Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership
Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnershipplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

Blockchain? More like rockchain
Blockchain? More like rockchainadage.com
Music was the first industry the digital revolution decimated. Blockchain is a chance to reinvent ourselves, Jesse Kirshbaum writes.

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

The day music discovery failed me
The day music discovery failed memedium.com

The Manic Street Preachers released a new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. I didn’t find out about it until yesterday (Monday).

10 of the Best Music Podcasts
10 of the Best Music Podcastsvariety.com
With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.

Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright
Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyrightvariety.com
The Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industry
How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industrywww.cinemablend.com
MoviePass is making another major movie, and this one will see it get into the music industry.

Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixed
Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixedadage.com
Radio is a medium with huge reach, but its cracks are showing. Fewer young people are listening and alternative media is stealing its thunder.

A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocates
A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocateswww.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.

MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainmentwww.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Ads
How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Adsmedium.com
I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad?

Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaborationwww.billboard.com
One of the biggest managers in music is joining forces with one the best-known voices in branding, digital marketing and developing audiences through social media.

Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO
Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSOwww.hypebot.com
VEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

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Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch

Soundeon, a decentralized and vertically integrated blockchain music platform, has made the leap and is launching its alpha version – the Music Token Sale layer along with “Talent Unleashed” contest. As proof of concept, Soundeon kicked off the launch with the “Talent Unleashed” contest that will encourage artists to hold their own Music Token Sale™ campaigns by reaching out to their fans and new audiences alike.

An artist can invite fans and listeners to sign up to Soundeon, after which each new member will receive Soundeon Tokens that can be spent to support those Music Token Sale™ campaigns that the member loves most.

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Issue #347: Blockchain and Music Profitability; Deezer’s Plan to Capture Asia Pacific’s Market for Music Streaming

For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable again
For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable againwww.techradar.com
New streaming service Choon wants to pay artists more for their music. Founder Gareth Emery explains how it all works.

Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming
Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streamingwww.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.

Spotify Limited & Apple Records
Spotify Limited & Apple Records500ish.com

The following seems inevitable. But sometimes stating the obvious draws some interesting concepts out of the woodwork.

Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEO
Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEOwww.billboard.com
Rhapsody International announced today (Feb. 8) that Bill Patrizio has been appointed president and CEO of global streaming service Napster.

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio
Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radiowww.spectator.co.uk

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio on The Spectator.

Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?
Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spurred on by optimistic forecasts like these, institutional investors are flinging eye-opening sums towards the music business.

Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch day
Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch daywww.theverge.com
Order estimates in the US slipped from delivery Friday — launch day — to next Tuesday. The smart speaker appears to be sold out for in-store pickup as well.

Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This February
Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This Februarywww.techweez.com

As we wait for Safaricom to unveil their latest service, it is worth noting that music streaming has not been embraced by the general Kenyan public due to two factors; a majority of Kenyans still don’t believe they should pay for music that they can download for free and the issue of mobile data.

Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forward
Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forwardwww.hypebot.com
While the Music Modernization Act to revamp music copyright has its critics, most in the industry support it.

How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label model
How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label modelnowtoronto.com

A new music festival and podcast are part of the Toronto record label’s search for true independence.

Issue #344: Blockchain + the Future of Entertainment; The Long Fall of iHeart; Paying the Piper & the Copyright Owner

How Blockchain Can Transform The Future Of Entertainment

Grammy winner Imogen Heap is one of the most prominent musicians to embrace the blockchain. She recently teamed up with Ujo, a company looking to be the one-stop shop for independent music distribution and payments, to release the first song on the Ethereum blockchain.

The Long Fall of iHeart, Once the Most Powerful and Feared Player in Radio
The Long Fall of iHeart, Once the Most Powerful and Feared Player in Radiowww.texasmonthly.com
Launched by two of the biggest names in Texas business, Clear Channel was once the most powerful—and feared—player in radio. Now rebranded as iHeartMedia, it’s on the brink of bankruptcy.

