Issue #323: 8 Breaking Changes Impacting Music Brands in 2018; U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017

Eight Breaking Changes Impacting Music Brands in 2018

It’s clear to me that 2018 – the year we’ve all been waiting for with grave anticipation – will revolutionize the music industry. It is clear that the world of the music industry is accelerating. So what does this mean for 2018?

U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017, Outpacing Sales Declines Again
U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017, Outpacing Sales Declines Againwww.billboard.com
For the third straight year, the U.S. music business is not only growing, it’s growing faster, as overall consumption hit 636.7 million equivalent album units in 2017, up 12.5 percent from 566.1 million in 2016, according to Nielsen Music.

How Lyor Cohen and YouTube Will Compete With Spotify
How Lyor Cohen and YouTube Will Compete With Spotifyfortune.com
YouTube agreed to deals with major music labels, which were needed to launch a subscription music service to compete with Spotify.

Music industry is trying to save CDs any way it can
Music industry is trying to save CDs any way it canwww.thestar.com
Despite becoming what some dubbed “the year of streaming,” 2017 proved those shiny little discs still have some life left in them. But it isn’t necessarily because of strong consumer demand.

Most Popular Workout Song? It’s By Eminem
Most Popular Workout Song? It’s By Eminemvariety.com
Spotify has released its list of most played workout songs on the music streaming platform, led by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone.

Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exits
Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exitsvariety.com
Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, is leaving the company after a little more than three years — and just as the music-streaming provider is about to launch an initial public offering.

Sony Reaches Settlement Over Streaming Royalties to 'American Idol' Stars
Sony Reaches Settlement Over Streaming Royalties to 'American Idol' Starswww.billboard.com
On Wednesday (Jan. 3), it was revealed in court that Sony Music had reached a settlement in principle on streaming income with 19 Recordings, the entity started by Simon Fuller that represents the financial interests of American Idol stars like Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood.

Anderson East Streams New Album 'Encore'
Anderson East Streams New Album 'Encore'www.jambase.com
Here’s your chance to stream the Dave Cobb-produced new album from acclaimed vocalist Anderson East one week early.

How Spotify solved a $1 billion debt problem that will help it IPO
How Spotify solved a $1 billion debt problem that will help it IPOwww.recode.net
Big investors TPG and Dragoneer get a nice return, and Tencent gets a piece of the streaming music company. Everybody happy?

Music Streaming Site Melon Releases Year-End Stats For 2017
Music Streaming Site Melon Releases Year-End Stats For 2017www.soompi.com
Melon, one of Korea’s largest online music stores, released some statistics for the year of 2017.

Totally Unguaranteed Predictions for the World of Music in 2018
Totally Unguaranteed Predictions for the World of Music in 2018ajournalofmusicalthings.com
Filtering what’s happening in music to save you time, money and effort.

Napster, Voxtok Join Forces to Bring a Unique Music Experience to TV
Napster, Voxtok Join Forces to Bring a Unique Music Experience to TVplatformandstream.com
Napster and Voxtok, which recently joined the Netgem Group as its dedicated Sound Division for innovative musical entertainment in TV and audio sectors, are joining their expertise and complementary offerings to create a unique new musical experience based on multiple sources and contextualized services.

Issue #279: A Closer Look at Primephonic; Siri Won’t Play Spotify Tunes on Apple’s New HomePod

Here's Why I Became an Instant Fan of Primephonic After Only a Day
Here's Why I Became an Instant Fan of Primephonic After Only a Dayflypaper.soundfly.com
Filling in the gaps that Spotify just can’t fill, Primephonic will change the way you familiarize yourself with and listen to classical music.

Spotify knows you’ve been listening to that podcast at Work
Spotify knows you’ve been listening to that podcast at Workwww.fastcompany.com

Podcasts are often associated with your morning commute or drive, but Spotify’s latest finding shows that mornings are not the most popular time for podcasts.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels
SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channelsplatformandstream.com
SiriusXM today announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season, two to broadcast starting Wednesday, November 1.

Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptions
Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptionsmusically.com
Mixcloud’s plans for premium subscriptions will include the ability for individual DJs, curators and podcasters on its platform to launch subscriptions.

Spotify no longer wanna be Apple Music, they wanna be MTV
Spotify no longer wanna be Apple Music, they wanna be MTVwww.theindustryobserver.com.au

Spotify kills off plans to move into original video content.

 Siri won’t play Spotify tunes on Apple’s new HomePod
Siri won’t play Spotify tunes on Apple’s new HomePodwww.completemusicupdate.com

Apple’s HomePod pushes its music playing abilities to the fore, with the higher audio quality of its in-built speaker one of the justifications for the device being more expensive than the Echo or Google Home. But if you want to listen to your music by shouting “hey Siri”, you’ll only be able to stream tracks from Apple Music.

Can I Stream Music Without WiFi on Apple Watch?
Can I Stream Music Without WiFi on Apple Watch?www.popsugar.com
The Apple Watch 3, which came out in September and features cellular capability, made the device more useful than ever.

Blockchain: the key to protecting IP in the live business?
Blockchain: the key to protecting IP in the live business?www.iq-mag.net

Joanna Morris of Stevens & Bolton outlines how cryptocurrency-derived ‘distributed ledgers’ can help safeguard creative protection in the concert industry.

Ducktails Music No Longer Streaming After Sexual Assault Allegations
Ducktails Music No Longer Streaming After Sexual Assault Allegationsuproxx.com
Matt Mondanile’s solo albums have been removed from both Apple Music and Spotify as well.

Universal Music Looks WITHIN for More VR Experiences
Universal Music Looks WITHIN for More VR Experienceswww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group is stepping up its virtual reality game with a new partnership with vr/ar tech startup WITHIN.

Louder.me App Will Launch Next Month
Louder.me App Will Launch Next Monthwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Being inspired with the amount of talent all over the world waiting to be discovered, we took the road with Louder.me.

Issue #278: Is Streaming Music the Apple Watch Killer App?; Pandora Adds Curated Playlists to On-Demand Music Service

Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runners
Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runnerswww.fastcompany.com

Streaming music could turn out to be the connected Watch’s killer app.

With just your Watch and your AirPods (or some other earphones), you have access to all your music in the cloud, the Apple Music catalogue, and live “radio” streams like Beats 1.

Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music service
Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music servicewww.engadget.com

For years, the main feature of Pandora’s music streaming service has been stations generated from the company’s vast Music Genome Project. A system that analyzes songs based on 450 different attributes, it helps Pandora build stations of songs that the company claims go together better than what other services offer.

But, the company finally launched a full-fledged, on-demand service earlier this year, and now it’s expanding the kinds of music it curates for users.

Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?
Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?thenextweb.com

Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment?

Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated.

Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”
Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”www.completemusicupdate.com

With the Songkickers gearing up for a full on fist fight with Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the American courts next month – having blamed the live giant for the demise of their own ticketing platform – the other Songkickers would like you to know that it’s business as usual, and that they’ll be kicking you in the direction of some fine live songs just like always.

Get Your Holiday Music on the Radio
Get Your Holiday Music on the Radioblog.symphonicdistribution.com
December is approaching us quickly! Here’s how you can get your holiday releases on the radio.

SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV
SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TVtechcrunch.com
SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out..

Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Down
Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Downwww.standard.co.uk
Stranger Things 2 is just a few days away – and Spotify has implemented a fun new feature to celebrate. The music streaming service has added a spooky Upside Down filter to its web player and desktop app that will make you even more desperate for the new episodes to drop.

YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart success
YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart successqz.com
Spotify has around 140 million active users. Apple Music, about 30 million. YouTube—which doesn’t present itself as a music-streaming service but is the biggest in the world, per the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry—is eight times larger than both combined, with 1.5 billion people logging onto its site every month.

Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre sceptical
Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre scepticalwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has said that its ad-supported service commands a greater share of unique listeners compared to UK commercial radio stations, however industry trade body Radiocentre has said the numbers fail to illustrate the “bigger picture”.

