Issue #481: New GongBox Music Streaming App Tailored for African Market; Prince Estate, Sony Release 23 Long-Unavailable Albums Digitally

Black Coffee is Creating a Streaming App for African Artists Shut Out of the Music Industry
Black Coffee’s company Soulistic Music is working on a music platform that will enable artists to own all the rights to their work.

Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Stream
Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Streamwww.billboard.com
The 23 albums released today — not counting “Anthology” — represent the first wave of digital catalog releases.

Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’
Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’variety.com
Sony Music has begun to distribute $750 million in profit from the sale of its Spotify shares to all artists and distributed labels.

Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Look
Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Lookblog.chartmetric.io
After Spotify’s April 2018 initial public offering (IPO), a lot of ink has been spilled on the Swedish music streaming giant’s theoretical “direct deal” licensing with independent artists. Here’s the…

CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songs
CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songswww.hypebot.com
CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well. CD Baby estimates that their distributed catalog accounts for…

Metadata: What It Is and Why It Matters
Metadata: What It Is and Why It Mattersartists.spotify.com
Making sure you’re digitally credited for the music you make is key to your income—and your success.

Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Homewww.nytimes.com
Options abound for viewing concerts and music documentaries online, but Qello curates a lot of it in one place. Here’s the best of what it offers.

Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?
Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels?musically.com
There has been a lot of bellyaching, handwringing and bluster spoken about Spotify recently doing direct deals with artists. Is it a stealth move by Spotify to cut out labels entirely? If it is, it’s the biggest kamikaze play in history. Is it a tactical bartering chip for when Spotify has to renew its licensing

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Tips for prioritizing 
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Tips for prioritizing www.cnbc.com
To stay focused at work, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek has high standards for how he prioritizes his time. Hanging out with friends doesn’t always make the cut.

After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fans
After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fansventurebeat.com

Turnabout is fair play, as they say, so after Apple challenged Amazon’s Echo smart speakers with HomePod, Amazon has decided to aggressively chase Apple Music users with its own streaming service.

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Issue #480: Qobuz vs. Tidal in the Battle of Hi-Res Streaming; How Sonos is Building the Audio Internet; What’s Driving Canada’s Increased Music Streaming?


Qobuz and Tidal – The New Battle of the Hi-Rez Streaming Services

Steven Stone wonders if the U.S. is about to see a BETA/VHS deja-vu cage-match between Qobuz and Tidal…

How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internet
How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internetwww.wired.com
In an exclusive interview, Sonos’ chief product officer Nick Millington charts the company’s history and hints at where it could go in the future—like outside your house.

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice
Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voicetechcrunch.com

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its competitors – including Apple, Google, and Amazon – today offer and are now capitalizing on.

What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?
What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?mediaincanada.com
Sales are down, even on digital, but that means good things for ad-supported platforms like Spotify and YouTube.

Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growth
Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growthwww.hypebot.com

Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson.

Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60
Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60 www.independent.ie
Eighties classics from Madonna’s back catalogue are amongst her most popular hits in the year she turns 60, figures from Deezer have shown.

T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Is
T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Iswww.rollingstone.com

Wireless service provider’s 75 million customers get some big music perks.

Let's Rename the Hobby of Audiophilia
Let’s Rename the Hobby of Audiophiliaaudiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano wonders what’s in a a name…

Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts
Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcastswww.wsj.com
Public-radio companies PRX and PRI are merging in a bid to capitalize on the surging popularity of podcasts and other digital formats as listeners and content creators migrate away from traditional broadcast radio.

How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizon
How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizonlifehacker.com
Verizon has announced that customers on any of its three unlimited data plans are getting 6 months of free Apple Music. And if you already subscribe to Apple’s streaming music service, don’t worry, you’re included too.

Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Out
Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Outadexchanger.com

Bacardi sees a big branding opportunity in digital audio.

Issue #475: Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart?; Drake the First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streams; Samsung Partners with Spotify

Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart? - XXL
Can SoundCloud Survive as Rappers Depart? – XXLwww.xxlmag.com
SoundCloud has become a launchpad for hip-hop’s hottest acts. But can the streaming platform survive as its stars depart for more profitable pastures?

Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its devices
Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its deviceswww.theverge.com
Samsung has announced that it’s partnering with Spotify on its devices, including smartphones, TVs, and the newly announced Galaxy Home smart speaker for a “true cross-platform listening experience.”

Slacker Radio Channel Leads New Initiatives to Up Country Airplay for Women
Slacker Radio Channel Leads New Initiatives to Up Country Airplay for Womenwww.billboard.com
Digital radio outlet Slacker has announced a unique new way of exposing its listeners to more female country artists, joining a handful of new initiatives aimed at shifting the country format’s longstanding and widely-documented gender imbalance.

Drake Becomes First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streams
Drake Becomes First Artist to Surpass 50 Billion Streamswww.billboard.com
Drake has become the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms, his record company announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8).

Phish Announces Free Raleigh Webcast
Phish Announces Free Raleigh Webcastwww.jambase.com
A free webcast of Friday’s Phish show at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek in Raleigh is available.

Verizon Unlimited Customers Will Receive Six Months of Apple Music Free, Thanks to New Partnership
Verizon Unlimited Customers Will Receive Six Months of Apple Music Free, Thanks to New Partnershipwww.billboard.com
Verizon and Apple announced an exclusive partnership on Wednesday (Aug. 8), and the news comes with an exciting new offer.

You Don’t Need to Be a Musician to Get a Record Deal in 2018
You Don’t Need to Be a Musician to Get a Record Deal in 2018www.rollingstone.com

Streaming has upturned music’s status quo – and labels are looking farther afield for truly fresh talent.

Spotify: The Crucial Change That Almost Came ‘Too Late’
Spotify: The Crucial Change That Almost Came ‘Too Late’ www.barrons.com
An extensive profile of the company and its CEO offers a view into its plans for the music industry.

SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Go
SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Goplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced that Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will perform for SiriusXM on Tuesday, September 11 at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. The announcement was made on SiriusXM’s Volume channel show, Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live from the Rainbow Bar & Grill. SLASH joined Eddie Trunk as the special…

4 Reasons Why Streaming Services Are Killing Music Piracy
4 Reasons Why Streaming Services Are Killing Music Piracywww.idropnews.com
A new report by market research and data analytics firm YouGov revealed that more Britons are streaming music today than downloading music

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor on his plan to turn the company around
SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor on his plan to turn the company aroundwww.youtube.com

SoundCloud needed help badly when Kerry Trainor took over the company last summer.

Smart speaker sales, forecasts: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple
Smart speaker sales, forecasts: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Applemusically.com
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri respectively.

Issue #474: Music Streaming Sales Up! (But Artists Made Only 12% of Music Industry Revenue in ’17); Triller in Licensing Deal with 7digital

While Music Streaming Sales Surge, Singers Still Get Paid a Song
While Music Streaming Sales Surge, Singers Still Get Paid a Songwww.bloomberg.com

Musicians received just 12 percent of the $43 billion in sales generated from their work in the U.S. last year, according a report Monday by Citigroup. The figure includes revenue from CD sales, on-demand streaming, advertisements on YouTube, radio royalties and concert tickets.

Apple Music Launching New 'Friends Mix' Custom Playlists
Apple Music Launching New ‘Friends Mix’ Custom Playlistswww.billboard.com
This September, Apple Music subscribers will notice a new playlist from the streaming service, built off what their friends have been listening to.

Triller Announces Licensing Deal With 7digital, Allowing Access to Millions of Songs
Triller Announces Licensing Deal With 7digital, Allowing Access to Millions of Songswww.billboard.com
The AI-powered video-creation application Triller announced a licensing deal with leading business-to-business digital music and radio services platform 7digital on Wednesday.

SiriusXM Profits Take a Dip as Earnings Rise at Parent Liberty Media
SiriusXM Profits Take a Dip as Earnings Rise at Parent Liberty Mediawww.billboard.com
Liberty Media, the company that is controlled by billionaire mogul John Malone and houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, on Wednesday reported higher second-quarter financials.

