Issue #383: Amazon Announces New Elton John Audio Program; Spinnin’ Records Get ‘Voice Ready’ with Rebranded Playlists

Blog, Music, Streaming

Amazon Announces Elton John ‘Soundboard’ Special
Amazon Announces Elton John ‘Soundboard’ Specialvariety.com
Amazon today announced “Soundboard With Elton John,” featuring Interviews, guests, more.

Will Blockchain Find a Place in Radio?
Will Blockchain Find a Place in Radio?www.radioworld.com

Acknowledging the hype, some see potential fruitful disruption for media businesses.

Spotify relies on the big labels for most of its music. It thinks that will change
Spotify relies on the big labels for most of its music. It thinks that will changewww.recode.net
The streaming music company wants to get more music — and more profitable music — from the little guys.

Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mind
Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mindmusically.com
Fresh from being acquired by Sony Music, dance label Spinnin’ Records is experimenting with its streaming playlists and a voice-driven rebrand.

Why Play Counts, Views, and Hits Don't Necessarily Translate To Success In Music
Why Play Counts, Views, and Hits Don't Necessarily Translate To Success In Musicblog.reverbnation.com

There’s nothing more exciting for a new artist than finding out that listeners are starting to learn about and enjoy their music. But using play counts, views, and hits as the only metrics to measure musical success is a bad idea.

Michael Huppe: It's Time for SiriusXM to Get Serious About Paying Music Creators
Michael Huppe: It's Time for SiriusXM to Get Serious About Paying Music Creatorswww.billboard.com
The CLASSICS Act does not address every inequity facing music creators , but it’s an important step on the journey towards treating all creators fairly — across all platforms. And it’s progress. We urge Congress to move quickly and decisively to turn the unity package into law.

Spotify, Pandora Will Know More on Audience with New Adobe Tool
Spotify, Pandora Will Know More on Audience with New Adobe Toolfortune.com
Adobe announced new audio capabilities for their Analytics Cloud that companies like Spotify and Pandora can use.

Musicians v. Technology: From Jack White and Prince to Pearl Jam and John Philip Sousa
Musicians v. Technology: From Jack White and Prince to Pearl Jam and John Philip Sousaexclaim.ca
Jack White has banned cell phones from his upcoming tour, reinforcing his reputation as a retro-fetishizing Luddite.

30 Million Songs Down to 30
30 Million Songs Down to 30hackernoon.com
Anghami is the leading Music streaming service in the MENA region. My team leads on personalization related features, the champion of which is the “Your Weekly Mixtape” feature.

How to Use Spotify Ad Studio
How to Use Spotify Ad Studioblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Spotify rolled out a self-serve platform to ramp up its ads sales. We’ve put together tips for independent artists on how to use Spotify Ad Studio.

Irving Azoff Launching 'Unmanageable' Talk Show on SiriusXM
Irving Azoff Launching 'Unmanageable' Talk Show on SiriusXMwww.billboard.com
The legendary manager and chairman/CEO of Azoff MSG Entertainment will host conversations with influential music business figures on his weekly show on the Volume channel.

Inside the dusty brains of the first Spotify investor – looking at how we were right and wrong
Inside the dusty brains of the first Spotify investor – looking at how we were right and wrongblog.creandum.com

At the Stockholm Arlanda airport, getting ready to fly to New York for Spotify’s Capital Markets Day, I dug through the deepest corners of Dropbox to look for an old slide.