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Music: One Overlooked Use Case

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So far in this year, Ethereum has been the crypto star appreciating over 80% to a recent record of $1402. All this suggests that more and more applications are being created. We know this by the demand for Ether, the gas that drives the Ethereum network.

The reason behind the explosion of Ether demand was confirmed by Ethereum co founder Steven Nerayoff in a CNBC interview where he claimed the number of Ethereum projects today is more than 10 times year ago levels.

One of those areas is the music business and there are several names appearing on the ICO list to add to your research agenda.

Why The Music Business Needs Help

Music may live forever but the business side has been in trouble for a long while. Over the last decade there have been only three years when the global value of music sales increased. The combination of digital music and outright pirating through peer-to-peer sharing has much to do with the long-term trend.

Throughout the world there are 69 copyright and royalty societies given the responsibility of documenting, collecting and distributing music royalties. That means collecting a few pennies whenever a song is played on the radio, Internet or anywhere else. Four of the largest of these is in the US, followed by Japan, Germany and Britain. Their operations are truly byzantine.

Experts in the music-publishing field confirm the time between music usage and royalty payment can run close to 24 months. Even then not all royalties are distributed. According to my sources, there are often millions of dollars collected by royalty authorities everywhere that never make it to the entitled recipients. That sort of practice borders on criminal behavior but copyright and royalty societies operate in a sub-rosa manner making it difficult to understand their policies.

In the past just 4 major record labels controlled over 80% of the industry. These giants could afford a full time legal department to pursue royalty issues dominated the music industry. Today, however, independent labels represent almost one-third of the market. This means less democracy in the business with the young independent artist at a particular disadvantage.

Of course, musicians aren’t the only group of artists loosing out on their pay. There are writers, poets and painters that go largely unprotected.

The music business is just easier to track because it has more data. Yet in spite of all the information, the music industry is widely recognized for its lack of transparency. Blockchain technology has the ability to disrupt long-standing industry practices.

ICOs To The Rescue

The number of Ethereum based white knights is starting to appear on the horizon promising to rattle the industry and hopefully restore some democracy on behalf of the independent artist.

One simple business model comes from a startup SingularDTV who is attempting to build their ecosystem on top of Ethereum. Here is the basic value added proposal.

SingularDTV tokenizes the artist work. In doing so the artist is turning their music into a financial asset. Anyone who buys into an artist’s token owns a share of the creation and its income stream. The more people consume an artist creation, the higher goes the token price.

Only time will show if SingularDTV succeeds with this model. The consequence of this model is how it eliminates many of the middlemen and nefarious influences in the industry. Instead of singing on a street corner for bread, an artist could raise money upfront without relying on an advance from a record label.

According to SingularDTV, distributing content via blockchain would allow artists to skirt streaming platforms like Spotify to earn royalties on their own terms. Now that is true democracy.

SingularDTV may stand out a bit in the news due its recent ICO success in raising $8 million but they aren’t the only player in the music game. Names like Voise recently raised $1 million as well as Soundchain, Blokur and Opus to name a few.

I am no longer a registered investment advisor, which means I don’t go around making investment recommendations. So I will only suggest this group to put on your list of late night reading. Next time, I will take a closer look at more of these names.

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Must Break and Close Above $0.03000 or be Punished

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  • Tron price is seen trading in the green late on Tuesday, with gains of 2.5% at the time of writing.
  • TRX/USD is still shaping up a potential head and shoulders pattern structure.

The Tron price in the latter part of trading on Tuesday was seen holding gains of 2.5%. The bulls manage to see TRX/USD rising for a second consecutive session. Sellers however are not making things easy, as they continue to cap upside potential.

Daily Chart View

TRX/USD daily chart.

Looking via the daily chart view, a chunky area of supply can be observed running from the $0.02600-$0.02900 price region. This has plagued the bulls since August 2018, as they continue to be dealt a blow by the bears on each occasion. As a freak incident, TRX/USD did manage to force an aggressive spike above this area; however, it was not sustained and failed to close above. Key daily support should be noted at the running ascending trend line. This has been active since 21st December 2018.

Head and Shoulders Still in Play

It is worth considering that a head and shoulders pattern structure can be eyed. Both the left shoulder and head have been constructed. Eyes are currently on the right shoulder, which is still very much in play. The neckline should be noted around $0.023000, and a breach below here could open another fresh wave of hard selling pressure. Support to the downside of this level is not seen until the $0.0175000-$0.016000 range.

60-minute Chart View

TRX/USD 60-minute chart.

In terms of the 60-minute chart, the slowdown in upside momentum can clearly be witnessed. The recent hourly candlesticks demonstrating a loss of power from the bulls most recent run. In terms of this price cooling, it could simple be profit-taking after the decent surge to the north of late. Given the current price cooling, downside hourly support should be noted at; $0.025200 and then $0.023500. These both being ahead of the long running daily ascending trend line.

Upside Target Areas

Should the bulls maintain the current upside momentum, the hopes for the above-mentioned supply zone will be high. A daily breakout and closure above this area really could be the key to greater sustained buying pressure. The market has already witnessed how powerful the TRX/USD bull runs can be once started. As a point of reference, during the most recent rally from mid-December 2018 to the 10th January, the price gained over 180%. This was the biggest string of gains in a trend higher since April 2018, where TRX/USD rose around 240%.

