Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology

Blockchain-powered music platform Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 27 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

The patent-pending Creative Smart ContractTM environment provides novel systems and methods for intellectual property ownership rights management, funding and ticketing on the blockchain and peer-to-peer. Artists have full control of their creative output from the very inception to the copyright, distribution, royalty collection and distribution of the intellectual property works as well as event ticketing.

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Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warnervariety.com
London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music.

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube
Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTubewww.nytimes.com
A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen
Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listenwww.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts

Why Spotify Will Never Make Money
Why Spotify Will Never Make Moneyfortune.com
Spotify has a broken business model.

Music consumption in the era of smart speakers
Music consumption in the era of smart speakersmedium.com
Just over five years ago I wrote a piece called ‘Music collections in the era of the cloud’, in which I lamented the then-contemporary streaming services’ inabilities to properly represent a users’…

Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Stories
Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Storieswww.billboard.com
Spotify and Instagram announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will allow users to share what their listening to via their Instagram Stories or Instagram Direct and even encourage their followers and friends to tune in as well.

Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growth
Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growthwww.billboard.com
Pandora have released their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakers
Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakerswww.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.

Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artist
Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artistwww.influencive.com

Adrian Swish is the Founder/ CEO of Swish Management and Digital Currensy Inc. He is on a mission to revolutionize the way creators get paid royalties and the way they pay each other.

YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masseswww.tubefilter.com
“[Content Match] will let you identify who reuploaders are and let you take some actions,” explains product manager Barbara Macdonald — including doing nothing, contacting offending channels, or asking YouTube to delete the video in question.

Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?
Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' — What Does That Actually Mean?www.billboard.com

While execs might not use the words “vertical integration,” that goal is arguably alive and well within the company.

Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tango
Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tangowww.financialexpress.com
JioMusic, the free-to-use music app, topped the charts in terms of unique visitors which stood at 19 million in February this year.

Issue #398: How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists; Of Branded Playlists and Artist Payment

How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists
How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artistscryptoslate.com

Technology and art have always been closely intertwined, and blockchain is no exception.

Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?
Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?www.billboard.com
When a brand curates its own playlist it is using songs specifically to influence a consumer’s perception of the brand, so should artists be compensated for being a part of what is essentially advertising?

The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it coming
The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it comingwww.nbcnews.com
Thanks to the power of streaming, artists like Nicky Jam have been able to reach mainstream success as platforms like Spotify revolutionize the music industry.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPO
Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPOwww.wsj.com
Tencent Music, China’s largest music-streaming company, is preparing what would be one of the largest tech IPOs ever.

Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently
Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficientlytechcrunch.com

A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry.

From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’t
From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’twww.geekwire.com
In streaming music, Spotify gets the glory. Yet the Seattle-based service originally known as Rhapsody was the streaming pioneer. Now operating under the Napster brand, it seemed perfectly positioned to be where Spotify is today. It’s not. This is why.

MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeria
MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeriawww.itnewsafrica.com

The partnership which has been dubbed the first of it’s kind in Nigeria allows subscribers on the platform to stream over three million international songs from various categories.

Congress Should Tweak -- and Pass -- the Music Modernization Act
Congress Should Tweak — and Pass — the Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
There’s every reason to believe this new organization will distribute royalties much better than the current system. There’s just not much of an incentive, other than transparency, to make sure it does.

5 Awesome Tools for Music Production
5 Awesome Tools for Music Productionblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Electronic music production is more accessible than ever, thanks to an influx of tools available on the interweb.

Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Market
Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Marketmusic3point0.com
Indie DIY artists revenue grew handsomely last year, but still only represents a small fraction of the recorded music industry’s income.

