Issue 656:Why Streaming Exclusives are Here to Stay; JioSaavn Has 100M+ Monthly Users; TuneCore Reaches Record of $1.5B in Artist Revenue

Why Streaming Exclusives are Here to Stay
Why Streaming Exclusives are Here to Staytrapital.substack.com

Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, and others helped push forward the highly-debated album release strategy that continues to evolve each year.

JioSaavn has over 100m Monthly Active Users. Could it be India's biggest music streaming service?
JioSaavn has over 100m Monthly Active Users. Could it be India's biggest music streaming service?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
According to sources close to the company, JioSaavn currently has 104m MAUs globally

TuneCore Reaches Record of $1.5 Billion in Artist Revenue
TuneCore Reaches Record of $1.5 Billion in Artist Revenuewww.billboard.com
Independent digital distributor TuneCore announced today (April 29) that it has reached a record $1.5 billion in download and streaming revenue.

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Album Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200 Following Wide Streaming Release
Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Album Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200 Following Wide Streaming Releasewww.billboard.com
Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ re-enters the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart after its wide streaming debut, while her ‘Homecoming: The Live Album’ climbs into the top five.

Imogen Heap’s musical gloves are finally available to everyone
Imogen Heap’s musical gloves are finally available to everyonewww.engadget.com
Imogen Heap hums the opening bars to Breathe In before pinching her fingers, instructing a sequencer to begin playing it on a loop. She opens her palms wide and…

US Trade Rep Calls Out Stream-Ripping, Countries Failing to Protect Intellectual Property in New Reports
US Trade Rep Calls Out Stream-Ripping, Countries Failing to Protect Intellectual Property in New Reportswww.billboard.com
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released two reports on Thursday (April 25) regarding threats to American creators around the world.

Alexa, Play Ads! -- With New Freemium Service, Amazon Looks Beyond Prime Users to Pull in Fresh Listeners
Alexa, Play Ads! — With New Freemium Service, Amazon Looks Beyond Prime Users to Pull in Fresh Listenerswww.billboard.com
For Glassnote Records, the power of Amazon’s new free music-streaming service will kick in when one of the 100 million people who own the company’s voice-activated device says, “Alexa, play Jade Bird.”

Spotify prompts Nordic pension funds to add private equity to playlists
Spotify prompts Nordic pension funds to add private equity to playlistswww.reuters.com
A vibrant start-up scene, which has spawned stars such as Spotify, Skype and Rovio, is inspiring Nordic pension funds to invest more money with local private equity funds.

In Search Of....The Next Great Podcast
In Search Of….The Next Great Podcastjacobsmedia.com
A new social media platform – Swoot – just launched to make it easier to discover great podcasts.

Headphones and Imaging; Is it Really All Inside Your Head?
Headphones and Imaging; Is it Really All Inside Your Head?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at how stereo imaging relates to headphones…

Bandcamp Rolls Out Vinyl Options Signaling Service Add-On Trend Across Music Industry
Bandcamp Rolls Out Vinyl Options Signaling Service Add-On Trend Across Music Industrywww.forbes.com
With the changing discourse of the music landscape, service-based add-ons could fare well for artists and platforms alike.

Is this the greatest heavy metal playlist on Spotify?
Is this the greatest heavy metal playlist on Spotify?www.loudersound.com
Sabbath, Metallica, Maiden, Kreator, Bathory… And all curated by a black metal legend

Ford tests Spotify's new ad targeting to reach car buyers
Ford tests Spotify's new ad targeting to reach car buyerswww.mobilemarketer.com

The data also show what kinds of vehicles Spotify users are most likely to buy.

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