Issue #426: Spotify CEO Tries to Clear Up Handling of R. Kelly Situation; Google Tries, Tries Again with New YouTube Music

Spotify CEO tries to clear up handling of R. Kelly situation
Spotify CEO tries to clear up handling of R. Kelly situationwww.cnet.com
The new policy wasn’t about punishing one individual, Daniel Ek says.

Google Tries, Tries Again With New YouTube Music Service
Google Tries, Tries Again With New YouTube Music Servicewww.forbes.com
YouTube Music is the latest in a series of attempts by Google to create a compelling subscription music service.

Spotify and Apple Music are both searching for New York's smartest hip-hop head
Spotify and Apple Music are both searching for New York's smartest hip-hop headwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

An interesting, telling moment in time: both Apple Music and Spotify are looking for a hip-hop expert to help guide their respective platforms in New York City.

SiriusXM to Broadcast Governors Ball Music Festival Performances, Interviews
SiriusXM to Broadcast Governors Ball Music Festival Performances, Interviewswww.billboard.com

SiriusXM announced that it will broadcast performances and backstage interviews from The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City from Friday, June 1 through Sunday June 3, across its SiriusXMU and other channels.

Why Spotify's IPO could bring more innovation to music technology
Why Spotify's IPO could bring more innovation to music technologywww.techrepublic.com
After the IPO in April, Jeff Yasuda, CEO of Feed.fm, talked with TechRepublic about why Spotify’s success is good for the business of music.

Can Subscription Streaming Save the Music Industry?
Can Subscription Streaming Save the Music Industry?www.morganstanley.com
After 15 years, the music industry may have found its digital savior in subscription streaming thanks to new opportunities from smart speakers and cars.

Music Choice Accused of 'One of the Most Deceitful and Disingenuous Efforts to Cheat Artists' by A2IM
Music Choice Accused of 'One of the Most Deceitful and Disingenuous Efforts to Cheat Artists' by A2IMwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Is Music Choice trying to get a free lunch from Congress — at the expense of artists labels? Now, A2IM is accusing the company of outright duplicity.

When It Comes to the Music Consent Decrees, Process Is Key
When It Comes to the Music Consent Decrees, Process Is Keywww.project-disco.org

The Department of Justice has begun to enforce its new agenda that includes, among other things, terminating legacy consent decrees under a so-called Judgement Termination Initiative

Apple launches global music publishing division, headed by Elena Segal
Apple launches global music publishing division, headed by Elena Segalwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Segal, who was previously Legal Director of iTunes International, is stepping up to become Apple Music’s Global Director of Music Publishing.

Portugal. The Man's 'Feel It Still' Is Still Feeling It From Advertisers
Portugal. The Man's 'Feel It Still' Is Still Feeling It From Advertisersclios.com
Portugal. The Man’s infectious, ’60s-flavored “Feel It Still” was indisputably the song of the summer last year. But even now, with the summer of 2018 not far off, the track refuses to fade away—thanks in part to advertisers who continue to find it irresistible.

Eurosport launches sport-themed Playlist on Spotify to support summer marketing campaign
Eurosport launches sport-themed Playlist on Spotify to support summer marketing campaignwww.eurosport.co.uk
Eurosport, the number one sport destination in Europe, has partnered with Spotify to release a sport-inspired anthem as part of its latest marketing campaign.

Singtel offers data-free Apple Music streaming
Singtel offers data-free Apple Music streamingwww.zdnet.com
Singapore telco’s post-paid mobile customers can access the music streaming service at Apple’s subscription fee of S$9.98 a month.

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Issue #425: What are We Sacrificing for Streaming?; 7digital Expands Into Live Music Wearable Technology

Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?
Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?www.digitaltrends.com

Spotify and streaming services like Apple Music are taking over. But are we losing something valuable as we shift to on-demand music?

7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platform
7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platformwww.musicweek.com
The b2b digital music company is also rolling out the Juke streaming music service across Europe.

