Issue #458: Smule Music App Steps Into the Spotlight; Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?

Smule may be the biggest music app you haven't heard of
Smule may be the biggest music app you haven't heard ofwww.cnet.com
If you want to sing out, sing out.

Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?
Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?www.billboard.com
If you’re an artist and see “New York City” listed as one of your top cities for fans, that might not mean exactly what you think it does.

BMG to Relaunch ‘Live from Daryl’s House,’ New Episodes Coming
BMG to Relaunch ‘Live from Daryl’s House,’ New Episodes Comingvariety.com
BMG has partnered with executive producers Daryl Hall and Jonathan Wolfson to secure worldwide rights for Hall’s Webby Award-winning TV series, “Live from Daryl’s House” and will begin producing new segments beginning this fall, the company announced today.

Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback duration
Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback durationventurebeat.com
Researchers at Amazon have developed a method that uses playback duration and an AI model to predict musical taste.

Australia Wants to Impose 'Culture Quotas' on Streaming Music Services
Australia Wants to Impose 'Culture Quotas' on Streaming Music Serviceswww.digitalmusicnews.com
APRA AMCOS and SPA have sent a joint letter to the Commonwealth government asking officials to impose quotas on streaming services.

This SA creator of two Twitter apps - with over a million users - wants to build the next Spotify with blockchain
This SA creator of two Twitter apps – with over a million users – wants to build the next Spotify with blockchain www.businessinsider.co.za
Simon de la Rouviere co-founded music distribution platform Ujo Music in 2015, after starting TwimeMachine and Tweekly.fm as side projects.

Musical.ly Juggernaut Flighthouse Launches YouTube Channel
Musical.ly Juggernaut Flighthouse Launches YouTube Channelwww.billboard.com
The Flighthouse media brand, which is led by 19-year-old CEO Jacob Price, is a top channel on musical.ly with 1 billion-plus monthly views, thanks to its nearly 18 million fans.

Streaming Has Taken Over the Music Industry
Streaming Has Taken Over the Music Industrywww.pcmag.com
Audio and video music streaming make up 75 percent of music consumption in the US, up from 50 percent in the first half of 2016, according to Nielsen’s US Mid-Year Music Report.

Data increasingly shaping how music is made, report finds
Data increasingly shaping how music is made, report findswww.m-magazine.co.uk

A new study suggests that while streaming services have helped recorded music return to growth, their greatest contribution may turn out to be the data they generate about fans’ listening habits.

Spotify + Patreon — Label = A Brand-New Success Model
Spotify + Patreon — Label = A Brand-New Success Modelwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify isn’t signing artists, and neither is Patreon. Which is exactly the point. So what happens when the next Amanda Palmer wants to get signed?

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