Can Spotify Solve the Art-vs.-Artist Problem? — www.theringer.com
On Thursday, the streaming service announced a decision to remove R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from its curated playlists—and stumbled into a debate that has stumped the industry for decades
YouTube's Revamped Subscription Platform Will Launch Next Tuesday — www.billboard.com
After months of testing and teasing, YouTube will relaunch its new streaming platform next Tuesday (May 22) with multiple subscription price points alongside an entry-level, ad-supported version.
Typically, music distribution companies don’t own any intellectual property – and their clients can up and leave with a short notice period.
YouTube Expands Credits on Videos, Using Content ID to List Artist, Songwriter and Publisher Info — www.billboard.com
The “music in this video” feature will provide expanded credits for songs heard in a wide range of videos, from official artist clips to fan-uploaded content containing recorded music, along with DJ sets, short films, beauty vlogs and gamer videos.
Hey Alexa, What’s the best voice strategy for musicians? — medium.com
More than 50% of people in the U.S use voice search daily (according to Google), the most popular use case by far? Listening to music.
It looks like eMusic’s attempt at a comeback last year didn’t work out so well. Behold: the eMusic Blockchain Platform! “The First Major Music Service to Embrace Blockchain Technology.”
Exactuals, a software service offering payments management for the music industry, is debuting R.AI, a new tool that it’s dubbed the “Palantir for music.”
Could Spotify Buy Universal? Should It? — www.hypebot.com
Vivendi has been openly exploring spinning off Universal Music Group. Publically the talk is of a possible IPO, but the rumor mill has spun out several scenarios, including a purchase by Apple or Alibaba. But what if Spotify bought UMG? Could that bold move solve its ongoing profitability problem?
Just days after Norwegian investigative journalists accused TIDAL of a massive manipulation of streaming data, multiple sources are reporting both underpayments and late payments from the streamer.
Merlin Sells All of Its Spotify Shares for Estimated $125 Million-Plus — variety.com
Merlin, the international independent label collective, is the latest recorded-music group to sell its Spotify shares — all of them, in fact
On the unexpected joy of random Spotify discoveries — www.theindustryobserver.com.au
There is an Estonian indie-rock band named Ewert and the Two Dragons, and they fucking rule.