Issue 598: SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Push Biz Beyond Cars; Why Spotify is Betting Big on Podcasting; Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App

Blog, Music, Streaming

SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Grow the Company Beyond Cars
SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Grow the Company Beyond Carswww.hollywoodreporter.com
SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer has big plans for the now-largest audio entertainment company in the world.

Soon more Brits will pay for streaming than listen for free
Soon more Brits will pay for streaming than listen for freemusically.com
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association has predicted that the British music industry will see a new tipping point later this year: the moment when the number of paying music subscribers overtakes the number of free music-streamers.

Goldman Sachs Bets On Hip Hop And Millennials For Music Revival
Goldman Sachs Bets On Hip Hop And Millennials For Music Revivalwww.forbes.com
Streaming platforms take center stage in Goldman Sachs latested forecast that music revenue is going to more than double to about $131 billion by 2030. Currently music streaming sales are dominated by top R&B and hip-hop artists and black listeners are the largest streaming user group.

Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App, Will Rival JioSaavn
Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App, Will Rival JioSaavn www.thequint.com
Vodafone Idea will shut down Idea Music app and will look to partner with existing music streaming apps to offer content to consumers.

Gov't launches new Hebrew music streaming app
Gov't launches new Hebrew music streaming appwww.jpost.com
‘Shiri’ is available free worldwide and includes more than 40,000 Hebrew songs.

Why Spotify is betting big on podcasting
Why Spotify is betting big on podcastingtechcrunch.com

Podcasting revenues hit $314 million in 2017, according to a third-party survey released last summer.

Scooter Braun launches music tech investment group
Scooter Braun launches music tech investment groupwww.iq-mag.net
Scooter Braun and Zach Katz’s Raised In Space Enterprises investment vehicle aims to forge “proactive collaboration between music and technology”

Troy Carter Signs With UTA
Troy Carter Signs With UTAwww.billboard.com
Music industry veteran and tech investor Troy Carter has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Spotify posts second consecutive quarterly profit, but projects big losses for 2019
Spotify posts second consecutive quarterly profit, but projects big losses for 2019venturebeat.com
Spotify’s revenue grew to $1.7 billion for the fourth quarter, up 30 percent from one year ago, with a profit of $503 million for the quarter.

Music industry tackles illicit challenge to streaming services
Music industry tackles illicit challenge to streaming serviceswww.computerworld.com.au

Stream-ripping sites in crosshairs.

Spotify-Gimlet Deal: Podcasting Is Not a Small Business
Spotify-Gimlet Deal: Podcasting Is Not a Small Businessfortune.com
Contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot of money to be made in podcasting.

Issue 597: Spotify Hits 96M Paid Users, Buys 2 Podcast Startups; Fine Young Cannibals, Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains

Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify Hits 96 Million Paid Users, Scores First Operating Profit in Fourth Quarter
Spotify Hits 96 Million Paid Users, Scores First Operating Profit in Fourth Quarterwww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Wednesday that it ended 2018 with double-digit revenue growth and 96 million paid subscribers, as well as a major, previously elusive milestone: the company’s first operating profit to date.

Spotify Buys Podcast Startups Gimlet Media and Anchor, Plans Up to $500M in Acquisitions in 2019
Spotify Buys Podcast Startups Gimlet Media and Anchor, Plans Up to $500M in Acquisitions in 2019variety.com

Spotify is best known as a music-streaming service — but it’s placing a big new bet on building a podcasting empire.

Nas, Mass Appeal and LiveXLive Partner to Create Original Urban Content
Nas, Mass Appeal and LiveXLive Partner to Create Original Urban Contentwww.billboard.com
Hip-hop mogul Nas is building his urban lifestyle empire through a new partnership with LiveXLive Media, the West Hollywood-based streaming specialist and Slacker Radio operator.

Eric Carmen, Fine Young Cannibals & Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains Thanks to T-Mobile Ad
Eric Carmen, Fine Young Cannibals & Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains Thanks to T-Mobile Adwww.billboard.com
The gains come following reports of similarly sizable digital downloads gains for the music.

