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.

Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warnervariety.com
London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music.

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube
Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTubewww.nytimes.com
A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen
Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listenwww.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts

Why Spotify Will Never Make Money
Why Spotify Will Never Make Moneyfortune.com
Spotify has a broken business model.

Music consumption in the era of smart speakers
Music consumption in the era of smart speakersmedium.com
Just over five years ago I wrote a piece called ‘Music collections in the era of the cloud’, in which I lamented the then-contemporary streaming services’ inabilities to properly represent a users’…

Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Stories
Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Storieswww.billboard.com
Spotify and Instagram announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will allow users to share what their listening to via their Instagram Stories or Instagram Direct and even encourage their followers and friends to tune in as well.

Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growth
Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growthwww.billboard.com
Pandora have released their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakers
Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakerswww.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.

Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artist
Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artistwww.influencive.com

Adrian Swish is the Founder/ CEO of Swish Management and Digital Currensy Inc. He is on a mission to revolutionize the way creators get paid royalties and the way they pay each other.

YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masseswww.tubefilter.com
“[Content Match] will let you identify who reuploaders are and let you take some actions,” explains product manager Barbara Macdonald — including doing nothing, contacting offending channels, or asking YouTube to delete the video in question.

Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?
Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' — What Does That Actually Mean?www.billboard.com

While execs might not use the words “vertical integration,” that goal is arguably alive and well within the company.

Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tango
Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tangowww.financialexpress.com
JioMusic, the free-to-use music app, topped the charts in terms of unique visitors which stood at 19 million in February this year.

Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.

Issue #385: Streaming Fuels Music Industry’s Growth; Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers; 8tracks Returns to Free Streaming

VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growth
VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growthwww.billboard.com
Many of the music industry’s most influential executives have dabbled in or even fled entirely to the worlds of tech, finance and VC. But now, thanks in part to the growth of streaming, the moves are increasingly also moving in the other direction.

Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71M
Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71Mwww.forbes.com
In a very quiet announcement on Twitter, Apple released some very significant news today.

As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming era
As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming erawww.washingtonpost.com
As streaming giant Spotify goes public, a look at what types of music do the best (and worst) online.

8tracks removes weekly free listening limits
8tracks removes weekly free listening limitsblog.8tracks.com
Thanks to our much-appreciated 8tracks Plus subscribers and the recent introduction of new audio ads, we’re beyond excited to say goodbye to the loathed weekly free listening limit for people in the US.

SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloud
SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloudwww.dailydot.com
SoundCloud alums are responsible for 14 Grammy nominations, 41 albums landing on the Billboard charts, and 122 Billboard Hot 100 singles. Now SoundCloud is taking steps to support its homegrown talent.

King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fm
King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming West Coast run from veteran American hard rockers King’s X and making the shows available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm app, web site, and at each show with all new Limited Edition VIP laminates.

Introducing: Spotify Hard Mode
Introducing: Spotify Hard Modemedium.com
I for one miss the days of spending at least 30 minutes at every party going through the host’s CDs for the ones I knew, the ones I knew I wanted, and most of all; the ones I didn’t know I wanted…

The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Lovers
The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Loverswww.forbes.com
This amazingly compact streaming device offers 70w of power and a sound big enough to fill most rooms. It works with virtually all music streaming services and is incredibly versatile. Best of all, it sounds great.

Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spin
Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spinwww.theglobeandmail.com
Giving up on a traditional initial public offering builds on the streaming service’s past decade of challenging old ways of doing things

Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In History
Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In Historywww.digitalmusicnews.com
Radio is not dead as NPR records highest numbers. The NPR One app is available for smart speakers from Amazon, Google Home, and Apple.

12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labels
12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labelsnoisey.vice.com
Though you should probably own their LPs already, Drag City has done you a favor and joined Spotify. Now you can stream records by the Silver Jews, Ty Segall, and more.

How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music
How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music9to5mac.com

Apple Music is one of the best music streaming options when you have a local library of unreleased songs, live concerts, or remixes. But this method will also allow you to sync hi-fiedlity music such as ALAC to your iPhone.

Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trends
Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trendswww.midiaresearch.com
Monthly hours per subscriber is on the rise for Spotify, while declining for Netflix.

Issue #379: Sony Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streaming; SoundMachine, Napster Partner for Expanded Music Subscription Service for Businesses

Sony Music Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streaming
Sony Music Overhauls Legacy Label to Adapt to Streamingvariety.com
Sony Music is overhauling its catalog-focused Legacy label to adapt to changes streaming has presented, a source tells Variety.

