Bob Lefsetz to Host New Live Talk Show for SiriusXM

SiriusXM announced today that Bob Lefsetz, outspoken music and culture writer, will host Lefsetz Live!, a new weekly talk show on the Volume channel, talk radio devoted to the discussion of music, the industry and the world beyond. Continue reading “Bob Lefsetz to Host New Live Talk Show for SiriusXM”

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Issue #482: Inside SiriusXM’s 24/7 Beatles Channel; Amazon Readies First National TV Campaign to Boost Its Music Streaming Service

Inside SiriusXM’s 24/7 Beatles Channel
Inside SiriusXM’s 24/7 Beatles Channelwww.rollingstone.com

How programmers are finding countless ways to reexamine the Fab Four’s legacy

Nicki Minaj hits out at Spotify after Queen album misses #1 in the US
Nicki Minaj hits out at Spotify after Queen album misses #1 in the USmusically.com
Nicki Minaj isn’t happy with Spotify at all. But this isn’t an argument about royalties: it’s about her new album ‘Queen’ only getting to number two in the US chart in its week of release, with Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ holding on to the top spot.

Amazon Readies First National TV Campaign to Boost Its Music Streaming Service
Amazon Readies First National TV Campaign to Boost Its Music Streaming Servicewww.billboard.com
Amazon is chomping at the bit to be in the same conversation as Spotify and Apple Music, in terms of music streaming leaders.

LUM Wins Startup Pitch Contest, Earns Shot at Silicon Valley VCs
LUM Wins Startup Pitch Contest, Earns Shot at Silicon Valley VCswww.xconomy.com

Live Undiscovered Music, a Madison, WI-based startup whose software helps users discover new music and share it with friends, captured first place in one of the state’s more closely watched pitch competitions.

Spotify is on a collision course with the major record companies. Here's why.
Spotify is on a collision course with the major record companies. Here’s why.www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In little over 12 months’ time, Spotify will be out of contract with all three major record companies.

Jump in music royalties levy may mean the 'death of the DJ'
Jump in music royalties levy may mean the ‘death of the DJ’www.telegraph.co.uk
Pubs and clubs are warning about the “death of the DJ” if they are hit with a threatened 480pc hike in levies charged by the music industry.

Why Radio Needs To Forge Partnerships
Why Radio Needs To Forge Partnershipsjacobsmedia.com
Partnership is the keyword in media these days, and yesterday’s merger of PRX and PRI shook the world of public – and perhaps, commercial – radio.

Spotify, Berklee Launch EQL Studio Residencies For Women Producers, Engineers
Spotify, Berklee Launch EQL Studio Residencies For Women Producers, Engineers www.hypebot.com

Spotify, Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios have partnered to launch the EQL Studio Residency to spotlight and mentor emerging female music producers and engineers. Starting in October, the program will offer residencies in New York, Nashville, and London.

Does Anyone Listen To Beats 1? Zane Lowe Won't Say
Does Anyone Listen To Beats 1? Zane Lowe Won’t Saywww.hypebot.com

Apple a master at dribbling out music users stats at just the right moment, like during a product launch, investor call or just as the media seems ready to crown Spotify the winner of the streaming wars.

Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchain
Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchainplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Music Messenger has been working on developing a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify. What Music Messenger proposes is that users will pay for Music Messenger Tokens (MMT) or earn them by listening to ads.

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”

SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1

SiriusXM announced today that U2 will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The U2 Experience, on channel 30 beginning Friday, June 1.

The U2 Experience will showcase music from the band’s more than four decade long career, including tracks from their latest album Songs of Experience (Interscope) – ranked #6 in the Global Top albums of 2017, epic rock anthems, historic performances, and rarities. SiriusXM subscribers will also hear exclusive stories from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, and U2’s long-time sound engineer Joe O’Herlihy, who has helped shape the remarkable sound of U2 throughout the decades since he first saw them perform in September 1978 at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork City, Ireland. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1”

SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer

SiriusXM announced today that The Beach Boys, the groundbreaking and GRAMMY Award®-winning American rock band, will launch an exclusive full-time summer-long SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel, on Thursday, May 24.

Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel gives SiriusXM listeners a channel that, for an entire summer, will evoke sunshine, surf, cool cars, and good times. The channel will feature not only the band’s hits and rarities, it will also include guest DJs and stories from original band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with longtime keyboardist and vocalist Bruce Johnston, guitarist David Marks, and percussionist John Stamos, all discussing song inspiration, their careers and lives on the road, memories of founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson, and, of course, a whole lot of fun, fun, fun. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer”

SiriusXM Books U2 to Perform Invite-Only Concert at New York’s Apollo Theater

SiriusXM announced today that U2 will take a one night detour from the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 to perform for the first time ever at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater.

This special invitation-only concert exclusively for SiriusXM subscribers will take place Monday, June 11, as announced by Howard Stern today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show.

“New York City and the U2 band have a unique history,” said Bono. “From the songs of Lou Reed, Billie Holiday and the Ramones that taught us how to listen, to the New Yorkers at our earliest U.S. shows who taught us how to play, the souls of New York and U2 have always been intertwined. The Apollo Theater is the heart of New York’s musical soul, and to finally be playing our songs on the same stage where James Brown begged Please Please Please is not only a bucket list moment, it’s an incredible honor.” Continue reading “SiriusXM Books U2 to Perform Invite-Only Concert at New York’s Apollo Theater”

SiriusXM to Broadcast Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival

SiriusXM announced today that for the first time it will broadcast live performances and backstage interviews from the prestigious Stagecoach Country Music Festival located in Indio, California.

The exclusive radio broadcast will air on The Highway – Channel 56, and will include backstage interviews and live concert performances from Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Brett Young, Lee Brice, and more. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Broadcast Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival”

“Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXM

SiriusXM announced today that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster of live performances and interviews from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year.

SiriusXM’s Coachella Radio, the limited-run channel, will feature music by artists who will be performing at Coachella 2018 leading up to the festival. Coachella Radio will then provide continuous coverage of the festival both weekends with live performances, artist interviews, as well as exclusive Coachella news and happenings. Continue reading ““Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXM”

LL COOL J Launches His Exclusive New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28

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 channel will feature a wide range of classic hip-hop content, music, interviews and in-depth retrospectives curated and presented by LL, as well as other innovators of hip-hop music, including Ice Cube, Stetsasonic, Eric B. & Rakim, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Ultramagnetic MCs, Too Short, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Canibus, Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, Black Moon and Ice T.

LL: “If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of Classic Hip-Hop, SiriusXM’s ‘Rock the Bells Radio’ is for you. It’s where fans can come and be immersed in the music, the culture, the energy and the history of Classic Hip-Hop.” LL continues, “We’re gonna have great artists, legendary artists, lyricists, superstars, sex symbols. This is the place to be if you want uncut, raw, pure, classic Hip-Hop, but there’s one catch—it’s strictly for O.G.’s.” Continue reading “LL COOL J Launches His Exclusive New SiriusXM Channel “Rock The Bells Radio” on March 28″

Diplo to Produce His Own Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY award winning producer and DJ Diplo will launch his own radio channel, Diplo’s Revolution, exclusively on SiriusXM.

The channel, which will launch on Thursday, March 22, will feature global rhythmic music hand-selected by Diplo, as well as regular original shows hosted by Diplo, Dillon Francis and Major Lazer members Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Diplo’s Revolution will also showcase the biggest songs in global, hip hop, experimental and underground dance culture.

The channel will air live festival coverage from the most important electronic music festivals around the world including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and more. In addition to championing the diverse and eclectic musical tastes that have put Diplo at the forefront of music and pop culture, Diplo’s Revolution will also include songs from his solo projects, Major Lazer, Jack Ü and further upcoming collaborations. Continue reading “Diplo to Produce His Own Exclusive SiriusXM Channel”

Dwight Yoakam to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

SiriusXM announced today that Dwight Yoakam will launch an exclusive SiriusXM channel, Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat “Where Country Went Mod.”

Dwight Yoakam and The Bakersfield Beat, a channel curated by Dwight Yoakam, will feature music from Yoakam’s extensive career as well as his musical friends.

Yoakam’s SiriusXM channel will celebrate the Bakersfield sound and those whom it has inspired including Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart, Tommy Collins, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eagles, The Blasters, Lucinda Williams and more. The channel will encompass all that is California country and country rock, in all of its various and varietal hybrid forms, from Ricky Nelson to Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt and will also include artists from the movement in LA in the early to middle 80s that Yoakam broke out of, and will feature bands as diverse as X, Lone Justice and Los Lobos. Continue reading “Dwight Yoakam to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel”

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.