Things I Wish Spotify Did Better
Things I Wish Spotify Did Bettergearpatrol.com
Spotify has been a big part of my daily routine for years. And I’m not likely to abandon it anytime soon, but there are little tweaks that I wish it did better just to make my experiance a little simpler. So Spotify, please, get on it.

iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patients
iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patientswww.techrepublic.com
Nursing home patients saw noticeable changes in activity, mood, and memory when they started listening to their favorite music using recycled iPods.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

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Issue #347: Blockchain and Music Profitability; Deezer’s Plan to Capture Asia Pacific’s Market for Music Streaming

For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable again
For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable againwww.techradar.com
New streaming service Choon wants to pay artists more for their music. Founder Gareth Emery explains how it all works.

Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming
Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streamingwww.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.

Spotify Limited & Apple Records
Spotify Limited & Apple Records500ish.com

The following seems inevitable. But sometimes stating the obvious draws some interesting concepts out of the woodwork.

Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEO
Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEOwww.billboard.com
Rhapsody International announced today (Feb. 8) that Bill Patrizio has been appointed president and CEO of global streaming service Napster.

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio
Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radiowww.spectator.co.uk

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio on The Spectator.

Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?
Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spurred on by optimistic forecasts like these, institutional investors are flinging eye-opening sums towards the music business.

Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch day
Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch daywww.theverge.com
Order estimates in the US slipped from delivery Friday — launch day — to next Tuesday. The smart speaker appears to be sold out for in-store pickup as well.

Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This February
Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This Februarywww.techweez.com

As we wait for Safaricom to unveil their latest service, it is worth noting that music streaming has not been embraced by the general Kenyan public due to two factors; a majority of Kenyans still don’t believe they should pay for music that they can download for free and the issue of mobile data.

Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forward
Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forwardwww.hypebot.com
While the Music Modernization Act to revamp music copyright has its critics, most in the industry support it.

How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label model
How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label modelnowtoronto.com

A new music festival and podcast are part of the Toronto record label’s search for true independence.

Issue #344: Blockchain + the Future of Entertainment; The Long Fall of iHeart; Paying the Piper & the Copyright Owner

How Blockchain Can Transform The Future Of Entertainment

Grammy winner Imogen Heap is one of the most prominent musicians to embrace the blockchain. She recently teamed up with Ujo, a company looking to be the one-stop shop for independent music distribution and payments, to release the first song on the Ethereum blockchain.

The Long Fall of iHeart, Once the Most Powerful and Feared Player in Radio
The Long Fall of iHeart, Once the Most Powerful and Feared Player in Radiowww.texasmonthly.com
Launched by two of the biggest names in Texas business, Clear Channel was once the most powerful—and feared—player in radio. Now rebranded as iHeartMedia, it’s on the brink of bankruptcy.

Apple Music Was Always Going to Win
Apple Music Was Always Going to Wingizmodo.com
Everybody knows that Apple is rich and powerful. So few will be surprised to learn that, despite showing up to the party late, the Cupertino company now appears to be winning some key battles in the streaming music wars.

Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Records
Kieron Donoghue talks ‘streaming-only’ label Humble Angel Recordsmusically.com
In late January, former Playlists.net and Warner Music Group executive Kieron Donoghue launched ‘streaming-first’ indie label Humble Angel Records.

Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) - The Music Modernization Act of 2017
Paying the Piper (and the Copyright Owner) – The Music Modernization Act of 2017www.lexology.com
The rise of streaming music services has changed the landscape in ways that most would not have imagined even a decade ago.

Spotify puts IPO bankers on “disruption” playlist
Spotify puts IPO bankers on “disruption” playlistwww.breakingviews.com
The music-streaming service may list its stock in New York without raising money or using underwriters. With private funding plentiful and business models asset-light, other tech groups could follow. It’s another threat to the high fees U.S. banks charge to take companies public.

Metallica Co Manager Cliff Burnstein Talks Music Streaming
Metallica Co Manager Cliff Burnstein Talks Music Streamingwww.blabbermouth.net

Asked if he feels his artists are getting their fair share of streaming revenues, Cliff said: “‘Fair,’ of course, is not an objective measure. ‘Fair’ to one guy is ‘not fair’ to another. I would say that many artists who have signed deals with major labels are not really getting their fair share, because streaming is treated the same as single-track sales under a lot of those contracts.