37 million Brits tune into YouTube
37 million Brits tune into YouTubewww.tvbeurope.com

New figures from comScore study.

Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc
Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc www.magneticmag.com
RAC & UJO Music show how blockchain can change the music business.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels

SiriusXM today announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season, two to broadcast starting Wednesday, November 1. SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classical Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music.

SiriusXM’s commercial-free holiday music channels will be available on multiple satellite radio channels, and via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other connected devices and online at siriusxm.com.

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Issue #277: Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services; Deezer Sets First NFL Deal

New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services
New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Serviceswww.savingcountrymusic.com
Now there is an entirely new reason to consider transitioning from ad-based streaming to a paid account, and it’s based off the greater commitment paid

Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Music
Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Musicwww.forbes.com
A company may have a well-known name, it may be powerful, it might be innovative and it may have an annual revenue stream that rivals some smaller countries, but that doesn’t mean that everything will always work out, especially when it comes to new technologies that many in the world are still getting used to.…

Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the World
Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the Worldwww.billboard.com
There were a number of factors that helped Pink land a No. 1 album this week, from a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion to the music itself.

5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrong
5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrongblog.landr.com

It’s a phrase that’s becoming more and more important these days. And for good reason too. In a recent poll, NME ranked social media (26%) just behind playing live (51%) as the most important channel for musicians looking to get their music heard.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer
Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezerplatformandstream.com
Deezer has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Music
Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Musicvariety.com
Sonos is giving money to non-profits that fight against censorship and for artists’ rights.

The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of People
The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of Peoplewww.billboard.com
A review of the Apple Watch Series 3, the first version to have functionality with Apple Music and its 40 million-song on-demand catalog and suite of Beats 1 radio stations, as well as cellular capabilities that allow the user to text and make phone calls even without Wi-Fi or a phone nearby.

Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?
Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

The Importance Of Music In Our Lives
The Importance Of Music In Our Liveswww.magneticmag.com
“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights
Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heightsmusically.com
Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017.

Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubin
Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubinwww.hypebot.com
Spotify will honor super producer Rick Rubin as the first recipient of the Legendary Genius Award at its inaugural Secret Genius Awards. It will be presented to him by singer-songwriter, Frank Ocean.

Issue #276: Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts; The Odd History of Music Formats

Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts
Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Effortswww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music service searches for ways to make money that don’t involve recorded music and costly royalties, people with knowledge of the matter said.

From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats
From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formatsblog.landr.com
Mapping the march to streaming through yesterday’s physical formats and today’s demand for digital discovery.

Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?
Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?nesthq.com

Years ago, Google started building towards this destiny with a first key move: pairing Google Play Music with YouTube Red upon its release.

Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017
Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017www.jambase.com
A yearly tradition will continue next week, when the Grateful Dead start rolling out free tracks from the archives for this year’s ’30 Days Of Dead’ collection.

Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-on
Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-onwww.cnet.com
Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you’d better get used to using Siri.

Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?
Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?pigeonsandplanes.com
Billboard’s new chart calculations may hurt their chances to accurately identify the most popular songs in the country.

A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industry
A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industrybitcoinmagazine.com
It’s no secret that the digital economy relies on user engagement. Recently, industries such as pharmaceuticals, information technology and finance have …

Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platform
Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platformwww.billboard.com
Swedish music metadata platform Auddly announced on Wednesday a new section in its business vertical specifically for music managers.

It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?
It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to boot
Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to bootwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Rapid growth will see Spotify’s valuation hit $55 billion by 2020.

How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming business
How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming businesswww.gqindia.com

He’s the reason why you wouldn’t call Saavn just another app.

Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme music
Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme musicnews.abs-cbn.com

Pinoy Rock Radio Online is a 24/7 independent online radio that plays mainstream but also a healthy chunk of independent, underground, and extreme music from bands throughout the entire Philippine archipelago.

SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Florida
SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Floridawww.billboard.com
SiriusXM continues to make a comeback on a legal topic that at one point seriously threatened the satcaster and others.

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