Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Google suspends advertising of secondary ticket seller Viagogo | Music Business Worldwide

Secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has been dealt another major blow as Google has today (July 17) announced the suspension of the platform’s advertising.

Today’s move by Google follows the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) decision a few weeks ago to prepare contempt of court proceedings against secondary ticketing site Viagogo.

The CMA initiated legal proceedings against Viagogo in September 2018 in the UK High Court following an investigation into the secondary ticketing sector.

The CMA then obtained a High Court judgement in November 2018 ordering Viagogo “to overhaul the way it does business”.

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher has welcomed the decision by Google to suspend Viagogo as an advertiser.

“This is an important victory for campaigners including UK Music, FanFair Alliance, Culture Minister Margot James and cross-party MPs like Nigel Adams and Sharon Hodgeson.”

Michael Dugher, UK Music 

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said: “UK Music has long urged everyone to say no to Viagogo. We are delighted that Google is finally bowing to public pressure and taking action.

“Google is the first port of call when most music fans search for tickets and they have a responsibility to ensure its customers are not misled into paying over the odds for gigs and festivals.

“This is an important victory for campaigners including UK Music, FanFair Alliance, Culture Minister Margot James and cross-party MPs like Nigel Adams and Sharon Hodgeson.

“This development and further legal proceedings against Viagogo marks a huge turning point in the battle to tackle exploitative touts.”

“This is a landmark moment, and a major step forward to preventing exploitation of audiences in the secondary ticketing market.”

Adam Webb, FanFair Alliance

Adam Webb, Campaign Manager, FanFair Alliance, added: “This is a landmark moment, and a major step forward to preventing exploitation of audiences in the secondary ticketing market.

“After publishing extensive research highlighting the impacts of Viagogo’s misleading search advertising, FanFair Alliance has been in constructive conversations with Google for over two years in an attempt to address this issue.

“We are delighted they have finally acted and suspended Viagogo’s advertising. We now hope other platforms, particularly Facebook, can follow Google’s example.”Music Business Worldwide


BUSINESS OF INDIE: Astral People Launches • The Orchard Revealed • Zebralution Acquires EMS • More | hypebot

Business Of Indie 2019

In this week's Business Of Indie, Indie label Astral People launches, The Orchard's Chief Operating Officer Colleen Theis tells all, distributor Zebrulation acquires its technical service provider Encoding Management Service (EMS) and much more.

Like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab at the top of the site and features a regularly updated compendium of indie news from hundreds of global sources.  



Sony Consolidates Records, Publishing Under Rob Stringer | hypebot

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkSony Corporation chief Kenichiro Yoshida has announced that the company will bring together its recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan under the umbrella of Sony Music Group  Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer will now run Sony Music Group as well as Sony Music Entertainment.

According to a memo sent by Yoshida to Sony colleagues announcing the move, recently appointed Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jon Platt, will report to Stringer, while also retaining the authority and responsibility he currently has with respect to the operation of the music publishing business.

Sony Music Entertainment Japan will remain a separate entity, reporting to Yoshida.

Yoshida’s memo is in full below:

Dear Colleagues,

As part of Sony’s business goals to increase collaborations across its entertainment units, be closer to creators and unlock more strategic opportunities, I’d like to inform you that effective August 1, we are bringing together Sony’s recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan to create a new Sony Music Group. I have asked Rob Stringer to take on the role of Chairman of this new Group, in addition to his current duty as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.

The purpose of this new Group is to further strengthen and solidify Sony’s position as a leader in the music industry and create new value for the company. This unification will help us foster a higher level of collaboration between our recorded music and music publishing businesses, while respecting and maintaining the independence and unique culture of each organization. Under this new structure, Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, will report to Rob. Jon will retain the authority and responsibility he currently has with respect to the operation of the music publishing business.

The rise of streaming services alongside other changes in the market has transformed our music business and created more opportunities for growth than ever before. As a result, we felt it was particularly important at this juncture for Sony to take proactive steps to sustain its leadership position in the music industry by accelerating the collaboration and value creation between our world-class recorded music and music publishing businesses to strengthen our value to artists, songwriters and business partners.

While Sony Music Entertainment Japan will remain a separate entity, reporting to me, I would like for the new Sony Music Group and SMEJ to continue and further strengthen their collaboration in the spirit of One Sony.

