Issue #402: The Triumph of the Subscription Model; Fleetwood Mac on SiriusXM; Bandsintown Integrates Apple Music; Pandora in Atlanta

Spotify Subscriptions Helped The Streaming Company Win Listeners — www.wired.com The streaming company proved it could get the Napster generation to subscribe. But will Spotify’s paywall make it profitable? Fleetwood Mac Channel Coming to SiriusXM — www.billboard.com After having to deal with Lindsey Buckingham’s departure, looking for replacements and announcing a North American tour, Fleetwood […]

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? — 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 — […]

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule

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. The multiyear agreement, brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, grants LiveXLive the exclusive opportunity to record, film and distribute the festivals’ content. This includes live performances, audio and video on […]

Issue #400: Spotify Pumps Up Free Tier; Pandora Premium on Xbox One; Prince’s Estate Launches Massive ‘Discography’ Website

Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appeal — www.billboard.com By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly. Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One — www.engadget.com Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile — […]

Issue #399: 43% of Music Revenues via Streaming in ’17; J. Cole Breaks Drake’s 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music

43% of music revenues came from streaming last year — techcrunch.com Streaming services and their subscription revenue has saved the music business, according to a new music industry report, which notes that 2017 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth — again, thanks to digital music consumption. How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence Is […]

Issue #398: How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists; Of Branded Playlists and Artist Payment

How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists — cryptoslate.com Technology and art have always been closely intertwined, and blockchain is no exception. Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify? — www.billboard.com When a brand curates its own playlist it is using songs specifically to influence a consumer’s perception of […]

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 — platformandstream.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 — adage.com Music was the first industry the […]