Issue #245: The First-Ever Digital Single; Spotify’s iMessage App; LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio

The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Release
The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Releasewww.billboard.com
In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” on the internet as the first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates.

Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversation
Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversationwww.billboard.com
Spotify’s new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation.

LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio
LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Slacker Radio’s technology team and platform will provide advantages for the audio and video sides of LiveXLive Media.

Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titles
Streaming Business May Force Music Companies to Change Sales Job Titlesvariety.com
In the digital era, some job titles at music companies may need to be rebranded thanks to streaming.

After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with video
After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with videodigiday.com
With a new head of video, Spotify is trying to determine what its video business will look like. One thing’s for sure: music will be the focus.

From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Music
From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Musicrightstech.com

Music composed by artificial-intelligence agents is increasingly finding its way into the soundtracks of advertisements, videogames, apps, and other contexts where suitable human-authored works are either not available or too costly.

Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Market
Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Marketwww.hypebot.com
Tencent Music Entertainment CEO Cussion Pang talked up the Chinese music industry during a presentation at the 2017 Music Matters conference.

Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bands
Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bandswww.westword.com

Taking inspiration from then-emerging streaming sites like Bandcamp and SoundCloud, Joan Hansen led Denver Public Library’s initiative to launch Volume, a platform where local musicians can upload their albums and library patrons can stream or download local music.

The Marxist plot of music streaming
The Marxist plot of music streamingwww.creightonian.com
I finally did it; I reached Spotify’s downloadable content limit. I have 10,000 songs on my phone.

Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlement
Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlementvariety.com
As Spotify continues to clear the decks for an expected public offering this year or next, it has hit another potential roadblock.

China’s Media Regulator Admonishes Music-Streaming Services

Once chastised for supporting digital music piracy, China’s tech giants are now zealous copyright crusaders, vying against each other for exclusive deals and stamping out smaller competitors, much to the chagrin of the country’s media regulator.

On Sept. 12 and 13, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) called together the heads of internet companies and record labels, and ordered them to stop signing exclusive content deals, driving up prices for song rights, and using artists’ work without authorization.

According to online notices, SAPPRFT issued its warning to Tencent Music Entertainment Group, Ali Music Group, NetEase Cloud Music, and Baidu Taihe Music — all owned by enormous companies — as well as to over 20 domestic and international record labels, including Universal, Sony, Warner, and Emperor Entertainment.

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Issue #244: Broadway Benefits From Streaming; Apple Gives iTunes a Scrub; Tidal Now Third In App Store Revenue For Music Apps

Broadway Is Benefiting From Streaming In A Surprising Way
Broadway Is Benefiting From Streaming In A Surprising Waywww.forbes.com
If you can listen to songs from a musical before you go, are you more willing to see a show?

Apple Gives iTunes a Scrub, Removes App Store and Adds Social to Apple Music
Apple Gives iTunes a Scrub, Removes App Store and Adds Social to Apple Musicwww.billboard.com
While you were watching new iPhones get introduced at Apple’s big reveal on Tuesday, the company quietly revamped its signature desktop app for buying music, movies and TV.

Jay-Z's Much-Dissed Music Service Tidal Now Third In App Store Revenue For Music Apps
Jay-Z's Much-Dissed Music Service Tidal Now Third In App Store Revenue For Music Appswww.forbes.com
Tidal used to be a joke. Now it’s a contender as the third-highest grossing music streaming app on the iOS App Store.

Artificial Intelligence Ushers in the Era of Music Moneyball
Artificial Intelligence Ushers in the Era of Music Moneyballwww.billboard.com
Monkeys cannot create copyrightable works. This is an actual rule. Seriously.

Deezer may revisit IPO after Spotify goes public says CEO
Deezer may revisit IPO after Spotify goes public says CEOmusically.com
Deezer’s last attempt to go public was abandoned shortly after the company published its prospectus. The streaming service may try again.

Pandora CEO Naveen Chopra Charts the Road Ahead
Pandora CEO Naveen Chopra Charts the Road Aheadvariety.com
Pandora hopes to monetize its audience with advertising rather than relying on subscriptions and more from the Goldman Sachs Conference.

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple Watch
Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple Watchwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

People can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just they can from their smartphone.

Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?
Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?www.citymetric.com

The objective behind the LinkNYC screens was to provide free information to all New Yorkers and visitors, regardless of where one was or how much money they had. Accessible, available to everyone, transparent and helpful, the machines have assisted with mobility, access to information, communication and, importantly, civic engagement.

Amazon Music secures Bundesliga broadcast rights
Amazon Music secures Bundesliga broadcast rightswww.sportspromedia.com
Music streaming platform to carry German soccer audio.

Issue #243: The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online; Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music

The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Online
The Music Industry Bands Together to Finally Get Paid Onlinewww.wired.com
A group called the Open Music Initiative is figuring out artist payments for digital platforms.

Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music
Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Musicwww.forbes.com
From films to comics to concert posters, Discogs has new ambitions to bring its successes and lessons as an online music marketplace and database to other verticals.

Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500m
Vevo hopes for 30% growth after 2016 revenues of $500mmusically.com
Vevo has been talking about the growth in its advertising business, with the music-videos service having taken in $500m in 2016.

Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Card
Facebook Goes After YouTube With The Money Cardmusic3point0.com
Facebook has YouTube squarely in its sights as it dangles big licensing money in front of the music industry.

Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition show
Netflix and John Legend are making a music competition showwww.engadget.com
For all the ground Netflix has covered with its original shows, there’s one area it has yet to touch: the talent show. If you ask Variety, however, that’s abou…

LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactive
LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactiveplatformandstream.com
LiveXLive Media announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire SNAP Interactive, a leading provider of live video social networking and interactive dating applications.

Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fight
Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fightwww.billboard.com
Some music industry executives are whipping up outrage over Spotify’s recent court filing that challenges whether it needs mechanical licenses for streaming — a legal strategy that, if successful, could upend the economic foundation of the music publishing industry.

Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.
Spotify's Road to World Domination Leads Right Through Asia. Here's the Economic Reason Why.ajournalofmusicalthings.com

It’s only natural that our worldviews are created as the result of what we see and experience locally. But if we take the time to get outside our bubble, we often see our preconceptions about how the world works are at best incomplete.

What if there were an IMDB for music?
What if there were an IMDB for music?soundcloud.com

Not only would fans be able to dig deeper into their favorite albums, but producers, artists, and other collaborators could catalog their contributions, labels could track data more easily, and businesses would have all of the information they need to license a song right at their fingertips.

Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Series
Music market intelligence startup Soundcharts raises $3.1m in Serieswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company monitors social and streaming activity, charts, playlists and radio airplay data in real-time – and is currently used by executives working across marketing, sales, live, A&R and management, in addition to artists.

LiveXLive Media to Acquire Snap Interactive

LiveXLive Media announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire SNAP Interactive, a leading provider of live video social networking and interactive dating applications.

“We are building a unique, highly differentiated destination for music fans globally and are excited to add SNAP’s robust live video expertise and technology, intellectual property and user base to the LiveXLive family,” said LiveXLive’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Robert Ellin. “LiveXLive is committed to becoming a live social music network with experiential tools and features from SNAP to power our video content and live streams for music lovers,” continued Mr. Ellin.

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Issue #242: Deezer Seeks Musical Edge on Spotify; Tencent Music Signs Rights Deal with Alibaba

David v Goliath: Deezer seeks musical edge on Spotify
David v Goliath: Deezer seeks musical edge on Spotifywww.reuters.com
From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple.

Spotify Expected to Launch in South Africa Within Months
Spotify Expected to Launch in South Africa Within Monthsvariety.com

Spotify is expected to follow in the footsteps of Deezer, Google Play and Apple Music with a launch in South Africa in the next few months, according to a local report citing a recent recruiting ad from Spotify for a senior editor/music programmer in South Africa.

Owner of Music Piracy Network That Delivered 'Gut-Punch' to Artists Pleads Guilty
Owner of Music Piracy Network That Delivered 'Gut-Punch' to Artists Pleads Guiltywww.billboard.com
Artur Sargsyan, the owner and operator of Sharebeast.com, a file-sharing site popular among music fans before it was shut down two years ago, has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement.

Is Mighty, a Spotify-Compatible Portable Music Player, Going to Replace the iPod?
Is Mighty, a Spotify-Compatible Portable Music Player, Going to Replace the iPod?www.laweekly.com
The new Mighty, an $86 ultra-small music player, syncs with your Spotify playlists and plays them offline. Can it replace the increasingly obsolete iPod?

Spotify: Too Late to Become the Netflix Challenger It Could Have Been?
Spotify: Too Late to Become the Netflix Challenger It Could Have Been?variety.com
When Spotify and Hulu announced a joint effort this week to sell their streaming services at a combined discount rate to select niche markets, it was touted as a savvy marriage of audio and video content.

Tencent Music signs rights deal with Alibaba
Tencent Music signs rights deal with Alibabawww.ft.com

The deal, announced Tuesday morning by Tencent, gives Alibaba the right to stream music from some of Tencent’s exclusive deals with international music labels such as Sony and Universal Music, in exchange for reciprocal rights to Alibaba’s catalogue of Chinese and Japanese classics.

Facebook VP: 'We understand and respect the value of all artists'
Facebook VP: 'We understand and respect the value of all artists'musically.com
What is Facebook’s music-licensing strategy going to be? It’s one of the big music-industry questions of 2017, with rumours flying thick and fast.

Spotify to host largest ever music quiz as marketers urged to back Grenfell fundraiser
Spotify to host largest ever music quiz as marketers urged to back Grenfell fundraiserwww.thedrum.com
The UK marketing community has been urged to help raise funds for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire through what hopes to be the largest ever music marketing quiz, organised with the aim of raising £50,000.

Neil Finn explains the intense processes behind livestreaming the creation of his latest record
Neil Finn explains the intense processes behind livestreaming the creation of his latest recordwww.thelineofbestfit.com
Neil Finn, the frontman of Crowded House, was diving into the world of livestreaming long before your mate decided to ‘go live’ on the bus into town.

Issue #241: Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?; Should Spotify Try to Become the ‘Netflix Of Music’?

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?
Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?watt.cashmusic.org

Can a single company really break down the complexities of royalties and rights ownership and take an idea this involved to a mainstream audience of millions? I gotta admit: I’m a little skeptical here.

Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?www.billboard.com
Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone
Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malonewww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be, taking place Nov. 30 at London’s Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime artists Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush
iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bushwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones, during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Upfront in New York on Thursday.

Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?
Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Western appetite for the Chinese market has long been based upon accessing the 1.4 billion consumers. This has in turn impacted valuations of Chinese companies, particularly when eager western investors are involved.

Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choice
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choicewww.patentlyapple.com
A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music’s paid audio subscription services.

Music streaming figures in France show the world is changing
Music streaming figures in France show the world is changingwww.rudebaguette.com
The rise in music streaming earnings is a clear sign Millenials are now taking over. The paradigm shift is major.

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browser
Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browserwww.engadget.com
If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari.

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