Super Hi-Fi Receives Patent for Technology That Bridges the ‘Space Between the Songs’ Across Digital Music Experience Providers

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Super Hi-Fi for its A.I.-powered capability which dynamically creates rich, personalized audio segments based on listener or brand preferences and instantly inserts them between songs mid-stream on digital audio platforms.

The capability allows Super Hi-Fi’s digital audio streaming customers across a variety of industries – such as on demand music streaming, terrestrial and internet radio, business and retail music providers, and digital fitness music platforms – to transform and customize their audio products at the individual listener level to deliver more appealing and engaging audio experiences. Continue reading “Super Hi-Fi Receives Patent for Technology That Bridges the ‘Space Between the Songs’ Across Digital Music Experience Providers”

Issue 683: Even in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Ever; Final Fantasy Soundtracks Come to Spotify, Apple Music

Even in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Everwww.complex.comEven in the Streaming Era, Overnight Success Remains Risky as Ever
For many artists, viral fame seems like an ideal scenario. But the baggage that often comes with being an out-of-nowhere star shows no signs of disappearing.

Final Fantasy soundtracks come to Spotify and Apple Music
Final Fantasy soundtracks come to Spotify and Apple Musicwww.engadget.com
Square Enix might have just convinced a ton of Final Fantasy fans to spend their hard-earned Gil on music streaming services. The game developer, with no prior…

R.I.P. Apple’s iTunes: Remembering the Best, Worst and Wackiest Moments
R.I.P. Apple’s iTunes: Remembering the Best, Worst and Wackiest Momentswww.rollingstone.com

A failed Green Day anti-piracy ad and a forced U2 album are among most iconic events in the history of the now-retired iTunes.

In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Places
In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Placeswww.billboard.com
To make money in Nigeria’s music industry, Groove Platforms CEO Chidi Okeke is chasing it at the source: the bank.

Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obama
Spotify lands exclusive podcast deal with Barack and Michelle Obamawww.cnbc.com
The Obamas are getting into the podcasting business, and Spotify has the exclusive rights, NBC News reports.

Spotify Wants You to Listen to More Podcasts, Less Music
Spotify Wants You to Listen to More Podcasts, Less Musicfortune.com
Why podcasts equal profit for the music streaming company, which recently acquired Gimlet and Anchor.

Midemlab 2019: music marketing and data/analytics startup pitches
Midemlab 2019: music marketing and data/analytics startup pitchesmusically.com

The Midemlab startups contest is taking place at Midem today, and the third category was for marketing and data/analytics startups.

Spotify client Xpotify gets Live Tile support in the latest update for Windows 10
Spotify client Xpotify gets Live Tile support in the latest update for Windows 10www.windowscentral.com
Fans of the Spotify music service will want to grab the latest Xpotify update that brings Live Tile support and more.

Know Your Rights: Musician's Simple Guide To Digital Royalties
Know Your Rights: Musician’s Simple Guide To Digital Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off.

EasyBroadcast Announces Partnership and Investment in WAW MUSIC Streaming Service
EasyBroadcast Announces Partnership and Investment in WAW MUSIC Streaming Servicewww.broadcastingcable.com
Using EasyBroadcast’s Hybrid Streaming Delivery Protocol, WAW MUSIC Can Deliver a Superior Experience to End Users in Africa

SoundCloud names Gilles BianRosa Chief Product Officer
SoundCloud names Gilles BianRosa Chief Product Officerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
He was previously a Chief Product Officer at Samsung

Warner Music Digital Chief Ole Obermann Exiting Company
Warner Music Digital Chief Ole Obermann Exiting Companyvariety.com
In a surprise move, Ole Obermann, Warner Music’s chief digital officer, is leaving the company, a rep confirmed to Variety.

IAB Study: Podcast Advertising Revenue Grew 53% to $479.1 Million
IAB Study: Podcast Advertising Revenue Grew 53% to $479.1 Millionwww.billboard.com

Podcast advertising revenue grew to an estimated $479.1 million in 2018, up 53% over the previous year.

Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77
Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77 www.nola.com
Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. was a six-time Grammy winner.

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Issue 677: Apple’s Newest Innovation is… the iPod; After 15 Years, the Pirate Bay Still Can’t Be Killed

Apple’s Newest Innovation Is… the iPod
Apple’s Newest Innovation Is… the iPodwww.rollingstone.com

 Apple surprise-launches its first new iPod since 2015, with models starting at $199.

