Issue 519: Streaming Fuels the Boom in Smart Speakers; How Indie Artists Will Make Money with SoundCloud Premier

Streaming helps fuel the boom in smart speakers such as Echo, HomePod
Streaming helps fuel the boom in smart speakers such as Echo, HomePodwww.cnbc.com
The markets for smart speakers and music streaming are becoming more interdependent, a new study suggests, as high-tech audio shifts the way consumers listen to music.

Here’s how indie artists will make money with SoundCloud Premier
Here’s how indie artists will make money with SoundCloud Premierwww.theverge.com
SoundCloud announced that it is opening up its direct monetization program to the public, finally giving most artists the ability to make money off of the platform. The program, called SoundCloud Premier, was created four years ago but has been limited to an invite-only beta until now.

Russia's Yandex.Music Launches International Push in Israel
Russia's Yandex.Music Launches International Push in Israelwww.billboard.com
Yandex.Music, Russia’s largest local music streaming service, has made its first step towards expansion beyond the former Soviet Union by launching in Israel.

Spotify Unveils Its Most Streamed Artists, Songs, and Albums Ever
Spotify Unveils Its Most Streamed Artists, Songs, and Albums Everwww.complex.com
Spotify unveiled the most-streamed songs, artists, and albums to celebrate 10 years.

DistroKid Scores 'Significant Investment' From Silversmith
DistroKid Scores 'Significant Investment' From Silversmithwww.hypebot.com

Indie music distributor DistroKid has received “a significant investment” from Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm.

8 Ways to Get People in the Habit of Listening to Your Radio Station
8 Ways to Get People in the Habit of Listening to Your Radio Stationjacobsmedia.com
Nir Eyal, the author of the “Hooked,” offers eight ways that you can help people build listening to your radio station into their daily habits.

Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships
Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnershipsmusically.com
Facebook has unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, smart ‘speakers’ – like Amazon’s Echo Show, these devices have screens.

Spotify UK financials reveal growth in advertising revenues
Spotify UK financials reveal growth in advertising revenuesmusically.com
Spotify’s UK subsidiary has published its financial results for 2017, and at first glance there’s a shock: revenues *down* by 55% year-on-year to £107.1m ($140.1m).

Comcast Launches X1 Music Week
Comcast Launches X1 Music Weekwww.multichannel.com

Offers free access to subscription music services, Pandora Premium.

Phil Cook Performs Live On KEXP
Phil Cook Performs Live On KEXPwww.jambase.com
Watch Phil Cook and The Guitarheels perform songs off of ‘People Are My Drug’ and ‘Southland Mission’ for Seattle-based radio station KEXP.

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