Issue #272: Spotify Announces Emerging Artist Program; Billboard Charts to Adjust Streaming Weighting in 2018

Spotify's Troy Carter Announces Emerging Artist Program Rise
Spotify's Troy Carter Announces Emerging Artist Program Risewww.billboard.com

RISE is an emerging artist program that leverages the platform’s promotional resources for a hand-picked roster of up-and-coming musicians.

Billboard Charts to Adjust Streaming Weighting in 2018
Billboard Charts to Adjust Streaming Weighting in 2018www.billboard.com
Greater emphasis to be given to paid subscription streams with ad-supported activity remaining an important factor in the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and many other charts.

Tencent's strategy to attract Western brands to its platform
Tencent's strategy to attract Western brands to its platformwww.businessinsider.com
BI Intelligence sat down with Steven Chang, Corporate Vice President at Tencent Online Media Group (OMG), to discuss the company’s strategy for attracting…

Sacem Finds Partner to Help Track Royalties for EDM Artists, Rights Holders
Sacem Finds Partner to Help Track Royalties for EDM Artists, Rights Holderswww.billboard.com
French authors’ rights society Sacem has partnered with music identification company DJ Monitor to better improve accuracy in tracking royalties of electronic music played in nightclubs, live events and festivals.

Amazon will pay you $40 and give you 6 months of music streaming to get a Sonos sound bar
Amazon will pay you $40 and give you 6 months of music streaming to get a Sonos sound barbgr.com
Some deals are just OK, some are great, and some are no-brainers. If you’ve been pondering the purchase of a Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar, then this Amazon deal falls squarely into that third category.

Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?
Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?musictechpolicy.com

It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts. Songwriters are among the most highly regulated workers in America, so on the continuum of liberty, guess where songwriters score?

SoundShare 3 brings an updated design & collaborative Party Mode
SoundShare 3 brings an updated design & collaborative Party Mode9to5mac.com

Following up on its last major release, SoundShare is back with another significant update. SoundShare 3.0 brings an all-new look to the app while introducing a creative new collaborative feature called Party Mode.

How Sonos One Compares to Amazon Echo and Google Home
How Sonos One Compares to Amazon Echo and Google Homefortune.com
Looking to compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the forthcoming Apple Homepod, Sonos One features Amazon Alexa and sounds incredible.

SoundCloud Next Wave and Discwoman: "Helping people discover music is all about access"
SoundCloud Next Wave and Discwoman: "Helping people discover music is all about access" mixmag.net
SoundCloud’s new documentary series highlights music communities in LA, Toronto and NYC

The people who are getting filthy rich on Spotify
The people who are getting filthy rich on Spotifynordic.businessinsider.com

Spotify is currently valued at $16 billion, Reuters reported in September, citing people familiar with private trades in the music streaming giant.

US music publishers propose new blanket licence for mechanical rights
US music publishers propose new blanket licence for mechanical rightswww.completemusicupdate.com

The boss of the National Music Publishers Association was talking up plans for an overhaul of the mechanical royalties system in America, so to overcome the high profile issues that streaming companies have had in this domain that have resulted in numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits.