Spotify to compete with Apple Music in Russia, for cheaper

Spotify are launching in Russia after teasing them for years, and they’re taking Apple Music on at a price level.

Spotify have been building up to launch their music streaming service in Russia for years. At last the service have announced that they will make their debut in Russia this Summer.

They will be joining their streaming rivals, Apple Music, who launched their streaming service there years ago. Taking the competition head on before even launching, Spotify will offer music streaming for less than Apple do.

Spotify are planning to offer a monthly subscription for RUB 150 (roughly $2.35) whilst Apple Music is avaialble for RUB 169 (roughly $2.65). Additionally Spotify will be making their free tier available so that listeners in Russia can listen without paying with ads interspersed between music. Apple doesn’t offer a free alternative.

Russia has notoriously had issues with music piracy, which music streaming services have helped to dwindle in other countries. The massive, Russian social network VKontakte saw major issues with piracy as it allowed users to upload music. They have since launched their own music streaming service to combat piracy, which Spotify will be up against if it intends to make a mark.

Hans Zimmer is composing BMW’s electric cars

One of Hollywood’s most notorious producers is taking his composition talents to soundtrack the next generation of BMW vehicles.

World renowned producer Hans Zimmer has been in a different environment lately, working with BMW on their cars. But he’s not behind the engineering of refining electronic motor power, instead he’s creating the sound of BMW’s next generation electric vehicles.

Alongside Renzo Vitale, an acoustic engineer and sound designer at the BMW Group, Zimmer has been composing the sound for the new Vision M NEXT that debuted on June 25th. Together they composed the drive sounds and sound signs for the vehicle in Zimmer’s London and Los Angeles studios.

BMW’s senior vice president, Jens Thiemer said: “We want to get BMW IconicSounds Electric in position for customers who value emotional sound. With BMW IconicSounds Electric they will be able to experience the joy of driving with all their senses.

The car is BMW’s flagship vehicle for showing off the capabilities of their plans with electric cars. With professional sound design they hope to recreate a fully faithful BMW driving experience even with entirely different mechanisms working it.

Hilton Hotels the latest major company sued for not licensing music

You’d think the people running one of the biggest hospitality companies in the world would understand simple licenses… It seems not.

Hilton Worldwide are facing a lawsuit after the unlicensed use of music in videos published to their YouTube and Facebook channels. BMG Production Music are behind the lawsuit saying that they warned Hilton they were using music they hadn’t licensed yet they continued to infringe.

BMG Production Music are in the business of creating music specifically for the use in media, for example: a hotel advert. Their New York lawsuit claims that the massive hospitality and hotel company Hilton used several of BMG’s productions without licensing. They were warned and yet continued to use unlicensed music.

The videos in question were posted to Hilton’s YouTube channel and Facebook page as promotions for the company. The videos featured background music from BMG’s almost 250,000 track library which they claim spans “all musical genre”. They report 20 infringing videos from Hilton.

BMG’s complaint reads: “Despite being notified that they were using BMG’s Copyrighted Music and/or Unregistered Music without authorization or license, and despite months of exchanges of correspondence with TuneSat, the Defendants ultimately began willfully and intentionally ignoring TuneSat’s correspondence and continued to use the Copyright Music and Unregistered Music without authorization or license from BMG.”

It’s the latest story to come out of what seems to be a recurring theme; big companies using music without the correct licenses. You’d think companies on the scale of Hilton would have enough money and business-sense to understand that licensing is a legal obligation. So does it come down to a lack of respect for music? Do these companies not see music as having a legitimate legal standing?

Like a few months ago when the biking company Peloton used music from major artists, allegedly without licensing the use of it. In both cases the companies were made aware of the infringement and continued. It seems strangely hard for companies to get around the fact that if you’re profiting from the use of music, the people behind the music either need a cut or to give permission.

BMG are looking for compensation in the way of actual damages ($600,000 estimated) or for $150,000 per infringed piece of content. How many company’s need to lose a major amount of money in a lawsuit before this “mistake” stops happening?

RouteNote heads to Tropical Pressure – An amazing celebration of world music

Cornwall is home to a lot of magical people, music and events. This fact is rarely more clear than at Tropical Pressure, the celebration of amazing music from around the world – culminating in a little corner of the UK.

