Issue 618: SiriusXM Creates Pandora Content Team to Produce Podcasts, Playlists; New Streaming App for Underground Artists; Symphonic Distribution Expands to China

SiriusXM Creates First-Ever Pandora Content Team to Produce Podcasts, Playlists & More
SiriusXM Creates First-Ever Pandora Content Team to Produce Podcasts, Playlists & Morewww.billboard.com
Led by SiriusXM’s chief content officer Scott Greenstein, the new content team will create original music, sports and talk content for Pandora listeners.

LSU student develops "Revibe" streaming app for underground artists
LSU student develops "Revibe" streaming app for underground artistswww.lsunow.com
LSU student Kayne Lynn noticed problems when it came to streaming music from many different platforms, so he set out to create a universal platform of his own.

Spotify Taps Live Nation to Further Expand Its ‘Rap Caviar Live’ Series
Spotify Taps Live Nation to Further Expand Its ‘Rap Caviar Live’ Serieswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Can you tour a playlist? Spotify has announced a new Live Nation Urban partnership for another RapCaviar Live concert this year.

Symphonic Distribution ExpandsInto China
Symphonic Distribution ExpandsInto Chinawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Company has integrated with Tencent, NetEase, and soon, Alibaba

Germany's Music Market Flips for Digital as Streaming Overtakes CDs During Flat Year for Sales
Germany's Music Market Flips for Digital as Streaming Overtakes CDs During Flat Year for Saleswww.billboard.com
Streaming finally overtook CDs as the market leader in Germany last year, though explosive growth in digital wasn’t enough to push the world’s No. 3 music consumer into the black overall, according to new figures released today by the Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI).

Spotify’s repeat button is coming back to a song’s now playing page
Spotify’s repeat button is coming back to a song’s now playing pagewww.theverge.com

Spotify is bringing back the repeat button after the company pushed out an update last month that buried it inside a submenu, much to the chagrin of repeat button lovers.

Alexa’s new Song ID feature can announce what music is playing next
Alexa’s new Song ID feature can announce what music is playing nexttechcrunch.com

Amazon today is launching a new feature called “Song ID” that aims to help users discover music they like by using Alexa.

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Announce Philadelphia Webcast
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Announce Philadelphia Webcastwww.jambase.com
A webcast of this Friday night’s Bob Weir & Wolf Bros show at The Met in Philadelphia is available.

Spotify is at its "House of Cards" moment with podcast pivot
Spotify is at its "House of Cards" moment with podcast pivot9to5mac.com
Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet Media and Anchor signal a pivot into becoming an “audio” focused company as they diversity into podcasts.

4 songs on "When I Get Home" may earn Solange no money from Spotify
4 songs on "When I Get Home" may earn Solange no money from Spotifyqz.com
Songs must be played for 30 seconds to make money on Spotify. Four of the tracks on Solange’s new album are shorter than that.

Universal Music CEO to artists: Fine-tune your lyrics for smart speakers
Universal Music CEO to artists: Fine-tune your lyrics for smart speakerswww.cnet.com
Lucian Grainge talks smart speakers, streaming and social media on stage at MWC in Barcelona.

Spotify Offers Special Presale Tickets For 'The Joe Budden Podcast' Live Tour
Spotify Offers Special Presale Tickets For 'The Joe Budden Podcast' Live Tourallhiphop.com
The outspoken crew is headed to Colorado, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

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