Issue #466: Lyor Cohen Leading the YouTube Music Charge; Daniel Ek: Direct Licensing with Artists ‘Doesn’t Make Us a Label’

With Lyor Cohen leading the charge, YouTube Music brings some challenges and advantages to a competitive music streaming market
Released to the public in June, YouTube Music provides yet another avenue for corporate parent Google to storm the entertainment sector. It has some unique advantages, but its connection to the video sharing site may also prove problematic.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Direct Licensing With Artists 'Doesn't Make Us a Label' During Q2 2018 Earnings Call
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Direct Licensing With Artists 'Doesn't Make Us a Label' During Q2 2018 Earnings Callwww.billboard.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek opened the company’s Q2 2018 earnings call, looking to set the record straight: The streaming platform is not working to replace record labels, even if it is offering direct licensing deals to artists.

Streaming Label Humble Angel Records Reflects on What Has -- And Hasn't -- Worked After Six Months
Streaming Label Humble Angel Records Reflects on What Has — And Hasn't — Worked After Six Monthswww.billboard.com
Thursday marks the six-month anniversary of Humble Angel Records, the streaming-first indie label founded by Warner Music’s former vp of global playlists strategy, Kieron Donoghue.

How Tech Is Changing Live Music
How Tech Is Changing Live Musicwww.hypebot.com
While much of the music industry’s future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform….

Spotify Elevates Austin Daboh to Head of Editorial, Shows in UK
Spotify Elevates Austin Daboh to Head of Editorial, Shows in UKwww.billboard.com
Spotify UK has promoted from within to replace its recently departed editorial head.

How to Get a Music Blog Premiere for Your Next Single
How to Get a Music Blog Premiere for Your Next Singleblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Press coverage is pretty important in the digital age, and it’s all about connections. But where do you start?

Streaming Music Isn't Killing French Music — It's Growing It
Streaming Music Isn't Killing French Music — It's Growing Itwww.digitalmusicnews.com
The popularity of music streaming is soaring in France this year. And so are local artists, according to data released by SNEP.

Ad agencies gave Spotify a GDPR headache, but it's now 'over the speed bump'
Ad agencies gave Spotify a GDPR headache, but it's now 'over the speed bump'www.thedrum.com
Spotify doesn’t see GDPR as having a long-term impact on either user growth or ad sales, saying over the past three months the implementation of the EU law has made a dent in revenues to equivalent to less than one million Euros.

Penske Media Makes Strategic Investment In BuzzAngle Music
Penske Media Makes Strategic Investment In BuzzAngle Musicvariety.com
Penske Media, whose brands include Variety and Rolling Stone, is making a strategic investment in analytics company BuzzAngle Music.

Drake Has Generated Over $100 Million From Streaming So Far
Drake Has Generated Over $100 Million From Streaming So Farmusic3point0.com
Drake has generated over $100 million from Apple Music and Spotify alone, which proves there really is money in streaming if you’re a superstar.

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