Issue #412: Apple Music’s New Playlist Series; Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists; YouTube Expands Its Music Charts

Apple Music Introduces 'The New' Playlist Series Highlighting Local Hip-Hop Scenes
Apple Music Introduces 'The New' Playlist Series Highlighting Local Hip-Hop Sceneswww.complex.com
Explore the local sounds of five regions across America.

Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists, Citing Hateful Conduct Policy
Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Playlists, Citing Hateful Conduct Policywww.hollywoodreporter.com
“When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

YouTube Expands Its Music Charts, Adds Trending Chart For New Releases
YouTube Expands Its Music Charts, Adds Trending Chart For New Releaseswww.billboard.com

YouTube announced changes to its charts, expanding them to 44 territories — including the U.K., Japan, Germany and Brazil — and adding a new Trending Chart.

Big copyright changes come for streaming music providers
Big copyright changes come for streaming music providerswww.washingtonexaminer.com
Some providers, such as Spotify and Pandora, actually like the new legislation

Pandora: Listeners—And Investors—Are Coming Back
Pandora: Listeners—And Investors—Are Coming Backwww.barrons.com
The streaming audio company’s shares were hot Friday morning.

Spotify is testing a new personalized playlist featuring your friends’ favorite songs
Spotify is testing a new personalized playlist featuring your friends’ favorite songswww.theverge.com
Spotify is rolling out its Friends Weekly feature out to a larger group today, though it remains in testing mode.

Blockchain technology is set to play a power chord in the music industry by helping to solve copyright issues
Blockchain technology is set to play a power chord in the music industry by helping to solve copyright issueswww.cityam.com
The internet has allowed consumers to create, share and listen to more music than ever before.

This streaming platform is revolutionizing background music
This streaming platform is revolutionizing background musicmedium.com
According to Billboard, Soundtrack Your Brand, the Stockholm-based, Spotify-backed streaming platform devoted to background music in the b2b space, has announced a rush of direct deals with labels…

Some of the Why's and How's of Apple's AIFF Music Files
Some of the Why's and How's of Apple's AIFF Music Filesaudiophilereview.com

Andy Shaub leads readers in a Safari through the guts of Apple’s audio file system…

15 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
15 Music Facts That Will Blow Your Mindpigeonsandplanes.com
2018 is weird.

Why Artists And Influencers Have More Power Than Ever
Why Artists And Influencers Have More Power Than Everwww.hypebot.com
In this piece Seth Schachner examines how shifts in the music industry and social media landscape have led to artists and influences gaining more power then ever when it comes to cultural taste-making.

Issue #411: The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloads; SiriusXM App Gets an Update; About Those Tidal Streaming Numbers…

The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloads
The Short, Unhappy Life Of Music Downloadswww.forbes.com
The era of music downloads only lasted four years, and it coincided with the industry’s worst revenue period in decades. Downloads will fade away, and the music industry won’t miss them.

Music streaming numbers are meaningless
Music streaming numbers are meaninglesstheoutline.com
A new report suggests Tidal drastically inflated some listener numbers, which isn’t the first time the math hasn’t lined up.

SiriusXM Radio App Update Brings a Completely New Design and More
SiriusXM Radio App Update Brings a Completely New Design and Moreappadvice.com
Along with a new look, version 5.0 of the SiriusXM Radio app brings a ForYou homepage that provides both favorite channels and recommended content.

Instagram's Music Plans Could Change Everything — Here's What We Know So Far
Instagram's Music Plans Could Change Everything — Here's What We Know So Farwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Instagram has reportedly started testing its music stickers features where users can post their favorite music. Here’s everything we know so far.

African start-up uses blockchain to disrupt music's value chain
African start-up uses blockchain to disrupt music's value chainwww.itwebafrica.com
Why shokoCAST founder believes platform has the mettle to secure early traction in an ultra-competitive market.

Why Spotify on Apple Watch Could Bring an iPhone-Free Future
Why Spotify on Apple Watch Could Bring an iPhone-Free Futurewww.inverse.com
Spotify is expected to debut on the Apple Watch at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June. It could spark the use of a new applications programming interface called StreamKit, which will enable more users to leave the iPhone at home with watchOS 5.