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making big money with smaller payments
Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making big money with smaller paymentsqz.com
The world’s biggest technology companies are changing how software makes them money. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have each grown their businesses on recurring payments, turning single-time customers into cash cows to be milked all year long.

Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new boss
Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new bossmusically.com
Abbey Road Studios in London has announced that HumTap and Lickd will be the next two companies to join its Abbey Road Red startup incubator.

My Spotify Ideas
My Spotify Ideasmyspotifyideas.com

A look at the ‘Secret Genius’ series from Spotify.

Is the greatest hits album dead?
Is the greatest hits album dead?www.bbc.com
Compilations by pop artists are another casualty of the shift away from physical albums to streaming.

DJ launches 'Spotify-disrupting' streaming service to benefit artists
DJ launches 'Spotify-disrupting' streaming service to benefit artists www.nme.com

Choon is being touted as a “disruptive blockchain-based music streaming service”.

Hear Lost Music from the Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Hear Lost Music from the Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Sectiongardenandgun.com

A new album of previously unreleased tracks finally gives the Swampers their due. Stream it!

Issue #334: The Blockchain to Disrupt the Music Biz and Beyond; ‘Apple Music for Artists’ Debuts with Deep Analytics

The Blockchain to Disrupt the Music Biz and Beyond
New efforts, such as Imogen Heap’s Mycelia, are helping content creators protect copyright and receive direct payment for their work

Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive
Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Divewww.billboard.com

Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits.

17 Companies to Watch As The 2018 NAMM Show Gets Into Top Gear
17 Companies to Watch As The 2018 NAMM Show Gets Into Top Gearwww.billboard.com
These 17 companies to watch — from startups to iconic instrument brands — are among 2,000 exhibitors participating in the world’s largest trade show for the $17 billion global music-products business

Def Leppard’s Catalog Leaps in Sales, Streaming on First Day of Wide Availability
Def Leppard’s Catalog Leaps in Sales, Streaming on First Day of Wide Availabilitywww.billboard.com
On-demand audio streams of Def Leppard’s catalog of songs rose 379 percent in the first day of its wide availability in its entirety on streaming services last Friday (Jan. 19), according to Nielsen Music.

Spotify Adding Visual Elements to Podcasts & More Audio Content With New Spotlight Multimedia Format
Spotify Adding Visual Elements to Podcasts & More Audio Content With New Spotlight Multimedia Formatwww.billboard.com
On Thursday, Spotify announced the launch of a new multimedia format called Spotlight that will introduce visual layers — such as photos, video and text — to supplement listening experiences for podcasts, audiobooks, news and other audio content.

Wynk Music Crosses Over 75 Million App Installs
Wynk Music Crosses Over 75 Million App Installsgadgets.ndtv.com
Wynk Music – the over-the-top (OTT) music application from Airtel – on Monday announced that it has crossed 75 million app installations.

Why Digital Music is Booming (And It’s Not Just Streaming)
Why Digital Music is Booming (And It’s Not Just Streaming)medium.com
Dropping into a flashy, raucous major label event at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas recently, I felt like I’d landed on a new planet. I didn’t see ice sculptures, giant dessert towers, or sushi…

Spain Reports Fourth Consecutive Year of Music Industry Gains With Streaming Up 25 Percent
Spain Reports Fourth Consecutive Year of Music Industry Gains With Streaming Up 25 Percentwww.billboard.com
“Despacito,” Pablo Alboran, Ed Sheerhan topped Spain’s year-end sales and streaming charts

Why Radio Stations Struggle With The Second Act
Why Radio Stations Struggle With The Second Actjacobsmedia.com
Hot new radio stations – like new car debuts – often lose their luster and charm when that second model comes out. How research can sabotage new brands.

Spotify, Pandora Face Legal Headwinds
Spotify, Pandora Face Legal Headwindswww.radiomagonline.com

The online companies are definitely at a disadvantage when compared to over-the-air radio companies.

Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaign
Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaignwww.hypebot.com
Getting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen – particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd – isn’t easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results.

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