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Issue #250: Deezer Revs Up Against on Spotify, Apple and Amazon; The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculations

Deezer: The French music streaming service taking on Spotify, Apple and Amazon
Deezer: The French music streaming service taking on Spotify, Apple and Amazonwww.independent.co.uk
From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple.

Behind The Numbers: The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculations
Behind The Numbers: The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculationswww.forbes.com
In the fast-paced world of calculating music streams, how do we know what’s real and what’s not?

Spotify Hits Up Windy City for 'RapCaviar Live' Concert Series With Lil Uzi Vert
Spotify Hits Up Windy City for 'RapCaviar Live' Concert Series With Lil Uzi Vertwww.billboard.com
Spotify has announced the “RapCaviar Live” lineup for the third installment of the concert series, this time in Chicago on Oct. 20 at the Aragon Ballroom, featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti and DJ Drama, along with surprise guests.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Songtradr Is Bringin' the Tip Jar Back
Songtradr Is Bringin' the Tip Jar Backwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Now there’s another way to beat the system: tips on Songtradr. Here’s how it works.

Charlie Shrem's Next Act? Helping This Blockchain Startup Disrupt Music
Charlie Shrem's Next Act? Helping This Blockchain Startup Disrupt Musicwww.coindesk.com

Several blockchain startups have pursued taking on the middleman-heavy music industry, but still business-as-usual persists.

But maybe not for long, with Slovenia gig-booking blockchain platform, Viberate, snagging two high-profile advisors – bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem and Pinterest chief scientist Dr. Jure Leskovec – to help the company figure out how topple the tower.

How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery
How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recoverywww.billboard.com

In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line.

Now the tremors are coming in the form of high-stakes copyright infringement lawsuits — and Spotify’s response could shake the foundations of the streaming business even more.

2017 music sales are up 17 percent; streaming is up 48 percent
2017 music sales are up 17 percent; streaming is up 48 percentwww.recode.net
Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.

Spotify Takes A Crack At Music Sharing With New Messaging App
Spotify Takes A Crack At Music Sharing With New Messaging Appwww.hypebot.com
To make sharing easier for both paid and freemium users, Spotify has launched its own Facebook iMessage app which allows users to search for, share and send tracks and playlists from Spotify’s library of 40 million songs.

Metadata Explained + 7 Key Reasons Songwriters Should Manage It Themselves
Metadata Explained + 7 Key Reasons Songwriters Should Manage It Themselveswww.hypebot.com
Although the term is thrown around often as an issue which needs fixing in the music business, particularly where streaming is concerned, what it is and why it’s important for songwriters to manage their own is often unclear.

Issue #249: Paid Streaming Subscriptions Rise 50%; How Streaming Music Platforms Can Last and Grow

U.S. Music Industry's Revenue Growth Accelerates As Paid Streaming Subscriptions Rise 50 Percent
U.S. Music Industry's Revenue Growth Accelerates As Paid Streaming Subscriptions Rise 50 Percentwww.billboard.com
In what’s now become a familiar story, the U.S. recorded music industry has seen revenue growth accelerate again in the first half of 2017, up 17 percent over the first half of last year to $4.0 billion, according the the RIAA’s 2017 mid-year report.

How Streaming Music Platforms Can Last and Grow
How Streaming Music Platforms Can Last and Growwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

There’s been much discussion of late about the challenge in building a successful streaming music company.

Sure, it’s difficult, but Mixcloud has been working hard at this for nearly a decade, learning some hard and valuable lessons along the way.

Sony Music Nashville Chief Randy Goodman On Streaming: Adopt Or Die
Sony Music Nashville Chief Randy Goodman On Streaming: Adopt Or Diewww.billboard.com
Streaming is a major priority for Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman as he strives “to rebuild the prominence and the legacy” of the label group he took over a little more than two years ago.

Wolfgang’s Vault Hit with Class Action Copyright Suit
Wolfgang’s Vault Hit with Class Action Copyright Suitvariety.com
A new lawsuit seeks to represent artists whose concert performances appear on “Wolfgang’s Vault,” a streaming site of classic recordings

Spotify launches its own self-serve platform for audio ads
Spotify launches its own self-serve platform for audio adswww.thedrum.com
Audio streaming service Spotify has launched an audio self-serve advertising platform, Spotify Ad Studio, in beta mode in the US.

Electronic Dance Artist Gramatik Plans to Tokenize His Music
Electronic Dance Artist Gramatik Plans to Tokenize His Musicblocktribune.com

Gramatik plans to “tokenize” his intellectual property and other rights through an initial coin offering via SingularDTV.

There are now 30 million paid music subscribers in the US
There are now 30 million paid music subscribers in the USwww.theverge.com
It’s by far the industry’s best performing segment

Stream Ripping Piracy Goes From Bad to Worse, Music Industry Reports
Stream Ripping Piracy Goes From Bad to Worse, Music Industry Reportstorrentfreak.com
New data not only reveals that stream ripping remains the music industry’s main piracy threat, but it’s growing too. IFPI’s latest music consumer insight report shows that more than a third of all Internet subscribers use stream rippers to access unlicensed music.

