Issue 637: How Regional Rap Survives in the Streaming Era; Deezer Launches K-Pop Channel; Why Radio Needs AI

How Regional Rap Is Surviving in the Streaming Era
How Regional Rap Is Surviving in the Streaming Erawww.complex.com
Scenes in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and the Bay Area are building local infrastructure in an uncertain music world.

YouTube Music, Spotify, JioSaavn spice up Indian music streaming
YouTube Music, Spotify, JioSaavn spice up Indian music streamingqz.com
Comparing library sizes is passé. This is what music-streaming companies are competing on.

Deezer launches new channel featuring K-Pop-focused editorial playlists
Deezer launches new channel featuring K-Pop-focused editorial playlistswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Chanel will focus on K-Pop and its subgenres

Spotify Names Chaka Zulu To Head Artist Relations
Spotify Names Chaka Zulu To Head Artist Relationswww.hypebot.com

Spotify has hired Chaka Zulu to head artist and talent relations. Zulu is the long term manager of rapper Ludacris and co-founder of the Disturbing Tha Peace label.

iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman on why audio 'is hot for the first time in decades'
iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman on why audio 'is hot for the first time in decades'www.nbcnews.com
Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia chairman and CEO, discusses why audio is suddenly “hot,” the prospect of breaking up big tech, and who has the toughest job in media.

Why Radio Needs AI (Audience Intelligence)
Why Radio Needs AI (Audience Intelligence)jacobsmedia.com
To navigate the changing media landscape, radio broadcasters need AI – Audience Intelligence.

SoundCloud rolls out new iOS profile configuration
SoundCloud rolls out new iOS profile configurationwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

New configuration was announced in a blog post today.

Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull Radio to Shut Down
Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull Radio to Shut Downwww.billboard.com
Energy drink maker Red Bull has ended its partnership with Yadastar, the editorial driving force behind the Red Bull Music Academy and its associated entities, including a radio station and websites.

This Music Streaming Service Pays You In Bitcoin and Fights Climate Change
This Music Streaming Service Pays You In Bitcoin and Fights Climate Changegritdaily.com
Separating itself from Apple Music and Spotify, Feedbands is a new music streaming platform paying artists in Bitcoin while fighting climate change.

Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yet
Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yetwww.hypebot.com

In an ere where almost everything is billed as “social,” streaming music is a surprisingly outlier. Given music’s power to bring people together, streaming would seem ripe as a social hub. Facebook could fill that void – without ever launching its own streaming service.

Spotify’s Austin Daboh says playlists need more diversity
Spotify’s Austin Daboh says playlists need more diversitymusically.com
Should some of Spotify’s big playlists be more diverse in terms of the artists featured on them? Yes… says Spotify’s head of music, culture and editorial in the UK, Austin Daboh.

Where Is Podcasting In The Game Of Media Monopoly?
Where Is Podcasting In The Game Of Media Monopoly?jacobsmedia.com
What is the value of a podcast? It’s a question reverberating throughout the media community.

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