Issue 522: Mixcloud Inks Licensing Deal with UMG; Music Loses $2.65 Billion Year from Coffee Shops, Public Performances

SoundCloud Rival Mixcloud Inks Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group
SoundCloud Rival Mixcloud Inks Licensing Deal With Universal Music Groupwww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group has signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with U.K.-based audio streaming platform Mixcloud.

Music Loses $2.65 Billion Year From Coffee Shops, Public Performances
Music Loses $2.65 Billion Year From Coffee Shops, Public Performanceswww.rollingstone.com

Soundtrack Your Brand and Nielsen study says 83 percent of small businesses are not paying for proper music rights

Spotify's Latin playlists head Rocío Guerrero quits streaming platform to join Warner Music Group
Spotify's Latin playlists head Rocío Guerrero quits streaming platform to join Warner Music Groupwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amongst other achievements, she has led the development of the ¡Viva Latino! and Baila Reggaeton playlists.

Apple Scoops Up A&R-Boosting Analytics Firm Asaii
Apple Scoops Up A&R-Boosting Analytics Firm Asaiiwww.billboard.com
Apple has officially acquired Asaii, a San Francisco-based music analytics startup specializing in using algorithmic data to spot up-and-coming artists before they hit the charts.

Meet Bill Wurtz, the Internet Musical Genius You’ve Never Heard Of
Meet Bill Wurtz, the Internet Musical Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofmelmagazine.com

Millions of people flock to his YouTube channel to hear to what bizarre sounds like.

Who Has More Streams: Taylor Swift Or The Beatles?
Who Has More Streams: Taylor Swift Or The Beatles?www.refinery29.com
In honor of Spotify’s 10th anniversary, we asked them what we’ve always wanted to know. Who has more streams: Taylor Swift or The Beatles?

Public Radio Doubles Down On Local
Public Radio Doubles Down On Localjacobsmedia.com

The good news about the Radio Show in Orlando last month is that digital is no longer a question, a debate, or an argument. It IS. And radio broadcasters are now actively seeking solutions, strategies, and partnerships in order to reap the benefits, while not being left behind.

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.

New Report Reveals Music Streaming Is "Virtually Ubiquitous"
New Report Reveals Music Streaming Is "Virtually Ubiquitous"www.youredm.com

The IFPI has released its annual music consumer insight report and this year’s findings dig deep.

DStv adds free Joox music streaming to bouquets
DStv adds free Joox music streaming to bouquetstechcentral.co.za

The music streaming service — which competes with similar services from Spotify Technology, Apple and Google — is owned by Tencent, in which MultiChoice parent Naspers holds a 31.2% stake.

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Issue 521: Black Coffee: ‘Streaming Service for African Music is Ready’; Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Era

Black Coffee says his streaming service for African music is ready
Black Coffee says his streaming service for African music is readywww.joe.co.uk
In his own words, producer Black Coffee is “dismantling an industry” and starting again by introducing his own streaming service for African music.

Apple buys streaming analytics firm Asaii to bolster Apple Music recommendations, report says
Apple buys streaming analytics firm Asaii to bolster Apple Music recommendations, report saysappleinsider.com
According to an unconfirmed report published Sunday, Apple recently purchased music analytics startup Asaii in an effort to further refine Apple Music recommendations and better integrate with up-and-coming artists.

This Record Label Is What The Future Of Music Business Looks Like
This Record Label Is What The Future Of Music Business Looks Likewww.forbes.com
In the new music industry, there’s room for everybody.

Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Era
Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Erawww.wsj.com
Even as on-demand streaming has helped the music business grow, piracy rates remain high, according to a trade group.

Amazon Prime Video Streaming Coldplay Concert Tour Doc
Amazon Prime Video Streaming Coldplay Concert Tour Docwww.mediaplaynews.com

Coldplay Oct. 12 announced the pending release of documentary concert film A Head Full of Dreams, that will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K., U.S., Australia and New Zealand on Nov. 16, with local language versions available globally soon after.