After 15 Years, the Pirate Bay Still Can’t Be Killed
After 15 Years, the Pirate Bay Still Can’t Be Killedmelmagazine.com
In a quiet corner of my high school’s study room in 2009, I booted up my busted laptop while making sure nobody could peer over…

Spotify is encouraging artists to make their own podcasts using Anchor
Spotify is encouraging artists to make their own podcasts using Anchorwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Why Spotify’s new strategy could result in a clearer ROI at the platform

Inside 5 Ads Where Music Was Critical to the Storytelling
Inside 5 Ads Where Music Was Critical to the Storytellingmusebycl.io

Energy BBDO’s Daniel Kuypers on some of his big hits.

SoundCloud launches DJ software integration with Native Instrument
SoundCloud launches DJ software integration with Native Instrumentwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
‘DJs at any level can utilize these artist-curated mixes to jump right into mixing sets using SoundCloud and TRAKTOR DJ 2.’

Tidal to Host Release Events for Prince’s ‘Originals’ Album
Tidal to Host Release Events for Prince’s ‘Originals’ Albumvariety.com
Tidal will host a series of events celebrating the release of the forthcoming posthumous Prince album “Originals.”

Tik-ing Time-Bomb: TikTok and the Endlessly Looping Promotion/Revenue Debate
Tik-ing Time-Bomb: TikTok and the Endlessly Looping Promotion/Revenue Debatewww.synchtank.com
Eamonn Forde takes a look at why labels and publishers are trying to negotiate better deals with the platform, and why exposure alone is not sufficient currency.

Spotify's Android app gets a sleep timer so you can drift off to music
Spotify's Android app gets a sleep timer so you can drift off to musicwww.techradar.com
The feature has finally come to Android users, having been available on iPhone due to the built-in sleep timer offered by iOS.

3 Reasons A Streaming Platform Will Reject Music
3 Reasons A Streaming Platform Will Reject Musicwww.hypebot.com

As music streaming’s heavy hitters start to get into the distribution business, some artists are getting kicked to the curb, and left wondering why their music didn’t make the cut.

Song Exploder: What the Podcast Has Taught Us
Song Exploder: What the Podcast Has Taught Uswww.theatlantic.com
How the hit podcast has revealed the creative process of artists as diverse as Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, and Lorde

Beggars Group expands in the US with new Head of Streaming and Director of HR appointments
Beggars Group expands in the US with new Head of Streaming and Director of HR appointmentswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Brandon Becker joins as Head Of Streaming, as Jonathan Gold joins as Director of Human Resources.

The mystery of Lil Kambo and his streaming hit ‘Kid Carti’
The mystery of Lil Kambo and his streaming hit ‘Kid Carti’musically.com

As much as we’d like to resist the buzzphrase, it does seem like ‘fake artists’ is going to be one of the important topics this year in the music-streaming world.

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Issue 674: Dolby, Universal Music Deliver New Music Experience; 3 Ways Blockchain Can Help the Music Industry; JOOX Hosts ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ in Asia

Dolby's Atmos brings movie theater sound to streaming music
Dolby's Atmos brings movie theater sound to streaming musicwww.usatoday.com
Dolby’s high-end audio is popular with movies and TV shows. The company looks to bring it to streaming and re-imagine classic and new recordings.

'Yo! MTV Raps' to Launch Show In Asia, Hosted by JOOX Streaming Platform
'Yo! MTV Raps' to Launch Show In Asia, Hosted by JOOX Streaming Platformwww.billboard.com
Asian rap fans can look forward to a revival of “Yo! MTV Raps” hosted by JOOX, one of the biggest music-streaming platforms in Southeast Asia.

3 Ways Blockchain Can Help the Music Industry
3 Ways Blockchain Can Help the Music Industrymedium.com
Artists perform your favourite tunes every minute, of every hour, of every day on many different platforms. But have easy-access music streaming platforms fragmented the industry? Twenty years ago…

Spotify Australia & New Zealand gets new Managing Director, Karen Lawson
Spotify Australia & New Zealand gets new Managing Director, Karen Lawsontheindustryobserver.thebrag.com
The former chief of start-up accelerator Slingshot, Karen Lawson, has taken a seat in the big green chair as Managing Director of Spotify Australia &

JioSaavn announces integration with Instagram, Facebook
JioSaavn announces integration with Instagram, Facebookwww.digit.in
Under the integration, JioSaavn users can now share songs, playlists or podcasts to Instagram and Facebook Stories directly from the app.

