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’.

Issue #330: The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech & Music; How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 & Beyond

Inside Discussions At CES On The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech And Music
Inside Discussions At CES On The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech And Musicwww.forbes.com
Insiders talk about the impact of new tech such as AI, VR and AR on the music industry

Deezer unveils first batch of Deezer Next 2018 artists
Deezer unveils first batch of Deezer Next 2018 artistsmusically.com
Jorja Smith will be the first global artist promoted as part of streaming service Deezer’s ‘Deezer Next 2018’ initiative.

The Cranberries music streams surge by 992 per cent on Spotify after Dolores O’Riordan dies
The Cranberries music streams surge by 992 per cent on Spotify after Dolores O’Riordan dieswww.standard.co.uk

Music streams and sales for The Cranberries have skyrocketed in the wake of the death of front woman, Dolores O’Riordan.

Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter Named UJA's 'Music Visionaries of the Year'
Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter Named UJA's 'Music Visionaries of the Year'www.billboard.com
Spotify executives Daniel Ek and Troy Carter have been named “Music Visionaries of the Year” by the influential philanthropic group UJA-Federation of New York.

How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 And Beyond
How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 And Beyondwww.forbes.com
Over the next three years, blockchain will embark upon a journey that will change the way our data is stored, tracked and verified to restore digital trust.

The 9 Most Important Streaming Trends to Watch in 2018
The 9 Most Important Streaming Trends to Watch in 2018decider.com

Apple has lots of great pieces, and they’re going to start coming together in 2018.

How Collectible is an MP3?: The Ups and Downs of DIY Music Mediums
How Collectible is an MP3?: The Ups and Downs of DIY Music Mediumswww.rcreader.com

Everything that goes out of fashion seems to make a resurgence at some point or another. This trend is no different in the music scene.

Would Stefanie Sun still be a pop superstar if she started out in today’s AI-driven music industry?
Would Stefanie Sun still be a pop superstar if she started out in today’s AI-driven music industry?www.scmp.com
Machine learning programs serve up new playlists to China’s 520 million music app users, providing openings for unknown talent but disrupting the traditional system of superstars backed by major labels and distributors

This Music Streaming Service Can Help Eliminate Distractions and Boost Your Productivity
This Music Streaming Service Can Help Eliminate Distractions and Boost Your Productivityinterestingengineering.com
Focus@Will offers over 50 streaming music channels curated specifically to help you focus better.

DistroKid Can Now Get Your Lyrics Into Stores
DistroKid Can Now Get Your Lyrics Into Storesnews.distrokid.com
None of our competitors offer this service and we’re thrilled to make it available today — for free — to all DistroKid artists.

SiriusXM Enhances Dashboard Product
SiriusXM Enhances Dashboard Product radioink.com

The company is calling 360L “SiriusXM’s next generation of in-car audio entertainment.” The new platform will include products for subscribers via both satellite and streaming.

No Level of Copyright Enforcement Will Ever Be Enough For Big Media
No Level of Copyright Enforcement Will Ever Be Enough For Big Mediatorrentfreak.com
On an almost continual basis rightsholders are calling for tougher anti-piracy measures on top of more restrictive and punitive copyright law. It’s undoubtedly a threat to current Internet freedoms as we know them.

Issue #296: How Tech Set Underground Music Free; Coming Soon: Blockchain Streaming Service Choon

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choon
Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choonwww.magneticmag.com
Gareth Emery is taking a crack at two of the hottest and potentially most difficult businesses to get a foothold in – blockchain and streaming.

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music
Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Musicboisestatepublicradio.org
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling

Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures
Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventureswww.hypebot.com
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Domin
Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Dominwww.fastcompany.com
UnitedMasters offers artists a combination of distribution across digital music services and detailed analytics.

Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hikewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing
The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. But on the antitrust front, the Trump Administration appears to be retreating in other places.

Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investorsmusically.com
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat.

Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap
Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gapwww.hypebot.com
In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of ‘windowing,’ writes Chris Castle.

Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'
Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'www.jambase.com
Listen to the new Neil Young & Promise Of The Real album ‘The Visitor’ in advance of this Friday’s official release.

Issue #265: Streaming May Predict Next Country Stars; Americans Set Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Week

Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars
Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Starswww.rollingstone.com
How streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora are helping predict the next generation of country stars.

Sonos’s Secret Weapon In The Smart Speaker Wars: Becoming A Platform
Sonos’s Secret Weapon In The Smart Speaker Wars: Becoming A Platformwww.fastcompany.com
As tech titans release familiar-looking smart speakers, Sonos is hoping to set itself apart by opening its sound system up to developers–and giving users more freedom.

Hidden Features and Third Party Programs That Make Spotify Work for You
Hidden Features and Third Party Programs That Make Spotify Work for Youmotherboard.vice.com
It’s not Spotify. It’s you.

Americans Set New Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Week
Americans Set New Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Weekwww.hotnewhiphop.com

Streaming music reaches a new all-time high in the U.S. If the radio industry and other forms of traditional music consumption media weren’t worried before.

Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trends
Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trendsmusically.com
Every music company in 2017 is facing the challenge of making sense of a torrent of data from streaming services and social networks.