Amazon Prime Music No.2 in Great Britain for active users
Amazon Prime Music No.2 in Great Britain for active userswww.musicweek.com
Everyone knows that the number one music streaming service in Great Britain is Spotify, but who’s number two? Most people would probably answer Apple Music, but the latest entertainment market report from data analysts Kantar Worldpanel suggests that active users of Amazon Prime Music have surpassed Apple Music subscribers for the first time. Music Week analyses the report…

Spotify's AI assistant should be social
Spotify’s AI assistant should be socialventurebeat.com
I recently sat down at my computer to get some work done and in the adjacent Spotify app saw a friend from college playing “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo. On impulse I moved my mouse over to like it — but I couldn’t because the Spotify app on Mac has no way to send a thumbs up, heart emoji, poop emoji,…

SoundCloud Adds Mobile Feature Spotify Lacks: Comments
SoundCloud Adds Mobile Feature Spotify Lacks: Commentswww.hypebot.com
SoundCloud is relaunching a popular feature – comments from its mobile apps – alongside a new user experience in iOS and Android. It’s a feature that every music service should have, and is missing from Spotify and Apple Music. Commenting is a core social feature on SoundCloud, with millions of…

iHeartMedia's Gator Harrison On State Of Country, Streaming as an 'Additive' to Radio & Efforts to Play More Female Artists
iHeartMedia’s Gator Harrison On State Of Country, Streaming as an ‘Additive’ to Radio & Efforts to Play More Female Artistswww.billboard.com
Gator Harrison is senior vp programming for iHeartMedia Nashville and day-to-day PD of the company’s venerable Nashville country outlet WSIX.

'Austin City Limits' Announces Fall 2018 Broadcast Schedule
‘Austin City Limits’ Announces Fall 2018 Broadcast Schedulewww.jambase.com
Watch a preview of St. Vincent’s performance on the Season 44 premiere of ‘Austin City Limits.’

Why Spotify faces a difficult hardware conundrum (and so does Sonos)
Why Spotify faces a difficult hardware conundrum (and so does Sonos)www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In early June Spotify applied to the Federal Communications Commission for the use wireless networks approved by the United States government group. This adds to a rather long list of minor news stories that pointed to the Swedish company entering into the hardware market.

SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Go

SiriusXM announced that Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will perform for SiriusXM on Tuesday, September 11 at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. The announcement was made on SiriusXM’s Volume channel show, Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live from the Rainbow Bar & Grill. SLASH joined Eddie Trunk as the special surprise guest for the show’s premiere on Friday, August 3. Continue reading “SiriusXM Presents Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Whisky a Go Go”

Issue #471: Is Instagram’s IGTV the New Frontier in Music Streaming; Music Choice Targeted in Hostile Takeover Bid

Is Instagram’s IGTV the New Frontier in Music Streaming?Is Instagram’s IGTV the New Frontier in Music Streaming?
Is Instagram’s IGTV the New Frontier in Music Streaming?Is Instagram’s IGTV the New Frontier in Music Streaming?studybreaks.com
Jaden Smith might be onto something with IGTV, but can the site compete with streaming giants like Apple Music and Spotify?

Music Choice Targeted in $120 Million Hostile Takeover Bid
Music Choice Targeted in $120 Million Hostile Takeover Bidvariety.com
Music and video provider Stingray Digital Group announced an unsolicited offer to acquire rival Music Choice for $120 million.

A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Code
A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Codewww.stereogum.com
If it’s meant to be, it’ll be: Regarding Bebe Rexha’s unlikely takeover of the country charts, this is both the savvy execution and the only explanation. A

Record Labels File 'Billion Dollar' Piracy Lawsuit Against ISP Cox
Record Labels File 'Billion Dollar' Piracy Lawsuit Against ISP Coxtorrentfreak.com

A group of major record labels including Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros, has filed a piracy liability lawsuit against Internet provider Cox Communications.

Three years ago, Pandora had more users than Spotify. Now it's over 100m behind.
Three years ago, Pandora had more users than Spotify. Now it's over 100m behind. www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Pandora had some good news to share with its investors yesterday (July 31): its like-for-like total revenues grew 12% in the second quarter of 2018, up to $384.8m.

