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Issue #360: ‘Black Panther’ Redefines the Album for the Streaming Experience; Amazon Debuts Prime Music in India; Spotify Files for IPO

How Black Panther Redefines The Album For The Streaming Experience

Like previous media, the streaming platform has changed the shape of how we consume, specifically in how isolated the experience has become.

The Big Push To Reform Music Copyright For The Digital Age
The music industry is making a big push this year to reform copyright laws for the digital age, with a package of bills that could increase royalties for creators while making life easier for digital music services. But getting all of the special interests on board the “Music Bus” is a challenge.

Spotify files for IPO
Spotify files for IPOwww.cnbc.com
Shares have traded as high as $132.50 on private markets which would give the company a valuation over $23 billion, per company documents.

Amazon launches its Prime Music service in India
Amazon launches its Prime Music service in Indiatechcrunch.com
Amazon has quietly launched its Prime Music service in India today. The retailer brought its Prime service to India some 18 months ago, but at the time it..

Midemlab Launches 2018 Music Tech Startup Competition
Midemlab Launches 2018 Music Tech Startup Competitionwww.hypebot.com
Leading international music conference Midem has launched the 2018 edition of its Midemlab music-related startup competition, with Kima Ventures, Ticketmaster, Google, and Tencent joining the jury.

LiveXLive Expands Into Country, Adding Country 500 to Music Festival Livestreaming Lineup
LiveXLive Expands Into Country, Adding Country 500 to Music Festival Livestreaming Lineupplatformandstream.wordpress.com

LiveXLive has partnered with Country 500, a country music festival on the grounds of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.

Tencent leads $115m round for Indian music service Gaana
Tencent leads $115m round for Indian music service Gaanamusically.com
Indian streaming service Gaana has raised a $115m funding round led by Chinese tech firm Tencent, as it sets its sights on growing to 200m active users.

Spotify is taking a big risk using a direct public offering
Spotify is taking a big risk using a direct public offeringnordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify’s planned direct public offering is risky, but there is a way to manage that risk, says one expert.

France’s Indie Music Labels Find Their Voice
France’s Indie Music Labels Find Their Voicewww.ozy.com
Small producers enjoy l’exception culturelle after a tax break and the shift to streaming.

Jukedeck takes its AI music to Korea with K-Pop collaboration
Jukedeck takes its AI music to Korea with K-Pop collaborationmusically.com
2018 may be the year of the AI/human music collaboration. British AI music startup Jukedeck is the latest company to work with musicians.

The great Spotify swindle: how a Bulgarian playlister gamed the system
The great Spotify swindle: how a Bulgarian playlister gamed the systemwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
An ingenious Spotify swindle may have scraped out a seven-figure sum in royalties without breaking any rules.

SiriusXM & Live Nation Announce Advanced Placement Tour With Mansionair, Mikky Ekko & NoMBe
SiriusXM & Live Nation Announce Advanced Placement Tour With Mansionair, Mikky Ekko & NoMBewww.billboard.com
SiriusXM and Live Nation have announced Alt Nation’s first Advanced Placement Tour of 2018, featuring Australian trio Mansionair, Louisiana native and Interscope Records artist Mikky Ekko and German recording artist and composer NoMBe.

Rico Nasty, Cupcakke & Cuban Doll Lead New Class Of Female Rappers in Pandora Predictions
Rico Nasty, Cupcakke & Cuban Doll Lead New Class Of Female Rappers in Pandora Predictionswww.billboard.com
Here are the latest predictions for future success on the Billboard charts from Pandora & Next Big Sound.