New hires at Facebook may see music copyrights finally sorted on the platform

7 adverts for positions in music have been posted for Facebook to “ensure a comprehensive music strategy” as copyright issues over music plague the social media platform.

Facebook is currently rife with copyright issues as labels come at the platform, since videos have become such a large presence on the platform without a content identification system to scan for copyrighted materials. In particular this has ruffled feathers with  major labels, like Universal who have been tearing down cover songs all over the social media site, citing breaches of copyright.

With this pressure behind them Facebook are looking to build a full music team that can create and manage a “comprehensive music strategy”. So far they have already nabbed YouTube executive Tamara Hrivnak, who secured partnerships in music for Google Play and YouTube over 4 years, to lead their global music strategy

The new job listings that will shape their music strategy include:

Legal, Finance, Facilities & Admin
Business Development & Partnerships
Business Development & Partnerships
Business Development & Partnerships
Whilst they’re clearly taking steps towards a working music model Facebook will have to hurry up if they want to appease users who have been attacked over copyrights (some fairly, some not) and to get music labels on their side so they can integrate popular music into Facebook somehow.

Adele says “I don’t know if I will ever tour again” after last shows on ’25’ tour

After more than a year spent touring the world following her latest, chart topping album ’25’ Adele has revealed that she may stop touring, not just for now but for life.

After 15 months spent touring her phenomenally successful 2015 album ’25’, which she described as the “greatest accomplishment in my career”, Adele has announced she may never tour again. She revealed her decision on her third night performing at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Adele was the first artist to have 3 sold out shows at the Mount Smart Stadium, but apparently her live success isn’t enough to convince her to keep performing. Speaking to the 40,000 large audience on her third night there, Adele said: “Touring isn’t something I’m good at. Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you. I’m not sure if touring is my bag.”

Whilst performing in and out of a pink poncho, due to stormy rain over the open-air arena, the singer did add: “It’s changed my life. I understand why I do it.” Despite her ridiculous levels of global success Adele has often spoken on her nerves performing live, meaning it’s not surprising that she would want to stop touring once in a position to.

Adele performance performing live tour concert gig Adele

Adele’s tour promoter for Australia and New Zealand, Michael Coppel, spoke to Australia’s News Corp media last week, saying: “We may never see her again. Adele’s been quoted as saying she won’t tour again, she’s doing this big tour as a recognition of her huge record sales and the enormous demand to see her live. It’s impossible to tell what happens next. Then the future’s an open book.”

Near the start of her Australian tour she expressed similar sentiments, saying to her crowd in Perth back in February: “I don’t know if I’ll tour again but I’m here now and it’s fucking beautiful and I love it.”

SoundCloud Go and new SoundCloud Go+ just launched in the Netherlands

SoundCloud have brought both of their new subscription services to the Netherlands for offline music and unlimited ad-free streaming with SoundCloud’s biggest available catalog.

Today, we flipped the switch bringing music fans in the Netherlands more ways to enjoy SoundCloud with the launch of our consumer subscription plans: SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+. SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+ give you the flexibility and freedom to choose the features and content you want, at the price that fits your budget.

SoundCloud Go lets you discover, stream and share an ever-evolving mix of more than 120 million tracks from established and emerging artists, offline and ad-free. For those who want it all, SoundCloud Go+ is SoundCloud’s premium subscription offering which gives you full access to more than 150 million tracks, ad-free, offline with no previews. And as always, you can still enjoy SoundCloud via its free offering, which beginning today, will be supported by advertising in the Netherlands.

No matter which experience you choose, you’ll have access to all the features that help you discover the world’s most diverse community such as Suggested Tracks, Stations and Charts, while also tapping into a connected community of curators, creators and listeners who are driving what’s new, now and next in music culture.

SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+ is available in the Netherlands on web, iOS App Store and Google Play. SoundCloud Go is €5.99 (web/Android)/€7.99 (iOS) per month, and SoundCloud Go+ is €9.99 (web/Android)/€12.99 (iOS) per month. iOS users can avoid the App Store surcharge by visiting soundcloud.com/go instead.

Want to know more? Head over to the SoundCloud Go page, here.

PPL and PRS have begun merging with 2 million + tracks and plan to partner with more societies

The UK’s 2 major royalty collecting societies, PPL and PRS, have begun joining forces as a joint-venture company that will cover all of the UK’s most important music licensing.

Last year the two collection societies proposed a joint-venture to simplify the process of getting music licenses, making it more appealing for smaller business to apply. Now the two companies are beginning their merger by combining their vast databases and have plans to create “a prototype search tool to improve identification of sound recordings and musical works and the links between them”.

Working together, the companies have already linked over two-and-a-half million recordings from PPL to over 1.2 million of the tracks in PRS database, making it far easier to search and administer licenses. PPL and PRS are reportedly already considering joining forces with other royalty societies to streamline the music industry’s licensing and royalty payments as much as possible. Australian society APRA AMCOS have shown interest in a merger with the two.

PRS for Music’s director of operations, Paul Dilorito said: “Collaboration is key to the successful resolution of the data challenge across the industry”. PPL’s CTO, Mark Douglas added: “We are excited about extending beyond this pilot to draw in other CMOs and PROs to progress the initiative even further.”

The companies have combined to unify their music licensing in which, in the simplest terms possible, PPL covers the rights of the recording and PRS cover the rights behind the songwriting of the track. Whilst the tools will now be much more simple and efficient to use for business and venues to cover the music played within their establishment.

Apparently the linked data will not include full ownership information for recordings or works, which the companies will continue to manage separately although it is “conceptually possible”.

Apple Music Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe sees multiple stations in Beats 1’s future

Renowned radio DJ and head of Beats 1, Zane Lowe has revealed in an interview what he sees in the future of Apple’s 24-7 online radio station; even more stations.

Zane Lowe, one of music’s most influential radio DJs following a 10+ year run as one of BBC Radio 1’s top brass and now the head of Apple’s critically lauded online radio station Beats 1, spoke to CNET recently at SXSW following his keynote speech, sharing his visions for the future of Apple Music and Beats 1.

Speaking on how the station has advanced in it’s almost 2 years of existence saying that’s it advanced beyond radio into streaming, saying:

We try to make as much noise and create as much context and tell stories for records and artists, within a place where the music is. Imagine Apple Music as a store. We’re the front window. We’re the thing you see by the counter. We try and put music into a frame that makes you more excited about it, more than just its existence.

You could put the record in a playlist, put it in a library, just let it exist and hopefully we find it. But culture is what the artist wants it to be. They want to create layers of thought, excitement and vision, and tell you how the record was made. They want to share that experience with you. That’s what Beats 1 really is designed to do. It was to keep pace with the culture, so that it goes perfectly with the commodity.

Lowe was careful not to share too much about more Beats 1 stations in the future, saying just that:

All those discussions are being had right now. Until we have something — you’ve said it before, Apple will go and work on things, and they present it when they feel it’s right. That’s the answer. We’re working on it.

Less transparency on that part. That’s where the old Apple comes into play.

You can read Zane Lowe’s full interview with CNET here.