Music Tech: Understanding the Growth of Streaming
Music Tech: Understanding the Growth of Streamingwww.soundexchange.com

The growth of streaming is almost too incredible to believe.

How Technology Can Help Artists Make a Living Through Their Online Audiences
How Technology Can Help Artists Make a Living Through Their Online Audiencesreadwrite.com

It’s been no secret that the music industry has been struggling over the past couple decades.

I switched to Spotify two months ago — and I miss Apple Music every single day
I switched to Spotify two months ago — and I miss Apple Music every single daynordic.businessinsider.com
I switched from Apple Music to Spotify two months ago. While I expected to enjoy the change, I miss using Apple Music: it’s easier to use, doesn’t default to dark mode, and it has one key feature that Spotify lacks.

Vertigo Aims To Change The Way We Stream Music While Giving Artists Their Due
Vertigo Aims To Change The Way We Stream Music While Giving Artists Their Dueedm.com
A new social media application is turning the way we stream music into a constantly changing, living, breathing video while allowing artists to be paid for their tracks.

Will Billboard Have A New Chart Rival Soon?
Will Billboard Have A New Chart Rival Soon?music3point0.com
For most of the modern music era, the Billboard charts measured the success of a song or album, but a new rival is on the horizon.

Issue #470: Drake’s “Scorpion” and Success in the Streaming Era; Deezer Raises $85M, Partners With Rotana

Drake's "Scorpion" Defines Success in the Streaming Era — for Better or Worse
Drake's "Scorpion" Defines Success in the Streaming Era — for Better or Worsesuperhypeblog.com
Read this post to understand why record albums are relevant in the streaming era.

Deezer Raises $85M, Partners With Rotana
Deezer Raises $85M, Partners With Rotanavariety.com
Paris-headquartered music streaming service Deezer has raised another €160 million (around $185 million) in funding, the company announced Thursday morning. This new round of funding values the company at €1 billion ($1.16 billion).

nugs.tv Announces Free 2018 Jerry Day Webcast
nugs.tv Announces Free 2018 Jerry Day Webcastwww.jambase.com
A free webcast of Sunday’s 16th annual Jerry Day will feature sets from Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Melvin Seals & JGB and the Gary Gates Band.

Musical.ly Is Shutting Down, Users Moved to TikTok Video App
Musical.ly Is Shutting Down, Users Moved to TikTok Video Appvariety.com
China’s Bytedance is shutting down the Musical.ly app and migrating users over to its TikTok short-form video app.

Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Music
Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Musicmusically.com
Music for relaxation has quietly (well, it wouldn’t be loudly…) become one of the big playlist genres on music-streaming services. Now Universal Music Group is hoping to capitalise by launching a playlist called Peaceful Music.

Why Congress Should Support Startups In The Music Modernization Act
Why Congress Should Support Startups In The Music Modernization Actwww.hypebot.com

In this piece Chris Castle breaks down the latest inside the world of the Music Modernization Act, and why the law needs to be altered in order to restore balance between the rule makers and the rule takers, and better support startups in their bids for success.

Understanding Music Streaming's Incredible Growth
Understanding Music Streaming's Incredible Growthwww.hypebot.com

New numbers out from Nielsen have revealed that the popularity of streaming is continuing to grow at a precipitous rate.


Analog to Digital Conversion - Then and Now

Analog to Digital Conversion – Then and Now
audiophilereview.com

Dave Collins dispels some popular misconceptions about digital processing…

Fewer Britons are illegally downloading music as streaming 'fills vacuum'
Fewer Britons are illegally downloading music as streaming 'fills vacuum'www.nme.com
Surveyed people said it was easier to stream music than pirate it

Spotify talks direct artist deals: ‘Licensing content doesn’t make us a label’
Spotify talks direct artist deals: ‘Licensing content doesn’t make us a label’musically.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has taken pains to reassure labels that the company’s direct-licensing deals with independent artists should not be seen as a threat to labels, tying it back to Spotify’s ‘two-sided marketplace’ strategy.

