Issue #438: End of Owning Music; Blockchain & the Music Industry; U.S. to Review 1940s-Era Music Rules

End of Owning Music: How CDs, Downloads Died
End of Owning Music: How CDs, Downloads Diedwww.rollingstone.com

Physical formats are cratering, but vinyl’s niche is growing.

From David Bowie to Blockchains: Blockchain Technology and the Music Industry
From David Bowie to Blockchains: Blockchain Technology and the Music Industrymedium.com
The rock-and-roll community was dealt a significant blow on January 10, 2016, when English rock star David Bowie succumbed to an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was known for his eccentric…

Black music is the reason streaming is winning, this is why
Black music is the reason streaming is winning, this is whyrollingout.com

If you are over the age of 35 you probably remember going to the record store during Super Tuesday to purchase the latest hot music. It was a religious…

U.S. to Review 1940s-Era Music Rules, With Billions at Stake
U.S. to Review 1940s-Era Music Rules, With Billions at Stakewww.bloomberg.com
The U.S. Justice Department plans to review agreements that determine how songwriters are paid by radio stations, restaurants and streaming services, a move that could affect billions in royalties doled out each year.

Sony Music Spotify Payouts to Artists, Indie Labels Set to Start
Sony Music Spotify Payouts to Artists, Indie Labels Set to Startvariety.com
Sony Music is holding true to its pledge that it will distribute profits from its sale of Spotify stock with artists and affiliated labels.

You can now sync Spotify podcasts on your Mighty
You can now sync Spotify podcasts on your Mightywww.engadget.com
The iPod Shuffle-like Mighty launched last year, giving users offline access to their Spotify playlists. But missing so far has been the ability to sync the pod…

Soundcloud Signs Mou With the Decentralized Music Platform Maestroproject
Soundcloud Signs Mou With the Decentralized Music Platform Maestroprojectcointelegraph.com

Soundcloud have signed a memorandum of understanding with Maestroproject to develop blockchain technology in music industry.

Do Playlists Kill Album Sales Or Multiply Them?
Do Playlists Kill Album Sales Or Multiply Them?www.hypebot.com
Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales.

Primary Wave launches its own streaming-focused record label, Cure8
Primary Wave launches its own streaming-focused record label, Cure8www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

US-based Primary Wave, best known as a well-funded music publisher, has entered the world of recorded music.

Streaming music providers target country fans
Streaming music providers target country fanswww.vindy.com

The hundreds of artists appearing at the CMA Fest weren’t the only ones trying to court new fans.

How Spotify Discovers the Genres of Tomorrow
How Spotify Discovers the Genres of Tomorrowartists.spotify.com
Spotify data alchemist Glenn McDonald turns numbers into music experiences.

Issue #437: SoundCloud, Noisey Team for Music Discovery Series; Pandora Links with Snapchat; Deezer’s New World Cup Playlist

SoundCloud & Noisey Team Up for Music Discovery Singles Series
SoundCloud & Noisey Team Up for Music Discovery Singles Serieswww.billboard.com

SoundCloud and Noisey have announced that they are teaming up to promote independent artists via a new initiative called SoundCloud x Noisey Singles.

Pandora Teams With Snapchat for Easier Song Discovery
Pandora Teams With Snapchat for Easier Song Discoverywww.billboard.com
Pandora users will soon be able to share their favorite songs with friends on Snapchat, thanks to a new integrated partnership between the two apps.

Deutsche Grammophon and Google to digitise archive tracks
Deutsche Grammophon and Google to digitise archive tracksmusically.com
Happy 120th birthday, classical-music label Deutsche Grammophon. The celebrations will include an interesting partnership with Google Arts & Culture to digitise a stash of rediscovered and previously-unreleased tracks from the label’s archives.

Deezer launches Football Fever playlist takeover for World Cup
Deezer launches Football Fever playlist takeover for World Cupmusically.com
Football’s World Cup kicks off later this week, with 32 countries hoping for glory (or, in England’s case, hoping at least for something better than abject embarrassment and penalties ineptitude).

Spotify Exodus Contines With Departures of Mark Williamson and George Ergatoudis
Spotify Exodus Contines With Departures of Mark Williamson and George Ergatoudiswww.billboard.com
Two of Spotify’s most senior execs have exited the company with at least one understood to have jumped ship to rival streaming service Apple Music.

Two Feet Became A Star by Accident, Thanks To SoundCloud
Two Feet Became A Star by Accident, Thanks To SoundCloudwww.digitaltrends.com
Two Feet is an alternative rock artist who hit it big when his breakthrough song scored 4 million streams on Soundcloud in a matter of hours. The 25 year old discusses how it felt to have his life change in a day, why musicians don’t need to go music school, and Spotify’s monopoly.

