Issue #290: Tidal, Sonos Launch New Series; Universal’s Streaming Revenues Smash Past $2bn

TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Control
TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Controlplatformandstream.com
TIDAL, along with leading home sound system, Sonos, today launched “Sound Tracks,” an original interview series filmed in the Sonos Store in New York.

Pay-per-Beat: Inside the Underground Economy Shaping Soundcloud Rap
Pay-per-Beat: Inside the Underground Economy Shaping Soundcloud Rapnoisey.vice.com
As beat leasing becomes a common practice, artists gain independence, but what is lost?

Universal's streaming revenues will smash past $2bn this year
Universal's streaming revenues will smash past $2bn this yearwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Those streaming milestones just keep on getting destroyed, don’t they? Universal Music Group’s recorded music streaming revenues are dead cert to blast through the $2bn barrier in the calendar year of 2017.

Law firm plotting class action over Guvera financing
Law firm plotting class action over Guvera financingwww.completemusicupdate.com

An Australian law firm has confirmed it is investigating the possibility of launching a class action lawsuit in relation to failed streaming service Guvera, with private equity outfit AMMA and a number of accountancy firms it had relations with the likely defendants.

Spotify Maintains Faith in Post-Brexit U.K. With New Office
Spotify Maintains Faith in Post-Brexit U.K. With New Officewww.bloomberg.com
Music streaming service Spotify Ltd is moving to a new London office in order to double its workforce over the next two years, focusing on roles including engineering, data and machine learning.

The average person spends about $15 on streaming music all year
The average person spends about $15 on streaming music all yearwww.digitaltrends.com
According to a recent Nielsen Music study, the average person only spends $156 a year on music, with a fraction for streaming music.

Maroon 5's Social Video Success Came by Moving From Musical.ly to White-Label Solution Vivoom
Maroon 5's Social Video Success Came by Moving From Musical.ly to White-Label Solution Vivoomwww.billboard.com
Maroon 5 is one of several A-list bands to incorporate fan-generated video into its social media strategy, most recently for its Billboard 200 No. 2-charting album Red Pill Blues.

MusicBee for Windows 10 is an almost-perfect music app
MusicBee for Windows 10 is an almost-perfect music appwww.windowscentral.com
MusicBee for Windows 10 is a feature-filled and highly customizable music playing app that’s close to perfect.

ECM releases its music to Spotify and other streaming services
ECM releases its music to Spotify and other streaming serviceswww.jsonline.com
Tired of pirates and illegal online sharing, ECM is releasing its music to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services

Mixcloud Rethinks Online Radio For Listeners, Curators and Musicians
Mixcloud Rethinks Online Radio For Listeners, Curators and Musicianswww.hypebot.com
Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud, joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week’s Hypebot Music Biz Weekly podcast.

Bob Seger: Exclusive stream of new songs from 'I Knew You When' album
Bob Seger: Exclusive stream of new songs from 'I Knew You When' albumwww.freep.com

Hear a pair of songs from Seger’s upcoming album in this exclusive streaming debut, along with two Seger classics.

TIDAL and Sonos Launch “Sound Tracks” Series, Deliver Direct Control

TIDAL, along with leading home sound system, Sonos, today launched “Sound Tracks,” an original interview series filmed in the Sonos Store in New York. Hosted by veteran music journalist, Joe Levy, the series will feature in-depth interviews with famed producers, engineers, A&R execs, managers and more discussing the moment of discovery, when they first heard an artist that would go on to become a superstar or when they first discovered the perfect sound that would go on to define a style of music. The series launches alongside the availability of TIDAL direct control with Sonos.

Music fans can now enjoy exclusive music and expertly curated playlists from TIDAL on the Sonos home sound system directly through the TIDAL app. For a limited time, Sonos customers will be able to take advantage of a special 3-month trial of TIDAL HiFi through the partnership.