Lady Gaga to Perform at New York’s Apollo Theater for SiriusXM
Lady Gaga to Perform at New York’s Apollo Theater for SiriusXMvariety.com
Lady Gaga will perform next month at New York’s Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM.

Record Labels' Global Investment in A&R and Marketing Hit $5.8B in 2017, IFPI Report Finds
Record Labels' Global Investment in A&R and Marketing Hit $5.8B in 2017, IFPI Report Findswww.billboard.com

Record labels invested $5.8 billion in A&R and marketing worldwide in 2017, a new report released by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry finds.

Sony Music’s Jose Abreu talks superfans, artists and content
Sony Music’s Jose Abreu talks superfans, artists and contentmusically.com
An artist’s keenest fans are their lifeblood in the modern music industry: the people who won’t just stream music casually.

Vevo's Greg Duffy explains how artists can ‘growth hack the music video’
Vevo's Greg Duffy explains how artists can ‘growth hack the music video’musically.com
‘Growth hacking’ is very much a Silicon Valley phrase: a term used to cover tactics used by startups when they’re trying to build a big audience very fast.

5 Best Headphones For Music Of 2019
5 Best Headphones For Music Of 2019www.forbes.com
We’ve tested and reviewed 270 headphones and here are our top 5 headphones for music to buy in 2019.

Debut of music station summit zeroes in on challenges posed by copyright law
Debut of music station summit zeroes in on challenges posed by copyright lawcurrent.org
The first-ever Public Radio Music Summit gave station leaders a rare chance to discuss common concerns.

How to add Apple Music rich presence to Discord
How to add Apple Music rich presence to Discordwww.windowscentral.com
Apple Music isn’t integrated with Discord the way Spotify is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share the banging tunes you’re listening to with your online buddies. Here’s how to do it.

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Issue 672: New Services Offer Streaming Solutions for Classical Music; Dave Matthews Band Returns to SiriusXM

New Services Offer Streaming Solutions For Classical Music
New Services Offer Streaming Solutions For Classical Musicwww.forbes.com

New platforms devoted exclusively to classical music are now vying for this segment of the streaming market and seeking to drive its growth.

‘Fake Artists’ Have Billions of Streams on Spotify. Is Sony Now Playing the Service at Its Own Game?
‘Fake Artists’ Have Billions of Streams on Spotify. Is Sony Now Playing the Service at Its Own Game?www.rollingstone.com

Large record companies – who have been complaining about the “fake artist” practice for two years – appear to be adopting a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach.

Rehegoo Music Launches Background Music Streaming Service for Businesses
Rehegoo Music Launches Background Music Streaming Service for Businessesplatformandstream.com

Rehegoo Music Group has launched a new streaming service offering curated playlists and customized song selections for business owners.

Dave Matthews Band Radio Returns To SiriusXM
Dave Matthews Band Radio Returns To SiriusXMwww.jambase.com
SiriusXM’s Dave Matthews Band Radio will feature live streams, exclusive interviews, studio cuts, live tracks and more.

Spotify's Brand Intimacy Ranking Improves as Company Continues Testing New Features
Spotify's Brand Intimacy Ranking Improves as Company Continues Testing New Featureswww.billboard.com
The apps and social platforms industry has an intimacy problem, according to a new study by branding agency MBLM, but Spotify is looking to defy that trend by testing new features in an effort to form stronger bonds with its users.

Tencent Music Makes You Pay To Stream Current Music - Will This Catch On?
Tencent Music Makes You Pay To Stream Current Music – Will This Catch On?www.forbes.com
Tencent Music is making free users pay for current users as an incentive to upgrade to a paid subscription, and it appears to be working.

Pandora’s “Sound On” Campaign Helps Listeners Discover Their Sounds of Summer
Pandora’s “Sound On” Campaign Helps Listeners Discover Their Sounds of Summerplatformandstream.com

Pandora announced the summer release of its “Sound On” brand campaign, focused on inspiring listeners to get out and discover their unique songs of the season.

'The music industry's in for a really interesting 10 years...'
'The music industry's in for a really interesting 10 years…'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Various Artists’ Dave Bianchi and John Dawkins on their successes and professional journey to date.

Hallmark Channel Radio Returns to SiriusXM for Wedding Season as Part of New Expanded Relationship
Hallmark Channel Radio Returns to SiriusXM for Wedding Season as Part of New Expanded Relationshipplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM and Hallmark Channel announced today an expanded relationship that heralds the return of Hallmark Channel Radio as a recurring seasonal offering through 2020.

Imogen Heap Is Building Tech to Change the Music Industry
Imogen Heap Is Building Tech to Change the Music Industrywww.wsj.com
The singer-songwriter discusses her projects to help musicians, including a digital hub for artists and WiFi-connected gloves that control sound with movement

CD Baby partners with mastering service CloudBounce
CD Baby partners with mastering service CloudBounce www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Algorithm-driven mastering service costs $4.90 per track.

Apple Music promotes Tyler, The Creator's "Igor" with tickets to live performance and stream
Apple Music promotes Tyler, The Creator's "Igor" with tickets to live performance and streamappleinsider.com
Apple Music will be streaming a performance of Tyler, The Creator’s new album “Igor” on May 22, with the music streaming service promoting the album by offering free tickets to see the artist perform live in a show in Los Angeles.

Why Radio Needs To "Show & Tell"
Why Radio Needs To "Show & Tell"jacobsmedia.com
Radio brands need to market their multi-platform assets so audiences understand how to listen, watch, and enjoy content.

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Issue 671: ByteDance Planning Music Streaming Service; The Road Ahead for Music Streaming Licenses; LiveXLive Adds Slacker to App

The company behind  by TikTok plans to launch music streaming service
The company behind by TikTok plans to launch music streaming service www.prolificlondon.co.uk
ByteDance, the parent company of video-sharing platform TikTok, plans to launch a music streaming service and has already held discussions with music labels. 

The Road Ahead for Music-Streaming Licenses
The Road Ahead for Music-Streaming Licenseswww.copyright.com
2019 is the hopeful season for the new collective licensing mechanism for digital streaming. But much of the work is still to be done.

Instagram’s new e-commerce features could transform music marketing – but only if the record industry is willing to change
Instagram’s new e-commerce features could transform music marketing – but only if the record industry is willing to changewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Instagram wields unprecedented influence not just on how humans connect with each other, but also on how musicians and other creative entrepreneurs build relationships with fans, peers and potential business partners.

Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Sued Over 'Massive Music Piracy'
Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Sued Over 'Massive Music Piracy'www.pcmag.com
The estate of well-known Broadway composer Harold Arlen claims the major digital music stores are full of unauthorized copies of Areln’s songs and the stores know it’s happening.

LiveXLive Adds Slacker To App
LiveXLive Adds Slacker To Appwww.hypebot.com

LiveXLive has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform.

Apple's Musical Masterpiece Is Missing A New Mac
Apple's Musical Masterpiece Is Missing A New Macwww.forbes.com

Apple has rolled out another advertising campaign through YouTube over the weekend.

Hybrid OTT, music streaming platforms get more users than 100% subscription-based platforms
Hybrid OTT, music streaming platforms get more users than 100% subscription-based platformsbrandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com
100% subscription-based music and OTT platforms have smaller, but much higher quality customer segments than hybrid platforms

Tough Love: Rift Between Spotify, Music Industry Growing
Tough Love: Rift Between Spotify, Music Industry Growingwww.hypebot.com

A contentious relationship from the beginning, the streaming industry and the rest of the music business have been increasingly at odds of late.

Apple Music Strengthens Publishing Division With Head of Creative Services Hire
Apple Music Strengthens Publishing Division With Head of Creative Services Hirevariety.com
Apple Music has hired Lindsay Rothschild as Head of Creative Services, Music Publishing, for North America. She arrives from Google.

China overtakes US in smart speaker market share
China overtakes US in smart speaker market sharetechcrunch.com

The U.S. no longer leads the smart speaker market, according to new data from Canalys.

Russian music streaming market to grow at CAGR of 58%
Russian music streaming market to grow at CAGR of 58%www.telecompaper.com

The Russian music streaming market totaled RUB 4.7 billion in 2018, according to a study.

Beatport integrates LINK subscription service with Denon DJ hardware
Beatport integrates LINK subscription service with Denon DJ hardwarewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Integration to be available before the end of 2019.

