Another day, another musician fed up with the royalty statements thanks to Spotify. The above post comes from Paradise, whom you can see, made 3 cents for just a little under 1,000 plays of their songs. But rather than point this problem out again and again, I have decided to instead come up with a solution.
Over at Adage comes the earth shattering news that Havas is partnering (how I love that smarmy buzzword) with Universal Music Group to launch something called the Global Music Data Alliance. This new super company is purporting to create new revenue streams for UMG. How? Through data mining and monitoring consumer behavior.
Christmas is the one time of the year that agencies wholeheartedly give themselves over to flagrant self promotion. The infamous ‘agency card’ is no longer a card per se, but anything whatsoever, as long as it gets a few eyeballs and acts as a vehicle to show off your agency’s creativity. But who’s winning the battle of the cards in 2014? It’s the Adland UK ‘Ho Ho Ho’ Awards.
While the hipsters at my agency all have the youtube yule logs on in the background, Longhorn and Rokkan have done them one better by launching the world's first Yule Steak. Could you imagine really keeping a steak on that long? Yikes. It'd be charcoal by the time it was done. Either way sit back and get into the holiday spirit with the link below. Strangely enough I'm now hungry. Gotta go to lunch.
To promote Jerusalem-based non-profit Comedy For Change Tel-Aviv-based digital agency Hooligans, created Go Hora! It basically takes music videos on Youtube and mixes it with random Jews doing traditional dances. Surprisingly, the beats of songs like Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" sync up to the other dances.
It's kind of like Dark Side Of The Moon syncing up to The Wizard of Oz, except there are no munchkins and its more Jewish.
Think technology zaps all the fun and imagination out of young lumps of clay? Good news-- SantApp is here to bring some Christmas magic to your kids' lives. Spanish agency Shackelton has created SantApp, a sort of interactive Holiday emulator if you would. Using standard mobile phone technology, SantApp creates the illusion that Father Christmas or the Three Kings are moving around in your living room, and dropping off their Christmas presents.