Spotify tells Wall Street it is going to have a very good year in 2018
Spotify tells Wall Street it is going to have a very good year in 2018www.recode.net
Ahead of its IPO, the streaming service offers its first-ever guidance: Revenue, subs, margins will be up, operating losses will go down

The White Buffalo to Offer Instant Live Recordings via VNUE’s set.fm
The White Buffalo to Offer Instant Live Recordings via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming U.K. run from the roots, blues and soul-infused act The White Buffalo, a.k.a. songwriter Jake Smith, and making them available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm mobile content delivery app and website.

SoundMachine partners with Napster for retail-focused music service
SoundMachine partners with Napster for retail-focused music servicewww.musicweek.com
The service blends SoundMachine’s music subscription service for businesses with Napster’s music programming technology and catalogue.

The Real Slim Shady: Investing in Digital Music
The Real Slim Shady: Investing in Digital Musicthemarketmogul.com

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, in 2016 the global music industry grew by 5.9%. Digital revenue accounted for 50% of the global music revenue and digital revenue grew by 17.7%.

A super oversimplification on music rights, ownership and why it matters
A super oversimplification on music rights, ownership and why it matterswww.geeksandbeats.com
The latest in music and technology from The World’s Most Popular Podcast with Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth

Neil Young on his new film Paradox, the power of music and the evils of streaming
Neil Young on his new film Paradox, the power of music and the evils of streamingwww.theglobeandmail.com
Young’s soundtrack to the Netflix film, which was directed and written by his partner Daryl Hannah, will be released Friday

Reliance, eyeing data use, buys into music streaming service
Reliance, eyeing data use, buys into music streaming serviceasia.nikkei.com
MUMBAI (NewsRise) — Reliance Industries deepened its foray into entertainment by purchasing a stake in Indian music streaming service Saavn, a move t

Spotify's Churn Rate and Inactive Subscribers: Should the Music Industry Be Concerned?
Spotify's Churn Rate and Inactive Subscribers: Should the Music Industry Be Concerned?www.billboard.com
The good news for Spotify is that its churn rate is steadily decreasing, even as its user growth continues to outpace those of Apple Music and other rivals.

Austin VR firm takes music lovers backstage at ‘Austin City Limits’
Austin VR firm takes music lovers backstage at ‘Austin City Limits’www.512tech.com
A local company is using cutting-edge technology to take music lovers behind the scenes at the long-…

LL COOL J Launches His New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28
LL COOL J Launches His New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28platformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced today that LL COOL J will launch his new SiriusXM classic Hip-Hop channel on March 28 entitled LL COOL J’s “Rock the Bells Radio.”

The Pandora v. Spotify ad battle is on
The Pandora v. Spotify ad battle is onwww.axios.com

While both services have made the majority of their revenues off subscriptions, revenue growth opportunities for subscriptions are slowing as the market becomes more saturated.

Spotify launches black history hub with the help of Janelle Monáe
Spotify launches black history hub with the help of Janelle Monáeew.com

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and actress, Janelle Monáe, kicks off Black History Is Happening Now campaign

Issue #378: Playlist Culture & Our Attention Spans; Spotify Isn’t Killing The Music Industry

The Music Industry's Playlist Culture And Our Attention Spans
The Music Industry's Playlist Culture And Our Attention Spansblog.reverbnation.com

In addition to delivering big profits to labels and publishers, playlists are helping new and unknown artists succeed in some profound ways.

Spotify Isn't Killing The Music Industry; It's A Tool For Enterprising Indie Artists
Spotify Isn't Killing The Music Industry; It's A Tool For Enterprising Indie Artistswww.forbes.com
For music artists coming of age at a time when all access is possible, the ability to make a living somewhere between starving artist and international star has never been more within reach.

What Will The Streaming Business Model Look Like Tomorrow?
What Will The Streaming Business Model Look Like Tomorrow?audiophilereview.com

What seems to be consistent regardless of the service is that the significant royalty fees charged by the record companies is so demanding that sustainable profit by the streaming services may be untenable over the next few years.

Will the Titans in the Market Sideline the Small Players in the Indian Music Streaming Industry?
Will the Titans in the Market Sideline the Small Players in the Indian Music Streaming Industry?www.entrepreneur.com
The fight to establish the early leadership in the growing segment among the titans has clearly come under the spotlight.

The Music Modernization Act: Making the Case for Open Data
The Music Modernization Act: Making the Case for Open Datarightstech.com

In addition to being a rare example these days of genuine bipartisanship in congress, the MMA has proved an even more rare example of consensus among nearly all the (frequently warring) institutional voices within the music industry.