What is the travel time of music?
What is the travel time of music?medium.com
We’re living in a digital world and therefore information and music travels faster than ever before. It’s never been easier to release your music and let people from all over the world listen to it…

What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streaming
What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streamingthebridgebk.com
At a Brooklyn conference, industry experts sing the praises of a technology that could help save the business

Pitbull believes in Blockchain
Pitbull believes in Blockchainmedium.com
It’s going down, he’s yelling… “Blockchain”? Pitbull is the latest in a stream of artists invested in how Blockchain can be used to address issues in the music industry. This month Pitbull is…

YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvement
YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvementwww.engadget.com
A massive number of people use YouTube not just for videos, but as a de facto music-streaming service, not unlike Spotify. YouTube is well aware of this, wh…

Tidal Desktop App Changes
Tidal Desktop App Changesaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the newest Tidal app rebuild…

The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th
The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29thplatformandstream.wordpress.com
The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th.

Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumph
Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumphfortune.com
The early Spotify investor Sean Parker has sat with for a Q&A with Fortune.

Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is complete
Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is completetechcrunch.com

Pandora this morning announced it has closed on its acquisition of AdsWizz, the digital audio ad technology company whose products will be used to upgrade the streaming service’s own ad tech capabilities in the months ahead.

Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2
Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2mashable.com
As part of iOS 11.4, Apple’s finally letting users pair two HomePods together in stereo mode and stream music to multiple rooms via AirPlay 2.

Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Over
Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Overjunkee.com
If you’re trying to pre-emptively guess this year’s songs of the summer, it might be worth taking a look at Spotify’s shortlist.

The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th

The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th. Born of the original Clios and created in partnership with Billboard, Clio Music underscores the visceral power of music to connect consumers and brands. It lives as a section within the Clio Awards event dedicated to honoring work that spans artist self-promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations, and the use of music in advertising.

The Clio Awards ceremony will be held October 3rd (during Advertising Week) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC. Continue reading “The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th”

Issue #424: Creators Face an Evolving Challenge Protecting IP; Why Does Twitter Still Matter for Musicians?

Creators face an evolving challenge protecting IP
Creators face an evolving challenge protecting IPwww.raconteur.net
Protecting intellectual property and rewarding the creators of original works is a moving target as online technology continues to evolve

YouTube Music is great for record labels, but bad for music lovers
YouTube Music is great for record labels, but bad for music loverswww.wired.co.uk
As the music industry recovers, Sony, YouTube and Spotify jostle for supremacy

Spotify’s “hateful conduct” policy is an unfortunate mess
Spotify’s “hateful conduct” policy is an unfortunate messwww.thefader.com
A noble attempt to reckon with the work of accused abusers like XXXTentacion and R. Kelly has gone very south.

Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family plan
Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family planwww.theverge.com
Family subscriptions for music streaming services are great value in big households. Now Pandora is offering a family subscription for $15, matching similar deals from Spotify and Apple Music.

Why does Twitter still matter for musicians?
Why does Twitter still matter for musicians?diymusician.cdbaby.com

It’s worth remembering, Twitter still has hundreds of millions of active monthly users — and most of them have never heard your music. That’s a big untapped market right there.

It's Time for Spotify's Payment Processor, Adyen, To IPO
It's Time for Spotify's Payment Processor, Adyen, To IPOwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify’s payment processor, Adyen revealed that it plans to IPO in Amsterdam next month, seeking a valuation between $7 billion and $10.5 billion.

Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radio
Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radiojacobsmedia.com
There may yet be hope for AM radio, a platform that has seen better days.

Measuring Attention on Spotify: Followers vs. Listeners
Measuring Attention on Spotify: Followers vs. Listenersblog.chartmetric.io
In March 2018, we explored the idea of content-based (CN), context-based (CX), and hybrid (HB) playlists on the Spotify platform…if you missed it, check it out here for some context (pun fully…

Why Music Data Shouldn't Drive 100% Of Decisions
Why Music Data Shouldn't Drive 100% Of Decisionswww.hypebot.com
In this interview, James Martin of Midem speaks with Sam Hill, Director of Digital Marketing at BMG UK, about his job, advice he’d give to those starting in the music industry, where he thinks the music industry is headed, and why he doesn’t think data should drive 100% of decisions….

