Issue #479: Pandora Partners with T-Mobile for Special Promo; SoundCloud to Power Bacardi, Major Lazer Talent-Scouting Initiative

Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscription
Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscriptionwww.billboard.com
Pandora announced a new deal with T-Mobile that would give the carrier’s customers the option to access the Pandora Plus subscription streaming service for free for one year.

Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 years
Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 yearswww.fastcompany.com
The battlelines have been drawn in your ears.

SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiative
SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiativewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Bacardi and Major Lazer’s long-running branding campaign is now being boosted by SoundCloud, with ‘Music Liberates Music’ entering a new phase.

Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relations
Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relationsvariety.com
Amazon Music today announces the appointment of music industry veteran Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. label relations, reporting to Ryan Redington, director of Amazon Music.

Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakers
Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakersmspoweruser.com

Google today announced that it is brining support for Pandora Premium and Deezer music to Google Home speakers including Mini and Max.

6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royalties
6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

From tuning to songwriting, apps can be of tremendous value to musicians even, as it turns out, when it comes to royalties.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experiencewww.bgr.in
Spotify and Samsung partnership announcement was one of the most unexpected parts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event. – Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience

Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Apple
Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Applewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

This was somewhat overlooked in reports of Deezer’s new nine-figure funding round the other week.

Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?
Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?www.cepro.com
Comparing streaming content from Apple Music and MQA high-resolution audio from TIDAL, CE Pro’s Millennial panel overwhelmingly preferred MQA high-resolution audio.

How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)
How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)blog.chartmetric.io
It’s accepted wisdom that the impact of music media has greatly diminished over the past decade. Intuitively, it makes sense. When there are millions of people shouting, the voices of a few are…

Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebook
Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebookwww.billboard.com
APRA AMCOS announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) a landmark agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger.

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Issue #478: Deutsche Grammophon, Apple Music Team Up; Spotify Adds BBC Podcasts, Also Dials Up Songwriter/Producer Credits for iOS Users

Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year History
Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year Historywww.billboard.com
Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music announced the launch of a new classical music audio and visual playlist on Friday that will highlight recordings from the iconic label’s 120-year history.

Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discs
Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discswww.cnet.com
New episodes and an archive of Auntie Beeb’s shows are now available to stream.

Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS users
Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS userswww.theverge.com

Spotify first added the option to check out a track’s songwriter and producer credits back in February — and now, the feature is being rolled out onto iOS.

What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?musically.com
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more…

Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'
Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'www.digitalmusicnews.com
In a recently published interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that Spotify’s focus on computer-generated playlists may dehumanize music.

Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?
Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?www.hypebot.com
Spotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to…

What the audio streaming revolution means for marketers
What the audio streaming revolution means for marketerswww.mobilemarketer.com

Each month, an estimated 180 million Americans stream music, radio and podcasts, presenting ample opportunities for marketers.

Where Does Podcasting Go Next?
Where Does Podcasting Go Next?medium.com
How do we introduce podcasting to new audiences? By focusing on what they want and don’t want.

Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping function
Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping functionwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is allowing its free users in Australia to skip as many audio and video adverts as they want in an effort to collect data for a more “personalized experience”.

Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About
Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know Aboutblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If you are reading this article, then chances are that you use Spotify! But are you getting the most out of it?

Issue #477: Downloads Are Dying, Almost… ; Spotify Explores Skippable Ads; Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry, Artist Revenue

Downloads Are Dying, Almost…

Steven Stone looks at the dwindling sales and downward spiral of downloaded music…

Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trial
Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trialwww.thedrum.com
Spotify is seeking a potential point of differentiation with its music streaming rivals by testing new functionality which empowers listeners to skip any audio or video ads they wish as frequently as they desire.

Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Company
Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Companywww.billboard.com
Five biggest takeaways from a rare interview with Daniel Ek, and what they might mean for Spotify’s future as it tries to “move faster” than its rivals in an increasingly competitive streaming landscape.

Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'
Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'www.billboard.com
Investors are become increasingly interested in music, but as analysts race to meet investor demand for music-industry knowhow, direct input and perspectives from the industry itself are often left out, leading to potential data inaccuracies and misunderstandings.

Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artists
Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artistswww.patentlyapple.com
In a video interview, five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie talks to USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the effects of on-line streaming services on the music business.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market
A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio marketwww.cnet.com
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there’s a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bank
Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bankwww.billboard.com
City National Bank announced Monday (Aug. 13) that is has acquired Exactuals, the Los Angeles-based metadata company that provides solutions for complex payments across the entertainment industry.

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel
Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel variety.com
Pandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community.

Amazon Music to launch in Brazil
Amazon Music to launch in Brazilwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amazon Music’s streaming service and online music store looks set to launch in Brazil as the service searches for a Head of Digital Music to lead efforts in the region.

Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Service
Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Servicewww.m-magazine.co.uk
San Fran tech start-up Audius have announced a blockchain-based streaming service that hopes to ensure artists are paid fairly from their music streams.

Issue #472: Fitness is the New Hot Marketing Platform, Revenue Stream For Music; Thenexus to Launch ‘Blockchain-Ready’ Distributor Muso

Why Fitness Is The New Hot Marketing Platform And Revenue Stream For Music
Over the past two months, fitness and music companies have been striking deals at an unprecedented pace, creating new revenue streams for artists and songwriters and bolstering engagement for both new and old fitness businesses hungry for disruption.

Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso
Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Musomusically.com
A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus.

Major Labels Team Up to Sue Websites Ripping Audio from YouTube Videos
Major Labels Team Up to Sue Websites Ripping Audio from YouTube Videoswww.billboard.com
Universal, Warner Bros, Sony and other big record labels filed a lawsuit on Friday (Aug. 3) against two Russia-based illegal stream-ripping websites, FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com.

Rap’s Ascent Is Bringing a Whole New Money Stream to Music
Rap’s Ascent Is Bringing a Whole New Money Stream to Musicwww.rollingstone.com

Thanks to hip-hop, the music industry is no longer embarrassed about advertising and brand partnerships.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market
A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio marketwww.cnet.com
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there’s a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Lionsgate and Universal Music Sign Multi-Year Development Deal
Lionsgate and Universal Music Sign Multi-Year Development Dealwww.billboard.com
It was announced Monday (Aug. 6) that the global content company Lionsgate signed a multi-year first-look television agreement with leading music-based entertainment company Universal Music Group (UMG), meaning that the two companies will develop original television projects by pulling from UMG’s portfolio of labels, artists and music.

Music piracy: It’s time to acknowledge the unlicensed elephant in the room
Music piracy: It’s time to acknowledge the unlicensed elephant in the roomwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Recognising the piracy audience could open up new revenue streams for the music industry.

What Streaming Music Services Really Pay - According to David Crosby
What Streaming Music Services Really Pay – According to David Crosbywww.digitalmusicnews.com
According to David Crosby, after a million plays on multiple streaming music platforms, artists should only expect to receive less than $5.

‘I saw people I really trusted turn into monsters…’
‘I saw people I really trusted turn into monsters…’www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Four years ago, Kiesza was on the verge of becoming one of the world’s biggest new pop artists.

Ingrooves Adds 5 In Marketing, Label Development
Ingrooves Adds 5 In Marketing, Label Developmentwww.hypebot.com

Digital music distributor Ingrooves has named five new hires to key positions in its Strategic Marketing and Label Development divisions.

Pandora CEO on the future of streaming
Pandora CEO on the future of streamingwww.cnbc.com
CNBC’s Jon Fortt sits down with Pandora CEO Roger Lynch to discuss the business of streaming music.

