Issue #386: Is Spotify Going to Kill Jazz, Soul and Classical Music?; MelodyVR Set to Launch VR Music App

Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really.

This problem is more than theoretical. It is the immediate dilemma facing artists, and it has an inordinate impact on jazz, soul, classical, blues and other similar genres with older audiences.

Some artists are leaving the industry, some are changing their music to appeal to younger ears, and thousands of others have decided not to release any new music because they simply can’t make money recording anymore.

Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix It
Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix
The music industry may have regained its financial footing thanks to streaming. But there’s still a lot broken in the business, and it stems from one fundamental problem.

Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car
Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your
Back in February, some Spotify users received a notification about an upcoming in-car device that supports voice commands.

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like
How to Find New Music You'll Actually

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas.

Licensing and Publishing / Genius Stories
Licensing and Publishing / Genius
Genius and YouTube have joined to launch Song Stories, an audiovisual, interactive experience for fans to interact more deeply with music by their favorite artists.

This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh music
This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh
It’s a collaboration with a Pittsburgh company.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Savior
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its
As Spotify is about to go public, CEO Daniel Ek faces the daunting task of making his company profitable while fending off streaming competition from tech giants such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google and

Sonos Gets Ready for an IPO
Sonos Gets Ready for an
Connected-speaker maker Sonos is looking to fill key legal and accounting roles with people with public company experience.

TuneGO Partners with Priority Records
TuneGO Partners with Priority

TuneGO has announced a partnership with Priority Records. The label, responsible for launching the careers of Eazy-E, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and many others, will provide distribution for TuneGO content in the United States and its parent company, Universal Music Group will handle the global market.

Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability
Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability

The digital world has made accessing goods, services and information possible within a matter of seconds. From ordering a pizza to the front door to having a taxi arrive at the tap of a button.

8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophiles
8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi"
India’s music streaming market is still sprouting and taking people away from piracy. Some of the best music streaming apps include Saavn, Gaana, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Prime, etc.

Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properly
Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists
“The labels and streaming services can fight, but the artists will keep on making music, and they want in on the music, so they would have to figure it out,” Grammy award-winner Estelle said.

MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch.

Detroit Jazz Fest Gets $200K for Live Streaming on Mobile App

The Detroit Jazz Festival has received a $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to expand its current mobile app to provide live streaming of performances from the downtown festival beginning with this year’s event on Labor Day weekend.

Festival spokesperson Steve Blow said details are still being worked out, including how much of the festival will be available, how it will be packaged and what the cost will be to consumers. But the idea is to offer audiences around the world real-time video broadcasts from the downtown stages at the festival. The festival’s current app only provides basic information like the schedule, artist biographies and the like.

Source: Detroit Free Press

World on A String: Swinging Songs of Broadway – Live Webcast

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Kate Davis pay tribute to Broadway’s brightest lights.

The famed avenue has been home to some of the most talented, inventive, and sophisticated composers, many with jazz-oriented roots. Harold Arlen wrote over 500 songs, including many for the stage as well as the classic “Over the Rainbow,” which was voted the No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin are two of the most significant American theatrical composers of the early 20th century, each having been represented on Broadway hundreds of times. The list goes on: composers like Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and Mel Brooks have penned time-tested musical gems that continue to uplift and entertain – both on Broadway and on record. In tonight’s performance, gutsy songstress Kate Davis shares her own fresh spin on the standards, which are sure to put you in a New York state of mind.

Source: WMO

Wynton Marsalis Swings and Streams Online


Catching Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is always a special treat. Or perhaps watching the acclaimed musician perform with his legendary septet in a small club is the preferred option for an evening of jazz music.

Marsalis is seemingly always on tour, bringing the swing and the soul to cities big and small around the world.

As video streaming, along with live streaming, continues to gain popularity, the globe-trotting, multi-award-winning trumpeter and composer has been ahead of the curve of streaming media, utilizing the power of the Internet and the technology of live video platform Livestream to reach a world-wide audience.

Be it performing at an intimate club like Ronnie Scott’s, or swinging ’til the midnight hour inside the beautiful Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis has embraced the creative opportunities of streaming video and by doing so presented jazz fans quite a wonderful gift: the gift of access, to ‘be there’ when you really cannot ‘be there’ to enjoy the music and moment as it happens.

Powered by Livestream, there have been numerous Wynton Marsalis events that have featured mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide.

These concerts, available on the official Wynton Marsalis website, as well as a dedicated Livestream page, stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience.

“Free to a global audience…” Hard to find anything wrong in that description of what Marsalis and his jazz and tech cohorts are presenting to music fans everywhere.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to “entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.”

And what better way to promote this enthusiasm and ambition than with the power of technology, or more specifically the streaming technology that allows all this talent, all this optimism, and all this joy to be appreciated and enjoyed all around the world.

I couldn’t be in France last year for the Jazz in Marciac Festival (I know, hard to believe), but I was still able to watch the Wynton Marsalis Septet perform – thanks to Livestream’s live webcast, which looked and sounded superb.

As wonderful as actually being there? No. But not too shabby an evening of entertainment considering the comfy couch, the laptop and, of course, the music.

This is live streaming done right, the technology and the content blended like fine whiskey. Nothing to do but click and enjoy. Kudos to the Livestream team, who clearly buzzed their A Team into action for live video broadcasting projects with Wynton Marsalis.

The quality is sensational.

It was a wonderful evening of jazz – for those in southwestern France for the international jazz festival, as well as jazz lovers everywhere with a great opportunity to stream the night away with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.