Issue #290: Tidal, Sonos Launch New Series; Universal’s Streaming Revenues Smash Past $2bn

TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Control
TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Controlplatformandstream.com
TIDAL, along with leading home sound system, Sonos, today launched “Sound Tracks,” an original interview series filmed in the Sonos Store in New York.

Pay-per-Beat: Inside the Underground Economy Shaping Soundcloud Rap
Pay-per-Beat: Inside the Underground Economy Shaping Soundcloud Rapnoisey.vice.com
As beat leasing becomes a common practice, artists gain independence, but what is lost?

Universal's streaming revenues will smash past $2bn this year
Universal's streaming revenues will smash past $2bn this yearwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Those streaming milestones just keep on getting destroyed, don’t they? Universal Music Group’s recorded music streaming revenues are dead cert to blast through the $2bn barrier in the calendar year of 2017.

Law firm plotting class action over Guvera financing
Law firm plotting class action over Guvera financingwww.completemusicupdate.com

An Australian law firm has confirmed it is investigating the possibility of launching a class action lawsuit in relation to failed streaming service Guvera, with private equity outfit AMMA and a number of accountancy firms it had relations with the likely defendants.

Spotify Maintains Faith in Post-Brexit U.K. With New Office
Spotify Maintains Faith in Post-Brexit U.K. With New Officewww.bloomberg.com
Music streaming service Spotify Ltd is moving to a new London office in order to double its workforce over the next two years, focusing on roles including engineering, data and machine learning.

The average person spends about $15 on streaming music all year
The average person spends about $15 on streaming music all yearwww.digitaltrends.com
According to a recent Nielsen Music study, the average person only spends $156 a year on music, with a fraction for streaming music.

Maroon 5's Social Video Success Came by Moving From Musical.ly to White-Label Solution Vivoom
Maroon 5's Social Video Success Came by Moving From Musical.ly to White-Label Solution Vivoomwww.billboard.com
Maroon 5 is one of several A-list bands to incorporate fan-generated video into its social media strategy, most recently for its Billboard 200 No. 2-charting album Red Pill Blues.

MusicBee for Windows 10 is an almost-perfect music app
MusicBee for Windows 10 is an almost-perfect music appwww.windowscentral.com
MusicBee for Windows 10 is a feature-filled and highly customizable music playing app that’s close to perfect.

ECM releases its music to Spotify and other streaming services
ECM releases its music to Spotify and other streaming serviceswww.jsonline.com
Tired of pirates and illegal online sharing, ECM is releasing its music to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services

Mixcloud Rethinks Online Radio For Listeners, Curators and Musicians
Mixcloud Rethinks Online Radio For Listeners, Curators and Musicianswww.hypebot.com
Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud, joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week’s Hypebot Music Biz Weekly podcast.

Bob Seger: Exclusive stream of new songs from 'I Knew You When' album
Bob Seger: Exclusive stream of new songs from 'I Knew You When' albumwww.freep.com

Hear a pair of songs from Seger’s upcoming album in this exclusive streaming debut, along with two Seger classics.

TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Control

TIDAL, along with leading home sound system, Sonos, today launched “Sound Tracks,” an original interview series filmed in the Sonos Store in New York. Hosted by veteran music journalist, Joe Levy, the series will feature in-depth interviews with famed producers, engineers, A&R execs, managers and more discussing the moment of discovery, when they first heard an artist that would go on to become a superstar or when they first discovered the perfect sound that would go on to define a style of music. The series launches alongside the availability of TIDAL direct control with Sonos.

Music fans can now enjoy exclusive music and expertly curated playlists from TIDAL on the Sonos home sound system directly through the TIDAL app. For a limited time, Sonos customers will be able to take advantage of a special 3-month trial of TIDAL HiFi through the partnership.

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Issue #289: Study: Consumers Love Streaming Music; United Masters Looks to Replace Record Labels

Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strong
Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strongwww.billboard.com
Consumers are flocking to music, with streaming becoming the preferred channel of choice.

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels
With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labelstechcrunch.com
Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise.

Music streaming for metal—Spotify's most-loved genre—is here
Music streaming for metal—Spotify's most-loved genre—is herequartzy.qz.com
Metal has more global loyalty than hip-hop, R&B, or pop, according to Spotify data on listening trends. Gimme Radio wants to tap that love.

Amazon Canada Launches Prime Music
Amazon Canada Launches Prime Musicplatformandstream.com

Amazon Canada today announces the launch of Prime Music, making it possible for all Amazon Prime members in Canada to listen to more than one million songs, on-demand.

YouTube Pacts With Ticketmaster to Let Artists Sell U.S. Concert Tickets
YouTube Pacts With Ticketmaster to Let Artists Sell U.S. Concert Ticketsvariety.com
YouTube is now letting music artists sell tickets to U.S. performances under a new partnership with Ticketmaster.

Neil Young Online Music Archives Launching Dec. 1, Will Initially Be Free
Neil Young Online Music Archives Launching Dec. 1, Will Initially Be Freewww.billboard.com
Neil Young is releasing a new album and an entire high-quality digital catalog on the same day.

Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Streaming Outlets
Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Streaming Outletswww.spin.com
Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical

The first AI pop album is on its way
The first AI pop album is on its waywww.thestar.com
YouTube sensation Taryn Southern’s album composed entirely on artificial-intelligence platforms sparks a conversation about music’s future.

Artist royalties jump to record but group cites obstacles
Artist royalties jump to record but group cites obstacleswww.yahoo.com

Creators’ royalties jumped to a record last year on the back of the growth of music streaming, a global body reported Wednesday, but it said compensation from YouTube remained too low.

Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Strategy
Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Strategywww.fastcompany.com
Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Musical.ly: A Proving Ground for Digital Natives
Musical.ly: A Proving Ground for Digital Nativessuperhypeblog.com
Read this post to understand why Musical.ly has exploded in popularity with Gen Z.

Amazon Canada Launches Prime Music

Amazon Canada today announces the launch of Prime Music, making it possible for all Amazon Prime members in Canada to listen to more than one million songs, on-demand by chart-topping artists, along with hundreds of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations.

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Issue #288: Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!; Deezer Unveils Desktop App; Warner Music Signs Deal with Mdundo

Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!
Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!www.billboard.com
Spotify is bringing fans that much closer to Latin music’s megastars.

Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile apps
Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile appswww.theverge.com

Starting today, you can control your Sonos speakers through Pandora’s mobile app. Users will be able to select rooms, group and ungroup speakers, and control the volume all from the Pandora app.

Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop App
Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop Appwww.billboard.com
Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has joined rivals like Spotify and Tidal in launching its very own desktop application.

Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundo
Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundowww.billboard.com
Warner Music Group moves further into Africa with a new licensing deal with streaming service Mdundo.

The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributor
The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributorblog.symphonicdistribution.com
You’ve just signed up with a digital music distributor and now you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s next?!” Check out these steps!

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success
The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Successwww.forbes.com
Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the dead
Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the deadgeorgiastatesignal.com
Last year we saw many legendary music artists pass away.

Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lesson
Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lessonqz.com
Reputation, by technical measures, is not very good. Pitchfork describes Taylor Swift’s new album as an “aggressive, lascivious display” that is ultimately “sadly conventional.”

Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Deal
Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Dealwww.billboard.com
Does JAY-Z’s Tidal have proper authority to stream over 500 Prince songs? Yes, says Roc Nation, saying Tidal got a license both in writing and orally to be the first streaming outlet to distribute many of the iconic musician’s albums.

Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support
Amazon Music app adds Chromecast supportwww.androidpolice.com
Amazon and Google’s relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts… by Rita El Khoury in Amazon, Applications, News

Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before
Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Beforewww.hypebot.com
Streaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers.

Issue #287: Will Piracy Increase b/c of Taylor Swift?; Björk Knows Her Technology; Streaming Killed the ‘Secret Song’

Taylor Swift Holding Out on Streaming Will Increase Piracy, Says Spotify’s Troy Carter
Taylor Swift Holding Out on Streaming Will Increase Piracy, Says Spotify’s Troy Cartervariety.com
Keeping the album off streaming will grow piracy, according Spotify’s head of artist relations.

7 times Björk used cutting-edge technology to shape her music
7 times Björk used cutting-edge technology to shape her musicwww.factmag.com

Scott Wilson looks as some of the most memorable tools Björk has used across her career, from software to virtual reality.

Streaming music killed the "secret song"
Streaming music killed the "secret song"www.avclub.com

It existed in some form or another long before 1994, but Green Day’s seminal Dookie served as many modern music fans’ first introduction to the concept of “the hidden track.

Jeremy Heiden's 'Blue Wicked' album is on nearly every audio format
Jeremy Heiden's 'Blue Wicked' album is on nearly every audio formatwww.cnet.com
Everybody streams music, so why is Jeremy Heiden releasing his music on virtually every physical music format of the past 50 years?

A “your_song_name.bc” file is these six things… and many more…
A “your_song_name.bc” file is these six things… and many more…medium.com

dot Blockchain Media or “dotBC” has built and is in the process of releasing a new way for music and media creators to securely encode their rights and their identities into their digital assets.

Spotify expands merch to beauty products
Spotify expands merch to beauty productstechcrunch.com
Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic..

How Women and Men Differ on High Performance Audio
How Women and Men Differ on High Performance Audioaudiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the perplexing lack of women in audio…

Spotify poaches Deezer's CEO of EMEA, Michael Krause
Spotify poaches Deezer's CEO of EMEA, Michael Krausewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify has named Michael Krause as Managing Director of EMEA – poaching the respected Berlin-based exec from rival Deezer. Krause was formerly Vice President, Central/Eastern Europe at Deezer, as well as CEO, EMEA.

The Kids love discs, reckons eBay
The Kids love discs, reckons eBaywww.completemusicupdate.com

While the streaming boom may be behind the record industry’s return to growth, there’s still an appetite for physical music product – whether new or second hand – and it’s not just old people buying CDs and vinyl, by the way.

Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XM
Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XMwww.hypebot.com

Pandora is struggling on almost every level, from monthly average users to revenue. This week Wall Street punished the streamer’s performance, more than halving its stock price in a single day.

Elvis Costello Shares New Song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’
Elvis Costello Shares New Song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’www.jambase.com
Stream “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,” a new single from Elvis Costello from the ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ soundtrack.

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