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Issue 670: Spotify Tests In-Car Hardware; LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures New Partnership; Pandora Launches a New Native Mac App

Spotify Tests ‘Car Thing’ Audio Adapter With Voice Control
Spotify Tests ‘Car Thing’ Audio Adapter With Voice Controlvariety.com

The company may test similar hardware with other form factors in the future.

LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productions
LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productionsplatformandstream.com

LÜM, a Madison-based tech startup that’s working to revolutionize the way artists and fans stream and discover new music, has closed its seed round, bringing the company’s total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year.

Pandora launches a new native Mac app
Pandora launches a new native Mac apptechcrunch.com

Pandora is rolling out new desktop apps for its streaming music listeners, starting with Mac.

Sony Music Making Upgrades to Royalty Payments Portal
Sony Music Making Upgrades to Royalty Payments Portalwww.billboard.com

Sony Music Entertainment has major upgrades planned for its Sony Music Artist Portal, the label’s tool for tracking royalties and receiving payments.

Boomplay's dominance and the music streaming market in Africa
Boomplay's dominance and the music streaming market in Africatechpoint.africa
Boomplay, Africa’s fastest rising music streaming platform, recently raised $20 million in Series A funding. What does this mean for the continent’s music streaming market?

2019's Biggest Streaming Earners (So Far)
2019's Biggest Streaming Earners (So Far)www.hypebot.com

While streaming is often maligned for the reduced amount of revenue it generates for artists, those musicians at the top of the pile are pulling down far more than you might have guessed.

Adidas Originals Launches Its ‘Don’t Assume’ Collaboration with NTS Radio
Adidas Originals Launches Its ‘Don’t Assume’ Collaboration with NTS Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Adidas has teamed up with NTS Radio for an exclusive series of clothing sporting the logo.

Inside Tierra Whack's Outside-the-Box Approach to Streaming
Inside Tierra Whack's Outside-the-Box Approach to Streamingwww.billboard.com
Whether pairing bite-size songs with stunning visuals or dropping a track per week, the inventive rapper is making music on her own terms — which happen to be very platform-friendly, too.

Niche is the New Mainstream
Niche is the New Mainstreammusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Fandom is fragmenting. Streaming personalization and falling radio audiences are combining to rewrite the music marketing rulebook, ushering in a whole new marketing paradigm.

Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches a podcast studio in the cloud
Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches a podcast studio in the cloudtechcrunch.com

In November 2017, Spotify picked up the online music studio Soundtrap as part of its efforts to offer more services to artists on its platform.

30 years of data shows the music industry peaked when Napster hit the scene
30 years of data shows the music industry peaked when Napster hit the scenenews.avclub.com

The music industry, like all industries, has changed a lot over the last 30 years due to advancements in technology and the advent of the internet.

Is Hi-Def Streaming a Thing? Rhapsody Packs MQA Into Its ‘Powered by Napster’ Streaming Service
Is Hi-Def Streaming a Thing? Rhapsody Packs MQA Into Its ‘Powered by Napster’ Streaming Servicewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Rhapsody’s Powered by Napster streaming service has struck a deal with MQA to offer hi-definition audio on its streaming service. Is that really a thing?

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LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productions

LÜM, a Madison-based tech startup that’s working to revolutionize the way artists and fans stream and discover new music, has closed its seed round, bringing the company’s total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year.

In addition to the development of the platform, LÜM and Frank Productions, one of the largest concert promoters in the United States, have formed a strategic partnership to bridge the gap between live and digital music consumption. Continue reading “LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productions”

Issue 669: Niche Streaming Services Try to Break Music Fans’ ‘One Subscription’ Habit; DISCO is Changing the Way the Music Industry Works

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Niche Streaming Services Try To Break Music Fans' 'One Subscription' Habit
Niche Streaming Services Try To Break Music Fans' 'One Subscription' Habitwww.forbes.com
Specialty streaming services for electronic and classical music are trying to squeeze between the cracks of a market that Spotify, Apple and Amazon have tried to lock up.

Manage Your Music With DISCO (Podcast)
Manage Your Music With DISCO (Podcast)soundcloud.com

Record labels, music supervisors, management companies, deal with high volumes of music submissions on a daily basis, and until recently, managing those files/metadata hasn’t been easy. Enter DISCO, mixing the best parts of iTunes, Soundcloud, Dropbox and MailChimp all in one browser-based application.

