Issue #434: Music Streaming Boost from Amazon’s Premier League Deal; Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify’s Rhythm

Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming
Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streamingmusically.com
This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019.

Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify's rhythm
Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify's rhythmwww.forbesindia.com
Spotify may be public now, but co-founder Daniel Ek has no plans to let anyone else set the company’s rhythm

A million new tracks are being uploaded to streaming service Napster every 6 weeks
A million new tracks are being uploaded to streaming service Napster every 6 weekswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It was an impressive stat, but for record labels – whose job it is to ensure their artists get noticed above the noise in the marketplace – it was also a pretty alarming one. That alarm might be about to get a little louder.

Sirius XM Agrees to Pay SoundExchange $150M in Settlement Over Unpaid Royalties
Sirius XM Agrees to Pay SoundExchange $150M in Settlement Over Unpaid Royaltieswww.billboard.com
Sirius XM Radio Inc. last week agreed to pay $150 million to SoundExchange Inc., settling two lawsuits alleging the satellite radio provider underpaid due performance royalties.

Pandora’s new ECD on the new audio renaissance and the company’s role in sonic branding
Pandora’s new ECD on the new audio renaissance and the company’s role in sonic brandingwww.thedrum.com
Radio, while still a highly viable advertising medium, doesn’t get as much love as its video counterparts, but thanks to the rise of podcasts, smart home speakers and streaming audio companies like Pandora and Spotify, audio content has gained new life, and with it, more chances for advertisers and brands to build sonic content.

Midem to launch music awards in 2019 based on Soundcharts data
Midem to launch music awards in 2019 based on Soundcharts datamusically.com
The Midem 2018 conference only finished on Friday, but organiser Reed Midem has already announced one of the key planks in next year’s event: the Midem Music Awards.

Bandsintown Big Break, A Data-Driven Emerging Artist Program
Bandsintown Big Break, A Data-Driven Emerging Artist Programmedium.com
Today we are proud to announce “Big Break”, the first data-driven program designed to spotlight and support emerging artists in live music. Live performance now often precedes an artist’s recording…

Founder of Red Bull Radio talks streaming service morality
Founder of Red Bull Radio talks streaming service moralitywww.kswo.com
Red Bull For better or worse, streaming services have turned the music industry into a sort of wild west, where tradition is constantly rewritten.

Alliance of music stations seeks to bring copyright law ‘into modern era’
Alliance of music stations seeks to bring copyright law ‘into modern era’current.org
As lawmakers debate legislation backed by big players in streaming services, music stations want a better legal climate for their work on platforms beyond radio.

Apple Music hires another hip-hop expert from the BBC
Apple Music hires another hip-hop expert from the BBCwww.cultofmac.com
Apple recently hired Ryan Newman, snagging a key player from 1Xtra, the BBC’s main hip-hop and grime radio station. With more than 30 million tracks available, Apple Music continues to focuses on hip-hop, particularly on its streaming radio station, Beats 1.

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