How Spotify turns data into customer demand
How Spotify turns data into customer demandmumbrella.com.au
Ever wondered how Spotify is so good at predicting the music its users might want to listen to at any given moment? According to Richard Frankel, the globa

Pandora And T-Mobile Roll Out Reward-Based Video In Effort To Boost Engagement
Pandora And T-Mobile Roll Out Reward-Based Video In Effort To Boost Engagementwww.geomarketing.com

“We’re seeing that by allowing people to opt into their video ads and choose when it’s worth it for them to watch something, that intent drives truly deep engagement,” says Pandora SVP Lizzie Widhelm.

Issue #248: The Next Generation Of Soundcloud Rappers; How ‘Bodak Yellow’ Exploded on Streaming Services

The Next Generation Of Soundcloud Rappers
The Next Generation Of Soundcloud Rapperswww.complex.com
Take a look at the rappers buzzing on Soundcloud who are ready for their chance to become the topic of conversation.

How Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' Exploded on Streaming Services
How Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' Exploded on Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
By all accounts, the summer of 2017 has served as Cardi B’s moment, with her first-ever charting single “Bodak Yellow” climbing to No. 2 on the Hot 100. But how did it take off on streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify?

How Abbey Road Studios Is Mentoring The Next Generation Of Music Start-Ups
How Abbey Road Studios Is Mentoring The Next Generation Of Music Start-Upswww.forbes.com
How one of the most legendary brands in music history is fueling the next generation of music revolutionaries.

YouTube Kills Paid Channels, Launches Sponsorships Across Gaming App
YouTube Kills Paid Channels, Launches Sponsorships Across Gaming Appvariety.com
YouTube is also starting to test sponsorships with non-gaming creators.

How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Ripping
How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Rippingwww.billboard.com
There’s good news and bad news in “Connecting With Music,” the IFPI’s just-released music consumer insight report.

'Streaming Is Killing the Next Beatles,' Gene Simmons Says
'Streaming Is Killing the Next Beatles,' Gene Simmons Sayswww.digitalmusicnews.com
“Look — you’re not affecting me, I’m doing okay,” Gene Simmons told Maria Bartiromo. “My rent’s paid. But you’re killing the next Beatles.”

Spotify's Ong on expansion in Asia Pacific and why it is becoming a leader in programmatic
Spotify's Ong on expansion in Asia Pacific and why it is becoming a leader in programmaticwww.thedrum.com
As Spotify continues to expand in Asia Pacific, with its launch in Thailand in August bringing the music streaming platform’s presence in the region to seven countries, the company shares that it has learned that there is no cookie cutter strategy when it comes to marketing or advertising its services across the region because of the sheer diversity.

YouTube's Lyor Cohen Dishes On Music's "New Golden Age," Streaming Subscriptions and Props To Daniel Ek
YouTube's Lyor Cohen Dishes On Music's "New Golden Age," Streaming Subscriptions and Props To Daniel Ekwww.hypebot.com
YouTube’s Global Head Of Music, Lyor Cohen, is known for speaking his mind. So when the former label exec sat down for a keynote interview at the 2017 Music Matters summit in Singapore, people listened. He did not disappoint.

Top 3 Differences between Facebook and YouTube Videos
Top 3 Differences between Facebook and YouTube Videosblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Facebook and YouTube are two of the most influential video sharing platforms. We’ve compare the top three differences between Facebook and YouTube videos.

Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 11

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

I have been fortunate enough to see Stew in concert a few times. I have always thought he should be 1000 times more popular than he already is. In between Broadway shows and other creative projects he hasn’t put out a proper solo album since the magnificent Something Deeper Than These Changes back in 2003. The album appears on Spotify, but the songs are not available to stream. Well, two of the songs are available. It’s a bit confusing.

Same goes for the equally great Naked Dutch Painter. It’s there, but only two songs show up on separate pages. This is a huge bummer. Both of the albums are terrific. Luckily, Guest Host is available to enjoy.

And there is only one Negro Problem album to stream, which is a whole other issue for another day. The point is, I am a big big fan of Stew and happy to kick-off the latest collection of music with one of my favorite Stew tunes.

Issue #247: This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Music; The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017

This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Music
This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Musicmusic3point0.com
Spotify continues to hold a big lead over other streaming services thanks to deals like the one with video streaming service Hulu.

The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017
The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017www.billboard.com
Universities and colleges are responding to the need for greater entrepreneurship by a new generation of artists and executives.

Tencent tried to buy Spotify earlier this year
Tencent tried to buy Spotify earlier this yeartechcrunch.com
Spotify has long been linked with going public in the U.S. — it is speculated to be preparing for an IPO-less listing next year — but it has emerged that..

