Issue 659: Will Amazon Beat Apple to the Hi-Res Music Streaming Punch?; Minerva Music Distributes Music on the Blockchain; King Crimson Finally Streaming on Apple Music

Will Amazon Beat Apple To The Hi-Res Music Streaming Punch?
Will Amazon Beat Apple To The Hi-Res Music Streaming Punch?www.forbes.com
Amazon Music might be Apple to the punch with a new hi-res music tier at an attractive price.

RAC and Goldroom Launch Minerva Music, a Label That Distributes Music On the Blockchain
RAC and Goldroom Launch Minerva Music, a Label That Distributes Music On the Blockchainwww.billboard.com
Minerva Music will also be partnering with Stem, a startup that tracks and organizes revenue streams for artists and labels (clients include Wyclef Jean, Bryan Adams, Noname, and Chromatics) and Ujo Music, another startup aimed at providing friction-less transactions between seller and consumer.

TuneCore is now collecting nearly $1m a day for its independent artists - who just earned over $500m within a year-and-a-half
TuneCore is now collecting nearly $1m a day for its independent artists – who just earned over $500m within a year-and-a-halfwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Company says that it earned over $300m for its artists in 2018 alone.

King Crimson Discography Finally Streaming on Apple Music: Listen | Pitchfork
King Crimson Discography Finally Streaming on Apple Music: Listen | Pitchforkpitchfork.com

All 13 LPs by the legendary prog rockers are available to stream now.

Khalid just became the biggest artist in the world on Spotify, with over 50m monthly listeners
Khalid just became the biggest artist in the world on Spotify, with over 50m monthly listenerswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
RCA-signed act now has 50,043,332 monthly listeners on the streaming platform

The Cure adds 5th 'Disintegration' performance in Sydney — to be streamed live worldwide
The Cure adds 5th 'Disintegration' performance in Sydney — to be streamed live worldwidewww.slicingupeyeballs.com

The Cure today announced the addition of a fifth and final 30th anniversary performance of the band’s magnum opus Disintegration to its late-May run in Sydney, Australia — and this last concert will be streamed live around the world for all to see.

Lauren Laverne wants to make music streaming free for people with dementia
Lauren Laverne wants to make music streaming free for people with dementiawww.thesun.co.uk

The BBC TV and radio presenter has been appointed as the ambassador for the Music for Dementia 2020 campaign. Lauren said: ‘This is a generation who paid their music taxes by buying records and CDs and made the music industry what it is today.’

Cali Roots Radio, Hosted by Rebelution's Eric Rachmany, Premiering on SiriusXM's The Joint
Cali Roots Radio, Hosted by Rebelution's Eric Rachmany, Premiering on SiriusXM's The Jointwww.billboard.com
The California Roots and Arts Festival has teamed up with Ineffable Music Group and SiriusXM Radio to create a new program on the satellite radio giant’s reggae channel, The Joint.

Florida Georgia Line to Perform Exclusively for SiriusXM at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
Florida Georgia Line to Perform Exclusively for SiriusXM at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashvilleplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced that Florida Georgia Line will perform a special invitation-only event for SiriusXM listeners at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, marking the GRAMMY nominees’ first concert at the legendary venue.

Spotify is testing podcast suggestions for your commute
Spotify is testing podcast suggestions for your commutewww.engadget.com
In the past couple months, Spotify has doubled down on its podcasting efforts. It’s invested hundreds of millions and acquired Gimlet, Anchor and Parcast. One t…

Amazon on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content this year, according to new disclosure
Amazon on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content this year, according to new disclosurewww.cnbc.com
Amazon is providing more detail on its investments in video and music programming that are offered as an incentive to its Prime members.

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