TuneGO Launches Exclusive Portal for Music Industry Decision Makers, Influencers
TuneGO Launches Exclusive Portal for Music Industry Decision Makers, Influencersplatformandstream.wordpress.com
TuneGO has launched its exclusive portal to help the music industry discover the next superstar and hit single.

LiveXLive Launches OTT Streaming App on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV Devices
LiveXLive Launches OTT Streaming App on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV Devicesplatformandstream.wordpress.com
LiveXLive announced the launch of its LiveXLive App across Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices, significantly expanding its consumer reach and social interactivity.

Meet the team behind Spotify's viral music facts
Meet the team behind Spotify's viral music factswww.bbc.com
The Genius Behind the Lyrics team write facts about thousands of songs, for your entertainment.

Music Played More Often On YouTube Than All Other Platforms Combined
Music Played More Often On YouTube Than All Other Platforms Combinedwww.hypebot.com
A new report out from IFPI has revealed some interesting news about the music economy. Apparently YouTube boasts more music plays than Spotify, Apple Music, and all additional streaming platforms put together, despite having the lowest royalty returns.

Do the major labels know something about Spotify that Wall Street doesn't?
Do the major labels know something about Spotify that Wall Street doesn't?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify could be about to help a major music giant become a major music behemoth.

Como Audio Debuts SpeakEasy Wi-Fi Music System, Streaming Turntable
Como Audio Debuts SpeakEasy Wi-Fi Music System, Streaming Turntablewww.digitaltrends.com
Como Audio has announced a new streaming Wi-Fi multiroom wireless music system called the SpeakEasy.

Issue #406: Spotify Hits 75M Paying Users; Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake; Napster of Puppets

Spotify touts 75 million subscribers in first quarterly earnings report
Spotify touts 75 million subscribers in first quarterly earnings reportwww.engadget.com
Spotify made its New York Stock Exchange debut last month, and today the streaming service announced its first earning report as a public company. As part of it…

Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake
Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drakewww.bloomberg.com
The industry’s revenue is concentrated around a few big names.

Napster of Puppets: The Case Heard Round the Internet
Napster of Puppets: The Case Heard Round the Internetwww.wakemag.org

Back in the late 90’s, we didn’t have much in the way of downloading and streaming music. That is, until Napster came onto the scene in 1999.

No, Streaming Services Are Not 'Saving The Music Industry'
No, Streaming Services Are Not 'Saving The Music Industry'thequietus.com
A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures

Philo and Pandora are offering a discounted, but temporary, 3-month bundle of TV and music
Philo and Pandora are offering a discounted, but temporary, 3-month bundle of TV and musictechcrunch.com

Seems like Hulu and Spotify had the right idea, when they launched a discounted package last month that combined both of their services. Now, the low-cost streaming service Philo is doing the same – but not with Spotify.

Wall Street Is Betting on Music for the First Time in Decadese
Wall Street Is Betting on Music for the First Time in Decadesewww.rollingstone.com
If Spotify’s first earnings report shines, it bodes well for music-streaming’s future

The Lofty Optimism of Spotify and the Influence of the Streaming Revolution
The Lofty Optimism of Spotify and the Influence of the Streaming Revolution www.newyorker.com

The popularity of streaming has led to obvious changes in how music is being produced—in 2018, a pop song needs to sound excellent piping out of a laptop’s tiny speakers and on headphones—but streaming has also resurrected the idea that the medium through which an album or track is made available is as much an aesthetic choice as anything else.

Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200
Billboard Finalizes Changes to How Streams Are Weighted for Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200www.billboard.com
Billboard has finalized weighting changes to the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums chart. A greater emphasis will be given to paid subscription streams, with ad-supported activity remaining an important factor on the album and songs charts.

Xiaomi Mi Music, Mi Video Apps Launched in India, Get Streaming Services and New Features
Xiaomi Mi Music, Mi Video Apps Launched in India, Get Streaming Services and New Featuresgadgets.ndtv.com
Both apps are not exactly new, but rather refreshed versions of Xiaomi’s existing local media players.

MelodyVR Launches With Plenty of Funding & Major Label Deals -- But Can It Survive VR's Trough of Disillusionment?
MelodyVR Launches With Plenty of Funding & Major Label Deals — But Can It Survive VR's Trough of Disillusionment?www.billboard.com
After three years of planning, the MelodyVR experience has arrived for the masses with the launch of Facebook’s little-marketed Oculus Go.

