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Issue #401: Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?; Spotify Tests Filter to Block Swearing in Songs

'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?
'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?psmag.com
Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the streaming era, that’s a losing formula.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs
Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songswww.bbc.com
The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streaming
The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streamingpitchfork.com
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s will be first royal wedding to stream

Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works
Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Workswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Sony Music files new court papers to stop an arbitration commenced by the satellite radio giant.

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representatives
Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representativeswww.billboard.com

The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act on Wednesday.

Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nation
Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nationwww.iq-mag.net
The urban concert series, based on Spotify’s popular Who We Be playlist, is going “bigger for 2018”, with an extra date at the Birmingham Academy.

Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streaming
Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streamingpitchfork.com
Red Flame, Evil Red Flame, Red Flame (Devil Music Edition), Pink Flame, God’s Father, and more

Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotify
Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotifywww.techradar.com
Deezer’s next feature caters to those of us with ever-evolving music tastes.

Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summer
Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summervariety.com
A producer and former performer will launch a new streaming network devoted to theater and theater-related content this summer

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule
LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Scheduleplatformandstream.wordpress.com
LiveXLive Media has partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming – Global Dance Festival and Decadence NYE.

Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streaming
Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“We’re seeing a lot of people making that conversion – a lot of people don’t want ads. But for people who won’t convert, and it’s obvious not everyone in the world is going to have a Premium subscription, we see how big the size of the audio ad market is globally.”

Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNA
Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNAwww.pastemagazine.com
To celebrate their album’s 20th anniversary, Massive Attack will encode “Mezzanine” album into DNA, archiving their music for hundreds to thousands of years.

Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blocking
Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blockingwww.hypebot.com

While site blocking has long been employed as a nuclear (albeit often ineffective) option for preventing copyright infringement, the entertainment industry is now taking things a step further by blocking certain apps.