Music Industry News

Seattle’s Iconic Bop Street Records Is Going Out of Business

Photo Credit: Unsplash Seattle’s iconic Bop Street Records is permanently closing its retail store as a result of economic strains stemming from the novel coronavirus crisis. Bop Street founder and owner Dave Voorhees recently took to Facebook to make the unfortunate announcement. His Ballard, Seattle, storefront will shut down “by June 30th,” per the mentioned […]

Music Industry News

How to License Your Music Directly From Your Website & Win

While most new productions are presently at a standstill, the broader production of visual media, including film, television, commercials, and video games, continues to explode. For artists stuck in isolation, this could be the perfect time to set up a sync licensing machine. Unsurprisingly, streaming platforms like Netflix have exploded in popularity during lockdowns.  But […]

Music Industry News

Ticketmaster Furloughs Hundreds of Staffers, Part of $500MM Cost Reduction Plan

Ticketmaster has furloughed hundreds of staffers as part of its plan to cut $500 million in expenses amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The impacted employees represent approximately one-quarter of Ticketmaster’s team, according to preliminary reports. At the time of this writing, neither Ticketmaster nor Live Nation had publicly addressed the massive expense-reduction measure, but additional […]

Music Industry News

Deezer Is Using AI to Help Detect Explicit Lyrics – But It’s Complicated

Photo Credit: Deezer Deezer is experimenting with training algorithms to identify explicit lyrics in songs. Deezer is using machine learning to detect explicit lyrics through audio. It does this by extracting vocals and looking for instances where a word matches dictionary entries of foul language. A binary classifier then determines if the word is naughty […]

Music Industry News

Google is Revamping the Pixel Buds to Take on Apple’s AirPods

Photo Credit: Alexunder Hess Google’s 2nd generation Pixel Buds are more in line with its main competitor – Apple’s AirPods. The original Pixel Buds (pictured) featured an unseemly wire connecting the two earbuds. In an era when truly wireless earbuds are the new norm, they felt positively ancient. Google’s second attempt at wireless earbuds feels […]