Warner Music Say They’ll Share Digital Equity With Artists

Warner Music Group have announced that they will share any money made from equity in digital music services with their artists.

The news comes after a quarterly earnings call with Warner Music Group (WMG)’s CEO Stephen Cooper. Warner have a stake in many of the leading digital music platform including Spotify, the biggest streaming service in the world, and SoundCloud.

Currently these equity stakes are in shares for the companies but now if Warner were to cash out their shares they say artists signed to any WMG labels will get a share of the profit. This is on top of existing benefits for Warner artists which include ‘digital breakage’ revenues – advance payments, minimum guarantees, and non-recoupable payments.

You can read WMG CEO Stephen Coopers full statement below:

Streaming is on a trajectory to become our primary source of revenue. As there is an ongoing debate in the media regarding how artists should be paid for use of their music on streaming services, we wanted to take the opportunity to address this issue head on. While the main form of compensation we receive from streaming services is revenue based on actual streams, there are some services from which we receive additional forms of compensation.

First there is compensation that is commonly referred to as ‘breakage’ – which includes advances, minimum guarantees, non-recoupable payments and audit settlements. We are proud to have been recognised as the first major [label] to implement a breakage policy, sharing this revenue with our artists since October 2009.

Second there are equity stakes in some streaming services for which we have not paid. Although none of these equity stakes have been monetised since we implemented our breakage policy, today we are confirming that, in the event that we do receive cash proceeds from the sale of these equity stakes, we will also share this revenue with our artists on the same basis that we share revenue from actual usage and digital breakage.

This policy stems from our desire to build deep and lasting partnerships with our artists. We strongly believe that aligning our interests with those of our artists is not only good for our artists, but also good for us and the health of the music industry.

Eurorack Synth Cases Made From Lego

A synthesizer and LEGO enthusiast from Berlin recently shared his creations with Synthtopia.com. Daniel Mueller has been creating impressively complex LEGO versions of the popular synth racking system, Eurorack.

Daniel says: “I am building cases for my music gear for a while now and just finished my second LEGO Technic Eurorack Case. It is very stable and lightweight and because of the fact that is build (sic) of LEGO it is modular. That means you can attach more parts or change the depth, height [and] length.”

LEGO Eurorack

Daniel has been sharing his synth rack creations on Flickr since 2013, and other LEGO Technic inventions, including a book holder, for even longer. He says that his Eurorack models aren’t for sale but for his enjoyment and to provide “inspiration for others about the possibilities for creating Eurorack cases using LEGO parts”.

Check out Daniel’s Flickr with all of his creations here: www.flickr.com/photos/dkmnews.

Spotify Now Playing On Amazon Echo Speakers

Control Spotify with your voice using Amazon Echo.

Amazon’s wifi enabled, voice activated speaker has today become compatible with Spotify for all your music streaming needs. Now Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can listen to their music by simply asking Alexa (Echo’s AI) to play any artist, album, song, genre or playlist of your choice. Echo also now supports Spotify Connect so you can control it using your Spotify app, for those of you with dodgy accents.

Spotify’s Global Head of Hardware, Ian Geller said: “We’re extremely pleased that Spotify Premium subscribers can now listen to their favourite music on Amazon Echo. Creating innovative experiences is core to our mission. We know our users will love controlling music with their voice at home.”

The Amazon Echo was launched in late 2014 for Prime members and a select group of invitees and became widely available last June. Echo uses Alexa Voice Service, a Siri or Cortana-esque AI that responds to your voice and can tell you the weather, mark calendar dates, wake you up and more, most importantly playing music. Echo was already integrated with streaming services like Amazon Music (of course), Pandora, iHeartRadio and others..

Amazon Alexa director, Toni Reid said: “Music is one of the most popular features on Amazon Echo, and Spotify has been one of the most requested services, so we’re excited to bring it to our customers today. Now playing your favourite music from Spotify is as easy as asking Alexa.”

At the moment Amazon’s Echo is only available in the U.S. though there are rumours that Amazon are building the service before launching it in other countries. Amazon have been integrating more features regularly since launch, only two days ago it was made possible to order a Domino’s pizza through the cylindrical speaker.

The Amazon Echo is $179.99 from Amazon.

Deezer Announce Global Partnership with Huawei

Deezer have partnered with telecommunications company Huawei in a worldwide music streaming deal.

The partnership means that the music streaming service will be preloaded on all smartphones in Huawei’s Honor range.This gives customers instant access to Deezer’s 40 million strong catalogue of tracks.

