Issue 578: Why Spotify is Not a Music Company; Lincoln to Integrate Tidal Music Streaming in New Vehicles

Why Spotify Is Not A Music Company
Why Spotify Is Not A Music Companymedium.com
On October 28, 2018, as I was on Spotify’s mobile app searching for a certain music playlist I had made for myself, I received the following, unsolicited push notification: The notification was for…

Lincoln To Integrate Tidal Music Streaming In Its New Vehicles
Lincoln To Integrate Tidal Music Streaming In Its New Vehicleswww.ubergizmo.com
Tidal, the Jay-Z backed music streaming service, primarily caters to audiophiles. Its main customer is the person that’s willing to pay a…

'Surviving R. Kelly' Doc Finale Spurred 116% Gain in R. Kelly Music Streams
'Surviving R. Kelly' Doc Finale Spurred 116% Gain in R. Kelly Music Streamswww.billboard.com
Following the Jan. 3-5 airing of Lifetime’s six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, on-demand streams of R. Kelly’s music soared, as did his Wikipedia page views. Conversely, radio airplay has plunged for the controversial R&B singer.

Why Alt-Radio Is Suddenly Embracing Hip-Hop
Why Alt-Radio Is Suddenly Embracing Hip-Hopwww.billboard.com
On the alt-rock airwaves, new voices boast bars, not Fenders.

Spotify, Apple Music Helped CD Baby Artists Earn Over $100 Million In 2018
Spotify, Apple Music Helped CD Baby Artists Earn Over $100 Million In 2018www.forbes.com
CD Baby artists earned “well over” $100 million in 2018, which represents a 25% increase over 2017 when artists earned $80.1 million. Industry analysts are pointing to two strategic opportunities that CD Baby was able to leverage this past year that helped fuel the increase in artist payouts.

MQA to showcase premium in-car music listening at CES 2019
MQA to showcase premium in-car music listening at CES 2019www.automotiveworld.com
MQA, the world’s leading company delivering master quality audio in a file small enough to stream, today announced that the company is expanding its innovative technology to the automotive market

Nielsen: Canadian music consumption grew by 21% in 2018
Nielsen: Canadian music consumption grew by 21% in 2018musically.com
Research firm Nielsen published its 2018 figures for the US recorded-music market earlier this week, but it has also put out some numbers for Canada. The topline stat: total ‘album equivalent audio consumption’ was up by 21% in 2018. And yes, streaming was key.

Apple Music extends lyric availability to seven more countries
Apple Music extends lyric availability to seven more countriesthemusicnetwork.com
The Music Network is Australia’s #1 source for music industry news, charts and jobs since 1994.

Daniel Ek wasn't lying: streaming is becoming less dominated by mega-hits
Daniel Ek wasn't lying: streaming is becoming less dominated by mega-hitswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
The number of plays attracted by the Top 50 audio streaming hits last year went DOWN

Album Sales Are Dying as Fast as Streaming Services Are Rising
Album Sales Are Dying as Fast as Streaming Services Are Risingwww.rollingstone.com

Music consumption shot up in 2018, no thanks to album or song sales.

Lady Gaga Pulls R. Kelly Collaboration From Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and More
Lady Gaga Pulls R. Kelly Collaboration From Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Morewww.hypebot.com

Lady Gaga is pulling her 2013 collaboration with R. Kelly “Do What U Want” from iTunes and all streaming services, as fallout from sexual assault allegations brought to forefront by a new Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.”

30% of All U.S. Music Streams in 2018 Were R&B/Hip-Hop, With Drake the Most-Streamed Artist of Year
30% of All U.S. Music Streams in 2018 Were R&B/Hip-Hop, With Drake the Most-Streamed Artist of Yearwww.billboard.com

Drake was king of streams in 2018, as he finished the year as the most-streamed artist in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

CES 2019 C Space Spotify Podcast Panel
CES 2019 C Space Spotify Podcast Panelwww.twice.com
Last year, Spotify announced that it was going begin a focus on podcasters, and at Tuesday’s C Space Storyteller session at CES 2019, company VP Courtney Holt revealed some of the ways it is happening, including introducing journalist Jemele Hill on stage as the latest exclusive podcaster to sign with Spotify.

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Jeff loves music. He also loves band t-shirts, which has become something of an obsession. There's a vintage Roxy Music t-shirt on eBay for $299 he is absolutely going to get when he starts making the big bucks.