Issue #464: Is Spotify a ‘Must-Buy’ Stock?; Beach Boys, Brian Wilson to Reunite on SiriusXM; SiriusXM Earnings Rise

Three Months After Going Public, Is Spotify a 'Must-Buy' Stock? Analysts Weight In
Three Months After Going Public, Is Spotify a 'Must-Buy' Stock? Analysts Weight Inwww.billboard.com

Ahead of Spotify’s Q2 2018 earnings call today, more Wall Street investors are speaking up about their bullish stance on the streaming service’s stock performance, upgrading their rating to “buy” and raising end-of-year price targets to over $200 per share.

SiriusXM, Live Nation, IHeartMedia Merger Not Imminent, But Makes 'So Much Sense'
SiriusXM, Live Nation, IHeartMedia Merger Not Imminent, But Makes 'So Much Sense'www.billboard.com
A new report from media and tech analyst Brandon Ross of BTIG has revived speculation about a Liberty Media-backed buyout of Live Nation as part of a larger roll-up that could include acquiring iHeartMedia out of bankruptcy and installing Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino to run the whole show.

How the global music copyright business grew by $1.5bn in 2016 (and why that's amazing news today)
How the global music copyright business grew by $1.5bn in 2016 (and why that's amazing news today)www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

What is the entire music industry actually worth?

How streaming is saving the music business
How streaming is saving the music businesswww.csmonitor.com
There has never been a more vast, diverse, and readily available body of music to explore. But how does a below-the-megastar-radar artist or band survive the new paradigm?

SiriusXM Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 33.5 Million
SiriusXM Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 33.5 Millionwww.hollywoodreporter.com
The satellite radio firm, led by CEO Jim Meyer, added 483,000 new self-pay subscribers during the quarter.

Beach Boys, Brian Wilson to Reunite for SiriusXM ‘Town Hall’
Beach Boys, Brian Wilson to Reunite for SiriusXM ‘Town Hall’www.rollingstone.com

The Beach Boys’ classic lineup – including Brian Wilson – will reunite for a special Q&A session moderated by director Rob Reiner that will air August 10th at 5 p.m. ET/PT on the band’s SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations.

Spotify uses your music tastes to find festival tickets; Apple, please note
Spotify uses your music tastes to find festival tickets; Apple, please note9to5mac.com

Festicket, an online booking service for music festivals, is using Spotify to find events featuring artists you like.

CIRP: Spotify’s high churn rate in the U.S. likely due to increased competition from Apple Music
CIRP: Spotify’s high churn rate in the U.S. likely due to increased competition from Apple Music9to5mac.com

It’s no secret that the streaming music industry has become incredibly competitive over recent years with the launch of Apple Music.

Issue #463: Too Much Drake?; Thomas Dolby Plans Cloud-Based Concert; TuneCore Adds Facebook Monetisation for DIY Artists

What It Means When Spotify Has Nothing to “Recommend” But Drake
What It Means When Spotify Has Nothing to “Recommend” But Drakepitchfork.com
Like Apple giving everyone a U2 album no one asked for, Spotify strongly suggesting its users engage with Drake undermines listeners’ sense of ownership.

Thomas Dolby plans cloud-based concert
Thomas Dolby plans cloud-based concerttechnical.ly

Thomas Dolby has played lots of venues over his career. Now he can add the cloud.

Amazon Debuts Alexa-Powered Equalizer for Echo Speakers, Sonos Beam
Amazon Debuts Alexa-Powered Equalizer for Echo Speakers, Sonos Beamfortune.com
The feature is for Echo speakers and the Sonos Beam and lets people alter the bass using their voice.

Austrian Music Market Sees 61 Percent Hike in Streaming Revenue, Predictable Slides for CDs & Downloads
Austrian Music Market Sees 61 Percent Hike in Streaming Revenue, Predictable Slides for CDs & Downloadswww.billboard.com
The Austrian music market is being boosted by the dynamic growth of streaming services, with 2.5 billion songs streamed in the first half of 2018 (compared to 1.5 billion songs in the first half of 2017).

