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.

Issue #331: Hot Topics for the Music Business in 2018; What’s the Value of Bitcoin, Blockchain to the Music Industry?

Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What's Its Value to Music Industry?
Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What’s Its Value to Music Industry?www.billboard.com
Suddenly, a business that has spent the last decade making it more convenient to pay for its products is experimenting with digital cryptocurrencies that are technologically innovative, mathematically secure, and actually fairly inconvenient to use. What is to be done?

2018’s hot topics for the music business
2018’s hot topics for the music businessmedium.com

Smart speakers are going to change the game for music. Without a visual interface, how are you going to get your music to people? How are you going to stay top of mind? It’s like a new age of radio, but this time it’s personalised.

Why Can't I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer's Discography Still Locked Down by Her Uncle
Why Can’t I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer’s Discography Still Locked Down by Her Unclewww.newsweek.com
The beloved R&B singer would have been 39 this year.

Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stage
Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stagewww.billboard.com
Sweden may be a small country — roughly the same size as California, with just one-quarter of that state’s population — but its artistic community has been a dominating force on the Billboard charts for decades.

As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Branding
As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Brandingwww.adweek.com

Why Visa, California Closets and more are rethinking audio.

How Voice And Audio Have Become The New 'Touch'
How Voice And Audio Have Become The New ‘Touch’www.geomarketing.com

Prior to a panel discussion at CES, Pandora’s Susan Panico discussed building compelling, contextualized experiences for a voice-first world.

Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidal
Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidalwww.hotnewhiphop.com
In the streaming service debate, Nipsey Hussle endorses Tidal.

Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularity
Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularityroutenote.com
Who is the big dog in music streaming right now? You’d all say Spotify right? Well look out because Amazon Prime Music is coming up on them quickly.

How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artists
How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artistsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If video killed the radio star, then streaming services continued to beat the corpse.

Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018
Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018www.ubergizmo.com
There are some who are particular about their the audio quality when it comes to listening to music, which is why many audiophiles tend to snub their…

Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’
Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’musically.com
To the list of ‘surprising things we’ve seen on Facebook in 2018’ we can now add ‘Nightmares on Wax talking about the early days of Warp Records’.

Issue #296: How Tech Set Underground Music Free; Coming Soon: Blockchain Streaming Service Choon

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choon
Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choonwww.magneticmag.com
Gareth Emery is taking a crack at two of the hottest and potentially most difficult businesses to get a foothold in – blockchain and streaming.

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music
Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Musicboisestatepublicradio.org
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling

Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures
Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventureswww.hypebot.com
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Domin
Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Dominwww.fastcompany.com
UnitedMasters offers artists a combination of distribution across digital music services and detailed analytics.

Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hikewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing
The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. But on the antitrust front, the Trump Administration appears to be retreating in other places.

Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investorsmusically.com
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat.

Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap
Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gapwww.hypebot.com
In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of ‘windowing,’ writes Chris Castle.

Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'
Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'www.jambase.com
Listen to the new Neil Young & Promise Of The Real album ‘The Visitor’ in advance of this Friday’s official release.

Issue #264: How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchain; For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technology

How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchain
How Indie Music Artists Can Benefit From Blockchainthenextweb.com

The economy that underpins the cultural industries have not kept pace with the technologies support creative arts. You can create films, music, songs, and other work of art with little more than a smartphone and a computer. And you can publish your creative content on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms without spending a dime.

But if you want to make a living as an artist, you’ll have to overcome many obstacles.

Are streaming platforms really working for the working artist?
Are streaming platforms really working for the working artist? techwireasia.com

Music streaming is commanding ever larger portions of music industry profits, opening up avenues to the undiscovered and the underappreciated but a recent report by a prolific songwriter is highlighting the fact that the industry is leaving some people behind.

How will we remember bands when interfaces are voice-controlled?
How will we remember bands when interfaces are voice-controlled?www.musicxtechxfuture.com
I have phrased the above question as a problem for listeners, but this is a much bigger problem for artists. The last few weeks have been filled with big

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music
Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new musichackernoon.com
This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them.

For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technology
For Radio To Live It Must Embrace Technologymusic3point0.com
Terrestrial radio in the United States must embrace technology to provide more information to its audience in order to keep up with other media.

Radiohead’s In Rainbows is beloved by Pandora listeners ten years after its release
Radiohead’s In Rainbows is beloved by Pandora listeners ten years after its releasehackernoon.com
Radiohead’s In Rainbows is ten years old today. The band’s sixth studio album changed music marketing and generated a media frenzy to match its landmark status.

Sound Royalties Identifies $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties For Artists
Sound Royalties Identifies $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties For Artistswww.billboard.com
Sound Royalties says it has identified $14 million in undistributed royalties owed to over 300 artists and entertainers, including big names such as Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Randy Jackson and Joe Perry.

Streaming Service Guarantees Artists $0.01 Per Stream - In Bitcoin
Streaming Service Guarantees Artists $0.01 Per Stream – In Bitcoinwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Thanks to bitcoin technology, Arena Music boasts that it will annihilate the music industry’s “black box.” Yet, is the company truly up to the task?

Janice Lee talks PCCW's Asian content-focused streaming strategy
Janice Lee talks PCCW's Asian content-focused streaming strategywww.screendaily.com
“We recognised there was a market gap in being much more Asia-centric.”

Still want to install iOS apps with iTunes? You're in luck
Still want to install iOS apps with iTunes? You're in luckwww.cnet.com
Apple had made an older version of iTunes available to users who rely on the program to install iOS apps.

Issue #241: Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?; Should Spotify Try to Become the ‘Netflix Of Music’?

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?
Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?watt.cashmusic.org

Can a single company really break down the complexities of royalties and rights ownership and take an idea this involved to a mainstream audience of millions? I gotta admit: I’m a little skeptical here.

Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?www.billboard.com
Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone
Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malonewww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be, taking place Nov. 30 at London’s Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime artists Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush
iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bushwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones, during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Upfront in New York on Thursday.

Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?
Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Western appetite for the Chinese market has long been based upon accessing the 1.4 billion consumers. This has in turn impacted valuations of Chinese companies, particularly when eager western investors are involved.

Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choice
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choicewww.patentlyapple.com
A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music’s paid audio subscription services.

Music streaming figures in France show the world is changing
Music streaming figures in France show the world is changingwww.rudebaguette.com
The rise in music streaming earnings is a clear sign Millenials are now taking over. The paradigm shift is major.

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browser
Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browserwww.engadget.com
If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari.

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