Issue 612: De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums; SoundCloud’s Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify, Apple Music

Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums
Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albumsfortune.com
De La Soul’s classic hip-hop records are finally coming to streaming. But the band members claim label Tommy Boy isn’t paying them enough.

SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Music
SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Musicwww.forbes.com
Artist first platform SoundCloud has thrown their hat in the ring for music distribution, by adding its own tools to premium accounts. With the top streaming artist being from the hip hop genre, SoundCloud will need to entice more indie rappers to join its platform.

Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demand
Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demandvariety.com
Spotify is letting Indian music fans play any song on-demand from the free smartphone app, a feature it doesn’t offer anywhere else.

This new app finds records using your Spotify playlists
This new app finds records using your Spotify playliststhevinylfactory.com
new app called Record Radar scans your Spotify playlists to find those tracks on vinyl in stores, using Discogs’ database.

iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Stream
iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

iHeartMedia today announced it acquired Athens, Greece-based online audio technology company Radiojar Information Technology.

Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platform
Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platformdigiday.com
The focus on growing its ad business comes as most of Spotify’s revenue comes from the ad-free, subscription product.

Brand Intimacy...For Radio
Brand Intimacy…For Radiojacobsmedia.com
12 steps for creating an intimate radio brand.

Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018
Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018musically.com
With all three major labels having published their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 – and thus for the year as a whole – we can get a picture of how their digital businesses grew.

Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive - hypebot
Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive – hypebotwww.hypebot.com
Top Of The Spots has a simple premise: choose which of two randomly chosen tracks on Spotify got the most cumulative plays. Playing this free game is truly addictive, particularly for us music junkies, and far harder than you’d think. Play Top Of The Spots here.

MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups
MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startupsmusically.com
AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having launched their own ‘tokens’.Now there’s a site for keeping track of AND trading those tokens. It’s called MyMusicTokens.

Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?
Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?www.forbes.com
Music streaming revenue is way up and growing, but will it be enough to offset the loss of physical sales?

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