Issue #296: How Tech Set Underground Music Free; Coming Soon: Blockchain Streaming Service Choon

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choon
Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choonwww.magneticmag.com
Gareth Emery is taking a crack at two of the hottest and potentially most difficult businesses to get a foothold in – blockchain and streaming.

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music
Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Musicboisestatepublicradio.org
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling

Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures
Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventureswww.hypebot.com
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Domin
Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Dominwww.fastcompany.com
UnitedMasters offers artists a combination of distribution across digital music services and detailed analytics.

Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hikewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing
The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. But on the antitrust front, the Trump Administration appears to be retreating in other places.

Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investorsmusically.com
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat.

Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap
Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gapwww.hypebot.com
In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of ‘windowing,’ writes Chris Castle.

Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'
Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'www.jambase.com
Listen to the new Neil Young & Promise Of The Real album ‘The Visitor’ in advance of this Friday’s official release.