Issue 504: How Artists Change Songs to Optimize for Streaming; Qantas Nixes Music; Tidal Expands to Brazil

How artists are changing their songs to optimize for streaming.
How artists are changing their songs to optimize for streaming.slate.com
Spotify and Apple Music were supposed to connect artists with their fans. Instead, they’re making the record labels more powerful.

Qantas have axed music from in-flight entertainment
Qantas have axed music from in-flight entertainmentwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Radio stations, playlists and CD library collections have all been removed from the airlines domestic and some international entertainment services.

Tidal expands into Brazil via Vivo partnership - with subs costing less than $4 a month
Tidal expands into Brazil via Vivo partnership – with subs costing less than $4 a monthwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Tidal has signed a partnership to help it crack the Brazilian music market after agreeing a deal with local telecommunications company Vivo.

Apple Music Is Now Searchable By Lyrics
Apple Music Is Now Searchable By Lyricswww.rollingstone.com

Apple’s streaming service is now easier to use than Spotify in one key way.

China's Tencent Music halves US IPO to US$2 billion, report
China's Tencent Music halves US IPO to US$2 billion, reportwww.scmp.com
Tencent Music Entertainment Group, China’s biggest music-streaming company, has halved the amount it is seeking to raise in a US listing to about US$2 billion, according to three people close to the deal….

Spotify loses its second top marketing executive in a week
Spotify loses its second top marketing executive in a weekwww.fastcompany.com
VP of brand creative Jackie Jantos is leaving the music streamer less than a week after chief marketing officer Seth Farbman’s exit.

Why you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music files
Why you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music fileswww.cnet.com
Yes, it’s 2018 and YouTube, Spotify and Pandora are pretty great, but hear me out.

Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015
Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015musically.com
One of the themes Music Ally explored in our recent report on country music was how streaming is helping the genre and its emerging artists find new audiences abroad

SoundCloud data added to UK and Ireland's Official Charts
SoundCloud data added to UK and Ireland's Official Chartswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Licensed and monetized streams happening on SoundCloud will now be counted in the UK and Ireland’s Official Albums and Singles Charts.

Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribers
Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribersplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Super Hi-Fi today announced a collaboration with The Associated Press to transform AP’s daily global news content into audio-based stories that can be seamlessly embedded into any digital music service partner.

Apple Music Gains Popularity Worldwide, Spotify & Amazon Hold Market Shares: Study
Apple Music Gains Popularity Worldwide, Spotify & Amazon Hold Market Shares: Studywww.billboard.com

Apple Music’s global market share grew 2 percent in the first half of the year, reaching 19 percent of worldwide streamers, according to a study by MIDiA.

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