Issue 645: BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotify; Resonate Relaunches with New Site, Player

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BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotify
BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Digital music platform Spotify announced Friday (April 12) that BTS is the first K-pop group, and Asian artist overall, to surpass 5 billion streams on the platform.

What Makes A Great Podcast Studio? Hint: You Won't Be Able To Hear It
What Makes A Great Podcast Studio? Hint: You Won't Be Able To Hear Itwww.billboard.com
When Spotify acquired both Gimlet and Anchor in Feb. 2019, the streaming company wasn’t just getting into the podcast business; it was also diving deeper into the brick-and-mortar studio business.

Ethical streaming platform Resonate relaunches with new site and player
Ethical streaming platform Resonate relaunches with new site and playerwww.factmag.com
Resonate, the Berlin-based co-operative platform aiming to make streaming more ethical, has relaunched its site and music player.

Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offering
Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offeringwww.reuters.com
Shares of Spotify Technology SA fell 4 percent on Monday after a report said Amazon.com Inc was in talks to launch a free ad-supported music service, which is expected to intensify competition for the music streaming leader.

Report: 1 in 3 Apple Music Subscribers Share Their Passwords
Report: 1 in 3 Apple Music Subscribers Share Their Passwordswww.digitalmusicnews.com
A survey of more than 1,000 streamers found that Apple Music, Netflix, and Spotify subscribers see no problem with sharing their passwords with family.

Broadcast Bionics brings radio into the 21st Century
Broadcast Bionics brings radio into the 21st Centurywww.technologyrecord.com

Traditional radio studios were constructed as a soundproof box to block out background noise. However, they also blocked out real-time information, conversation and opinion, which isn’t conducive to engaging with modern audiences.

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright ruleswww.foxbusiness.com
The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies.

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen
Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listenwww.wired.com
Whether you’re a new user of the music streaming service or a playlist pro, these tips will improve your next Spotify session.

Entertainment One to acquire Audio Network
Entertainment One to acquire Audio Networkwww.musicweek.com
Entertainment One has entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based production music company Audio Network for $215 million (£164m).

Universal close to generating $10m per day from streaming, as Q1 label revenues grow 19.2%
Universal close to generating $10m per day from streaming, as Q1 label revenues grow 19.2%www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Firm’s biggest-selling artists in Q1 were Ariana Grande, the A Star Is Born soundtrack, Back Number, Queen and Billie Eilish

Hipgnosis Songs Raises $185 Million to Acquire More Hits
Hipgnosis Songs Raises $185 Million to Acquire More Hitswww.billboard.com
Founder Merck Mercuriadis says the new funds will help further prove that hit songs are “predictable and reliable, and therefore as investable as gold or oil.”

Issue 644: Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering; Bytedance Planning Music Streaming App for Overseas Market

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Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering
Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offeringwww.billboard.com
Amazon is readying to launch a free, ad-supported music service as soon as next week, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’
Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’variety.com
In an interview with Freaknomics Radio, Spotify’s Daniel Ek talked about royalties, data-sharing, the company’s future and more.

TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas market
TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas marketwww.scmp.com
Move to launch music streaming app comes after major labels ask for higher royalty payments for music used on TikTok video platform

Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with music
Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with musicmusically.com
Project Wave is a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform with music streaming and distribution service

SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royalties
SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royaltieswww.billboard.com
SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against Music Choice, alleging that the music services has shortchanged it in millions of dollars of royalty payment from its business establishment music service. The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. District Court today.

YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Push
YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Pushwww.billboard.com
YouTube is making a move into interactive programming and has tapped a longtime content executive to lead the push.

Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?
Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?www.rollingstone.com

How three U.S. copyright judges set off a war between music-streaming services.

'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Future
'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Futurewww.npr.org
The famed musician and current chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame talks to NPR about a recent letter he and many other songwriters sent to the head of Spotify.

Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxes
Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxesmusically.com
Requestify is a fully app-driven social jukebox designed to create unparalleled experiences at events and venues around the world

Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m deal
Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
‘eOne’s capabilities across Music will be significantly bolstered by Audio Network’s impressive scale and roster of artists, composers and catalogue.’

Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming
Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streamingwww.hypebot.com

According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions.

