Issue 594: Spotify in Talks to Buy Gimlet Media; SiriusXM App to Add Pandora Music Channels

Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Media
Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Mediawww.billboard.com
Spotify is in talks to acquire Gimlet Media, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, as it sets its sights on becoming a bigger player in the podcasting space.

Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this year
Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this yeartechcrunch.com

SiriusXM this week offered a few more details on how it plans to leverage its newest asset, Pandora, following its $3.5 billion acquisition of the streaming music service last year, which officially closes on Friday.

Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platforms
Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platformswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Jennifer Hudson has removed two R. Kelly-written songs from streaming platforms as artists denounce and refuse to perform songs by Kelly, following resurfaced sexual misconduct claims against him in the Lifetime documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’

Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100m
Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100mwww.businesscloud.co.uk
Ministry of Sound chairman Lohan Presencer reflects on impact of digitalisation on music industry and sale of label to Sony Music Entertainment

YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishing
YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Exec has spent five years at Google/YouTube

PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnership
PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnershipwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations.”

English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Charge
English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Chargewww.rollingstone.com

Repertoire from outside America or in a language other than English isn’t just dominating key individual territories; it’s also taking over the world.

This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge form
This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge formwww.theverge.com
DJ Remute’s forthcoming LP, Technoptimistic was programmed entirely using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. And, it’s being released on a Sega Mega Drive cartridge.

Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?
Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?musically.com
Japan may be the world’s second-largest recorded-music market, but in terms of music-streaming, it is still early days for a country where CD is still the prime format.

The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Music
The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Musicwww.businesstoday.in
The number of Prime Music listeners adopting voice to listen to music is growing day by day – over 3.5 times.

Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patents
Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patentswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is being sued by a professional IP representative for allegedly infringing on its patents.

Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music forever
Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music foreverwww.mirror.co.uk

At CES 2019 Sony showed an amazing audio demo that could be a sign of great things to come