Issue #298: How Billboard’s New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts; iHeartRadio Launches Podcast Network

How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts
How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Chartswww.rollingstone.com
Billboard’s new rules mean that free streaming services like YouTube will affect the charts less than paid ones. Will rap and other genres suffer?

Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'
Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'www.billboard.com
It’s been three and a half years since Jimmy Iovine left his role as CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M to run Apple Music, but that doesn’t keep him from thinking about the problems facing labels today — or the rest of the industry for that matter.

iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle America
iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle Americawww.axios.com

iHeart sees a business opportunity in bringing podcasting to a more diverse audience the center of the country.

U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Release
U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Releasewww.billboard.com
U2 has partnered with Amazon Music for a new online radio broadcast leading up to the band’s new album, ‘Songs of Experience,’ release on Friday.

A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figures
A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figuresblog.midem.com
Streaming went from strength to strength this year. Here’s how, in five key stats!

Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled success
Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled successmusically.com
Spotify’s Nordic head of shows and editorial Daniel Breitholtz was keen to make something clear in his speech at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki

Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scores
Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scoresmymodernmet.com
Nicholas Rougeux’s ‘Off the Staff’ is a set of colorful data visualizations made from parsing the sheet music of famous classical music scores.

Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Funding
Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Digital music distributor Symphonic Distribution, Inc. has secured a $4 million investment led by Ballast Point Ventures, the company announced earlier this month.

What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?
What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?www.pocket-lint.com
Music streaming services are nothing new anymore, there are plenty of options on the market, each with their own unique features to try and grab your attention.

All Ears
All Earsreallifemag.com
Streaming music services have made record reviewing superfluous. But are we really better off without it?

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform
Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reformwww.euractiv.com

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.

Amazon Music, U2 Team Up to Redefine Broadcast Listening with Launch of ‘The U2 Experience’

Amazon Music has announced “The U2 Experience”: a first-of-its-kind broadcast for Amazon Music designed with the voice experience in mind. Launching today (Nov. 29) simultaneously across multiple time zones, “The U2 Experience” is a new type of radio, filled with historical and new exclusive content produced by Amazon Music and available to U2 fans who tune in from the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, ending just before the release of the band’s upcoming album, Songs of Experience, on December 1.

Only available during its one-time broadcast and exclusively on Amazon Music, “The U2 Experience” will be available at www.amazon.com/theu2experience and on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. In a new way of listening, the broadcast will also be available to all Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK through Alexa, on Amazon Echo devices, simply by asking, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience.”

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Issue #297: K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathe; Grammy Snub for Spotify’s Most Popular Song of All Time

K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathe
K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathekoreaexpose.com
K-pop fans are famous for their impressively coordinated support of idols, including a practice called sumseuming, “streaming music 24/7 as one breathes.”

Music Streaming Royalty Rates Going Up Slightly in 2018
Music Streaming Royalty Rates Going Up Slightly in 2018www.billboard.com
The Copyright Royalty Board has set a cost of living adjustment to the rates paid to master recording copyright holders for 2018, with the rate increasing on basis point each to $0.0018 for ad-supported, non subscription services; and $0.0023 per performance for paid subscription services.

The most popular song of all time on Spotify is not nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy
The most popular song of all time on Spotify is not nominated for a Song of the Year Grammywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, co-written by Sheeran with Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, has missed out in both the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year categories.

How to spot the next music/tech giant
How to spot the next music/tech giantmusically.com
2017 has been a fascinating year for digital music, from the growth in paid streaming to a wave of new accelerators and initiatives to help startups.

Here's the Best Time to Release Your Album in 2018
Here's the Best Time to Release Your Album in 2018blog.symphonicdistribution.com

As for when to release based on competition, I saw two major shifts in 2017. Typically, I avoid March because of SXSW and October because of CMJ.

Warm Music Puts Heat On Broken Radio Royalty Business Model
Warm Music Puts Heat On Broken Radio Royalty Business Modelwww.forbes.com
Warm wants a more democratized music industry by delivering inexpensive data to anyone in the music industry about how their music is performing on radio stations all over the world.

Owning A Piece Of Drake's Music Now Possible Through The Magic Of Vetz
Owning A Piece Of Drake's Music Now Possible Through The Magic Of Vetzwww.hypebot.com
For the hardcore fan, the idea of owning a piece of their favorite artist’s music might well be an enticing one and now, thanks to a company called Vetz.co, artists can raise cash by selling ownership of a song to fans.

Majors Get The Tracks But Not The Longevity On Today’s Top Hits
Majors Get The Tracks But Not The Longevity On Today’s Top Hitsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

A post by Chartmetric’s Sung Cho diving into Spotify playlist metrics caught my attention, and one aspect in particular: how the major labels dominate the flagship Spotify playlist Today’s Top Hits.

Tech-led record label tops a billion YouTube views
Tech-led record label tops a billion YouTube viewswww.businesscloud.co.uk

Digital-only label Ostereo, based in The Landing at MediaCityUK, is flying after a year of business.

Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now
Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming nowwww.engadget.com
A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music.

Issue #296: How Tech Set Underground Music Free; Coming Soon: Blockchain Streaming Service Choon

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choon
Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choonwww.magneticmag.com
Gareth Emery is taking a crack at two of the hottest and potentially most difficult businesses to get a foothold in – blockchain and streaming.