What Should We Expect From Audio Dealers?
What Should We Expect From Audio Dealers?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at what dealers do right…and wrong…

Phil Cook Offers Early Stream Of 'People Are My Drug' Album
Phil Cook Offers Early Stream Of 'People Are My Drug' Albumwww.jambase.com
Multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook is giving fans a chance to listen to his new album ‘People Are My Drug’ one week early.

Issue #423: VR + the Live Music Experience; Amazon Music App Now Hands-Free with Alexa; Spotify Adjusts Its Anti-Hate Policy

Is Virtual Reality About to Transform the Way We Experience Live Music?
Is Virtual Reality About to Transform the Way We Experience Live Music?noisey.vice.com
I stood in a small room with a headset and felt like I was on stage with Fall Out Boy. Kind of.

Is Spotify Walking Back Its Anti-Hate Policy?
Is Spotify Walking Back Its Anti-Hate Policy?variety.com
Spotify will begin walking back its controversial decision to ban certain artists from playlists based on their “hateful conduct” and will “eventually restore songs” by rapper XXXTentacion, according to a report on Bloomberg.

YouTube Music will eventually get Google Play Music’s best features, including user uploads
YouTube Music will eventually get Google Play Music’s best features, including user uploadswww.theverge.com
The new YouTube Music subscription service will eventually allow users to upload tracks to their personal collection — just like Google Play Music.

Techstars Music Accelerator offers 10 visions of the future
Techstars Music Accelerator offers 10 visions of the futurethemusicnetwork.com

The Techstars Music Accelerator 2018 in Los Angeles saw ten start-ups presenting their ideas to investors and the music industry.

Should Spotify windfall lead majors to cancel unrecouped debts for artists?
Should Spotify windfall lead majors to cancel unrecouped debts for artists?musically.com
Musician Tom Gray of British band Gomez – currently firing up crowds on the 20th anniversary tour celebrating their ‘Bring It On’ album – has an idea for major labels about how to follow up their windfalls from Spotify’s public listing.

Bruce Dickinson: Record Companies Were Too Arrogant, Old & Slow to Understand the Impact of Internet
Bruce Dickinson: Record Companies Were Too Arrogant, Old & Slow to Understand the Impact of Internetwww.ultimate-guitar.com
‘The record companies were making a lot of money for not doing very much,’ Iron Maiden singer says.

Amazon Music App Is Now Hands-Free With Alexa
Amazon Music App Is Now Hands-Free With Alexawww.billboard.com

Amazon announced the Echo’s ‘wake word’ technology has been fully integrated into its Amazon Music mobile app — meaning that users can now listen to music, completely hands-free.

Yonder Music is back with free unlimited music streaming
Yonder Music is back with free unlimited music streamingwww.soyacincau.com

Two months ago, Celcom’s free unlimited music service partner, Yonder Music, was suspended without prior notice.

Does Spotify’s chart on Sunday differ from the rest of the week?
Does Spotify’s chart on Sunday differ from the rest of the week?medium.com
Looking at my own listening behavior I often acknowledge that I tend to have different preferences on Sundays compared to the rest of the week.

These are the best podcasts and videos about music
These are the best podcasts and videos about musicquartzy.qz.com
Instead of seeking out critics’ reviews, many music lovers want to hear about how songs work. Enter the music explainer.

Pandora’s new Family Plan supports 6 accounts for $15 per month
Pandora’s new Family Plan supports 6 accounts for $15 per monthwww.androidauthority.com
Pandora has introduced a new Premium Family Plan. This plan gives the benefits of a Pandora account to up to six people for $14.99 a month. It is similar to family plans offered by both Spotify and Google Play Music.

