Issue 655: Africa’s Perfect Storm for the Music Business is Coming; Spotify Tops 100 Million Subscribers

Africa’s Perfect Storm for the Music Business is Coming
Africa’s Perfect Storm for the Music Business is Comingwww.synchtank.com
Eamonn Forde takes a look at Africa’s developing role in the global music industry, and explains and why it shouldn’t be overlooked as a market with great potential.

Spotify Tops 100 Million Subscribers, Has 2 Million Users in India
Spotify Tops 100 Million Subscribers, Has 2 Million Users in Indiavariety.com
Spotify grew its paid subscriber rolls by 32% in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers — while the streaming-music company narrowed its losses and beat Wall Street expectations on the top line.

How Data and Analytics Can Help Musicians Make More Money
How Data and Analytics Can Help Musicians Make More Moneywww.thewrap.com
Beatchain’s Ben Mendoza says data analytics can help artists find their audience with minimum spending, and without help from labels

Pandora Announces Pact With Ticketmaster That Closely Resembles Eventbrite Integration
Pandora Announces Pact With Ticketmaster That Closely Resembles Eventbrite Integrationwww.billboard.com

Pandora is using the power of streaming music coupled with ticketing data to connect fans directly with artists — again.

OpenAI launches MuseNet, the latest music-generating AI
OpenAI launches MuseNet, the latest music-generating AImusically.com
Have you heard of OpenAI? It’s a non-profit artificial-intelligence company backed by Tesla founder Elon Musk and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.

Spotify to roll out in Hebrew
Spotify to roll out in Hebrewwww.jpost.com
Music streaming app will add its 22nd language in the next couple weeks.

Creative Director’s Choice: MetLife’s Brad Blondes on Spotify’s connection to its customers
Creative Director’s Choice: MetLife’s Brad Blondes on Spotify’s connection to its customerswww.thedrum.com
Creative Director’s Choice gives creative directors a chance to highlight the work they think is the best out in the ad world — the ads and campaigns they believe are making a difference.

The Future Of Rock Concerts Is...
The Future Of Rock Concerts Is…jacobsmedia.com
There’s life after rock star death, thanks to holgoram concert tours.

Podcasting Goes Punk
Podcasting Goes Punkpleasekillme.com

‘Stay Free’ breaks up the predictable formula by taking its time telling the story of The Clash, narrated by Chuck D.

With Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking 'ME!' Premiere, YouTube Is Bringing Back 'FOMO Moments' to Music
With Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking 'ME!' Premiere, YouTube Is Bringing Back 'FOMO Moments' to Musicwww.billboard.com
On Friday, as Taylor Swift’s new “ME!” music video was on pace to set YouTube’s record for solo and female artist with the biggest 24-hour debut, Lyor Cohen was feeling good — really good.

The Dry Streams Paradox
The Dry Streams Paradoxmusically.com
Are you frustrated with the size of your fanbase? Tired of banging your head against a brick wall with ticket and merchandise sales? Unable to reconcile your streaming figures with the number of genuine fans? Then you might be suffering from The Dry Streams Paradox.

Paramore star complains about Spotify / Genius lyrics feature
Paramore star complains about Spotify / Genius lyrics featuremusically.com
Spotify’s partnership with Genius to provide ‘Behind the Lyrics’ information for tracks is pretty cool, eh? Well, not so much if you’re an artist who disagrees with the information that’s being presented. Hayley Williams of Paramore is one example

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