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Deezer, A1 Telekom Launch New Music Service; The Mind Behind Mandolin; How Driift Cracked Livestreaming

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Deezer teams with European telco A1 Telekom to launch new co-branded streaming service, A1 Xplore Music, across Eastern Europe and

New service will be available to around 8.5m A1 customers in Austria.

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Meet The Mind Behind Mandolin — The Startup Reworking Live
Mandolin recently announced a $5 million seed round with participation by High Alpha Capital and Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff. The raise came together rapidly — but, then again, so has the startup.

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Five Months, 14 Shows, 300,000 Tickets Sold: How Driift Cracked
Pollstar, The Voice of Live Entertainment for over 38 years, provides the most up-to-date, relevant and useful data available for the global concert industry, delivering an unmatched archive of live entertainment data, a focus on editorial excellence, and the most powerful metrics of entertainment industry success available anywhere.

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No Joke: Music Industry Veterans Turn to Royalty Collections for Comedians,
Spoken Giants, the first royalty administration company for creators of spoken word copyrights — comedians, podcasters, authors of speeches/lectures — launched today Oct. 28.


Could Spotify’s New Discovery Mode Be Considered Payola?
The streaming giant’s latest tool gives artists the option to be paid less in royalties in exchange for more exposure.

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Will FinTech Save The Music Industry?
When COVID-19 took full effect in March, touring and concerts, which contribute billions of dollars to the music industry annually, were immediately canceled, leaving tens of thousands of artists financially scrambling to make ends meet.

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Novartis, iHeartRadio team to create streaming station for MS
MS Vibes launched in October and will debut podcasts and other educational content this month.

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Trqk launches analytics tools for performance
Analytics for songwriters and publishers were perhaps neglected in the past in favour of dashboards for master recordings, but the industry is catching up now — from the publisher data provided by Spotify to a clutch of startups trying to help songwriters understand their streams and royalties.

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UK artists and managers attack proposed PRS livestream
At issue: a proposed experimental tariff for livestreamed events, which the artists and managers (through representative bodies MMF and FAC) say are much higher than for physical concerts.


The Intern Who Created Spotify Wrapped’s Story Format Never Got Her
Meet artist Jewel Ham, who designed the Spotify Wrapped social format that we’re all addicted to as an intern — and like so many other interns, she never truly got her due.

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Roxi raises £13m funding round and launches video
UK streaming service Roxi has announced a £13m funding round (around $17.3m) this morning, led by Sun Capital Partners.


Bob Dylan Sells Entire Catalog of Songs to Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing has acquired Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs, comprising more than 600 titles spanning six decades.

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Google adds support for Apple Music to its Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and

Google announced this morning it’s adding support for Apple Music to its Google Nest smart speakers, and other Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Japan.

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