Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchain

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”

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Issue #481: New GongBox Music Streaming App Tailored for African Market; Prince Estate, Sony Release 23 Long-Unavailable Albums Digitally

Black Coffee is Creating a Streaming App for African Artists Shut Out of the Music Industry
Black Coffee’s company Soulistic Music is working on a music platform that will enable artists to own all the rights to their work.

Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Stream
Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Streamwww.billboard.com
The 23 albums released today — not counting “Anthology” — represent the first wave of digital catalog releases.

Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’
Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’variety.com
Sony Music has begun to distribute $750 million in profit from the sale of its Spotify shares to all artists and distributed labels.

Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Look
Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Lookblog.chartmetric.io
After Spotify’s April 2018 initial public offering (IPO), a lot of ink has been spilled on the Swedish music streaming giant’s theoretical “direct deal” licensing with independent artists. Here’s the…

CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songs
CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songswww.hypebot.com
CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well. CD Baby estimates that their distributed catalog accounts for…

Metadata: What It Is and Why It Matters
Metadata: What It Is and Why It Mattersartists.spotify.com
Making sure you’re digitally credited for the music you make is key to your income—and your success.

Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Homewww.nytimes.com
Options abound for viewing concerts and music documentaries online, but Qello curates a lot of it in one place. Here’s the best of what it offers.

Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?
Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?musically.com
There has been a lot of bellyaching, handwringing and bluster spoken about Spotify recently doing direct deals with artists. Is it a stealth move by Spotify to cut out labels entirely? If it is, it’s the biggest kamikaze play in history. Is it a tactical bartering chip for when Spotify has to renew its licensing

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Tips for prioritizing 
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Tips for prioritizing www.cnbc.com
To stay focused at work, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek has high standards for how he prioritizes his time. Hanging out with friends doesn’t always make the cut.

After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fans
After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fansventurebeat.com

Turnabout is fair play, as they say, so after Apple challenged Amazon’s Echo smart speakers with HomePod, Amazon has decided to aggressively chase Apple Music users with its own streaming service.

Issue #480: Qobuz vs. Tidal in the Battle of Hi-Res Streaming; How Sonos is Building the Audio Internet; What’s Driving Canada’s Increased Music Streaming?


Qobuz and Tidal – The New Battle of the Hi-Rez Streaming Services

Steven Stone wonders if the U.S. is about to see a BETA/VHS deja-vu cage-match between Qobuz and Tidal…

How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internet
How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internetwww.wired.com
In an exclusive interview, Sonos’ chief product officer Nick Millington charts the company’s history and hints at where it could go in the future—like outside your house.

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice
Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voicetechcrunch.com

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its competitors – including Apple, Google, and Amazon – today offer and are now capitalizing on.

What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?
What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?mediaincanada.com
Sales are down, even on digital, but that means good things for ad-supported platforms like Spotify and YouTube.

Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growth
Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growthwww.hypebot.com

Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson.

Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60
Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60 www.independent.ie
Eighties classics from Madonna’s back catalogue are amongst her most popular hits in the year she turns 60, figures from Deezer have shown.

T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Is
T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Iswww.rollingstone.com

Wireless service provider’s 75 million customers get some big music perks.

Let's Rename the Hobby of Audiophilia
Let’s Rename the Hobby of Audiophiliaaudiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano wonders what’s in a a name…

Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts
Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcastswww.wsj.com
Public-radio companies PRX and PRI are merging in a bid to capitalize on the surging popularity of podcasts and other digital formats as listeners and content creators migrate away from traditional broadcast radio.

How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizon
How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizonlifehacker.com
Verizon has announced that customers on any of its three unlimited data plans are getting 6 months of free Apple Music. And if you already subscribe to Apple’s streaming music service, don’t worry, you’re included too.

Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Out
Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Outadexchanger.com

Bacardi sees a big branding opportunity in digital audio.

Issue #479: Pandora Partners with T-Mobile for Special Promo; SoundCloud to Power Bacardi, Major Lazer Talent-Scouting Initiative

Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscription
Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscriptionwww.billboard.com
Pandora announced a new deal with T-Mobile that would give the carrier’s customers the option to access the Pandora Plus subscription streaming service for free for one year.

Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 years
Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 yearswww.fastcompany.com
The battlelines have been drawn in your ears.

SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiative
SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiativewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Bacardi and Major Lazer’s long-running branding campaign is now being boosted by SoundCloud, with ‘Music Liberates Music’ entering a new phase.

Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relations
Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relationsvariety.com
Amazon Music today announces the appointment of music industry veteran Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. label relations, reporting to Ryan Redington, director of Amazon Music.

Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakers
Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakersmspoweruser.com

Google today announced that it is brining support for Pandora Premium and Deezer music to Google Home speakers including Mini and Max.

6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royalties
6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

From tuning to songwriting, apps can be of tremendous value to musicians even, as it turns out, when it comes to royalties.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experiencewww.bgr.in
Spotify and Samsung partnership announcement was one of the most unexpected parts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event. – Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience

Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Apple
Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Applewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

This was somewhat overlooked in reports of Deezer’s new nine-figure funding round the other week.

Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?
Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?www.cepro.com
Comparing streaming content from Apple Music and MQA high-resolution audio from TIDAL, CE Pro’s Millennial panel overwhelmingly preferred MQA high-resolution audio.

How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)
How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)blog.chartmetric.io
It’s accepted wisdom that the impact of music media has greatly diminished over the past decade. Intuitively, it makes sense. When there are millions of people shouting, the voices of a few are…

Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebook
Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebookwww.billboard.com
APRA AMCOS announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) a landmark agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger.

Issue #478: Deutsche Grammophon, Apple Music Team Up; Spotify Adds BBC Podcasts, Also Dials Up Songwriter/Producer Credits for iOS Users

Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year History
Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year Historywww.billboard.com
Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music announced the launch of a new classical music audio and visual playlist on Friday that will highlight recordings from the iconic label’s 120-year history.

Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discs
Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discswww.cnet.com
New episodes and an archive of Auntie Beeb’s shows are now available to stream.

Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS users
Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS userswww.theverge.com

Spotify first added the option to check out a track’s songwriter and producer credits back in February — and now, the feature is being rolled out onto iOS.

What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?musically.com
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more…

Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'
Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'www.digitalmusicnews.com
In a recently published interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that Spotify’s focus on computer-generated playlists may dehumanize music.

Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?
Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?www.hypebot.com
Spotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to…

What the audio streaming revolution means for marketers
What the audio streaming revolution means for marketerswww.mobilemarketer.com

Each month, an estimated 180 million Americans stream music, radio and podcasts, presenting ample opportunities for marketers.

Where Does Podcasting Go Next?
Where Does Podcasting Go Next?medium.com
How do we introduce podcasting to new audiences? By focusing on what they want and don’t want.

Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping function
Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping functionwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is allowing its free users in Australia to skip as many audio and video adverts as they want in an effort to collect data for a more “personalized experience”.

Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About
Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know Aboutblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If you are reading this article, then chances are that you use Spotify! But are you getting the most out of it?

Issue #477: Downloads Are Dying, Almost… ; Spotify Explores Skippable Ads; Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry, Artist Revenue

Downloads Are Dying, Almost…

Steven Stone looks at the dwindling sales and downward spiral of downloaded music…

Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trial
Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trialwww.thedrum.com
Spotify is seeking a potential point of differentiation with its music streaming rivals by testing new functionality which empowers listeners to skip any audio or video ads they wish as frequently as they desire.

Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Company
Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Companywww.billboard.com
Five biggest takeaways from a rare interview with Daniel Ek, and what they might mean for Spotify’s future as it tries to “move faster” than its rivals in an increasingly competitive streaming landscape.

Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'
Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'www.billboard.com
Investors are become increasingly interested in music, but as analysts race to meet investor demand for music-industry knowhow, direct input and perspectives from the industry itself are often left out, leading to potential data inaccuracies and misunderstandings.

Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artists
Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artistswww.patentlyapple.com
In a video interview, five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie talks to USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the effects of on-line streaming services on the music business.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market
A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio marketwww.cnet.com
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there’s a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bank
Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bankwww.billboard.com
City National Bank announced Monday (Aug. 13) that is has acquired Exactuals, the Los Angeles-based metadata company that provides solutions for complex payments across the entertainment industry.

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel
Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel variety.com
Pandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community.

