LiveXLive Expands Into Country, Adding Country 500 to Music Festival Livestreaming Lineup

LiveXLive has partnered with Country 500, a country music festival on the grounds of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.

The partnership names LiveXLive the festival’s official livestreaming and video-on-demand (VOD) partner. Country 500 takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, and features some of the top names in country music, including Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, and more. This is LiveXLive’s first livestream of a country music festival and builds on its livestreaming festival slate, which includes Bumbershoot, Seattle; Rock in Rio, Rio de Janeiro; and Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco; among others.

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Issue #359: SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream; Pros, Cons of Spotify as a Hardware Company; Liberty Makes a Play for iHeartRadio

SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream
SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstreamwww.dailytexanonline.com
Various rappers have launched their careers and risen to massive fame with just the click of a button.

The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Company
The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Companymusic3point0.com
Spotify is looking to launch it’s own branded streaming music hardware, but there are just as many negatives as there are positives in doing so.

SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuring
SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuringvariety.com
iHeartMedia, which has struggled under the burden of $20 billion in debt, may look to SiriusXM parent company Liberty Media for a hail Mary.

Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Today
Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Todayvariety.com
Taking a DIY approach to media, Atlantic Records today announced the launch of an in-house podcast initiative with its own production team.

In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Jones
In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Joneswbgo.org
What to make of Quincy Jones’s new video music service?

Country station in Standard Hat Works making waves
Country station in Standard Hat Works making waveswww.wacotrib.com

Country music and cowboy hats often go together, but Standard Hat Works owner Cameron Morris takes it one two-step further: He runs a country music station out of his New Road store.

Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018
Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018www.radioworld.com
Streaming audio fans will be flocking to smart speakers and podcasts this year, while music-only services may be losing momentum

Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library
Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Librarywww.hypebot.com

Music collaboration tech developer Splice has acquired Indaba Music.

Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?
Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the practice of corporate consolidation in high-performance audio.

Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Users
Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Userswww.mediapost.com

The record industry is asking a federal court to reconsider a decision that reversed a $25 million copyright verdict against the Internet service provider Cox Communications.

Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon
Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon9to5mac.com

HomeKit control of Apple Music is high on my wish list of future HomePod abilities, but for now, HomeBridge gets me halfway there.

Drake’s Streaming Success; Lupe Fiasco: Blockchain Could ‘Revolutionize Music; Spotify Coming to Sky Q

How's Drake's Streaming Success Is a Lesson in the New Music Business Model
How's Drake's Streaming Success Is a Lesson in the New Music Business Modelwww.billboard.com
Billboard breaks down Drake’s uncanny success in the streaming era and why he continues to win.

Lupe Fiasco says that blockchain technologies can 'revolutionize' the music industry
Lupe Fiasco says that blockchain technologies can 'revolutionize' the music industrywww.businessinsider.com
Lupe Fiasco compared cryptocurrencies to commodities like “baseball cards,” while expounding on the ways blockchain technologies could “revolutionize music.”

Spotify, Voice Functionality Coming to Sky Q This Spring
Spotify, Voice Functionality Coming to Sky Q This Springwww.gizmodo.co.uk
Fancy Sky is about to get fancier.

SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer: The CLASSICS Act Is Seriously Flawed
SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer: The CLASSICS Act Is Seriously Flawedwww.billboard.com
SiriusXM has paid $2.2 billion for its use of post-1972 recordings; terrestrial radio has paid “nothing.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform special SiriusXM listener concert Atlanta
Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform special SiriusXM listener concert Atlantamusic.blog.ajc.com
Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform special SiriusXM listener concert at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre.

Apple Music wish list: 17 ways to improve the app and service
Apple Music wish list: 17 ways to improve the app and servicewww.macworld.com
If Apple Music wants to be number one, it can start by improving its iOS app.

Times Internet infuses Rs 2.48 bn into Gaana to battle Amazon Prime Music
Times Internet infuses Rs 2.48 bn into Gaana to battle Amazon Prime Musicwww.business-standard.com

Times Internet Limited has infused fresh capital of Rs 2.48 billion into its online music streaming service Gaana as it prepares to battle giant Amazon’s Prime Music service which was launched in India late last year.

9 Alexa tips for music junkies
9 Alexa tips for music junkieswww.cnet.com
If you love music and your Alexa speaker, here are nine things you should know.