Qobuz Named Official High-Resolution Streaming Service of Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest
Qobuz Named Official High-Resolution Streaming Service of Rocky Mountain International Audio Festplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Qobuz, a Paris-based online music streaming and download service for music lovers, has been named the Official High-Resolution Streaming Service for the upcoming 15th Annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF), the largest high-end consumer audio show in North America.

MQA chief Mike Jbara talks hi-res music and streaming evolution
MQA chief Mike Jbara talks hi-res music and streaming evolutionmusically.com

“Up to this point, if you were to summarise the industry’s marketing message around hi-res music, it’s ‘will you pay more for better sound quality?’ That’s a losing marketing message.

So, Why is Spotify Losing the Streaming War in the US?
So, Why is Spotify Losing the Streaming War in the US?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A new study from Consumer Intelligence Reports Partners has revealed Spotify has a much higher churn rate in the US than the rest of the world.

Musical.ly’s shutdown of Live.ly was contractually obligated
Musical.ly’s shutdown of Live.ly was contractually obligatedtechcrunch.com

Musical.ly has begun redirecting users of its Live.ly app, which it decided to kill off last month, to a competing app called LiveMe.

TuneCore adds Facebook monetisation for DIY artists
TuneCore adds Facebook monetisation for DIY artistswww.completemusicupdate.com

DIY music distribution firm TuneCore last week announced that artists using its platform worldwide can now get access to some of that new fangled Facebook monetisation. It will allow DIY artists to get paid when their music is used on both Facebook and Instagram.

Issue #461: Phish, Streaming Pioneers; Spotify Launches Feature to Help Artists Submit Music to Playlists

How Phish fans helped the band become streaming pioneers
How Phish fans helped the band become streaming pioneersmashable.com
The iconic jam band has been one of the quieter successes of the streaming music revolution.

Red Bull Radio focuses on brand-building, one Princess Nokia song at a time
Red Bull Radio focuses on brand-building, one Princess Nokia song at a timedigiday.com

Red Bull Radio doesn’t run ads or serve as another revenue stream for its parent company. It’s another marketing vehicle for Red Bull, the largest energy drink distributor worldwide.

Spotify Launches Feature to Help Artists Submit Music to Playlists
Spotify Launches Feature to Help Artists Submit Music to Playlistsvariety.com
Spotify on Wednesday announced a new feature designed to make it easier for artists and labels to submit unreleased music to the Spotify editorial team for playlist consideration. The feature, which is launching into beta, will be modified based on partner feedback before a full rollout.

Showtime Debuts Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Aug. 18
Showtime Debuts Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Aug. 18www.broadcastingcable.com
The documentary Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow premieres on Showtime Aug. 18. Directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring interviews and never-before-seen footage, the film “takes viewers on a trip through the history, myth and legend of one of the most iconic American rock bands,” said Showtime.

YouTube Exands Merch Sales, Channels To More Creators
YouTube Exands Merch Sales, Channels To More Creatorswww.hypebot.com
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has shared an update that focuses on the streamer’s top five priorities for 2018. At least three of the updates are great news for musicians and other creators.

Spotify Drags Its Feet on Block Feature That Could Curb Harassment
Spotify Drags Its Feet on Block Feature That Could Curb Harassmentwww.dailydot.com
Women are reportedly experiencing harassment on Spotify, and the company is still stalling on a block feature that might help.

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on music critics, streaming services and real punk rockers
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on music critics, streaming services and real punk rockerswww.postbulletin.com
Over a four-decade career as lead singer for Def Leppard, Joe Elliott has sung about sugar, passion killers, hypnosis, “magical mysteria,” pyromania, being brought to his knees by love and

Major Labels Demand More Slots On Spotify Playlists
Major Labels Demand More Slots On Spotify Playlistswww.hypebot.com
All three major labels are unhappy with the number of song placement they receive on key Spotify playlists and demanding preferential treatment, according to a new report.

