Issue 530: SiriusXM Posts Record Revenue; Artists Can Now Ask Spotify for Playlist Placement

Blog, Music, Streaming

SiriusXM Posts Record Revenue, 300K New Subscribers In Q3 Earnings Report
SiriusXM Posts Record Revenue, 300K New Subscribers In Q3 Earnings Reportwww.billboard.com
SiriusXM has a lot to celebrate in its earnings report for the third quarter of this year: at $1.5 billion, Sirius’ revenue jumped six percent over the same period last year, and set a new record for quarterly revenue for the company.

Artists Can Now Ask Spotify For Playlist Placement
Artists Can Now Ask Spotify For Playlist Placementwww.rollingstone.com

Playlist submission feature has received 67,000 requests from artists and labels so far.

Streaming Services, New Media And What's Next For The Music Business
Streaming Services, New Media And What's Next For The Music Businesswww.forbes.com
With Spotify’s licenses set to expire within the next couple of years, we may soon find ourselves in an all-out streaming arms race.

Spotify Head of Music Culture & Editorial Doug Ford Departing the Company
Spotify Head of Music Culture & Editorial Doug Ford Departing the Companywww.billboard.com
Doug Ford, a senior director and head of music culture & editorial, told colleagues this week that he’ll be leaving the company after five and a half years, sources tell Billboard.

Bob Dylan Streams 'More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14' Sampler
Bob Dylan Streams 'More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14' Samplerwww.jambase.com
Listen to 10 of the tracks included in the upcoming Bob Dylan archival release, ‘More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14.’

WaveAI launches EP with lyrics and melodies created by AI
WaveAI launches EP with lyrics and melodies created by AImusically.com
The latest startup exploring whether artificial intelligence (AI) can create music is called WaveAI, and it has an app called Alysia that will let anyone test its technology out.

Pandora Names Brad Minor VP, Head of Brand Marketing & Communications
Pandora Names Brad Minor VP, Head of Brand Marketing & Communicationswww.billboard.com

Pandora announced that Brad Minor will become vp, head of brand marketing and communications. He will split his time between Pandora’s headquarters in Oakland and its New York City offices.

Facebook Expands Lip-Syncing and Music-Sharing Features
Facebook Expands Lip-Syncing and Music-Sharing Featuresvariety.com
Facebook is launching new ways for users to add songs to their posts and profiles and expanding the rollout of its lip-syncing feature.

Jack Russell Laments Death Of Album Format: 'There Was A Ritual To Music That Has Been Lost In The Age Of Streaming'
Jack Russell Laments Death Of Album Format: 'There Was A Ritual To Music That Has Been Lost In The Age Of Streaming'www.blabbermouth.net

Former Great White singer Jack Russell has lamented the death of the album format in light of how comprehensively streaming music services are deci…

Disturbed's David Draiman Says 'People Demonize Streaming' — But It Actually Saved the Industry
Disturbed's David Draiman Says 'People Demonize Streaming' — But It Actually Saved the Industrywww.digitalmusicnews.com
A prevailing argument is that artists made a lot more before streaming music became ubiquitous.  But Disturbed’s David Draiman disagrees with that.

Can Sonos beat back the tech giants?
Can Sonos beat back the tech giants?www.economist.com

Hardware is hard. The electronics-industry adage applies not only to making ever more complex devices but also to selling them at a good price. Even inventive firms fail to ward off commoditisation. Will Sonos, a maker of wireless speakers that went public in August at a value of just under $1.5bn, escape this fate?