Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 24 – April 28.

Monday: Why Can We Still Buy Music?; Neil Young’s New Streaming Service; iHeartMedia; Pandora Premium

Tuesday: Cost of Entry to Streaming Market is Stifling Innovation; Spotify Developing Music Hardware; Apple Music Delays its ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Show

Wednesday: ‘How One Artist Beat the Independent Blues with Blockchain; Music Business: Biggest Growth in 20 Years

Thursday: Streaming & the Indie Labels; Spotify Acquires Mediachain Labs

Friday: Can Country Music Save Pandora? TuneCore Launches Premium App; Musical.ly Connects with Apple Music

 

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CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer

CD Baby will bring the DIY Musician Conference to Nashville August 24-27, 2017.

It will turn Music City into a temporary hub for one of the most dynamic parts of the music business: the indie music scene, the musicians of all backgrounds and styles who shape their own careers, on their own terms.

The conference is the largest event dedicated to musicians of any genre who share a common professional approach. Last year’s meeting in Chicago attracted artists from 44 different states and 15 different countries.

“Independent musicians and small boutique labels are one of the fastest growing segments of the market, and they share a lot of concerns,” explains CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner. “No matter what kind of music you make, no matter where you are in your career, you need similar advice and support, and we program the conference in direct response to the questions and concerns we hear from musicians.” Continue reading “CD Baby Brings DIY Musician Conference to Nashville for First Time this Summer”

SiriusXM Acquires Automatic Labs

SiriusXM today announced the acquisition of Automatic Labs Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of connected vehicle services for consumers and enterprises.

Automatic’s data-driven platform enables vehicle owners to be safer and drive smarter.

The company’s proprietary Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car adapters provide vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parking information, live vehicle location tracking and much more. Automatic also works with insurance carriers to enable usage-based savings and teen driver coaching, and works with automotive dealers to provide tools that help manage their vehicle inventory and customer service relationships.

Continue reading “SiriusXM Acquires Automatic Labs”

Spotify Acquires Mediachain Labs

Mediachain Labs, designed to explore how the next generation of blockchains and open, peer-to-peer protocols would empower creators to better reach their audiences and earn a living, has been acquired by Spotify.

Brooklyn-based Mediachain Labs has been the driving force behind the Mediachain project, a world-class blockchain research agenda and open source protocol to better manage data that is critical to the health of the music industry.

The Mediachain team will join Spotify’s New York City offices and help further Spotify’s journey towards a more fair, transparent and rewarding music industry for creators and rights owners. Continue reading “Spotify Acquires Mediachain Labs”

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 17 – April 21.

Monday: The New Pandora App; Big Music and the Future of Copyright Laws

Tuesday: Streaming vs. Physical; Winning in the Streaming Era; How Spotify is Wooing Brands

Wednesday: ‘Spotify for Artists’ Gets Upgraded; Online Music’s Coming MySpace Moment; Pandora On-Demand

Thursday: Deezer Explores User Centric Licensing; Access Music > Own It; Streaming Profitability in Asia

Friday: Kendrick Lamar, Streaming Juggernaut; Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement; Zane Lowe, Beats 1 Turning Apple Music Into Netflix

 

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Nurturing the Creation of Music through the Blockchain

According to a recent report from the Financial Times, music streaming is set to overtake CD and vinyl as the largest generator of income for British record labels in 2017. The report states that as more people opt for subscriptions to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, revenues in the sector were pushed to a five-year high last year. Total income generated by the U.K. music industry increased by 5 percent to £925 million ($11.6 million) in 2016, from £881 million ($11.1 million).

Yet despite the popularity of the music industry, musicians often find themselves unfairly compensated.

To rectify this problem, the Open Music Initiative (OMI) and Ujo Music, among others, are attempting to change outdated modes in the music industry to ensure long-term sustainability, with the intent to use blockchain technology to support the creation of music.

Read Article: Bitcoin Magazine

Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels

Spotify and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, today announced a new multi-year license agreement – ensuring the world’s leading independent record labels and their artists will remain at the core of Spotify’s offering to music fans.

Continuing a successful nine-year partnership, the agreement is structured to reflect and promote the value of Merlin’s collective offering of its members’ repertoire, while offering improved marketing and advertising opportunities and enhanced access to data.

Merlin member labels can also participate in Spotify’s recently announced flexible release policy. Continue reading “Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels”

W Hotels Debuts the W Sound Suite, a Private Music Studio Designed for Artists, Hotel Guests

W Hotels Worldwide today unveiled the first W Sound Suite to launch in North America at W Seattle. The private music studio, writer’s room and lounge offers a retreat for musicians and producers to write and record tracks while on the road.  Hotel guests are also able to get in on the fun by booking the studio to live out their rockstar dreams.

“As one of the most iconic music capitals in the world, I couldn’t think of a more ideal location for our first W Sound Suite in North America than W Seattle,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The W brand has long been synonymous with music, from the live music programming in our buzzing Living Rooms to musicians choosing to stay with us while on tour.  The W Sound Suite provides the perfect professional environment for when inspiration strikes – any time, day or night, complemented by 24 hour room service, of course!” Continue reading “W Hotels Debuts the W Sound Suite, a Private Music Studio Designed for Artists, Hotel Guests”

Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries

Spotify is debuting Spotify Premium for Students in 33 new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.

Today’s launch of Spotify Premium for Students means that university students in 33 new countries around the world are now able to to purchase Spotify Premium for half price. The offer is open to students for every year of their student life, and is available immediately from today. Continue reading “Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries”

How Spotify is Wooing Brands

The world’s largest music streaming service is ramping up its efforts to attract advertisers in the Philippines, where its recent TNS-commissioned study showed two in five Filipinos with Internet access listen to music on Spotify.

Joanna Wong, head of business marketing for Spotify in Asia Pacific, shared some insights on how the tech company is trying to woo brands in the Philippines.

“Moments-based marketing” is one key trend that Spotify believes will go mainstream this year.

“It really allows marketers to really send the right message to the right audience at the right time,” she said in a recent interview with BusinessWorld.

Read Article: BusinessWorld

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 10 – April 14.

Monday: The Power of the Playlist; Does the Music Industry Need a Blockchain?

Tuesday: Pandora Is Thinking Out of the Box; Why Spotify’s IPO-less IPO is a Smart Idea

Wednesday: It’s Time to End the Stigma Over Streaming Music; Why Collection Societies Want to Make Music Together

ThursdayWhen Artists Don’t Stream; Spotify + Apple Watch; Streaming to Overtake Physical Music Sales in the UK

Friday: Gene Simmons, Not Down with Streaming; Bittunes; Blockchain; NetEase; TuneCore; Deezer’s New App

 

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MusicLyrics.com Makes it Debut

MusicLyrics.com is open for business. The new platform has an impressive database of legal lyrics, a place where you can discover and share with your friends the latest lyrics from your favorite artists.

The website also has the latest music news, album reviews, and artists interviews.

MusicLyrics was created with the purpose of offering accurate information to anyone searching for it. No more useless details, no more wrongly translated lyrics. This website wants to completely revolutionize searching for lines in songs as well as presenting some meaningful additional information to fans all over the world.

Artists get their own individual pages on the website. A short biography is written about each singer featured in this category. The presentations are short but focused on essential information that fans are interested in. Song lyrics and a listing of albums are also included. The artist also gets his or her own popularity rating. Continue reading “MusicLyrics.com Makes it Debut”