Issue #300: Spotify, Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swap; Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Open

Spotify and Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swap
Spotify and Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swapvariety.com
Spotify is in talks with Tencent Music for a stock swap, which would also come with a significant capital injection for the music service.

Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Open
Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Openpitchfork.com
“Don’t forget to have a good time, and try not to get lost”

Why live streaming is not a solution for orchestras in a digital world
Why live streaming is not a solution for orchestras in a digital worldmedium.com
In the twentieth century, people went to concert halls to hear the greatest classical music performed by orchestras like the New York Philharmonic or Boston Symphony.

Biggest tracks could be main losers from user-centric streaming payouts
Biggest tracks could be main losers from user-centric streaming payoutsmusically.com
Research being conducted in Finland into a ‘user-centric’ payments model for music-streaming suggests that the biggest tracks may be the main losers.

The music industry should be dreaming of a white Christmas
The music industry should be dreaming of a white Christmaswww.economist.com

Weather and daylight hours affect the consumption of festive songs.

Kobalt inks licensing deal in China with NetEase Cloud Music
Kobalt inks licensing deal in China with NetEase Cloud Musicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Unlike the three major music companies (Universal, Sony and Warner), Kobalt has taken a different path in the key emerging territory. The company’s publishing division and its AWAL recorded music operation have signed a deal with NetEase Cloud Music to license and distribute its music catalogue.

What does Chris Stapleton have in common with Etta James, Van Morrison, and Otis Redding? Plenty.
What does Chris Stapleton have in common with Etta James, Van Morrison, and Otis Redding? Plenty.medium.com

“Tennessee Whiskey” plays well with songs in the country, Americana, singer-songwriters, rock, R&B, and soul genres.
• Stapleton’s music has a close relation to Etta James and other R&B/soul…

iHeartMedia Promotes John Ivey to President of Top 40 Programming Strategy
iHeartMedia Promotes John Ivey to President of Top 40 Programming Strategywww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia’s national programming group has promoted 40-year veteran programmer John Ivey to the position of president of CHR Programming Strategy, effective immediately.

A Colorado Company who Sued Netflix and others is now Targeting Apple's Streaming Products like Apple Music, iTunes & more
A Colorado Company who Sued Netflix and others is now Targeting Apple's Streaming Products like Apple Music, iTunes & morewww.patentlyapple.com

Realtime Adaptive Streaming has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the District Court of Colorado. The company had previously sued Cisco, Netflix and Hulu and yesterday the company filed a six count lawsuit against Apple.

Rights clearance startup Dubset partners with indie distribution label Merlin
Rights clearance startup Dubset partners with indie distribution label Merlinwww.theverge.com
Merlin’s members include Sub Pop, Warp, and Mad Decent

Spotify Premium gets discounted to $99 for a year
Spotify Premium gets discounted to $99 for a yearwww.theverge.com
The same price as Apple Music

Issue #299: Deezer Puts Focus On Difference; Stationhead Integrates Apple Music; 7 Podcasts for Music Lovers

From Startup To Challenger – Streaming Pioneer Deezer Puts The Focus On Difference
10 years ago, Deezer was a music tech startup, operating from a garage in France. Today the company has 12 million active users, but with developments in digital music distribution moving ahead at speed, the company is seeking to answer the question: Why choose Deezer?

Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Music
Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Musicwww.billboard.com
Social radio streaming app Stationhead has integrated Apple Music, making it platform-agnostic and opening it up to Apple’s 30 million subscribers.

How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?
How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?musically.com
“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed”

7 Podcasts for Music Lovers
7 Podcasts for Music Loversppcorn.com

If your podcast lineup is feeling a little stale, why not shake it up with these seven podcasts, all designed for music lovers. The formats range from traditional host interviews to storytelling and incorporates people from all walks of life. The common thread is something everyone loves: the power of music.

Evolving exit strategies for music startups
Evolving exit strategies for music startupsmusically.com
We’ll be blunt: for many music startups, the ‘exit’ is either shutting down when nobody wants their product or service, or an ‘acquihire’ of their team.

Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists
Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists music3point0.com
Nielsen Music’s annual Music 360 report looks at the consumption habits of U.S. music fans and listeners.

Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups Navigate Licensing Music From Record Labels
Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups Navigate Licensing Music From Record Labelswww.billboard.com

Keeping the digital music business booming requires encouraging more startups to enter a market that’s generally perceived as difficult and complicated. Could one new company provide the answer?

Amazon to push ‘U2 experience’ out to music streaming apps
Amazon to push ‘U2 experience’ out to music streaming appswww.completemusicupdate.com

Taking note of what a massive success it was when Apple snuck a free U2 album onto everyone’s iPhones, Amazon is going to push out a collection of interviews and live performances by the band to users of its streaming service.

Exec: Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believe
Exec: Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believewww.billboard.com
Turns out all the hype around Spotify “skip-rates” — when a listener skips a track less than 30 seconds into listening — might not be such an important metric in the service’s playlist placements as previously thought.

Buying music vs. streaming: What you need to know
Buying music vs. streaming: What you need to knowwww.windowscentral.com
You might consider buying music to be a thing of the past now that streaming services are more popular and feature-rich than ever before. But which approach is best for you?

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ to Hit Streaming Services Friday
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ to Hit Streaming Services Fridayvariety.com
Three weeks to the day after its release, Taylor Swift’s new album “Reputation” will be available on major streaming services Friday.

Issue #298: How Billboard’s New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts; iHeartRadio Launches Podcast Network

How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts
How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Chartswww.rollingstone.com
Billboard’s new rules mean that free streaming services like YouTube will affect the charts less than paid ones. Will rap and other genres suffer?

Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'
Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'www.billboard.com
It’s been three and a half years since Jimmy Iovine left his role as CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M to run Apple Music, but that doesn’t keep him from thinking about the problems facing labels today — or the rest of the industry for that matter.

iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle America
iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle Americawww.axios.com

iHeart sees a business opportunity in bringing podcasting to a more diverse audience the center of the country.

U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Release
U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Releasewww.billboard.com
U2 has partnered with Amazon Music for a new online radio broadcast leading up to the band’s new album, ‘Songs of Experience,’ release on Friday.

A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figures
A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figuresblog.midem.com
Streaming went from strength to strength this year. Here’s how, in five key stats!

Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled success
Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled successmusically.com
Spotify’s Nordic head of shows and editorial Daniel Breitholtz was keen to make something clear in his speech at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki

Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scores
Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scoresmymodernmet.com
Nicholas Rougeux’s ‘Off the Staff’ is a set of colorful data visualizations made from parsing the sheet music of famous classical music scores.

Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Funding
Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Digital music distributor Symphonic Distribution, Inc. has secured a $4 million investment led by Ballast Point Ventures, the company announced earlier this month.

What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?
What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?www.pocket-lint.com
Music streaming services are nothing new anymore, there are plenty of options on the market, each with their own unique features to try and grab your attention.

All Ears
All Earsreallifemag.com
Streaming music services have made record reviewing superfluous. But are we really better off without it?

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform
Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reformwww.euractiv.com

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.

Amazon Music, U2 Team Up to Redefine Broadcast Listening with Launch of ‘The U2 Experience’

Amazon Music has announced “The U2 Experience”: a first-of-its-kind broadcast for Amazon Music designed with the voice experience in mind. Launching today (Nov. 29) simultaneously across multiple time zones, “The U2 Experience” is a new type of radio, filled with historical and new exclusive content produced by Amazon Music and available to U2 fans who tune in from the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, ending just before the release of the band’s upcoming album, Songs of Experience, on December 1.

Only available during its one-time broadcast and exclusively on Amazon Music, “The U2 Experience” will be available at www.amazon.com/theu2experience and on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. In a new way of listening, the broadcast will also be available to all Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK through Alexa, on Amazon Echo devices, simply by asking, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience.”

