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Issue #309: Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify, Apple in China; Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Session

Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify and Apple in China
Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify and Apple in Chinawww.bloomberg.com
One of China’s most-anticipated initial public offerings next year may be music to the ears of Tencent Holdings Ltd. investors because of its potential to drown out any noise Spotify and Apple Music want to make in the biggest market.

The Battle For Supremacy In The Music Streaming Space And What It Means For Marketers
The Battle For Supremacy In The Music Streaming Space And What It Means For Marketerswww.forbes.com
While the battle for supremacy in the music streaming industry rages on, many opportunities for marketers are at the ready, if you know where to look.

Spotify Gifts Artists With '2017 Wrapped' Year-End Data
Spotify Gifts Artists With '2017 Wrapped' Year-End Datawww.billboard.com
Spotify unveiled its “2017 Wrapped” for creators campaign on Wednesday (Dec. 13), offering year-end insights to artists with custom micro-sites celebrating their successes on the music streaming service.

Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Session
Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Sessionvariety.com
For the first time, Pandora is offering a test session of its Premium service to non-subscribers.

Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepersmusically.com
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for a ‘level playing field’.

British GQ and Universal Music test shareable podcast formats
British GQ and Universal Music test shareable podcast formatsdigiday.com

Universal Music and Condé Nast men’s magazine British GQ are testing podcast formats that can be broken down into chunks for sharing and include images and graphics to accompany each chapter, rather than full 30-minute or hourlong shows.

How to Sell Your Music on Tidal
How to Sell Your Music on Tidalblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Tidal is specializes in curated editorial content and seeks to bring spotlight to indie artists. Here’s how you can sell your music on Tidal!

The Data-Driven Future Of Media and Entertainment
The Data-Driven Future Of Media and Entertainmentwww.hypebot.com
It is by now an accepted fact that the future of the music business, media, and entertainment will likely be data driven, but what the exact implications of this may be for creative industries is, as yet, unclear.

Splice music sample service raises $35 million
Splice music sample service raises $35 millionwww.recode.net
Steve Martocci’s first company was a text messaging service. Now he’s behind the scenes of a Demi Lovato song.

Spotify Announces Exit of Kevin Brown, Head Of Label Relations for U.K. and International
Spotify Announces Exit of Kevin Brown, Head Of Label Relations for U.K. and Internationalwww.billboard.com
Kevin Brown, Spotify’s head of U.K. and international artist and label services, is to leave the company after five years.

Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices
Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo deviceswww.theverge.com
And also SiriusXM

Issue #308: SoundCloud Must Become the Anti-Spotify; Why Playlists Are More Important Than Ever; Tidal Money Trouble?

To fix SoundCloud, it must become the anti-Spotify
To fix SoundCloud, it must become the anti-Spotifytechcrunch.com
Startups die by suicide, not competition. It wasn’t that anyone was stealing SoundCloud’s underground rappers, bedroom remixers and garage bands.

Apple Gains Power With Shazam, But It's Still 'No Silver Bullet' For Music Discovery: Analysis
Apple Gains Power With Shazam, But It's Still 'No Silver Bullet' For Music Discovery: Analysiswww.billboard.com
While there are countless differences between Apple and Shazam, perhaps the most culturally significant one is that “Apple” is not yet a verb.

Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Lays Out His Two Main Priorities For 2018
Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Lays Out His Two Main Priorities For 2018 www.billboard.com
Pandora’s CEO Roger Lynch shares what he’s most proud of since joining the company and reveals his two biggest goals for the new year.

Why Playlists Are More Important Than Ever
Why Playlists Are More Important Than Everwww.tunecore.com

Make music regularly enough and you’ll sometimes get lucky and have your songs featured on decent-sized playlists, but reaching out to playlist curators and asking for your songs to be considered is vital if you’re just starting out and new to the playlist game.

Tidal is reportedly having money problems
Tidal is reportedly having money problemswww.theverge.com
A new report from Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv claims that Tidal is running out of money while user growth has stalled.

Free competes with paid and abundant competes with scarce
Free competes with paid and abundant competes with scarcewww.musicxtechxfuture.com

Facebook recently launched a sound library including tracks you can use for free on videos. People criticized the concept in a music business discussion group.

