Issue 509: Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?; Amazon Music Unlimited Launches in Canada

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Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?
Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?pitchfork.com
The streaming service is cutting out the middleman for Noname and others who self-release

Apple's buyout of Shazam: 5 reasons it could change music streaming forever
Apple's buyout of Shazam: 5 reasons it could change music streaming foreverwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple is in a music-streaming arms race. It’s getting closer to 50m paying music subscribers worldwide, but remains approximately 39m behind Spotify’s premium global user-base.

Ricky Nelson Estate Launches Class Action Against Sony Music Over Streaming Royalties
Ricky Nelson Estate Launches Class Action Against Sony Music Over Streaming Royaltieswww.billboard.com
The estate of rock and roll “teen idol” Ricky Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment, alleging the label violates contractual agreements with its artists by assessing an intercompany charge on international streaming revenue that deprives artists of royalties from foreign sales.

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canada
Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canadaventurebeat.com
Amazon Music Unlimited finally launches in Canada, one year after Amazon Prime Music arrived in the country.

Sirius Enters Lion's Den of Silicon Valley With Pandora Deal
Sirius Enters Lion's Den of Silicon Valley With Pandora Dealwww.bloomberg.com
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. is so eager to reach listeners outside the car that it’s willing to take on some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Musicbed Subscriptions Give YouTube Creators Legal Soundtrack Options
Musicbed Subscriptions Give YouTube Creators Legal Soundtrack Optionswww.digitaltrends.com
YouTube flags videos that use copyrighted music in them — so music licensing Musicbed platform is launching a new subscription tool and a way to tell YouTube’s bots to back off. Connecting the subscription to a YouTube account will automatically clear flags for copyrighted music.

Spotify is in no position to displace the recording industry's Big 3
Spotify is in no position to displace the recording industry's Big 3www.businessinsider.com

Spotify has been trying to lure independent artists to sign with it directly. But that doesn’t make it a real rival to the Big 3.

Beware: Greg Maffei Is Now Music's Most Powerful Executive
Beware: Greg Maffei Is Now Music's Most Powerful Executivewww.hypebot.com
Move over Daniel Ek and Lucian Grainge, Greg Maffei is now the most powerful executive in the music industry. Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman of SiriusXM, which yesterday acquired Pandora. If that’s not enough to make Maffei music’s new…

Nigeria’s Publiseer to distribute songs on YouTube Music
Nigeria’s Publiseer to distribute songs on YouTube Musicwww.musicinafrica.net
Nigerian publishing start-up Publiseer has announced a deal that enables it to distribute songs on YouTube Music. Publiseer is home to over a hundred independent writers and musicians.

How Spotify, at 10, Is Transforming the Music Business
How Spotify, at 10, Is Transforming the Music Businesswww.brandchannel.com

Since launching in Sweden in October 2008, the 10-year-old Spotify has up-ended the global music industry, turning streaming music into a must-have service and proving that ownership of music is firmly a thing of the past.