National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate (University of Rochester)

University of Rochester: National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate. “A team of researchers from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Warner School of Education & Human Development, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and School of Arts & Sciences, along with Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, are collaborating to leverage and better utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower musicians to produce and disseminate their art more effectively and independently.”

WIRED: Streamers Use Playlists to Control the Music Industry

WIRED: Streamers Use Playlists to Control the Music Industry. “Immediately before the streaming era began, we experienced one of the rare moments in the history of recorded music when power flowed in the direction of artists. Although it was an economically disastrous time for many of them, the democratization brought by digital technologies and the internet also finally forced record labels to reform abuses they’d carried off for decades. Now, however, the recorded music market is again taking on its former hourglass shape, this time with the streaming platforms at the center.”

Variety: YouTube Paid Over $6 Billion to Music Industry in Past 12 Months

Variety: YouTube Paid Over $6 Billion to Music Industry in Past 12 Months. “YouTube, the world’s largest streaming platform for music, announced that it has paid more than $6 billion to the music industry in the 12 months between July 2021 and June 2022 — some $2 billion more than it said it paid in the previous 12 months.”

Duke Fuqua School of Business: How should music streaming services pay artists?

Duke Fuqua School of Business: How should music streaming services pay artists?. “Going into the investigation, [Saša] Pekeč and his co-authors—Saeed Alaei, a scientist at Google Research, Ali Makhdoumi, also a professor of decision sciences at Fuqua, and Azarakhsh Malekian, a professor of operations management and statistics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management—initially thought they were going to mathematically prove that the pro-rata rule was indeed unfair and bad for small artists. They were in for a surprise.”

New York Times: The Viral Spiral

New York Times: The Viral Spiral. “One way to think of contemporary pop stars is as de facto social media influencers. Some relish the chance to commune with fans online, and many found fame there first (including Halsey). Others are less enthusiastic, but understand that their fans — or their labels — appreciate an authentic online presence. All of this situates their complaints about TikTok within a more recent tradition: calling out social platforms.”

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?. “Like MTV or top 40 hits radio stations before it, TikTok is where popular music lives right now. Labels understand that. To them, the allure of TikTok is that musical content can go viral quickly, offering the potential to save millions on other types of marketing campaigns.”

DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She

DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She. “A directory of women, trans and non-binary producers, In the Key of She (ItKoS), has launched online. Compiled by DJ, producer, and academic Samantha Parsley, aka Dovetail, the directory gathers over 250 artists and is categorised by genre, with everything from footwork to psy-trance making the cut.”

Music Ally: Diverse Representation Music Database launches in the US

Music Ally: Diverse Representation Music Database launches in the US. “It’s a partnership in the US between Diverse Representation and Color of Change, and will include profiles and CVs for hundreds of Black music industry professionals. The database is designed to be used by labels, streaming services, agencies and other companies in the industry when scouting for new hires.”

Listening with his camera: The late photographer Don Hunstein captured a golden age of music (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Listening with his camera: The late photographer Don Hunstein captured a golden age of music . “Along with taking many shots of [Bob] Dylan in his early career, Hunstein, who died in 2017, photographed a huge array of stars on Columbia’s roster from the late 1950s into the 1980s: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Barbara Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel. The photographer also shot hundreds of album covers, including Loretta Lynn’s memorable ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ from 1970, as well as the records of classical musicians including pianist Glenn Gould.”

NME: The xx help launch online archive by releasing new documentary

NME: The xx help launch online archive by releasing new documentary. “A new documentary from The xx has been released to coincide with the launch an online archive from independent label Young. ‘Young then’ is a new platform that compiles a collection of new and unreleased material from artists in the label’s roster including The xx, Sampha, Jamie xx, Koreless and more.”

‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: ‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death. “In the wake of tragedy, members of the tour seem eager to place blame: Some of [Francis] Stueber’s fellow roadies point to what they perceived to be lax Covid-19 safety protocols as the culprit; while the band reveals that workers concealed sickness and even faked vaccine cards in some cases. Either way, as the pandemic continues to imperil the live-music business — and artists fight to get back on the road to work — situations like these beg the question: How much is enough when it comes to keeping bands on the road and their teams safe? ”

Engadget: Record labels sue Charter over copyright infringement claims

Engadget: Record labels sue Charter over copyright infringement claims. “Charter Communications has been sued by a group of major record labels who claim it has failed to address ‘flagrant and serial’ music copyright infringement, The Verge has reported. It’s the second time over the last several years that the group has sued Charter over song piracy.”

When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters (Complex)

Complex: When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters. “Landing a high stream count or massive social media following can be very lucrative for jumpstarting an artist’s career—it can lead directly to label attention, playlist inclusion, press coverage, sync placements, and more. But for the fans, media, and others on the outskirts of the music industry, it can be a challenge to decipher if and how these numbers translate to actual offline interest.”

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy. “English Folk Expo has launched the Folk Talk Academy, a new online learning hub for the music community covering a wide range of music industry topics….The new hub will host nearly 50 lectures between May and August from a host of music industry experts, including Bev Burton of Black Deer Festival talking about programming festivals; Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, on working with record labels; Francine Gorman from the PRS Foundation’s Keychange project on gender equality in music; Beth Morton from UTA on working with agents; and CMU’s Chris Cooke with his ‘Music Copyright Explained’ session.”