Top Wall Street Analyst Says Spotify's Label Renegotiations Are "Less Significant Than Most Investors Believe"
Top Wall Street Analyst Says Spotify's Label Renegotiations Are "Less Significant Than Most Investors Believe"www.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify’s renegotiations with the major music labels are happening next year.  But now, another hotshot Wall Street analyst doesn’t seem too concerned.

Blockchain Platform Utopia Music Acquires ISPY Group to Open Untapped Revenue
Blockchain Platform Utopia Music Acquires ISPY Group to Open Untapped Revenuecoinjournal.net
Utopia Music, a blockchain-powered music data tracking platform, has acquired ISPY Group to open up avenues of untapped revenue in the music industry.

Drake is the most streamed artist in Spotify history
Drake is the most streamed artist in Spotify historywww.thefader.com

Spotify announced that Drake is the most streamed artist of all time.

Celebrating a Decade of Discovery on Spotify
Celebrating a Decade of Discovery on Spotifynewsroom.spotify.com

It’s been 10 years since Spotify officially launched for fans—and new music and artist discovery has never been the same.

Sennheiser’s Latest Headphones Have Been Designed for Magic Leap
Sennheiser’s Latest Headphones Have Been Designed for Magic Leapvariety.com
The German headphone maker is embracing augmented listening.

No Deal Brexit could prevent Brits from accessing Spotify in Europe
No Deal Brexit could prevent Brits from accessing Spotify in Europewww.factmag.com
Britons could be prevented from accessing their online entertainment accounts when travelling within the EU under a No Deal Brexit.

Issue 520: African Music Going Global; Proton Helps Labels Monetize DJ Mixes; Apple Music Lyrics Smarten Up w/ Genius; Trump Signs Music Modernization Act

African music is going global and Spotify—like everyone else—wants in
African music is going global and Spotify—like everyone else—wants inqz.com
Spotify is late to the party, but it’s making a grand entrance.

DJ Mixes On Spotify + Apple Music? Proton Is Helping Labels Monetize Mixes
DJ Mixes On Spotify + Apple Music? Proton Is Helping Labels Monetize Mixesdjtechtools.com

Proton – a label and distribution platform run by the cofounder of Crates.co – is launching a new endeavor to get more DJ mixes on streaming services.

Apple Music Lyrics Smarten Up With Genius
Apple Music Lyrics Smarten Up With Geniuswww.wsj.com
Apple Music will now display lyrics from popular online music encyclopedia Genius, and will become its exclusive Web player, in a deal that could help drive more subscribers to the service.

Trump Signs Music Modernization Act
Trump Signs Music Modernization Act variety.com
President Donald Trump signed bipartisan music licensing and royalty legislation on Thursday at a White House ceremony.

‘Ethical Pool’ idea could let fans choose user-centric royalties
‘Ethical Pool’ idea could let fans choose user-centric royaltiesmusically.com
Industry blog Music Tech Solutions has been thinking about the debate around ‘user-centric’ streaming royalties.

Drake, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna Dominate Spotify’s All-Time Streaming Lists
Drake, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna Dominate Spotify’s All-Time Streaming Listswww.billboard.com
It’s official: Drake is the most-streamed artist of all time on Spotify.

Albums in the streaming era: ‘Think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’
Albums in the streaming era: ‘Think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’musically.com
Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event last night promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era.

MUSO launches Piracy by Industry Dashboard
MUSO launches Piracy by Industry Dashboardmusically.com
Anti-piracy-tools firm Muso has made its name with research on the scale of online piracy of music and other content, as well as with its partnership with UK indie trade-body AIM to help its labels tackle piracy of their music.