What does the future hold for distribution?
What does the future hold for distribution?www.musicweek.com
In a special report in the new issue of Music Week, Believe’s Ben Rimmer was joined by The Orchard boss Ian Dutt, Nick Roden of InGrooves and Proper Music’s Vangel Vlaski. All four reached the consensus that their companies must be flexible in order to ensure continued success.

For Red Bull Radio Founder, The Future of Radio Is Podcasts
For Red Bull Radio Founder, The Future of Radio Is Podcastswww.digitaltrends.com
Many Ameri, founder of 24/7 online radio station, Red Bull Radio, speaks on Red Bull’s stance on Apple Music and Spotify’s removal of artists from playlists, why long-form content still matters in an age of short attention spans, and how the future of radio is podcasts.

Amazon to Stream Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony Internationally
Amazon to Stream Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony Internationallyvariety.com
Amazon Prime will stream the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony internationally for the first time starting July 1.

Music Biz Adjusts To Spotify's New Rules Of Engagement
Music Biz Adjusts To Spotify's New Rules Of Engagementwww.hypebot.com
While Spotify generates just 27% of global recorded music revenue, it is a growing percentage that the music industry increasingly can”t imagine living without. That and its cultural influence a a market leader and taste maker, means that the industry most tread lightly a music’s new world order takes shape….

Hip Hop Conference A3C Is Bringing Back Its Music Tech Track and Seeking Startups to Spotligh
Hip Hop Conference A3C Is Bringing Back Its Music Tech Track and Seeking Startups to Spotlighhypepotamus.com
A3C Conference has announced a Future of Music Tech program to be held on October 5, long with its second Startup Spotlight Showcase, for which applications open today.

Issue #436: Your Library Has a Free Music Service; Dave Matthews Band’s Free Camden Webcast; Musical.ly Shuts Down Live.ly Live-Streaming App

Your Library Has a Free Music Service That You Probably Didn't Know About
Your Library Has a Free Music Service That You Probably Didn't Know Aboutmentalfloss.com

Did you know that you can download free music from your local library? Music that you can keep. That’s right: not borrow, keep.

Musical.ly Shuts Down Live.ly Live-Streaming App
Musical.ly Shuts Down Live.ly Live-Streaming Appvariety.com
Musical.ly, the social-video sharing and lip-syncing app maker, is killing off Live.ly two years after it launched the standalone app for live-streaming video. Instead, Musical.ly will merge the live-streaming features of Live.

Snap Lenses that help musicians go viral have the music industry swooning
Snap Lenses that help musicians go viral have the music industry swooningventurebeat.com
As Snap competes for new users and partners, the company is winning big fans among music industry insiders who embrace the social media service’s potential to help artists connect with fans.

Spotify Looks At Unveiling A Long-Term Strategy The Music Industry Won't Like
Spotify Looks At Unveiling A Long-Term Strategy The Music Industry Won't Likemusic3point0.com
Spotify reportedly is offering direct license deals to select indie artists, but the long-term strategy may have questionable results.

The Move into the Blockchain Based Music Industry
The Move into the Blockchain Based Music Industrymedium.com
Music industry as a whole has suffered from chronic problems that have inflicted copyright, royalty payment, and artist agreements. Massive record labels and agencies historically lead the industry…

Dave Matthews Band Announces Free Camden Webcast
Dave Matthews Band Announces Free Camden Webcastwww.jambase.com
Dave Matthews Band and nugs.tv have partnered to present a free live webcast of the group’s Saturday night show at BB&T Pavilion in Camden.

What is Music Licensing and Why is it Important for my Career as an Artist?
What is Music Licensing and Why is it Important for my Career as an Artist?edm.com
Music licensing can be a very fruitful revenue stream for musicians. Here’s what you need to know.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music fitness tracking GPS smartwatch costs $300
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music fitness tracking GPS smartwatch costs $300www.theverge.com
Gamin adds music to the do-it-all Vivoactive 3 watch and fitness tracker that features GPS, sleep monitoring, and a battery life of between 5 and 7 days. The do-it-all device can be worn all day and night; at home, the office, the gym, the shower, and all points in between.

Daniel Ek, Troy Carter Honored as UJA-Federation's Music Visionaries of the Year
Daniel Ek, Troy Carter Honored as UJA-Federation's Music Visionaries of the Yearwww.billboard.com
The UJA-Federation of New York honored Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and the streaming service’s global head of creator services Troy Carter as dual recipients of their Music Visionary of the Year honor on Tuesday during an annual luncheon at New York City’s Pierre Hotel that brought together some of the music industry’s biggest names.