Apple Music Was Always Going to Win
Apple Music Was Always Going to Wingizmodo.com
Everybody knows that Apple is rich and powerful. So few will be surprised to learn that, despite showing up to the party late, the Cupertino company now appears to be winning some key battles in the streaming music wars.

Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Records
Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Recordsmusically.com
In late January, former Playlists.net and Warner Music Group executive Kieron Donoghue launched ‘streaming-first’ indie label Humble Angel Records.

Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) - The Music Modernization Act of 2017
Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) – The Music Modernization Act of 2017www.lexology.com
The rise of streaming music services has changed the landscape in ways that most would not have imagined even a decade ago.

Spotify puts IPO bankers on “disruption” playlist
Spotify puts IPO bankers on “disruption” playlistwww.breakingviews.com
The music-streaming service may list its stock in New York without raising money or using underwriters. With private funding plentiful and business models asset-light, other tech groups could follow. It’s another threat to the high fees U.S. banks charge to take companies public.

Metallica Co Manager Cliff Burnstein Talks Music Streaming
Metallica Co Manager Cliff Burnstein Talks Music Streamingwww.blabbermouth.net

Asked if he feels his artists are getting their fair share of streaming revenues, Cliff said: “‘Fair,’ of course, is not an objective measure. ‘Fair’ to one guy is ‘not fair’ to another. I would say that many artists who have signed deals with major labels are not really getting their fair share, because streaming is treated the same as single-track sales under a lot of those contracts.

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making big money with smaller payments
Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making big money with smaller paymentsqz.com
The world’s biggest technology companies are changing how software makes them money. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have each grown their businesses on recurring payments, turning single-time customers into cash cows to be milked all year long.

Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new boss
Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new bossmusically.com
Abbey Road Studios in London has announced that HumTap and Lickd will be the next two companies to join its Abbey Road Red startup incubator.

My Spotify Ideas
My Spotify Ideasmyspotifyideas.com

A look at the ‘Secret Genius’ series from Spotify.

Is the greatest hits album dead?
Is the greatest hits album dead?www.bbc.com
Compilations by pop artists are another casualty of the shift away from physical albums to streaming.

DJ launches 'Spotify-disrupting' streaming service to benefit artists
DJ launches 'Spotify-disrupting' streaming service to benefit artists www.nme.com

Choon is being touted as a “disruptive blockchain-based music streaming service”.

Hear Lost Music from the Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Hear Lost Music from the Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Sectiongardenandgun.com

A new album of previously unreleased tracks finally gives the Swampers their due. Stream it!

Issue #334: The Blockchain to Disrupt the Music Biz and Beyond; ‘Apple Music for Artists’ Debuts with Deep Analytics

The Blockchain to Disrupt the Music Biz and Beyond
New efforts, such as Imogen Heap’s Mycelia, are helping content creators protect copyright and receive direct payment for their work

Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive
Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Divewww.billboard.com

Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits.

17 Companies to Watch As The 2018 NAMM Show Gets Into Top Gear
17 Companies to Watch As The 2018 NAMM Show Gets Into Top Gearwww.billboard.com
These 17 companies to watch — from startups to iconic instrument brands — are among 2,000 exhibitors participating in the world’s largest trade show for the $17 billion global music-products business

Def Leppard’s Catalog Leaps in Sales, Streaming on First Day of Wide Availability
Def Leppard’s Catalog Leaps in Sales, Streaming on First Day of Wide Availabilitywww.billboard.com
On-demand audio streams of Def Leppard’s catalog of songs rose 379 percent in the first day of its wide availability in its entirety on streaming services last Friday (Jan. 19), according to Nielsen Music.