Daniel Ek, Spotify's tenacious and taciturn CEO
Daniel Ek, Spotify's tenacious and taciturn CEOthescoop.co

After Spotify’s debut on the NY Stock Exchange last April, Ek is now worth a reported US$2.4 billion

Library teams with streaming service to offer millions of songs
Library teams with streaming service to offer millions of songswww.toledoblade.com

Libraries throughout the world are taking notice of the demand for music streaming and are offering patrons a chance to listen to their favorite artists for free using an app known as Freegal Music.

Issue #460: Still Ripping After All These Years; 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speaker; Deutsche Bank Claims Label Unrest Over Spotify Playlists

Still Ripping After All These Years
Still Ripping After All These Yearswww.palisadeshudson.com

Given the explosion in subscription and ad-supported music streaming services, I thought the old war between the music industry and sites specializing in music piracy was pretty much over. Maybe you did too.

Music Streaming Has Ended the CD's 30-Year Reign in Germany
Music Streaming Has Ended the CD's 30-Year Reign in Germanywww.billboard.com
Audio streaming now represents nearly half of revenues and has replaced CDs as the largest sales segment on the German record market, reported Florian Drücke, CEO of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI) today in Berlin.

Now 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speaker
Now 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speakerwww.billboard.com
According to the most recent installment of a recurring study conducted by NPR and Edison, roughly 48 million Americans above the age of 18 — or 18 percent of the population — now own smart speakers.

Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlists
Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlistsmusically.com
Analysts from Deutsche Bank have suggested that major labels are unhappy with their share of slots on Spotify’s curated and algorithmic playlists.

Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetization
Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetizationwww.hypebot.com
DIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity – Facebook and Instagram monetization.

U.S. Senate Proposes Sending Emergency Alerts Through Streaming Services
U.S. Senate Proposes Sending Emergency Alerts Through Streaming Serviceswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Users of music streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music could soon find something different on their playlists.

Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXM
Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXMvariety.com
Netflix is getting into the radio biz: The streamer has entered into a pact with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour comedy channel set to debut by January 2019.

Endlesss.fm wants to be the next platform for music-making
Endlesss.fm wants to be the next platform for music-makingmusically.com
From app ecosystems like Smule to tools like Soundtrap (bought by Spotify), Splice (with its $35m funding round last December) and BandLab (with its numerous acquisitions), there’s been plenty of activity around platforms for music-making in recent times.

Ed Sheeran documentary ‘Songwriter’ to debut exclusively on Apple Music next month
Ed Sheeran documentary ‘Songwriter’ to debut exclusively on Apple Music next month9to5mac.com

Earlier this year, Apple obtained world rights to the Ed Sheeran documentary “Songwriter.” Now, Sheeran has announced on his Instagram that the film will be available exclusively on Apple Music beginning next month…

Gender, Pregnancy Bias Suit Against Jay-Z's Streaming Music Service Clears Hurdle, But Is Pared Down
Gender, Pregnancy Bias Suit Against Jay-Z's Streaming Music Service Clears Hurdle, But Is Pared Downwww.law.com
Lisette Paulson sued Tidal Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation and a number of individual Tidal managers in 2016 claiming seven federal and state sex and pregnancy violations after being fired the previous year.

Radio Needs A Prime Day
Radio Needs A Prime Dayjacobsmedia.com

A reminder that radio brands need special event programming to keep brands interesting and vital.

Issue #451: Spotify on Tour; Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming High; Bango Partners with Pandora

The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotify
The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotifywww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service is turning playlists into tours as it takes on more of the music industry

Mastodon: Music streaming could put bands out of business
Mastodon: Music streaming could put bands out of businesswww.loudersound.com
Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher says there’s a real chance of bands going to the wall unless there are changes to the way artists are paid through streaming services

Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming High
Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming Highwww.radiox.co.uk
The vintage England World Cup song was streamed over 450,000 times on Spotify on the day of England’s match against Colombia.