The Virtues of Analog Audio
The Virtues of Analog Audioaudiophilereview.com

Andy Schaub offers his view of Analog sources…

Pandora Predictions to Know: Brytiago, Tierra Whack, Purple Disco Machine & Quando Rondo
Pandora Predictions to Know: Brytiago, Tierra Whack, Purple Disco Machine & Quando Rondowww.billboard.com
Here are the latest predictions for future success on the Billboard charts from Pandora and Next Big Sound.

Issue #435: Arsenal Sign £1m Deal with Tidal; 24,000 Tracks Uploaded to Music Streamers Every 24 Hours

Arsenal sign £1m deal with Jay-Z owned music streaming service
Arsenal sign £1m deal with Jay-Z owned music streaming servicewww.sportingnews.com

Arsenal have announced a new partnership with music streaming service Tidal.  The undisclosed dea will see Arsenal partner with the global music and entertainment platform which is available in 52 countries.

24,000 Tracks Uploaded To Music Streamers Every 24 Hours
24,000 Tracks Uploaded To Music Streamers Every 24 Hourswww.hypebot.com
20,000 to 24,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, Napster and other streaming music service every 24 hours. That’s 1 million tracks every 6 weeks. Let’s that number sink in for a moment and imagine how hard it is to break through that much clutter. In March, Spotify CEO…

Summer Songs 2018: Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora Predict Top Tunes
Summer Songs 2018: Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora Predict Top Tunesvariety.com
The top three streaming platforms list off the anthems of summer 2018.

Will Traditional High End Audio Turn Into A Lifestyle Product?
Will Traditional High End Audio Turn Into A Lifestyle Product?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson considers when high performance audio and a “Lifestyle” products will merge..

How Spotify's free tier gets smarter with recommendations
How Spotify's free tier gets smarter with recommendationswww.cnet.com
Unlocking on-demand listening for free users means that the songs Spotify picks for you will hit closer to the bull’s-eye.

Joey Badass' '1999' Mixtape Is Now On All Music Streaming Services
Joey Badass' '1999' Mixtape Is Now On All Music Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
On Tuesday (June 12), Bada$$ announced that he’s celebrating the six-year anniversary 1999 by sharing it on all streaming platforms.

The podcast business is still small. Which is great news for podcasts.
The podcast business is still small. Which is great news for podcasts.www.recode.net
Advertisers put $314 million into podcast ads in the U.S. last year, which is totally tiny compared to things like TV — $68.5 billion — or internet search ads — $22.8 billion — or internet video ads — $11.9 billion.

Spotify playlists could boost artists bottom line: Study [Video]
Spotify playlists could boost artists bottom line: Study [Video]finance.yahoo.com
Spotify is the new radio DJ, and getting on a playlist can make artists a lot of money. That’s the finding of a new analysis by a pair of economists. Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous, Melody Hahm and Julia La Roche breakdown the details.

Marathon Artists LABs 2018: startups target music monetisation
Marathon Artists LABs 2018: startups target music monetisationmusically.com
Independent music company Marathon Artists launched its LABs accelerator in 2016, bringing together a group of six music/tech startups to work with its label, management and publishing arms, as well as a group of external mentors.

Spotify's New Audiobook Series Is About To Make Music Superfans Swoon
Spotify's New Audiobook Series Is About To Make Music Superfans Swoonwww.bustle.com
In exciting news for music fans, Spotify are adding a series of musically minded audiobooks to its streaming service. Bloomsbury Publishing have signed a deal with Spotify to make the cult 33 1/3 book series available as audiobooks, which users will …

The weird and wonderful NZ artists who’ve topped a million Spotify streams
The weird and wonderful NZ artists who’ve topped a million Spotify streamsthespinoff.co.nz
Though most Kiwi artists who rack up big numbers on Spotify are chart-topping stars, some remain stubbornly unknown. Gareth Shute investigates the odd paths NZ acts have taken to get to a million Spotify streams.

Issue #434: Music Streaming Boost from Amazon’s Premier League Deal; Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify’s Rhythm

Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming
Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streamingmusically.com
This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019.

Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify's rhythm
Daniel Ek: Setting Spotify's rhythmwww.forbesindia.com
Spotify may be public now, but co-founder Daniel Ek has no plans to let anyone else set the company’s rhythm

A million new tracks are being uploaded to streaming service Napster every 6 weeks
A million new tracks are being uploaded to streaming service Napster every 6 weekswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It was an impressive stat, but for record labels – whose job it is to ensure their artists get noticed above the noise in the marketplace – it was also a pretty alarming one. That alarm might be about to get a little louder.

