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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 #395: Soundtrack Your Brand Secures New Licensing Deals; Why Did Cymbal Fail?; Spotify Reveals Mobile App Details Next Week

Soundtrack Your Brand, the Spotify for Background Music, Launches Wide as It Secures Direct Licensing Deals — www.billboard.com 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 and publishers as it expands and looks to open up an often-overlooked […]

Issue #394: Ad Tech Streams Into Audio; iHeartRadio Opens Playlists to All Users; Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Boss Exiting for Spotify

Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audio — adage.com Pandora and Spotify are offering new tools … if brands are ready. Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify — variety.com Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B, is leaving for Spotify, home to popular playlist RapCaviar. […]

Issue #393: Is Windowing on Spotify Worth It for the Labels?; Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels? — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com It’s been just over a year since Universal Music Group issued an announcement of its new deal with Spotify – revealing that the major had won the concession to ‘window’ major artist releases on the service’s premium tier. […]

Issue #392: More Music Tech IPOs? How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits; Spotify Gets Loudr; Coachella on SiriusXM

More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut — But Is It Really a Good Idea? — www.billboard.com After a relatively smooth debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Spotify is inspiring a handful of other music tech companies to consider launching their own IPOs. Spotify Acquires Rights Company Loudr — www.bloomberg.com Spotify […]

Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kids

Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first music streaming platform built just for kids. Fruit Punch Music gives families access to a wide variety of songs, all subjected to an industry-first multipoint approval process to ensure children never hear inappropriate language or subject matter. Fruit Punch Music is a first-of-its-kind app that allows kids the […]