Has Spotify changed music - and is it really worth $30 billion?
Has Spotify changed music – and is it really worth $30 billion?www.afr.com
As Spotify readies to list its financial worth is a riddle. Its musical value is also contentious.

Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Track
Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Trackwww.nytimes.com
A system that would turn the rear window into a subwoofer and A-pillars into tweeters could be the next wave in audio technology.

Tencent Music, Spotify’s strategic partner in China, is valued at over $12B
Tencent Music, Spotify’s strategic partner in China, is valued at over $12Btechcrunch.com

Spotify has shed light on another huge music company that has been tipped for IPO.

Spotify says path to profits clear ahead of April 3 listing
Spotify says path to profits clear ahead of April 3 listingwww.reuters.com
Streaming music leader Spotify said on Thursday it has a clear path to profit as it spelled out to investors its growth plans and how it aims to fend off big rivals Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc ahead of an April 3 listing.

Amazon’s Entry into the Ad-Free Online Music space
Amazon’s Entry into the Ad-Free Online Music space medium.com
Was reasonally surprised to see Amazon enter the Music space in India in a big way. Was a user on SoundCloud but that interest to be on that platform had been nearly non-existant for a long time now…

Spotify Cops To Its Problems And Reveals The Massive Ambitions Of Its Founder
Spotify Cops To Its Problems And Reveals The Massive Ambitions Of Its Founderwww.npr.org

Not exactly known for its transparency, the soon-to-be-public streaming giant offered an unprecedented look at its internal landscape.

Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ Is Streaming Ahead Of Release
Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ Is Streaming Ahead Of Releaseuproxx.com
’Golden Hour’ comes out on March 30th via MCA Nashville.

Opinion: Why Spotify outplays Apple Music
Opinion: Why Spotify outplays Apple Musicwww.orangemedianetwork.com
Spotify is the dominant music streaming services.

Facebook's Got Problems. They're Going to Impact Your Radio Station.
Facebook's Got Problems. They're Going to Impact Your Radio Station.jacobsmedia.com
As Facebook reacts to pressure over its role in the 2016 election, radio stations across America are seeing their social media interaction decline. What should they do about it?

Issue #377: Tencent Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPO; How Much Do Spotify, Labels Need Each Other? Reliance to Merge Jio Music with Saavn

Tencent Music Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPO
Tencent Music Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPOwww.scmp.com

Tencent Music last year signed a distribution and licensing agreement with Universal Music, including to build Abbey Road Studios China.

Users of Tencent Music and three of its platforms, QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo, are able to listen to selected songs from 28 Beatles albums for free, with others available with a subscription.

CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloads
CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloadswww.engadget.com

Digital music downloads began to outsell physical media since 2012. It took four more years for digital music revenue to surpass those from physical media as well.

How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?
How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?www.billboard.com
So far, Spotify’s relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan: A passionate honeymoon, followed by a series of arguments over which partner is in charge, and then a realization that both depend on each other.

Reliance just took over Saavn in a strategic merger worth $1 Billion
Reliance just took over Saavn in a strategic merger worth $1 Billionin.pcmag.com

Another big turn in the Indian music streaming market.

Two Ways Scammers Game Spotify
Two Ways Scammers Game Spotifywww.bloomberg.com
Buy the streams or hack the playlists.

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'www.bbc.com
Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services need to diversify to survive.

Vinyl Me, Please CEO Matt Fiedler on Building a Record Club That Does What Spotify Can't
Vinyl Me, Please CEO Matt Fiedler on Building a Record Club That Does What Spotify Can'twww.billboard.com
Growing vinyl record sales over the past decade or so have proven fertile ground for the subscription-based record club Vinyl Me, Please to build its business.

Pandora Thinks Record Labels Need To Change For Streaming To Survive
Pandora Thinks Record Labels Need To Change For Streaming To Survivewww.digitaltrends.com
Pandora’s Elizabeth Moody spoke with Digital Trends about the changes that need to be made in the music industry in order for streaming services like Spotify and Pandora to become profitable.

Spotify Stream Fraud: 2 Million People Used Illicit Apps to Block Ads
Spotify Stream Fraud: 2 Million People Used Illicit Apps to Block Adsvariety.com
Spotify said it discovered 2 million users were accessing the streaming-music service using unauthorized apps that blocked ads.

Music streaming is a tough racket, unless you're Apple
Music streaming is a tough racket, unless you're Applewww.marketplace.org
Music licensing fees make it almost impossible to turn a profit in streaming.

Finally, Hoodoo Gurus' complete catalogue is on Spotify etc.
Finally, Hoodoo Gurus' complete catalogue is on Spotify etc.www.theindustryobserver.com.au
It’s thanks to their new partnership with Universal Music Australia and New Zealand.