Sirius XM Agrees to Pay SoundExchange $150M in Settlement Over Unpaid Royalties
Sirius XM Agrees to Pay SoundExchange $150M in Settlement Over Unpaid Royaltieswww.billboard.com
Sirius XM Radio Inc. last week agreed to pay $150 million to SoundExchange Inc., settling two lawsuits alleging the satellite radio provider underpaid due performance royalties.

Pandora’s new ECD on the new audio renaissance and the company’s role in sonic branding
Pandora’s new ECD on the new audio renaissance and the company’s role in sonic brandingwww.thedrum.com
Radio, while still a highly viable advertising medium, doesn’t get as much love as its video counterparts, but thanks to the rise of podcasts, smart home speakers and streaming audio companies like Pandora and Spotify, audio content has gained new life, and with it, more chances for advertisers and brands to build sonic content.

Midem to launch music awards in 2019 based on Soundcharts data
Midem to launch music awards in 2019 based on Soundcharts datamusically.com
The Midem 2018 conference only finished on Friday, but organiser Reed Midem has already announced one of the key planks in next year’s event: the Midem Music Awards.

Bandsintown Big Break, A Data-Driven Emerging Artist Program
Bandsintown Big Break, A Data-Driven Emerging Artist Programmedium.com
Today we are proud to announce “Big Break”, the first data-driven program designed to spotlight and support emerging artists in live music. Live performance now often precedes an artist’s recording…

Founder of Red Bull Radio talks streaming service morality
Founder of Red Bull Radio talks streaming service moralitywww.kswo.com
Red Bull For better or worse, streaming services have turned the music industry into a sort of wild west, where tradition is constantly rewritten.

Alliance of music stations seeks to bring copyright law ‘into modern era’
Alliance of music stations seeks to bring copyright law ‘into modern era’current.org
As lawmakers debate legislation backed by big players in streaming services, music stations want a better legal climate for their work on platforms beyond radio.

Apple Music hires another hip-hop expert from the BBC
Apple Music hires another hip-hop expert from the BBCwww.cultofmac.com
Apple recently hired Ryan Newman, snagging a key player from 1Xtra, the BBC’s main hip-hop and grime radio station. With more than 30 million tracks available, Apple Music continues to focuses on hip-hop, particularly on its streaming radio station, Beats 1.

Issue #433: In Music Discovery, 30 is the New Old; How SoundCloud is Pitching Media Buyers

In music discovery, 30 is the new old
In music discovery, 30 is the new oldwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Are you convinced Triple J has gone off the boil and those other networks are programmed by tone-deaf kids? It’s ok.

‘Ear to the youth’: How SoundCloud is pitching media buyers
‘Ear to the youth’: How SoundCloud is pitching media buyersdigiday.com

If there’s one word SoundCloud wants media buyers to associate with them, it’s first, and well, alive.

Shawn Mendes Is Officially the Biggest Artist on Apple Music In 2018
Shawn Mendes Is Officially the Biggest Artist on Apple Music In 2018www.digitalmusicnews.com
Shawn Mendes is the biggest artist on Apple Music this year, surpassing one billion streams. His latest album is the biggest pop release to date.

Digital Media Inquisitor 010: What’s up with “Artist Playlists” on Spotify?
Digital Media Inquisitor 010: What’s up with “Artist Playlists” on Spotify?medium.com
As a musical artist (a member and leader of the group FSQ — Funk Style Quality) I’m very grateful for the availability of mainly “free to use” artist marketing platforms, tools and services that the…

Lion's share of music revenue in Singapore will soon come from
Lion's share of music revenue in Singapore will soon come fromwww.bandwagon.asia
How do Singaporeans listen to music? Increasingly, that answer is becoming via music streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and KKBOX…

Why Do I Listen To The Same Music All The Time?
Why Do I Listen To The Same Music All The Time?www.elitedaily.com
When I’m at the gym with my headphones on (killin’ the game, might I add), you better believe I have some throwback Britney Spears songs blasting through my eardrums — that sh*t gets me going. Both Britney and T-Swift originals will always remain on …

Bandsintown launches native Apple Music integration for seamless discovery experience
Bandsintown launches native Apple Music integration for seamless discovery experiencemedium.com
Today we’re thrilled to announce the native integration of Apple Music within the Bandsintown Concerts App. This integration will now help Apple Music subscribers discover more artists by seamlessly…

Kobalt’s AWAL Acquires In2une Promo and Marketing Company
Kobalt’s AWAL Acquires In2une Promo and Marketing Companyvariety.com
AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, today announced it has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music.

Napster boss: ‘Even a 20% slice of a $20bn market is a $4bn market...'
Napster boss: ‘Even a 20% slice of a $20bn market is a $4bn market…'musically.com
Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube may hog many of the streaming headlines, but Rhapsody International / Napster is still going as a global streaming service too.

