Streaming’s promise for listeners is also a gauntlet thrown down for creators. With tens of millions of songs just a few taps away, artists must compete or be skipped. The unprecedented wealth of data that streaming services use to curate their increasingly influential playlists gives the industry real-time feedback on what’s working, but this instant data-fication in turn risks feeding back on itself.
While streaming has undoubtedly coincided with a shift in the pop charts away from the caffeinated bravado of several years ago, streaming-era hits appear to be as rigidly defined and formulaic as ever—if not more so.
Three Labels Control 80% Of The U.S. Music Industry. What Responsibility Comes With That Power? — www.thefader.com
A few thoughts about the Big Three and corporate complicity.
Post Malone’s “Rockstar” set a new Apple Music streaming record — www.thefader.com
Post Malone’s new single shattered the single week streaming record previously held by DJ Khaled.
Music Industry Soars Into Year 3 of Recovery Thanks to Spotify — www.bloomberg.com
The music business is booming again after nearly two decades of decline, thanks to paid streaming services Spotify and Apple Music, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.
RIAJ research gives new insights into streaming challenge in Japan — musically.com
What’s the most popular way to listen to music in Japan? Many people in the music industry’s first answer would be CD given that format’s dominance.
UKF founder: 'YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself' — musically.com
Speaking at Paris Electronic Week, Luke Hood, founder and director of UKF, which is now part of AEI Media, outlined the case for the defence of YouTube.