Issue #350: How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era; Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017

How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era
How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Erawww.digitaltrends.com
SiriusXM boasts less than half the subscribers as the most popular on-demand music streaming service, but SiriusXM is booming while Spotify continues to lose money. What’s going on here?

For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equal
For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equalwww.marketplace.org
Whether a song becomes a hit will depend where people listen.

Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017
Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017www.billboard.com
Online independent music marketplace Bandcamp saw double digit growth in every aspect of its business and paid out more than $270 million to artists in 2017, the company has announced.

Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Music
Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Musicwww.vulture.com
YBN Nahmir is a hugely popular rapper with impressive Soundcloud streaming numbers, and now, due to fishy activity, so is another rapper named Comethazine, who has been able to piggyback off those numbers.

In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battleground
In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battlegroundwww.musicweek.com
As the battle for voice supremacy continues to heat up on the back of the release of Apple’s HomePod, many people are currently preoccupied with which device music is being played on, not which songs.

Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional markets
Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional marketswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The offer has arrived in seventy-nine markets overnight and three markets will launch on Feb. 26th. Countries where Apple Music student memberships are now available include Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal and Taiwan.

Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Think
Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Thinkwww.digitalmusicnews.com
With Spotify reportedly preparing to launch their direct listing next month, it has found a surprisingly clever way to inflate its US subscriber metrics.

A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Library
A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Libraryaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone explains why he has a major crush on Tidal and Roon…

Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify
Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotifymusically.com
Three separate stories this morning come together into a strand illustrating 2018’s status as a continued landgrab for new music-streaming subscribers.

Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming service
Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming servicewww.musicinafrica.net
Kenyan telco Safaricom has launched a brand new streaming service called Songa. Hailed as a game changer, the new app is expected to increase revenue sources for local, regional and international artists.

Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazon
Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazonnordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify is vulnerable to competition from its better-funded rivals.

Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jean
Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jeanwww.telegraph.co.uk
Donna Summers’ 1982 hit State of Independence has experienced a resurgence on streaming websites after veteran music producer Quincy Jones claimed it was the basis for Michael Jackson’s biggest hit.

SiriusXM’s E Street Radio Channel Presents a Special Evening of “Springsteen on Broadway”

SiriusXM announced today that Bruce Springsteen will perform “Springsteen on Broadway,” his critically-praised Broadway show, at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre for a selected audience of SiriusXM subscribers including faithful E Street Radio channel listeners on Wednesday, March 14.

Fans of E Street Radio, the commercial-free channel dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launched more than a decade ago, have an opportunity to attend this intimate performance from Bruce Springsteen. “Springsteen on Broadway,” which opened in October 2017 and is sold out for its entire scheduled run, features a solo acoustic performance written and performed by Bruce Springsteen under the lights of Broadway. It is a night with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his stories.

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Howard Stern to Honor David Bowie with Radio Special Exclusively on SiriusXM

Howard Stern and SiriusXM announced today The Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie, a special honoring the legendary musician. The radio event will premiere on Friday, February 9, exclusively on Stern’s SiriusXM channel Howard 101.

“When I got into rock & roll music, one of the artists that I first really got into was David Bowie,” said Stern. “He was always evolving, he was always on top of things, he was just a great musician and a great songwriter and a great singer. I want to make sure that people remember David Bowie.”

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Fleetwood Mac to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

Fleetwood Mac will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The Fleetwood Mac Channel, on Thursday, February 1.

The Fleetwood Mac Channel will showcase music from Fleetwood Mac’s extensive Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career, including their indelible hits, solo material, live songs, rare demo tracks and musical influences.

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Duran Duran to Perform Special Concert in Miami Beach for SiriusXM

SiriusXM announced that GRAMMY Award-winning, iconic British band Duran Duran will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Saturday, December 9 at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach.

The exclusive performance for SiriusXM will feature Duran Duran playing signature music from throughout their career, including songs from their most recent, Top 10 charting studio album, Paper Gods. This very special performance for SiriusXM coincides with 2017’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, the world renowned premier art show and gathering for Modern and contemporary art. It will also be the penultimate show on the band’s two year Paper Gods World Tour before they return to the studio in January 2018.

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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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Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXM

SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment icon Dwight Yoakam will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Wednesday, August 30 at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY. The intimate show will air live on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and Prime Country channels at 9:00 pm ET.

The special performance for SiriusXM will feature Dwight Yoakam performing signature songs from throughout his 30-plus year career, as well as dipping into his vast repertoire of covers. Dwight Yoakam burst on the music scene with his chart-topping 1986 album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and has received multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM awards. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10.

Additionally, Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat, a channel curated by Dwight Yoakam, will take over SiriusXM’s Prime Country for a limited time and will feature music from Yoakam’s extensive career as well as his musical friends and heroes. Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat will air Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 on channel 58.

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