Bango partners with music streaming service Pandora to deliver mobile subs
Bango partners with music streaming service Pandora to deliver mobile subswww.telemediaonline.co.uk
Bango has partnered with Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the US, to power subscriptions through Pandora reseller partners.

Tunecore, Sentric Partner For Improved Publishing Services
Tunecore, Sentric Partner For Improved Publishing Serviceswww.hypebot.com

TuneCore has partnered with Sentric Music to improve its music publishing administration service.

Spotify India launch seems imminent as app shows up on Play Store for some users
Spotify India launch seems imminent as app shows up on Play Store for some userswww.digit.in
The Spotify app has popped up on the Play Store for some Indian users and the company has also created a dedicated section for “Desi” Indian music. Spotify

The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Online
The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Onlinewww.radiosurvivor.com

Brooklyn, NY has one of the densest populations of unlicensed pirate radio stations in the U.S.

How to enable High Quality Streaming in Apple Music over cellular
How to enable High Quality Streaming in Apple Music over cellular9to5mac.com

By default, Apple Music will use adaptive streaming techniques to play music when streaming over cellular. While this won’t be an issue if you’re on good Wi-Fi or have a solid cellular connection, it can become an issue in low coverage areas.

How Technology Is Making It Harder For Songwriters To Work
How Technology Is Making It Harder For Songwriters To Workblog.reverbnation.com

In 2018, solitude is a hard thing to come by. Because our daily lives are often revolved around technology, the non-stop noise of the internet seems to follow us everywhere we go.

Drake Breaks Spotify, Apple Music Global Streaming Records With New Album Scorpion
Drake Breaks Spotify, Apple Music Global Streaming Records With New Album Scorpionpitchfork.com
Setting new marks for the most album streams in one single day

Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Key
Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Keydjbooth.net
Artists are reshaping the form, length, and method of releases to help their albums stick beyond their first week. We explore both the hits and misses.

Issue #426: Spotify CEO Tries to Clear Up Handling of R. Kelly Situation; Google Tries, Tries Again with New YouTube Music

Spotify CEO tries to clear up handling of R. Kelly situation
Spotify CEO tries to clear up handling of R. Kelly situationwww.cnet.com
The new policy wasn’t about punishing one individual, Daniel Ek says.

Google Tries, Tries Again With New YouTube Music Service
Google Tries, Tries Again With New YouTube Music Servicewww.forbes.com
YouTube Music is the latest in a series of attempts by Google to create a compelling subscription music service.

Spotify and Apple Music are both searching for New York's smartest hip-hop head
Spotify and Apple Music are both searching for New York's smartest hip-hop headwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

An interesting, telling moment in time: both Apple Music and Spotify are looking for a hip-hop expert to help guide their respective platforms in New York City.

SiriusXM to Broadcast Governors Ball Music Festival Performances, Interviews
SiriusXM to Broadcast Governors Ball Music Festival Performances, Interviewswww.billboard.com

SiriusXM announced that it will broadcast performances and backstage interviews from The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City from Friday, June 1 through Sunday June 3, across its SiriusXMU and other channels.

Why Spotify's IPO could bring more innovation to music technology
Why Spotify's IPO could bring more innovation to music technologywww.techrepublic.com
After the IPO in April, Jeff Yasuda, CEO of Feed.fm, talked with TechRepublic about why Spotify’s success is good for the business of music.

Can Subscription Streaming Save the Music Industry?
Can Subscription Streaming Save the Music Industry?www.morganstanley.com
After 15 years, the music industry may have found its digital savior in subscription streaming thanks to new opportunities from smart speakers and cars.

Music Choice Accused of 'One of the Most Deceitful and Disingenuous Efforts to Cheat Artists' by A2IM
Music Choice Accused of 'One of the Most Deceitful and Disingenuous Efforts to Cheat Artists' by A2IMwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Is Music Choice trying to get a free lunch from Congress — at the expense of artists labels? Now, A2IM is accusing the company of outright duplicity.

