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Inside Music (Jan 14th, 2020)

1. Oscar nominations are out and included in the Best Original Song category are songs from "Toy Story 4," "Rocketman," "Frozen II," and more. While "Frozen II" was largely left out of the general Oscar nominations, Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez were nominated for “Into The Unknown.” The notable nomination in the Best Original Score category included Hildur Guðnadóttir for her work on "Joker." She is just the seventh woman to be nominated in this category. Randy Newman is also nominated in Best Original Score, beyond Best Original Song, for his work on Netflix's "Marriage Story." — STEREOGUM

2. Song recommendation: Lindsey Stirling - "Underground"

From Zac Hall: Lead Editor at and podcast host of 9to5Mac Happy Hour and Watch Time

"The track 'Underground' spends 40 seconds building a world through strings and piano, then percussion sneaks in behind the violin that tells the story for the next three minutes. There's no need for lyrics. The strings drive a mood that continues for the rest of the album. 'Artemis' happens to share the same name as NASA's lunar mission to send the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024. The first track kicks off an experience that can make you dance, focus on work, or exercise intently for the next hour."

3. Music hardware company Solid State Logic is putting its professional gear into a much smaller package for "bedroom producers." The company is offering two different models, the SSL 2 and the SSL 2+, priced at $230 and $280, respectively. Each of the devices has two I/O and includes a legacy 4k button to provide, "extra analogue character and sparkle to your input sources." The devices will be shown off at the industry trade show NAMM this week, but are available to purchase now on the company's website. — THE VERGE

4. Spotify's 'Home Thing' speaker finally has an image associated with it. A basic graphic has been discovered by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong inside the Spotify mobile app. Spotify was previously testing a 'Car Thing' which would bring the streaming music service into more cars with older stereo systems. The company has mentioned the names 'Home Thing' and 'Voice Thing' previously in the context of testing new product functionality. Spotify can already play all the popular home-based speakers so it's unclear what a first-party speaker from the company would bring to the table. — MUSICALLY

5. A new profile of Marcus Mercuriadis provides some insights into his world of purchasing musical rights from artists and songwriters. Over the last few weeks, Mercuriadis' company, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, has acquired rights from Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge and Lana Del Rey producer Emily Haynie. Currently, Hipgnosis has acquired rights for about 7,500 songs. The deals are strategic and handpicked in order to better monetize them going forward. On Marker, the Medium owned publication, Matt Hendrickson writes, "Mercuriadis is focusing solely on investing in proven songs, ones that have already generated strong ROIs but have potential for much more." — MARKER [MEDIUM]

6. LUM is a new music streaming app that is foregoing ads and paid subscriptions. The app borrows from China's livestreaming model and gamifies the listening experience by allowing users to purchase in-app virtual gifts to send to artists, and then takes a cut of that revenue. Ultimately this is micro-tipping, done in a way that connects fans and artists in a closer and more personal way. There are currently 60,000 songs available from 24,000 artists inside LUM, but similar to TikTok, anyone can join and become a discovered star. — COMPLEX

7. The band, The 1975, officially pushed back the release of their new album, seemingly because of vinyl manufacturing lead times. "Notes on a Conditional Form" was originally set to be released February 21, but will now be released on April 24. The album had already been announced for several months before the last-minute change. It will contain 22 tracks with the newest single, "Me & You Together Song" set to debut later this week. — ROLLING STONE

8. Thom Yorke has released some rare songs with new wider streaming availability, in addition to adding some dates to his "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes Tour." The four songs include "Hearing Damage" originally from The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, as well as the "Three Atoms for Peace" b-sides: "What Eyeballs Did," Magic Beanz," and "S.A.D.." The added tour dates are in April and revolve around his Coachella weekend performances. — CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

9. Jimmy Fallon will be hosting a new musical game show on primetime TV called, "That's My Jam." Blooming from a spinout of a segment on the late-night talk show he hosts, "That's My Jam" is said to be a celebrity-filled competition of singing and dancing. The show will debut in August and Fallon will also serve as executive producer in addition to hosting the event. — BILLBOARD

10. The Jonas Brothers already have new music coming out with "What A Man Gotta Do" set to be released on Friday, January 17. The group teased the song release with provocative cover art of the three musicians on Instagram. The siblings released their latest album "Happiness Begins" in June 2019, and were nominated for a Grammy for "Sucker." — UPI

Tyler Hayes is a writer and early adopter in both music and technology. He's based in California and has contributed to Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and Billboard, among others. You can reach out at @TylerH.

Editor: Sheena Vasani, staff writer at Inside.

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