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Beats 1's Zane Lowe to Keynote Music Business Conference in Nashville as Apple Music Crosses 50M Paying Subscribers

The Music Business Association today announced that Beats 1 anchor Zane Lowe will be the keynote speaker at its 2019 conference on May 5 at 5 p.m. local time. The event will take place at the JW Marriott in Nashville. In addition to his Beats 1 role, Lowe is the Global Head of Artist Relations for Apple Music. The Grammy-nominated producer and DJ has been part of ‌Apple Music‌ since its inception in June 2015, building upon an established career in music broadcasting at MTV, XFM, and BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom. The conference will also feature a series of digital music workshops hosted by ‌Apple Music‌, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube and interviews with other music industry executives. Registration is open now. In related news, Apple during its earnings call yesterday revealed that ‌Apple Music‌ now has over 50 million paying subscribers. This was the first update on that front since May 2018, when ‌Apple Music‌ had 50 million paying and trial subscribers combined. Spotify had 87 million paying subscribers as of September

Beats 1's Zane Lowe Says Streaming Music Goes Beyond Apple: 'There is No League With One Team'

In a new interview today with The Los Angeles Times, Beats 1 host Zane Lowe discussed a few topics related to Apple Music's daily streaming radio show, including the company's rivals. Without directly referencing Spotify, Lowe explained the need for competition among streaming music platforms. “This is a controversial statement: I don't ever want us to be the only streaming service on the block,” Lowe says. “There is no league with one team. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. But you're still in the game. Not to sound too holistic but I'm glad I'm in the game.” Still, when Spotify was brought up during the interview -- comparing Apple Music's 40 million paid subscribers to Spotify's 83 million paid subscribers -- Lowe said he doesn't look to Spotify when thinking about Beats 1. "We're the only voice in streaming," he mentioned, referring to the streaming radio show. "That's not cockiness. It's fact." Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio channel comprised of a collection of radio shows hosted by different DJs throughout the day, including Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden, and Lowe. Guest and celebrity hosts also include Elton John, Charli XCX, Pharrell, and St. Vincent. Shows range from artist interviews, listing current popular tracks on Apple Music, and more. In response to Beats 1's success on Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube are now believed to be looking into beefing up their radio-style programming as well. Other services, however, are starting to mirror the Beats 1 mode of radio-style programming. In June, Spotify announced the hiring of Dawn Ostroff as its new

Beats 1 Charity Auction Offers Behind the Scenes Studio Tour With Zane Lowe

Apple's Beats 1 Radio division is teaming up with auction site Charitybuzz to raise money for MusiCares through an auction that offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the Beats 1 studio in Los Angeles with Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Described as a one-day internship, the auction provides one winner with a full day at Beats 1, as well as access to a few members of the Beats 1 team. In addition to spending time in studio with Zane Lowe, the auction winner will also get to attend a mentoring lunch with Beats 1 Global Operations Manager and LA Chapter Grammy Governer Julie Pilat. Several other benefits are included as well, like a free pair of Studio3 headphones and the chance to play a song on the Beats 1 radio. A full list of benefits:- One (1) day at Apple Music's live station, Beats 1, which broadcasts to over 100 countries - Time in studio with Zane Lowe during his flagship show, which broadcasts Mondays to Thursdays from 9-11am LA time. - Music Business Mentoring lunch with Beats 1's Global Operations Manager & LA Chapter GRAMMY(R) Governor Julie Pilat. - Attend a Music Meeting and discuss the Beats 1 List with the head of Beats 1's Music Team. You'll get to discover the most exciting new music in the world. - Choose a song and play it, live on the radio, during Beats 1 Request. - Hear your voice on Beats 1! Record a voiceover demo with their Production team. - Go home and listen to Beats 1 with a pair of Beats Studio3 Headphones (colors may vary).The person who wins the auction must visit Beats 1 in LA before December 20, 2018. The auction is valid for

Apple Music Beats 1 Radio Host Zane Lowe Announced as Keynote Speaker at SXSW

Apple Music's Beats 1 radio host and creative director Zane Lowe has been announced as a keynote speaker for 2017's South by Southwest music and film festival (via Billboard). Lowe has been tapped to give a presentation for the music portion of SXSW, which runs March 10-19 next year and also includes areas that branch into interactive media technologies. Other than Lowe, speakers at next year's SXSW include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, Mount Everest photographer and climber Cory Richards, author Adam Grant, and many more. The festival has also announced more than 750 panels that will be at SXSW in 2017, including ones focused on topics like "Does Spotify Help More Than It Hurts?" "The programming announced today reflects a lot of the bigger-picture trends we think will be getting the most buzz in March 2017," said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. "These trends include innovation in the transportation space, the rise of artificial intelligence, more emphasis on innovation within healthcare, and an increase in creative industry inclusion. Of course, the biggest trend for SXSW is always the convergence of the technology, music, and film industries, as different people from different sectors gain incredible value by sharing new ideas and new approaches to common challenges." As Apple Music continues to grow, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine recently stated that the company is "building the right hybrid" that carefully balances technology with culturally aware paradigm shifts. Lowe was a host for BBC Radio before moving to Beats 1 and

