Black Coffee is Creating a Streaming App for African Artists Shut Out of the Music Industry
Black Coffee’s company Soulistic Music is working on a music platform that will enable artists to own all the rights to their work.
Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Stream — www.billboard.com
The 23 albums released today — not counting “Anthology” — represent the first wave of digital catalog releases.
Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’ — variety.com
Sony Music has begun to distribute $750 million in profit from the sale of its Spotify shares to all artists and distributed labels.
Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Look — blog.chartmetric.io
After Spotify’s April 2018 initial public offering (IPO), a lot of ink has been spilled on the Swedish music streaming giant’s theoretical “direct deal” licensing with independent artists. Here’s the…
CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songs — www.hypebot.com
CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well. CD Baby estimates that their distributed catalog accounts for…
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home — www.nytimes.com
Options abound for viewing concerts and music documentaries online, but Qello curates a lot of it in one place. Here’s the best of what it offers.
Can acts on direct deals with Spotify out-perform those on major labels? — musically.com
There has been a lot of bellyaching, handwringing and bluster spoken about Spotify recently doing direct deals with artists. Is it a stealth move by Spotify to cut out labels entirely? If it is, it’s the biggest kamikaze play in history. Is it a tactical bartering chip for when Spotify has to renew its licensing
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Tips for prioritizing — www.cnbc.com
To stay focused at work, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek has high standards for how he prioritizes his time. Hanging out with friends doesn’t always make the cut.
Turnabout is fair play, as they say, so after Apple challenged Amazon’s Echo smart speakers with HomePod, Amazon has decided to aggressively chase Apple Music users with its own streaming service.