Amazon Music to launch in Brazil
Amazon Music to launch in Brazilwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amazon Music’s streaming service and online music store looks set to launch in Brazil as the service searches for a Head of Digital Music to lead efforts in the region.

Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Service
Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Servicewww.m-magazine.co.uk
San Fran tech start-up Audius have announced a blockchain-based streaming service that hopes to ensure artists are paid fairly from their music streams.

Issue #476: Spotify’s Playlist for Global Domination; Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project Coming Soon; SoundCloud on the Blockchain?

Spotify’s playlist for global domination
Spotify’s playlist for global dominationwww.fastcompany.com
How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year
Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the yearwww.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
Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radiowww.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
New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Musicwww.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.

SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize music
SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize musictechcrunch.com

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.

How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?
How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?www.hypebot.com

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?
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
Skype’s new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friendswww.windowscentral.com
Skype Insiders are getting an early peek at the chat app’s latest high-profile third-party integration: Spotify.

A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Music
A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Musicwww.billboard.com
‘Harmony With A.R. Rahman’ marks the Oscar-winning composer’s debut as a host in a non-fiction series.

TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal
TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal platformandstream.wordpress.com

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.

Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott's Astroworld
Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott’s Astroworldwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Travis Scott’s Astroworld is a big deal.

Issue #475: Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart?; Drake the First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streams; Samsung Partners with Spotify

Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart? - XXL
Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart? – XXLwww.xxlmag.com
SoundCloud has become a launchpad for hip-hop’s hottest acts. But can the streaming platform survive as its stars depart for more profitable pastures?

Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its devices
Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its deviceswww.theverge.com
Samsung has announced that it’s partnering with Spotify on its devices, including smartphones, TVs, and the newly announced Galaxy Home smart speaker for a “true cross-platform listening experience.”

Slacker Radio Channel Leads New Initiatives to Up Country Airplay for Women
Slacker Radio Channel Leads New Initiatives to Up Country Airplay for Womenwww.billboard.com
Digital radio outlet Slacker has announced a unique new way of exposing its listeners to more female country artists, joining a handful of new initiatives aimed at shifting the country format’s longstanding and widely-documented gender imbalance.

Drake Becomes First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streams
Drake Becomes First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streamswww.billboard.com
Drake has become the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms, his record company announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8).

Phish Announces Free Raleigh Webcast
Phish Announces Free Raleigh Webcastwww.jambase.com
A free webcast of Friday’s Phish show at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek in Raleigh is available.

Verizon Unlimited Customers Will Receive Six Months of Apple Music Free, Thanks to New Partnership
Verizon Unlimited Customers Will Receive Six Months of Apple Music Free, Thanks to New Partnershipwww.billboard.com
Verizon and Apple announced an exclusive partnership on Wednesday (Aug. 8), and the news comes with an exciting new offer.

You Don’t Need to Be a Musician to Get a Record Deal in 2018
You Don’t Need to Be a Musician to Get a Record Deal in 2018www.rollingstone.com

Streaming has upturned music’s status quo – and labels are looking farther afield for truly fresh talent.

Spotify: The Crucial Change That Almost Came ‘Too Late’
Spotify: The Crucial Change That Almost Came ‘Too Late’ www.barrons.com
An extensive profile of the company and its CEO offers a view into its plans for the music industry.

SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Go
SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Goplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced that Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will perform for SiriusXM on Tuesday, September 11 at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. The announcement was made on SiriusXM’s Volume channel show, Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live from the Rainbow Bar & Grill. SLASH joined Eddie Trunk as the special…

4 Reasons Why Streaming Services Are Killing Music Piracy
4 Reasons Why Streaming Services Are Killing Music Piracywww.idropnews.com
A new report by market research and data analytics firm YouGov revealed that more Britons are streaming music today than downloading music

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor on his plan to turn the company around
SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor on his plan to turn the company aroundwww.youtube.com

SoundCloud needed help badly when Kerry Trainor took over the company last summer.

Smart speaker sales, forecasts: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple
Smart speaker sales, forecasts: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Applemusically.com
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri respectively.

TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal

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. The deal will bring market-leading stations to TuneIn’s 75 million monthly listeners across more than 200 platforms and connected devices including smart speakers, beginning today. Continue reading “TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal”

Intercept Music Debuts Globally, Offers Tools for Artists to Get Noticed

Music industry vet Ralph Tashjian announced today a partnership with Seattle-based technologies investor, entrepreneur and software engineer Tod Turner to form Intercept Music, a software suite for artists to grow their brands and get their music noticed in the crowded marketplace of streaming and digital downloads. Continue reading “Intercept Music Debuts Globally, Offers Tools for Artists to Get Noticed”

Issue #474: Music Streaming Sales Up! (But Artists Made Only 12% of Music Industry Revenue in ’17); Triller in Licensing Deal with 7digital

While Music Streaming Sales Surge, Singers Still Get Paid a Song
While Music Streaming Sales Surge, Singers Still Get Paid a Songwww.bloomberg.com

Musicians received just 12 percent of the $43 billion in sales generated from their work in the U.S. last year, according a report Monday by Citigroup. The figure includes revenue from CD sales, on-demand streaming, advertisements on YouTube, radio royalties and concert tickets.

Apple Music Launching New 'Friends Mix' Custom Playlists
Apple Music Launching New ‘Friends Mix’ Custom Playlistswww.billboard.com
This September, Apple Music subscribers will notice a new playlist from the streaming service, built off what their friends have been listening to.

Triller Announces Licensing Deal With 7digital, Allowing Access to Millions of Songs
Triller Announces Licensing Deal With 7digital, Allowing Access to Millions of Songswww.billboard.com
The AI-powered video-creation application Triller announced a licensing deal with leading business-to-business digital music and radio services platform 7digital on Wednesday.

SiriusXM Profits Take a Dip as Earnings Rise at Parent Liberty Media
SiriusXM Profits Take a Dip as Earnings Rise at Parent Liberty Mediawww.billboard.com
Liberty Media, the company that is controlled by billionaire mogul John Malone and houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, on Wednesday reported higher second-quarter financials.

Amazon Prime Music No.2 in Great Britain for active users
Amazon Prime Music No.2 in Great Britain for active userswww.musicweek.com
Everyone knows that the number one music streaming service in Great Britain is Spotify, but who’s number two? Most people would probably answer Apple Music, but the latest entertainment market report from data analysts Kantar Worldpanel suggests that active users of Amazon Prime Music have surpassed Apple Music subscribers for the first time. Music Week analyses the report…

Spotify's AI assistant should be social
Spotify’s AI assistant should be socialventurebeat.com
I recently sat down at my computer to get some work done and in the adjacent Spotify app saw a friend from college playing “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo. On impulse I moved my mouse over to like it — but I couldn’t because the Spotify app on Mac has no way to send a thumbs up, heart emoji, poop emoji,…

SoundCloud Adds Mobile Feature Spotify Lacks: Comments
SoundCloud Adds Mobile Feature Spotify Lacks: Commentswww.hypebot.com
SoundCloud is relaunching a popular feature – comments from its mobile apps – alongside a new user experience in iOS and Android. It’s a feature that every music service should have, and is missing from Spotify and Apple Music. Commenting is a core social feature on SoundCloud, with millions of…

iHeartMedia's Gator Harrison On State Of Country, Streaming as an 'Additive' to Radio & Efforts to Play More Female Artists
iHeartMedia’s Gator Harrison On State Of Country, Streaming as an ‘Additive’ to Radio & Efforts to Play More Female Artistswww.billboard.com
Gator Harrison is senior vp programming for iHeartMedia Nashville and day-to-day PD of the company’s venerable Nashville country outlet WSIX.

'Austin City Limits' Announces Fall 2018 Broadcast Schedule
‘Austin City Limits’ Announces Fall 2018 Broadcast Schedulewww.jambase.com
Watch a preview of St. Vincent’s performance on the Season 44 premiere of ‘Austin City Limits.’

Why Spotify faces a difficult hardware conundrum (and so does Sonos)
Why Spotify faces a difficult hardware conundrum (and so does Sonos)www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In early June Spotify applied to the Federal Communications Commission for the use wireless networks approved by the United States government group. This adds to a rather long list of minor news stories that pointed to the Swedish company entering into the hardware market.