Rob Thomas, VNUE’s set.fm Raise More Than $10K For Sidewalk Angels Foundation

VNUE announced today that it raised more than $10,000 for the Sidewalk Angels Foundation from its instant live recordings of international superstar and Grammy-winner Rob Thomas‘ three sold-out January shows at the Borgata Casino Music Box in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This was the seventh consecutive year that Thomas held the Music Box shows fully benefiting Sidewalk Angels, and the recording of each show were made available immediately after they finished via VNUE’s set.fm as well as partner PledgeMusic.com. The intimate acoustic shows, which Thomas has described as “singer-songwriter storyteller events,” featured him performing a range of material from both Matchbox Twenty and his critically-acclaimed solo albums, as well as other material.

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Issue #380: Spotify’s Playlists vs. Radio; FLAC & the Future of Audio Streaming; Apple Music, Now with Videos

Spotify’s Playlists Are More Powerful Than Radio
Spotify’s Playlists Are More Powerful Than Radiowww.bloomberg.com
But how will the company cash in?

FLAC and the Future of Audio Streaming
FLAC and the Future of Audio Streamingwww.magneticmag.com
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codex. It is a file format that provides bit-perfect copies of CD music but that are half the size.

Apple adds music videos to its Apple Music streaming service
Apple adds music videos to its Apple Music streaming servicemusically.com
Apple Music is expanding its catalogue… with music videos. From today, Apple will have a catalogue of music videos – including curated playlists.

Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genome
Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genometechcrunch.com

Just ahead of Spotify’s public debut planned for early April, Pandora is punching its rival where it hurts: personalized playlists.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
This is the first piece of our Strategy Series, which will look at the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

IDAGIO Product Director Bas Grasmayer about the challenge of classical music streaming
IDAGIO Product Director Bas Grasmayer about the challenge of classical music streamingblog.idagio.com

“A lot of the excitement is in the challenge itself. We all value autonomy, so it’s important to me that all the team members are able to make decisions independently with the confidence that it makes sense in the context of the greater whole.”

Taylor Swift exclusive video puts Spotify back in her favor
Taylor Swift exclusive video puts Spotify back in her favorwww.cnet.com
Taylor Swift’s long-dormant feud with Spotify seems to be officially over, with the pop star launching a music video for “Delicate” only on Spotify.

SoundCloud Rap Has Its First No. 1 Album — Now What?
SoundCloud Rap Has Its First No. 1 Album — Now What?www.vulture.com
XXXTentacion’s No. 1 album: What is its significance for the future of SoundCloud rap, or is it the beginning of the end?

How Spotify can help artists & labels reach more fans
How Spotify can help artists & labels reach more fanshere.org.uk
For a long time now I’ve thought there is something missing from Spotify. Namely the ability for content creators, rights holders, record labels, publishers and more to reach their fans via advertising to Spotify’s audience of 159 million monthly active users.

Amazon India Inks Three New Partnerships For Amazon Prime Music Catalogue
Amazon India Inks Three New Partnerships For Amazon Prime Music Catalogueinc42.com
Strengthening its Prime music catalogue further, Amazon India has signed three content deals for Amazon Prime Music with Lahari Music, Muzik 247 and the Indian Performing Right Society.

AI-driven data could be the music industry's best marketing instrument
AI-driven data could be the music industry's best marketing instrumentventurebeat.com
The music industry is learning a new rhythm through the instrument of artificial intelligence. AI is revolutionizing insights and business strategies and fine-tuning the way we work, connect, learn, and play around the world.

Spotify changes the music industry's tune
Spotify changes the music industry's tunewww.itweb.co.za
Many recording industry figures say the streaming revolution, led by Spotify, crippled the commercial logic of recording music as a profession.

On Content Curation
On Content Curationmedium.com

Spotify’s personalized Discover Weekly playlists, Netflix’s sub-genres like “Critically Acclaimed Fight-the-System TV Shows,” and Facebook’s algorithmic newsfeed are each attempts to answer the question of how we curate content.

Streaming has changed the way that songs are titled
Streaming has changed the way that songs are titledwww.officialcharts.com
New research suggests that song titles are shorter because of our “shorter attention spans”.