When It Comes to the Music Consent Decrees, Process Is Key
When It Comes to the Music Consent Decrees, Process Is Keywww.project-disco.org

The Department of Justice has begun to enforce its new agenda that includes, among other things, terminating legacy consent decrees under a so-called Judgement Termination Initiative

Apple launches global music publishing division, headed by Elena Segal
Apple launches global music publishing division, headed by Elena Segalwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Segal, who was previously Legal Director of iTunes International, is stepping up to become Apple Music’s Global Director of Music Publishing.

Portugal. The Man's 'Feel It Still' Is Still Feeling It From Advertisers
Portugal. The Man's 'Feel It Still' Is Still Feeling It From Advertisersclios.com
Portugal. The Man’s infectious, ’60s-flavored “Feel It Still” was indisputably the song of the summer last year. But even now, with the summer of 2018 not far off, the track refuses to fade away—thanks in part to advertisers who continue to find it irresistible.

Eurosport launches sport-themed Playlist on Spotify to support summer marketing campaign
Eurosport launches sport-themed Playlist on Spotify to support summer marketing campaignwww.eurosport.co.uk
Eurosport, the number one sport destination in Europe, has partnered with Spotify to release a sport-inspired anthem as part of its latest marketing campaign.

Singtel offers data-free Apple Music streaming
Singtel offers data-free Apple Music streamingwww.zdnet.com
Singapore telco’s post-paid mobile customers can access the music streaming service at Apple’s subscription fee of S$9.98 a month.

Issue #424: Creators Face an Evolving Challenge Protecting IP; Why Does Twitter Still Matter for Musicians?

Creators face an evolving challenge protecting IP
Creators face an evolving challenge protecting IPwww.raconteur.net
Protecting intellectual property and rewarding the creators of original works is a moving target as online technology continues to evolve

YouTube Music is great for record labels, but bad for music lovers
YouTube Music is great for record labels, but bad for music loverswww.wired.co.uk
As the music industry recovers, Sony, YouTube and Spotify jostle for supremacy

Spotify’s “hateful conduct” policy is an unfortunate mess
Spotify’s “hateful conduct” policy is an unfortunate messwww.thefader.com
A noble attempt to reckon with the work of accused abusers like XXXTentacion and R. Kelly has gone very south.

Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family plan
Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family planwww.theverge.com
Family subscriptions for music streaming services are great value in big households. Now Pandora is offering a family subscription for $15, matching similar deals from Spotify and Apple Music.

Why does Twitter still matter for musicians?
Why does Twitter still matter for musicians?diymusician.cdbaby.com

It’s worth remembering, Twitter still has hundreds of millions of active monthly users — and most of them have never heard your music. That’s a big untapped market right there.

It's Time for Spotify's Payment Processor, Adyen, To IPO
It's Time for Spotify's Payment Processor, Adyen, To IPOwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify’s payment processor, Adyen revealed that it plans to IPO in Amsterdam next month, seeking a valuation between $7 billion and $10.5 billion.

Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radio
Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radiojacobsmedia.com
There may yet be hope for AM radio, a platform that has seen better days.

Measuring Attention on Spotify: Followers vs. Listeners
Measuring Attention on Spotify: Followers vs. Listenersblog.chartmetric.io
In March 2018, we explored the idea of content-based (CN), context-based (CX), and hybrid (HB) playlists on the Spotify platform…if you missed it, check it out here for some context (pun fully…

Why Music Data Shouldn't Drive 100% Of Decisions
Why Music Data Shouldn't Drive 100% Of Decisionswww.hypebot.com
In this interview, James Martin of Midem speaks with Sam Hill, Director of Digital Marketing at BMG UK, about his job, advice he’d give to those starting in the music industry, where he thinks the music industry is headed, and why he doesn’t think data should drive 100% of decisions….