Issue 643: Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page; Trey Anastasio’s NYC Webcasts; Apple Podcasts Coming to the Web

Blog, Music, Streaming

Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Song
Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Songpitchfork.com

Jack White’s rock quartet shares their cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Before
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Beforewww.billboard.com
“I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted. I believe it has to be evolved,” he said in expansive interview with the ‘Freakonomics Radio’ podcast.

Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Web
Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Webvariety.com
Apple has been testing a full-featured web interface for its podcast directory.

Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Music
Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Musicvariety.com
“Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam,” a five-part docuseries looking back at the rapper’s career, will launch April 17 on Apple Music.

Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcasts
Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcastswww.jambase.com
Live webcasts of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest shows at the United Palace Theatre in New York City are available.

iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh In
iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh Inwww.billboard.com

Bob Pittman, the chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia, likes to compare his broadcast-radio empire — which reaches 275 million listeners each month and is saddled with nearly $6 billion in debt — to a house.

Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertising
Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertisingplatformandstream.com

OpenText announced Pandora selected OpenText Media Management as the asset storage and management application for its audio and display advertising.

MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts online
MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts onlinemusically.com
If you’ve ever been to an ‘open-mic’ concert, you’ll know how they work: musicians turn up with their instruments, sign up to take part and then wait their turn to play a few songs. Now there’s a startup trying to do that in the online world. It’s called MicTurn.

dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutions
dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutionswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

DotBC seeks to modernize media rights management.

Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachella
Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachellawww.mobilemarketer.com

Bose collaborated with festival organizer Goldenvoice to add the audio AR feature to the core Coachella smartphone app.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization
Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetizationplatformandstream.com

Triton Digital announced today that Stingray has selected Triton Digital to power the monetization of the streaming audio content on its Stingray Music mobile application.

Issue 642: Record Labels Demand More Money for Songs on TikTok App; Why Data is a Double-Edged Sword for Radio

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Record Labels Demand More Money for Songs on TikTok App
The three biggest record labels are demanding more money for songs played on TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin, setting up a showdown with the hugely popular video apps, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Why Data Is A Double-Edged Sword For Radio
Why Data Is A Double-Edged Sword For Radiojacobsmedia.com
Consumers are evaluating the value proposition of data-sharing with their favorite brands.

Streaming Platforms are Keeping More Money From Artists than Ever (and Paying Them More, Too)
Streaming Platforms are Keeping More Money From Artists than Ever (and Paying Them More, Too)www.rollingstone.com

Fresh economic developments suggest that musicians may soon have new reasons to shake their fist in streaming’s direction (even if streaming is the main reason the industry is again printing money).

Julian Casablancas says streaming services are "a waste of time": "Music's gone so backwards"
Julian Casablancas says streaming services are "a waste of time": "Music's gone so backwards"www.nme.com
Julian Casablancas has called streaming services “a waste of time” and blamed advances in streaming tech for music having “gone backwards”

Apple removes song that referenced Tiananmen Square Massacre from China's Apple Music
Apple removes song that referenced Tiananmen Square Massacre from China's Apple Musicmashable.com
Pro-democracy music and a song that references the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre have mysteriously disappeared from the Chinese version of Apple Music.

This plugin helps you tweak music for playback on streaming services
This plugin helps you tweak music for playback on streaming serviceswww.factmag.com
A new plugin from MeterPlugs aims to give producers a better idea of what their tracks will sound like on different streaming platforms.

Spotify's Long, Winding Road To India
Spotify's Long, Winding Road To Indiawww.npr.org
Spotify recently launched in India, but that path was long and complicated. We take the experience of Spotify and use it as a lens to look at why breaking into India is so difficult.

iTunes’ demise signals major changes for music industry
iTunes’ demise signals major changes for music industrydailytrojan.com
For the last decade and a half, the music industry was shaped heavily by iTunes.

Spotify is growing on podcast listening, now the leader in India and Spain
Spotify is growing on podcast listening, now the leader in India and Spainppc.land

Spotify is conquering more market share of the audio industry every month.

