Weekly Round-Up

A round-up of the industry news you might have missed that got SoundOut HQ talking...





Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun

Last week, the Big Machine Label Group announced that it had been acquired by music mega-manager Scooter Braun and his company Ithaca Holdings. Braun currently works with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, among numerous other entertainers, and in the past he’s worked with Kanye West. Swift — whose master recordings of her past six albums are all owned by Big Machine — was outraged and retaliated by publishing an explosive tumblr post.


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Post- Glastonbury Stats: Ticketmaster finds that UK festival fans want more recycling, more women and less booze.

Environmental sustainability is the number one concern for people attending UK festivals this summer, according to new research published by Ticketmaster. People are also drinking less alcohol at festivals. Ticketmaster reckons that about 30% of people don’t drink at all, and the number of people who say they drink more than ten units a day while at festivals is down to 25%.


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Cannes Lions Awards recap

This year there were 29 categories and 932 awards up for grabs at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2019.

The US dominated, swooping 70 Gold Lions and 14 Grand Prix awards.

Meanwhile, the UK's performance was mediocre in comparison to last year. It only brought home 17 golds, compared to 29 the year before; a 41% drop. It also failed to secure any Grand Prix awards.


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Boots to scrap plastic bags from 53 stores today

Boots has announced it will replace all its plastic bags with paper bags from 2020, as the demand for sustainability grows.

The health and beauty retailer also said 53 of its stores will no longer offer plastic bags from today, as it aims to scrap 900 tonnes of plastic from its store operations.


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Boots ALSO plan to close over 200 stores by 2021

Boots said it would primarily shut local pharmacy branches in locations where it had other stores near by


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MAC Cosmetics tries on YouTube's newest AR ad formats

MAC partnered with YouTube's branded content studio, FameBit, to offer virtual try-ons of lipstick shades to viewers as they watched tutorials and product reviews.


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Retailers Show the Path Forward On AI Innovation

Retailers are getting smarter about artificial intelligence, and the latest example of that innovative effort comes from Walmart.

According to a new report, the retail chain, hoping to reduce checkout theft, is turning to cameras powered by AI, with deployments underway in some 1,000 stores. Walmart also has said it wants to us AI to enable workers to fix problems and restock items efficiently. The technology will detect when shopping carts run low, when spills occur and when shelves have to be restocked. In one specific example, the cameras can even determine the ripeness of bananas. Workers can be notified by a phone alert when items need to be replaced.


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Amazon Pants Failure Shows Fashion Growing Pains

Amazon’s latest fashion feature StyleSnap turns out to be a bit… pants. The artificial-intelligence-powered tool allows users to upload a photo – a screenshot of a celebrity’s Instagram post, say, or maybe a photo snapped of a friend at a party – and it will offer up similar outfits for purchase on Amazon. But Amazon hasn’t yet refined these matches, leaving consumers disappointed.


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EBay rolls out AI-based personalization features

Not to be left out, eBay have also eBay also introduced features aimed at simplifying finding and purchasing specific items. For consumers who can't quite describe the item they're searching for, the site has an image search function that is enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning. The latest visual shopping feature also utilizes AI to better recognize objects so customers can use words and pictures to shop. Here’s hoping it does better than Amazon’s offering.


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Love Island Soundtrack delivers record breaking numbers of Shazams

The ITV2 reality show, which opened its latest series with 3.3 million viewers, has now delivered more record-breaking Shazam results.

Polydor artist Grace Carter has smashed the 24-hour UK record with 34,000 Shazams for her cover of Wicked Game, which featured on Love Island last week.

Earlier in the week, Dance On The Table by CLiQ briefly held the one-day Shazam record when it registered 29,000 Shazams. The track then hit No.1 in Shazam’s chart on.


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Alex from Glasto

If you weren’t lucky enough to grab a coveted spot on Love Island’s soundtrack, then there is one other way for your musical talents to go viral. Just ask Alex from Glasto…


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Kim Kardashian Koncedes…

After significant backlash, Kim Kardashian conceded that ‘Kimono’ probably wasn’t the best, nor the most culturally sensitive, name for her new shapeware brand.


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Nestle launch a new open blockchain pilot.

Openly considered to be the Big Baddies of the milk industry, Nestle are looking to shake of their villainous image with a new blockchain platform that provides verified product sourcing and sustainability information directly to consumers. The pilot will focus on tracing milk from producers in New Zealand to factories and warehouses in the Middle East and will expand to palm oil later in the year.


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