Issue #427: Blockchain Aims to Be Biggest Stage for Empowering Music Artists; Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters

Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artistswww.forbes.com
In the music industry, blockchain can change how artists connect with fans. But, how can blockchain-based tokenization can help Indie-artists artists unlock new financing opportunities and strengthen bonds with their biggest, most loyal fans?

Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging
Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging techcrunch.com

Spotify could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.

A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?
A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?medium.com
So you’ve probably been reading about Tidal the last couple of days. How a Norwegian newspaper has published a story claiming that Tidals streaming numbers don’t add up.

CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotify
CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotifywww.cnbc.com
Media streaming company Pandora launches new family subscription plan “with a twist,” says CEO Roger Lynch.

Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters
Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriterswww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service launches global publishing business in a possible harbinger of streaming music’s future

Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead... and Spotify and Apple Music
Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead… and Spotify and Apple Musicwww.cnet.com
The rapper’s new album will debut Friday, June 1, at 12 a.m. ET.

Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okay
Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okaymedium.com
There’s a common refrain I hear among managers, agents, artists, publicists, talent buyers, producers, and well… literally everyone else connected to music. It goes like this, “Well, Artist Name Here…

The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Service
The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Servicewww.tubefilter.com
YouTube has made several attempts to launch a dedicated music service. Here’s a rundown of what the video site has done so far.

Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerous
Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerouswww.complex.com
As one of the most visible figures in rap, Kendrick is using his power to influence Spotify, which had previously removed the polarizing XXXTentacion from its promoted playlists for "hateful conduct."

Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in India
Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in Indiawww.thedrum.com
Recently merged Indian music-streaming platforms Jio-Saavn have trumped Google to become the only audio streaming media company to make gains on app installs with 1.24% share increase during first quarter, according to a report by Jana.

Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leaders
Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leadersblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Bringing awareness to your music has always had its challenges, here are the top three music tips from industry leaders from Tinderbox Music.

Issue #425: What are We Sacrificing for Streaming?; 7digital Expands Into Live Music Wearable Technology

Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?
Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?www.digitaltrends.com

Spotify and streaming services like Apple Music are taking over. But are we losing something valuable as we shift to on-demand music?

7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platform
7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platformwww.musicweek.com
The b2b digital music company is also rolling out the Juke streaming music service across Europe.

What is the travel time of music?
What is the travel time of music?medium.com
We’re living in a digital world and therefore information and music travels faster than ever before. It’s never been easier to release your music and let people from all over the world listen to it…

What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streaming
What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streamingthebridgebk.com
At a Brooklyn conference, industry experts sing the praises of a technology that could help save the business

Pitbull believes in Blockchain
Pitbull believes in Blockchainmedium.com
It’s going down, he’s yelling… “Blockchain”? Pitbull is the latest in a stream of artists invested in how Blockchain can be used to address issues in the music industry. This month Pitbull is…

YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvement
YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvementwww.engadget.com
A massive number of people use YouTube not just for videos, but as a de facto music-streaming service, not unlike Spotify. YouTube is well aware of this, wh…

Tidal Desktop App Changes
Tidal Desktop App Changesaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the newest Tidal app rebuild…

The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th
The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29thplatformandstream.wordpress.com
The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th.

Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumph
Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumphfortune.com
The early Spotify investor Sean Parker has sat with for a Q&A with Fortune.

Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is complete
Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is completetechcrunch.com

Pandora this morning announced it has closed on its acquisition of AdsWizz, the digital audio ad technology company whose products will be used to upgrade the streaming service’s own ad tech capabilities in the months ahead.

Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2
Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2mashable.com
As part of iOS 11.4, Apple’s finally letting users pair two HomePods together in stereo mode and stream music to multiple rooms via AirPlay 2.

Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Over
Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Overjunkee.com
If you’re trying to pre-emptively guess this year’s songs of the summer, it might be worth taking a look at Spotify’s shortlist.

Issue #409: Will JAAK’s Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed?; Should Spotify Sign Its Own Artists?; Instagram Code Reveals Music Feature

Can JAAK's Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
Can JAAK's Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed Where Others Have Failed?www.digitalmusicnews.com
With KORD, London-based tech startup JAAK wants to solve a major problem plaguing the music industry: getting artists paid for their work.

