Issue #230: Why Indie Bands Go Major Label in the Streaming Era; Half of U.S. Households Are Listening to Podcasts

Why Indie Bands Go Major Label in the Streaming Era
Why Indie Bands Go Major Label in the Streaming Erapitchfork.com
The major label debuts from Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, the War on Drugs, and more present an acid test for “indie” bands in the streaming era.

Sirius XM's New Beatles Channel: 11 Problems
Sirius XM's New Beatles Channel: 11 Problemswww.laweekly.com
Too much Ringo, not enough DJs — these are things Sirius XM can fix. George Harrison’s clunky early lead guitar — we’ll have to live with that, I guess.

Can Apple Do Us A Favor And Kill iTunes?
Can Apple Do Us A Favor And Kill iTunes?www.forbes.com
Apple needs to build a new platform before it invests $1 billion into TV and movie content.

Half of U.S. Households Are Listening to Podcasts: Nielsen
Half of U.S. Households Are Listening to Podcasts: Nielsenwww.billboard.com
There’s a podcast listener in half of all U.S. households, and boy do they love beer and bottle water, according to new data from Nielsen that aims to help consumer brands match purchase behavior to podcast audiences.

Chance The Rapper Teases New Music Sampling Soul For Real
Chance The Rapper Teases New Music Sampling Soul For Realthesource.com

Late Tuesday, Chance took to Instagram to preview some new tunes.

Songtradr Expands into Secure Music File-Sharing, Branded Radio Across Hundreds of Countries
Songtradr Expands into Secure Music File-Sharing, Branded Radio Across Hundreds of Countriesplatformandstream.com
Songtradr is expanding its product offering to include secure music file-sharing for its 100,000+ free and paid subscribers worldwide, and branded music curation for its network of partners.

Blockchain Technology Is Set to Disrupt Every Industry--and Music Is Next
Blockchain Technology Is Set to Disrupt Every Industry–and Music Is Nextwww.inc.com
Artists deserve more.

Appeals Court Grapples With Digital Files, and the Business of Selling 'Used' Songs
Appeals Court Grapples With Digital Files, and the Business of Selling 'Used' Songswww.billboard.com
With predictions of a high-stakes Supreme Court review, a marathon court hearing is held over whether the first-sale doctrine has survived the digital era.

The Evolution of Streaming and Radio in 2017
The Evolution of Streaming and Radio in 2017www.kobaltmusic.com

While terrestrial radio is still an important part of any artist’s career trajectory, streaming offers new avenues to get music heard, sell albums, and build…