Spotify's break came when founder got 'love letter’ from Napster
Spotify's break came when founder got 'love letter’ from Napsterwww.businessinsider.com

Sean Parker played a big part in Spotify’s global expansion.

It's Time For People To Learn How Streaming Really Works
It's Time For People To Learn How Streaming Really Workswww.hypebot.com

Despite it being the fastest growing form of music consumption, many people still don’t fully grasp how streaming works or, as this article maintains, doesn’t work.

How Spotify came to be worth billions
How Spotify came to be worth billionswww.bbc.com
As the company says its value could be more than £16.7bn, we take a look at its rise to the top.

Issue #372: The Black Market for Spotify Playlists; What Could Blockchain Do for Music?

Inside the Black Market for Spotify Playlists
Inside the Black Market for Spotify Playlistswww.dailydot.com
A new type of Payola is taking place on Spotify, with artists using third-party services to get added to influential playlists, and the company is inadvertently paying for it.

What Could Blockchain Do for Music?
What Could Blockchain Do for Music?medium.com

Musicians are exploring blockchain as a ‘big spreadsheet in the sky’ that could help them seize back control from big business.

Why Spotify Won’t Be the Netflix of Music
Why Spotify Won’t Be the Netflix of Musicwww.wsj.com
Musicians have long complained about the power of big record labels. Investors tempted to buy Spotify stock when it goes public later this month could end up sympathizing.

Station Inn launches online streaming
Station Inn launches online streamingbluegrasstoday.com
Last night, Nashville’s famous Station Inn jumped on board with a popular new method of getting music out into the world, Facebook Live.

British Singer Zak Abel Announced as 'Deezer Next' Global Priority Act
British Singer Zak Abel Announced as 'Deezer Next' Global Priority Actwww.billboard.com
Fast-rising pop singer Zak Abel has been announced as Deezer’s second global priority act of 2018, following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Jorja Smith.

Congress Is Making Headway on a Bill to Modernize How Musicians Are Paid
Congress Is Making Headway on a Bill to Modernize How Musicians Are Paidpitchfork.com

But they should slow down so musicians can point out the many flaws in fine print.

Spotify aims for youthful Vietnamese ears
Spotify aims for youthful Vietnamese earswww.atimes.com

Online music leader bids to capitalize on country’s music-loving, free-spending and increasingly tech-savvy middle class.

Merlin Network strikes streaming deals for independent music in China
Merlin Network strikes streaming deals for independent music in Chinawww.bbc.com
The digital rights agency says the licensing agreements will give their members access to about 90% of China’s digital music listeners.

10 key talking points from the Spotify investor day
10 key talking points from the Spotify investor daymusically.com
Spotify held its ‘investor day’ event earlier this evening, revealing that it will go public on 3 April in the process. You can read our liveblog here.

Why are British executives ruling the modern music business?
Why are British executives ruling the modern music business?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It’s becoming par for the course during debut lunch meetings with US major label execs.

LiveMusicCast.com Debuts at SXSW
LiveMusicCast.com Debuts at SXSWplatformandstream.wordpress.com

 LMC is a new platform that allows music-related venues and clubs to broadcast live events globally without the complexity and cost of many pay-per-view options.

How technology is changing the music business
How technology is changing the music businesswww.telegraph.co.uk
From a global music currency to virtual multi-camera recording setups, here are a few ways that technology is helping the industry to grow

Spotify: Three Revenue Streams That Could Help It Grow
Spotify: Three Revenue Streams That Could Help It Growwww.barrons.com
Could podcasts, advertising and video be the magic formula?

Music and Social Media: A Match Made in Heaven?
Music and Social Media: A Match Made in Heaven?www.synchblog.com

Looking at music usage in social media, and how this could lead to huge music licensing opportunities for emerging artists.

Issue #366: Music Biz Divided on Royalties; SoundCloud Expands Premier Platform; DJs in the Era of Digital Distribution

As Spotify Prepares to Go Public, Music Industry Divided on Royalties
As Spotify Prepares to Go Public, Music Industry Divided on Royaltieswww.rollingstone.com
As Spotify prepares to go public, music industry sources and musicians are divided on how helpful the service is to artists.

SoundCloud Expands Premier Creator Offerings With New Marketing & Promotional Opportunities
SoundCloud Expands Premier Creator Offerings With New Marketing & Promotional Opportunitieswww.billboard.com
SoundCloud announced Thursday an expansion of its invite-only Premier monetization and development platform for creators that includes expanded editorial, marketing and promotional opportunities.

