Issue #324: What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fans; Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebook

What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fans
What Spotify Going Public Could Mean for Music Fanspitchfork.com
Big releases behind a paywall, financial transparency, and more possibilities that accompany Spotify’s next big move

Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebook
Sony/ATV Signs Licensing Deal With Facebookwww.billboard.com
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Facebook have signed a multi-year licensing deal that will allow users to share videos on the social network and its popular Instagram service, giving songwriters a long sought after path to generating more royalties.

iHeartRadio unveils Facebook, Samsung Bixby support at CES 2018
iHeartRadio unveils Facebook, Samsung Bixby support at CES 2018www.cnet.com
The streaming music service lines up a slew of tech integrations, including Facebook Messenger and Samsung voice assistant Bixby.

How Amber Grimes Hustled To Become A Senior Manager At Spotify
How Amber Grimes Hustled To Become A Senior Manager At Spotifywww.forbes.com
At 19, Amber Grimes had already turned down an internship, dropped out of college and landed a full-time position as an executive assistant at Def Jam Records. How did she manage to land an executive assistant position and also go on to become a senior manager at Spotify, all before the age of 30?

Major Organizations Announce Support for Music Modernization Act
Major Organizations Announce Support for Music Modernization Actvariety.com
More than 20 music organizations today formally announced their united support for key pieces of pending music legislation.

YouTube’s Unlikely Peacemaker Has a Plan to Make Musicians Rich
YouTube’s Unlikely Peacemaker Has a Plan to Make Musicians Richwww.bloomberg.com
The music executives hobnobbing with Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez at an industry party one recent November night knew the enemy was in their midst. Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube, the site that’s let millions of fans listen to their favorite songs without paying a dime.

Pandora shares slip after Morgan Stanley downgrade
Pandora shares slip after Morgan Stanley downgradewww.cnbc.com
Shares of Pandora fall after Morgan Stanley downgrades the stock.

Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spend
Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spendplatformandstream.com

MusiComms, the leading organization dedicated to the future of music distribution, announced today the results of its latest industry research.

Kobalt Appoints Lonny Olinick to Recording Division CEO
Kobalt Appoints Lonny Olinick to Recording Division CEOwww.billboard.com
Lonny Olinick has been appointed to chief executive officer of Kobalt’s recording division, the global independent music services company announced on Monday.

Zimbabwe: Is the Digital Platform Robbing Musicians?
Zimbabwe: Is the Digital Platform Robbing Musicians?allafrica.com
I am standing in a long queue at the enquiries desk at one of the local banks. I have a problem with sending money to someone through online banking.

Issue #321: It’s 2018 and the Music Business is Better than Ever; Spotify Files for IPO

It's 2018 and the Music Business is Better than Ever
It's 2018 and the Music Business is Better than Everadage.com
After a 20-year decline we’re seeing growth, in fact, double-digit growth. Music is being created and consumed at a higher rate than ever before.

Spotify Confidentially Files for IPO
Spotify Confidentially Files for IPOwww.hollywoodreporter.com
The music streaming company submitted the paperwork in late December, according to Axios.

Facebook, YouTube double down on music rights
Facebook, YouTube double down on music rightswww.axios.com
The negotiations are a sign of improving relations between the music industry and tech giants

AI and data are music to recording industry's ears for recouping song royalties
AI and data are music to recording industry's ears for recouping song royaltieswww.theglobeandmail.com
Collecting money from traditional media sources, such as radio, can be an imperfect task

Spotify Settlement Inadequate for Publisher Seeking $1.6 Billion
Spotify Settlement Inadequate for Publisher Seeking $1.6 Billionwww.bloomberg.com
Spotify’s $43 million settlement with songwriters is being challenged in a new lawsuit from a publisher who says artists like Tom Petty and Neil Young deserve a lot more — $1.6 billion more.

VidaPrimo Debuts Latin Music Channel on XUMO
VidaPrimo Debuts Latin Music Channel on XUMOdailytelescope.com
VidaPrimo Executive VP + GM Stephen Brooks “With millions of users across devices, XUMO expands our network footprint into the smart TV space, strengthening the connection from our artists to their fans in the living room.”

Jim Owens Entertainment files suit over streaming of 'Music City Tonight'
Jim Owens Entertainment files suit over streaming of 'Music City Tonight'www.tennessean.com
The streaming over re-runs of the “Music City Tonight” television show on Roku has prompted a lawsuit pitting Jim Owens Entertainment against Luken Communications.

SiriusXM To Pay A Larger Royalty In Coming Year
SiriusXM To Pay A Larger Royalty In Coming Yearwww.hypebot.com

Good news for the pocketbooks of artists, a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board will be boost the rates for what the satellite service SiriusXM doles out to artists by a not insignificant forty-one percent.

KPUR to Become First 100,000-watt Station for Independent Texas Red Dirt Country Music
KPUR to Become First 100,000-watt Station for Independent Texas Red Dirt Country Musicwww.savingcountrymusic.com
The expansionism in the Texas Music scene continues, and it has just acquired its first ever 100,000-watt signal.

Audi Integrates Amazon Music
Audi Integrates Amazon Music www.theintelligentdriver.com

The worlds of technology and automotive continue to collide, as Audi announced an integration with Amazon Music. Amazon Music is now accessible to Audi owners through their vehicle’s MMI system via the Audi MMI connect mobile application.

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