Issue 633: Spotify Tests Two-Person Premium Option; Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growth

Spotify is testing a new two-person premium option
Spotify is testing a new two-person premium optionwww.fastcompany.com
The streaming music giant is trying out a new premium subscription plan called Duo for couples and roommates.

How Jason Aldean's Rearview Town racked up over half a billion streams – and helped change country music's digital profile
How Jason Aldean's Rearview Town racked up over half a billion streams – and helped change country music's digital profilewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
How the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube boosted the country’s superstar worldwide

Amazon Music Will Be the Fastest-Growing Audio Streaming Service This Year
Amazon Music Will Be the Fastest-Growing Audio Streaming Service This Year www.emarketer.com
Amazon Music will cross 35 million monthly listeners in the US this year. At a growth rate of 17.7% year over year, we expect it will grow faster than any other digital audio service in our forecast.

Short Arms And Deep Pockets: Tech Giants Still Hate Paying Artists
Short Arms And Deep Pockets: Tech Giants Still Hate Paying Artistsabovethelaw.com

These behemoths’ quibble is with the Copyright Royalty Board, who recently, after years of consideration, a thorough review of thousands of documents, and hearings involving dozens of witnesses, took the wholly rational and considered step of raising internet streaming royalties by small percentages for the next few years, maxing out at 15.1 percent of total content cost in 2022.

7digital, ACCESS Partner to Power the Automotive Connected Radio Revolution – Platform & Stream
7digital, ACCESS Partner to Power the Automotive Connected Radio Revolution – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

ACCESS and 7digital have announced a partnership to bring cutting-edge connected radio services into the car.

Instagram’s head of music partnerships steps down
Instagram’s head of music partnerships steps downmusically.com

Lauren Wirtzer Seawood, Instagram’s head of music partnerships, is leaving the company. She joined in November 20015 after a previous role heading digital for Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment.

Launch of 'Ursa Music' At SXSW 2019 Emphasizes Importance of Artist Empowerment
Launch of 'Ursa Music' At SXSW 2019 Emphasizes Importance of Artist Empowermentgritdaily.com
At SXSW 2019 in Austin, Ursa Music made its debut, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a strong connection between artists and fans.

Alison Bonny leaves Spotify after 8 years
Alison Bonny leaves Spotify after 8 yearswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Bonny joined Spotify shortly before its US launch in 2011.

Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growth
Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growthvariety.com
The U.S. Latin music business grew 18% in 2018, driven almost entirely by streaming, according to the RIAA’s year-end report.

Phish: 4 Nights in 4K
Phish: 4 Nights in 4Kwww.streamingmedia.com
The relentlessly creative and adventurous band took the leap to 4K for its Halloween run in Las Vegas last year.

Why Nigeria's copyright law is incompatible with digital technology
Why Nigeria's copyright law is incompatible with digital technologywww.musicinafrica.net
The Nigerian music industry is largely dependent on copyright laws to protect its creativity.

Are You Ready for the Future of Rights Management?
Are You Ready for the Future of Rights Management?www.digitalmusicnews.com
An outline of the major challenges facing proper royalty administration and payouts, from the president of Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and Rumblefish.

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