Is the EP a Relevant Format in Today's Music Climate?
Is the EP a Relevant Format in Today's Music Climate?loudwire.com
With Nine Inch Nails having their reasons for making their new 30-minute release a full length and not an EP, we answer five questions about the format.

Issue #422: Playlists Help Bands Focus More on Music, Less on Image; The Cool Job of Getting Music Into Digital Stores

How Playlists Are Helping Bands Focus More On Their Music and Less On Their Image
How Playlists Are Helping Bands Focus More On Their Music and Less On Their Imageblog.reverbnation.com

An artist’s image has little to do with the music they make, but from the clothes a band wears in press photos to the artwork they’ve chosen for their albums.

Pandora’s personalized playlists go live for all Premium users
Pandora’s personalized playlists go live for all Premium userstechcrunch.com

The feature is meant to offer Pandora’s free users a reason to upgrade to its top-tier paid offering, Pandora Premium.

Daniel G. Harmann’s cool job getting music into digital stores
Daniel G. Harmann’s cool job getting music into digital storeswww.seattletimes.com
Seattle singer-songwriter works for DistroKid, which distributes music to Spotify, iTunes and other outlets.

YouTube Bets on Music as "Trojan Horse" to Boost Subscription Business
YouTube Bets on Music as "Trojan Horse" to Boost Subscription Businesswww.hollywoodreporter.com
The rebrand puts music at the center of YouTube’s push to sign up subscribers, a move that YouTube global head of music Lyor Cohen says was driven by the “enormous consumption of music happening globally” on YouTube.

Po.et launches lab for developers to build apps on publishing blockchain
Po.et launches lab for developers to build apps on publishing blockchaintechcrunch.com

Po.et is an open source, not-for-profit publishing network built on the blockchain with the broad ambition of changing how we distribute, license and monetize content on the internet.

Using AI, Gracenote Identifies the Sonic Style of 90 Million Tracks
Using AI, Gracenote Identifies the Sonic Style of 90 Million Tracks variety.com
Nielsen’s Gracenote knows the style of each and every song, not just the genres its author is known for.

Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’
Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’musically.com
Independent licensing agency Merlin is celebrating its tenth birthday by revealing that 2017 saw its highest number of new members since its first year of operation.

Sony Looks To Spend Billions Expanding Its Music Publishing Dominance
Sony Looks To Spend Billions Expanding Its Music Publishing Dominancewww.npr.org
Sony’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing will add the vast majority of a legendary catalog of compositions to its already massive publishing vault.

Vevo to Shutter Its Apps and Website in Coming Weeks
Vevo to Shutter Its Apps and Website in Coming Weekswww.billboard.com
Vevo announced on Thursday it will “phase out elements” of its owned and operated platforms — meaning its mobile apps and consumer website — and shift the company’s focus toward growing current and future partnerships.

Music production software Fruity Loops is now available for Mac
Music production software Fruity Loops is now available for Macwww.theverge.com
Image-Line has just released the newest version of its Digital Audio Workstation FL Studio (Fruity Loops), and with it comes native Mac support for the first time since its creation in 1997.

New Alternative Bill in Senate Challenges Music Modernization Act
New Alternative Bill in Senate Challenges Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
The Music Modernization Act passed the House unanimously last month. Now that the legislation has been introduced in the Senate, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced an alternative bill that could slow it down.

Spotify kicks off a cultural shift in the music business
Spotify kicks off a cultural shift in the music businesswww.economist.com

Making it on to an official playlist on Spotify, a streaming service, can help turn a singer into a superstar in the way that major radio stations once could. Until recently the main criterion for inclusion was a curator’s taste.

Issue #421: What the Music Biz Can Learn from Gaming, Gambling; Amuse Nabs $15.5M Funding; Spotify Launches Video Series for Artists

What the Music Industry Can Learn from Gaming and Gambling
What the Music Industry Can Learn from Gaming and Gamblingwww.magneticmag.com
It’s been suggested that the music industry can triple earnings in the coming decades if they adapt the strategy used by gambling and gaming companies.