Deezer’s chief international officer, Gerrit Schumann said: “Honor customers will get the best of both worlds – smart technology alongside the best in music and radio. With just one touch, listeners can access the largest music catalogue in the world, as well as over 40,000 podcasts, personalised mixes and audiobooks.”

Reportedly Huawei’s global network is used by a third of the world’s population. They say that their partnership with Deezer will give their users “more flexibility, freedom and options to discover new music with personally curate recommendations from 50 Deezer editors from around the world.”

Huawei Consumer Group’s chief strategy officer and VP of Honor, Liu Dan said: “Honor customers are always looking to find new ways to be entertained on their mobile devices. And Deezer is at the forefront of innovation and entertainment. We are delighted to partner with Deezer as its extensive selection and variety of music and audio services will no doubt, surprise and delight our customers.”

The company says that the app will be made available on all new Honor phones in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, Russia and Southeast Asia.

How Do I Get My Music on the Hype Machine?

The Hype Machine is a very popular music blog aggregator. The Hype Machine don’t write the articles they just show you what other music blogs are writing about and then lets you listen to the tracks directly in your browser.

How Do I Get My Music on the Hype Machine?

Good Method: Simply peruse the full list of blogs included on our site.

Best Method: Search for some acts that are similar to yours on Hype Machine, then click through to the blogs that are writing about them. Bloggers really appreciate when you look into their taste first and send them something they will actually enjoy.

Apple Music On Android Now Saves Tracks To SD Cards

Now you can save more music to your Android phone as Apple Music’s Android app is updated to allow SD card storage.

Apple released an app on Android for their music streaming service Apple Music last November. They’ve now released a massive improvement allowing subscribers to save their music to listen to offline onto their SD card.

This is important because unlike iPhone’s, which don’t feature external memory only the memory it comes with, a lot of Android devices have less internal storage but allow you to add external SD cards for extra memory. This meant that a lot of users may have had a large SD card but could only save a certain amount of music due to smaller internal memory.

This isn’t just a great update for Android users but is also a bold move for Apple showing solidarity with users of their competitor OS in the smartphone industry. I suppose the fact that they’re subscribed to their music streaming service is enough to soften Apple up a little.

The update also brings a schedule listing for Apple Music’s 24-7 online radio station Beats 1. Additionally you can now also browse music by composers and compilations which will greatly improve finding classical music or sourcing a soundtrack.

Apple Music on Android is still tagged as a beta and is missing some features that users are waiting for, like chromecast support. When Apple will bring Apple Music out of beta for Android isn’t know but be sure to find it here when they do.

YouTube Red Originals Coming 10th February

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YouTube announced that they would be creating exclusive shows and movies when they launched YouTube Red and they’re almost here.

YouTube’s first subscription service, YouTube Red, launched last October in the US. With it’s launch YouTube also said they were partnering with a selection of popular YouTubers and studios to create original shows and feature length movies exclusive for Red subscribers. We now know that the first selection of their exclusive content will be launching on the 10th of this month.

The first wave of content will feature ‘Scare PewDiePie‘, a series featuring the most subscribed person on YouTube in a series of reality-adventure situations. The YouTuber with 42 million subscribers – PewDiePie, Felix Kjellberg, will have to face “terrifying situations inspired by his favourite video games” in the series.

This is the first and only series that will debut on the 10th February but there will also be 3 feature length videos released. The first is a documentary that follows popular YouTube vlogger and comedian Lilly Singh as she tours the country called ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island‘. A teen musical named ‘Dance Camp‘ and a comedy from Rooster Teeth called ‘Lazer Team‘ will also be released.

YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content, Susanne Daniels said: “These series and movies are just the beginning. We have lots more thrills, chills, LOLs, smiles, romances, and surprises from more of your favourite YouTube stars coming later this year.”

You can sign up for YouTube Red now at youtube.com/red. YouTube Red is currently only available in the US though it is coming to other countries like the UK soon.

Hear The World a Different Way With These Earbuds

Doppler Labs have started shipping their new ‘Here’ earbuds that enhance the sound of everything and let you edit what you hear.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign Doppler Labs are sending out the first shipment of their new earbuds to the 2,800 funders. These aren’t your standard earbuds however, you don’t use ‘Here’ buds to listen to music but to change how you hear the world around you.

Using an app to control your Here earbuds you can adjust the volume of what you hear and specifically lower ambient sound whilst maintaining the ability to listen to direct sounds. Using a five-band equaliser you can adjust the frequency of sounds, for example is your neighbours music coming through the walls? Just turn down the bass and relax, amazing right?