It’s been 51 years since Sony entered the music business through a joint venture of CBS Sony Records in 1968. And, with the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing in 2018, Sony has become an even stronger music company.

I have the utmost respect and trust in Rob and Jon who are outstanding leaders with enormous industry expertise and have the strong support of their employees, artists and songwriters. Working together, and with your help, I am confident they will lead Sony Music Group to a new level of success, remaining the world’s most artist- and songwriter-friendly music company, and further strengthening and securing our legacy for the future.

- CelebrityAccess


Another Spotify Ad Under Fire: 'Skip School, Skip Work' | hypebot

image from pbs.twimg.comAnother Spotify ad is being criticized just days after the streamer drew fire for a campaign titled " 'Dance As If No One Is Paying" from artists and advocates who have long complained about royalty payments.

Now another ad offering a 30 day free trial of Spotify Premium is drawing fire with the headline "Skip School, Skip Work, Skip Anywhere." 

"Stay in school, work hard, you can be anything." tweeted Blake Morgan with a sentiment shared by others. "@Spotify's values: Skip school, skip work, skip out on the check. " 

"You really do have to wonder where they find the people who come up with these things," commented Attorney Chris Castle.

If Spotify's tone-deaf ad agency weren't driving enough negative PR for the streamer, one of their attorneys has to make matters worse by going after Morgan and another critic, David Lowery.  Spotify lawyer and NYU professor Christopher Sprigman even compared Lowery to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 


The Magic Of Creating A When - Then Plan [VIDEO] | hypebot

1When it comes to the pursuit of your music career, it's guaranteed that not all your plans will come together - but having a backup plan in place when failure inevitably hits can help keep you on the track to success.


Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix

We’ve all heard how the best-laid plans of mice and men will go awry, but that’s where when-then plans come can save the day.

When people ask us about achieving success in music, we often tell them there are two things they need to master: The ability to practice and not let failure break them.

Everyone needs to practice. Whether you plan on being a famous musician or someone who works with artists, practice is what separates hobbyists from professionals. Those who make and maintain careers in music do so by learning to never settle for their current skill level. They are hardworking, driven individuals who know that they are only as good as what they bring to the table, and they always make sure to work towards being better than they are right now.

Failure comes for us all. Even if you have a plan to practice and make good on your efforts to see it through, life will throw curveballs your way. You will need to take time off, and you will need to keep that passion you possess for music alive while you do so or it could burn out for good.

When-then plans are a series of checks and balances that ensure failures or shortcomings do not deter you from chasing your dreams. A good example is:

When I am unable to work on songwriting, then I will spend my lunch break reviewing recent compositions and making changes as I am able.

When-then plans will not make up for the time lost, but they will ensure you don’t lose focus, so take the time to develop and implement them today.

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.


You ain't getting around UK data laws on a technicality, top judge tells Google | The Register

Sod the law on compo payouts, says Vos, you still did wrong

One of Britain's most senior judges has warned Google over its attempts to squeeze out of a £3bn data protection lawsuit by claiming some people might have consented to the adtech monolith's lawbreaking.…


SXSW 2020 PanelPicker: Just 3 Days Left To Submit | hypebot

Sxsw-2019The deadline to submit proposals to the SXSW PanelPicker is this Friday. July 19th. This online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

The 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals will run from March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

"PanelPicker connects us with the thousands of creative professionals, experienced experts and informed consumers that make up the global SXSW community. This interface helps us identify the most compelling new ideas within the many different industries we serve and, in so doing, keeps SXSW exciting, timely, and relevant," said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer.

PanelPicker Step 1: Entries (July 1-July 19): SXSW accepts proposals for conference sessions at all SXSW events.

PanelPicker Step 2: Voting (August 5-23): The voting period allows the community to browse proposals, leave comments, and vote for sessions they think would be a good fit for the 2020 event.

THE SELECTION PROCESSPie chart: 30% staff, 30% public votes, 40% advisory board

Community Voting: 30%
"Who knows what you want to see at SXSW better than you? Your input is very important in terms of shaping the look and feel of the 2020 event."

SXSW Advisory Board: 40%
"A group of 200+ industry experts from around the world, the SXSW Advisory Board provides significant feedback on all proposals."

SXSW Staff: 30% 
"With years of experience programming this event, SXSW staffers work to fill any gaps in relevant subject matter, striking a balance between new and veteran speakers."

PanelPicker FAQ includes about SXSW and tips for creating a strong proposal. Submit here.