Music Messenger has been working on developing a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify. What Music Messenger proposes is that users will pay for Music Messenger Tokens (MMT) or earn them by listening to ads. Their wallet will then pay out a fraction of a cent per song to stream from decentralized storage across the network, with artists receiving 90 percent — compared to roughly 50 percent on the leading streaming apps. The rest goes to compensating whomever is hosting or streaming that audio track or file. Continue reading “Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchain”
Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year — www.theverge.com
Pandora, the streaming music company, has a new focus on podcasts. Its podcast genome project is coming soon, CEO Roger Lynch says.
Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radio — www.hypebot.com
Early investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio. Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment. Spoon bills itself as the first social radio mobile application. Launched…
New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Music — www.billboard.com
A new study released today (Aug. 6) found that nine out of 10 social media users do a music-related activity within the framework of an app, according to data compiled by research and analysis firm MusicWatch.
Audius wants to cut the middlemen out of music streaming so artists get paid their fair share. Coming out of stealth today led by serial entrepreneur and DJ Ranidu Lankage, Audius is building a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud.
Accurately assessing just how much revenue you’ll be able to pull down from a playlist placement can be difficult to determine, but with some careful analysis, Chris Robley at least shows us how to make an educated guess.
Can Streaming Platforms Succeed In Music Publishing and Licensing? — medium.com
Streaming platforms have irreversibly changed the music distribution landscape, now accounting for the largest growth segment in the recorded music industry. Spotify, the biggest player in this area…
Skype’s new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friends — www.windowscentral.com
Skype Insiders are getting an early peek at the chat app’s latest high-profile third-party integration: Spotify.
TuneIn and CUMULUS MEDIA have signed an agreement that will bring all 441 of CUMULUS MEDIA’S owned-and-operated stations across 90 U.S. markets to the TuneIn platform as well as distribution of the podcasts from Westwood One Podcast Network.
Travis Scott’s Astroworld is a big deal.
eMusic has announced a $70M token sale to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management system. eMusic is planning a public pre-sale for its eMusic utility token (EMU) beginning in September 2018 with a token generation event (TGE) immediately following.
“For two decades, eMusic has been a champion of independent artists and their fans. However, today’s supply chain for music is broken. While streaming has made it possible for anyone to listen to virtually any song ever recorded at any time, its underlying economics are financially crippling to the most vital piece of the music ecosystem — artists,” said Tamir Koch, CEO of eMusic. “And on the other side of the supply chain, service providers are losing billions and struggling to stay alive. Most fans don’t realize that this is an unsustainable future with fewer artists and fewer providers.” Continue reading “eMusic Building Blockchain Platform”
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists — www.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 could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.
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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — medium.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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — blog.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.
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 — www.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? — 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 — thebridgebk.com
At a Brooklyn conference, industry experts sing the praises of a technology that could help save the business
Pitbull believes in Blockchain — medium.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 — www.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…
Steven Stone looks at the newest Tidal app rebuild…
Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumph — fortune.com
The early Spotify investor Sean Parker has sat with for a Q&A with Fortune.
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 — mashable.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 — junkee.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.
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.
There would be several advantages to Spotify signing its own music artists.
Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app.
Check out what each team is attempting to solve.
Warner Music Group sells 75 percent of its Spotify shares for $400 million — www.recode.net
First Sony, now Warner.
Revealed: The most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s and more — www.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 — 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? — 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?
Paul Wilson looks for new and different ways to enjoy the audiophile hobby.
Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Market — www.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 — www.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 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”
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner — variety.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 — www.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 — www.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts
Music consumption in the era of smart speakers — medium.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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.
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 — www.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.
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 — www.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 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”
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.
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up — www.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 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 — variety.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 — variety.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 — www.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 — adage.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 — www.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment — www.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration — www.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 — www.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.
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, 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”