Issue 587: Spotify Focused on Nashville, Country Music; RealNetworks Doubles Stake in Napster; Liberty Media Sizes Up Big Moves in Music Biz

Blog, Music, Streaming

How Spotify Is Trying to Take Over Nashville and Country Music
How Spotify Is Trying to Take Over Nashville and Country Musicwww.rollingstone.com

Streaming-music service is actively courting country fans in what it views as a rich “music territory.”

Is Liberty Media About to Become the Most Powerful Company in Music?
Is Liberty Media About to Become the Most Powerful Company in Music?www.rollingstone.com

The media giant could end up owning a stake in no less than seven billion-dollar or multi-billion dollar music companies by the time 2019 is through.

With Stocks In Flux, Why Analysts Think the Music Business Can Weather a Possible Recession
With Stocks In Flux, Why Analysts Think the Music Business Can Weather a Possible Recessionwww.billboard.com
As stocks founder and analysts warn of a possible recession, the music business could face another storm — and come through better than it did in 2008.

RealNetworks Takes Control Of Napster Music Streaming Service For Just $1M Up Front
RealNetworks Takes Control Of Napster Music Streaming Service For Just $1M Up Frontwww.hypebot.com

RealNetworks has doubled its stake in Rhapsody International, which operates the Napster music streaming service.

The Future of Music, Where Middlemen Have Met Their Match
The Future of Music, Where Middlemen Have Met Their Matchwww.ozy.com
Album sales have dropped by 75 percent in five years as fans have started going directly to the source.

Music streaming: 'For growth you have to look outside Western markets'
Music streaming: 'For growth you have to look outside Western markets'musically.com
Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon may dominate many of the discussions about music-streaming, but there is more to the global market than the biggest players.

Maynard James Keenan Suggests He’s Not to Blame That Tool’s Music Isn’t Available on Streaming Services
Maynard James Keenan Suggests He’s Not to Blame That Tool’s Music Isn’t Available on Streaming Servicesmusic.mxdwn.com

Fans of Tool have to currently listen to the band’s music the old-fashioned way, through CD’s. As of now, Tool’s legendary catalog is not available on any major streaming platform.

How To Cultivate More Spotify Follows
How To Cultivate More Spotify Followswww.hypebot.com

Any artist today is aware of the value of building followers on Spotify, as growing this base increases your chances of landing on a high-profile playlist. Here we look at some creative ways for artists to flip fans into followers.

How Music Streamers Could Empower Fans On The Road Toward Sustainability
How Music Streamers Could Empower Fans On The Road Toward Sustainabilitywww.hypebot.com

While Spotify’s recent stock market roller coaster has failed to offer much benefit to artists, Chris Castle here looks at how some interesting moves by streamer Tencent could be adopted by other streaming companies to put fans on a path to greater artist sustainability.

SoundCloud Co-Founder Eric Wahlforss Resigns as Chief Product Officer
SoundCloud Co-Founder Eric Wahlforss Resigns as Chief Product Officerwww.billboard.com
SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss announced on Wednesday (Jan. 23) he will be stepping down from his day-to-day role as chief product officer and transition into an advisory role for the streaming service effective March 1.

 Is music streaming coming to Nintendo Switch?
Is music streaming coming to Nintendo Switch?www.dailystar.co.uk

Nintendo Switch is a popular gaming console, but lacks in the way of media entertainment. But is Spotify coming to Nintendo Switch?