Apple Music quietly launches 'pre-adds' for albums
Apple Music quietly launches 'pre-adds' for albumsmusically.com
If you browse the Apple Music app this morning, you’ll notice it has quietly added a pre-save mechanic for upcoming albums. Except they are not called pre-saves; they’re termed “pre-adds”. You do, however, have to do a little bit of digging to find it. Tap on the “Browse” tab and scroll down – all the way through

Sonos Gets Aggressive with Beam Smart Soundbar
Sonos Gets Aggressive with Beam Smart Soundbarwww.dealerscope.com
Sonos unveiled its new Beam soundbar smart speaker, which will begin shipping July 17 and will come with AirPlay 2 support out of the box.

Issue #432: Spotify, SoundCloud, and the Race Up the Value Chain; Will 5G Deliver for Radio?; 4 Ways Music Will Drive Marketing in Years to Come

Spotify, SoundCloud, and the Race Up the Value Chain
Spotify, SoundCloud, and the Race Up the Value Chainhackernoon.com
It’s no secret that the music industry is a tough nut to crack. Spotify, Soundcloud, and a host of other music industry startups all struggle to reach profitability despite their vast consumer…

4 Ways Music Will Drive Marketing in the Years to Come
4 Ways Music Will Drive Marketing in the Years to Comeclios.com

The next innovative campaign could be waiting patiently within the dusty grooves of some wax in your crates.

Will 5G Deliver for Radio?
Will 5G Deliver for Radio?www.radioworld.com
Exploring the possible impact of 5G on radio broadcasters in the United States

Snapchat and music: 'We ultimately want artists to be compensated for their work'
Snapchat and music: 'We ultimately want artists to be compensated for their work'musically.com
How is Snap, Inc working with artists and labels on music campaigns? The parent company of Snapchat hasn’t talked publicly often about its music strategy, but its VP of partnerships Ben Schwerin gave a keynote at the Midem conference in Cannes today.

iHeartMedia and OZY Media Announce Multiyear Partnership
iHeartMedia and OZY Media Announce Multiyear Partnershipvariety.com
iHeartMedia and online news publication OZY Media today announced a creative multiyear partnership. The pact will combine OZY Media’s news and storytelling capabilities with iHeartMedia’s national cross-platform network to reach potentially hundreds of millions of consumers across the country.

YouTube Liable for Copyright Infringement, Austrian Court Finds in Preliminary Ruling
YouTube Liable for Copyright Infringement, Austrian Court Finds in Preliminary Rulingwww.billboard.com
A preliminary decision by an Austrian commercial court could have a seismic impact on the economy of online video.

The Death of the Download: Music Streaming is Here to Stay
The Death of the Download: Music Streaming is Here to Stayvergecampus.com
Streaming is here to stay, and trend reports indicate that it will continue to grow at lightning speed. If you haven’t hopped on the streaming train yet, it just might be time for you to start.

Marcomms VP Angela Watts Departs Spotify
Marcomms VP Angela Watts Departs Spotifywww.holmesreport.com
Watts exits music streaming giant after eight years building the global brand from a startup.

Nordic finance ministers are fighting the EU on a tax that could deliver a gut punch to Spotify, Google and Facebook
Nordic finance ministers are fighting the EU on a tax that could deliver a gut punch to Spotify, Google and Facebooknordic.businessinsider.com

The finance ministers of three Nordic countries are urging the EU to scrap plans to tax large digital corporations.

Ultra Media launches six free music streaming apps
Ultra Media launches six free music streaming appswww.televisionpost.com

Ultra Media & Entertainment has launched six dedicated free music apps of old and evergreen Bollywood songs on Google Play Store and iOS platforms.

Midemlab 2018 pitches: Experiential music technology startups
Midemlab 2018 pitches: Experiential music technology startupsmusically.com
20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This afternoon’s last session saw the experiential technologies startups showing off their products and platforms.

Why Cannes named Spotify, not a person, for top media honours this year
Why Cannes named Spotify, not a person, for top media honours this yearwww.campaignlive.co.uk
Cannes Lions has switched its media person of the year award to that of media brand at the request of Daniel Ek, Spotify’s co-founder and chief executive.

83% of All Music, Film & TV Piracy Is Motivated by a Lack of Paid Options
83% of All Music, Film & TV Piracy Is Motivated by a Lack of Paid Optionswww.digitalmusicnews.com
According to British antipiracy firm Muso, 83% of people choose to illegally stream and download because they can’t find their favorite content legally.

