Issue #481: New GongBox Music Streaming App Tailored for African Market; Prince Estate, Sony Release 23 Long-Unavailable Albums Digitally

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
Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Streamwww.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’
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
Spotify “Direct Deals” vs. Major Label Artists: A First Lookblog.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
CD Baby Distributes 50% Of All New Spotify Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songswww.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…

Metadata: What It Is and Why It Matters
Metadata: What It Is and Why It Mattersartists.spotify.com
Making sure you’re digitally credited for the music you make is key to your income—and your success.

Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Home
Missed the Summer Music Festivals? Stream These Classic Performances at Homewww.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?
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 
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.

After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fans
After HomePod challenged Echo, Amazon wants to poach Apple Music fansventurebeat.com

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.

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