Rich Asian investors turn to music after betting on soccer craze
Rich Asian investors turn to music after betting on soccer crazewww.business-standard.com
Read more about Rich Asian investors turn to music after betting on soccer craze on Business Standard. Swiss-Asia Holding, which previously marketed soccer-linked notes to clients, aims to raise $100 million for securities linked to royalties generated from song rights

SoundCloud Expands Program for Helping Artists Monetize Directly
SoundCloud Expands Program for Helping Artists Monetize Directlywww.billboard.com
Today, it announces an expansion of its SoundCloud Premier program, a direct monetization platform aimed at making it easier for fans to support artists and empower its musician users.

London firm to launch music streaming platform with Universal Music Group
London firm to launch music streaming platform with Universal Music Groupwww.cityam.com
  London-listed music technology firm 7digital will today reveal a partnership with Universal Music Group, the record label behind artists such as Taylor

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.

Issue 518: One-Third of the World is Still Pirating Music; What Spotify Can Learn From Tencent Music

Streaming Music: One-Third of the World Is Still Pirating Music
Streaming Music: One-Third of the World Is Still Pirating Musicwww.rollingstone.com

Global report says 38 percent of music consumers obtain music illegally, most of them ripping from streams.

Asia Millionaires Groove to Disco After Betting on Soccer
Asia Millionaires Groove to Disco After Betting on Soccerwww.bloomberg.com
Asia’s legions of wealthy investors are getting a chance to profit from the boom in music streaming as Spotify and its peers gain popularity.

What Spotify can learn from Tencent Music
What Spotify can learn from Tencent Musictechcrunch.com

At its heart, Tencent Music is an interactive media company. Its business isn’t merely providing music, it’s getting people to engage around music.

SoundCloud CEO on the Value of Music Streaming and Pandora Partnership
SoundCloud CEO on the Value of Music Streaming and Pandora Partnershipwww.bloomberg.com

SoundCloud Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Kerry Trainor discusses the company’s monetization program and the value of music streaming with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

35% of People Who Don't Pay for Streaming Say YouTube Is the Reason
35% of People Who Don't Pay for Streaming Say YouTube Is the Reasonwww.digitalmusicnews.com
The IFPI has found YouTube’s popularity actually leads to fewer paid streaming music subscriptions and more copyright infringement.

IFPI Global Consumer Report Quantifies Streaming's Domination of Listening Time, But Piracy Hasn't Gone Away
IFPI Global Consumer Report Quantifies Streaming's Domination of Listening Time, But Piracy Hasn't Gone Awaywww.billboard.com
The increased availability of licensed music services is leading to a surge in consumption, claims a comprehensive IFPI report measuring consumer habits across 20 of the world’s leading markets.

Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora Boost Smart Speaker Growth
Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora Boost Smart Speaker Growthwww.pymnts.com

A new study has found that the smart speaker and music streaming markets are becoming more interdependent.

Chance the Rapper Says Apple Music Once Offered Him $20 Million — But He Couldn't Take It
Chance the Rapper Says Apple Music Once Offered Him $20 Million — But He Couldn't Take Itwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Several years ago, before the launch of Apple Music, executives had approached Chance the Rapper with a lucrative streaming exclusive offer.

Nigeria's Music Streaming Services Continue to Grow Despite Coson Chaos, Regulatory Barriers and Etisalat Crash
Nigeria's Music Streaming Services Continue to Grow Despite Coson Chaos, Regulatory Barriers and Etisalat Crashallafrica.com

Nigeria’s music steaming services have really being going through it recently.

Google’s Latest Chromecast Supports Multiroom Audio, 60fps Video
Google’s Latest Chromecast Supports Multiroom Audio, 60fps Videovariety.com
The company’s latest version of its streaming adapter works in concert with other Google-powered audio speakers.

Issue 517: Democratizing Music Through Streaming Tech, Data Analytics; Why The SiriusXM Pandora Deal Makes So Much Sense

Democratizing Music Through Streaming Tech and Data Analytics

Brooke Michael Kain knows live music is cool, but says using data to delight customers is even cooler.

