Issue 557: Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features; Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Set Deal; Massive Attack Test Remix-Rights Tracking with Blokur

Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listening
Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listeningvariety.com
Amazon Music today announced the rollout of new voice features that enables listeners to personalize their streaming music experience. Essentially, listeners can have a conversation with the service’s Alexa to find playlists and music for specific moods or occasions, “liking” or rejecting son…

Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Will Promote Each Other in New Content Pact
Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Will Promote Each Other in New Content Pactvariety.com
Spotify and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will promote each other under a new one-year content partnership.

How Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Became a Viral Video 'Event' in the Streaming Era
How Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Became a Viral Video 'Event' in the Streaming Erawww.billboard.com
By looking piece-by-piece at how “thank u, next” became a viral sensation, it becomes apparent how exactly YouTube and other video platforms are attempting to market videos as collective “events” in the on-demand streaming era.

Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokur
Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokurmusically.com
If you’ve not seen Massive Attack’s Fantom app, it’s well worth having a play with: one of the best interactive music apps we’ve seen.

Digital distributor Ditto Music to launch Coffee chain across UK
Digital distributor Ditto Music to launch Coffee chain across UKwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Independent distribution and label service provider Ditto Music is launching a coffee chain, called Ditto Coffee.

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all
Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for alltechcrunch.com

Initially, the feature was only available to select users on mobile devices, ahead of a broader public launch. Today, Pandora says its Podcast Genome Project has gone live for all users.

Indian Music Streaming Service Saavn Is Now JioSaavn
Indian Music Streaming Service Saavn Is Now JioSaavnwww.billboard.com
Leading Indian digital music services Saavn and JioMusic have completed their merger, and are now known as JioSaavn.

Deezer expands podcast catalog via Voxnest partnership
Deezer expands podcast catalog via Voxnest partnershipwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Deezer has teamed up with Voxnest-owned podcasting platform Spreaker to expand its podcast catalog for users in Colombia and Brazil.

Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Yannick Nézet-Séguin With iTunes Releases & SiriusXM Broadcasts
Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Yannick Nézet-Séguin With iTunes Releases & SiriusXM Broadcastsoperawire.com

This has been a major week for the Metropolitan Opera. Not only did it launch a new podcast and open its new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” but it also kickstarted conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s tenure as its music director.

Digital Music Is King. So Why Did A Vinyl Record-Pressing Plant Just Open In Virginia?
Digital Music Is King. So Why Did A Vinyl Record-Pressing Plant Just Open In Virginia?wamu.org
Surging interest in vinyl records is fueling an industry, and Alexandria’s Furnace Record Pressing is betting the craze is here to stay.

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