The Rise of Curated Playlists; Jukedeck Hopes AI Can ‘Democratise Music’; LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands

The Rise of Curated Playlists
The Rise of Curated Playlists www.thembj.org

Artists have traditionally commanded attention, serving as the primary inspirations and icons for diverse communities of fan bases around the world. However, with the unrelenting rise of on-demand music streaming, playlists are overtaking albums and artist discographies as the primary form of music consumption.

Jukedeck Hopes AI Can 'Democratise Music'
Jukedeck Hopes AI Can 'Democratise Music'musically.com
British AI-music startup Jukedeck has been on the music industry’s radar for three years now, since TechCrunch’s August 2014 report.

Fighting For Your Ears
Fighting For Your Earswww.project-disco.org

Last week Spotify revealed it’s going to promote podcasts on its streaming service, providing yet another example of the fierce competition underway for your ears. Indeed, between music services, audiobooks, and podcasts, the fight for listening time is only heating up.

LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festivalplatformandstream.com

LiveXLive will be livestreaming select performances from Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on the LiveXLive platform beginning today (August 11), and ending Sunday, for music fans outside of the United States.

PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asia
PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asiatechcrunch.com
This week seems to be a good one for media streaming companies in Asia.

Microsoft is building a great music experience with Groove that few will listen to
Microsoft is building a great music experience with Groove that few will listen towww.onmsft.com

Groove Music offers roughly the same 40 million tracks as other industry leaders, partial free access, selective streaming and downloads as well as cloud storage integration, all of which means it has the foundation to compete.

Spotify desktop design-tweak boosts podcasts and videos
Spotify desktop design-tweak boosts podcasts and videosmusically.com
Spotify is rolling out a design tweak for its desktop app’s menu bar, which gives podcasts and videos more prominence for listeners.

CEO Ljung: SoundCloud Dies If Temasek, Raine Offer Rejected | Fortune.com
CEO Ljung: SoundCloud Dies If Temasek, Raine Offer Rejected | Fortune.comfortune.com
Embattled streaming service Soundcloud could cease to exist without an injection of cash from investors.

Glen Campbell album sales soar 13,000 percent after singer's death
Glen Campbell album sales soar 13,000 percent after singer's deathwww.reuters.com
Sales of Glen Campbell’s music soared after the death of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer after a public struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Thursday Is the New Friday for New Tunes
Why Thursday Is the New Friday for New Tuneswww.billboard.com
Why some artists are breaking the industry’s Friday-release rule: “It’s a little bit less about the chart game, a little bit more about the global reach game.”

From French Montana to Katy Perry, the Meme-First Reality of Today's Music Promotion Game
From French Montana to Katy Perry, the Meme-First Reality of Today's Music Promotion Gamewww.wired.com
French Montana’s latest single is just the latest in a long line of songs that rode an Instagram dance challenge to the top.

LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

LiveXLive will be livestreaming select performances from Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on the LiveXLive platform beginning today (Friday, August 11), and ending Sunday, for music fans outside of the United States.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which takes place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and the second year of the LiveXLive streaming partnership. This year’s streaming lineup includes Metallica, Lorde, Gorillaz, Alt J, Above and Beyond, Empire of the Sun, as well as many other artists across rock, alternative, hip hop, electronic and pop music.

“At LiveXLive, we are committed to bringing the world’s biggest festivals and experiences to music fans all over the world,” said Robert Ellin, founder and CEO of LiveXLive. “Even though Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place in San Francisco, we’re going to ensure that fans worldwide won’t miss the incredible performances from this weekend by streaming them on our platform.”

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Fighting For Your Ears

Last week Spotify revealed it’s going to promote podcasts on its streaming service, providing yet another example of the fierce competition underway for your ears.

Indeed, between music services, audiobooks, and podcasts, the fight for listening time is only heating up. When Apple’s multimedia player, iTunes, was released in 2001, competition across these different types of audio was not as evident. When iTunes transformed into a digital multimedia store, this changed.

Originally, however, iTunes was a simple music player and Napster, an unlicensed peer-to-peer file sharing service, which allowed users to send audio files back and forth, was the closest thing to a digital music store. While Napster quickly ran afoul of U.S. copyright law, the overwhelming response to the product demonstrated enormous pent-up demand for a licensed digital audio service. Eventually iTunes emerged as not only a service for purchasing songs and managing files on music devices, but one for listening to music.

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Issue #221: How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?; Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy

How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?
How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?www.forbes.com
What does it take to get a song on a popular Spotify playlist? Money? The right record label? A good PR team?

Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy
Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy www.thembj.org

Record labels and publishers for decades served as the music industry’s “bank.” They provided the advances artists lived on while making new music, and also paid for services like recording, shipping, marketing and more. No longer

Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Reality
Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Realitywww.billboard.com
On Aug. 17 you can live stream Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams Tour live in Virtual Reality.

Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Sales
Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Salesajournalofmusicalthings.com

Streaming doesn’t pay? Tell that the three major labels.

How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Death
How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Deathwww.digitalmusicnews.com
What the hell is wrong with TIDAL? Here are just a few of our gripes, penned in an open letter to Richard Sanders, TIDAL’s 4th CEO in 2 years.

AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert
AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert platformandstream.com
AT&T Creator Lab has teamed up with Thirty Seconds to Mars to live stream the band’s Aug. 12 concert, and provide wireless connectivity and interactive fan experiences for their upcoming Camp Mars Music Festival. The music fest takes place Aug. 11-14 in Malibu, California.

Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For School
Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For Schoolwww.forbes.com
Apple has rolled out its free Beats headphones with MacBook purchase to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaper
Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaperwww.theverge.com

In music, movies, and television, the better produced something is, the more it usually costs. In podcasts and audiobooks, the reverse is true: the most popular free stuff all sounds expensive, and the most popular expensive stuff mostly sounds cheap.

Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004
Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004www.openculture.com

It was Peel’s particular talent for discovering and promoting such artists that set him apart from his peers.

HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!
HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff has an audiophile ah-ha moment

Issue #220: The Power of Playlisting; PledgeMusic Launches Amplify; Deezer Heading to Google Home

 The Power of Playlisting
The Power of Playlistingwww.thembj.org

Before the era of streaming services, Internet radio, and digital downloads, it was essential for artists to utilize a label’s resources in order to mass distribute music.

PledgeMusic Launches Amplify, A New Artist Development Platform
PledgeMusic Launches Amplify, A New Artist Development Platformwww.hypebot.com
PledgeMusic has launched a new artist development program dubbed Amplify. It is accepting submissions from “up and coming creatives” for a chance to receive extra support through Pledge Music’s fan-based platform, as well as be eligible for special sponsorship opportunities.

 Brands and the Future of Music
Brands and the Future of Musicwww.thembj.org

Most brands need to rejuvenate themselves periodically, and this is especially true when their commerce is directed to a younger demographic. Music is a catalyst that brings youth aboard, so its value in product marketing is paramount.

8 Creative Approaches to Promoting Your Music with Playlists
8 Creative Approaches to Promoting Your Music with Playlistsblog.landr.com

Playlists are the most important way we listen to music today. Industry estimates show that 1 in every 5 plays happens in a playlist across all streaming platforms.

'Carpool Karaoke' Apple Music Series: Interview With Producers
'Carpool Karaoke' Apple Music Series: Interview With Producerswww.billboard.com
The 20-episode series that sprung from the ‘The Late Late Show’ segment will feature a surprising mix of A-list actors, musicians and athletes belting out your favorite songs on a weekly basis.

Startup AI Music reveals its plans for ‘shape-changing songs'
Startup AI Music reveals its plans for ‘shape-changing songs'musically.com
In January this year, Music Ally spotted a new artificial-intelligence music startup pop up on investment site Angellist: London-based AI Music.

Pandora sort of bounces back after months of chaos
Pandora sort of bounces back after months of chaostechcrunch.com

Pandora is probably breathing a small sigh of relief after months of chaos have still ended with a positive second quarter.

Music streaming platform KKBOX studied listener habits
Music streaming platform KKBOX studied listener habitswww.bandwagon.asia
Over the years, the global music industry has faced many changes due to the rapid technological changes in the world – from the re-emergence of phy…

With A Fresh Spin On The 808, DJs Become Rhythm Composers
With A Fresh Spin On The 808, DJs Become Rhythm Composerswww.npr.org
It’s the Fender Stratocaster of drum machines. More than three decades after the TR-808 forever changed the sound of popular music, its creators are hoping a DJ-friendly update can make history again.

LiveXLive, Cinedigm Partner for Live Music Events, Original Content
LiveXLive, Cinedigm Partner for Live Music Events, Original Contentplatformandstream.com
LiveXLive and Cinedigm have partnered in a worldwide distribution agreement that will give music fans across the globe access to LiveXLive’s live and original video programming.

Deezer is the latest music streaming service heading to Google Home
Deezer is the latest music streaming service heading to Google Home9to5google.com

Google Home’s list of compatible features and services has been steadily growing ever since its release, and the latest addition to Google’s smart speaker is Deezer – the fifth music streaming option – which joins Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert

AT&T Creator Lab has teamed up with Thirty Seconds to Mars to live stream the band’s Aug. 12 concert, and provide wireless connectivity and interactive fan experiences for their upcoming Camp Mars Music Festival. The music fest takes place Aug. 11-14 in Malibu, California.

The Camp Mars Music Festival is in its third year and gives fans a special chance to relive the summer camp of their youth while interacting with Thirty Seconds to Mars through a variety of activities including hiking, yoga, games, art installations, meditation, and more. The band will give 2 intimate live performances in this unique and natural setting, on Aug. 12 and 13.

If you can’t make it to Camp Mars in person, don’t worry – AT&T will live stream Saturday night’s show on Facebook Live, att.net and VyRT, the social broadcast platform founded by Jared Leto.

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Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 5

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

A bounty of A+ music this week, kicking off with one of my favorite Jackson 5 tracks. Ian Fitzgerald’s “Camille” is just one of a ton of amazing songs from this artist I recently added to my favorites list. Jerry Reed, INXS, The O’Jays, Mel Torme, Pokey LaFarge, Carmen McRae, and Talking Heads are just a few of the terrific artists featured this week.

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