Here's Why The SiriusXM Pandora Deal Makes So Much Sense
The recent acquisition of Pandora by SiriusXM makes so much sense for both companies, and here are a few of the reasons why.

Five trends for digital music marketing in 2018 (and one to watch for 2019)
Five trends for digital music marketing in 2018 (and one to watch for 2019)musically.com
There are three pillars for music marketing in 2018: what you do with social media; with digital service providers; and with your own platforms.

Tencent Starting to Crack the Code on Music Streaming, Lead Edge's Green Says
Tencent Starting to Crack the Code on Music Streaming, Lead Edge's Green Sayswww.bloomberg.com

Mitchell Green, Lead Edge founding partner, discusses Tencent Music Entertainment Group filing for an IPO and the competitive environment in music streaming with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

Terrestrial Radio Ducks Music Modernization Act, But Still Must Face the Music
Terrestrial Radio Ducks Music Modernization Act, But Still Must Face the Musicwww.billboard.com
The Music Modernization Act, now set to become law, is silent on one big remaining issue for the music industry: U.S. AM/FM radio stations pay nothing to broadcast the sound recordings they play.

Spotify, Europe's most valuable startup, is 10 years old
Spotify, Europe's most valuable startup, is 10 years oldqz.com
Europe has lagged the US and Asia in creating tech companies, with one notable exception

Modernizing the Music Business for the Streaming Era
Modernizing the Music Business for the Streaming Erawww.wnyc.org
In a rare bipartisan move, the House and Senate unanimously pass the Music Modernization Act which will update copyright rules …

29 Spotify Tips to Trick Out Your Music Streaming
29 Spotify Tips to Trick Out Your Music Streamingau.pcmag.com
Become a Spotify Power User by tapping these secret, baked-in functions.

Amazon launches its music streaming service in Canada
Amazon launches its music streaming service in Canada dailyhive.com
Shortly after launching Prime Music, Amazon has announced the expansion of a new ‘”unlimited” music streaming service for Canadians.

Behind Pandora’s Big Bet On Podcasts
Behind Pandora’s Big Bet On Podcastsadexchanger.com

As the largest digital audio platform in the US, Pandora is determined to capture a fair share of the burgeoning podcast market.

Issue 516: 10 Years of Spotify; Is Data Changing the Way We Write Music?

Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music?
The streaming service is a decade old on Sunday. So has it created a post-CD paradise for listeners – or turned today’s music into a grey goo? Our music editors argue for and against

Is data changing the way we write music?
Is data changing the way we write music?www.m-magazine.co.uk

Although it’s widely acknowledged that streaming services have played a large role in the financial recovery of the music business over the last decade, a recent report commissioned by the BPI claims that the industry’s relationship with these platforms has grown far closer than many could have predicted.

Spotify Announces New Initiative for Hosting and Providing Analytics for Podcasts
Spotify Announces New Initiative for Hosting and Providing Analytics for Podcastswww.billboard.com
Spotify announced Spotify for Podcasters on Wednesday (Oct. 3). The new platform is designed to make podcasters content available on the streaming platform when they provide Spotify access to their feed.

Ministry of Sound Strikes Exclusive Playlist Deal With Apple Music
Ministry of Sound Strikes Exclusive Playlist Deal With Apple Musicvariety.com

The dance-music giant’s playlists will be removed from non-Apple Music services.

Downloads are crashing across the music industry
Downloads are crashing across the music industrywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

But at Beatport, they’re actually climbing. Why?

Sony 'wouldn't rule out launching Spotify rival'
Sony 'wouldn't rule out launching Spotify rival'www.bbc.com
The head of Sony Music also said he could withhold music from the service if it began signing artists.

Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales
Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Saleswww.visualcapitalist.com
A look at four decades of music industry sales. After a devastating decline, streaming services like Spotify are helping the industry regain its footing.