Joseph Arthur & Peter Buck Of R.E.M. Stream Debut Album ‘Arthur Buck’
Joseph Arthur & Peter Buck Of R.E.M. Stream Debut Album ‘Arthur Buck’www.jambase.com
Listen to ‘Arthur Buck,’ the debut collaborative album from Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck.

Issue #431: Spotify Registers with FCC for Devices; The National, Bon Iver Launch Streaming Service; Is the Music Industry Still Rooting for Tidal?

Spotify Hardware Ambitions: Company Registers With FCC for Devices
Spotify Hardware Ambitions: Company Registers With FCC for Devicesvariety.com
Spotify has registered with the FCC, a key step to get wireless devices approved for use in the U.S.

The National and Bon Iver launch streaming service 'PEOPLE', share Leonard Cohen cover
The National and Bon Iver launch streaming service 'PEOPLE', share Leonard Cohen coverwww.nme.com
The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bon Iver have today released a BETA version of their streaming service PEOPLE.

Why the Music Industry Is Still Rooting For Tidal, Despite Chronic Payment Issues
Why the Music Industry Is Still Rooting For Tidal, Despite Chronic Payment Issueswww.billboard.com
Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming service, has become notorious for late payments to labels, but the music industry has largely kept quiet about the matter, banking on its forward-thinking partnership deals and a higher-priced $19.99/month premium audio tier.

Spotify Offers Managers, Artists Advances to License Music Directly to Its Streaming Service
Spotify Offers Managers, Artists Advances to License Music Directly to Its Streaming Servicewww.billboard.com
Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange for licensing their music directly to the streaming service, sources tell Billboard.

Shazam Predicts Song of the Summer 2018
Shazam Predicts Song of the Summer 2018www.billboard.com
Ariana Grande, Drake and Ella Mai are among Shazam’s picks for Song of the Summer dominance

Muzeroom launches app to deliver news for the artist you're listening to
Muzeroom launches app to deliver news for the artist you're listening towww.theindustryobserver.com.au
MuzeRoom, the world’s first smart content curation platform for music, has launched its app to deliver music news for the artist you’re listening to.

Jimmy Jam lands new music talk-show on SiriusXM radio
Jimmy Jam lands new music talk-show on SiriusXM radiowww.startribune.com
The first program on Thursday will feature guests Questlove and Terry Lewis.

Midemlab 2018 pitches: Marketing and data / analytics startups
Midemlab 2018 pitches: Marketing and data / analytics startupsmusically.com
20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This afternoon’s second session saw the marketing and data/analytics startups pitching their wares.

Amazon launches Alexa and Amazon Prime Music in France
Amazon launches Alexa and Amazon Prime Music in Francewww.digitaltveurope.com
Amazon has launched its Alexa and Echo voice-enabled assistants in France, with TV technology provider Netgem named among the companies that will integrate the technology in their devices.

Apple Music web player allows for song streaming outside of iTunes
Apple Music web player allows for song streaming outside of iTuneswww.cnet.com
But don’t uninstall iTunes just yet.

Midemlab 2018 pitches: Music discovery and distribution
Midemlab 2018 pitches: Music discovery and distributionmusically.com
20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes.

Issue #430: Spotify vs. Pandora in the Ad-Supported Game; You Might Not be Entirely Dependent on iTunes Much Longer

Spotify vs. Pandora: Which Radio Competitor Is Winning at the Ad-Supported Game?
Spotify vs. Pandora: Which Radio Competitor Is Winning at the Ad-Supported Game?www.billboard.com
In April 2018, Spotify revamped its mobile ad-supported experience, allowing its free users to listen to any track in their top fifteen Spotify-curated playlists completely on-demand on their mobile devices.

Apple Music's web player now streams whole songs
Apple Music's web player now streams whole songswww.engadget.com
To date, playing full songs on Apple Music has meant firing up iTunes or the mobile app. You could listen to samples on the web, but that wasn’t much different…

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.

Kanye West thanks loyal fans after dominating streaming charts
Kanye West thanks loyal fans after dominating streaming chartswww.cbsnews.com
Kanye West thanked his fans after his new album, "Ye," dominated both Apple Music and Spotify

Spotify to take Cannes' top media brand of the year
Spotify to take Cannes' top media brand of the yearadage.com
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity plans to name music-streaming platform Spotify its 2018 Media Brand of the Year later this month.

Which Comes First, Live Money Or Streaming Money
Which Comes First, Live Money Or Streaming Moneywww.hypebot.com

This article explores how the financial balance of power in the music industry has shifted with the rise of streaming, how contemporary high-profile artists are making this shift work in their favor, and whether it could ever revert back to an older model.

