Here’s an update on what’s happening in the music industry and what to keep an eye on for 2018.
What Will It Take For Streaming To Grow In Japan? Dispatches From Tokyo Dance Music Event — www.forbes.com
The Japanese music business made just 7.4% of its money from streaming in 2016. Why has the world’s second-largest recorded music market stifled a technology that much of the global industry has already taken for granted?
Why SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor Thinks 'Being First' In Music Is Big Business — www.billboard.com
Kerry Trainor has framed his long-term vision for SoundCloud as “being first” for DIY artists and their fans.
It’s A Wrap: What To Expect From The Copyright Wars In 2018 — abovethelaw.com
Here’s hoping that 2018 will be a year of creation, collaboration, and lawful monetization.
PRS for Music CEO: 'How to unlock rightsholders' money around the world' — musically.com
This column is from Robert Ashcroft, CEO of PRS for Music: “The issues of data, value and protection for songwriters have never been so high on the agenda.”
Netflix and Spotify Ask: Can Data Mining Make for Cute Ads? — www.nytimes.com
Netflix and Spotify have turned their users’ habits into marketing campaigns to the delight of some. But not everyone.
Music Reports Hits 1 Million Songs Claimed Using Songdex Rights Database — www.billboard.com
Music Reports’ rights database Songdex has hit a new milestone, helping music publishers claim more than 1 million songs since its claiming system was launched last year.
Live-streaming app Spotlite raises $10 million from Sequoia Capital China to help singers make money — techcrunch.com
Described to me as “American Idol meets musical.ly,” startup Spotlite recently raised more than $10 million from Sequoia Capital and BlueRun Ventures. The..
Vinyl sales: the fad isn't going away and companies should understand why — www.verdict.co.uk
Vinyl sales have made a notable comeback over the past few years — up by 53 percent in 2016 — and there’s a clear reason why.