With ‘Rocketman’ About to Launch, Why Is Twitter Banning Users for Jamming Elton John Songs?
With ‘Rocketman’ About to Launch, Why Is Twitter Banning Users for Jamming Elton John Songs?variety.com
Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox was suspended from Twitter for playing the chorus of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” on the piano. Why?

Spotify teams up with Picturehouse in amusing 'turn off your phone' ads
Spotify teams up with Picturehouse in amusing 'turn off your phone' adswww.thedrum.com
Picturehouse Cinemas has teamed up with Spotify for the first time, as part of its ‘Everywhere’ campaign.

Copyright Terminations: What Music Rightsholders Need to Know
Copyright Terminations: What Music Rightsholders Need to Knowwww.synchtank.com
Attorney Erin M. Jacobson on the basics of copyright terminations & what music rightsholders need to know.

PledgeMusic Sends Message to Artists, Offers Data From Platform
PledgeMusic Sends Message to Artists, Offers Data From Platformvariety.com
PledgeMusic today posted a note to artists and fans, offering the ability for artists to download their data from the platform.

As Amazon readies $15/month hi-res streaming music service, Apple needs to step up
As Amazon readies $15/month hi-res streaming music service, Apple needs to step up9to5mac.com
Music Business Worldwide reports that Amazon is gearing up to offer a high-res streaming music service. That will make at least four companies …

Live music streaming pioneer Boiler Room touches down in China
Live music streaming pioneer Boiler Room touches down in Chinakr-asia.com
This was the company’s first return to China in three years.

How Fanbytes harnesses the power of TikTok
How Fanbytes harnesses the power of TikTokwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
UK-based influencer network pushed RuthAnne and Patrick Martin on platform

How Otis McDonald built a career... through royalty-free YouTube music
How Otis McDonald built a career… through royalty-free YouTube musicmusically.com
With the EU Copyright Directive passed but still to be implemented by the different member states, the issue of the ‘value gap’ certainly hasn’t gone away.

Merlin Appoints Former Spotify Exec As It Looks to Grow Streaming In World's Second Largest Market
Merlin Appoints Former Spotify Exec As It Looks to Grow Streaming In World's Second Largest Marketwww.billboard.com
It’s all about change at Merlin’s Japan office, where general manager Haji Taniguchi has left the company and been replaced by former Spotify and Apple exec Akira Nomoto.

North Texas Musicians Face the the Low-Paying Facts About Streaming Platforms
North Texas Musicians Face the the Low-Paying Facts About Streaming Platformswww.dallasobserver.com
Local musicians give their perspectives on new studies that reveal the exact revenue musicians are earning from streaming and downloads.

Songza Co-Founders Have Left YouTube Music Ahead of Google Play Music Shut-Down
Songza Co-Founders Have Left YouTube Music Ahead of Google Play Music Shut-Downvariety.com
The founding trio of social music startup Songza is now working at Google’s startup incubator Area 120.

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Issue 667: Why Legacy Acts are Finally Joining the Streaming Game; 10 Trends That Will Reshape the Music Industry

Why Legacy Acts Are Finally Joining the Streaming Game
Why Legacy Acts Are Finally Joining the Streaming Gamewww.billboard.com
For years, veteran acts avoided the platforms they felt devalued their art (and shrank their royalty checks). But with the promise of new listeners — and renewed relevance — they’re starting to change their minds.

10 Trends That Will Reshape the Music Industry
10 Trends That Will Reshape the Music Industrymusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

The IFPI has reported that global recorded music revenues have hit $19.1 billion, which means that MIDiA’s own estimates published in March were within 1.6% of the actual results.

Next Clio Music awards submission deadline is May 17
Next Clio Music awards submission deadline is May 17musically.com
Clio Music lives as a section within the annual Clio Awards, this year celebrating the 60th-anniversary milestone and scheduled to be held on September 25th during advertising week in NYC.

Payola 2.0: The native ad model for streaming music?
Payola 2.0: The native ad model for streaming music?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Feature.fm President David Porter on why ‘sponsored songs’ will be big business for streaming.

Why Spotify Sees Potential in Podcasts
Why Spotify Sees Potential in Podcastswww.wsj.com
Finance chief Barry McCarthy on the company’s expansion beyond music and how it plans to keep an edge over competitors.

YouTube Music Adds 6 Countries
YouTube Music Adds 6 Countrieswww.hypebot.com

YouTube Music has just launched in Poland, Czechia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Cyprus.