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Issue #289: Study: Consumers Love Streaming Music; United Masters Looks to Replace Record Labels

Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strong
Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strongwww.billboard.com
Consumers are flocking to music, with streaming becoming the preferred channel of choice.

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels
With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labelstechcrunch.com
Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise.

Music streaming for metal—Spotify's most-loved genre—is here
Music streaming for metal—Spotify's most-loved genre—is herequartzy.qz.com
Metal has more global loyalty than hip-hop, R&B, or pop, according to Spotify data on listening trends. Gimme Radio wants to tap that love.

Amazon Canada Launches Prime Music
Amazon Canada Launches Prime Musicplatformandstream.com

Amazon Canada today announces the launch of Prime Music, making it possible for all Amazon Prime members in Canada to listen to more than one million songs, on-demand.

YouTube Pacts With Ticketmaster to Let Artists Sell U.S. Concert Tickets
YouTube Pacts With Ticketmaster to Let Artists Sell U.S. Concert Ticketsvariety.com
YouTube is now letting music artists sell tickets to U.S. performances under a new partnership with Ticketmaster.

Neil Young Online Music Archives Launching Dec. 1, Will Initially Be Free
Neil Young Online Music Archives Launching Dec. 1, Will Initially Be Freewww.billboard.com
Neil Young is releasing a new album and an entire high-quality digital catalog on the same day.

Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Streaming Outlets
Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Streaming Outletswww.spin.com
Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical

The first AI pop album is on its way
The first AI pop album is on its waywww.thestar.com
YouTube sensation Taryn Southern’s album composed entirely on artificial-intelligence platforms sparks a conversation about music’s future.

Artist royalties jump to record but group cites obstacles
Artist royalties jump to record but group cites obstacleswww.yahoo.com

Creators’ royalties jumped to a record last year on the back of the growth of music streaming, a global body reported Wednesday, but it said compensation from YouTube remained too low.

Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Strategy
Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Strategywww.fastcompany.com
Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Musical.ly: A Proving Ground for Digital Natives
Musical.ly: A Proving Ground for Digital Nativessuperhypeblog.com
Read this post to understand why Musical.ly has exploded in popularity with Gen Z.

Issue #288: Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!; Deezer Unveils Desktop App; Warner Music Signs Deal with Mdundo

Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!
Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!www.billboard.com
Spotify is bringing fans that much closer to Latin music’s megastars.

Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile apps
Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile appswww.theverge.com

Starting today, you can control your Sonos speakers through Pandora’s mobile app. Users will be able to select rooms, group and ungroup speakers, and control the volume all from the Pandora app.

Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop App
Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop Appwww.billboard.com
Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has joined rivals like Spotify and Tidal in launching its very own desktop application.

Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundo
Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundowww.billboard.com
Warner Music Group moves further into Africa with a new licensing deal with streaming service Mdundo.

The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributor
The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributorblog.symphonicdistribution.com
You’ve just signed up with a digital music distributor and now you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s next?!” Check out these steps!

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success
The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Successwww.forbes.com
Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the dead
Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the deadgeorgiastatesignal.com
Last year we saw many legendary music artists pass away.

Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lesson
Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lessonqz.com
Reputation, by technical measures, is not very good. Pitchfork describes Taylor Swift’s new album as an “aggressive, lascivious display” that is ultimately “sadly conventional.”

Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Deal
Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Dealwww.billboard.com
Does JAY-Z’s Tidal have proper authority to stream over 500 Prince songs? Yes, says Roc Nation, saying Tidal got a license both in writing and orally to be the first streaming outlet to distribute many of the iconic musician’s albums.

Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support
Amazon Music app adds Chromecast supportwww.androidpolice.com
Amazon and Google’s relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts… by Rita El Khoury in Amazon, Applications, News

Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before
Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Beforewww.hypebot.com
Streaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers.