Amuse Raises $15.5M for Free Music Distribution Service & Next Generation Record Label
Amuse Raises $15.5M for Free Music Distribution Service & Next Generation Record Labelwww.billboard.com
Next generation record label and music distributor Amuse has announced $15.5 million raised in a Series A round that was co-led by Lakestar and Raine Ventures.

Spotify Launches New Video Series Teaching Artists How to Better Use Platform, Navigate Music Business
Spotify Launches New Video Series Teaching Artists How to Better Use Platform, Navigate Music Businesswww.billboard.com
Spotify launched a new video series called ‘The Game Plan’ on Wednesday geared towards teaching artists and their teams how too better use the streaming service and advance their careers in the music industry.

Blockchain Makes The Right Noises For Music Biz
Blockchain Makes The Right Noises For Music Bizcryptobriefing.com
Gareth Emery is one of the world’s top DJs, and his interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain tech goes back to 2013. He sees smart contracts as a way to empower musicians, and to eliminate the opaque contracts and unfair payment practices that dominate the music biz today.

Which platform did Koreans choose as their favorite for music streaming?
Which platform did Koreans choose as their favorite for music streaming?www.allkpop.com
According to the Korea Internet Corporations Association’s research, the most preferred music streaming platform among Korean netizens is none other t…

Licensing Hub ICE Signs New Content Deal with Mixcloud
Licensing Hub ICE Signs New Content Deal with Mixcloudwww.billboard.com
One-stop pan-European online rights hub ICE has signed a multi-territory license with Mixcloud, the world’s fastest-growing audio streaming platform.

Why Spotify keeps giving away more music access
Why Spotify keeps giving away more music accesswww.zdnet.com
Shoring up the music service’s free tier not only beefs up the pipeline for premium users, but makes it a stronger choice in developing economies and keeps it a step ahead of Apple Music in mature economies.

Inside YouTube's New Subscription Music Streaming Service
Inside YouTube's New Subscription Music Streaming Servicewww.billboard.com
After years of false starts and months of rumors, YouTube’s new subscription music streaming service — aptly titled YouTube Music — has finally arrived.

Spotify Wins Approval of $112.5 Million Deal to Settle Copyright Class Action
Spotify Wins Approval of $112.5 Million Deal to Settle Copyright Class Actionwww.billboard.com
As U.S. Congress nears passage of the first significant music licensing reform in decades, Spotify is breathing easier after a federal judge on Tuesday granted final approval to a class action settlement on the copyright front.

Music copyright infringement tracking, reporting software in beta test
Music copyright infringement tracking, reporting software in beta testthemusicuniverse.com
Music copyright infringement tracking, reporting software in beta test that will help musical works rights holders to accurately collect royalties.

7 Innovations in Audio Storytelling
7 Innovations in Audio Storytellingmedium.com
Digital audio files were generally distributed through Web pages in the days of “webcasting” that preceded podcasting. In late 2003, Dave Winer began wrapping audio in an RSS feed and Adam Curry…

From Player Pianos to Paper Notices: A Modern Update to Music Licensing Is Long Overdue
From Player Pianos to Paper Notices: A Modern Update to Music Licensing Is Long Overduewww.billboard.com
Rarely does a century-old musical instrument drive policy in Washington, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the music community at this moment.

Issue #420: R. Kelly’s Streaming Numbers Up After Spotify Playlist Ban; SiriusXM Rolls Out Special U2, Beach Boys Channels

R. Kelly Streaming Numbers Remain Intact Despite Spotify Removal
R. Kelly Streaming Numbers Remain Intact Despite Spotify Removalwww.billboard.com

The music streaming company announced earlier this month that it had removed the R&B singer’s music from its playlists.

SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer
SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summerplatformandstream.wordpress.com

SiriusXM said that The Beach Boys will launch an exclusive full-time summer-long SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel, on Thursday, May 24.

SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1
SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1platformandstream.wordpress.com

SiriusXM announced that U2 will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The U2 Experience, on channel 30 beginning Friday, June 1. The U2 Experience will showcase music from the band’s more than four decade long career.