Zane Lowe Says Jimmy Iovine Told Him 'Don't Be Boring' in New Interview

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe discussed a range of topics, including Apple executive Jimmy Iovine's advice to him and his own personal history, in a new interview with Vice's music channel Noisey. When he first arrived at Apple Music, Lowe said there was only one piece of advice Iovine had given him. "I was trying to go and seek sage-like advice from the master," Lowe said. Iovine had asked him how work at Beats 1 was going, but when Lowe began to tell him that they were working hard Iovine simply told him to not be boring. Lowe also gives Noisey a tour of his office at Apple Music, pointing out the mementos he's collected throughout his career. Ruminating on his career, Lowe talked about how he enjoyed his 12 years at BBC Radio 1 but that he was excited about the possibility of Apple's music project as he believes that the technology and entertainment industries need to embrace each other more. For instance, he points out he ability to broadcast to devices rather than radios in a car or on a desk as something that excited him. While Lowe is one of the more well-known DJs in radio, he does admit that he's mostly known as the "old guy who interviewed Kanye West once," referring to his popular interview with the artist on BBC Radio 1 in 2013. The DJ also comments on life in Los Angeles, saying that he and his wife like the area because of its similarities to their native Auckland, New Zealand. Though he does say that he's searched for a centralized area where people tend to hang out and do things, similar to the hubbub of a big city like London. Lowe concludes the

Zane Lowe Announces Launch of New Beats 1 Shows from Haim, Major Lazer & Eric Prydz

Apple Music DJ Zane Lowe has recently begun discussing the upcoming shows for a few artists on the Beats 1 radio service, including hour-long series centering around Haim, Major Lazer, and Eric Prydz. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lowe discussed how difficult it was to essentially build an entire radio station from the ground up in just a few months, along with the challenge he and his team faced in gathering enough talent to fill his idea for weekly shows. “[And] I’ve spent so much time trying to elicit information from musicians,” he continues. “Knocking on doors and hoping for 30 minutes or an hour. That’s hard! That’s really hard! So we thought, ‘What would happen if we convinced them, the artists, to invest in it and create their own platform? What road might that take us down?’ And now, 70-80% of what goes to air is made by people who make music.” “We knew a lot of the people were only available for a short amount of time. So we were immediately thinking about how it was going to end, which got us to the idea of doing it all in seasons. Once we decided to do that, as challenging as that can be, it created a far more exciting prospect.” The original programming blocks put into rotation after Apple Music's launch included shows from Elton John, Pharrell, and Dr. Dre. Today's announcement confirms that users will be able to look forward to a new slate of shows coming this fall, with Major Lazer's "Lazer Sound" launching on Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m. Eastern. A week later, Eric Prydz's show will debut and alternate Friday's with "Lazer Sound." The slot

Zane Lowe Discusses Beats 1, Meeting Dr. Dre, Moving to Los Angeles and More

Just over six weeks after the launch of Apple Music, Billboard has published a wide-ranging interview with lead radio DJ Zane Lowe, in which he talks about Beats 1, collaborating with Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor, familiarizing himself with American radio stations, moving to Los Angeles from London and a number of other topics. Zane Lowe hosts a flagship radio show on Beats 1 every Monday-Thursday Lowe reflected on the first weeks of Beats 1, noting that the personality of the radio station is still developing, with no particular emphasis on which music genres are played. Electronic, alternative rock and hip-hop have been some of the most popular genres on Beats 1 so far, but Lowe ensured there are no set parameters for music.There’s a lot of electronic music, edgy rock and hip-hop on Beats 1. Are there set genres you’re pursuing? No, not really. We’ve played country music, Mexican house music, South American EDM, German hip-hop. I’ve never been a fan of, “We’ve got to get 22 percent of rock, 17 percent of R&B; where’s our 16 percent of hip-hop and our 9 percent of country?” If you do it that way, you’re not basing it on the merit of the music. You’re basing it on some kind of obligation. How about pop? The other day I heard the new 5 Seconds of Summer record, and I was like, “Could I play that on my show?” It was really strange. My whole perception shifted, because I had never played 5 Seconds of Summer before; they went straight to [BBC's mainstream] Radio 1 daytime and never really crossed my path. Then I heard this song, and it just sounds like SoCal pop-punk. Cool!L

Eminem Provides First Beats 1 Guest Interview With DJ Zane Lowe

Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe has teased an image on Instagram that confirms hip-hop artist and rapper Eminem will be the first guest interviewed on the global radio station, which launches as part of Apple Music next week. Eminem's appearance is largely unsurprising given that he has a close relationship with Beats co-founder Dr. Dre and is signed to his record label Aftermath Entertainment. Lowe has interviewed several high-profile artists as a former BBC Radio 1 DJ, including Chris Martin, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z and Rick Rubin, and those type of guest appearances on Beats 1 could be a major drawing point towards Apple Music. The streaming music service will also lure subscribers with a free three-month trial period and exclusive content such as Pharrell's new single Freedom.

BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe Joining Apple's iTunes Radio Effort

Noted DJ Zane Lowe, who has headed up BBC Radio 1's popular evening new music show for over a decade, is leaving the broadcaster next month to join Apple, reports BBC News. Lowe has won a number of awards for his radio show and other work over the years, and was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for his role in writing and producing Sam Smith's album "In The Lonely Hour." Zane said: "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. "The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans." During his time on the station, the New Zealand-born DJ has become well known for championing emerging talent and many acts have made their breakthrough after having one of their tracks named as "hottest record in the world" on Zane's show.While Lowe has apparently not publicly stated what role he will take on at Apple, The Guardian says it will involve the company's iTunes Radio streaming music service. Lowe's role will likely include more than iTunes Radio at some point, however, with Apple currently working toward a revamp of the Beats Music subscription streaming service it acquired last year. Part of the plan reportedly involves folding Beats into the iTunes brand and integrating it with OS X and iOS. As a result, there may be some changes in store for iTunes Radio, which has reportedly seen a lukewarm reception and has only expanded to Australia since its U.S. launch in late 2013, despite rumors of a number of other countries receiving access by early