The big level to watch is $0.030000, where the sellers are presently camped. This area being conquered will likely pave the way for a fast move, back towards the $0.040000 territory. The price has not been up at these heights since August 2018, a period when the market had re-entered a strong trend south, dropping a big 50% from the start to mid-August.

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Lisk (LSK) Pushing for Momentum as Marketing Chief Responds to Over-Hyped Claims

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Lisk (LSK) trailed on the edges of Tuesday’s altcoin surge which saw more than a dozen alts increase by between 7% and 40% in value.

One day previously, the project’s head of marketing, Thomas Schouten, took to Reddit to respond to the recent assessment by William Mougayar that Lisk was among multiple blockchain projects which he regarded as ‘over-marketed’.

Mougayar is a venture investor and advisor, and author of The Business Blockchain, which boasts a foreword by Vitalik Buterin. Shouten’s regard for Mougayar’s opinion was such that he felt compelled to respond to the criticism.

Is Lisk Over-Marketed?

As you can see from Mougayar’s graphic, Lisk joins the likes of EOS, Tron and XRP (here referred to as Ripple) in the over-marketed category. Mougayar stated:

“I’ve classified some projects in 3 buckets: Right, Under & Over Marketed. It is based on their own or community-driven activity. I understand some will push back, but this is how I view the market today.”

The tweet followed the author’s post from the previous day titled ‘Marketing Strategies and Practices for Blockchain Projects and Startups’. The post makes a nifty read for those interested in the marketing side of blockchain; why more money doesn’t always breed more success (he’s looking at you, EOS); and the difference between branding and visual identity.

“Over-marketed means the claims are ahead of delivery or being hyped. Under-marketed means the potential of the product is not well messaged into the market.”

Many of the tweet’s 130 comments came from disgruntled coin holders intent on defending their respective projects – in response to which Mougayar added:

“…the classification has nothing to do with the products/services of these companies… I didn’t include all blockchain projects, but selected ones that I was familiar with and that were significant enough to use as a representative sample.”

Lisk Head of Marketing Responds

The response by Lisk’s Thomas Schouten was less hostile than you might expect. He conceded that Lisk had indeed been over-marketed to an extent:

“William’s definition of over-marketed is “claims are ahead of delivery or being hyped”. To a certain degree, I agree with his judgement… I feel that too often our team has predicted progress that could not be delivered in the end. We have learned from this the hard way.”

However, Schouten also pointed out that many of the so-called ‘right-marketed’ projects happened to be exchanges, while most ‘over-marketed’ projects happened to be platforms.

“Coincidence? No. To me, comparing an exchange (for-profit) with a working product and profitable business model, to open-source blockchain platforms in development (non-profit) is comparing apples with pears.”

Lisk Price

While LSK did record 3.3% gains against the dollar, and over 4.4% against BTC on Tuesday, momentum was hard to come by. LSK/BTC on Binance moved from $0.0003368 up to $0.0003518, while the dollar valuation rose from $1.19 to $1.23.

The daily trade volume of $3.6 million was a $400,000 increase from the previous day – not insignificant, but nowhere near the trade influx seen by some of the day’s major movers.

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

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1, Pound Resumes Rally on Strong Employment Report

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Great British Pound reacted well to the likely delay of the Brexit process in recent weeks, and today the currency defied the risk-off shift and rallied back towards the 1.30 level against the USD. The better than expected British Employment Report, which showed the strongest wage growth in a decade, outpacing inflation despite the long-term weakness of the Pound.

While the currency gained ground, British equities followed the global trends and finished lower, threatening with a resumption of the broader declining trend. All eyes are still on the Brexit saga, but should the extended deadline scenario prevail, the short-term bullish trend could continue in the pair, even as traders should keep the considerable event risk in mind when trading the Pound-related pairs.

2, Oil and Stocks Slide as Risk Assets Suffer amid Renewed Trade Worries

Johnson & Johnson, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the losses in risk assets have been limited yesterday, due, in part at least, to the US bank holiday, today, we saw heavy selling across the board. Oil ran into a wall near the resistance zone that we pointed out yesterday, and the crucial commodity fell back to a $52 per barrel handle with regards to the WTI contract.

Stocks got hit hard on reports that this week’s round of meetings between the senior US and Chinese officials has been canceled, with the issues of Intellectual Property and deeper Chinese economic reforms being behind the setback. We argued several times that these ‘soft’, hard to control issues are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, even in the case of a formal agreement, so while we expect wild swings on trade-related headlines, the structural, credit-related issues will drive Chinese assets.

3, Johnson & Johnson Misses on Guidance Despite Earnings Beat

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The pressure on stocks intensified following Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) earnings report, with the 2019 guidance disappointing investors. While the previous quarter was a positive surprise from the healthcare giant, as far as the bottom line is concerned, the outlook for the consumer segment cast a shadow on the broader market even as the company’s core Pharmaceutical business continues to shine.

Shares of the company are down by around 2%, and after the closing bell, IBM’s (IBM) report will be in focus, as the struggling tech giant will also report earnings. IBM has seen its share price cut in half as its growth stalled in recent years, and even a small positive surprise could propel the stock higher following the market-wide decline of the recent months, but it’s unlikely that the broader downtrend will be broken anytime soon.

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