Sony Just Cashed 50% of Its Spotify Shares — a $760 Million Payout
Sony Just Cashed 50% of Its Spotify Shares — a $760 Million Payoutwww.digitalmusicnews.com
When it comes to Spotify liquidation, Sony Music isn’t f—ing around!  The major label has now cashed nearly 50% of its Spotify shares.

BBC Launches First-Ever Audio Ads On Podcasts
BBC Launches First-Ever Audio Ads On Podcastsadexchanger.com

The BBC is testing audio ads for the first time in its 96-year history.

Issue #405: Music Tech Trends Defining 2018; Should Brands Pay Artists to Advertise on Playlists?

The Music Tech Trends Defining 2018
The Music Tech Trends Defining 2018medium.com
From VR festival livestreams to DIY synths and decentralized distribution, these are the inventions, apps, and technologies creators are using this year.

Should Brands pay artists to advertise on Playlists?
Should Brands pay artists to advertise on Playlists?medium.com

As traditional advertising has become less engaging for consumers, publishers and brands have pivoted towards curated sponsored content as a way to break through their indifference.

How Blockchain and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Streaming
How Blockchain and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Streamingwww.billboard.com
Streaming services have boomeranged record-company revenues. But given the major labels’ influence over over track placement on services like Spotify and Apple Music — and the formulas they use to calculate artist payouts — many music makers are still struggling to make a living in the streaming ecosystem.

Spotify playlists in Bank of England's sights
Spotify playlists in Bank of England's sightswww.bbc.com
Music downloads could help the Bank of England understand consumers’ moods, its chief economist says.

How Gaana Is Utilising AI To Win The Battle Against Competitors Like Saavn, Prime Music
How Gaana Is Utilising AI To Win The Battle Against Competitors Like Saavn, Prime Musicanalyticsindiamag.com
Gaana is fighting a battle for market leadership with competitors like Saavn, Apple Music and the newly-launched Amazon Prime Music. We spoke to Gaana CEO who talked about growth and the use of AI for better user experience.

Amazon's Alexa is Invading Car Dashboards. What's It Mean for Radio?
Amazon's Alexa is Invading Car Dashboards. What's It Mean for Radio?jacobsmedia.com
Radio broadcasters and automotive companies are discovering a new way to partner — and it’s all about data. But they’re not alone in car dashboards.

'A golden age for music is dawning - with the old gatekeepers all but gone'
'A golden age for music is dawning – with the old gatekeepers all but gone'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Is this a tipping point? Is the genie out of the bottle for the music industry? The global music industry has a lot to be upbeat about after the release of two major reports confirmed a sharp upturn in revenues from recorded music over the last twelve months.

Spotify, Diageo and Wavemaker talk audio in an industry obsessed with visual experiences
Spotify, Diageo and Wavemaker talk audio in an industry obsessed with visual experienceswww.thedrum.com
The potential of using audio to reach consumers in new ways is yet to be recognised by brands.

VNUE Announces Deal with Radio Operations International
VNUE Announces Deal with Radio Operations Internationalplatformandstream.wordpress.com

VNUE announced today that it has signed its first radio monitoring agreement utilizing its patent-pending Soundstr technology.

Digital and analog audio’s curious coexistence
Digital and analog audio’s curious coexistencewww.cnet.com
Since nearly all music is digitally recorded, why buy a turntable?

Spotify — The impossible success story
Spotify — The impossible success story medium.com
Spotify’s success story is both brilliant and hard-won. As the company prepares for its listing, I look back at the decade of close work with Daniel and Martin, from the early days in 2007, and…

Here’s Why Some Albums Are Disappearing From Streaming Services
Here’s Why Some Albums Are Disappearing From Streaming Servicesstudybreaks.com
In the age of streaming, it isn’t unusual for projects from your favorite artists to disappear from music providers. Here’s why.

Issue #403: Spotify Tests Price Hike in Norway; Choon Debuts May 1; MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty
Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyaltywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners later.

Choon will launch May 1st
Choon will launch May 1stmedium.com
After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy to announce that the Choon platform will launch at 12PM US Pacific Time on May 1st, 2018.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free
MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Freeplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store
Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Storetechcrunch.com

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online
Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Onlineplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution
Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolutionmusically.com
At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion of this trend.

Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streaming
Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streamingwww.musicinafrica.net
French streaming service Deezer yesterday announced a cross-platform streaming and radio partnership with award-winning South African radio station Hot 91.9 FM.

Czech music business sees double digit growth
Czech music business sees double digit growthwww.radio.cz
The revenues of Czech music business increased last year by 11 percent to 834 million crowns, according to a press release by the Czech branch of International Federation of Phonographic Industry.

Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?
Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?www.synchblog.com

What will Spotify’s recent acquisition of Loudr mean for the music publishing community?

Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?
Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff splits digital hairs to make a point…

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms
Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platformsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms.

Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish sound
Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish soundwww.irishtimes.com
The New Éire – ‘The next generation of urban sounds representing the Emerald Isle’

How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Steps
How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Stepsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.

Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.

Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership
Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnershipplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

Blockchain? More like rockchain
Blockchain? More like rockchainadage.com
Music was the first industry the digital revolution decimated. Blockchain is a chance to reinvent ourselves, Jesse Kirshbaum writes.

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

The day music discovery failed me
The day music discovery failed memedium.com

The Manic Street Preachers released a new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. I didn’t find out about it until yesterday (Monday).

10 of the Best Music Podcasts
10 of the Best Music Podcastsvariety.com
With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.

Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright
Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyrightvariety.com
The Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industry
How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industrywww.cinemablend.com
MoviePass is making another major movie, and this one will see it get into the music industry.

Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixed
Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixedadage.com
Radio is a medium with huge reach, but its cracks are showing. Fewer young people are listening and alternative media is stealing its thunder.

A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocates
A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocateswww.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.

MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainmentwww.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Ads
How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Adsmedium.com
I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad?

Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaborationwww.billboard.com
One of the biggest managers in music is joining forces with one the best-known voices in branding, digital marketing and developing audiences through social media.

Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO
Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSOwww.hypebot.com
VEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.” Continue reading “Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform”

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises over 650,000 tracks, will encompass all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato labels, as well as the complete catalogue, including recordings originally issued on such iconic labels as EMI Classics and Teldec (now Warner Classics) and Virgin Classics (now Erato).

“Adding the complete Warner Classics catalogue will enable us to continue offering classical music lovers the streaming experience they want and deserve,” Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO of IDAGIO​, said. “Warner Classics and Erato are labels that, under the inspired leadership of Alain Lanceron, continue to buck the industry trend with their ambition and commitment to visionary A&R. A perfect example is Erato’s recent award-winning recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.” Continue reading “Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership”

Issue #388: Spotify Plans New Version of Its Free Service; Raekwon: Stationhead App Will ‘Change the World’

Spotify Is Planning a New Version of Its Free Music Service
Spotify Is Planning a New Version of Its Free Music Servicewww.bloomberg.com

Spotify is developing a new version of its free music service, the first big product change since the streaming company went public last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

Raekwon says his social radio app Stationhead will change the world
Raekwon says his social radio app Stationhead will change the worldwww.thefader.com
Stationhead lets you run your own radio station and its investor Raekwon thinks it’s the future.

Streaming boom is sweet music for the record industry as revenues rise by 10.6pc
Streaming boom is sweet music for the record industry as revenues rise by 10.6pcwww.telegraph.co.uk
It is more than two decades since Cool Britannia ruled the airwaves, but the boom in subscription music streaming via Spotify has the record industry partying like it’s 1995.

Can Apple Music and Amazon catch Spotify's subscriber base by the end of 2018?
Can Apple Music and Amazon catch Spotify's subscriber base by the end of 2018?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In amongst the hubbub of the Swedish company’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange last week, an illuminating announcement regarding its arch-rival, Apple Music, was easy to miss.

Spotify $26 Billion Value Is Hard to Put Your Finger On
Spotify $26 Billion Value Is Hard to Put Your Finger Onwww.bloomberg.com
Intangible assets present real difficulties for financiers and accountants.

The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all time
The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all timethemusicuniverse.com
The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all time with the surprise March 30th release of “My Dear Melancholy” via XO/Republic Records.

Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine
Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machinewww.techhive.com
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

PRS Explores delves into new online music piracy trends
PRS Explores delves into new online music piracy trendswww.m-magazine.co.uk

As piracy evolves away from ad-funded models, which are traceable via ‘follow the money’ crackdown initiatives, pirates are moving towards crypto-currencies such as bitcoin to turn a profit.

