Issue #208: As Streaming Services Mature, Opportunity Emerges in the Niche; Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the niche
As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the nichemedium.com
The emergence of niche streaming services will be one of the topics at the c/o pop Convention 2017, one of Germany’s leading music industry conferences and showcase festivals (Cologne, 16–20th August…

Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless
Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawlesswww.nytimes.com
Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately. A panel discussion, on Popcast.

Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist... Now What?
Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist… Now What?flypaper.soundfly.com
Inclusion on one of Spotify’s popular playlist can mean an instant boost to your music career. That is, if you take the right steps when it happens.

JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotify
JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotifywww.billboard.com
What does one of the world’s richest hip-hop artists stand to lose by continuing to withhold his latest release from the world’s dominant music streaming service?

Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channel
Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channelpitchfork.com
A new partnership to provide VR music video experiences from musicians and artists

Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery
Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discoverywww.engadget.com
Tidal’s been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn’t without some controversy, as last-minute subscr…

Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Death
Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Deathwww.billboard.com
Linkin Park’s music saw a 730% gain in on-demand audio streams following the death of Chester Bennington.

From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be...
From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be…qz.com
Music-streaming service SoundCloud, loath as it may be to admit it, is having a bit of trouble as of late. As bigger rivals like Spotify and Apple Music begin to rule the listening market, smaller services are struggling to turn a profit; and getting rid of a large chunk of one’s company hardly screams success—unless…

Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friends
Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friendsmusically.com
Fresh from a week of stripping back the layers of Spotify commissioning producers to make music for its mood playlists, MBW has turned its attention…

Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.
Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.medium.com
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, goes the saying, but it doesn’t always apply to analytics and marketing tools. Just as Pandora rolled out new features on its analytics and marketing tools, it…

How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbase
How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbasewww.businessinsider.com
Steve Aoki and his label Dim Mak completely embraced music downloads and streaming services.

Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?
Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?attentionecono.me
Important questions regarding SoundCloud’s future. Will it shut down? Will it be acquired? And more.