Issue 648: Bandcamp’s Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists; Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming (Alexa Only); Spotify Opens London Research Hub

Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists
Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artistswww.billboard.com
Sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600 percent in the last five years, with roughly 3,500 unique vinyl albums added every month.

Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)
Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)variety.com
Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, with access only for Alexa customers in the U.S. (for now).

Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobs
Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobswww.billboard.com
Spotify has opened a new research and development hub in London — the streaming company’s first major technology centre outside of the U.S. and its home country of Sweden.

Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Time
Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Timewww.billboard.com
Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade is coming to all streaming services for the first time, Billboard can confirm.

Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Music
Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Musicmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Amazon is reportedly close to launching an ad supported streaming music offering.

Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companies
Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companieswww.tennessean.com
The Nashville Metro Council is requesting music streaming companies drop appeal on a court decision that would give songwriters a raise.

Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Content
Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Contentwww.billboard.com
The new partners will jointly develop original podcasts drawing from the major label’s music roster.

YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Market
YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Marketwww.foxbusiness.com
Spotify made a great start in India, but it could lose momentum thanks to the presence of more established services like YouTube Premium and Amazon Prime.

Inside India’s TikTok Addiction
Inside India’s TikTok Addictionwww.bloombergquint.com

TikTok, crossed 1 billion downloads last month, according to a report by analytics firm SensorTower.

Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artists
Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artistsmusically.com

British radio-promotions firm Blueprint Radio has launched a new division called Blueprint Pods, which it says will focus on matching artists “with podcasts that best meet their strategic needs”.

When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?
When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson outlines when, how long and how loudly a system might be played…

No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Services
No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
Unlike Beyonce’s past releases, Homecoming can be found on all streaming platforms from the start.

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