Issue 559: Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Records; Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Records
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Recordswww.wsj.com
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most-streamed song from the pre-streaming era and the most-streamed classic rock song of all time, according to Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group.

Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes
Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tuneswww.wsj.com
The Chinese counterpart to Spotify faces enough challenges to suggest its imminent IPO is overpriced.

Apple's Platoon acquisition is about the much-bigger picture
Apple's Platoon acquisition is about the much-bigger picturemusically.com
The news broke on Friday morning that Apple has acquired British artist-services startup Platoon.

Here's Why Spotify Moved Its San Francisco HQ—and Gave Up a Payroll Tax Break to Do It
Here's Why Spotify Moved Its San Francisco HQ—and Gave Up a Payroll Tax Break to Do Itfortune.com
Music streaming service Spotify moved its San Francisco HQ, losing a payroll tax break and ending its lease early, due to safety concerns.

SiriusXM's 'Future Five' for 2019: Joyner Lucas, Ryan Hurd & Alec Benjamin Make the List
SiriusXM's 'Future Five' for 2019: Joyner Lucas, Ryan Hurd & Alec Benjamin Make the Listwww.billboard.com
SiriusXM has revealed its annual “Future Five” list of new artists that the satellite radio giant believes will breakthrough in 2019, plus offers an update on its “Class of 2018” success stories.

The world is not enough: analytics make the difference in A&R and marketing
The world is not enough: analytics make the difference in A&R and marketingblog.chartmetric.io
On my first day in a new role a few years back, a colleague asked whether I’d like to see the marketing reports. A little later, they handed me a couple of sheets of paper with sales and streaming…

Playlists Aren’t Everything. Here Are Some Other Critical Metrics to Track an Artist’s Success (Or Lack Thereof)
Playlists Aren’t Everything. Here Are Some Other Critical Metrics to Track an Artist’s Success (Or Lack Thereof)www.digitalmusicnews.com
The God-like power of the playlist is both respected and feared within the music industry. But ignore these other metrics at your own risk.

Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world's musicians
Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world's musicianswww.cnet.com
CNET talks being a “woman in tech,” body augmentation and Harry Potter with the Grammy Award-winning musician.

Max Martin's Auddly Scores Two Major Partnerships In the 'Data Supply Chain'
Max Martin's Auddly Scores Two Major Partnerships In the 'Data Supply Chain'www.digitalmusicnews.com
Just this morning, metadata-focused Auddly announced partnerships with two major rights groups: PPL in the UK and SAMI in Sweden.

Hear Daniel Ek Trace Spotify’s Origin Story on the ‘Masters of Scale’ Podcast
Hear Daniel Ek Trace Spotify’s Origin Story on the ‘Masters of Scale’ Podcastnewsroom.spotify.com

Spotify was founded in 2008, and in the decade since, millions of people around the world have joined the music streaming revolution. But where did it all begin?

How to get my music on Napster for free
How to get my music on Napster for freeroutenote.com
Getting your music on the top music streaming services and download stores is easy and free when you distribute through RouteNote. Veterans of online music streaming, Napster are one of many services we can send your music to.

Spotify Delivers Artists 2018 'Wrapped' Year-End Insights
Spotify Delivers Artists 2018 'Wrapped' Year-End Insightswww.billboard.com

Spotify for Artists announced that launch of its annual Artist Wrapped campaign on Thursday, giving musicians and their teams insight into their success on the platform over the past year.

European CMOs PPL & SAMI Partner With Auddly To Fix Metadata Black Hole
European CMOs PPL & SAMI Partner With Auddly To Fix Metadata Black Holewww.billboard.com
Auddly, the Swedish tech start-up co-founded by Swedish songwriters Max Martin and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to solve music’s well-documented data problems, has teamed up with European CMOs PPL and SAMI as part of its ongoing efforts to accurately capture song data.

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