Swizz Beatz on streaming: ‘The creatives should be 50/50’
Swizz Beatz on streaming: ‘The creatives should be 50/50’ musically.com
Producer and artist Swizz Beatz has called for artists to get a bigger share of streaming royalties.

There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos
There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echosmusically.com
Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end of 2018, including 13m bought in the fourth quarter of the year

A 44% streaming royalty rise is now locked in for US songwriters - so long as the likes of Spotify don't 'declare war'
A 44% streaming royalty rise is now locked in for US songwriters – so long as the likes of Spotify don't 'declare war' www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Streaming companies will ‘declare war on songwriters’ if they appeal the streaming royalty rise, says David Israelite

Sonos outdoor, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers spread streaming music
Sonos outdoor, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers spread streaming musicwww.slashgear.com


Music through your Sonos system can now follow you outside, with the arrival of new Sonos by Sonance speakers that include an outdoor version of
the streaming

Paid Streaming Will Surpass Free This Year
Paid Streaming Will Surpass Free This Yearwww.hypebot.com

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and other paid music streaming services hare doing a better job of converting free users to paid, according to new figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Songwriters, publishers unveil bid to run nation's music licensing
Songwriters, publishers unveil bid to run nation's music licensingwww.tennessean.com
The Mechanical Licensing Collective will be overseen by professional songwriters and publishers, including several from Nashville.

10 Reasons Why CDs Are Still Awesome (Especially for Radio)
10 Reasons Why CDs Are Still Awesome (Especially for Radio)www.radiosurvivor.com

Quite a lot of shade is getting thrown at CDs in the press these days.

Issue 596: Tidal Now Accepting Venmo; Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemoth

Blog, Music, Streaming

Tidal is the first music streaming service to accept Venmo
Tidal is the first music streaming service to accept Venmowww.engadget.com

Tidal now lets subscribers pay using their Venmo balance. It’s the latest in a slew of partnerships for the PayPal-owned p…

Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemoth
Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemothwww.bloomberg.com
As streaming surges, Vivendi is mulling a sale of Universal that could value the music group at $25 billion.

How Bandsintown Built A Music Community Of 50,000,000 Users
How Bandsintown Built A Music Community Of 50,000,000 Userswww.forbes.com

With 500,000 registered musicians and 50,000,000 users, Bandsintown, the website that brings together touring artists and concertgoers, is one of the biggest resources for musicians.

Paid streaming set to overtake free music services for first time
Paid streaming set to overtake free music services for first timewww.irishexaminer.com

Paid music streaming looks set to overtake free services for the first time later this year, as more people opt to pay for the likes of Spotify and Apple Music

Unprecedented Platforms: A Flux in Music Acquisition
Unprecedented Platforms: A Flux in Music Acquisitiontheaggie.org
Streaming outlets provide musicians with means for true recognition

Last year was good for the hip-hop supergroup Migos. Their most recent al

Startup Steereo pays Uber / Lyft drivers to promote music
Startup Steereo pays Uber / Lyft drivers to promote musicmusically.com

We know that in-car radio has historically been a key source of music discovery. And we also know that rideshare services (Uber and Lyft included) are very-popular ways to get around cities.

Music Modernization Act: Labels and publishers back NMPA's bid to run new mechanical rights society
Music Modernization Act: Labels and publishers back NMPA's bid to run new mechanical rights societywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Universal, Sony and Warner, as well as indies, support publisher org’s application

Time for common sense in online streaming
Time for common sense in online streamingwww.ejinsight.com

The advent of streaming online was a godsend for many DJs and Hong Kong joined the worldwide craze over the last two years.

Analog, Digital, and Live Music
Analog, Digital, and Live Musicaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone asks what is the ultimate goal of a recording?

