Android Circuit: Galaxy S8 Fights iPhone 7, Microsoft’s Android Handset, Google Confirms Pixel 2 – Forbes


Android Circuit: Galaxy S8 Fights iPhone 7, Microsoft's Android Handset, Google Confirms Pixel 2
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week's Android Circuit includes a new Galaxy S8 Plus model, Microsoft's plans to use Samsung's smartphone, the Galaxy S8 fighting the iPhone 7, rumors of three new …
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Android Circuit: Galaxy S8 Fights iPhone 7, Microsoft’s Android Ambition, Google Confirms Pixel 2 – Forbes


Android Circuit: Galaxy S8 Fights iPhone 7, Microsoft's Android Ambition, Google Confirms Pixel 2
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week's Android Circuit includes a new Galaxy S8 model, Microsoft's plans to use Samsung's smartphone, the S8 fighting the iPhone 7, rumors of three new Pixel …
​The G6 is fine, but now LG needs consistency or faces demiseZDNet

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TakeLessons Acquires Competitor Chromatik

image from blog.provenrecruiting.comTakeLessons has acquired Chromatik, a digital sheet music and music education platform. Details of the deal were not announced, but Chromatik had raised $7.7 million from Rustic Canyon Partners, Learn Capital, Plus Capital and others.

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comChromatik was founded in 2010 and powers millions of musicians playing, learning and sharing music. Chromatik customers will be folded into TakeLessons, which allows them to connect with the best online and local instructors. Chromatik customers will get also get access to TakeLessons Live, which gives them over 200 live, online classes each month.

Steven Cox, CEO of TakeLessons, shares the background of this deal. “While we offer over 200 categories of lifelong learning, our roots were planted in music as our first category, so we’re very happy to welcome Chromatik members. Chromatik has done an incredible job building a community of people passionate about learning music.”

YouTube Has Changed Its Payment Threshold and It’s Bad News For New Musicians, Creators

YOUTUBE $YouTube has been working on ways to respond to a major ad boycott over ad placement alongside objectionable videos. One of the changes will be bad news for musicians and other creators at the beginning of their careers. 


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Effective immediately, YouTube will no longer serve ads on videos until the channel reaches 10,ooo lifetime views. “This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel. It also allows us to confirm if a channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies,” said YouTube’s Ariel Bardin, VP of Product Management announcing the change. 

YouTube says that in a few weeks, they will be adding a review process for new creators who apply to be in the YouTube Partner Program. “After a creator hits 10k lifetime views on their channel, we’ll review their activity against our policies” said Bardin. “If everything looks good, we’ll bring this channel into YPP and begin serving ads against their content.”

MORE: YouTube Add Boycott Widens, Could Cost Google $750 Million

UBER RESPONDS: Google claims about stolen technology are a total ‘misfire’ – Business Insider

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Jesse Ventura Says That The U.S. Government ‘Never Admits To Being Wrong’

Former WWE wrestler and politician Jesse Ventura has a lot to say about war and politicians and he’s not holding back!

Appearing on today’s episode of Scoop B Radio Overtime, Ventura chatted about his opposition to the invasion of Iraq before it happened. “I got blistered for it,” he said.

According to the former governmor of Minnesota, he’d face opposition from naysayers: “Oh you’re un-American, oh get out of here, go along and get along, we’re all for one you can’t be against da da da,” Ventura said they’d say.

“And yet when you look back on it today probably the biggest foreign policy mistake we’ve made in my opinion since I’ve been alive since Vietnam, he said. 

Ventura believes that the government needs to address regulation on time spent in office. Well you know you look at it this way, we have term limits on the President,” Ventura told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

“You know the President can only serve two four year terms that’s it, you know but then again it comes back to us. When you strip everything away from it all it comes back to us. We can implement term limits, vote him out of office. We have the ability to do that so ultimately all problems in this country could be resolved by the people but the problem is the people aren’t vigilant, and the people aren’t paying attention, and also I found this out you know people tell you that they wanna hear the truth and all that and this and that I don’t believe they really do and I’ll tell you why. I don’t think people like the truth because many times the truth takes them out of their comfort zone, and people do not like to be taken out of their comfort zone and the truth can do that, when you learn the truth like a lot of the things our country does internationally, then you learn about it we don’t look so good but you notice that we never come back, that’s one thing I notice about this country, we never admit to a mistake.”

LyricFind and Turning Your Lyrics Into A Revenue Stream [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Music biz weekly podcast photoThis week on Hypebot’s Music Biz Weekly podcast, hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined Darryl Ballantyne, the CEO of LyricFind. He shares how to make lyrics a revenue stream and that they are properly licensed.


