Issue #414: Is Spotify’s Hateful Conduct Policy a Flawed Step Forward?; Metallica Have No Regrets Over Suing Napster

Why Spotify’s New Policy on Hateful Conduct Is a Flawed Step Forward
Why Spotify’s New Policy on Hateful Conduct Is a Flawed Step Forwardpitchfork.com
The never-ending “whataboutisms” that undercut good intentions

Metallica insist they were right to sue Napster in 2000
Metallica insist they were right to sue Napster in 2000consequenceofsound.net
The heavy metal outfit famously filed a lawsuit against the platform for copyright infringement. They also demanded 300,000 users be banned.

Apple Music and Pandora No Longer Promoting R. Kelly
Apple Music and Pandora No Longer Promoting R. Kellypitchfork.com
They join Spotify in growing list of companies cutting ties with the singer

Why Blockchain is the answer for the music industry?
Why Blockchain is the answer for the music industry?medium.com
Getting down with your favorite genre is easier than ever, power up your computer or turn on your smartphone and select your preferred music app.

Spotify Playlists: Women's Advocacy Group Wants Chris Brown, Eminem & Others Removed for Sexual Assault Claims
Spotify Playlists: Women's Advocacy Group Wants Chris Brown, Eminem & Others Removed for Sexual Assault Claimswww.billboard.com
Women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet is applauding Spotify’s new policy banning hate content and hateful conduct that has brought with it high profile removals of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from curated playlists, but is also asking for more.

Warner quietly launches free Tunecore rival for unsigned artists
Warner quietly launches free Tunecore rival for unsigned artistswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Anyone can now sign a deal with Warner Music Group. Sort of.

SoundExchange Launches Music Data Exchange To Connect Label, Publisher Metadata
SoundExchange Launches Music Data Exchange To Connect Label, Publisher Metadatawww.hypebot.com

SoundExchange has launched Music Data Exchange (MDX), a free software application designed to facilitate the exchange of sound recording and publishing data and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers.

Webcast: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Celebrates Ornette Coleman, May 18-19
Webcast: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Celebrates Ornette Coleman, May 18-19platformandstream.wordpress.com
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates one of jazz’s great original geniuses: composer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930–2015).

Spotify voice commands now work on the UE Blast and Megablast speakers
Spotify voice commands now work on the UE Blast and Megablast speakerswww.theverge.com
Ultimate Ears has announced that voice control on Spotify and Spotify Connect is now available on its Blast and Megablast wireless speakers.

Elon Musk berates music streaming platforms for “crazy low payouts”
Elon Musk berates music streaming platforms for “crazy low payouts”mixmag.net

The billionaire comes to the aid of artists, labels and his new girlfriend.