Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’

Edge Music Network is partnering with MondoTunes, as well as launching EMN’s official “Artist Pages” – designed to deliver a compelling new way for artists and musicians to establish connections with fans, venues and labels.

With modern architecture, deep navigation capabilities, advanced search tools and user-friendly features built from the ground up – EMN’s latest advances enable users to interact, book a band, watch live performances, follow artists on their official social media channels and connect through the platform’s chat capability. Continue reading “Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’”

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Issue #403: Spotify Tests Price Hike in Norway; Choon Debuts May 1; MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty
Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyaltywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners later.

Choon will launch May 1st
Choon will launch May 1stmedium.com
After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy to announce that the Choon platform will launch at 12PM US Pacific Time on May 1st, 2018.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free
MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Freeplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store
Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Storetechcrunch.com

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online
Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Onlineplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution
Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolutionmusically.com
At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion of this trend.

Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streaming
Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streamingwww.musicinafrica.net
French streaming service Deezer yesterday announced a cross-platform streaming and radio partnership with award-winning South African radio station Hot 91.9 FM.

Czech music business sees double digit growth
Czech music business sees double digit growthwww.radio.cz
The revenues of Czech music business increased last year by 11 percent to 834 million crowns, according to a press release by the Czech branch of International Federation of Phonographic Industry.

Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?
Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?www.synchblog.com

What will Spotify’s recent acquisition of Loudr mean for the music publishing community?

Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?
Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff splits digital hairs to make a point…

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms
Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platformsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms.

Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish sound
Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish soundwww.irishtimes.com
The New Éire – ‘The next generation of urban sounds representing the Emerald Isle’

How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Steps
How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Stepsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

The company made headlines in 2015 when it announced its innovative unlimited-uploads option. Today, that plan remains the most affordable way to publish your music over the world’s largest distribution network, especially for more prolific artists. Continue reading “MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free”

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms, beginning today (April 27) and continuing for two months.

Sixty years ago, RCA Victor celebrated the arrival of the stereo era with Living Stereo. The distinctive Living Stereo logo set new standards of fidelity in stereo playback, designed to highlight the label’s commitment to state-of-the-art recording. Now part of the Sony Classical label, these recordings have been restored over the last two decades with the greatest care and fidelity to their original sound. Continue reading “Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms”

Issue #402: The Triumph of the Subscription Model; Fleetwood Mac on SiriusXM; Bandsintown Integrates Apple Music; Pandora in Atlanta

Spotify Subscriptions Helped The Streaming Company Win Listeners
Spotify Subscriptions Helped The Streaming Company Win Listenerswww.wired.com
The streaming company proved it could get the Napster generation to subscribe. But will Spotify’s paywall make it profitable?

Fleetwood Mac Channel Coming to SiriusXM
Fleetwood Mac Channel Coming to SiriusXMwww.billboard.com

After having to deal with Lindsey Buckingham’s departure, looking for replacements and announcing a North American tour, Fleetwood Mac prove they’re stronger than ever, especially now as they launch a SiriusXM channel on May 1.

Bandsintown integrates Apple Music for in-app streaming
Bandsintown integrates Apple Music for in-app streamingwww.engadget.com
If you’re like me, looking at your local concert listings is usually accompanied by blasting the music of the bands you encounter along the way. That task typic…

Music streaming giant Pandora announces Atlanta expansion
Music streaming giant Pandora announces Atlanta expansionwww.underthegeorgiasun.com

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Pandora will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

Spotify streaming comes to Sky Q boxes
Spotify streaming comes to Sky Q boxes www.engadget.com
Spotify is available on Sky Q from today, letting you play music via your Sky Soundbox or stream music to your TV speakers via AirPlay or Bluetooth. It’s the fi…

YouTube Remix Promises Changes to Google Streaming Music
YouTube Remix Promises Changes to Google Streaming Musicfortune.com
Google could be working on a new effort, called YouTube Remix, that would dramatically change its streaming-music efforts.

”Now That’s What I Call Music!”: from 1983 to today
”Now That’s What I Call Music!”: from 1983 to todayquartzy.qz.com
If aliens find any record of our civilization, let it be one of these annual music compilations.