The record industry is booming again – but the digital services who rescued it deserve better
The record industry is booming again – but the digital services who rescued it deserve betterwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Kim Bayley: ‘An insidious rise in name-calling towards digital services and an apparently wilful dismissal of their contribution is on the rise.’

Marshall continues to impress with new retro portable speakers
Marshall continues to impress with new retro portable speakerstechcrunch.com

Marshall, the headphone company and not the loudspeaker company of the same vintage, today announced two new portable speakers. Like the company’s previous offerings, these speaks ooze a retro vibe.

Soundstripe Raises $4M For Video Music Licensing
Soundstripe Raises $4M For Video Music Licensingwww.hypebot.com

Nashville music tech startup Soundstripe has closed a $4 million Series A financing round led by Vocap Investment Partners.

Sonos Launches Google Assistant Support for Its Entire Speaker Line-Up
Sonos Launches Google Assistant Support for Its Entire Speaker Line-Upvariety.com
The feature will come to the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, and the Netherlands in July.

BIGSOUND Tech is looking for the next Daniel Ek
BIGSOUND Tech is looking for the next Daniel Ekthemusicnetwork.com

BIGSOUND Tech will return this year, putting tech entrepreneurs working on products for the music industry centre stage.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group to move more content behind paywall
Tencent Music Entertainment Group to move more content behind paywallchannels.theinnovationenterprise.com
Tencent Music Entertainment Group announces increase of 27.4% in the number of paid users as pay-for-streaming accounts climb to total 28.4 million

SoundCloud Adds Pioneer DJ Integration
SoundCloud Adds Pioneer DJ Integrationwww.hypebot.com

SoundCloud has launched its latest DJ software integration with Pioneer DJ. Through its We DJ app, SoundCloud users can instantly stream and mix SoundCloud’s catalog of 200 million tracks from 20 million creators.

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Issue 665: Beatport Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service for DJs; Spotify Testing ‘Storyline’ Feature

Beatport Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service for DJs
Beatport Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service for DJswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

A subscription to Beatport LINK costs $14.99 per month.

Spotify Testing Its Own Version of Genius’ Behind the Lyrics
Spotify Testing Its Own Version of Genius’ Behind the Lyricswww.rollingstone.com

The new Storyline feature, available to select users, takes a timed card format similar to that of Instagram Stories.

Battle for music licensing oversight centers on unclaimed royalties
Battle for music licensing oversight centers on unclaimed royaltieswww.tennessean.com
As the U.S. Copyright Office nears a decision on which group will run the new digital licensing organization, the MLC has been criticized for conflicts of interest.

Spotify launches its stripped-down 'Lite' app in India
Spotify launches its stripped-down 'Lite' app in Indiamusically.com

Having signed up more than two million users in India after its recent launch there, Spotify has now made its Spotify Lite app available in the country too.

New Platform VIBBIDI Offers Blend of Music Streaming & Social Media
New Platform VIBBIDI Offers Blend of Music Streaming & Social Mediahiphop-n-more.com
Hello HHNMers! I’d like to introduce you to a new platform I’ve been collaborating with called VIBBIDI. It’s a free web-based music streaming service that’s

Downtown Music Publishing Acquires the Catalog of Indie Label Strictly Confidential
Downtown Music Publishing Acquires the Catalog of Indie Label Strictly Confidentialwww.billboard.com
Downtown Music Publishing has acquired the 10,000-song catalog of Strictly Confidential, an independent European label whose roster includes material written and/or recorded by Balkan Beat Box, Carl Barât, Editors, Mark Ronson, Vanessa Paradis, Jason Derulo, Chromeo, Felix da Housecat, and more.

User-centric streaming payouts: Apple, major labels, new artists...
User-centric streaming payouts: Apple, major labels, new artists…musically.com
Apple has internally modelled how a user-centric system of music-royalty payouts would work, in an effort to understand its potential impact.

Blockchain: For Mitigating the Issues within the Music Industry
Blockchain: For Mitigating the Issues within the Music Industrywww.cioreview.com

Blockchain is a decentralized form of the database.

TesPlayer brings Spotify access to Tesla Model S, 3, X owners
TesPlayer brings Spotify access to Tesla Model S, 3, X ownerswww.teslarati.com

Tesla owners finally have a way to play Spotify in their Model S, Model X and Model 3 thanks to third-party, browser-based app ‘TesPlayer‘ that can manage playlists and play music directly from the vehicle’s center touchscreen.