Brian Eno brings music composition to augmented reality
Brian Eno brings music composition to augmented realitywww.wired.co.uk
Brian Eno’s Bloom: Open Space app lets you use Microsoft Hololens to control music and visuals, and it’s strangely relaxing

Auddly launches #MetadataPays campaign for music creators
Auddly launches #MetadataPays campaign for music creatorsmusically.com
Startup Auddly’s service aims to help songwriters and musicians to start creating metadata around their songs from the earliest stages of writing and recording.

‘Austin City Limits’ To Live Stream Mac DeMarco Debut Performance
‘Austin City Limits’ To Live Stream Mac DeMarco Debut Performancewww.jambase.com
Tuesday’s ‘Austin City Limits’ taping featuring Mac DeMarco will be shown live via a free webcast.

Everything Musicians Need to Know about Music Distribution
Everything Musicians Need to Know about Music Distributionblog.landr.com

As an artist, digital distribution has become a must in order to reach all your potential fans. Smart distribution grows your visibility. It gets your music into as many ears as possible. And it helps you get paid for your music.

Issue #358: How BitTorrent Spurred the Streaming Revolution; Dwight Yoakam to Launch SiriusXM Channel

How BitTorrent Spurred the Streaming Revolution
How BitTorrent Spurred the Streaming Revolutionwww.wired.com
Bram Cohen may say his file-sharing platform wasn’t built for piracy, but BitTorrent quickly changed what we do online.

Dwight Yoakam to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel
Dwight Yoakam to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channelplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat, a channel curated by Dwight Yoakam, will feature music from Yoakam’s extensive career as well as his musical friends.

Spotify's Founders Aren't Giving Up Control Any Time Soon
Spotify's Founders Aren't Giving Up Control Any Time Soonwww.bloomberg.com
Spotify’s co-founders are taking a page from the Google-Facebook playbook, with plans to maintain control over the music service after its stock listing by holding shares with super voting power, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

Airbnb Expands Music Offering With Launch Of Dedicated Concerts Platform
Airbnb Expands Music Offering With Launch Of Dedicated Concerts Platformwww.billboard.com
Airbnb’s expansion into the live music business continue to grow with the roll out of its own platform dedicated to staging concerts around the world.

Twitter’s $70 million SoundCloud investment is officially wiped out
Twitter’s $70 million SoundCloud investment is officially wiped outwww.recode.net
Jack Dorsey invested in the music streaming service in 2016; last year he wrote off the deal.

Deezer reveals new Singtel deal and Midemlab sponsorship
Deezer reveals new Singtel deal and Midemlab sponsorshipmusically.com
Deezer has announced its latest deal with a mobile operator: Singtel in Singapore. It’s not quite a hard bundle, but it’s more than just marketing.

Neil Young Blasts Google in New Essay
Neil Young Blasts Google in New Essaywww.billboard.com
Neil Young is no fan of multinational corporations. In a lengthy new post on his Neil Young Archives site entitled Google And Artists, the rocker takes aim at one of the big ones.

Concert Discovery App Songkick Signs Up With Facebook
Concert Discovery App Songkick Signs Up With Facebookwww.billboard.com
Songkick, the concert discovery app that was purchased by the Warner Music Group last July, has signed a partnership with Facebook that will integrate concerts and events from Songkick into Facebook and its 2 billion users.

How Did an Unofficial Beyoncé Remix End Up on Her Official Streaming Pages?
How Did an Unofficial Beyoncé Remix End Up on Her Official Streaming Pages?www.spin.com
Beyoncé fans got a surprise Wednesday night when a new remix of the song “Sweet Dreams,” originally from her 2008 album I Am… Sasha Fierce, popped up on Tidal

LiveXLive approved for NASDAQ listing after Slacker acquisition
LiveXLive approved for NASDAQ listing after Slacker acquisitionmusically.com
Digital music firm LiveXLive has been approved to list on the public NASDAQ market.

Senior Lenders to iHeartMedia Plan Bid to Unify Creditors
Senior Lenders to iHeartMedia Plan Bid to Unify Creditorswww.bloomberg.com
Senior lenders to iHeartMedia Inc. are preparing to pitch a new term sheet to junior bondholders in an attempt to unite all the creditor groups behind a common proposal as time runs out for the radio giant’s debt restructuring, according to people with knowledge of the conversations.

Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga on Subcultures' Endurance, Radio's Future & Advice for Young Women in Music
Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga on Subcultures' Endurance, Radio's Future & Advice for Young Women in Musicwww.billboard.com
As one of the three lead DJs for Apple’s 24/7 radio station Beats 1, London-based Julie Adenuga has interviewed artists across the spectrum of celebrity, from rising grime icons MIST, Dizzee Rascal and Stormzy to mainstream stars like Pharrell Williams, Cardi B, Britney Spears and Liam Gallagher.

Dwight Yoakam to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

SiriusXM announced today that Dwight Yoakam will launch an exclusive SiriusXM channel, Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat “Where Country Went Mod.”

Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat, a channel curated by Dwight Yoakam, will feature music from Yoakam’s extensive career as well as his musical friends.

Yoakam’s SiriusXM channel will celebrate the Bakersfield sound and those whom it has inspired including Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart, Tommy Collins, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eagles, The Blasters, Lucinda Williams and more. The channel will encompass all that is California country and country rock, in all of its various and varietal hybrid forms, from Ricky Nelson to Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt and will also include artists from the movement in LA in the early to middle 80s that Yoakam broke out of, and will feature bands as diverse as X, Lone Justice and Los Lobos.

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Issue #357: Spotify Can Justify Valuation By Becoming Netflix of Music; Apple Not in the Music Business ‘For the Money’

Spotify Can Justify Valuation By Becoming Netflix of Music
Netflix building a studio saved its business. Spotify needs to do something similar: start a label and concert business that both provides a pathway toward profitability and allows it to become an attractive partner to musicians.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Apple Music: 'We're not in it for the money'
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Apple Music: 'We're not in it for the money'www.cnbc.com
Tim Cook says he doesn’t necessarily think “a financial person” fully understands Apple.

Music and Blockchain: the Gentle Distant Revolution
Music and Blockchain: the Gentle Distant Revolutionmedium.com
There’s a big enthusiasm about blockchain tecnhologies and cryptocurrencies, with music world making no exception in the excited conversation.

Why Dance Music Stars Are Crazy About Cryptocurrency, and May Make a Killing
Why Dance Music Stars Are Crazy About Cryptocurrency, and May Make a Killingwww.billboard.com

DJs are diving into Bitcoin and other blockchain-based coins.

The future of the music industry: blockchain, diversity, hologram Roy Orbison and more
The future of the music industry: blockchain, diversity, hologram Roy Orbison and moremusically.com
FastForward prides itself on doing things a bit differently from other music-industry conferences, from its diverse speakers and youthful audience.

Pandora Launches Audio Ad Marketplace As Voice And Brand Safety Demand Rises
Pandora Launches Audio Ad Marketplace As Voice And Brand Safety Demand Riseswww.geomarketing.com

“The launch of our programmatic audio marketplace will give advertisers the unique opportunity to efficiently reach Pandora’s audience,” says Pandora CRO John Trimble.

Amazon Prime Music: Amazon Prime Music strikes deal with T-Series
Amazon Prime Music: Amazon Prime Music strikes deal with T-Seriestech.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Amazon Prime Music users will get ad-free access to 1,50,000 songs from the label, including Bollywood music, non-film albums, and regional music titl..

Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is high
Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is highmusically.com
89% of Americans who’ve bought a smart speaker so far are satisfied with their device, according to a new survey published by investment firm Loup Ventures.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte to unveil sweeping music copyright reform package next month
Rep. Bob Goodlatte to unveil sweeping music copyright reform package next monthwww.tennessean.com
Action on the legislation is a clear indication that long-sought federal copyright reform could come to fruition on 2018.

Universal Music Making Close To $18 Million A Day
Universal Music Making Close To $18 Million A Daymusic3point0.com
Universal Music Group had a great year, and now is making around $18 million a day, which no one would have expected 5 years ago.

YK Records’ Michael Eades on Running a Boutique Label in a Digital World
YK Records’ Michael Eades on Running a Boutique Label in a Digital Worldwww.nashvillescene.com

In our age of streaming media, “How much great music are we missing out on?” is not a question we’re likely to ask. But maybe we should.

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