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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.
When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
Erasing the Boundaries
By David Streitfeld -- The biggest tech companies are no longer content simply to enhance part of your day. They want to erase the boundaries, do what the other big tech companies are doing and own every waking moment. The new strategy is to build a device, sell it to consumers and then sell them the content to play on it. And maybe some ads, too.
Amazon Hiring Creative Execs for Original Programming
By Ryan Lawler -- Add Amazon to the list of online video providers that could soon release some new original programming. The company is looking to hire creative executives to develop and produce original comedies and kids shows for online and traditional distribution.
It's Not About You, Facebook. It's About Us.
By Jenna Wortham -- The symbiotic relationship between Facebook and its users came into sharp focus when it filed for its initial public offering - revealing just how valuable that codependency is.
Whitney Houston, Global Music Icon, Dies at 48
On February 11, 2011, the music industry lost one of its greatest and most powerful voices. An ASCAP member and an extraordinary force in music, we look back on Whitney Houston's legacy.
EUROPE: Music Industry Looks to Cloud for New Business
By Francesco Guarascio -- Cloud computing is paving the way to access music online legally, boosting new revenues for major and independent labels alike. But in Europe, national licencing systems may pose a hurdle to the development of cloud music, experts say.
Are YouTube and Google Music Just Honeypots for Data Collection?
By Chris Castle -- MTP readers will remember that we have beat the drum about how Google will make "non display uses" of data associated with music and videos that they use as part of YouTube, Google Music and any other legal or illegal music services. This has never been more apparent than now given the revelations about Google's consolidation of its privacy policies.
So Many Apologies, So Much Data Mining
By Nick Bilton -- Path, the mobile social network, has apologized for mining personal data, but the privacy violation is yet another indication of Silicon Valley's lack of concern about its protection of customers and their personal data.
Managing a Massive Music Library
By Adam Turner -- Has your media library outgrown your gadgets? There comes a time when your digital entertainment library just won't squeeze onto one computer, especially if it's brimming with video as well as music. It's easy to add a hefty external USB drive to a desktop computer, but this isn't all that practical for notebooks, tablets, smartphones and music players. So what do you do?
Cheers to Rara.com
By Amanda Reynolds -- Rara.com's entre on the digital music scene is well timed as a new report from IFPI shows that licensed digital music services grew at an unprecedented rate in 2011. The Digital Music Report 2011 shows that services like rara, Spotify and iTunes are now open in 58 countries, up from 23 just a year ago. Digital sales represented 32 percent of industry revenues globally, while in the U.S. digital sales surpassed physical sales.
7 Burning Social Media Questions
By Ariel Hyatt
11 Top Ways To Create Compelling Music Video Content
By Bob Baker and Kendra Wright -- Every artist should be using online video as part of their promotional toolkit...Why? Because video allows you to connect with fans and potential fans in ways that other forms of media can't touch.
The Internet Makes Magic Disappear
By Santiago Wills -- Today, any 10-year-old kid can type "magic tricks" into Google and gain access either via YouTube or other websites to the biggest trade secrets in a matter of minutes. He can watch a video or buy an expensive apparatus without leaving his house, seeing a live demonstration or talking to another human being. As a result, magic stores are slowly vanishing across America.
And the Winner Is...The Complete List of Grammy Nominees & Winners
By Paul Resnikoff
Facebook Reveals Most Popular Songs for New Loves and Breakups
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- For some, a relationship doesn't officially start until it's reflected in the Relationship field on Facebook, and it's not really over until Facebook says it is. The data team at Facebook can see this data for hundreds of millions of people...Here are the complete lists of the most popular music amongst the freshly lovestruck or lovelorn.
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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