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Facebook could take on Musical.ly with singing-focused Talent Show

A researcher found code and UI elements for a singing competition in the mobile app.
Rob LeFebvre, @roblef
July 31, 2018
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If you've been pining for a new way to show off your singing chops, you're in luck. Facebook is apparently developing a new show that will have users record their performances and send them in as an audition. According to researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who found the feature in the Facebook app's code, there's a new interface to find popular songs and then record your own rendition of the tune. Wong says that the feature "feels like a cross between Musical.ly and Fifteen Million Merits from Black Mirror."

Called Talent Show, the upcoming feature could join Facebook's Lip Sync Battle as another way to express yourself in song. It's also likely a direct result of the recently signed partnerships Facebook has with indie and major labels like Universal, Warner and Sony. Wong also says that Talent Show (and Instagram Music) sources the music from a new Rights Manager that record labels can use to approve tracks for use on Facebook.

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