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music
Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Musicboisestatepublicradio.org
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling

Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures
Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventureswww.hypebot.com
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Domin
Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Dominwww.fastcompany.com
UnitedMasters offers artists a combination of distribution across digital music services and detailed analytics.

Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hikewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing
The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. But on the antitrust front, the Trump Administration appears to be retreating in other places.

Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investorsmusically.com
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat.

Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap
Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gapwww.hypebot.com
In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of ‘windowing,’ writes Chris Castle.

Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'
Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'www.jambase.com
Listen to the new Neil Young & Promise Of The Real album ‘The Visitor’ in advance of this Friday’s official release.

Issue #295: How Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music; Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silent

Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music
Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Musicpigeonsandplanes.com
If streaming data is the new metric for success, we are all A&Rs.

Why the last big music label against streaming caved in
Why the last big music label against streaming caved inwww.irishtimes.com

The ECM record label was long a holdout against streaming, with boss Manfred Eicher believing in the integrity of the “album”.

Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silent
Your Favorite Radio Hits May Go Silentwww.bloomberg.com
Songwriters threaten to withhold their music if stations don’t give them a bigger share of revenue.

Those 'Fake Artists' on Spotify? Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Holland Says There Was 'No Special Deal'
Those 'Fake Artists' on Spotify? Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Holland Says There Was 'No Special Deal'www.billboard.com
After four months of quiet, Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Hoglund has finally spoken out at length in response to allegations that his company was promoting “fake artists” on Spotify’s playlists, and undercutting licensing fees and royalty payouts to traditional labels.

Voise Platform Upgrades to Alpha 0.2; Token to be Listed on Aussie Exchange
Voise Platform Upgrades to Alpha 0.2; Token to be Listed on Aussie Exchangemedium.com
Voise, one of this year’s most exciting blockchain projects, has upgraded its music streaming platform to include new features and fix the old ones.

Beginner’s Guide to Music MetaData.
Beginner’s Guide to Music MetaData.medium.com
All that you need to know about music metadata. What are recordings, releases, release groups, tracks, etc.

Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music
Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify musictechcrunch.com
In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An..

Spotify's RapCaviar turned the playlist into a movement, now Viva Latino is next
Spotify's RapCaviar turned the playlist into a movement, now Viva Latino is nextwww.theverge.com

Spotify’s biggest Latin playlist is rolling out video internationally.

Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support
Amazon Music app adds Chromecast supportwww.androidpolice.com
Amazon and Google’s relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts… by Rita El Khoury in Amazon, Applications, News

What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streaming
What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streamingwww.npr.org
NPR’s Elise Hu talks to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about what the FCC decision to end so-called net neutrality means and what it will mean to consumers of internet streaming.

Issue #293: Will Tech Startups Finally Make Record Labels Obsolete?; Spotify Launches New Tech Hub in London

Back Monday with Issue #295!


Will Tech Startups Finally Make Record Labels Obsolete? Not So Fast
Will Tech Startups Finally Make Record Labels Obsolete? Not So Fastwww.billboard.com
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Record labels are irrelevant because they’ve been disrupted by a venture-funded technology start-up. Sound familiar? It’s an old joke — on creators.

SoundCloud shows how its algorithms influence music streams
SoundCloud shows how its algorithms influence music streamswww.engadget.com
SoundCloud wants the world (and, more importantly, record labels) to know that it can break artists too. And, who can blame it. It must sting when Apple Music d…

Spotify launches new tech hub in London
Spotify launches new tech hub in Londonwww.thelocal.se
Spotify is recruiting for a new tech hub in London, its first outside Sweden and the US.

ASCAP Members Get Free Digital Distribution Via LANDR
ASCAP Members Get Free Digital Distribution Via LANDRwww.billboard.com
For many indie artists, ponying up to get music distributed across digital services is necessary, even if those itemized royalty checks for 76 cents don’t eventually cover that cost.

Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play a boon for Australian music
Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play a boon for Australian musicwww.afr.com
Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play are charging growth for the Australian music industry, with streaming services contributing over half of revenue for the local sector.

How to Create a Spotify Playlist: Tips and Tricks
How to Create a Spotify Playlist: Tips and Tricksblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Trying to catch the eyes of a Spotify Curator? We’ve put together a few tips to learn how to create a Spotify playlist. Click here to learn more!

YouTube Kicks Off 'Best.Cover.Ever' Series
YouTube Kicks Off 'Best.Cover.Ever' Serieswww.billboard.com

YouTube premiereed Best.Cover.Ever., a global singing competition that allows musicians to submit cover performances to their favorite artists in the hopes of being selected to perform alongside their idols.

Yandex.Music Streaming Service Becomes Russia's Top Non-Game App
Yandex.Music Streaming Service Becomes Russia's Top Non-Game Appwww.billboard.com
The mobile app of a leading Russian music streaming service, Yandex.Music, has landed the country’s biggest non-game mobile app in revenue, based on sales in App Store and Google Play, according to a recent report by App Annie.

How has music streaming evolved in 2017 and what does 2018 hold?
How has music streaming evolved in 2017 and what does 2018 hold?themusicuniverse.com
How has music streaming evolved in 2017 and what does 2018 hold? An in depth look into the most popular music platform is here.

TurnUp Music partners Samsung to launch streaming service
TurnUp Music partners Samsung to launch streaming servicewww.musicinafrica.net
South African online music service TurnUp Music has partnered with Samsung to launch a music streaming package on the Samsung Z Series mobile devices.

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