Issue #350: How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era; Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017

How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era
How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Erawww.digitaltrends.com
SiriusXM boasts less than half the subscribers as the most popular on-demand music streaming service, but SiriusXM is booming while Spotify continues to lose money. What’s going on here?

For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equal
For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equalwww.marketplace.org
Whether a song becomes a hit will depend where people listen.

Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017
Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017www.billboard.com
Online independent music marketplace Bandcamp saw double digit growth in every aspect of its business and paid out more than $270 million to artists in 2017, the company has announced.

Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Music
Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Musicwww.vulture.com
YBN Nahmir is a hugely popular rapper with impressive Soundcloud streaming numbers, and now, due to fishy activity, so is another rapper named Comethazine, who has been able to piggyback off those numbers.

In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battleground
In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battlegroundwww.musicweek.com
As the battle for voice supremacy continues to heat up on the back of the release of Apple’s HomePod, many people are currently preoccupied with which device music is being played on, not which songs.

Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional markets
Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional marketswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The offer has arrived in seventy-nine markets overnight and three markets will launch on Feb. 26th. Countries where Apple Music student memberships are now available include Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal and Taiwan.

Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Think
Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Thinkwww.digitalmusicnews.com
With Spotify reportedly preparing to launch their direct listing next month, it has found a surprisingly clever way to inflate its US subscriber metrics.

A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Library
A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Libraryaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone explains why he has a major crush on Tidal and Roon…

Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify
Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotifymusically.com
Three separate stories this morning come together into a strand illustrating 2018’s status as a continued landgrab for new music-streaming subscribers.

Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming service
Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming servicewww.musicinafrica.net
Kenyan telco Safaricom has launched a brand new streaming service called Songa. Hailed as a game changer, the new app is expected to increase revenue sources for local, regional and international artists.

Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazon
Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazonnordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify is vulnerable to competition from its better-funded rivals.

Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jean
Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jeanwww.telegraph.co.uk
Donna Summers’ 1982 hit State of Independence has experienced a resurgence on streaming websites after veteran music producer Quincy Jones claimed it was the basis for Michael Jackson’s biggest hit.