Vevo Takes A Distributed Approach To OTT
Vevo Takes A Distributed Approach To OTTadexchanger.com

As a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Entertainment, Vevo owns the sales and distribution rights to 350,000 music videos from the world’s top artists.

Sony/ATV Inks Global Deal With Former Spotify Exec
Sony/ATV Inks Global Deal With Former Spotify Execwww.forbes.com

Music industry veteran, tech investor and former Spotify executive Troy Carter and J. Erving’s new Q&A business has linked up with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

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Issue 664: Labels Seek Better Deal From Tik Tok; Spotify App Redesign Coming to Help Podcast Lovers; Waze Integrates Pandora

TikTok Is the New Music Kingmaker, and Labels Want to Get Paid
TikTok Is the New Music Kingmaker, and Labels Want to Get Paidwww.bloomberg.com
They’re seeking a better deal after they missed the rise of the social video platform and sold music rights for a flat fee.

Podcasts on Spotiy: App Redesign Coming to Help Podcast Lovers
Podcasts on Spotiy: App Redesign Coming to Help Podcast Loverswww.bloomberg.com

Spotify is testing a new version of its app that gives podcasts more prominence, an overhaul the company hopes will make it easier for people to find and listen to the radio-style programs.

The average salary of a Spotify employee hit $132,301 last year – more than double what it was in 2011
The average salary of a Spotify employee hit $132,301 last year – more than double what it was in 2011www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
How the salaries at streaming music’s market leader have changed over the past decade

Seven Years Later, the RIAA & MPAA Are Still Litigating Against MegaUpload
Seven Years Later, the RIAA & MPAA Are Still Litigating Against MegaUploadwww.digitalmusicnews.com
A federal judge in Virginia has once again delayed the RIAA and the MPAA’s lawsuit against former cyberlocker Megaupload and founder Kim Dotcom.

Apple’s new standalone Music app for macOS will still basically be iTunes
Apple’s new standalone Music app for macOS will still basically be iTuneswww.theverge.com

It’s been rumored that Apple will break up iTunes into its component parts in the upcoming macOS 10.15, with new Music, Video, and Podcast apps to replace the aging iTunes.

EU Could Make Music Streaming the Next Antitrust Battleground
EU Could Make Music Streaming the Next Antitrust Battlegroundwww.bloomberg.com

The European Union will start a formal probe of Apple Inc. in the next few weeks following Spotify Technology SA’s antitrust complaint, the Financial Times reported.

Waze integrates Pandora for seamless road trip tunes
Waze integrates Pandora for seamless road trip tuneswww.engadget.com

Pandora users can now access their music through Waze, meaning you won’t have to flip between the apps as you drive.

Deezer's free tier can be controlled with Amazon Alexa now, but not in the US and Japan
Deezer's free tier can be controlled with Amazon Alexa now, but not in the US and Japanwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Feature will roll out to Alexa-enabled devices over the next two weeks

Shakira Among Most-Streamed Musician Moms Globally on Spotify
Shakira Among Most-Streamed Musician Moms Globally on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Spotify has unveiled its global list of the Most-Streamed moms in the music industry, including Cardi B, Beyonce, Shakira, and more.

New SPLITS App From Create Music Group Aims to Solve Songwriting Disputes
New SPLITS App From Create Music Group Aims to Solve Songwriting Disputeswww.billboard.com
In the free app, collaborators can generate and sign a split agreement — the document that clarifies individual contributions to a track for publishers — straight from their phones.

Will Music Streaming be the Next Anti-Trust Battle (Podcast)
Will Music Streaming be the Next Anti-Trust Battle (Podcast)www.bloomberg.com

Jennifer Rie, Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Analyst for Anti-trust Litigation discusses the latest anti-trust news including Spotify’s request for the European Union to investigate Apple for abuse of a dominant position and the Department of Justice’s approval of the CVS-Aetna deal.

SiriusXM’s new streaming-only ‘Essential’ plan targets smart speaker owners
SiriusXM’s new streaming-only ‘Essential’ plan targets smart speaker ownerstechcrunch.com

Last week, Amazon and Google rolled out free music streaming services to cater to the growing base of smart speaker owners. Now, SiriusXM is going after this market, too.

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