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  • Sydney Scorza

Podcast: News Roundup April 18, 2019

Spotify keeps antagonizing songwriters, YouTube turns interactive, KFC takes marketing too far, and much more. Rock paper scissors' resident music tech experts, Tristra Newyear Yeager and Jade Prieboy, dig into the week's biggest and weirdest music tech news with host Dmitri Vietze.

Listen right here, or wherever fine podcasts are found. The Music Tectonics podcast goes beneath the surface of the music industry to explore how technology is changing the way business gets done.

Featured news stories this week:

No English? No problem! Pop stars no longer feel they need to sing in English to get a hit on Financial Times.

Ugh, Spotify, really? The songwriter war of words continues on Variety.

UMPG head Jody Gershon sides with songwriters (not surprising but shows how things are heating up) on Music Business Worldwide.

Spotify appears to be growing its margin, however, Tim Ingham points out, citing the dif between retail and wholesale income at streaming service on RollingStone.

Bytedance got a big honking Wall Street loan (it lost more than a bil in 2018) but is also trying to improve its margin (or keep it strong) as it renegotiates its deals with labels for TikTok on Bloomberg.

Oh, and rumor has it, they are launching a streaming service. So there's that. on South China Morning Post.

Interactive: cool new way to expand music videos? A whole new horizon for music use? How will licensing work (same as usual synch or...)? on tubefilter.

How not to native advertise at a festival. Facepalm for the Colonel on billboard.

Music everywhere. IoT/design, but in the end "I like lamp!" on Fast Company.

Dammit, streaming! Your carbon footprint is showing. on QUARTZ.

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