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Issue #297: K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathe; Grammy Snub for Spotify’s Most Popular Song of All Time

K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathe
K-Pop: Stream Like You Breathekoreaexpose.com
K-pop fans are famous for their impressively coordinated support of idols, including a practice called sumseuming, “streaming music 24/7 as one breathes.”

Music Streaming Royalty Rates Going Up Slightly in 2018
Music Streaming Royalty Rates Going Up Slightly in 2018www.billboard.com
The Copyright Royalty Board has set a cost of living adjustment to the rates paid to master recording copyright holders for 2018, with the rate increasing on basis point each to $0.0018 for ad-supported, non subscription services; and $0.0023 per performance for paid subscription services.

The most popular song of all time on Spotify is not nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy
The most popular song of all time on Spotify is not nominated for a Song of the Year Grammywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, co-written by Sheeran with Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, has missed out in both the Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year categories.

How to spot the next music/tech giant
How to spot the next music/tech giantmusically.com
2017 has been a fascinating year for digital music, from the growth in paid streaming to a wave of new accelerators and initiatives to help startups.

Here's the Best Time to Release Your Album in 2018
Here's the Best Time to Release Your Album in 2018blog.symphonicdistribution.com

As for when to release based on competition, I saw two major shifts in 2017. Typically, I avoid March because of SXSW and October because of CMJ.

Warm Music Puts Heat On Broken Radio Royalty Business Model
Warm Music Puts Heat On Broken Radio Royalty Business Modelwww.forbes.com
Warm wants a more democratized music industry by delivering inexpensive data to anyone in the music industry about how their music is performing on radio stations all over the world.

Owning A Piece Of Drake's Music Now Possible Through The Magic Of Vetz
Owning A Piece Of Drake's Music Now Possible Through The Magic Of Vetzwww.hypebot.com
For the hardcore fan, the idea of owning a piece of their favorite artist’s music might well be an enticing one and now, thanks to a company called Vetz.co, artists can raise cash by selling ownership of a song to fans.

Majors Get The Tracks But Not The Longevity On Today’s Top Hits
Majors Get The Tracks But Not The Longevity On Today’s Top Hitsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

A post by Chartmetric’s Sung Cho diving into Spotify playlist metrics caught my attention, and one aspect in particular: how the major labels dominate the flagship Spotify playlist Today’s Top Hits.

Tech-led record label tops a billion YouTube views
Tech-led record label tops a billion YouTube viewswww.businesscloud.co.uk

Digital-only label Ostereo, based in The Landing at MediaCityUK, is flying after a year of business.

Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now
Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming nowwww.engadget.com
A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music.

Issue #296: How Tech Set Underground Music Free; Coming Soon: Blockchain Streaming Service Choon

How Tech Set Underground Music Free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choon
Gareth Emery Launching Blockchain Streaming Service Choonwww.magneticmag.com
Gareth Emery is taking a crack at two of the hottest and potentially most difficult businesses to get a foothold in – blockchain and streaming.

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music
Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Musicboisestatepublicradio.org
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling

Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures
Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventureswww.hypebot.com
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Domin
Record Labels Are Rebounding, But This Startup Could Shake Their Dominwww.fastcompany.com
UnitedMasters offers artists a combination of distribution across digital music services and detailed analytics.

Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hikewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensing
The Justice Department Quietly Backs Away From a Hard Line on Music Licensingwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Yes, the DOJ is suing over the AT&T-Time Warner merger. But on the antitrust front, the Trump Administration appears to be retreating in other places.

Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investors
Saavn teams with Amazon, Snapchat and new strategic investorsmusically.com
Indian streaming service Saavn is having a busy month, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, a marketing campaign running on Snapchat.

Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap
Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gapwww.hypebot.com
In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of ‘windowing,’ writes Chris Castle.

Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'
Neil Young Streams New Album 'The Visitor'www.jambase.com
Listen to the new Neil Young & Promise Of The Real album ‘The Visitor’ in advance of this Friday’s official release.

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