Issue #247: 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.