Spotify announces layoffs of 17% of employees due to high costs

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has announced large-scale layoffs in the company. According to him, 17% of the service’s employees will be dismissed. The relevant message was published on the Spotify website. “To align Spotify with our future goals and ensure we are right-sized for the challenges ahead, I have made ... Read more

Legendary band Kiss aims for digital immortality with avatars

The iconic rock band Kiss has completed its farewell tour The End of the Road with the final performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden. However, the band, known for its theatrical performances and unique style, surprised fans by showing their digital avatars during the encore. The move marks a ... Read more

Eminem to hold a concert in Fortnite

At the end of the current Fortnite season, namely on December 2, the game will host a new BIG BANG event, which is rumored to feature an Eminem concert, writes Insider Gaming. In addition, a HYPEX insider who found information about the event in the game’s files said that the ... Read more

YouTube tests Dream Track feature to create music using AI

YouTube is testing new artificial intelligence features that will allow users to create music with the help of prompts. This work is being done in collaboration with Google DeepMind developers. This is stated in the message of the platform. As part of this work, YouTube is introducing a feature called ... Read more

Google launches SynthID technology to recognize music created by AI

Music created using Google DeepMind’s Lyria artificial intelligence model will contain invisible watermarks. The technology in question is SynthID, which will allow people to identify that audio was created with the help of AI, writes The Verge. DeepMind explained that the watermark will not affect the sound quality and is ... Read more

The Beatles released the last song with John Lennon’s voice – AI helped with this

The legendary Beatles released the last song with John Lennon’s voice. It’s called “Now And Then,” and it was created using artificial intelligence, writes The Verge. Back in the summer, band member Paul McCartney said that AI helped him “extract” Lennon’s voice from an old demo recording to complete the ... Read more

Spotify launches new Spotify Jam feature to create collaborative playlists

Music streaming giant Spotify is launching a new social feature. It is called Spotify Jam and allows users to create a joint playlist, reports The Verge. Up to 32 Spotify users can join each session and listen to music in real time. What makes Spotify Jam special is that every ... Read more

Streaming services have transformed the music industry and changed music

The emergence of streaming services has not only transformed the music business, but also changed music itself. This is stated in the book “Key Changes: Ten Times Technology Transformed the Music Industry by Howie Singer, former chief strategic technologist at Warner Music Group, and Bill Rosenblatt, president of the consulting ... Read more

Stability AI announces Stable Audio AI model that will create music from text

Stability AI has announced the Stable Audio AI model that can synthesize music or sounds from written prompts, writes Ars Technica. The company trained the model on data consisting of more than 800 thousand audio files containing music, sound effects, and individual instruments. Text metadata was also used for training. ... Read more

AI songwriter Heart On My Sleeve releases new Whiplash track and wants to win a Grammy

The anonymous creator of the viral song Heart On My Sleeve, featuring the AI-generated voices of Drake and The Weekend, has released a new track. This time, it features AI-generated voices of Travis Scott and 21 Savage, writes The Verge. We are talking about a person known as Ghostwriter. His ... Read more

The YouTube Music update will add a “Samples” tab for watching videos from artists

YouTube Music is getting a major update with the introduction of a Samples tab to its interface. This feature aims to provide users with a new way to find music through videos from artists, writes 9to5Google. Located between the existing Home and Navigation tabs, the Samples tab is similar to ... Read more

Sony and other music labels sue Internet Archive over digitization of old recordings

The nonprofit Internet Archive is facing a lawsuit over one of its music preservation projects. This was reported by Engadget. Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and several other music labels have filed a lawsuit against the organization. They accuse the organization of copyright infringement for digitizing, “intentionally uploading, distributing ... Read more

New Apple Music record in 2023: Travis Scott’s UTOPIA album breaks record for first-day streams

Rapper Travis Scott’s latest album UTOPIA has set the record for the most first-day streams of an album on Apple Music in 2023. Released on July 28, UTOPIA is a 19-track double album featuring superstars like Beyoncé and Drake. The editors of Apple Music described the record as “an extremely ... Read more

