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Artist Partners gets multimillion-dollar boost from Warner Music

Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group and its Atlantic Records label are making a multimillion-dollar investment to boost operations at Mike Caren's Artist Partners.

Artist Partners houses rap star Kevin Gates, whose "Islah" is No. 2 on Billboard's Top Albums chart, and Charlie Puth, whose "Nine Track Mind" sits at No. 5.

The company aims to help artists to expand their business, and to sign other artists while helping them stay focused on their music.

Instagram now lets you switch between multiple accounts

After testing the feature on both Android and iOS in recent months, Instagram today announced that it's officially launching multi-account support inside the photo sharing social app. Now, users can maintain more than one account on the same device. With the rise of profiles dedicated to businesses, pets, and any number of other things, it was inevitable that Instagram would make it all a bit easier to manage.

Instagram adds official support for multiple accounts on iOS

Instagram today has officially announced support for mutliple accounts. After a slow roll out to multiple users, users are now able to add up to 5 different Instagram accounts and quickly switch between them all. Multiple account support has been added as of Instagram's 7.15 version for iOS.

If a user would like to add multiple Instagram accounts, they can do so by going to the options page, and selecting 'Add Account' at the bottom. Once added, a user can switch between the various accounts by selecting the username at the top of the screen and selecting the other account they wish to use.

Adele's '25' Sales Surpass 8 Million in the U.S.

Adele's mega-successful 25 album has now sold 8 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The set sold another 89,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 4, bringing its total sum to 8.03 million.

25 is just the sixth album released since 2001 to have sold 8 million copies. It follows 21, Usher's Confessions (released in 2004, 10.3 million sold), 50 Cent'sGet Rich or Die Tryin' (2003, 8.4 million), Norah Jones' Come Away With Me(2002, 11.1 million) and Eminem's The Eminem Show (2002, 10.6 million).

Promoters and suppliers high on SFX creditors list

Many of SFX Entertainment's largest creditors are SFX-owned promoters awaiting deferred purchase price payments, according to a 476-page creditor matrix seen by IQ.

The document reveals that 11 of SFX's 13 largest 'non-insider' creditors – that is, ones which aren't associated with the company's founder and former CEO, Robert FX Sillerman – are the owners of some of the many companies purchased by the now-bankrupt EDM promotion giant since its founding in 2012.

Spotify playlists can’t break an artist alone

GETTING AN ARTIST FEATURED ON PROMINENT SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS IS NOT A RECIPE FOR STREAMING SUCCESS ON ITS OWN, ACCORDING TO JAMES FARRELLY, HEAD OF TRADE MARKETING FOR THE UK AND IRELAND AT MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR BELIEVE DIGITAL.

"Labels are expecting placement in a New Music Friday playlist, whether that's on Spotify or Deezer or Apple Music, to be the answer to everything," said Farrelly, in a speech at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam. "There's an expectation that will break an artist, but it very rarely breaks an artist. In fact, it very rarely breaks a track itself. And that's because for most of those tracks that go into those playlists, there's no core marketing techniques running alongside it."
On Spotify in particular, programmed playlists have growing clout. That service's New Music Friday playlist has 1.15m followers, while several others have followers in the millions.

The RIAA Gets Streaming All Wrong

...The good news is you and your Spotify habit may no longer be an obstacle to an artist's success. The bad news, though, is the new system sets up a world in which streaming is both default and devalued. Rather than choose between two sides—placating artists by coming out against streaming, or embracing streaming as the will of the people—the RIAA has chosen to stake out a middle ground that's a solution for neither, and an affront to both....

StubHub moves into primary ticketing

StubHub, the world's largest ticket resale marketplace, is taking on Ticketmaster with the launch of its first primary ticketing platform.

The eBay-owned brand's launch partnership will be with basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers, with StubHub becoming the 76ers' official ticketing partner and the team's tickets available on the new platform ahead of the 2016–17 season.

The new-look StubHub marketplace will show all available tickets on a single seating map, with no indication as to which are being offered by resellers. Buyers will be able to purchase tickets from multiple sellers in one transaction.

StubHub will also offer a white-label service for primary sellers.

Popcorn Time rival adds music into the mix

Although not as high profile as rival Popcorn Time, Showbox has plenty of users, while its lower profile means it hasn't been hit with the same kind of platform-killing legal action from Hollywood. The other USP of this app is that it is primarily designed for use on Android devices, bringing a free streaming-style service to mobile.

Previously it was all about film and telly show content, but on the mobile version of the app music has now been added, with lots of tunes to choose from. It's not clear where the app is pulling that music from, though Torrentfreak speculates one source might be all the tracks swimming around the Russian social network vKonktakte, because Showbox previously tapped movies and TV programmes from there.

