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ASCAP hires new chief technology officer

ASCAP announced that Tristan Boutros has joined the performing rights organization as its chief technology officer. In this role, he will lead ASCAP’s technology strategy and execution, guiding projects such as elastic computing, cloud tech, and the API roadmap. Boutros most recently worked as chief of operations at The New York Times, with prior work at Warner Music Group, BlackBerry, and IAC. Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): SoundCloud investor decision could come tomorrow

SoundCloud’s current financial struggles may be reaching their final act. Axios business editor Dan Primack has shared information from a missive reportedly sent to SoundCloud shareholders that said Friday is the do-or-die date for the company to accept or reject its present reorganization proposal. Primack claims that CEO Alexander Ljung said that if the proposal is rejected, SoundCloud may not be able ”to continue as a going concern.” Continue Reading

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Wondery providing podcast support in LA Times multimedia investigation

The Los Angeles Times is developing a new multimedia presentation of an investigative report that will include a podcast component. Dirty John is a six-part series beginning October 2 that be include printed pieces, online articles, and podcast episodes. Podcast network Wondery will produce and distribute the audio format component of this investigation. Continue Reading

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Nordic countries report heavy music streaming use, favoring YouTube and Spotify

Europe’s Nordic region continues to be a standard-setter for digital music adoption. The Polaris Nordic Digital Music Survey 2017 surveyed residents in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark about their listening habits. It found that 80% of all inhabitants between the ages of 12 and 65 used at least one streaming service in the past year. Continue Reading