Spotify is testing playlists that are auto-mixed – even when on shuffle
Spotify is testing playlists that are auto-mixed – even when on shufflemusically.com
Here’s something to try on Spotify, if you have a few minutes. Using its desktop client, turn off the ‘crossfade’ feature in advanced settings.

DJs in the Era of Digital Distribution: A Conversation with Beatport's Terry Weerasinghe
DJs in the Era of Digital Distribution: A Conversation with Beatport's Terry Weerasingheblog.landr.com
Terry Weerasinghe discusses how Beatport fits in the current music distribution landscape and dance music in the age of streaming.

iHeartMedia, On the Verge of Bankruptcy Filing, Receives Last-Minute Extension
iHeartMedia, On the Verge of Bankruptcy Filing, Receives Last-Minute Extensionwww.billboard.com
The months-long death watch concerning whether iHeartMedia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection has received another stay of execution.

iTunes LP Demise Doesn't Mean Apple is Done Selling Music
iTunes LP Demise Doesn't Mean Apple is Done Selling Musicwww.macobserver.com
Apple is reportedly discontinuing iTunes LP, but that doesn’t mean digital song and album purchases are going away.

Kobalt Boosts Its AWAL Label With $150M Investment, Seeks 100 New Hires
Kobalt Boosts Its AWAL Label With $150M Investment, Seeks 100 New Hireswww.billboard.com
Kobalt announced on Thursday its AWAL distribution and label services company will invest $150 million into building artists’ careers, make 100 new hires to its staff and unveil a new line of technology products at this year’s South by Southwest.

Sounds Like Facebook Wants to Control Your Music Listening, Too
Sounds Like Facebook Wants to Control Your Music Listening, Toowww.spin.com

Facebook has struggled a bit recently in its quest to become a global panopticon: declining popularity among young people, widespread criticism of its role.

Spotify says Sean Parker launched Lorde's career by putting her on playlist
Spotify says Sean Parker launched Lorde's career by putting her on playlist www.businessinsider.com
Spotify filed to go public on Wednesday and used the opportunity to take credit for launching pop star Lorde’s career. And Sean Parker was involved.

Huawei Seeks Patent for Blockchain Rights Management
Huawei Seeks Patent for Blockchain Rights Managementwww.coindesk.com

Chinese telecoms giant and smartphone maker Huawei may be seeking to use blockchain tech to protect digital property rights.

LiveXLive Inks Exclusive Live Streaming Pact with Insomniac Events, Deal Includes Immersive Reality
LiveXLive Inks Exclusive Live Streaming Pact with Insomniac Events, Deal Includes Immersive Realitywww.thevideoink.com

Insomniac, the producer behind some of the most popular raves and music festivals in the world, wants to bring the party to every screen and on every format.

Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming
Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streamingwww.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.

Spotify’s IPO could be a billion-dollar payday for Sony Music
Spotify’s IPO could be a billion-dollar payday for Sony Musicwww.recode.net
Now it has to figure out how to divide that money with Beyonce and its other artists.

Issue #359: SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream; Pros, Cons of Spotify as a Hardware Company; Liberty Makes a Play for iHeartRadio

SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream
SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstreamwww.dailytexanonline.com
Various rappers have launched their careers and risen to massive fame with just the click of a button.

The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Company
The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Companymusic3point0.com
Spotify is looking to launch it’s own branded streaming music hardware, but there are just as many negatives as there are positives in doing so.

SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuring
SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuringvariety.com
iHeartMedia, which has struggled under the burden of $20 billion in debt, may look to SiriusXM parent company Liberty Media for a hail Mary.

Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Today
Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Todayvariety.com
Taking a DIY approach to media, Atlantic Records today announced the launch of an in-house podcast initiative with its own production team.

In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Jones
In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Joneswbgo.org
What to make of Quincy Jones’s new video music service?

Country station in Standard Hat Works making waves
Country station in Standard Hat Works making waveswww.wacotrib.com

Country music and cowboy hats often go together, but Standard Hat Works owner Cameron Morris takes it one two-step further: He runs a country music station out of his New Road store.

Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018
Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018www.radioworld.com
Streaming audio fans will be flocking to smart speakers and podcasts this year, while music-only services may be losing momentum

Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library
Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Librarywww.hypebot.com

Music collaboration tech developer Splice has acquired Indaba Music.

Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?
Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the practice of corporate consolidation in high-performance audio.

Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Users
Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Userswww.mediapost.com

The record industry is asking a federal court to reconsider a decision that reversed a $25 million copyright verdict against the Internet service provider Cox Communications.

Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon
Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon9to5mac.com

HomeKit control of Apple Music is high on my wish list of future HomePod abilities, but for now, HomeBridge gets me halfway there.