Music marketing in the streaming age: ‘Using the artists here is important’
Music marketing in the streaming age: ‘Using the artists here is important’musically.com
Against a backdrop of streaming being hailed – again – as the major driver behind the record industry’s slow but steady return to growth in the IFPI’s numbers for 2017, the importance of streaming services as marketing platforms was the theme of the opening panel at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in New York.

Sonos files for an IPO that may value the company at $3 billion
Sonos files for an IPO that may value the company at $3 billionwww.theverge.com
Sonos has confidentially filed paperwork with the SEC indicating it plans to hold an IPO as soon as this summer, according to a report today from The Wall Street Journal. The report says Sonos may be valued around $2.5 to $3 billion as a result.

Deezer and Hot91.9FM announce first ever music partnership
Deezer and Hot91.9FM announce first ever music partnershipwww.bizcommunity.com
Deezer, the world’s most personal music streaming service announces the first radio partnership in South Africa with Hot 91.9 FM…

These five tricks will make your Spotify Discover Weekly playlists bang every week
These five tricks will make your Spotify Discover Weekly playlists bang every weekwww.shortlist.com

Good grief music is exhausting these days, isn’t it?

Music label sues Spotify over playlists -- and might have a case
Music label sues Spotify over playlists — and might have a casefortune.com
Some Spotify users make playlists that mirror compilation albums issued by Ministry of Sound, which the label calls infringement.

iHeart Names First EVP of Advanced Audio and Data Revenue
iHeart Names First EVP of Advanced Audio and Data Revenuewww.radioworld.com
iHeartMedia Hires Justin Nesci for EVP of Advanced Audio and Data Revenue along with Aaron Hyland for Baltimore market president

SiriusXM to Broadcast Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival

SiriusXM announced today that for the first time it will broadcast live performances and backstage interviews from the prestigious Stagecoach Country Music Festival located in Indio, California.

The exclusive radio broadcast will air on The Highway – Channel 56, and will include backstage interviews and live concert performances from Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Brett Young, Lee Brice, and more. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Broadcast Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival”

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online

Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Resonate is a long-time proponent of blockchain technology, using it to enable a more efficient approach to music streaming. To fulfill key features of music ownership, management, user streaming rights and access, Resonate needed to integrate a blockchain-based identity solution. Continue reading “Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online”

Issue #401: Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?; Spotify Tests Filter to Block Swearing in Songs

'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?
'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?psmag.com
Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the streaming era, that’s a losing formula.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs
Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songswww.bbc.com
The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streaming
The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streamingpitchfork.com
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s will be first royal wedding to stream

Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works
Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Workswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Sony Music files new court papers to stop an arbitration commenced by the satellite radio giant.

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representatives
Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representativeswww.billboard.com

The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act on Wednesday.

Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nation
Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nationwww.iq-mag.net
The urban concert series, based on Spotify’s popular Who We Be playlist, is going “bigger for 2018”, with an extra date at the Birmingham Academy.

Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streaming
Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streamingpitchfork.com
Red Flame, Evil Red Flame, Red Flame (Devil Music Edition), Pink Flame, God’s Father, and more

Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotify
Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotifywww.techradar.com
Deezer’s next feature caters to those of us with ever-evolving music tastes.

Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summer
Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summervariety.com
A producer and former performer will launch a new streaming network devoted to theater and theater-related content this summer

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule
LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Scheduleplatformandstream.wordpress.com
LiveXLive Media has partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming – Global Dance Festival and Decadence NYE.

Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streaming
Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“We’re seeing a lot of people making that conversion – a lot of people don’t want ads. But for people who won’t convert, and it’s obvious not everyone in the world is going to have a Premium subscription, we see how big the size of the audio ad market is globally.”

Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNA
Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNAwww.pastemagazine.com
To celebrate their album’s 20th anniversary, Massive Attack will encode “Mezzanine” album into DNA, archiving their music for hundreds to thousands of years.

Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blocking
Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blockingwww.hypebot.com

While site blocking has long been employed as a nuclear (albeit often ineffective) option for preventing copyright infringement, the entertainment industry is now taking things a step further by blocking certain apps.

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule

LiveXLive Media has partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming – Global Dance Festival and Decadence NYE.

The multiyear agreement, brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, grants LiveXLive the exclusive opportunity to record, film and distribute the festivals’ content. This includes live performances, audio and video on demand (VOD) rights across LiveXLive’s digital platforms, such as Slacker Radio and LiveXLive, its video streaming platform. Continue reading “LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule”

Issue #400: Spotify Pumps Up Free Tier; Pandora Premium on Xbox One; Prince’s Estate Launches Massive ‘Discography’ Website

Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appeal
Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appealwww.billboard.com

By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly.

Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One
Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox Onewww.engadget.com
Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile — a web player only arrived in February, nearly a year after the mobile launch. But n…

Apple's Shazam buy probed as EU targets app's data trove
Apple's Shazam buy probed as EU targets app's data troveadage.com
The EU will investigate whether Apple might get unfair access to commercially sensitive data about users of rival music-streaming services.

Prince’s Estate Launches Massive Website With Videos, Photos, More
Prince’s Estate Launches Massive Website With Videos, Photos, Morevariety.com
The music beat has been in overdrive this week — between Avicii’s tragic death, Coachella, Beychella — and the Prince beat in particular: The run-up to today’s second anniversary of his passing was preceded by the announcement that there will be no criminal charges in his death from an acci…

7digital claims ‘positive’ start to 2018 with new contract wins
7digital claims ‘positive’ start to 2018 with new contract winsmusically.com
B2B digital-music firm 7digital has published a trading update for its business in the first quarter of this year, which it describes as “positive” for the company.

Why Apple’s HomePod May Be Flopping
Why Apple’s HomePod May Be Floppingwww.fastcompany.com
The company may have overplayed the importance of audio quality at the expense of digital assistant smarts.

Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locations
Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locationslifehacker.com
If you want to find some jams that were popular in Canada in the 1950s to kick off your weekend—or just want a random assortment of trending songs by era and location for no particular reason—the website Radiooooo is a great interactive trip.

Visualize your music DNA with Data
Visualize your music DNA with Datadeezer.io
At Deezer, we take the world of music and make it personal. That’s why we designed Flow, your personal soundtrack, and a dynamic home page to help you find your perfect tracks in no time.

US Latin Recorded-Music Industry Skyrockets With 37 Percent Growth in 2017 Thanks to Streaming & Crossover Hits
US Latin Recorded-Music Industry Skyrockets With 37 Percent Growth in 2017 Thanks to Streaming & Crossover Hitswww.billboard.com
Latin music revenues in the United States skyrocketed last year, growing 37 percent to $243 million, driven primarily by music streaming, according to the RIAA.

The story of Spotify: Sweden's controversial king of music streaming
The story of Spotify: Sweden's controversial king of music streamingwww.thelocal.se
Has Spotify had a positive or negative impact on the music industry? AFP’s Gaël Branchereau investigates.

Streaming has changed the way we deal with music — let us count the ways
Streaming has changed the way we deal with music — let us count the waysglobalnews.ca
You might be surprised to learn how music streaming is having a profound effect on music fans, the music industry, and artists.

Issue #399: 43% of Music Revenues via Streaming in ’17; J. Cole Breaks Drake’s 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music

43% of music revenues came from streaming last year
43% of music revenues came from streaming last yeartechcrunch.com

Streaming services and their subscription revenue has saved the music business, according to a new music industry report, which notes that 2017 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth — again, thanks to digital music consumption.

How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping -- Not Destroying -- The Industry
How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping — Not Destroying — The Industrywww.billboard.com
There is an enduring fear in the music industry that artificial intelligence will replace the artists we love, and end creativity as we know it.

How streaming will continue to change everything in the music business
How streaming will continue to change everything in the music businesswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In the backdrop of Spotify becoming a publicly traded company, streaming is working for a majority of stakeholders in today’s music industry.

Spotify in Israel: Streaming Service a Success a Month After Launch – Variety
Spotify in Israel: Streaming Service a Success a Month After Launch – Varietyvariety.com
A month after Spotify’s launch in Israel, the streaming service is finding its footing.

How This Startup Is Finding Millions of Dollars in Unclaimed YouTube Revenue For Artists and Labels
How This Startup Is Finding Millions of Dollars in Unclaimed YouTube Revenue For Artists and Labelswww.billboard.com
Create Music Group (CMG) has grown from a YouTube collection specialist into a profitable 75-employee force with tentacles in a range of overlooked opportunities in the music business, from mixtape monetization to video-content creation beyond official music videos.