KKBox goes from music streaming to live gigs
KKBox goes from music streaming to live gigswww.straitstimes.com

KKBox, which made its debut in Singapore five years ago, has a reputation as a streaming service with a strong selection of Asian pop music.

Captured Tracks: The Brooklyn indie label as obsessed with music discovery as you
Captured Tracks: The Brooklyn indie label as obsessed with music discovery as youkulturehub.com
Captured Tracks has carved out a niche centered on music discovery and giving young, emerging artists a platform.

PremiumBeat Launches Mobile Application for Music Discovery On-the-Go
PremiumBeat Launches Mobile Application for Music Discovery On-the-Goplatformandstream.com
PremiumBeat, a Shutterstock company and a curated royalty-free music service, today launched its first mobile experience for video producers, editors, and filmmakers.

Classical music's big challenge is bridging the technology gap
Classical music's big challenge is bridging the technology gapwww.overgrownpath.com

Digital technologies such as streaming have changed the face of classical music forever.

'GTA Online' Now Has a Frank Ocean Radio Station
'GTA Online' Now Has a Frank Ocean Radio Stationwww.rollingstone.com
The latest ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ update, “The Doomsday Heist,” adds a new Frank Ocean-themed radio station, curated by the R&B singer.

The Other Nashville Society Wants to be a Hub for Non-Country Music Pros

Nashville’s only a country music town at first glance. Look deeper, and you’ll see the Other Nashville, a musically diverse and business savvy community of creatives, artists, and music pros. There’s just one problem: No one knew how to find each other, outside of country’s usual professional stomping grounds.

The Other Nashville Society aims to change this. Founded by nationally recognized veterans of publishing (Sony/ATV Nashville’s Mark Abramowitz and Katie Fagan of Prescription Songs), songwriting (artist Holley Maher), sync/licensing (Josh Collum of the music licensing and sync company Sorted Noise), and artist manager (Ally Venable of Iconic Entertainment), TONS is a carefully selected professional networking and skill-development organization designed to shine a light on the many other sides and sounds of Music City.

“Genre diversity is really important to Nashville. There are a lot of other musicians and styles that have started here, flourished here; from the likes of Meghan Trainor to the Black Keys,” explains Venable. “There are so many amazing talents in Nashville who don’t know how to find each other because they weren’t making country music.”

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PremiumBeat Launches Mobile Application for Music Discovery On-the-Go

PremiumBeat, a Shutterstock company and a curated royalty-free music service, today launched its first mobile experience for video producers, editors, and filmmakers.

The new PremiumBeat application, now available for the first time for iOS and Android, allows access to the full collection of exclusive, high-quality tracks as PremiumBeat.com from a device.

“Film editors can now browse and discover new music for their projects from wherever they are conveniently via these new apps and are no longer tied to their desktop. Having this capability at their fingertips will expand discovery and curating opportunities immensely,” said Sylvain Grande, GM Motion at Shutterstock. “We’re proud to provide a full-fledged tool that is integrated in users’ daily workflow, making it easier and quicker to find new tracks and provide new discovery tools.”

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Issue #307: Amazon Music Makes Giant Strides; How Apple Got Its Groove Back; How to Promote Your Gigs on Spotify

Amazon Music Makes Giant Strides Against Apple and Spotify
Amazon Music Makes Giant Strides Against Apple and Spotifywww.bloomberg.com
The streaming service is off to a super start, but the big question is its ultimate aim.

How Apple Got Its Groove Back
How Apple Got Its Groove Backsuperhypeblog.com
Apple is making all the right moves to restore is music mojo — and the acquisition of Shazam is just one of them.

Deezer Launches Music Streaming Service in Israel
Deezer Launches Music Streaming Service in Israelwww.calcalistech.com

The Paris-based company also used the occasion of its local launch to introduce a new Shazam-like feature called Song Catcher.

5 Ways Musicians Can Make Money in 2018
5 Ways Musicians Can Make Money in 2018blog.symphonicdistribution.com
We’ve put together 5 ways that musicians can make money in today’s music industry! The need to diversify your revenue streams should be a high priority.

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal
Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Dealwww.barrons.com

The site, home to seemingly infinite videos about seemingly everything, is massively important to the music business.

