May 26, 2019
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  • Google Investing in AI capabilities to its “Sound Search” Music Recognition Technology

    Google has introduced a new version of ‘Sound Search’, its server-side music recognition service that works alongside Google Assistant. According to a post on the company’s AI blog, ‘Sound Search’ is now powered by the same deep learning technology that’s used by Google’s ‘Now Playing’ offline music recognition service. For…

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  • Camila Cabello Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify

    Congratulations to Camila Cabello, whose track ‘Havana’ has just reached the milestone of one billion Spotify streams. A landmark in itself, but what surprised us was the claim that it’s the first time any woman has hit that number. “Havana is the first song by a female artist to reach a…

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  • Spotify CMO Seth Farbman Out

    Spotify’s string of high-profile executive departures continues, as chief marketing officer Seth Farbman will exit the company at the end of this month, a rep for the company confirmed to Variety Friday morning. The move, first reported by Music Business Worldwide, was announced in an SEC filing Thursday that stated Farbman’s departure…

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  • Lily Allen Claims She Was Sexually Abused by Major Music Executive

    Lily Allen says the #MeToo movement has largely been ignored by music industry insiders. The British pop star told The Guardian that it is still “rife” with abuse, something she said she had experienced first-hand. Speaking ahead of the release of her memoir My Thoughts Exactly later this month, Allen revealed…

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  • Spotify Increases Download Limit to 10000

    Spotify has confirmed that it has tripled the number of songs that users can download for offline listening on one device, going from 3333 to 10,000 songs. “At Spotify, we’re always working on improving the experience for our users,” a Spotify spokesman said. “We can now confirm that we have…

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  • Scooter Braun Sues Troy Carter Over $10M Loan

    Former Spotify global head of creator services Troy Carter, his wife and his company Atom Factory have had a suit filed against them by mega-manger Scooter Braun after allegedly failing to pay back a $10 million loan. The suit – filed in LA Superior Court on Wednesday – alleges that the…

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  • Dave Rocco Exits Spotify for Universal Music Group

    Formor global head of artist & label marketing Dave Rocco was hand picked by Troy Carter to spearhead Spotify’s artist marketing campaigns because of his past experience at MTV, WHTZ (Z100) New York and the Deutsch agency, where the two worked together on a Charlie Puth campaign. According to our sources Rocco will be…

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  • YouTube is Not The Problem

    I recently had the enviable task of reading nearly every story Richard Matheson ever wrote and selecting 33 tales to be included in Penguin Classics’ The Best of Richard Matheson. This turned out to be like stepping into a time machine, transported back to the age when I started reading…

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  • Where is L.A. Reid?

    It’s been eight months since Antonio ‘L.A’ Reid departed Sony Music under controversial circumstances – but MBW is hearing that the executive has already raised serious funding to stage an independent comeback in 2018. Having run Epic Records for six years, Reid left Sony in May 2017 – just one…

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  • Doug Morris Exits CBS Board in Wake of Leslie Moonves Ouster

    Morris who previously held chief positions at the major three (Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music), joined the board in 2007 when he was chairman and CEO of Vivendi’s UMG. Last year Morris collected some $332,000 in compensation and stock, according to an SEC filing by CBS,…

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