Music festivals are a very special thing. Just like Christmas they come around once a year, bringing people from all around together into one place to celebrate and share in each other’s joy. Some are more special than others, and I firmly place Tropical Pressure in this box.

This weekend Tropical Pressure returns to light up the hills along the coast of Cornwall with blazing colour and music from far-reaching lands. With a focus on celebrating diversity and culture, the weekend will see bands and musicians from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa travel to this small pocket of the UK for a unparalleled experience.

The entirety of this beautiful festival resounds with a cacophony of colour and sound at every step. Festival director Tim Sturrop says of his creation: “We are all about celebrating of the richness and beauty that these cultures have to offer and what we share as people of the world. In these disconnected times it is vital to feel that we are all connected!

“By coming together to form a community of people who share a care for their environment, their creativity and of course their love of music. Intimate, family friendly, with an incredible line up of music, free workshops and selection of amazing food, we are welcoming to all. Come join the TP family this summer…”

Along with Ed and Marley from the RouteNote team, we’ll be soaking ourselves in the tropical vibes to bring you the best of what the weekend has to offer. We’ll be capturing some of the weekend’s greatest performances, interviewing some of the incredible performers, and we’ll have even more to offer so that you can enjoy the weekend alongside us.

We can’t wait to dive into one of the most vibrant musical events of the year and share it with you. Stay tuned for all our Tropical Pressure coverage and catch us on Instagram at RouteNote and RouteNote Sessions for live coverage all weekend.

If you’re interested in coming to join the fun there are still tickets available from the website.

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AEG and Lyft are joining forces at a gig near you

Lyft won’t leave you stranded with no way home outside concerts as they join AEG Presents across the US to get people where they want to go.

Lyft are bringing ride-sharing, bikes and scooters to AEG Presents concerts across the US. The transport company have partnered up with the live music purveyors to offer a streamlined and seamless way for fans to get to and from gigs.

Lyft are now the exclusive rideshare, bike, and scooter partner of 16 AEG Presents “owned or operated music assets” throughout 8 US markets. The partnership is the first of its kind for AEG Presents and offers a safe way to travel and save money for attendees. Lyft will create designated drop-off and pick-up spots for Lyft cars, bikes, and scooters at venues where attendees can meet.

Lyft’s chief business officer, David Baga said: “Lyft continues to provide cities with more transportation options, including bikes and scooters, and AEG is an ideal partner to ensure music fans have the best experience from arriving for the opening act to leaving after their favourite band’s encore.”

AEG Global Partnerships’ managing director, Andrew Klein added: “AEG Presents is proud to have a best in class partner like Lyft who shares in our commitment to consistently providing our respective customers with exceptional experiences. We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to leverage technology, and this partnership allows us to add value with easy-to-use transportation solutions that enhance the fan experience across some of our biggest venues and live events.”

Lyft will become the exclusive rideshare, bike and scooter partner of 1STBANK Center, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, the Mission Ballroom and Global Dance Festival (Denver, CO), EXPRESS LIVE! and the Basement (Columbus, OH), Forest Hills Stadium (Queens, NY), The Joy Theater (New Orleans, LA), Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall and Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival (Los Angeles, CA). The Theatre at Grand Prairie (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX), Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA), Marymoor Park Concerts, The Showbox, The Showbox SoDo and Bumbershoot, an AEG Presents festival (Seattle, WA). At select venues, “Lyft Spots” will be rolling out over the next few months.

Amazon’s Prime Day this year will feature a Taylor Swift headlined concert

Amazon’s Prime Day is going to be much more than a bunch of great deals this year with a star-studded concert streaming to 100+ million people.

Prime Day is Amazon’s yearly celebration of, well a subscription service that they offer. But this year the festivities are expanding beyond the digital shop floor and taking to the stage for a real event.

This year the event is being drawn out over 2 days and will feature a live-stream concert with Taylor Swift headlining. Other chart-topping artists will perform like Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G. The concert will be live-streamed out and available to all of Amazon’s 100+ million Prime subscribers.

Amazon Music’s vice president, Steve Boom said: “We can’t wait to celebrate Prime Day with an extraordinary night of unforgettable performances, for members around the globe. Prime Day brings members the best of both entertainment and shopping. To celebrate, we’ve curated a lineup across multiple genres with performances from artists our customers love.”