Spotify can’t become the next Netflix unless it signs its own artists
Spotify can’t become the next Netflix unless it signs its own artistsmedium.com

There would be several advantages to Spotify signing its own music artists.

Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature
Instagram code reveals upcoming music featuretechcrunch.com

Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app.

Meet the 2018 Techstars Music Startups Transforming the Music Industry for Good
Meet the 2018 Techstars Music Startups Transforming the Music Industry for Goodwww.billboard.com

Check out what each team is attempting to solve.

Warner Music Group sells 75 percent of its Spotify shares for $400 million
Warner Music Group sells 75 percent of its Spotify shares for $400 millionwww.recode.net
First Sony, now Warner.

Revealed: The most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s and more
Revealed: The most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s and morewww.bbc.com
Ed Sheeran and Drake might dominate the charts – but what are the most popular songs of years gone by?

YouTube has a new deal with Vevo to sell music video ads
YouTube has a new deal with Vevo to sell music video ads www.recode.net
Good for YouTube, and for the music labels. What about for Vevo?

Is Spotify the key to determining the country's spending habits?
Is Spotify the key to determining the country's spending habits?www.joe.co.uk
The Bank of England has admitted to using Spotify to gain an insight into people’s moods and spending habits. Is this the key to understanding the economy?

How TV Helps My Audiophilia, Really...
How TV Helps My Audiophilia, Really… audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks for new and different ways to enjoy the audiophile hobby.

Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Market
Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Marketwww.twice.com
Apple dominates this new “true” wireless category, also referred to as “hearables,” accounting for 86% of the dollar volume in this nascent headphone category.

Cramer: Wall Street got Spotify's quarter all wrong—I'd be a buyer
Cramer: Wall Street got Spotify's quarter all wrong—I'd be a buyerwww.cnbc.com
Jim Cramer explains what went wrong with Spotify’s first earnings report as a public company and why the results weren’t as bad as investors thought.

Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology

Blockchain-powered music platform Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 27 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

The patent-pending Creative Smart ContractTM environment provides novel systems and methods for intellectual property ownership rights management, funding and ticketing on the blockchain and peer-to-peer. Artists have full control of their creative output from the very inception to the copyright, distribution, royalty collection and distribution of the intellectual property works as well as event ticketing. Continue reading “Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology”

Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warnervariety.com
London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music.

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube
Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTubewww.nytimes.com
A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen
Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listenwww.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts

Why Spotify Will Never Make Money
Why Spotify Will Never Make Moneyfortune.com
Spotify has a broken business model.

Music consumption in the era of smart speakers
Music consumption in the era of smart speakersmedium.com
Just over five years ago I wrote a piece called ‘Music collections in the era of the cloud’, in which I lamented the then-contemporary streaming services’ inabilities to properly represent a users’…

Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Stories
Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Storieswww.billboard.com
Spotify and Instagram announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will allow users to share what their listening to via their Instagram Stories or Instagram Direct and even encourage their followers and friends to tune in as well.

Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growth
Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growthwww.billboard.com
Pandora have released their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakers
Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakerswww.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.

Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artist
Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artistwww.influencive.com

Adrian Swish is the Founder/ CEO of Swish Management and Digital Currensy Inc. He is on a mission to revolutionize the way creators get paid royalties and the way they pay each other.

YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masseswww.tubefilter.com
“[Content Match] will let you identify who reuploaders are and let you take some actions,” explains product manager Barbara Macdonald — including doing nothing, contacting offending channels, or asking YouTube to delete the video in question.

Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?
Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' — What Does That Actually Mean?www.billboard.com

While execs might not use the words “vertical integration,” that goal is arguably alive and well within the company.

Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tango
Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tangowww.financialexpress.com
JioMusic, the free-to-use music app, topped the charts in terms of unique visitors which stood at 19 million in February this year.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online

Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Resonate is a long-time proponent of blockchain technology, using it to enable a more efficient approach to music streaming. To fulfill key features of music ownership, management, user streaming rights and access, Resonate needed to integrate a blockchain-based identity solution. Continue reading “Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online”

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.” Continue reading “Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform”

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. Continue reading “Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch”

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.