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Monday, September 21, 2020

TikTok is staying in the US (for now), Amazon Music now has podcasts,
Facebook cracks down on livestreamed music events
TikTok Watch 2020 
⬆ The epic fight of keeping TikTok in the US has been settled for the time being
(plus a whole lotta other stuff happened too)
You can find previous TikTok Watch 2020 weekly timelines here in the newsletter archives starting with the issue from July 10. 
Streaming Platforms
  • Spotify adds virtual event listings to its app --- "The company today announced the addition of virtual event listings in the Spotify app, which will allow music fans to see when their favorite artists will be playing live — even if only via a livestream. These listings will be available through the 'On Tour' section of artist profiles as well as in Spotify’s Concerts hub, the company said." (Read more) 
  • Apple One subscription bundle prices Apple Music, iCloud, other services at discount --- "Apple One, the gadget giant's new bundle of services, will launch this fall, ranging from $14.95 to $29.95 a month for different combinations of subscriptions including Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, storage service iCloud and the newly revealed workout service Apple Fitness Plus." (Read more)
  • New Spotify patent sheds more light on potential Karaoke Mode - including auto-tuned vocals --- "The patent reads that 'in some implementations, [Spotify’s] media presentation system auto-tunes the vocals using data received from the remote server indicating pitch, beat, and/or chords for the first media item (e.g., pitch data stored in metadata database).'" (Read more)
Livestreaming & Virtual Events
  • ^^^ First Paid Livestreaming Gig in Taiwan Is a Mix of Hip-Hop, Chopping Boards and Raw Fish --- "Taiwan's first musical experiment in paid livestreaming kicked off with hip-hop duo Yeemao squeezed into a kitchen with a band dressed as chefs. Leo Wang and Chunyan rapped in a Taipei seafood restaurant, surrounded by plates, chopping boards, and fish on ice. At home, fans tucked into a vacuum-packed fish and French fry potato chips that had been delivered in a food box with their ticket – and, in some cases, aprons." (Read more)
  • BTS to Perform on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ Series Monday --- "BTS and NPR announced on Sunday that the K-pop titans will be performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series on Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. ET." (Read more or watch it here)
"Amazon Music now offers podcasts. The company issued an update today that brings more than 70,000 shows to the platform, including some major titles, like Serial and Pod Save America, as well as new exclusive deals like a show with DJ Khaled called The First One, where he’ll interview artists about their breakthrough hits and the stories behind them. Disgraceland, a popular show from iHeartMedia, will also become exclusive to the platform starting in February 2021."

--- Amazon Music now has podcasts

Social Media
  • Facebook Cracks Down on Unlicensed Livestreaming --- "The updated music guidelines state that users 'may not use videos on our products [which include Instagram] to create a music listening experience […] This includes [Facebook] Live,' and stipulates that such content should be posted for the enjoyment of friends and family only." (Read more)
  • Oculus, Tidal Team Up to Livestream Concerts in VR --- "The exclusive concerts will be streamed on the Venues app on the Oculus Quest starting later this year. The performances will also be available in regular 2D video and high-quality audio on Tidal. All of the performances will be available at the same time on Oculus — which is owned by Facebook — and Tidal." (Read more)
🎧 Listen:
‼️ News from me: 
  • I chatted live with Blake Day, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Spotify, about how artists are seeking corporate structures in 2020 and how this doesn't have to hinder their creative projects. (Watch the replay and follow me on Instagram for bi-monthly Music Marketing Meetups)
  • We will be having multi-instrumentalist, producer, and all-around talent Andres Sosa speak to the Musician Mastery Summit private Facebook group about Latin music and its impact on the industry! This Live session is only for members of the group - join here and tune in this Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30pm EDT/5:30pm PDT. 
Before You Go
Thank you for reading! ✨ 
Alison Clancy is a marketing and community manager for music and tech companies. Learn more about Alison at or say hello on Instagram at @_alisonclancy_
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