The live stream will start on Prime Video today at 9 P.M. EST. Amazon will also use the stream to advertise from an array of their upcoming video projects including: The Boys – a superhero drama, Carnival Row – featuring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne, Undone – from the creator of Bojack Horseman, and much more.

Tidal have introduced credits for the behind the scenes crew in music

So many people are involved in making music and so few people know who is behind the magic – but don’t worry, Tidal are on the case.

Producers, session musicians, guest vocalists, and more. The people behind the music you love that you rarely hear about. Before music streaming they would at least have a credit in the liner notes of a record or CD. Nowadays it’s a lot harder to see all the personnel bringing tracks together.

Early last year Spotify introduced a section for every track that shows credits for the performer, songwriters and the producers. Now Tidal are taking liner notes digital by adding credits for everyone they can in songs and albums.

Tidal’s new interactive Credits highlight the songwriters, producers, engineers, band members and studio musicians, background vocalists and programmers. It gives listeners a chance to see who worked on the music they love behind the scenes and also makes it simple to see what else they’ve worked on.

Tidal’s Credits section will be split up into four categories:

  • Songwriter: This includes credits those with roles for crafting a song such as composer, lyricist, author.
  • Production: Includes producer, coproducer, mastering engineer, mixing engineer, recording engineer, arranger, and programmer — roles that supports the production of a track.
  • Musician: Features those who contributed on some level to a song’s instrumentals and vocals.
  • Misc: This includes other roles not directly contributing to a track’s creation, such as art direction, art work, A&R, etc.

7digital needs £4.5 million before next month or faces administration

7digital’s future is on the line as it needs to raise a load of additional funds as July approaches on the brink of administration.

B2B music service 7digital is on a shaky precipice that requires some large funding to keep it afloat. The company’s latest financial filing states: “The Company currently believe that it still needs to raise Additional Funds of at least £4.5 million by 31st of July 2019, failing which it is highly likely that the Company would need to be placed into administration.”

The announcement follows 7digital’s warning that they had experienced a “significant disruption” to business in the first half of 2019. Their board had already said they expect revenues to be “significantly behind the equivalent period in the prior year” earlier this month.

eMusic CEO Tamir Koch is set to join 7digital’s board following a £1.3 million investment from companies including Magic Investments and Shmuel Koch Holdings. The investment came earlier this month as a debt-for-equity swap in the already troubled music company.

Tamir Koch and eMusic have expressed their various plans for the service moving forward, depending on the ongoing situation that follows their funding due date next month.

Japan’s Line Music gets a free tier, music videos and more this year

It’s going to be a massive year for Line Music as they launch a new freemium tier and bring music videos to their popular service.

Japanese music streaming service Line Music are celebrating their fourth anniversary with some major new additions to their platform. They’re opening up their service to even more users and launching new features that will enhance their music discovery and listening experience in brand new ways.

First up Line Music are offering new ways to listen to their gigantic, 50 million song library. They are planning to launch a freemium tier this year so users can sign up for free and listen to anything from their catalogue.

Rather than working like Spotify which intersperses ads between tracks, there will be a brief waiting period after listening to a track to listen before users can listen to it again. They hope this introduces people to the service but promotes upgrading for a better experience.

When it comes to content, music videos will be introduced to the platform. When listening to music on Line the option to watch the music video for the track will appear on songs with videos available to play.

Line Music are joining the game of intelligent music recommendations with a new AI. With the launch of a new interface Line are adding a radio function that plays a stream of music based on what’s popular and what the user has been listening to and likes. The new UI will also introduce the option to switch the theme between light and dark.

They also promise that in the future they want to strengthen their artificial intelligence and how it is used to introduce a playlist migration function and voice searches.

Line Music have over 11 million monthly active users after launching just 4 years ago. They’ve surpassed 32 million total downloads and boast an incredible library of more than 54 million tracks. They have secured themselves as a leading music service in Japan, and one of the biggest streamers in the world.

School Disco bring the hard jams all the way from Brighton

School Disco know how to rock out in psychedelic style. When they came into the Parlour Studio there’s no seat-belt strong enough to have braced us for their intense RouteNote Session.

So strap on that Jammy-Pac and press play to slip inside a rabbit hole of winding bass-lines and soul-melting riffs.

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