W Hotels Debuts the W Sound Suite, a Private Music Studio Designed for Artists, Hotel Guests

W Hotels Worldwide today unveiled the first W Sound Suite to launch in North America at W Seattle. The private music studio, writer’s room and lounge offers a retreat for musicians and producers to write and record tracks while on the road.  Hotel guests are also able to get in on the fun by booking the studio to live out their rockstar dreams.

“As one of the most iconic music capitals in the world, I couldn’t think of a more ideal location for our first W Sound Suite in North America than W Seattle,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The W brand has long been synonymous with music, from the live music programming in our buzzing Living Rooms to musicians choosing to stay with us while on tour.  The W Sound Suite provides the perfect professional environment for when inspiration strikes – any time, day or night, complemented by 24 hour room service, of course!” Continue reading W Hotels Debuts the W Sound Suite, a Private Music Studio Designed for Artists, Hotel Guests

Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries

Spotify is debuting Spotify Premium for Students in 33 new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.

Today’s launch of Spotify Premium for Students means that university students in 33 new countries around the world are now able to to purchase Spotify Premium for half price. The offer is open to students for every year of their student life, and is available immediately from today. Continue reading Spotify Premium for Students Launches in 33 New Countries

How Spotify is Wooing Brands

The world’s largest music streaming service is ramping up its efforts to attract advertisers in the Philippines, where its recent TNS-commissioned study showed two in five Filipinos with Internet access listen to music on Spotify.

Joanna Wong, head of business marketing for Spotify in Asia Pacific, shared some insights on how the tech company is trying to woo brands in the Philippines.

“Moments-based marketing” is one key trend that Spotify believes will go mainstream this year.

“It really allows marketers to really send the right message to the right audience at the right time,” she said in a recent interview with BusinessWorld.

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Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for April 10 – April 14.

Monday: The Power of the Playlist; Does the Music Industry Need a Blockchain?

Tuesday: Pandora Is Thinking Out of the Box; Why Spotify’s IPO-less IPO is a Smart Idea

Wednesday: It’s Time to End the Stigma Over Streaming Music; Why Collection Societies Want to Make Music Together

ThursdayWhen Artists Don’t Stream; Spotify + Apple Watch; Streaming to Overtake Physical Music Sales in the UK

Friday: Gene Simmons, Not Down with Streaming; Bittunes; Blockchain; NetEase; TuneCore; Deezer’s New App


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MusicLyrics.com Makes it Debut

MusicLyrics.com is open for business. The new platform has an impressive database of legal lyrics, a place where you can discover and share with your friends the latest lyrics from your favorite artists.

The website also has the latest music news, album reviews, and artists interviews.

MusicLyrics was created with the purpose of offering accurate information to anyone searching for it. No more useless details, no more wrongly translated lyrics. This website wants to completely revolutionize searching for lines in songs as well as presenting some meaningful additional information to fans all over the world.

Artists get their own individual pages on the website. A short biography is written about each singer featured in this category. The presentations are short but focused on essential information that fans are interested in. Song lyrics and a listing of albums are also included. The artist also gets his or her own popularity rating. Continue reading MusicLyrics.com Makes it Debut

TuneCore’s New Service Empowers Independent Artists

TuneCore today announced the launch of TuneCore Direct Advance. A unique collaboration with Lyric Financial, the innovative new service offers U.S.-based TuneCore artists automated advances on their future distribution sales revenue.

With many independent artists and labels operating as small to medium-sized businesses with sometimes minimal resources, TuneCore Direct Advance is a valuable new offering that allows them to take advances on future earnings to help fund new projects and further their careers. From recording new material to purchasing new equipment to funding a tour, TuneCore Direct Advance provides a simple way for artists to access advances at their convenience, 24/7 and on their own terms.

In addition, this new advance model does not require artists to pledge ownership of their music, which is often the case with many competing services. With TuneCore Direct Advance, independent artists can have full control of their finances while still maintaining total creative control of their music. Continue reading TuneCore’s New Service Empowers Independent Artists

AT&T AUDIENCE Network Announces Artist Lineup for Music Concerts

AT&T is giving DIRECTV and U-verse customers more music programming every Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AT&T AUDIENCE Network.

The network just wrapped another production of original and exclusive performances for its AUDIENCE Music series. Customers can see 17 artists across all genres of music deliver live concerts and extensive artist interviews with series host Ted Stryker.

“The third time really is the charm when it comes to producing our AUDIENCE Music concerts,” said Christopher Long, head of AUDIENCE Network.  “Given the acclaim of the artists, we know this group of shows will elevate the concert experience for fans and our viewers on AUDIENCE Network.” Continue reading AT&T AUDIENCE Network Announces Artist Lineup for Music Concerts