MP3 Is Dead! Long Live MP3!
MP3 Is Dead! Long Live MP3!meshedinsights.com
Ignore the coverage saying MP3 is dead. Now all the patents blocking it have expired, it can start to live! Back in May, there was an unexpected surge in press coverage about the MP3 audio file format.

YouTube stream ripping: the record industry is being thick again.
YouTube stream ripping: the record industry is being thick again.rocknerd.co.uk

The record labels are rolling in money from Spotify, and trying to make out to their artists that it’s somehow Spotify’s fault they’re not passing much of it onto them.

A new wave streaming services is putting musicians back in control
A new wave streaming services is putting musicians back in controlwww.wired.co.uk
New services Resonate, Mediachain Labs and Boiler room are using digital advances in technology to help underground musicians find their audience

Spotify is making it harder to find new artists you'll love
Spotify is making it harder to find new artists you'll love techwireasia.com

Spotify could be hurting small artists from being able to spur their careers, said Jeremy Wineberg, co-founder of social media music startup Heard Well, due to a “false sense of discovery”.

5 Takeaways from Music Matters 2017
5 Takeaways from Music Matters 2017www.billboard.com
The summit, held Sept. 11-13 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore under the All That Matters umbrella, gathered more than 1,500 music industry professionals from across the region and around the globe to test the industry’s pulse.

Issue #246: Rappers Are Helping Hip-Hop Dominate Streaming; Spotify, Apple Music Plot Divergent Video Strategies

Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert and More Rappers Are Helping Hip-Hop Dominate Streaming
Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert and More Rappers Are Helping Hip-Hop Dominate Streamingwww.billboard.com
The label’s investment in a roster of young MCs-turned-chart-toppers is paying dividends — and with hip-hop ruling streaming, the industry is following suit.

Spotify, Apple Music Plot Divergent Video Strategies
Spotify, Apple Music Plot Divergent Video Strategieswww.billboard.com
As the music streaming giants attempt to lure users by turning listeners into viewers, each charts its own course.

Deezer CEO: We'll Buy SoundCloud 'At the Right Price'
Deezer CEO: We'll Buy SoundCloud 'At the Right Price'www.digitalmusicnews.com
Earlier this year, SoundCloud almost went bankrupt. Now, to improve their position in the streaming marketplace, Deezer may purchase the company.

Gimme Indie Rock (at Pandora)
Gimme Indie Rock (at Pandora)medium.com
Lord Huron, a folky four-piece that weaves rural tradition into the skinny-jeaned sounds of urban America, makes for an excellent example of the state of indie rock at Pandora.

Garth Brooks, Jay-Z & Tool: These Are The Artists You Still Can't Stream On Spotify
Garth Brooks, Jay-Z & Tool: These Are The Artists You Still Can't Stream On Spotifywww.forbes.com
Want to hear Beyoncé’s latest, Jay-Z’s new No. 1 album or are you perhaps a fan of the band Tool? If so, don’t go looking for them when you open up Spotify.

China’s Media Regulator Admonishes Music-Streaming Services
China’s Media Regulator Admonishes Music-Streaming Services www.sixthtone.com
Once chastised for supporting digital music piracy, China’s tech giants are now zealous copyright crusaders, vying against each other for exclusive deals and stamping out smaller competitors, much to the chagrin of the country’s media regulator.

The Future of Radio: Time for Broadcasters to Embrace Digital
The Future of Radio: Time for Broadcasters to Embrace Digitalwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Radio’s relationship with the music industry has changed dramatically in a few short years. In its prime, radio was the dominant medium for music discovery – both new hits and back catalog. Today, radio exists in a sea of options and online alternatives for music enjoyment.

Why Spotify’s Legal Challenges Just Got Way More Complicated
Why Spotify’s Legal Challenges Just Got Way More Complicatedwww.fastcompany.com
With a crafty semantic argument, the company is challenging the idea that streaming services are legally responsible for paying mechanical royalties.

Slacker Radio Acquired By LiveXLive for $50 Million
Slacker Radio Acquired By LiveXLive for $50 Millionwww.billboard.com
Slacker, one of the longest running digital radio and streaming services, has been acquired by LiveXLive Media.

JOOX makes local music streaming slicker
JOOX makes local music streaming slickerwww.channel24.co.za
With it’s emphasis on pushing local artists and its slick and intuitive functionality, JOOX is a seriously awesome streaming app.

LiveXLive Media to Stream Rock in Rio Festival This Weekend

Beginning this weekend, music fans worldwide can stream headlining performances from Rock in Rio Music Festival on LiveXLive, one of the world’s only premiere Internet networks devoted to live music and music-related video content.

The 18th edition of one of the largest music festivals in the world will be livestreamed by LiveXLive directly from The City of Rock festival grounds in Rio de Janeiro.

This year’s streaming lineup includes performances from Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy, Alicia Keys and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as many other artists across various genres from pop music, to classic rock, indie, electronic and more.

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