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In The Know: SoStereo's Weekly Music News Summary May 11, 2018

SoStereo's music news summary with happenings by Spotify, Tidal and Ticketmaster.
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Ticketmaster & Live Nation Investing In Facial Recognition Technology:

Live Nation and Ticketmaster have invested in Blink Identity, which claims to be able to identify people walking by in “half a second” according to The Verge. The plan would likely be to allow users to pair their face with their ticket and then walk into a venue with their face acting as the ticket. This has many concerned about privacy, meaning Live Nation and Ticketmaster would develop an entire database of concertgoers’ faces. Plans to put this into place aren’t in the works, but they are thinking about it.

Tidal Accused Of Faking Kanye West, Beyoncé Streaming Numbers, Company Refutes Report:

This week, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv published a pretty explosive report outlining how Tidal allegedly manipulated and faked Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers. They claim to have received a hard drive with billions of rows of song data, including for those artists. The main issue is that they allegedly inflated plays by hundreds of millions for Lemonade and Life Of Pablo, “which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists."

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Tidal is not having it, saying the report is a “smear campaign.” "This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an 'Israeli Intelligence officer' and our owner as a 'crack dealer,'" a Tidal rep told Billboard. "We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously."

Spotify Testing Personalized Playlist With Friend’s Songs:

Spotify has rolled out a new feature to a number of users called “Friends Weekly” that has the same ring as Discover Weekly, though it is still in testing. It includes songs that your friends have been listening to that week, taking away the need to go to their profiles. It seems to be a push to make Spotify a more social, connected and sharing experience.

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