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Twitch confirms hack after source code and creator payout data leaks online

A huge cache of source code repositories, creator payouts and other internal data from Twitch has been published online after a data breach, the company has confirmed. In a post on Tuesday (but which was widely circulated on Wednesday), a leaker claims to have taken the video game streaming giant’s source code, as well as proprietary SDKs, or software development kits, which let developers integrate Twitch into their apps and services.

Source: Twitch confirms hack after source code and creator payout data leaks online

For Americans, Radio No Longer Dominant Music Discovery Medium

A new report suggests traditional radio is no longer the dominant platform for new music discovery for Americans. That brings into question whether the ‘promotional value’ touted by broadcast corporations as a reason not to pay artists royalties is even valid. That may have been the case fifty years ago when radio was king, but as The Buggles put it, “video killed the radio star.”

Source: For Americans, Radio No Longer Dominant Music Discovery Medium

Pandora Is Shutting Down Next Big Sound

Six years after it was acquired by Pandora, music analytics platform Next Big Sound is going quiet.  In a blog post published Friday, the brand said it will be shutting down effective Nov. 1. “It’s been a wild ride,” reads the post, signed by “The Next Big Sound Team.” “After 12 years of tracking music data across hundreds of thousands of artists and hundreds of billions of streams, it’s time to say goodbye.”

Source: Pandora Is Shutting Down Next Big Sound

Global Song Streams Are Up 25.9% This Year, Says MRC Study of Worldwide Music Trends

For 2021 to date, global music streaming is up by a remarkable 25.9% from the same period in 2020, according to a new study of international music trends from MRC Data. The total amount of on-demand audio song streams from January through August of this year was 1.7 trillion, as opposed to 1.4 trillion during the first eight months of last year.

Source: Global Song Streams Are Up 25.9% This Year, Says MRC Study of Worldwide Music Trends

Netflix Releases New Data on Most Popular TV Shows and Movies

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, revealed what he said was the “most comprehensive look so far” at the streamer’s top 10 TV shows and movies. Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton” Season 1 scored as the No. 1 series based on both number of Netflix households and time spent viewing while “Extraction” was the most-viewed film in terms of households and “Bird Box” was the most-watched movie in terms of hours.

Source: Netflix Releases New Data on Most Popular TV Shows and Movies

UK research on music creators’ digital earnings is out today 

For musicians who earn money from their music, 40% said that their overall income has increased since 2015, 32% said that it had decreased, and 28% said that it had stayed the same. Note the ‘overall’ word there: one of the report’s other findings is that for many musicians, recorded music is only a ‘small proportion’ of their earnings.

Source: UK research on music creators’ digital earnings is out today – Music Ally

BMG backs Credits Due campaign for songwriters launched by ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus

BMG has pledged its support for Credits Due, a new campaign by songwriters to ensure they are credited and paid for their work. The campaign was launched yesterday (September 21) by ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus at the Ivors music awards event in the UK. BMG is the first international music company to commit to the campaign.

Source: BMG backs Credits Due campaign for songwriters launched by ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus

ABBA’s Bjorn Ulveus Unveils ‘Credits Due’ Program to ‘Ensure the Right People Get Paid’ 

Bjorn Ulvaeus, co-founder of ABBA and president of CISAC, unveiled a new global initiative called “Credits Due” on Tuesday that is intended to upgrade the music industry’s payment processes. The initiative, created by the Ivors Academy and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation is intended to “unite the music industry’s approach to ensuring that complete and accurate song metadata is attached to all recordings at the point of creation.”

Source: ABBA’s Bjorn Ulveus Unveils ‘Credits Due’ Program to ‘Ensure the Right People Get Paid’ for Music

YouTube Exec Says 25% of All Viewer Hours Are Spent on Music

YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl has revealed that a full 25 percent of YouTube viewer hours are spent on music, with another 25 percent deriving from media companies and the remaining half coming from user-generated content. Factoring based upon Google higher-up Philipp Schindler’s statement that there were “a billion-plus hours of video watched every day” on YouTube as of Q2 2021, users spend over 250 million hours daily enjoying music on the service.

Source: YouTube Exec Says 25% of All Viewer Hours Are Spent on Music

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