Issue 636: Every Music Company Morphing Into the Same Thing; Global Recorded-Music Revenues Hit $19.1B; Pandora Tests AI-Powered Voice Ads

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Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thing
Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thingwww.rollingstone.com

Record labels are becoming streaming services; talent management companies are becoming record labels; distributors are having a go at becoming managers. And artists are stuck in the middle.

Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billion
Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billionvariety.com
Driven by streaming, global recorded-music revenues soared nearly 10% to $19.1 billion, according to IFPI’s annual report.

Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Ads
Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Adswww.digitaltrends.com
If you spot someone in the street talking to ads on Pandora in the coming months, then no, you’re not going mad. It’s part of a trial by the music streaming service that will use interactive voice ads to encourage responses from listeners so brands can learn what elements of a product they’re most interested in.

Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creators
Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creatorswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Service was launched in December 2018

Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Company
Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Companywww.billboard.com
Troy Carter has revealed his next move after vacating the role of Spotify’s global head of creator services in September: He’s reuniting with former Atom Factory co-president J. Erving to form a new music and technology company called Q&A.

Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt
Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt montrealgazette.com
Bernard Perusse used to spend countless hours seeking hard-to-find albums. Now streaming services have made a mockery of that work. But the music geek of yesteryear and the modern-day version aren’t so far apart.

How streaming services impact independent artists
How streaming services impact independent artistswww.cavalierdaily.com
Charlottesville’s local artists have found success navigating the new frontier of streaming platforms. 

Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streaming
Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streamingwww.shsoutherner.net

With the rise of the internet and easy access to music streaming platforms, many problems and benefits have come to light.

Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Service
Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Servicewww.hypebot.com

In this piece, Gimme Radio’s Tyler Lenane outlines why they felt compelled to start another streaming service in an already crowded sector and how Gimme Radio differentiates themselves from other platforms by focusing on serving the passionate fan.

Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017
Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017mobilesyrup.com

Canada’s music industry is growing on the back of online streaming, with its almost 50 percent market share of how people listen to music.

AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Art
AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Artloudwire.com
We salute you.

Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spins
Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spinswww.billboard.com

iHeartMedia announced on Tuesday the 32 artists who received the company’s Titanium Award for reaching a threshold of one billion total audience spins of their hits throughout 2018.

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