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Month - March, 2014

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12th Mar 2014
  • In this week’s streaming wars update and hot on the heels of Beats snapping up Topspin, Spotify has announced that it has purchased “music intelligence company” The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest is essentially an algorithm-based music recommendation engine that already powers Spotify Radio.
  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced initial details of its Music Connected conference this year, including speakers from Warp, Cooking Vinyl and a keynote from Merlin’s Charles Caldas. Taking place on April 30th at Glaziers Hall in London, the 12th annual conference will offer an entire day of conferences and networking, covering topics from making sense of data to breaking an act for under £1000.
  • Approximately five minutes after the first ever The Fly Awards, MAMA has abruptly announced that the free monthly magazine is to close after 15 years in business as a result of “current market conditions”.
  • As The Gen trudges through entire swamps of announcements so that you don’t have to, we prove that, for this month at least, industry conferences are the new awards ceremonies. The organisers of Music Matters have announced that Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Max Hole will deliver a keynote address at their event in Singapore this year.
5th Mar 2014
  • Beats Music has seemingly made its next move in what no-one will ever refer to as ‘The Streaming Wars’ by buying direct to fan music and merch platform Topspin Media. In an interesting music industry top trumps twist, former Topspin CEO Ian Rogers joined Beats last year and will again take the helm at Topspin.
  • Ministry of Sound and Spotify have reportedly reached an amicable agreement following a High Court dust-up over user-generated playlists. Ministry issued legal proceedings after claiming that various playlist were identical in branding and content to their own compilation albums and therefore in breach of copyright.
  • Birmingham band act JAWS has been announced as the winner of the first Momentum Deezer Award of £2,500. As previously announced, the award is a bonus addition to PRSF’s Momentum Music Fund, which is supported by National Lottery money through Arts Council England (ACE).
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