Issue 585: Spotify Offers the Mute Button; Cardi B, (Streaming) Queen of Rap; Foo Fighters Announce Super Saturday Webcast

Spotify Makes It Easy to Mute R. Kelly (Or Any Other Artist)
Spotify Makes It Easy to Mute R. Kelly (Or Any Other Artist)www.billboard.com
Spotify is making it easier to mute R. Kelly. Or any other artist for that matter. The music streaming service has quietly gone wide with a feature that makes it easy to block a particular artist from automatically playing in personal and curated playlists as well as charts, radio or a user’s personal library.

Cardi B Is The Queen Of Rap, At Least From A Streaming Standpoint
Cardi B Is The Queen Of Rap, At Least From A Streaming Standpointwww.forbes.com
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper had the seventh-most streamed song of 2018 in the United States.

Foo Fighters Announce Super Saturday Night Webcast
Foo Fighters Announce Super Saturday Night Webcastwww.jambase.com
Foo Fighters have announced a free live stream of their Super Saturday Night concert with a slightly NSFW football-themed sketch video staring them as the San Jose Jackolopes.

The economics of streaming is making songs shorter
The economics of streaming is making songs shorterqz.com
Streaming means it pays to keep your songs short. Our analysis shows that the biggest rappers and country stars are changing their song lengths to fit the format.

Music technology company Spitfire Audio launches label
Music technology company Spitfire Audio launches labelwww.musicweek.com
The label will promote the work of Spitfire-affiliated artists and composers. “It will function as a key marketing asset for the business,” says label manager Harriet Pittard.

How Salt Lake is joining a streaming local music movement in America’s libraries
How Salt Lake is joining a streaming local music movement in America’s librarieswww.deseretnews.com
“For the library to step in as a respected curator, that’s a big deal” — looking at HUM, the library’s locally focused streaming music service.

Spotify Narrows Its 'Preferred Distributors' List to Just 3 Companies
Spotify Narrows Its 'Preferred Distributors' List to Just 3 Companieswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Last October, Digital Music News broke the news that Spotify had selected 5 preferred distributors: CD Baby, Distrokid, EmuBands, FUGA, and The Orchard. 

Streaming In Germany Grew By 40 Percent, Offsetting Drops in CD and Vinyl Sales
Streaming In Germany Grew By 40 Percent, Offsetting Drops in CD and Vinyl Saleswww.billboard.com
Streaming in Germany grew by over 40 percent in 2018 with a record 79.5 billion streams, according to year-end figures from the German Music Association (BVMI).

CTA: Consumer Spending on Video/Music Streaming Services to Increase 25% to $26 Billion in 2019
CTA: Consumer Spending on Video/Music Streaming Services to Increase 25% to $26 Billion in 2019www.mediaplaynews.com

Domestic consumer spending on video and music streaming services is projected to increase 25% to $26 billion in 2019.

Ariana Grande smashes Spotify 24-hour record
Ariana Grande smashes Spotify 24-hour recordwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Nearly 15m plays of 7 Rings.

Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next month
Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next monthwww.engadget.com
Bands and indie artists using Bandcamp to sell their music and merchandise might soon see their creations sold in the service’s first brick-and-mortar location….

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