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LyricFind created a new revenue stream for songwriters and rights holders by paying them royalties each time their lyrics are displayed. The company delivered 5 billion lyrics in 2016 alone via 100 platforms including Google Search, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, Shazam and Deezer. 


3 Great Services Finding Royalty Money In Unusual Places

(1)Although there is a high volume of derivative music content online in the form of things like covers and remixes, it can often be difficult for artists to capitalize on the royalties from such things, something these three services are looking to fix.


Guest post by Ta’Rikah Jones on the Symphonic Blog

The amount of music both created and consumed outside the traditional paths of royalty collection is astounding.

For instance, while digital music services like Apple Music and Spotify have around 30 million licensed “official” tracks in their libraries, the number of tracks available to stream on YouTube is near a billion.

That’s because most of YouTube’s music is what’s known as “derivative” content… think remixes, covers, and mashups of music originally created by others. While great for engagement, and to a degree… promotion, these derivative uses exist in a murky area as far as royalty payments are concerned.

Fortunately, there are a number of new services gaining prominence in the music business designed to clear things up, and find new money for artists and songwriters in the process.

The Problem

The main issues with the use of derivative works boil down to permission and payment.

Whether it’s a fan-made track or a remix by a professional DJ, more often than not the creator didn’t get permission for using the original song or songs before creating and posting it. And it’s not always clear to the services hosting this music whether the songs posted are sampling music from others.

Once discovered, the rightsholder behind the original work used generally must choose between just letting it go or demanding a takedown. There’s often no means to compensate them for the use of their work.

The Solutions

A number of startups have emerged to address these issues by creating a system for identifying of sampled music.

Dubset created a technology called MixSCAN, designed to identify the different tracks included in a DJ mix, and pay the copyright owners accordingly through its MixBANK system. This allows music services like Apple Music to stream mixes using the system for the first time. While it’s major publishing groups like Sony/ATV and the National Music Publishers Association are on board, it reportedly is still working out its major label licensing deals.

How to get involved: Rightsholders—from labels, to publishers, to individual DJs and producers—can review the system and sign up for an account here.

MetaPop, founded by the former CEO of dance-music online retailer Beatport, takes two approaches. Artists and rightsholders can upload music cleared for remixing use to its database, which it then offers to remix outlets and artists as a source of pre-cleared tracks—70% to the rightsholder, 15% to the remixer, and 15% to MetaPop. It also uses its Remix Finder technology to find and index existing unlicensed remixes on sites like YouTube and SoundCloud and creates licensing for them through its database. The revenue split is simple. The company has deals with thousands of indie labels in the dance music space, but is still talking to the majors.

How to get involved: Simply create an account and upload your music here.

1Sonalytic identifies not only songs, but also song clips and even isolated tracks (such as the drum track or the bassline) of those songs. This allows rightsholders to monitor the use of their music across digital channels as well as on TV, radio, and live events. In what may be a herald of things to come for the previous two on this list, Spotify this month acquired the company to improve its publishing data system and better match songs to rightsholders due money for streaming on the platform.

How to get involved: Use the company’s signup form to request a demo.

Now that you know how to get more more out of your royalties in new ways, contact us to find out how we can supercharge your earnings today. Just click the Get Started button below to learn more.

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Ta’Rikah Jones Symphonic’s Marketing Coordinator, love discovering new music, shopping, yoga and reading!

Congress’ PROMOTE Act Grants Right To Pull Songs Off Radio, Since They’re Not Paying You Anyway

1Congressmen Darryl Issa and Ted Deutch recently introduced the new bipartisan PROMOTE Act which, if passed, would grant owners of sound recording copyrights the exclusive right to prohibit the radio broadcast of said recordings.


Guest post by Chris Castle on Music Technology Policy

1Congressmen Darryl Issa and Ted Deutch introduced the PROMOTE Act today, a bill that “grant[s] owners of copyright in sound recordings the exclusive right to prohibit the broadcast transmission of the sound recordings by means of terrestrial radio stations, and for other purposes.”

The bi-partisan PROMOTE Act is great news and, as Congressman Issa said:

calls the bluff of both sides in the debate over performance rights. The terrestrial stations playing these works without compensating the artists argue that airtime provides exposure and promotional value, while the artists argue the status-quo allows radio stations to profit on artists’ performances without providing any due compensation. Our bill puts forward a workable solution that would allow those who would otherwise be paid a performance right to opt out of allowing broadcasters to play their music if they feel they’re not being appropriately compensated.

This is a great way to start the negotiation over Fair Play, Fair Pay and resolving the pre-72 issues.