Apple Music launches in Taiwan, now in 113 countries

United Talent Agency (UTA) is switching to a territorial representation system for the US and Canada, following a popular trend in the representation world."We decided to make this change to our operating model shortly after UTA acquired The Agency Group last year, after taking a careful look at the needs of both our clients and our touring partners," an email from the company announced. "Building deeper relationships with venues and buyers like you is a critical component of our collaborative representation strategy."

UTA had used a national model to book shows with agents assigned to artists, booking national tours on their behalf.

Can streaming usher in a direct-to-fan revolution for artists?

When Apple Music launched last year, its creators heralded the Connect channel as a potential revolution in the world of direct artist-to-fan relationships.
That revolution is yet to come to pass, with Connect currently widely viewed as perhaps the least successful element of Apple's fast-growing (in 113 countries, no less) platform.
The wider point, though, still stands: streaming naturally breaks down many barriers between artists and theirs fans, with less of a need for traditional media 'gatekeepers' to project a performer's appeal.

So can we anticipate the world of direct-to-fan becoming increasingly important in the years to come? And if so, what can the music biz be doing to take full advantage?

Rihanna, the RIAA, and making a platinum record in 2016

The bodies we trust to deliver an accurate, historical commercial record are doing their best to keep up with an industry that's changing every day, but they can't really help but fall behind. What does it mean when an artist sells a million albums to a corporation? What does it mean when the biggest song of Drake's career is kept from the No. 1 spot it deserves by exclusivity agreements? The road to a revised all-in-one metric has been bumpy at best, and this week the RIAA has enacted a huge change in an attempt to keep up with the definition of what a hit record is.

Motive Unknown on how artists can take control of remarketing

LABELS AND MANAGERS CAN USE THEIR MARKETING BUDGETS FOR ARTISTS MORE EFFICIENTLY BY BOOKING DIGITAL ADS IN-HOUSE, AND MAKING SMART USE OF REMARKETING TECHNIQUES.

That's according to Darren Hemmings of digital marketing agency Motive Unknown. Hemmings was speaking at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam about how his company works for artists. "Really this is about how advertising has changed. In the very old model, you'd have an an advertising person decide a budget, and they'd get an ad agency in who would take a commission on what you were doing: usually anywhere between 10% and 20%," he said.
"The ads would run, and then reports would come back at the end of it: pretty brief. That's how many people saw it, that's how many clicks you got."

Radio 2: We do our own A&R

Jeff Smith, head of music at Radio 2, has told Music Weekthat the station is discovering artists and even creating genres because the music its 15m+ audience craves is not being delivered via 'usual channels'.

By that, of course, he means record companies, and whilst his comments weren't an exercise in label bashing, he did say: "We have to find our own new music because we can't just rely on it coming to us. So we seek it out and then encourage labels to sign acts like The Shires."

How to listen in an age of infinite music

Since the invention of recording, music listeners have argued about the trade-offs between delivery and deliverance: Does more convenient access to music somehow make it less precious, more disposable?

Today, that question has taken a digital turn. Seemingly every song you've ever heard, and those you haven't, are instantly available online. Streaming services and retailers rely more and more on algorithmic profiling to drive the music listeners are exposed to, letting computational analysis and past behavior replace curiosity and serendipity. Navigating this realm — a world in which Caruso, Coltrane, and Carly Rae Jepsen are all only a click away — can be an overwhelming proposition.

Vinyl Me, Please Partners with HBO® to Celebrate Launch of New Drama Series VINYL

Vinyl Me, Please, "the best damn record club out there," launches the first limited edition 7" pressing of the first single from the series soundtrack of new HBO drama series VINYL®.

From executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, VINYL is set in 1970s New York and is a ride through the sex-and drug- addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop seen through the eyes of a record label president. With three years of expertise in creating limited edition pressings to an international audience, Vinyl Me, Please will gift every single one of its members-only community of tastemakers and music super fans the exclusive record as a bonus to the usual monthly subscription. The single 'No Good' from Warner/Atlantic artist Kaleo will be sent with special packaging and aims to bring awareness to the show and its music focus.


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Rick Rubin is releasing an official Star Wars-themed EDM compilation

Do you ever listen to electronic music and think, "You know what would make this better?Star Wars samples!" You're not alone, apparently: legendary producer Rick Rubin is curating a new EDM compilation called Star Wars Headspace, a sort of companion piece for the December's The Force Awakens in which a dozen popular producers monkey with the series' sonic portfolio. Flying Lotus, Rustie, Röyksopp, J.J. Abrams, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Rubin himself are all contributing new music.

MusicRow Reveals 14th Annual MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards Winners

The Nashville industry gathered Monday afternoon (Feb. 8) at Margaritaville to celebrate MusicRow's 14th annual Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards.

