Newsletter – November 3rd

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How we all feel after that move

Wooohooo! The move is over!! Now that we’re not all breaking our backs, time to resume this newsletter business.

Check out “the haps” below, courtesy of “that intern doe”.

Music News

This week’s music news bulletin is dominated by streaming.

1.  Amazon’s Prime Music is putting on its lederhosen.

Amazon is readying itself to launch its music streaming service in Germany, according to a report from a local German technology website. Amazon offers it’s Prime Music streaming service as part of its package when users purchase Amazon Prime ($99). With its small catalog of only one million songs (offered both in US and soon Germany), Amazon is positioning itself between free music services like Pandora and premium services such as Apple Music or Spotify. The move to go international is a a first for Amazon’s music streaming service.

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2. Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist on Spotify… and never streams anything.

Ed Sheeran

He managed to get his foot out of his mouth in time for this photo to be taken.

In a recent Billboard interview, Ed Sheeran revealed that he doesn’t “stream anything ever”. This comes as a shock from someone who is a big music streaming advocated AND the most-streamed artist on Spotify (surpassing 2 billion streams). He went on to explain: “I don’t even really get [music streaming services], I buy everything off iTunes or physically.” Interestingly, Sheeran is good friends with a well-known detractor of streaming, Taylor Swift, who views services like Spotify as devaluing artists’ music. It seems that they don’t see eye to eye on the issue.

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3. Pandora is expanding into live music.

Earlier last month, Pandora announced that it would be purchasing Ticketfly, a direct, independent competitor of Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster. The move comes after Live Nation’s recent purchase of Front Gate Tickets, another ticketing service, has led some artists and bands to leave the ever-growing Live Nation ecosystem. Ticketfly was an early proponent of social media and web marketing for stimulating ticket sales and is a popular choice for promoters who do not want to do business with Ticketmaster. Pandora’s excellence in mining user data for advertisers (which comprise 80% of its revenue) combined with Ticketfly’s competence in marketing live shows will likely make for a powerful duo.

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Events this Weekend

Go see cool indie films FO FREE at the AFI Film Festival @ the Grauman’s Chinese Theater starting Thursday, November 5th until November 12th. (Visit the website to get tix and check out specific showtimes). I went last year and the films were amazing!

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Check out Opening Night: The Improvised Musical, where the performers make up everything on the spot (characters, story, and songs) @ IO West, starting Friday, November 6th @ 9pm (it’s also the next three Fridays).

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Check out the Rain Room, a new exhibit @ LACMA in which rain falls all around you while you stay dry. I hear its quite a sight to behold, especially if you love interactive art (which I happen to love). It’s open everyday over the weekend and during the week (except Wednesday)

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Go check out the massive Rose Bowl Flea Market. Apparently it’s an eclectic mix of all kinds of vendors and worth checking out, especially if you live in the area. It’s @ the Rose Bowl this Sunday, November 8th (always every second Sunday of the month).

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If you’re feeling really adventurous and experimental, check out Hopscotch, the first ever “car opera”. It’s an interactive, experimental performance opera that takes place in three moving vehicles. As the audience you’re either able to purchase a ticket to ride along side the “performance” vehicle up close (check out location info on the website) or watch for free via live stream @ Southern California Institute of Architecture. It sounds equal parts crazy and awesome.

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