First Listen: The War And Treaty, 'Healing Tide'
First Listen: The War And Treaty, 'Healing Tide'www.npr.org
The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo’s creative engine and core message.

Issue #469: Metallica Builds Setlist with Spotify Data; YouTube Music is About to Get Better

Metallica bases its setlist on what fans listen to on Spotify
Metallica bases its setlist on what fans listen to on Spotifyqz.com
Metallica never plays the same show twice. The American heavy-metal rock band, whose debut album was released 35 years ago this week, caters its live performances to its fans. It looks at what audiences are listening to on Spotify in the city it’s playing in, and changes the setlist to include some of the most…

YouTube Music is about to get a lot better
YouTube Music is about to get a lot betterwww.engadget.com

The streaming service will add improvements every two weeks.

Spotify now offers motion comics starring Archie
Spotify now offers motion comics starring Archietechcrunch.com

Spotify has been experimenting with incorporating non-musical formats over the last couple of years, including videos and multimedia podcasts. Next up: Motion comics based on new Archie stories.

Illegal downloads fall out of favour
Illegal downloads fall out of favourwww.bbc.com
‘It is easier to stream music than to pirate it,’ say fans, as the number of illegal downloads falls.

Vivendi looks to cash in on music industry's rise from the ashes
Vivendi looks to cash in on music industry's rise from the asheswww.reuters.com
French tycoon Vincent Bollore is looking to cash in on the music industry’s revival with plans to sell up to half of Vivendi ‘s iconic Universal Music division – an asset worth up 30 billion euros ($35 billion).

Travis Scott says his Apple Music show .wav radio “is definitely coming back”
Travis Scott says his Apple Music show .wav radio “is definitely coming back”www.thefader.com
Travis Scott is bringing back his Apple Music radio show .wav radio.

eMusic Building Blockchain Platform
eMusic Building Blockchain Platformplatformandstream.wordpress.com

eMusic has announced a $70M token sale to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management system.

Troy Carter leaves Spotify – ‘It was the right time to move out’
Troy Carter leaves Spotify – ‘It was the right time to move out’musically.com
Spotify’s global head of creator services Troy Carter is leaving the company in September, although he will be taking up an advisory role for the music-streaming service after he departs. 

Spotify Hopes Programmatic Will 'Dramatically' Expand Margins
Spotify Hopes Programmatic Will 'Dramatically' Expand Marginsadexchanger.com

While most of Spotify’s ad-supported revenue comes from direct-sold inventory, its programmatic self-serve platform is growing fast – and now brings in 20% of total ad revenue.

Kesha's 'Rainbow' Documentary Trailer
Kesha's 'Rainbow' Documentary Trailerwww.billboard.com
Kesha has released the trailer for her Apple Music documentary, Rainbow – The Film, which intends to be an empowering look at her healing process. The doc is due to be released on Aug. 10, which is also the one-year anniversary of her latest album of the same name.

Android's Clock will wake you up with tunes from Spotify
Android's Clock will wake you up with tunes from Spotifywww.engadget.com

Android users’ morning ritual might get a bit more musical.

Issue #468: Phish Launching ‘Phish Radio’ on SiriusXM; Apple Music Claims North American Lead in Streaming

Phish Launching 'Phish Radio' on SiriusXM for a Limited Run
Phish Launching 'Phish Radio' on SiriusXM for a Limited Runwww.billboard.com

SiriusXM announced that Phish will be launching their exclusive limited-run channel Phish Radio on Friday (August 3) at 12 p.m. EST with a live concert broadcast out of Atlanta.

Apple Music Claims North American Lead in Streaming, Company Earnings Up 17 Percent
Apple Music Claims North American Lead in Streaming, Company Earnings Up 17 Percentwww.billboard.com
Apple announced financial results for its third quarter 2018 on Tuesday (July 31), revealing $53.3 billion in revenue and over 50 million Apple Music users.