The award winners were celebrated for their success in 2015 on MusicRow's CountryBreakout Chart, the leading secondary country radio chart.

This year's winners are as follows:

Male Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Female Artist of the Year: Kelsea Ballerini
Breakout Artist of the Year: Kelsea Ballerini
Duo/Group of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Independent Artist of the Year: Erica Nicole
Label of the Year: Capitol Records Nashville
Songwriter of the Year (three-way tie): Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne

Adele named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015

Adele has been named by IFPI as the most popular recording artist across the globe in 2015.

Adele's success at the top of the annual chart was driven by the October release of lead single Hello from the album 25. The track was No.1 in more than 30 countries worldwide, including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK. The album 25 followed in November and to date has notched up worldwide sales of over 15 million.

Viacom and Snapchat Launch Unprecedented Global Partnership

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) and Snapchat today announced an unprecedented global partnership that capitalizes on and extends the unique expertise of both companies to creatively and authentically speak to millennial and post-millennial audiences.

"Snapchat provides the best storytelling experience on mobile. Through this partnership with Viacom, we can now offer television advertisers a way to tell their stories across television and mobile in a frictionless way"

The wide-ranging deal, anchored in both content production and advertising sales, will bring two high profile channels to Snapchat Discover -- a Comedy Central International channel and an MTV Channel in the U.S., which will complement the already successful Comedy Central and MTV International Discover channels. The agreement also grants Viacom the right to sell Snapchat's U.S. owned and operated advertising inventory, allowing Viacom to offer even more value to television advertisers who want to add Snapchat's wildly popular premium video platform to the media mix. In addition, Viacom also has agreed to provide Snapchat with expanded access so Snapchat can produce Live Stories covering more of Viacom's tent pole events.


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Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns

Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of a 100,000th campaign. It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be. In a blog post, Kickstarter says that it took 121 days for a first 100 projects to be funded back in 2009; its most recent 100 funded projects took only three days. In total, Kickstarter says $1.9 billion in successful funding has gone through its platform, with just over one-third of campaigns making it to their goal.

Spotify/YouTube mash-up Wefre 'paused' after legal concerns

LAST WEEK, WE REPORTED ON A NEW SITE CALLED WEFRE THAT HAD THE POTENTIAL TO GIVE MUSIC RIGHTSHOLDERS A FEW SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.
The site tapped the APIs of Spotify and YouTube to offer free, on-demand streaming music, with a Kickstarter campaign raising funds to launch Android and iOS apps.
Was it legal, though? Wefre's developers have now 'paused' the site and cancelled the Kickstarter campaign, while they try to figure that out.
Wefre signed up more than 16,000 users in the days following the first media reports about it last week, which put a strain on Wefre's servers to the point where the site crashed.

Formation (Clean)
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Beyoncé is one of a kind — the kind of star who can drop a surprise music video and see much of the Internet and social media instantly explode.

"Formation," released Saturday, has already racked up more than 7 million views onYouTube. It's full of implicit and explicit commentary on subjects like being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.

And the Internet responded swiftly.

Beyoncé Gives Bill Gates a Shoutout in Her Amazing New Video

Because this weekend we're all about Super Bowl 50 here at Re/code and because we love Beyoncé, there's this: The artist who will be joining Coldplay later today during the Super Bowl halftime show chose this weekend to debut an unexpected new single.

It's called "Formation," a really riveting black power anthem well worth your time. But if you absolutely need a tech angle, Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates gets a big shoutout in the lyrics: "You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making/I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making."

Tidal to Donate $1.5 Million to Black Lives Matter and Other Nonprofit Organizations

Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal has announced that it will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other nonprofit social justice organizations, according to Mic. The donation is in association with Jay Z's Roc Nation entertainment company. The money was raised at Tidal's October benefit concert in Brooklyn, Tidal X: 10/20. The announcement comes on the day that Trayvon Martin would have turned 21 years old.

Tidal's donation will be administered through New World Foundation later this month. In addition to Black Lives Matter, Tidal is donating to national organizations Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, and Sankofa.Org, as well as local organizing groups in California: Community Coalition; Florida: Dream Defenders; Illinois: Black Youth Project; Maryland: Baltimore Justice Fund; Empowerment Development Corporation; New York: Million Hoodies; NY Justice League, and Ohio: Ohio Students Association/Organizing Collaborative.

How to Add Multiple Accounts on Instagram

Instagram has finally brought one of the most-requested features ever to life: support for multiple accounts.

Let that sink in for a minute. Yes, it means what you think it means.

Some lucky Instagram users (this feature does not appear to be available to all of us as of yet), are now able to add multiple accounts to Instagram and easily switch between them.

Social media managers rejoice!

The feature was first reported in November 2015 by members of Instagram's official beta testing group for Android. On February 3, 2016, some iOS users gained acces

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