Issue #286: Is Streaming Killing the Musical Author?; Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform, Debuts

Streaming Is Killing the Musical Author
Streaming Is Killing the Musical Authornoisey.vice.com
How algorithms are not only changing the way we listen, but are changing the way we write music.

Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album project
Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album projectdavidgerard.co.uk

The weekend’s big splash in musical blockchains was the news that indie pop star Björk is selling her forthcoming album, Utopia, for bitcoins.

Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launched
Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launchedallafrica.com
A free online audio distribution platform that enables users to upload, record, promote, and share their original content: Sounds like Soundcloud, right?

Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bands
Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bandswww.scmp.com
For years the music scene in the Philippines was dominated by big labels and established stars, but the advent of sites including Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify has made it possible for grass roots bands to promote themselves

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battle
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battleloudwire.com
In a new interview, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich speaks in depth about the band’s early 2000s battle with Napster and how they could’ve handled it differently.

‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Service
‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Servicewww.ubergizmo.com
It appears that Kanye West might be getting in on the music streaming game. Following a strained relationship with Jay Z’s Tidal which saw…

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotify
Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotifywww.vanityfair.com
After its release on November 10, fans will only have to wait a week to stream Reputation.


Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices

Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices
www.thehindubusinessline.com

Online audio and music streaming platform Saavn has teamed up with Amazon for its Alex

Five key developments in piracy and copyright protection
Five key developments in piracy and copyright protectionwww.completemusicupdate.com

Here’s a quick summary of the last year in music piracy and copyright enforcement in five steps.

Issue #285: How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industry; Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars

How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industry
How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industrywww.itproportal.com
The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Deezer Wants To Expand Your Catalog on Cheddar
Deezer Wants To Expand Your Catalog on Cheddarcheddar.com
While Apple Music and Spotify focus on the latest and greatest in mainstream music, Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht says his company focuses on curating a locally-sourced music library.

Buy Taylor Swift's "Reputation" on CD. She demands it.
Buy Taylor Swift's "Reputation" on CD. She demands it.qz.com
Increasingly unloved and abandoned in the age of instant music streaming, the compact disc has been dying a miserable death. Taylor Swift, of all people, is here to bring it back.

Spotify and Deezer among platforms to join new Digital Music Europe alliance
Spotify and Deezer among platforms to join new Digital Music Europe alliancewww.musicweek.com
DME will showcase and promote the success of the European digital music industry.

Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars
Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Starswww.rollingstone.com
How streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora are helping predict the next generation of country stars.

SiriusXM Posts Earnings of $183 Million Third Quarter
SiriusXM Posts Earnings of $183 Million Third Quarterwww.billboard.com
Liberty Media, the company controlled by billionaire mogul and chairman John Malone that houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, on Thursday reported its third-quarter financials.

Pandora’s Loss Is Sirius XM’s Gain
Pandora’s Loss Is Sirius XM’s Gainmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Pandora is in trouble, as explained by the consistently excellent Tim Ingham at Music Business Worldwide, after losing a billion dollars over the last four years and monthly active users (MAU) fell to 73.7 million – its lowest point since Q1 2014. Regular readers will know that I’m a long-time advocate of Pandora’s model. Indeed,…

Spotify data glitch sees label playlists' follower counts fall
Spotify data glitch sees label playlists' follower counts fallmusically.com
A technical error has led to a drop in the follower counts for a number of Spotify playlists, but the streaming service says it is correcting the problem.

Streaming services helping Americans listen to more music
Streaming services helping Americans listen to more musictechaeris.com
The US streaming music market is the largest in the world, driven by Spotify’s 38 percent subscriber base. The average US music listener enjoys 35.7 hours.

The iPod Shuffle for Spotify can actually shuffle your songs now
The iPod Shuffle for Spotify can actually shuffle your songs nowwww.engadget.com
Mighty is basically an iPod Shuffle for offline Spotify playback, but when I reviewed it over the summer it was missing that namesake feature. Well, not anymore…

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