Issue 629: Spotify’s Strategic Offensive Hits Three Fronts; Pandora Reveals Its First Sonic Logo; SiriusXM to Broadcast Live from ULTRA Music Festival in Miami

Spotify's Strategic Offensive Hits Three Fronts
Spotify's Strategic Offensive Hits Three Frontswww.billboard.com
The streaming giant is now fighting on three fronts: in India; the Washington, D.C., Copyright Royalty Board; and Brussels’ antitrust system. Whatever happens, it could lose the PR war.

Maren Morris' History-Making First-Week Numbers Say A Lot About Country In The Streaming Era
Maren Morris' History-Making First-Week Numbers Say A Lot About Country In The Streaming Erawww.forbes.com
Maren Morris’ new album made history this week on streaming platforms, but the number she generated doesn’t come close to matching a typical frame for many hip-hop musicians.

Spotify Begins Label Licensing Talks Amid Major Disputes
Spotify Begins Label Licensing Talks Amid Major Disputeswww.hypebot.com

Spotify has begun negotiations to renew its licencees with all three major labels and other rights holders.

Pandora reveals its first sonic logo
Pandora reveals its first sonic logoadage.com
Neither Spotify nor Apple Music have a sonic brand logo, but that might change now that one of the audio streaming giants has adopted one.

Spotify to Surpass Pandora Listeners by 2021, Sooner Than Expected
Spotify to Surpass Pandora Listeners by 2021, Sooner Than Expectedwww.emarketer.com
Pandora may be the most popular music streaming service in the US, but it won’t retain the No. 1 spot for much longer. According to our latest forecast on digital music listeners, Spotify will surpass Pandora in terms of users by 2021—one year sooner than we predicted last year.

Songtradr completes $12m Series B funding round
Songtradr completes $12m Series B funding roundwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Lead investor is WiseTech Global CEO Richard White.

Apple Music's 'Browse' tab refreshed with new look, wider playlist selections
Apple Music's 'Browse' tab refreshed with new look, wider playlist selectionsappleinsider.com
Apple has tweaked the “Browse” tab of Apple Music on iTunes and iOS, providing users easy access to the “Daily Top 100” playlists.

Bandsintown Acquires Hypebot & Music Think Tank
Bandsintown Acquires Hypebot & Music Think Tankwww.billboard.com
Concert discovery tool Bandsintown has acquired Hypebot.com and MusicThinkTank.com, artists-centric and technology media companies founded in 2004 by booking agent and publisher Bruce Houghton.

Zane Lowe on why Apple Music is 'in the storytelling business' – and why Billie Eilish is 'magic'
Zane Lowe on why Apple Music is 'in the storytelling business' – and why Billie Eilish is 'magic'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The Apple Music exec and Beats 1 anchor on what he wants to achieve – and the 17-year-old wunderkind.

SiriusXM to Broadcast Live from ULTRA Music Festival in Miami – Platform & Stream
SiriusXM to Broadcast Live from ULTRA Music Festival in Miami – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced that for the 15th consecutive year, it will broadcast live from ULTRA Music Festival, the world famous outdoor electronic dance music festival, beginning Friday, March 29.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Music Streaming Industry
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Music Streaming Industrywww.digitalmusicnews.com
The rapid advances in artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning have led to significant changes in the music streaming industry.

Spotify expands free Google Home Mini offer to the UK and France
Spotify expands free Google Home Mini offer to the UK and Francewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Offer was previously available in the US only

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