Issue #226: How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet; Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services

How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet
How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internetwww.theringer.com
With intimate, exclusive performances from the likes of Chance the Rapper and Adele, the live music series has an entire industry chasing a ‘pivot to video.’ But it won’t be easy to replicate.

Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Deal
Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Dealtheconversation.com
Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industries
Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industriesthenextweb.com

Business models are now again ripe for disruption, in terms of the sharing model and the business model. We are still far from perfect in terms of distribution, access, and profitability for content creators. But we are getting there with some help from tech.

Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases
Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases mixmag.net
“We must protect our buyers and sellers”

How to Get More Followers On Spotify
How to Get More Followers On Spotify blog.symphonicdistribution.com
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming sites there is and it’s a great way to promote your music. Here some ways to get more followers.

Is SoundCloud good for musicians?
Is SoundCloud good for musicians?qz.com

Since its inception, SoundCloud was a popular home for outlaw music on the web—DJ sets, remixes, mashups, underground hip hop mixtapes, and sound collages. The kind of music that can’t be sold or broadcast anywhere else due to binding copyright rules.

Lyor Cohen on YouTube's Relationship With the Music Industry
Lyor Cohen on YouTube’s Relationship With the Music Industrywww.billboard.com
YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen penned a letter on the company’s blog detailing his thoughts on YouTube’s relationship with the music industry.

How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versa
How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versamedium.com
In fewer than three years, the smart speaker has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner. Along the way, this device has brought artificial intelligence and voice commands into millions of American…

BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriters
BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriterswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The app was engineered by BMG’s technology team in consultation with a team of songwriter clients including Grammy-nominated songwriter Jenn Decilveo (‘Rise Up’), Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart (pictured), and Broadway composer Maury Yeston.