Spotify plans to add full-length music videos to its app

Streaming service Spotify is considering adding full-length music videos to its app. This is reported by Engadget with a link to Bloomberg. According to sources, the company is negotiating with potential partners. But it is still unclear who will support this function and when it may appear. Currently, Spotify video ... Read more

Spotify has officially updated the design of its desktop application

Spotify has officially announced a redesign of its desktop app. This should make it easier to access information about the song or podcast a user is listening to, reports The Verge. Such actions are also aimed at giving users new ways to organize their playlists and other content. These changes ... Read more

The rules for receiving the “Grammy” music award have been updated because of artificial intelligence

Amid the growing use of generative artificial intelligence in music, the Recording Academy has updated the rules for the 66th annual Grammy Awards. This is written by Ars Technica. To be eligible for the award, a song must have significant human authorship. On the other hand, music created solely with ... Read more

The Beatles used AI to create the final song with John Lennon’s voice

The legendary Beatles used artificial intelligence to release their last song with the voice of John Lennon. This is reported by Gizmodo. According to band member Paul McCartney, he used AI to “extricate” Lennon’s voice from an old demo to complete the song. He said that the song will be ... Read more

Spotify is finally testing an offline mix after years of working on the feature

Music streaming company Spotify is finally officially testing a playlist that automatically downloads some of the most recently played tracks. This is reported by TechCrunch. “We’ve been testing out a new feature called “Your Offline Mix” – a playlist designed for those times when you might not be online,” wrote ... Read more

YouTube Shorts may be added to YouTube Music as a Samples tab

YouTube Shorts continue to grow in popularity, so it’s no surprise that YouTube is looking for new ways to promote them. In particular, it became known that Shorts are currently being tested in the YouTube Music application. Vertical videos may appear as a separate tab in the bottom panel, which, ... Read more

A first for the Finnish language: Cha cha cha by Käärijä became the leader on Spotify

For the first time in history, a song written in Finnish topped the global ranking on Spotify. It’s Cha cha cha by Käärijä. This is reported by the thisisFINLAND community on Twitter. “If you haven’t yet, now is the right time to listen to Cha cha cha by Käärijä. For ... Read more

Scammers sold AI-generated Frank Ocean songs for nearly $10,000

Fraudsters used AI-generated Frank Ocean songs to make 13,000 Canadian dollars (9,722 thousand USD). They sold a fake collection on a forum devoted to the origin of the singer’s music, writes Engadget. It is about nine songs of Ocean, for the creation of which high-quality vocal fragments of the vocalist’s ... Read more

Spotify removes thousands of songs created by artificial intelligence

It turns out that services like Spotify also suffer from the “creativity” of artificial intelligence: in recent months, the music industry has faced an increase in the number of songs created by AI which then fill streaming platforms. Spotify has removed approximately 7% of all tracks from music startup Boomy, ... Read more

Singer Grimes allowed artificial intelligence to use her voice in songs

Canadian singer and music video maker Grimes has allowed her voice to be used for songs generated by artificial intelligence (AI). This is reported by The Verge. “I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI generated song that uses my voice,” Grimes posted on Twitter Sunday night. “Feel free to ... Read more

Drake and The Weeknd’s Heart On My Sleeve went viral on social media, but the artists never recorded it, AI did

A new song called Heart On My Sleeve has gone viral on social media, but Drake and The Weekend have never recorded such a track, reports BBC. It was created by using artificial intelligence (AI) to clone voices. The song was recorded by an individual known as @ghostwriter, who claims ... Read more

A “karaoke mode” appeared in the YouTube Music mobile application

The YouTube Music mobile apps for Android and iOS have started receiving an update that brings a “karaoke mode”. Previously, when listening to tracks, you could see the lyrics by opening the corresponding tab. However, the text was static and rather small. Now the font size and indentation have been ... Read more