YouTube Music Isn't Even Close to a Spotify Killer
YouTube Music Isn't Even Close to a Spotify Killergizmodo.com
After trying and failing to launch a competitive music streaming service for years, Google released YouTube Music last month. You might’ve thought Google’s latest attempt to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify would’ve pushed forward with new ideas. Nope.

Meet The Tech Company Disrupting The Music Industry (And It's Not Spotify)
Meet The Tech Company Disrupting The Music Industry (And It's Not Spotify)www.forbes.com
Kobalt is a music publisher for the digital age, allowing songwriters to keep all their rights.

Caribbean Music Streaming Service Selecta Charts registers over 500 Caribbean artists
Caribbean Music Streaming Service Selecta Charts registers over 500 Caribbean artistssflcn.com
Selecta Charts’ a Caribbean Music Streaming Service has registered over 500 artists from across the Caribbean surpassing the company’s expectations since launching April 8th, 2017, in its first year on the market.

Camila Cabello's "Havana" Becomes Spotify's Most Streamed Song
Camila Cabello's "Havana" Becomes Spotify's Most Streamed Songwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Camila Cabello’s single “Havana” made Spotify history by becoming the most streamed song by a solo female artist.

Lip Sync Live Streaming Function Added to Facebook
Lip Sync Live Streaming Function Added to Facebookwww.hollywoodreporter.com
With the Lip Sync Live streaming function, users will now be able to live broadcast sing-alongs to “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, Drake’s “God’s Plan” and more.

Issue #429: Music Streaming Beyond the Phone; This Time Last Year, SoundCloud Was in Hot Water

Music Streaming Beyond the Phone: A Futuristic, Real-World Primer
Music Streaming Beyond the Phone: A Futuristic, Real-World Primermedium.com

Voice interfaces, smart speakers, geolocation and other cutting-edge, screen-less technologies are transforming music consumption as we know it.

Spotify: Nevermind Profits
Spotify: Nevermind Profitsfortune.com
In the wake of an IPO, Spotify enters the public markets at the mercy of its record label partners. Can it find equal footing?

Measuring radio’s best customers
Measuring radio’s best customersmedium.com
Whenever I speak to companies or students about how we consume linear radio, it comes as a big surprise to them that internet radio listening is so small. In the UK, RAJAR knocked on nearly 25,000…

Spotify ponders becoming a mobile service provider
Spotify ponders becoming a mobile service providerwww.completemusicupdate.com

A reported survey in its mobile app recently posed a question about a hypothetic Spotify mobile phone account.

What I Like, and Don't Like About Streaming
What I Like, and Don't Like About Streamingaudiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at what he likes and doesn’t like about streamed music…

Spotify x Instagram Stories: How Artists Can Make the Most of It
Spotify x Instagram Stories: How Artists Can Make the Most of Itwww.awal.com
With Instagram’s latest integration with Spotify, there are more opportunities than ever to take your Stories to the next level. Here are a few ways to share your music and more with your followers.

How to make Spotify suck less than YouTube for streaming
How to make Spotify suck less than YouTube for streamingrocknerd.co.uk

It’s the little annoyances that’ll kill you.

It's Lit! Tidal Is Now Adding Beauty Tutorials To Its Streaming Service
It's Lit! Tidal Is Now Adding Beauty Tutorials To Its Streaming Servicewww.essence.com
Now you can learn how to recreate looks from your favorite music videos! Now you can learn how to recreate looks from your favorite music videos!

Music startup Roli adds Sony as investor
Music startup Roli adds Sony as investortechcrunch.com

Eyes up expanded range of hardware and software.

Every Song On Kanye West's 'Ye' Climbs To Top Of Streaming Charts
Every Song On Kanye West's 'Ye' Climbs To Top Of Streaming Chartswww.vibe.com
All seven songs on Kanye West’s 2018 studio album reportedly hold the top spots on streaming platforms.

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor: 'We're in a much clearer place now.'
SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor: 'We're in a much clearer place now.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

This time last year, SoundCloud was in hot water.

Issue #428: Apple Music Base Seen Growing; Spotify Drops ‘Hate Conduct’ Policy; Kanye Skips Tidal Exclusivity

Apple Music Base Seen Growing
Apple Music Base Seen Growingwww.bloomberg.com
The service is winning subscribers as streaming landscape heats up

Spotify Removes 'Hate Conduct' Provision From New Content Policy After Backlash
Spotify Removes 'Hate Conduct' Provision From New Content Policy After Backlashwww.billboard.com
Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service, the company is walking back one of its most controversial provisions.