Here earbuds

You can also choose between filters which are preset equaliser options set by the team at Doppler Labs to save you the hassle of trying to work out a particular sound setting. Filters include ‘Bus’ for cutting out the hum of buses, ‘City’ and ‘Crowd’ to drown out people making noise and talking around you. Here also features some funner effects like Echo and Fuzz.

Sean O’Kane from The Verge got to test them out and noted how the issues they had with the prototype version last year had all been resolved, especially hearing your own voice in your head. Of the experience Sean said: “From the time I popped the earbuds in for the demo to when I was leaving the Verge office at the end of the day, I was able to hold conversations while using Here. Better yet, there were times where the audio sounded so good (and there was so little latency) that I had difficulty believing I was still listening to the outside world through a pair of earbuds.”

If you’re concerned about looking mad with a pair of earphones in your ear all day fear not as the small buds are wireless and designed to fit snugly in your ear with little protrusion. From the outside they’re less noticeable than your average hearing aid. They look slightly like your ear stretcher plug just moved a little further up.

Here earbuds

Doppler have announced a big partnership with Coachella that will allow festival-goers to bypass the 30,000 pre-order list and buy a pair of Here earbuds. Whilst at Coachella listeners using Here will be able to set specific audio filters that have been tuned for each stage to provide optimum listening for attendees.

CEO Noah Kraft says of Coachella with Here: “So you could imagine you go to the Sahara Tent, you say ‘I’m in the middle of the Sahara Tent’, and we’ll actually have a filter for that that’s perfect. The idea is that you can curate it for anything you want. It’s basically just algorithms in the back end.”

Kraft went on to give a… strange example of Here’s power, saying: “I sometimes sit here with [the decibel setting at] +6 with just the door open and eavesdrop on the office, it’s kind of amazing. You can hear, like, the little conversations that you’re not supposed to hear.”

How To Move To RouteNote From Another Music Distributor

If you’re thinking of joining RouteNote from another digital music distributor this guide will show you just how easy it is and the benefits you get when you distribute music through RouteNote.

How do I move my music to RouteNote?
  1. Head to routenote.com and create an account – it’s quick and easy.
  2. Click “Create New Release” and enter the details for your single, EP or album and which stores you want to put them on. (If you already have a UPC and ISRC code for your release you can copy this over and you’ll keep information such as Spotify statistics.)
  3. Once you’ve uploaded your music and sent your release for moderation you will have to make sure that you’ve removed your release(s) from sale from your previous distributor.
  4. Once you’ve uploaded your release(s) to RouteNote and notified your previous distributor to remove them you will be moderated and up on stores in no time!

You need to make sure you’ve removed your music from your previous distributor if you’re re-uploading a release with us as duplicate releases on stores can lead to the complete removal of your release by stores. If you want to keep some releases on your old distributor and use RouteNote for new releases you can – the choice is all yours.

Why should I choose to distribute my music through RouteNote?
  • It’s Free! – With RouteNote you can distribute you music to our many partners with no upfront costs. You keep 85% of all the royalties with no hidden costs, it’s that straightforward.
  • Premium Offering – At RouteNote we want you to be in control and choose what works for you. That’s why we offer a separate premium model (see below) with which you keep 100% of royalties. You can easily switch between free and Premium anytime.
  • Store Partners – RouteNote works with the biggest stores and music streaming services. Send your music worldwide on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Google Play Music, Deezer and many more!
  • SoundCloud Network – Do you have your music on SoundCloud? Join our Network for free to make money on your tracks and free features like track visuals, featured profiles and Pro-Unlimited accounts. Find out more here.
  • Global – No matter where you are in the world we can distribute your music.
  • Free ISRCs and UPC/EANs – When you create a new release we’ll create an ISRC and UPC/EAN code for physical and digital release free, worldwide.
  • Referrals – If you refer someone to sign up to RouteNote you can receive 2% of their earnings. That 2% comes out of RouteNote’s 15% cut and doesn’t affect the other artists royalties in any way.
What’s the differences between RouteNote’s free and Premium distribution?

Our free model is just that – free! Release as much music as you want on any of our store partners as you like. You keep 85% of all earnings made.

With our Premium model you can choose to pay a small yearly fee and keep 100% of all your earnings on that release. Here’s how much it costs for different releases:

Singles – $10

EP – $20

Album – $30

Extended Album – $45

You can easily switch your individual releases between free and Premium at any time without any additional fees.

If you’re having any issues you can send us an email at support@routenote.com or if you’d like some more information feel free to message us on Facebook.