How to Promote Your Gigs on Spotify
How to Promote Your Gigs on Spotifyblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Promoting upcoming gigs should be a no brainer to you, fill the seats and make more money. Here’s how you can promote your gigs on Spotify.

Three Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscape
Three Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscapewww.npr.org
Two acquisitions and one equity-sharing deal could show that the music business, long known for its insularity, has fully entered a new era.

Chicago Radio Station WXRT Proves Radio is Still Fun, Relevant and Loved
Chicago Radio Station WXRT Proves Radio is Still Fun, Relevant and Lovedloyolaphoenix.com
Pandora. iTunes. Spotify. iHeart Radio. These are four of the most popular music streaming services, and they make it easy to purchase, listen to and store

Songs Music Publishing Sold to Kobalt for $150 Million
Songs Music Publishing Sold to Kobalt for $150 Millionvariety.com
Songs Music Publishing will sell its catalog to Kobalt Capital’s fund. The price tag is believed to be in the vicinity of $150 million.

Podcast ads remain stubbornly old-fashioned
Podcast ads remain stubbornly old-fashioned digiday.com

Dynamic ad insertion became the dominant form of ad delivery for the podcasting industry last year, according to research published this summer by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC.

Pandora Hires Gap Veteran Aimée Lapic as Chief Marketing Officer
Pandora Hires Gap Veteran Aimée Lapic as Chief Marketing Officerwww.billboard.com
Making good on a recent promise to “connect the plumbing” between its trove of data and marketing strategy, Pandora and its president Roger Lynch announced on Tuesday the hire of Aimée Lapic as the music streamer’s new chief marketing officer.

Issue #306: Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry; ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ Albums Dominated iTunes In 2017

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry
A Look Into How Artificial Intelligence Can Apply To Marketing In The Music Industry

Sam Hunt Is Far And Away The Biggest Name In Country Music When It Comes To Streaming
Can one artist help improve the standing of an entire genre when it comes to new tech?

Imogen Heap is taking Mycelia on tour... with Creative Passports
Imogen Heap is taking Mycelia on tour… with Creative Passportsmusically.com
We’ve seen a few music-industry conference venues in our time, but never a giant tipi until today. Built in the grounds of musician Imogen Heap’s home.

Want to buy a piece of a Drake song? Track’s rights sold via pioneering digital currency scheme
Want to buy a piece of a Drake song? Track’s rights sold via pioneering digital currency schemewww.thestar.com
Vezt lets investors and fans purchase a share of future revenues from ‘Jodeci (Freestyle)’ and many more to come.

Shazam Is Apple’s Echo Nest
Shazam Is Apple’s Echo Nestmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there’s no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model.

How to Protect Your Music with YouTube’s Content ID
How to Protect Your Music with YouTube’s Content IDmedium.com
Music piracy is the industry’s #1 enemy-of-the-state. Since its inception in the days of Napster and file-sharing, music piracy is the can of worms the industry hasn’t yet been able to re-cap.

Music Biz 101: Monetize Your Music on YouTube
Music Biz 101: Monetize Your Music on YouTubeblog.symphonicdistribution.com

YouTube Monetization enables us to monetize and claim videos on YouTube on behalf of Record Labels and Artists. Essentially, this means we make sure you’re able to cash a check for your YouTube views when the content is yours.

Ariana Grande and Rihanna Thank Their Fans for Streaming on Instagram
Ariana Grande and Rihanna Thank Their Fans for Streaming on Instagramwww.mtv.co.uk
What lovely popstars…

Spotify Could Get a Little Wild When It Goes Public
Spotify Could Get a Little Wild When It Goes Publicwww.bloomberg.com
The streaming service’s direct listing won’t be an all-or-nothing proposition.

A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industry
A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industrybitcoinmagazine.com
It’s no secret that the digital economy relies on user engagement. Recently, industries such as pharmaceuticals, information technology and finance have …

Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the home
Sonos and Ikea are collaborating on sound products for the hometechcrunch.com
Sonos and Ikea just announced a new collaboration to “create future home sound experiences”. The companies say they want to make it easier to play music..

Now That's What I Call Music albums dominated iTunes in 2017
Now That's What I Call Music albums dominated iTunes in 2017www.bbc.com
The long-running compilation series produced four of the biggest-selling albums of the year.

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