Issue #420: R. Kelly’s Streaming Numbers Up After Spotify Playlist Ban; SiriusXM Rolls Out Special U2, Beach Boys Channels

R. Kelly Streaming Numbers Remain Intact Despite Spotify Removal
R. Kelly Streaming Numbers Remain Intact Despite Spotify Removalwww.billboard.com

The music streaming company announced earlier this month that it had removed the R&B singer’s music from its playlists.

SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summer
SiriusXM to Feature Beach Boys Channel All Summerplatformandstream.wordpress.com

SiriusXM said that The Beach Boys will launch an exclusive full-time summer-long SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Channel, on Thursday, May 24.

SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1
SiriusXM to Launch ‘The U2 Experience’ Exclusive Channel on June 1platformandstream.wordpress.com

SiriusXM announced that U2 will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The U2 Experience, on channel 30 beginning Friday, June 1. The U2 Experience will showcase music from the band’s more than four decade long career.

Spotify's new hate speech policies should trouble artists and music fans
Spotify's new hate speech policies should trouble artists and music fanswww.foxnews.com
R&B artist R. Kelly, who has sold an estimated 60 million albums, has been indicted – but acquitted – of 21 counts of child pornography, accused of taking videos of himself committing sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

Sony Buys Additional 60 Percent Stake in EMI Music Publishing
Sony Buys Additional 60 Percent Stake in EMI Music Publishingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Sony’s purchase from Mubadala Investment Company — which is pending regulatory approval before it can close — brings the Japanese conglomerate’s total share up to 90 percent.

How to Save Cellular Data When Streaming Music on Your iPhone or Android Phone
How to Save Cellular Data When Streaming Music on Your iPhone or Android Phonesmartphones.gadgethacks.com

While I love Spotify, I don’t like it devouring my data plan when streaming music away from a Wi-Fi network.

Lyor Cohen works for YouTube now, and he wants you to pay $10 a month
Lyor Cohen works for YouTube now, and he wants you to pay $10 a monthwww.recode.net

What changed?

TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platform
TuneGo Raises $7.7M For Music Industry Data Platformwww.hypebot.com
TuneGO, a data driven music A&R startup has completed a Series B financing totaling more than $7.7 million.

China’s music potential: ‘We are finally getting there!’
China’s music potential: ‘We are finally getting there!’musically.com
2017 was a big year for the music industry in China: according to the IFPI, last year it was one of the world’s 10 biggest recorded-music markets for the first time.

YouTube Expands 'Artist on the Rise' Program, Starting With Jessie Reyez
YouTube Expands 'Artist on the Rise' Program, Starting With Jessie Reyezwww.billboard.com

YouTube announced that Jessie Reyez will be its first Artist on the Rise.

Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labels
Sound Royalties Launches Brand New ‘Edge’ Funding Program for Distributors to Help Fund Indie Labelsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sound Royalties introduced a new financial product to enable distributors to acquire additional content and provide advances to existing labels with the funding being provided by Sound Royalties’ through the new Edge Funding Program.

How YouTube's New Music Streaming Service Stands Up to the Competition
How YouTube's New Music Streaming Service Stands Up to the Competitionlifehacker.com
Google is back with yet another music streaming service. This time the company is rebranding YouTube Red and splitting it into two new options named YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

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