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”
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 — www.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’ — 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 — blog.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 — www.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…
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home — www.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? — 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 — 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.
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.
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 — www.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’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? — mediaincanada.com
Sales are down, even on digital, but that means good things for ad-supported platforms like Spotify and YouTube.
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 — 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.
Wireless service provider’s 75 million customers get some big music perks.
Jerry Del Colliano wonders what’s in a a name…
Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts — www.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 — lifehacker.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.
Bacardi sees a big branding opportunity in digital audio.
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Thinking of Aretha Franklin. The playlist opens with seven of my favorite tracks from the Queen of Soul. Truly a legend – one of the great artists of our time. Her music is magical.
Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscription — www.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 — www.fastcompany.com
The battlelines have been drawn in your ears.
SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiative — www.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 — variety.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.
Google today announced that it is brining support for Pandora Premium and Deezer music to Google Home speakers including Mini and Max.
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 — www.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
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? — 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) — 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 — www.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.
Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year History — www.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 — www.cnet.com
New episodes and an archive of Auntie Beeb’s shows are now available to stream.
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? — 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' — 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? — 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…
Each month, an estimated 180 million Americans stream music, radio and podcasts, presenting ample opportunities for marketers.
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”.
If you are reading this article, then chances are that you use Spotify! But are you getting the most out of it?
Steven Stone looks at the dwindling sales and downward spiral of downloaded music…
Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trial — www.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 — www.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' — 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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — 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’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 — www.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.
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.
Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart? – XXL — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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).
Verizon Unlimited Customers Will Receive Six Months of Apple Music Free, Thanks to New Partnership — www.billboard.com
Verizon and Apple announced an exclusive partnership on Wednesday (Aug. 8), and the news comes with an exciting new offer.
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’ — 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 — platformandstream.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 — www.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 needed help badly when Kerry Trainor took over the company last summer.
Smart speaker sales, forecasts: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple — musically.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.
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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”
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”