Songs take on lives of their own

But although much of the world makes sense now to Perry, she still can’t explain something like the recent death of Toronto’s Olivia Wise at 16 from inoperable brain cancer.

“I don’t have the answer for that,” she says, her eyes welling up over the girl who recorded Perry’s “Roar” in her dying weeks.

“I feel so bad for her family, but she inspired so many people by what she did, singing with what little strength she had left this song about self-strength. She was an inspiration to me.

“Sometimes these songs take on lives of their own. I write them and get goosebumps on my arms. But then other people, like Olivia, take them and they become bigger than I had ever dreamed.”

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2013/12/01/katy_perry_im_a_work_in_progress.html

Hacker uses bots to top music charts, bumps P!nk, Nicki Minaj

Rather than spend years practising an instrument and writing songs, he compiled music from clunky electronic MIDI files and later by applying algorithms that squashed together public domain audio.

He then purchased three Amazon compute instances and wrote a simple bash script to simulate three listeners playing his songs 24 hours a day for a month.

Filimore wasn’t bothered when online listeners dubbed the tunes “rubbish”, “horrible” and of a quality perhaps only appealing while “on cocaine”.

Rather, the payments security expert was curious whether fraud detection mechanisms were used across music services like Spotify, Pandora and CDBaby.

“I’m not a musician,” Filimore told SC at the Ruxcon security event in Melbourne this week. “But I kept hearing that artists were going broke and wanted to look into it.”

“As it turns out, you’re doing it wrong if you want to make money in music by being a musician.”

via Hacker uses bots to top music charts, bumps P!nk, Nicki Minaj – Networks – SC Magazine Australia – Secure Business Intelligence.

Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists’ Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural ‘Disruptor’ Talk | Billboard

Braun said the biggest problem tech companies have is not showing enough respect to artists. “If artists aren’t in the know, they are going to kick your ass. And I learned that as a manger.” He recalls sitting with “the three biggest artists on YouTube” at an event celebrating the launch of Vevo and asking, “’Did anyone from Vevo call you guys?’ They said no. And no one called me either.” Braun said that, because the industry is focused on short term goals, conversations on behalf of the artistic community aren’t happening. Jones of Vevo says “We want to be what the artists want. But the ultimate aim is: We’re trying to monetize a business and trying to do that the best way we can.”

The artists on the panel were eager to let companies know how they could be better serviced. “If Shazam connected to Spotify, connected to Songkick, if they all connected to each other and then could give artists that information, then we could really be empowered and choose how we navigate through this brave new world,” said Imogen Heap, later adding that she would be willing to go online once a week to just talk through these issues with technology companies and labels.

via Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists’ Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural ‘Disruptor’ Talk | Billboard.

How Music Services Can Acquire, Engage, and Monetize High-Value Listeners

A report from MIDiA Consulting suggests that 60-80 percent of ad-supported accounts on services like Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer are effectively inactive. These inactive listeners contribute little value to the music service. After all, if someone never logs on, they’ll never see ads.

The MIDIA report confirms something we’ve seen happen with many services: A small segment of hyper-engaged users is responsible for the majority of overall engagement and listening hours in any given month.

Interestingly, we’ve noticed that the characteristics of these high-value users vary from service to service. The traits that make one user “high value” to one service don’t necessarily apply to another.

As such, it’s really important for a music service to understand who those high-value listeners are for their service specifically, and, ideally, to target acquisition and engagement strategies directly to those listeners. It’s possible. In fact, it’s exactly what The Echo Nest has been working on.

via The Echo Nest Blog.

Swedish music sales up 12% in first half of 2013

Earlier this month, Norway showed startling 17% growth year-on-year for the first half of 2013, with streaming now accounting for 66% of all recorded-music revenues there. This, on top of 7% year-on-year growth for 2012 as a whole. Now it’s Sweden’s turn for some updated figures.

Swedish music industry body GLF has announced its first-half numbers today. Total recorded-music revenues are up 12% year-on-year to SEK 499.4m (around $76.4m).

Digital accounted for 75% of those revenues, and streaming now accounts for 94% of that digital income. Physical sales fell by 24% in the first half of 2013 (although vinyl was up 50% as part of that) and downloads were down 20%.

Or, in summary: streaming music HAS cannibalised downloads in Sweden, but grown the overall pie again, although the growth in the first half of 2013 is slightly down on 2012 as a whole, when recorded-music revenues rose by 13.8%.

In that year, digital was 63% of all revenues, with streaming accounting for 90% of digital income, as a comparison.

via Swedish music sales up 12% in first half of 2013.