Streaming Music - for Foxtel Customers
Streaming Music – for Foxtel Customerseftm.com

What is Stingray Music?

Spotify, Live Nation Add Dates For RapCaviar Live
Spotify, Live Nation Add Dates For RapCaviar Livewww.hypebot.com

Spotify continues to expand its live concert initiatives. The streamer and Live Nation Urban have announced new dates for their RapCaviar concert series in Toronto, ON and Dallas, TX.

Radio's Most Innovative: Austin City Limits Radio
Radio's Most Innovative: Austin City Limits Radiojacobsmedia.com
The merger of Austin City Limits and KGSR/Austin to become Austin City Limits Radio is truly innovative in a city that’s all about music.

Issue 515 :Does Music’s Q4 Matter Anymore in the Streaming Age?; Tidal, Samsung Partner for TV App

Does Music’s Q4 Matter Anymore In the Streaming Age?
Does Music’s Q4 Matter Anymore In the Streaming Age?variety.com
Record labels once backloaded their schedule with superstar Q4 releases targeting the holidays. Christmas 2018 paints a different picture.

Tidal partners with Samsung TV to launch TV app
Tidal partners with Samsung TV to launch TV appwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Tidal has now partnered with Samsung to launch an app for Samsung TV, which follows the news in August that Spotify and Samsung have entered into an agreement for the Swedish company to be the ‘go to music service provider’ for Samsung products.

Spotify's Request to Throw Out Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Denied by Federal Judge
Spotify's Request to Throw Out Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Denied by Federal Judgewww.billboard.com
Spotify’s fight with independent music publisher Bluewater Music over copyright infringement is set to continue after a Tennessee court rejected the streaming giant’s request to toss the suit.

8 Ways Hollywood Is Changing Audio
8 Ways Hollywood Is Changing Audiojacobsmedia.com
8 ways Hollywood is embracing podcasting, and what it means to radio.

iHeartMedia CEO: Tencent Music's IPO filing means 'audio is hot'
iHeartMedia CEO: Tencent Music's IPO filing means 'audio is hot'www.cnbc.com
Tencent Music’s plan to go public isn’t a threat to radio broadcasting and advertising company iHeartMedia, it just means audio is hot again, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman says.

Spotify Founders to Sell Another $100 Million in Shares
Spotify Founders to Sell Another $100 Million in Sharesvariety.com
Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon have signaled their intention to sell more shares in the company, according to the Swedish publication Di Digital, citing SEC filings registered Oct. 1 and 2 that were not available digitally at press time.

Arithmetic on the Internet: The Ethical Pool Solution to Streaming Royalty Allocation
Arithmetic on the Internet: The Ethical Pool Solution to Streaming Royalty Allocationmusictech.solutions
“Sick of my money funding crap.” A Fan’s Tweet Subscription services are one of the few secular trends in the current economy that is not yet reactive to trade wars or interest rates.  Subscription services are found in many areas of the economy, but music drives some of the big ones like Spotify, Amazon and…

What Do Spotify and AncestryDNA’s Playlists Really Tell Us?
What Do Spotify and AncestryDNA’s Playlists Really Tell Us?www.vulture.com
Spotify partnered with AncestryDNA to create playlists based on your DNA, which, in theory, would map your heritage to appropriate music…but what does it actually achieve, and what does what it does actually say about who you are?

10 things we learned from Tencent Music’s IPO filing
10 things we learned from Tencent Music’s IPO filingmusically.com
Tencent Music published its filing to go public last night. We’ve been filleting the document to pull out some of the most interesting data and strategic titbits on the Chinese digital-music company.

Streaming For Musicians: The Data That Matters Most
Streaming For Musicians: The Data That Matters Mostwww.musicthinktank.com

As we’re sure you’ve heard countless times over the last several years, the chances of making a living solely off of streaming income are slim to none. But does that mean that making your music available on streaming services is pointless? Far from it.