Kanye skips Tidal exclusivity, drops new album on Spotify and Apple Music
Kanye skips Tidal exclusivity, drops new album on Spotify and Apple Musictechcrunch.com

The move is a blow for the artist-owned music streaming service

Tuma Basa Named YouTube Director of Urban Music
Tuma Basa Named YouTube Director of Urban Musicvariety.com
Tuma Basa, who in March left Spotify, has been appointed YouTube’s Director of Urban Music. 

Apple Music, Netflix, and Amazon struggle in India's streaming market
Apple Music, Netflix, and Amazon struggle in India's streaming market venturebeat.com
As Amazon and Netflix turn to the land of Bollywood in search of new users, they continue to face stiff competition from local giant Hotstar. The service, owned by media conglomerate Star India, offers a wide-range of sporting events in its catalog and boasted a 69.7 percent share of the local on-de…

Amuse Going Head To Head With CD Baby, TuneCore
Amuse Going Head To Head With CD Baby, TuneCorewww.hypebot.com
While a lot of independent artists are familiar with music aggregators such as TuneCore and CD Baby, it appears the new Swedish startup Amuse is throwing its hat in the distribution ring, with a number of industry heavyweights at its helm.

Tencent Music and Entertainment hires three US banks as it readies for IPO
Tencent Music and Entertainment hires three US banks as it readies for IPOwww.thedrum.com
Tencent Music and Entertainment (TME) has appointed Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead its highly anticipated IPO, according to The Financial Times.

Prince’s Estate Sues Oklahoma Man Over Posted Music Videos
Prince’s Estate Sues Oklahoma Man Over Posted Music Videoswww.billboard.com
Prince’s estate is suing an Oklahoma man for alleged copyright infringement.

Review: new YouTube Music touts personalized music
Review: new YouTube Music touts personalized musicwww.usatoday.com
We tried out Google’s revamped subscription service YouTube Music, which tries to take on Spotify and Apple Music with better recommendations from the Google Assistant.

Pump up the programmatic: Google selling streaming audio ads
Pump up the programmatic: Google selling streaming audio adsadage.com
Google will sell audio ads through DoubleClick, helping brands manage programmatic ad campaigns on Spotify, Pandora and other music streaming services.

SiriusXM Announces 'Four More Saturday Nights' Dead & Company Broadcasts
SiriusXM Announces 'Four More Saturday Nights' Dead & Company Broadcastswww.jambase.com
The first four Saturday night shows of Dead & Company’s 2018 Summer Tour will air live on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel.

Top Dawg Explains How He Warned Spotify's CEO That Kendrick Lamar, Others Would Pull Music Over Conduct Policy
Top Dawg Explains How He Warned Spotify's CEO That Kendrick Lamar, Others Would Pull Music Over Conduct Policywww.billboard.com
TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith explains how he expressed concerns about Spotify’s hateful conduct policy, and how that led to the streaming service reversing its policy three weeks later.

Issue #427: Blockchain Aims to Be Biggest Stage for Empowering Music Artists; Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters

Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artistswww.forbes.com
In the music industry, blockchain can change how artists connect with fans. But, how can blockchain-based tokenization can help Indie-artists artists unlock new financing opportunities and strengthen bonds with their biggest, most loyal fans?

Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging
Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging techcrunch.com

Spotify could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.

A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?
A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?medium.com
So you’ve probably been reading about Tidal the last couple of days. How a Norwegian newspaper has published a story claiming that Tidals streaming numbers don’t add up.

CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotify
CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotifywww.cnbc.com
Media streaming company Pandora launches new family subscription plan “with a twist,” says CEO Roger Lynch.

Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters
Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriterswww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service launches global publishing business in a possible harbinger of streaming music’s future

Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead... and Spotify and Apple Music
Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead… and Spotify and Apple Musicwww.cnet.com
The rapper’s new album will debut Friday, June 1, at 12 a.m. ET.

Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okay
Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okaymedium.com
There’s a common refrain I hear among managers, agents, artists, publicists, talent buyers, producers, and well… literally everyone else connected to music. It goes like this, “Well, Artist Name Here…

The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Service
The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Servicewww.tubefilter.com
YouTube has made several attempts to launch a dedicated music service. Here’s a rundown of what the video site has done so far.

Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerous
Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerouswww.complex.com
As one of the most visible figures in rap, Kendrick is using his power to influence Spotify, which had previously removed the polarizing XXXTentacion from its promoted playlists for "hateful conduct."

Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in India
Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in Indiawww.thedrum.com
Recently merged Indian music-streaming platforms Jio-Saavn have trumped Google to become the only audio streaming media company to make gains on app installs with 1.24% share increase during first quarter, according to a report by Jana.

Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leaders
Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leadersblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Bringing awareness to your music has always had its challenges, here are the top three music tips from industry leaders from Tinderbox Music.