What Should We Expect From Audio Dealers?
What Should We Expect From Audio Dealers?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at what dealers do right…and wrong…

Phil Cook Offers Early Stream Of 'People Are My Drug' Album
Phil Cook Offers Early Stream Of 'People Are My Drug' Albumwww.jambase.com
Multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook is giving fans a chance to listen to his new album ‘People Are My Drug’ one week early.

Issue #413: Music Biz Gets Smart About Data; Prince Estate, Tidal Partner for New Album; Billboard vs. YouTube

After Cambridge Analytica, music biz gets smart about data
After Cambridge Analytica, music biz gets smart about datawww.iq-mag.net
In the wake of the Facebook scandal, music industry marketers are ensuring their houses are in order as the 25 May General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline approaches.

Prince Estate Partners With Tidal & Jay-Z for Vault-Driven Album Planned for 2019
Prince Estate Partners With Tidal & Jay-Z for Vault-Driven Album Planned for 2019www.billboard.com

Tidal and Prince’s estate announced that a batch of previously unreleased music from the late icon’s vaults will make up a new album, expected to be released in 2019, with Tidal owner Jay-Z working directly with the estate on song selection.

A War Is Brewing Between Billboard and YouTube Over Music Charts
A War Is Brewing Between Billboard and YouTube Over Music Chartswww.rollingstone.com

YouTube announces its first-ever trending music chart, with more to come

Spotify ‘hateful conduct’ policy must be handled carefully
Spotify ‘hateful conduct’ policy must be handled carefullymusically.com
Spotify has announced a new policy on how it deals with hateful content on its platform. It comes with an internal content-monitoring tool called Spotify AudioWatch

Audiam Brings Its Portal for Hunting Unclaimed Royalties to Writer, Publisher Clients
Audiam Brings Its Portal for Hunting Unclaimed Royalties to Writer, Publisher Clientswww.billboard.com
Audiam, the digital reproduction rights collection agency, is bringing the technology that it uses to track down unclaimed money of copyright owners to its client portal so that artists, songwriters, publishers and labels can see detailed reports on every version of a song at every service, even covers that songwriters and publishers might not know existed.

NPR And Spotify Team Up To Feed Your Podcast Addiction
NPR And Spotify Team Up To Feed Your Podcast Addictionradio.wpsu.org
Public radio podcast lovers, clear your schedules: Spotify users now have the NPR podcast catalogue at their fingertips. From classic NPR favorites like

Epidemic Sound launches Break.Through program to develop artists
Epidemic Sound launches Break.Through program to develop artistsmusically.com
Swedish music company Epidemic Sound is launching a new program called Break.Through, which it claims will empower independent musicians in new ways.

LANDR Adds Royalty Free Samples From Dirty Projectors, More
LANDR Adds Royalty Free Samples From Dirty Projectors, Morewww.hypebot.com
LANDR has launched “Samples” to provide royalty-free samples to the 1.7 million producers using the AI driven automated mastering service.

Why did the Instagram of music fail?
Why did the Instagram of music fail?www.theverge.com

It’s hard to make a sticky social music experience.

Radio's Struggle to Cross the Generational Divide
Radio's Struggle to Cross the Generational Dividejacobsmedia.com
There are two unpopular demographics with radio – aging Boomers and Generation Z – that could prove to be game-changers, both in the short and long terms.

7 Tips For Turning Playlist Placement Into Long Term Streaming Activity
7 Tips For Turning Playlist Placement Into Long Term Streaming Activity www.hypebot.com
With streaming the dominant form of music consumption, landing a good playlist placement has become a Holy Grail for artists.

SoundCloud Appoints Mark Eisenberg SVP of Content Partnerships
SoundCloud Appoints Mark Eisenberg SVP of Content Partnershipswww.billboard.com
SoundCloud has hired digital music veteran Mark Eisenberg as senior vice president, content partnerships.