J. Cole Breaks Drake's 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music With 'KOD,' Nearly Double Its Spotify Streams
J. Cole Breaks Drake's 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music With 'KOD,' Nearly Double Its Spotify Streamswww.billboard.com
With his album KOD garnering 64.5 million streams in its first 24 hours in the U.S., J. Cole set a new record on Apple Music for most album streams in 24 hours, eclipsing Drake’s Views by almost a million streams.

UK Collection Society PRS for Music Revenues Top $1 Billion for First Time
UK Collection Society PRS for Music Revenues Top $1 Billion for First Timewww.billboard.com
Revenues at U.K. collection society PRS for Music topped $1 billion for the first time in its 104-year history in 2017, rising 12.7 percent on a constant currency basis to total £717 million.

Block ’n’ roll: 3 ways blockchain is building the music industry of the future
Block ’n’ roll: 3 ways blockchain is building the music industry of the futuremedium.com
2018 is the year of blockchain: the fledgling technology promises transformation across all industries, from healthcare to finance. This week alone, new blockchain projects have been announced by…

AIM Partners With Muso to Help Indie Artists Sink Pirates
AIM Partners With Muso to Help Indie Artists Sink Pirateswww.billboard.com
The Association of Independent Music, a U.K. trade body representing hundreds of indie labels, artists and start-ups, has teamed with digital piracy watchdog Muso to give its members access to tools for monitoring and taking down unlicensed content from the internet.

Spotify’s line-in
Spotify’s line-inmedium.com
Music streaming has a vexing data problem, but Spotify believes it has a way to help fill in some of those info gaps across its 30 million songs.

Record Store Day: Why music streaming will never replace the quest for vinyl
Record Store Day: Why music streaming will never replace the quest for vinylwww.cbc.ca
The Day 6 music panellists share their most memorable quests for elusive vinyl records, from obscure movie soundtracks to long-forgotten cover songs.

Apple’s Jay Liepis Heads to Nashville to Bolster Country Music Ties
Apple’s Jay Liepis Heads to Nashville to Bolster Country Music Tiesvariety.com
Apple Music is establishing a beachhead in Nashville, as 13-year Apple veteran Jay Liepis relocates to Music City to head up a new office.

Issue #398: How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists; Of Branded Playlists and Artist Payment

How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists
How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artistscryptoslate.com

Technology and art have always been closely intertwined, and blockchain is no exception.

Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?
Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?www.billboard.com
When a brand curates its own playlist it is using songs specifically to influence a consumer’s perception of the brand, so should artists be compensated for being a part of what is essentially advertising?

The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it coming
The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it comingwww.nbcnews.com
Thanks to the power of streaming, artists like Nicky Jam have been able to reach mainstream success as platforms like Spotify revolutionize the music industry.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPO
Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPOwww.wsj.com
Tencent Music, China’s largest music-streaming company, is preparing what would be one of the largest tech IPOs ever.

Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently
Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficientlytechcrunch.com

A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry.

From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’t
From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’twww.geekwire.com
In streaming music, Spotify gets the glory. Yet the Seattle-based service originally known as Rhapsody was the streaming pioneer. Now operating under the Napster brand, it seemed perfectly positioned to be where Spotify is today. It’s not. This is why.

MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeria
MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeriawww.itnewsafrica.com

The partnership which has been dubbed the first of it’s kind in Nigeria allows subscribers on the platform to stream over three million international songs from various categories.

Congress Should Tweak -- and Pass -- the Music Modernization Act
Congress Should Tweak — and Pass — the Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
There’s every reason to believe this new organization will distribute royalties much better than the current system. There’s just not much of an incentive, other than transparency, to make sure it does.

5 Awesome Tools for Music Production
5 Awesome Tools for Music Productionblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Electronic music production is more accessible than ever, thanks to an influx of tools available on the interweb.

Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Market
Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Marketmusic3point0.com
Indie DIY artists revenue grew handsomely last year, but still only represents a small fraction of the recorded music industry’s income.

Things I Wish Spotify Did Better
Things I Wish Spotify Did Bettergearpatrol.com
Spotify has been a big part of my daily routine for years. And I’m not likely to abandon it anytime soon, but there are little tweaks that I wish it did better just to make my experiance a little simpler. So Spotify, please, get on it.

iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patients
iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patientswww.techrepublic.com
Nursing home patients saw noticeable changes in activity, mood, and memory when they started listening to their favorite music using recycled iPods.