Neko Case Shares New Single ‘Bad Luck’
Neko Case Shares New Single ‘Bad Luck’www.jambase.com
Listen to “Bad Luck,” the latest single from the upcoming new Neko Case album ‘Hell-On.’

Why the Canadian music industry’s secret copyright protection plan is off key
Why the Canadian music industry’s secret copyright protection plan is off keywww.theglobeandmail.com

The long-awaited Canadian copyright review is set to kick off hearings next week as a House of Commons committee embarks on a year-long process that will hear from a wide range of stakeholders

Spotify Premium Price Slashed for PlayStation Plus Members
Spotify Premium Price Slashed for PlayStation Plus Memberswww.hardcoregamer.com

Sony Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday announced that the price for Spotify Premium on PlayStation Music has been slashed for active PlayStation Plus subscribers.

A Supersized Music Modernization 'Mega-Act' Is Being Introduced Into Congress
A Supersized Music Modernization 'Mega-Act' Is Being Introduced Into Congresswww.digitalmusicnews.com
The Music Modernization Act is expected to be introduced today. This time, it combines four single legislative efforts, including the CLASSICS Act.

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 Itwww.billboard.com
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 carwww.theverge.com
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 Likelifehacker.com

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 Storiesmedium.com
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 musictheincline.com
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 Saviorwww.wsj.com
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 Amazon.com.

Sonos Gets Ready for an IPO
Sonos Gets Ready for an IPOvariety.com
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 Recordsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

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 www.information-age.com

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" Audiophilesfossbytes.com
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 properlywww.cnbc.com
“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’musically.com
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.

Issue #385: Streaming Fuels Music Industry’s Growth; Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers; 8tracks Returns to Free Streaming

VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growth
VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growthwww.billboard.com
Many of the music industry’s most influential executives have dabbled in or even fled entirely to the worlds of tech, finance and VC. But now, thanks in part to the growth of streaming, the moves are increasingly also moving in the other direction.

Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71M
Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71Mwww.forbes.com
In a very quiet announcement on Twitter, Apple released some very significant news today.

As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming era
As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming erawww.washingtonpost.com
As streaming giant Spotify goes public, a look at what types of music do the best (and worst) online.

8tracks removes weekly free listening limits
8tracks removes weekly free listening limitsblog.8tracks.com
Thanks to our much-appreciated 8tracks Plus subscribers and the recent introduction of new audio ads, we’re beyond excited to say goodbye to the loathed weekly free listening limit for people in the US.

SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloud
SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloudwww.dailydot.com
SoundCloud alums are responsible for 14 Grammy nominations, 41 albums landing on the Billboard charts, and 122 Billboard Hot 100 singles. Now SoundCloud is taking steps to support its homegrown talent.

King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fm
King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming West Coast run from veteran American hard rockers King’s X and making the shows available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm app, web site, and at each show with all new Limited Edition VIP laminates.

Introducing: Spotify Hard Mode
Introducing: Spotify Hard Modemedium.com
I for one miss the days of spending at least 30 minutes at every party going through the host’s CDs for the ones I knew, the ones I knew I wanted, and most of all; the ones I didn’t know I wanted…

The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Lovers
The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Loverswww.forbes.com
This amazingly compact streaming device offers 70w of power and a sound big enough to fill most rooms. It works with virtually all music streaming services and is incredibly versatile. Best of all, it sounds great.

Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spin
Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spinwww.theglobeandmail.com
Giving up on a traditional initial public offering builds on the streaming service’s past decade of challenging old ways of doing things

Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In History
Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In Historywww.digitalmusicnews.com
Radio is not dead as NPR records highest numbers. The NPR One app is available for smart speakers from Amazon, Google Home, and Apple.

12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labels
12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labelsnoisey.vice.com
Though you should probably own their LPs already, Drag City has done you a favor and joined Spotify. Now you can stream records by the Silver Jews, Ty Segall, and more.

How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music
How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music9to5mac.com

Apple Music is one of the best music streaming options when you have a local library of unreleased songs, live concerts, or remixes. But this method will also allow you to sync hi-fiedlity music such as ALAC to your iPhone.

Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trends
Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trendswww.midiaresearch.com
Monthly hours per subscriber is on the rise for Spotify, while declining for Netflix.