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Spotify Inks Podcast First-Look Deal With Scooter Braun’s Ithaca

Spotify and Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings announced an overall first-look podcast development deal. The partnership will launch with a country music series hosted by radio and TV personality Graham Bunn, available exclusively on Spotify. In addition to “Country Shine with Graham Bunn,” set to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 27, Ithaca plans to develop a slate of pop-culture-driven scripted and unscripted podcasts for Spotify.

Source: Spotify Inks Podcast First-Look Deal With Scooter Braun’s Ithaca, Kicking Off With Graham Bunn Country Music Series

Protest art leaves the streets

Even if the artists don’t own the boards they painted on, shopkeepers don’t necessarily have the right to chop up the murals. The Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) that was passed in 1990 gives artists rights to protect their work. It is intended to prevent the intentional destruction, distortion, or mutilation of works of art. Under the law, artists have the right to claim their work and must be given 90 days’ notice to take it down before it can be destroyed.

Source: Protest art leaves the streets

SoundCloud launches new DJ Plan with unlimited offline catalog access

SoundCloud has launched a new $19.99-a-month DJ plan, called SoundCloud DJ, that offers unlimited offline access to the platform’s catalog in its DJ performance software integrations. With the new DJ-centric tier, you can save unlimited tracks locally in select DJ apps, stream in high quality audio and mix SoundCloud tracks within select DJ apps.

Source: SoundCloud launches new DJ Plan with unlimited offline catalog access

Does UFC’s new music app hint at the future of subscription streaming?

How do you ensure the continued commercial growth in music streaming when the main players all continue to offer a similar UI and content library at a standardized price point? One answer to that question might be found in the proliferation of niche platforms, servicing an audience of super-fans.

Source: Does UFC’s new music app hint at the future of subscription streaming?

TikTok Links With Artists to Give Fans a 30-Minute Head Start on New Releases

TikTok has earned a reputation for turning songs like 24kGoldn’s “Mood” and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” into Hot 100 No. 1s months after their initial release. Now, the platform is inviting artists to debut new music to fans directly within the app with the launch of its new “Watermarked” listening session series, announced today (Oct. 20).

Source: TikTok Links With Artists to Give Fans a 30-Minute Head Start on New Releases

Universal Tosses Cinemas a Lifeline While Testing New Distribution Model

The Comcast-owned studio is releasing substantially more films to theaters this holiday season as it tries to spur attendance for troubled cinemas—and boost its push to reset distribution norms. Even as most studios have been canceling theatrical distribution plans for 2020, Universal said Monday it would send the romantic drama “All My Life” to U.S. theaters on Dec. 4.

Source: Universal Tosses Cinemas a Lifeline While Testing New Distribution Model

Springer Nature and Max Planck Partner on Transformative Open Access Agreement

What’s being called a landmark agreement between Springer Nature and the Max Planck Digital Library is being announced today (October 20) from Springer in London as creating “a route to open access” for Nature research journals. The agreement newly in place is intended to “deliver the first ever transformative agreement for Nature and Nature-branded journals.”

Source: Springer Nature and Max Planck Partner on Transformative Agreement

Lickd partners with EMPIRE to make music available to YouTube creators

Lickd, a service for accessing claims-free commercial music for video creators, has entered into a partnership with independent record label EMPIRE. The deal will enable YouTube creators to licence music from EMPIRE. EMPIRE has worked with well-known artists including Snoop Dog, XXXTentacion, Tyga and many others.

Source: Lickd partners with EMPIRE to make music available to YouTube creators

Justice Department Charges Google in Antitrust Lawsuit

The Justice Department filed a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google uses anticompetitive tactics to preserve a monopoly for its flagship search engine and related advertising business, illegally choking off potential competition. The case marks the most aggressive U.S. legal challenge to a company’s dominance in the tech sector in more than two decades, with the potential to shake up Silicon Valley and beyond.

Source: Justice Department Charges Google in Antitrust Lawsuit

Universal Music Group Targets 2022 for IPO

Universal Music Group plans to have an initial public stock offering in 2022, parent company Vivendi announced Tuesday in its third quarter earnings release. The IPO will happen in 2022 because of positive trends in operations, the market potential and discussions between UMG and its partners, Vivendi CFO Hervé Philippe said during Tuesday’s earnings call.

Source: Universal Music Group Targets 2022 for IPO

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