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”
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.
eMusic has announced a $70M token sale to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management system. eMusic is planning a public pre-sale for its eMusic utility token (EMU) beginning in September 2018 with a token generation event (TGE) immediately following.
“For two decades, eMusic has been a champion of independent artists and their fans. However, today’s supply chain for music is broken. While streaming has made it possible for anyone to listen to virtually any song ever recorded at any time, its underlying economics are financially crippling to the most vital piece of the music ecosystem — artists,” said Tamir Koch, CEO of eMusic. “And on the other side of the supply chain, service providers are losing billions and struggling to stay alive. Most fans don’t realize that this is an unsustainable future with fewer artists and fewer providers.” Continue reading “eMusic Building Blockchain Platform”
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists — www.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 could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.
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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — medium.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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — blog.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.
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. Continue reading “Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology”
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner — variety.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 — www.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 — www.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts
Music consumption in the era of smart speakers — medium.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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.
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 — www.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.
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 — www.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.
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? — 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 — www.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.
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 — www.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.
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 — www.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.
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 — music3point0.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 — gearpatrol.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 — www.techrepublic.com
Nursing home patients saw noticeable changes in activity, mood, and memory when they started listening to their favorite music using recycled iPods.
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.” Continue reading “Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform”
For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable again — www.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 — www.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.
The following seems inevitable. But sometimes stating the obvious draws some interesting concepts out of the woodwork.
Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEO — www.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 on The Spectator.
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 — www.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.
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.
A new music festival and podcast are part of the Toronto record label’s search for true independence.
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 — www.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 — gizmodo.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 — musically.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 — www.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 — www.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.
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 — qz.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 — musically.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.
A look at the ‘Secret Genius’ series from Spotify.
Choon is being touted as a “disruptive blockchain-based music streaming service”.
A new album of previously unreleased tracks finally gives the Swampers their due. Stream it!
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
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 — www.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 — www.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 — www.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 — gadgets.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) — 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 — www.billboard.com
“Despacito,” Pablo Alboran, Ed Sheerhan topped Spain’s year-end sales and streaming charts
Why Radio Stations Struggle With The Second Act — jacobsmedia.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.
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 — www.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.
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?
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 — www.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 — www.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.
Why Visa, California Closets and more are rethinking audio.
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 — www.hotnewhiphop.com
In the streaming service debate, Nipsey Hussle endorses Tidal.
Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularity — routenote.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.
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 — www.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’ — 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’.