Spotify's Mute Function Feels a Lot Like Ghosting a Problematic Ex
Spotify's Mute Function Feels a Lot Like Ghosting a Problematic Exstudybreaks.com
In response to recent controversies surrounding R. Kelly and other musicians, Spotify unveiled its mute function, the latest iteration of cancel culture.

Deezer appoints Tarek Mounir as CEO of MENA
Deezer appoints Tarek Mounir as CEO of MENAwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Entertainment veteran Tarek Mounir is joining Deezer on April 1 as CEO for the MENA and Turkey region.

Music distribution for Indian record labels
Music distribution for Indian record labelsroutenote.com
Starting a record label is easy with RouteNote as we make it simple to upload your artists for free to all the top streaming services and music stores around the world.

Issue 595: Spotify’s Model & Music’s Middle Class; SoundCloud Thinks Streaming is the Future of DJing

Blog, Music, Streaming

Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?
Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?www.theringer.com
Fans may assume the $10 they pay for a monthly streaming subscription goes to the artists they listen to most. That’s not the case. Now, a growing number of musicians and industry players want change.

SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing
SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing5mag.net
The internet wants to be in everything, including your DJ set. SoundCloud is preparing to repackage itself as a streaming service for pro DJs.

Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn deal
Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

And what’s it going to do with a music streaming platform?

UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Records
UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Recordswww.cnbc.com
HMV, the music retailer that collapsed after Christmas, has been sold to the owner of Canada’s Sunrise Records in a deal that will save 100 stores and 1,487 jobs.

Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms
Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms pitchfork.com
Frank, responding to a report about the album’s wide streaming release: “⚡️⚡️ Fake news ⚡️⚡️”

Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster service
Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster servicewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Angel Gambino joins as Chief Commercial Officer and John Law as VP, Head of Product

Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streaming
Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streamingblog.reverbnation.com
Music streaming continues to dominate the way people listen to music. Find out why press and radio outlets haven’t caught up to music streaming.

Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify boss
Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify bosswww.telegraph.co.uk
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek has pleaded with European Union policymakers to scrap a tax on digital revenues, claiming it would set a "harmful legal precedent" for companies that are not yet profitable.

This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge form
This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge formwww.theverge.com
DJ Remute’s forthcoming LP, Technoptimistic was programmed entirely using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. And, it’s being released on a Sega Mega Drive cartridge.

If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio branding
If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio brandingadage.com
More than ever, brands must leverage audio to reach consumers. Here’s what you need to know about defining your audio branding.

Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android app
Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android appthenextweb.com

I’ve been using Apple Music since it launched nearly four years ago – even after I subsequently switched to Android devices. While I love its music library, and appreciate the curated dashboards, its Android app has frustrated me constantly.

Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State 
Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State lifehacker.com

Every morning Flow State emails subscribers a set of background music, mostly wordless, to soundtrack your work day.

Issue 594: Spotify in Talks to Buy Gimlet Media; SiriusXM App to Add Pandora Music Channels

Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Media
Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Mediawww.billboard.com
Spotify is in talks to acquire Gimlet Media, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, as it sets its sights on becoming a bigger player in the podcasting space.

Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this year
Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this yeartechcrunch.com

SiriusXM this week offered a few more details on how it plans to leverage its newest asset, Pandora, following its $3.5 billion acquisition of the streaming music service last year, which officially closes on Friday.

Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platforms
Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platformswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Jennifer Hudson has removed two R. Kelly-written songs from streaming platforms as artists denounce and refuse to perform songs by Kelly, following resurfaced sexual misconduct claims against him in the Lifetime documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’

Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100m
Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100mwww.businesscloud.co.uk
Ministry of Sound chairman Lohan Presencer reflects on impact of digitalisation on music industry and sale of label to Sony Music Entertainment

YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishing
YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Exec has spent five years at Google/YouTube

PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnership
PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnershipwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations.”

English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Charge
English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Chargewww.rollingstone.com

Repertoire from outside America or in a language other than English isn’t just dominating key individual territories; it’s also taking over the world.

This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge form
This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge formwww.theverge.com
DJ Remute’s forthcoming LP, Technoptimistic was programmed entirely using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. And, it’s being released on a Sega Mega Drive cartridge.

Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?
Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?musically.com
Japan may be the world’s second-largest recorded-music market, but in terms of music-streaming, it is still early days for a country where CD is still the prime format.

The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Music
The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Musicwww.businesstoday.in
The number of Prime Music listeners adopting voice to listen to music is growing day by day – over 3.5 times.

Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patents
Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patentswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is being sued by a professional IP representative for allegedly infringing on its patents.

Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music forever
Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music foreverwww.mirror.co.uk

At CES 2019 Sony showed an amazing audio demo that could be a sign of great things to come

Issue 593: Spotify Postpones Launch in India; Toyota, SiriusXM Strike Deal; Japan Can Look to China for Future Streaming Growth

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Spotify Postpones Launch in India
Spotify Postpones Launch in Indiavariety.com

As January 31st wound down in India, there was still no sign of the blowout party that Spotify had planned to celebrate its long-anticipated launch in the country.

SiriusXM inks deal to be installed as standard in all US Toyota vehicles
SiriusXM inks deal to be installed as standard in all US Toyota vehicleswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The deal also extends the long-term relationship between the two companies into 2028.

Amazon Prime Music has doubled its Indian users in five months
Amazon Prime Music has doubled its Indian users in five monthsmusically.com
While the company refused to share the active Prime Music subscriber base, it did mention that in the last five months, the user base has doubled in India

VNUE Releases iOS Update For Its Set.fm Instant Concert Music Distribution Platform
VNUE Releases iOS Update For Its Set.fm Instant Concert Music Distribution Platformplatformandstream.com

VNUE today announced that the company had released an updated version of its Set.fm “instant live” concert distribution app to the Apple App Store.

Eric Church Brings His Double Down Tour Live to SiriusXM's The Highway in February
Eric Church Brings His Double Down Tour Live to SiriusXM's The Highway in Februarywww.billboard.com
Eric Church’s acclaimed Double Down Tour, during which he plays back-to-back nights of two unique shows in the same city, is only visiting 19 markets. However, fans everywhere can listen to four of the concerts from the triple CMA Award winner live on SiriusXM throughout February.

Japan Should Look to China for Future Streaming Growth
Japan Should Look to China for Future Streaming Growthmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Japan is the world’s second largest recorded music market and accounts for 14% of the global total. However, Japan is not following the wider market path of surging streaming revenues driving overall market growth.

How to Claim and Update Your Artist Profile on All Major Music Platforms
How to Claim and Update Your Artist Profile on All Major Music Platformsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Clear visuals and updated artist profiles are crucial in creating and maintaining your artist image. In the digital age, branding is everything, so it’s important to keep all of your platforms up-to-date.

Sonos Adds YouTube Music, Rounding Out Its Streaming Service Support
Sonos Adds YouTube Music, Rounding Out Its Streaming Service Supportwww.digitaltrends.com
Sonos has added YouTube Music to its list of supported on-demand streaming services, providing millions of subscribers yet another reason to consider its acclaimed smart speaker lineup, and filling a major pothole in its road to supporting all of the top music streaming options out there.

Streaming Drives Success of Spain’s Top 2018 Artists
Streaming Drives Success of Spain’s Top 2018 Artistswww.billboard.com
Streaming rises to 90% of digital activity in a year in Spain “marked by the success of new artists, young artists and women.”

Streaming Music Royalties are Even Worse Than We Thought — At Least According to This Indie Label
Streaming Music Royalties are Even Worse Than We Thought — At Least According to This Indie Labelwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Gathering data from only a single source (a mid-sized label), The Trichordist has published the 2018 Streaming Price Bible.

1 million Spotify users offer clues to world's emotions
1 million Spotify users offer clues to world's emotionswww.futurity.org
Data from Spotify users in 51 countries offer researchers a new way to evaluate how people are feeling—and how they use music to manage their emotions.