the Nomad Trio, and was a member of Planet X and the Virgil Donati Group for five years.

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