Issue 639: Is Apple Music Really Beating Spotify with U.S. Users?; King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify; Boomplay Raises $20M

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Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yes
Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yeswww.usatoday.com
Apple Music may have gotten a nice win in its battle with Spotify, the title of most popular streaming service in the U.S.

King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify
King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotifywww.rollingstone.com

All 13 of band’s studio albums will hit Spotify and other services in time for upcoming 50th anniversary tour.

Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Funding
Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Boomplay Music, a leading music streaming and download service in Africa, has raised $20 million in Series A funding to continue its rapid expansion on the continent, the company announced Friday.

Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Death
Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Deathwww.complex.com
Nielsen Music reports the rapper’s catalog garnered 101.5 million on-demand streams Sunday and Monday.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masses
TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masseswww.billboard.com
TikTok has launched a new artist discovery program called “Spotlight” that will give independent artists a direct line to the app’s legion of content-hungry users.

Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'
Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'www.blabbermouth.net

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke to Digital Journal about the impact of technology on the music business, especially with streaming services.

YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program acts
YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program actswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
11 new artists added to program with additional set to be added later this year

The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.
The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.www.nytimes.com
The largest radio broadcaster in the United States says radio offers “companionship” to compete against streaming music services.

Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this year
Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this yearwww.cnet.com
Streaming already makes nearly half of the money for recorded music worldwide.

Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Bar
Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Barventurebeat.com
Microsoft announced today that you can now access Spotify, chat, and other features with the Windows 10 Game Bar.

Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motors
Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motorswww.radioandmusic.com

Popular Indian music streaming app, Gaana will now power the in-vehicle infotainment system of UK-based carmaker MG Motors’ upcoming, Hector SUV.