BBTV To Help Digital Musicians Secure Distribution On Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, More
BBTV To Help Digital Musicians Secure Distribution On Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Morewww.tubefilter.com

BroadbandTV, the Vancouver-based digital network mammoth, has unveiled a suite of new services to help emerging musicians find wider distribution opportunities.

Spotify’s new “Self Managed Music Retailer” is here!
Spotify’s new “Self Managed Music Retailer” is here!medium.com
According to Spotify’s blog, the company announced a new beta feature that enables independent artists to upload their music to Spotify — directly from Spotify for Artists. The streaming Giant states…

Issue 514: Live Nation, SiriusXM Could Become a Music Behemoth; Is Music Tech Short-Changing Songwriters?; Garmin Adds Spotify

Live Nation, SiriusXM Could Become a Single Music Behemoth
Live Nation, SiriusXM Could Become a Single Music Behemothwww.rollingstone.com

SiriusXM’s purchase of Pandora has analysts wondering how big its aspirations really are.

Is music tech short-changing songwriters?
Is music tech short-changing songwriters?www.techradar.com
Tech has done great things for composers, but the growth of streaming has complicated the issue of how they get paid.

Garmin adds Spotify to its music watches
Garmin adds Spotify to its music watches www.cnet.com
Got Spotify Premium? You’ll be able to download and listen to music offline with compatible Garmin music watches.

Pandora, Soundcloud Partner For US Ad Sales
Pandora, Soundcloud Partner For US Ad Saleswww.hypebot.com

SoundCloud today announced a partnership that makes Pandora its exclusive U.S. advertising and sales representative starting next year.

How the Music Modernization Act will help artists get paid more from streaming
How the Music Modernization Act will help artists get paid more from streamingwww.theverge.com
Public Knowledge’s Meredith Rose on The Vergecast

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple, Facebook, Netflix
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple, Facebook, Netflixwww.fastcompany.com
An intimate look inside the mind of the CEO bending the music industry into his vision for it.

​deadmau5 brings a new mau5trap radio series to Sirius XM
​deadmau5 brings a new mau5trap radio series to Sirius XMmixmag.net

More mau5 while you drive.

Rut Roh:  Led Zeppelin’s Free Agency Streaming Service
Rut Roh: Led Zeppelin’s Free Agency Streaming Servicemusictech.solutions

In the middle of what I think is a lot of hot air about Spotify becoming a threat to record companies–almost always a story promoted by either stock analysts who don’t know a trap case from a coke spoon or by overpaid Spotify executives–comes a very interesting story.

J. Cole's "Cole World: The Sideline Story" Mysteriously Removed From Streaming
J. Cole's "Cole World: The Sideline Story" Mysteriously Removed From Streamingwww.hotnewhiphop.com

The President of Dreamville says they’re sorting out the issue.

Steven Van Zandt: 'Streaming Is a Disaster for Artists. A Disaster.'
Steven Van Zandt: 'Streaming Is a Disaster for Artists. A Disaster.'www.digitalmusicnews.com
We asked Steven Van Zandt, one of the world’s biggest musicians, how he felt streaming was impacting creativity and the ability of artists to make a living.

Issue 513: Are We About to Have Streaming Wars?; The War Over Music Copyrights; Tencent Files for $1 Billion IPO

Are We About To Have Streaming Wars?

Paul Wilson speculates about what will happen when Qobuz enters the US market…

The war over music copyrights
The war over music copyrightstechcrunch.com

The surge in music streaming means a surge in income for those who own the copyrights to songs, and the growth of entertainment in emerging markets, growing use in digital videos, and potential use of music in new content formats like VR only expand this further.

Chinese Streaming-Music Giant Files for $1 Billion U.S. IPO
Chinese Streaming-Music Giant Files for $1 Billion U.S. IPOwww.bloomberg.com
Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the online-music arm of China’s largest social-media company, filed for a U.S. initial public offering.

