Issue #409: Will JAAK’s Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed?; Should Spotify Sign Its Own Artists?; Instagram Code Reveals Music Feature

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Can JAAK's Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
Can JAAK's Blockchain Music Rights Database Succeed Where Others Have Failed?www.digitalmusicnews.com
With KORD, London-based tech startup JAAK wants to solve a major problem plaguing the music industry: getting artists paid for their work.

Spotify can’t become the next Netflix unless it signs its own artists
Spotify can’t become the next Netflix unless it signs its own artistsmedium.com

There would be several advantages to Spotify signing its own music artists.

Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature
Instagram code reveals upcoming music featuretechcrunch.com

Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app.

Meet the 2018 Techstars Music Startups Transforming the Music Industry for Good
Meet the 2018 Techstars Music Startups Transforming the Music Industry for Goodwww.billboard.com

Check out what each team is attempting to solve.

Warner Music Group sells 75 percent of its Spotify shares for $400 million
Warner Music Group sells 75 percent of its Spotify shares for $400 millionwww.recode.net
First Sony, now Warner.

Revealed: The most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s and more
Revealed: The most-streamed songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s and morewww.bbc.com
Ed Sheeran and Drake might dominate the charts – but what are the most popular songs of years gone by?

YouTube has a new deal with Vevo to sell music video ads
YouTube has a new deal with Vevo to sell music video ads www.recode.net
Good for YouTube, and for the music labels. What about for Vevo?

Is Spotify the key to determining the country's spending habits?
Is Spotify the key to determining the country's spending habits?www.joe.co.uk
The Bank of England has admitted to using Spotify to gain an insight into people’s moods and spending habits. Is this the key to understanding the economy?

How TV Helps My Audiophilia, Really...
How TV Helps My Audiophilia, Really… audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks for new and different ways to enjoy the audiophile hobby.

Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Market
Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Marketwww.twice.com
Apple dominates this new “true” wireless category, also referred to as “hearables,” accounting for 86% of the dollar volume in this nascent headphone category.

Cramer: Wall Street got Spotify's quarter all wrong—I'd be a buyer
Cramer: Wall Street got Spotify's quarter all wrong—I'd be a buyerwww.cnbc.com
Jim Cramer explains what went wrong with Spotify’s first earnings report as a public company and why the results weren’t as bad as investors thought.

Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology

Blockchain, Blog, Music

Blockchain-powered music platform Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 27 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

The patent-pending Creative Smart ContractTM environment provides novel systems and methods for intellectual property ownership rights management, funding and ticketing on the blockchain and peer-to-peer. Artists have full control of their creative output from the very inception to the copyright, distribution, royalty collection and distribution of the intellectual property works as well as event ticketing.

Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warnervariety.com
London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music.

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube
Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTubewww.nytimes.com
A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen
Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listenwww.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts

Why Spotify Will Never Make Money
Why Spotify Will Never Make Moneyfortune.com
Spotify has a broken business model.

Music consumption in the era of smart speakers
Music consumption in the era of smart speakersmedium.com
Just over five years ago I wrote a piece called ‘Music collections in the era of the cloud’, in which I lamented the then-contemporary streaming services’ inabilities to properly represent a users’…

Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Stories
Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Storieswww.billboard.com
Spotify and Instagram announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will allow users to share what their listening to via their Instagram Stories or Instagram Direct and even encourage their followers and friends to tune in as well.

Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growth
Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growthwww.billboard.com
Pandora have released their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakers
Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakerswww.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.

Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artist
Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artistwww.influencive.com

Adrian Swish is the Founder/ CEO of Swish Management and Digital Currensy Inc. He is on a mission to revolutionize the way creators get paid royalties and the way they pay each other.

YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masseswww.tubefilter.com
“[Content Match] will let you identify who reuploaders are and let you take some actions,” explains product manager Barbara Macdonald — including doing nothing, contacting offending channels, or asking YouTube to delete the video in question.

Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?
Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' — What Does That Actually Mean?www.billboard.com

While execs might not use the words “vertical integration,” that goal is arguably alive and well within the company.

Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tango
Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tangowww.financialexpress.com
JioMusic, the free-to-use music app, topped the charts in terms of unique visitors which stood at 19 million in February this year.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Resonate is a long-time proponent of blockchain technology, using it to enable a more efficient approach to music streaming. To fulfill key features of music ownership, management, user streaming rights and access, Resonate needed to integrate a blockchain-based identity solution.

Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership
Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnershipplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

Blockchain? More like rockchain
Blockchain? More like rockchainadage.com
Music was the first industry the digital revolution decimated. Blockchain is a chance to reinvent ourselves, Jesse Kirshbaum writes.

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

The day music discovery failed me
The day music discovery failed memedium.com

The Manic Street Preachers released a new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. I didn’t find out about it until yesterday (Monday).

10 of the Best Music Podcasts
10 of the Best Music Podcastsvariety.com
With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.

Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright
Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyrightvariety.com
The Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industry
How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industrywww.cinemablend.com
MoviePass is making another major movie, and this one will see it get into the music industry.

Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixed
Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixedadage.com
Radio is a medium with huge reach, but its cracks are showing. Fewer young people are listening and alternative media is stealing its thunder.

A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocates
A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocateswww.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.

MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainmentwww.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Ads
How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Adsmedium.com
I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad?

Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaborationwww.billboard.com
One of the biggest managers in music is joining forces with one the best-known voices in branding, digital marketing and developing audiences through social media.

Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO
Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSOwww.hypebot.com
VEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

Blockchain, Blog, Monetization, Music, Streaming

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch

Blockchain, Music

Soundeon, a decentralized and vertically integrated blockchain music platform, has made the leap and is launching its alpha version – the Music Token Sale layer along with “Talent Unleashed” contest. As proof of concept, Soundeon kicked off the launch with the “Talent Unleashed” contest that will encourage artists to hold their own Music Token Sale™ campaigns by reaching out to their fans and new audiences alike.

An artist can invite fans and listeners to sign up to Soundeon, after which each new member will receive Soundeon Tokens that can be spent to support those Music Token Sale™ campaigns that the member loves most.