Issue #380: Smart Speakers are Music Streaming’s New Battleground; InMusik Plans ICO to Start Music Streaming Service

Smart speakers are music streaming's new battleground
Smart speakers are music streaming's new battleground www.slashgear.com
Music streaming no longer seems to be the prized cow it once was but that doesn’t mean the battle has let up in the slightest.

InMusik plans initial coin offering to start music streaming service
InMusik plans initial coin offering to start music streaming servicetechcircle.vccircle.com

The company has developed its own cryptocurrency, Sound Coin, to power its music streaming service, which will reward both listeners and content creators on the value they provide to the community.

Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself?
Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself?www.bloomberg.com
Investors are about to decide whether it matters that the most popular music streaming service doesn’t make any money.

Warner Music Acquires A&R Data Startup Sodatone
Warner Music Acquires A&R Data Startup Sodatonewww.billboard.com
WMG announced on Wednesday it has acquired Sodatone, a tech startup that has developed an algorithmic platform that combines social, streaming and touring data to help identify unsigned talent.

Xiaomi Partners With Hungama To Bring Online Streaming To Mi Music App Update
Xiaomi Partners With Hungama To Bring Online Streaming To Mi Music App Updatebeebom.com
If you felt that Xiaomi’s native Mi Music app was just bare bones, well, think twice as the app has bagged an update to bring online streaming into the mix.

Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously
Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriouslywww.hypebot.com
As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously.

Music streaming is booming—and still barely making money
Music streaming is booming—and still barely making money qz.com
The music industry can barely believe its luck. Revenue has risen—by quite a lot—for two years in a row now, after nosediving for two decades prior. According to a new report yesterday (March 22) from the trade group the Recording Industry Association of America, US music revenue soared 17% from 2016 to 2017, to a…

Spotify Comes 'Home' With First African Launch
Spotify Comes 'Home' With First African Launchwww.forbes.com
Africa is “the home continent of music historically,” Spotify MD of Emea Michael Krause said as the world’s largest streaming service launched in South Africa. “This is our first African country, our first step onto this continent. It’s really great to be here.”

Facebook is expanding its music licensing mission into Asia and beyond
Facebook is expanding its music licensing mission into Asia and beyondwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Facebook has secured major-league deals in the US and Europe with some of music’s biggest hitters over the past few months.

GoDaddy Ordered to Suspend Four Music Piracy Domains
GoDaddy Ordered to Suspend Four Music Piracy Domainstorrentfreak.com
GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, has been ordered to disable four domains that facilitate access to four ‘pirate’ music sites. The order was handed down via the Peruvian Copyright Commission following a complaint from a member organization of IFPI.

Naim Audio announces new premium music streamers
Naim Audio announces new premium music streamerswww.whathifi.com
There are three new products – the range-topping ND 555 (above, £12,999), the NDX 2 (£4999) and the entry-level ND5 XS2 (£1999).

APRA AMCOS, ARIA calls for local quotas on music streaming
APRA AMCOS, ARIA calls for local quotas on music streamingwww.afr.com
As streaming services globalise music like never before, Australia’s music industry is trying to make Spotify and its competitors commit to 25 per cent local content quotas.

Spotify ‘pay-for-playlisting’ issue rears its head again
Spotify ‘pay-for-playlisting’ issue rears its head againmusically.com
We’ve been here before with the issue of ‘playola’ – the notion that artists can pay to have their tracks added to popular playlists on Spotify.

Issue #379: Sony Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streaming; SoundMachine, Napster Partner for Expanded Music Subscription Service for Businesses

Sony Music Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streaming
Sony Music Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streamingvariety.com
Sony Music is overhauling its catalog-focused Legacy label to adapt to changes streaming has presented, a source tells Variety.

Spotify tells Wall Street it is going to have a very good year in 2018
Spotify tells Wall Street it is going to have a very good year in 2018www.recode.net
Ahead of its IPO, the streaming service offers its first-ever guidance: Revenue, subs, margins will be up, operating losses will go down

The White Buffalo to Offer Instant Live Recordings via VNUE’s set.fm
The White Buffalo to Offer Instant Live Recordings via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming U.K. run from the roots, blues and soul-infused act The White Buffalo, a.k.a. songwriter Jake Smith, and making them available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm mobile content delivery app and website.