AWAL to Distribute Proceeds From Merlin's Sale Of Spotify Shares With Artist Clients
AWAL to Distribute Proceeds From Merlin's Sale Of Spotify Shares With Artist Clientswww.billboard.com
Kobalt’s recorded-music division AWAL will be distributing its proceeds from Merlin’s sale of Spotify shares to its clients on a pro-rata basis in mid-August, Billboard has learned.

Pandora Exceeds Revenue Goals, Claims 6 Million Subscribers in Q2 Earnings
Pandora Exceeds Revenue Goals, Claims 6 Million Subscribers in Q2 Earningswww.billboard.com
Pandora earned $384.8 million in Q2 2018, the company announced today, up just over two percent over the same period last year, or 12 percent when removing revenues from discontinued service in Australia and New Zealand and from the offloaded Ticketfly.

'The music industry of 2018 is witnessing the end of failure.'
'The music industry of 2018 is witnessing the end of failure.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Today’s business has no need for the bargain bin anymore. But, asks Peter Robinson, is that really such a good thing?

Facebook is developing a singing talent show feature
Facebook is developing a singing talent show featuretechcrunch.com

Facebook’s plan to take on Musical.ly may involve more than just its own take on a lip syncing feature. It appears to also be working on something called “Talent Show,” which would allow users to compete by singing popular songs then submitting their audition for review.

Spotify doesn’t cost $9.99 everywhere. And that’s fine.
Spotify doesn’t cost $9.99 everywhere. And that’s fine.medium.com
While in Mexico City recently I ran across Spotify pre-paid cards in a 7–11 market. The cards provide Spotify premium access for varying periods at 100 pesos per month, or about $5 US—half of the…

Musicians are beating the music-streaming blues by touring regions and playing intimate concerts
Musicians are beating the music-streaming blues by touring regions and playing intimate concertswww.abc.net.au
Australian musicians are battling poor music sales by touring regional Australia, gigging in backyards, cattle stations and caravan parks to reach new, engaged audiences.

Spotify: 7 things you need to know about the company's financial health and its Q2 results
Spotify: 7 things you need to know about the company's financial health and its Q2 resultswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“If the premium business grows faster than our expectations, we’re going to have fewer free MAU’s than we were expecting, which creates a headwind for the free business,” explained Ek.

Blockchain Music Streaming Service To Increase the Amount Musicians Earn for Their Work
Blockchain Music Streaming Service To Increase the Amount Musicians Earn for Their Workcointelegraph.com
New music streaming platform with “thousands of active users” promises to pay artists 80 percent of streaming revenue.

Issue #467: DotBlockchain, Exactuals to Clear Up Music’s Data Problem; Troy Carter Exits Spotify; SiriusXM Extends Dave Matthews Band Channel

DotBlockchain Signs Partnership With Exactuals In Effort to Clear Up Music's Data Problem
DotBlockchain Signs Partnership With Exactuals In Effort to Clear Up Music's Data Problemwww.billboard.com
DotBlockchain has signed a partnership with payments and metadata company Exactuals in order to verify the metadata that it intends to input onto its database, aiming to begin with the most accurate accounting of rights ownership it can muster ahead of a forthcoming launch.

Troy Carter Exits Spotify
Troy Carter Exits Spotifyvariety.com
Troy Carter will be leaving Spotify. He will stay on through early September and then assume an advisory role at the streaming company.

This Menswear Startup Will Recommend You Clothes Based on Spotify Data
This Menswear Startup Will Recommend You Clothes Based on Spotify Datawww.racked.com
Eison Triple Threads believes Drake fans will want to dress like Drake

SiriusXM Extends Dave Matthews Band Radio Channel & Adds More Live Broadcasts
SiriusXM Extends Dave Matthews Band Radio Channel & Adds More Live Broadcastswww.jambase.com
Dave Matthews Band Radio will now air on SiriusXM through Labor Day Weekend with two live broadcasts added to the schedule.

iHeart's Your Weekly Mixtape no clone of Spotify Discover Weekly (really)
iHeart's Your Weekly Mixtape no clone of Spotify Discover Weekly (really)www.cnet.com
This one’s for people with regular-radio tastes.

Orchard Pulls Labels, Artists Off eMusic For Non-Payment
Orchard Pulls Labels, Artists Off eMusic For Non-Paymentwww.hypebot.com

Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.