Spotify's new hate speech policies should trouble artists and music fans
Spotify's new hate speech policies should trouble artists and music fanswww.foxnews.com
R&B artist R. Kelly, who has sold an estimated 60 million albums, has been indicted – but acquitted – of 21 counts of child pornography, accused of taking videos of himself committing sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

Sony Buys Additional 60 Percent Stake in EMI Music Publishing
Sony Buys Additional 60 Percent Stake in EMI Music Publishingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Sony’s purchase from Mubadala Investment Company — which is pending regulatory approval before it can close — brings the Japanese conglomerate’s total share up to 90 percent.

How to Save Cellular Data When Streaming Music on Your iPhone or Android Phone
How to Save Cellular Data When Streaming Music on Your iPhone or Android Phonesmartphones.gadgethacks.com

While I love Spotify, I don’t like it devouring my data plan when streaming music away from a Wi-Fi network.

Lyor Cohen works for YouTube now, and he wants you to pay $10 a month
Lyor Cohen works for YouTube now, and he wants you to pay $10 a monthwww.recode.net

What changed?

TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platform
TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platformwww.hypebot.com
TuneGO, a data driven music A&R startup has completed a Series B financing totaling more than $7.7 million.

China’s music potential: ‘We are finally getting there!’
China’s music potential: ‘We are finally getting there!’musically.com
2017 was a big year for the music industry in China: according to the IFPI, last year it was one of the world’s 10 biggest recorded-music markets for the first time.

YouTube Expands 'Artist on the Rise' Program, Starting With Jessie Reyez
YouTube Expands 'Artist on the Rise' Program, Starting With Jessie Reyezwww.billboard.com

YouTube announced that Jessie Reyez will be its first Artist on the Rise.

Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labels
Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labelsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sound Royalties introduced a new financial product to enable distributors to acquire additional content and provide advances to existing labels with the funding being provided by Sound Royalties’ through the new Edge Funding Program.

How YouTube's New Music Streaming Service Stands Up to the Competition
How YouTube's New Music Streaming Service Stands Up to the Competitionlifehacker.com
Google is back with yet another music streaming service. This time the company is rebranding YouTube Red and splitting it into two new options named YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1

SiriusXM announced today that U2 will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The U2 Experience, on channel 30 beginning Friday, June 1.

The U2 Experience will showcase music from the band’s more than four decade long career, including tracks from their latest album Songs of Experience (Interscope) – ranked #6 in the Global Top albums of 2017, epic rock anthems, historic performances, and rarities. SiriusXM subscribers will also hear exclusive stories from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, and U2’s long-time sound engineer Joe O’Herlihy, who has helped shape the remarkable sound of U2 throughout the decades since he first saw them perform in September 1978 at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork City, Ireland. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1”

SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer

SiriusXM announced today that The Beach Boys, the groundbreaking and GRAMMY Award®-winning American rock band, will launch an exclusive full-time summer-long SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel, on Thursday, May 24.

Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel gives SiriusXM listeners a channel that, for an entire summer, will evoke sunshine, surf, cool cars, and good times. The channel will feature not only the band’s hits and rarities, it will also include guest DJs and stories from original band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with longtime keyboardist and vocalist Bruce Johnston, guitarist David Marks, and percussionist John Stamos, all discussing song inspiration, their careers and lives on the road, memories of founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson, and, of course, a whole lot of fun, fun, fun. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer”

Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labels

Specialty music finance company Sound Royalties introduced a ground-breaking new financial product to enable distributors to acquire additional content and provide advances to existing labels with the funding being provided by Sound Royalties’ through the new Edge Funding Program.

For decades, the music industry has been fueled by revenue advances. As the industry has evolved, the ability for independent labels and content owners to secure advanced funding has diminished. The revolutionary Edge Funding Program serves the music community on two levels. For independent labels the program will allow Sound Royalties to work with music distributors to forecast and provide no-interest advances to indie labels with manageable terms. Continue reading “Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labels”