SoundMachine partners with Napster for retail-focused music service
SoundMachine partners with Napster for retail-focused music servicewww.musicweek.com
The service blends SoundMachine’s music subscription service for businesses with Napster’s music programming technology and catalogue.

The Real Slim Shady: Investing in Digital Music
The Real Slim Shady: Investing in Digital Musicthemarketmogul.com

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, in 2016 the global music industry grew by 5.9%. Digital revenue accounted for 50% of the global music revenue and digital revenue grew by 17.7%.

A super oversimplification on music rights, ownership and why it matters
A super oversimplification on music rights, ownership and why it matterswww.geeksandbeats.com
The latest in music and technology from The World’s Most Popular Podcast with Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth

Neil Young on his new film Paradox, the power of music and the evils of streaming
Neil Young on his new film Paradox, the power of music and the evils of streamingwww.theglobeandmail.com
Young’s soundtrack to the Netflix film, which was directed and written by his partner Daryl Hannah, will be released Friday

Reliance, eyeing data use, buys into music streaming service
Reliance, eyeing data use, buys into music streaming serviceasia.nikkei.com
MUMBAI (NewsRise) — Reliance Industries deepened its foray into entertainment by purchasing a stake in Indian music streaming service Saavn, a move t

Spotify's Churn Rate and Inactive Subscribers: Should the Music Industry Be Concerned?
Spotify's Churn Rate and Inactive Subscribers: Should the Music Industry Be Concerned?www.billboard.com
The good news for Spotify is that its churn rate is steadily decreasing, even as its user growth continues to outpace those of Apple Music and other rivals.

Austin VR firm takes music lovers backstage at ‘Austin City Limits’
Austin VR firm takes music lovers backstage at ‘Austin City Limits’www.512tech.com
A local company is using cutting-edge technology to take music lovers behind the scenes at the long-…

LL COOL J Launches His New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28
LL COOL J Launches His New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28platformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced today that LL COOL J will launch his new SiriusXM classic Hip-Hop channel on March 28 entitled LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio.”

The Pandora v. Spotify ad battle is on
The Pandora v. Spotify ad battle is onwww.axios.com

While both services have made the majority of their revenues off subscriptions, revenue growth opportunities for subscriptions are slowing as the market becomes more saturated.

Spotify launches black history hub with the help of Janelle Monáe
Spotify launches black history hub with the help of Janelle Monáeew.com

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and actress, Janelle Monáe, kicks off Black History Is Happening Now campaign

The White Buffalo to Offer Instant Live Recordings via VNUE’s set.fm

VNUE will be recording the upcoming U.K. run from the roots, blues and soul-infused act The White Buffalo, a.k.a. songwriter Jake Smith, and making them available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm mobile content delivery app and website. The U.K. dates being recorded begin April 15 in Manchester and run through April 21 in London.

“I’m excited to have fans hear the stripped down ferocity and emotion of the live show,” Smith said. “We are an anomaly in today’s music scene by performing raw, with no bullshit, no smoke and mirrors, no effects, no backing tracks, no click tracks, and no loops. We are simply three guys, playing our respective instruments with our hearts and our sweat. Each night comes with its own set of unique mistakes and triumphs. I do feel a bit exposed by recording and releasing these rough mixes but, it is what it is, and that’s been my ethos all along. Keep it honest and real.”

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LL COOL J Launches His Exclusive New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28

SiriusXM announced today that LL COOL J will launch his new SiriusXM classic Hip-Hop channel on March 28 entitled LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio.”

The channel will feature a wide range of classic hip-hop content, music, interviews and in-depth retrospectives curated and presented by LL, as well as other innovators of hip-hop music, including Ice Cube, Stetsasonic, Eric B. & Rakim, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Ultramagnetic MCs, Too Short, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Canibus, Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Black Moon and Ice T.

LL: “If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of Classic Hip-Hop, SiriusXM’s ‘Rock the Bells Radio’ is for you. It’s where fans can come and be immersed in the music, the culture, the energy and the history of Classic Hip-Hop.” LL continues, “We’re gonna have great artists, legendary artists, lyricists, superstars, sex symbols. This is the place to be if you want uncut, raw, pure, classic Hip-Hop, but there’s one catch—it’s strictly for O.G.’s.”

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