How to Get on a Playlist: The 8 Step Guide to Doing It Yourself
How to Get on a Playlist: The 8 Step Guide to Doing It Yourselfblog.landr.com
Knowing how to get on a playlist is key. This 8 step guide will help you build for a successful music promotion strategy.

Are Record Labels Facing an A&R Crisis?
Are Record Labels Facing an A&R Crisis?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
A succession of conversations with record labels over the last couple of months has made me start to ponder whether we are approaching a tipping point in streaming era A&R. At the heart of the conversations is whether the growing role of playlists and the increased use of streaming analytics is making label A&R strategy…

A tour inside Spotify's Stockholm HQ
A tour inside Spotify's Stockholm HQnordic.businessinsider.com

Although Spotify has grown into a juggernaut with offices around the globe, Stockholm will always bear special significance for the company.

Vivendi to Sell Up to Half of Universal Music Group
Vivendi to Sell Up to Half of Universal Music Groupvariety.com
Vivendi is planning to sell up to 50% of Universal Music Group, whose artists include Lady Gaga and Drake.

Issue #466: Lyor Cohen Leading the YouTube Music Charge; Daniel Ek: Direct Licensing with Artists ‘Doesn’t Make Us a Label’

With Lyor Cohen leading the charge, YouTube Music brings some challenges and advantages to a competitive music streaming market
Released to the public in June, YouTube Music provides yet another avenue for corporate parent Google to storm the entertainment sector. It has some unique advantages, but its connection to the video sharing site may also prove problematic.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Direct Licensing With Artists 'Doesn't Make Us a Label' During Q2 2018 Earnings Call
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Direct Licensing With Artists 'Doesn't Make Us a Label' During Q2 2018 Earnings Callwww.billboard.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek opened the company’s Q2 2018 earnings call, looking to set the record straight: The streaming platform is not working to replace record labels, even if it is offering direct licensing deals to artists.

Streaming Label Humble Angel Records Reflects on What Has -- And Hasn't -- Worked After Six Months
Streaming Label Humble Angel Records Reflects on What Has — And Hasn't — Worked After Six Monthswww.billboard.com
Thursday marks the six-month anniversary of Humble Angel Records, the streaming-first indie label founded by Warner Music’s former vp of global playlists strategy, Kieron Donoghue.

How Tech Is Changing Live Music
How Tech Is Changing Live Musicwww.hypebot.com
While much of the music industry’s future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform….

Spotify Elevates Austin Daboh to Head of Editorial, Shows in UK
Spotify Elevates Austin Daboh to Head of Editorial, Shows in UKwww.billboard.com
Spotify UK has promoted from within to replace its recently departed editorial head.

How to Get a Music Blog Premiere for Your Next Single
How to Get a Music Blog Premiere for Your Next Singleblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Press coverage is pretty important in the digital age, and it’s all about connections. But where do you start?

Streaming Music Isn't Killing French Music — It's Growing It
Streaming Music Isn't Killing French Music — It's Growing Itwww.digitalmusicnews.com
The popularity of music streaming is soaring in France this year. And so are local artists, according to data released by SNEP.

Ad agencies gave Spotify a GDPR headache, but it's now 'over the speed bump'
Ad agencies gave Spotify a GDPR headache, but it's now 'over the speed bump'www.thedrum.com
Spotify doesn’t see GDPR as having a long-term impact on either user growth or ad sales, saying over the past three months the implementation of the EU law has made a dent in revenues to equivalent to less than one million Euros.

Penske Media Makes Strategic Investment In BuzzAngle Music
Penske Media Makes Strategic Investment In BuzzAngle Musicvariety.com
Penske Media, whose brands include Variety and Rolling Stone, is making a strategic investment in analytics company BuzzAngle Music.

Drake Has Generated Over $100 Million From Streaming So Far
Drake Has Generated Over $100 Million From Streaming So Farmusic3point0.com
Drake has generated over $100 million from Apple Music and Spotify alone, which proves there really is money in streaming if you’re a superstar.