China Explained: How Tencent Came to Dominate Music Streaming
China Explained: How Tencent Came to Dominate Music Streamingradiichina.com
With strategic investments in rivals and rumored bids for Universal in the offing, Tencent is making some big moves on China’s music streaming scene

YouTube Music is now in South Africa
YouTube Music is now in South Africawww.businessinsider.co.za
South Africans now have at least nine music streaming platforms to choose from.

Spotify & Apple Are Trading Distinguished Disses: Here's What They Said
Spotify & Apple Are Trading Distinguished Disses: Here's What They Saidhiphopdx.com
Spotify and Apple are at war with one another.

Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization

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Triton Digital announced today that Stingray has selected Triton Digital to power the monetization of the streaming audio content on its Stingray Music mobile application. Through this partnership, Stingray will utilize Triton’s programmatic audio marketplace (a2x®) and audio Sell-Side Platform (Yield-Op) to make its audio inventory available programmatically to media buyers around the world through both open and private marketplace deals.

Issue 641: When Will China or India Have a Global Streaming Hit?; Spotify Reveals ‘Game Of Thrones’ Listening Trends

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When Will China or India Have a Global Streaming Hit?
When Will China or India Have a Global Streaming Hit?pitchfork.com
With streaming services making headway in these two key countries, there’s a good chance their regional styles could reach the American charts, a la Latin hip-hop.

Spotify Reveals 'Game Of Thrones' Listening Trends, Shares Revamped 'The End Is Coming' Playlist
Spotify Reveals 'Game Of Thrones' Listening Trends, Shares Revamped 'The End Is Coming' Playlistwww.billboard.com
Ahead of Sunday’s Season 8 premiere, Spotify shared listening trends related to Game Of Thrones, as well as an updated playlist titled “The End Is Coming” on Tuesday (April 9).

The golden age of YouTube is over
The golden age of YouTube is overwww.theverge.com
The platform was built on the backs of independent creators, but now YouTube is abandoning them for more traditional content.

How Will Radio Fare In The Battle For The Fourth Screen?
How Will Radio Fare In The Battle For The Fourth Screen?jacobsmedia.com
The automotive and tech industries are entangled in how the dashboard will look. Radio’s fate may hang in the balance.

Spotify's Secret Genius Songwriters Pen Open Letter to Daniel Ek Over Royalty Rate Appeal: 'You Have Used Us'
Spotify's Secret Genius Songwriters Pen Open Letter to Daniel Ek Over Royalty Rate Appeal: 'You Have Used Us'www.billboard.com

In 2017, Spotify launched its inaugural Secret Genius Awards, an annual event to honor the songwriters and producers behind some of the streaming platform’s most-played songs. Some of their honorees, however, are now speaking out about something that has been much less celebrated.

Godsmack Drummer Says Band Makes No Money From Streaming, But Has No Problem With Constant Touring
Godsmack Drummer Says Band Makes No Money From Streaming, But Has No Problem With Constant Touringwww.ultimate-guitar.com
‘The only reason I mention that is because you need money to push this forward in the Godsmack way,’ drummer Shannon Larkin says.

Spotify’s New Personalized Playlists May Impact Where Your Music Appears
Spotify’s New Personalized Playlists May Impact Where Your Music Appearswww.hypebot.com

Appearing on one of Spotify’s playlists has, in many ways, become the Holy Grail of the music industry for up and coming artists, but doing so could soon get harder, thanks to the platform’s rollout of its ‘personalized playlists’.

How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community
How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Communitywww.hypebot.com

In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.

7 Mac Apps for a Better Spotify and Apple Music Experience
7 Mac Apps for a Better Spotify and Apple Music Experiencewww.makeuseof.com
If you listen to Spotify or Apple Music on your Mac, you need to check out these apps that make music streaming even better.

Billie Eilish proves that albums still thrive in the age of music streaming
Billie Eilish proves that albums still thrive in the age of music streamingroutenote.com
They say streaming has changed the value of the album but Billie Eilish has shown they still thrive when done right.

Ikea, Sonos Unveil Their First Two Smart Speakers, Starting at $99
Ikea, Sonos Unveil Their First Two Smart Speakers, Starting at $99variety.com
A $99 speaker can be used as a shelf, whereas a $179 model doubles as a lamp.