Lifehacker: How to Add Song Lyrics to Your Instagram Story. “Last week Instagram added a new feature that allows you to add lyrics to your Instagram stories. The feature allows you to not only add a song to your Story (you’ve been able to do that for a while), but also sing along with those lyrics, similar to what you might do with the app TikTok.”
The Verge: Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry. “Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. It wasn’t that they had missed out on payments for a single song — it was that they had missed out on payments for 70 songs, going back at least six years. The problem, they said, was metadata.”
University of Kentucky: NEH to Fund Digitization of Sacred Music Collection at Niles Center. “The $58,230 grant from the NEH’s Humanities Collections and References Resources program will support a one-year planning process that will include the pilot launch of a digital library that will eventually make hundreds of volumes of spirituals, gospel music, shape-note hymnody and words-only hymnals accessible to the public.”
The Verge: Instagram appears to be testing stickers with song lyrics. “It looks as though Instagram is testing a new feature for stickers in its Stories feature: music lyrics that play out along with a video.”
Techdirt: Announcing: The Public Domain Song Anthology. “You realize something needs to be done and you are the only one crazy enough to do it. This happened when my law and music worlds collided: A D.C. restaurant stopped booking live music due to license demands from a Performance Rights Organization. I suggested that bands could play ‘originals,’ and play from a book of Public Domain popular music – but no such book exists – even though as of Jan. 1, 2019 more music is entering the Public Domain. I realized I knew the very best music, law, and library people to create such a book, of 370 songs, and to give it away – in text and musical notation software, free for creative use and adaptation – as an Open Educational Resource.”
The Indian Express: A record restoration project aims at releasing thousand Assamese songs online this month. “On Bohag Bihu this year, a remastered version of Xuoroni Mur, a song by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, was released on the internet. Sixty-one years ago, Dr Hazarika, had composed the track for Phani Sharma’s film, Puwoti Nishar Xopun (1958). The full song, for long heard only on cassettes, is now available on Youtube — cleaned up and digitally remastered for the first time by the Jyoti Chitraban Studio in Guwahati. Xuoroni Mur isn’t the only one. Through the month of Bohag (or the first month of the Assamese new year corresponding to mid-April to mid-May), there will be a thousand songs from Assam — many which face the risk of fading into oblivion — released on Youtube.” I didn’t know too much about Assam, but Encyclopedia Britannica has a big ol’ article..
TorrentFreak: Kenyan Govt. Protests as National Anthem Hit With YouTube Copyright Complaint. “The Kenyan Department of Justice has aired its displeasure after a video on YouTube featuring the country’s national anthem was hit by a copyright complaint. UK-based De Wolfe Music is claiming to be the owner of the track, which is actually in the public domain.”