Can Atlanta Become the Music Industry's Next Business Hub?
Can Atlanta Become the Music Industry's Next Business Hub?www.billboard.com
For years, Atlanta has been a cultural and musical hub of creativity for the music industry, but its top talent has been forced to leave the city for New York or Los Angeles in order to find success in the business. Is that about to change?

Taylor Swift to release her own app
Taylor Swift to release her own appwww.chicagotribune.com
Mega pop-star Taylor Swift is about to release her own app.

Tidal brings its 50% off Student tier to UK
Tidal brings its 50% off Student tier to UKwww.whathifi.com
After first launching in the US, the Student subscriptions are now available in 23 European countries (including the UK), Australia and South America.

Techstars Music Accelerator Adds Three Member Companies
Techstars Music Accelerator Adds Three Member Companieswww.hypebot.com
Concord Music, RecoChoku and Royalty Exchange have joined Warner Music Group, Harmonix Music Systems, Q Prime Management, Bill Silva Entertainment, Silva Artist Management, and Sony Music in supporting Techstars Music startup accelerator.

Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?
Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?www.citymetric.com

Smart city technologies are built to foster transparency in a continuously moving organism in an even more complex ecosystem.

Issue #264: How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchain; For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technology

How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchain
How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchainthenextweb.com

The economy that underpins the cultural industries have not kept pace with the technologies support creative arts. You can create films, music, songs, and other work of art with little more than a smartphone and a computer. And you can publish your creative content on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms without spending a dime.

But if you want to make a living as an artist, you’ll have to overcome many obstacles.

Are streaming platforms really working for the working artist?
Are streaming platforms really working for the working artist? techwireasia.com

Music streaming is commanding ever larger portions of music industry profits, opening up avenues to the undiscovered and the underappreciated but a recent report by a prolific songwriter is highlighting the fact that the industry is leaving some people behind.

How will we remember bands when interfaces are voice-controlled?
How will we remember bands when interfaces are voice-controlled?www.musicxtechxfuture.com
I have phrased the above question as a problem for listeners, but this is a much bigger problem for artists. The last few weeks have been filled with big

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music
Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new musichackernoon.com
This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them.

For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technology
For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technologymusic3point0.com
Terrestrial radio in the United States must embrace technology to provide more information to its audience in order to keep up with other media.

Radiohead’s In Rainbows is beloved by Pandora listeners ten years after its release
Radiohead’s In Rainbows is beloved by Pandora listeners ten years after its releasehackernoon.com
Radiohead’s In Rainbows is ten years old today. The band’s sixth studio album changed music marketing and generated a media frenzy to match its landmark status.

Sound Royalties Identifies $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties For Artists
Sound Royalties Identifies $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties For Artistswww.billboard.com
Sound Royalties says it has identified $14 million in undistributed royalties owed to over 300 artists and entertainers, including big names such as Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Randy Jackson and Joe Perry.

Streaming Service Guarantees Artists $0.01 Per Stream - In Bitcoin
Streaming Service Guarantees Artists $0.01 Per Stream – In Bitcoinwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Thanks to bitcoin technology, Arena Music boasts that it will annihilate the music industry’s “black box.” Yet, is the company truly up to the task?

Janice Lee talks PCCW's Asian content-focused streaming strategy
Janice Lee talks PCCW's Asian content-focused streaming strategywww.screendaily.com
“We recognised there was a market gap in being much more Asia-centric.”

Still want to install iOS apps with iTunes? You're in luck
Still want to install iOS apps with iTunes? You're in luckwww.cnet.com
Apple had made an older version of iTunes available to users who rely on the program to install iOS apps.

Issue #241: Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?; Should Spotify Try to Become the ‘Netflix Of Music’?

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?
Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?watt.cashmusic.org

Can a single company really break down the complexities of royalties and rights ownership and take an idea this involved to a mainstream audience of millions? I gotta admit: I’m a little skeptical here.

Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?www.billboard.com
Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone
Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malonewww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be, taking place Nov. 30 at London’s Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime artists Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush
iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bushwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones, during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Upfront in New York on Thursday.

Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?
Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Western appetite for the Chinese market has long been based upon accessing the 1.4 billion consumers. This has in turn impacted valuations of Chinese companies, particularly when eager western investors are involved.

Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choice
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choicewww.patentlyapple.com
A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music’s paid audio subscription services.

Music streaming figures in France show the world is changing
Music streaming figures in France show the world is changingwww.rudebaguette.com
The rise in music streaming earnings is a clear sign Millenials are now taking over. The paradigm shift is major.

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browser
Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browserwww.engadget.com
If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari.

Musiconomi, Jaxx Announce Partnership

Musiconomi, the blockchain-based music ecosystem, today announced that Jaxx, the leading multi-asset digital wallet, as its official wallet partner.

Following the pre-sale for Musicionomi (MCI) tokens due to commence August 29, 2017 and public crowdsale starting August 31, Jaxx will integrate Musiconomi’s Ethereum-based token into its platform. The integration will let supporters send and receive MCI tokens and manage their own keys via Jaxx’s easy-to-use app.

“Musiconomi is delighted to announce the pre-eminent Ethereum wallet as its official partner,” Musiconomi cofounder and CTO Dan Phifer said. “We are excited to offer Jaxx’s intuitive, secure, and compelling user experience across multiple platforms to our supporters. Jaxx has a tremendous network of partnerships and we see this as an opportunity to engage with them and add value in a way that will also benefit users of the Musiconomi platform.”

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