Warner Music Group Partners With dotBlockchain To Modernize Content Management
Warner Music Group Partners With dotBlockchain To Modernize Content Managementwww.hypebot.com

dotBlockchain Media has scored its first major label and music publisher partnership with Warner Music Group. Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will work with the startup to create new ways to track their assets on the blockchain.

Here are Spotify’s 6 strategies for the new era of music streaming according to CEO Daniel Ek
Here are Spotify’s 6 strategies for the new era of music streaming according to CEO Daniel Eknordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify is entering the next phase in its music streaming history, with new goals and challenges.

Blockchain startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming service
Blockchain startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming servicemusically.com
Another day, another blockchain startup promising to (in the words of its launch announcement) “revolutionise the global music industry”.

Deezer says podcast listening on its service has grown by 146%
Deezer says podcast listening on its service has grown by 146%musically.com
Growth stats as percentages without the actual before-and-after numbers can be misleading: if the original base is very small, the significance diminishes.

How To Listen To Spotify In Any Browser
How To Listen To Spotify In Any Browserwww.ubergizmo.com
Spotify is one of the best music streaming services out there. While it is mostly being used on iPhone and Android devices, Spotify has a web player…

RIAA President Mitch Glazier Criticizes Trade Deal Poised to Replace NAFTA
RIAA President Mitch Glazier Criticizes Trade Deal Poised to Replace NAFTAwww.billboard.com

RIAA President Mitch Glazier expressed disappointment in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the new North American trade deal poised to replace NAFTA.

CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Music
CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Musicwww.fyimusicnews.ca
The Canadian Mechanical Reproduction Rights Agency has struck a deal with the just-launched premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited

Issue 512: Smart Contracts: Smart Enough for the Music Biz? Spotify Links Up w/ Google Maps

Are Smart Contracts Smart Enough For The Music Industry?
Smart contracts promise to automate music rights management and cut down on legal disputes between artists, record labels, and others. But the complexity of the industry is a big challenge for adoption.

Spotify Launches Integration With Google Maps
Spotify Launches Integration With Google Mapswww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Monday (Oct. 1) that it will be integrating with Google Maps to provide music listeners as they go along their journeys.

Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launches
Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launcheswww.hypebot.com

Fan Powered Music has launched a free fan driven streaming service and gaming hub with a catalog of 6000+ tracks from independent musicians. The mix of music and games offers a unique way for artists to communicate with and engage fans.

  Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry?
Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry? www.thembj.org

Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb has gone from three air mattresses and broke roommates to a company valued at more than $30 billion. Having changed the way people travel, which led to a massive revolution in the hospitality industry, Airbnb is now trying to make its move to enter the live music space.

How Does Spotify Know You So Well?
How Does Spotify Know You So Well?medium.com
This Monday — just like every Monday before it — over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them called Discover Weekly. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never…

 The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200
The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200thequietus.com

Every week the Independent Music Podcast releases a show promoting adventurous independent music from almost every genre conceivable.

Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic
Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic www.rollingstone.com

Originally written in the Napster era, Welch’s song has been embraced this year by a new generation of artists including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers.

Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation
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For a long time it looked as though the popularity of legal streaming services would be able to curb online piracy, but as streaming offerings continue to diversify, and more of the services continue to release their own original programming, the a la carte option of Bittorrent has seen a…

TuneCore Names Viacom's Neil Bhayas As Tech VP
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TuneCore has named Neil Bhayas Vice President of Technology. He joins from Viacom, where he served as Vice President of Technology. Bhay will focus on expanding technology solutions for TuneCore artists.

What Can Blockchain Do For Music?
What Can Blockchain Do For Music?medium.com
This is the current reality for the creatives who are looking to make a living with music: it is extremely difficult to make even a modest living in the industry. Every time when someone presses the…