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Issue #404: Pandora Boosts Georgia’s Music Tech Industry; Deezer Partners with Jazz FM; Streaming Playlists as the New Music Blogs?

Could Pandora’s Major Atlanta Expansion Spur the Growth Of Georgia's Music Tech Industry?
Could Pandora’s Major Atlanta Expansion Spur the Growth Of Georgia's Music Tech Industry?hypepotamus.com
Pandora will soon embark on a major expansion in Atlanta, swelling their office here to 300 in three years with largely product and engineering hires. Here’s how this could impact Atlanta music tech industry.

Deezer celebrates classic labels with Jazz FM
Deezer celebrates classic labels with Jazz FM www.musicweek.com
The streaming platform and radio station have partnered on the Jazz Stories series.

Spotify Expands Hot Country Playlist With Video
Spotify Expands Hot Country Playlist With Videowww.rollingstone.com
Popular country-music playlist gets expanded with video, including clips of Urban, Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake

Can Streaming Playlists Actually Replace Music Blogs?
Can Streaming Playlists Actually Replace Music Blogs?flypaper.soundfly.com
When it comes to discovering new music, listeners are depending more and more on algorithms and less on bloggers. Is there a future for the music blog?

Introducing HyperFollow, DistroKid’s Clever Way To Get More Spotify Followers
Introducing HyperFollow, DistroKid’s Clever Way To Get More Spotify Followersnews.distrokid.com

HyperFollow is a free service from DistroKid that helps artists amass a larger fanbase on Spotify.

Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ Aiming for Streaming Record & No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart
Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ Aiming for Streaming Record & No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chartwww.billboard.com

Post Malone’s new album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is on course to break the record for the biggest streaming week ever for an album…

The Orchard signs licensing deal with B2B streaming platform Nightlife in Australia
The Orchard signs licensing deal with B2B streaming platform Nightlife in Australiawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Independent music distributed by The Orchard can now earn public performance revenue in Australia thanks to a deal with business music subscription service Nightlife Music

Apple Music extends three-month free trial offer
Apple Music extends three-month free trial offerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Some of those who’ve signed up to Apple’s free trial, but have yet to take up a subscription, have received an alert offering an extension of the trial.

Sweden opposes EU tech tax after Spotify's Daniel Ek's plea to PM Stefan Löfven
Sweden opposes EU tech tax after Spotify's Daniel Ek's plea to PM Stefan Löfvennordic.businessinsider.com

The proposal would hit digital companies with annual revenues above 50 million euros within Europe, and world-wide revenues above 750 million euros, with a 3 percent tax on their turnover.

Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’
Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’platformandstream.wordpress.com
Edge Music Network is partnering with MondoTunes, as well as launching EMN’s official “Artist Pages” – designed to deliver a compelling new way for artists and musicians to establish connections with fans, venues and labels.

Music-streaming millennials eye smart speakers
Music-streaming millennials eye smart speakerswww.thejakartapost.com
According to a study, the majority of millennials currently use or are interested in buying a voice-controlled smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Sweden Might Just Have Shown Us What the Future of Music Revenues Will Look Like
Sweden Might Just Have Shown Us What the Future of Music Revenues Will Look Likemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Sweden has long been the leading indicator for where streaming is likely to head, providing a picture of just how vibrant a sophisticated streaming market can be.

More artists and bands are using VIP 'up-sell' both to replace revenue lost to streaming and boost income
More artists and bands are using VIP 'up-sell' both to replace revenue lost to streaming and boost incomewww.cleveland.com
Gambits like the Gene Simmons Vault Experience and other VIP ticket “upsells” are becoming increasingly popular among all levels of performers as album sales fall. Skimpy income from streams are part of the issue, too.