Spotify Adding Visual Elements to Podcasts & More Audio Content With New Spotlight Multimedia Format
Spotify Adding Visual Elements to Podcasts & More Audio Content With New Spotlight Multimedia Formatwww.billboard.com
On Thursday, Spotify announced the launch of a new multimedia format called Spotlight that will introduce visual layers — such as photos, video and text — to supplement listening experiences for podcasts, audiobooks, news and other audio content.

Wynk Music Crosses Over 75 Million App Installs
Wynk Music Crosses Over 75 Million App Installsgadgets.ndtv.com
Wynk Music – the over-the-top (OTT) music application from Airtel – on Monday announced that it has crossed 75 million app installations.

Why Digital Music is Booming (And It’s Not Just Streaming)
Why Digital Music is Booming (And It’s Not Just Streaming)medium.com
Dropping into a flashy, raucous major label event at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas recently, I felt like I’d landed on a new planet. I didn’t see ice sculptures, giant dessert towers, or sushi…

Spain Reports Fourth Consecutive Year of Music Industry Gains With Streaming Up 25 Percent
Spain Reports Fourth Consecutive Year of Music Industry Gains With Streaming Up 25 Percentwww.billboard.com
“Despacito,” Pablo Alboran, Ed Sheerhan topped Spain’s year-end sales and streaming charts

Why Radio Stations Struggle With The Second Act
Why Radio Stations Struggle With The Second Actjacobsmedia.com
Hot new radio stations – like new car debuts – often lose their luster and charm when that second model comes out. How research can sabotage new brands.

Spotify, Pandora Face Legal Headwinds
Spotify, Pandora Face Legal Headwindswww.radiomagonline.com

The online companies are definitely at a disadvantage when compared to over-the-air radio companies.

Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaign
Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaignwww.hypebot.com
Getting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen – particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd – isn’t easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results.

Issue #331: Hot Topics for the Music Business in 2018; What’s the Value of Bitcoin, Blockchain to the Music Industry?

Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What's Its Value to Music Industry?
Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What’s Its Value to Music Industry?www.billboard.com
Suddenly, a business that has spent the last decade making it more convenient to pay for its products is experimenting with digital cryptocurrencies that are technologically innovative, mathematically secure, and actually fairly inconvenient to use. What is to be done?

2018’s hot topics for the music business
2018’s hot topics for the music businessmedium.com

Smart speakers are going to change the game for music. Without a visual interface, how are you going to get your music to people? How are you going to stay top of mind? It’s like a new age of radio, but this time it’s personalised.

Why Can't I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer's Discography Still Locked Down by Her Uncle
Why Can’t I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer’s Discography Still Locked Down by Her Unclewww.newsweek.com
The beloved R&B singer would have been 39 this year.

Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stage
Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stagewww.billboard.com
Sweden may be a small country — roughly the same size as California, with just one-quarter of that state’s population — but its artistic community has been a dominating force on the Billboard charts for decades.

As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Branding
As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Brandingwww.adweek.com

Why Visa, California Closets and more are rethinking audio.

How Voice And Audio Have Become The New 'Touch'
How Voice And Audio Have Become The New ‘Touch’www.geomarketing.com

Prior to a panel discussion at CES, Pandora’s Susan Panico discussed building compelling, contextualized experiences for a voice-first world.

Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidal
Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidalwww.hotnewhiphop.com
In the streaming service debate, Nipsey Hussle endorses Tidal.

Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularity
Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularityroutenote.com
Who is the big dog in music streaming right now? You’d all say Spotify right? Well look out because Amazon Prime Music is coming up on them quickly.

How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artists
How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artistsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If video killed the radio star, then streaming services continued to beat the corpse.

Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018
Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018www.ubergizmo.com
There are some who are particular about their the audio quality when it comes to listening to music, which is why many audiophiles tend to snub their…

Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’
Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’musically.com
To the list of ‘surprising things we’ve seen on Facebook in 2018’ we can now add ‘Nightmares on Wax talking about the early days of Warp Records’.

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