Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchain

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Music Messenger has been working on developing a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify. What Music Messenger proposes is that users will pay for Music Messenger Tokens (MMT) or earn them by listening to ads. Their wallet will then pay out a fraction of a cent per song to stream from decentralized storage across the network, with artists receiving 90 percent — compared to roughly 50 percent on the leading streaming apps. The rest goes to compensating whomever is hosting or streaming that audio track or file.

Issue #476: Spotify’s Playlist for Global Domination; Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project Coming Soon; SoundCloud on the Blockchain?

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Spotify’s playlist for global domination
Spotify’s playlist for global dominationwww.fastcompany.com
How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year
Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the yearwww.theverge.com
Pandora, the streaming music company, has a new focus on podcasts. Its podcast genome project is coming soon, CEO Roger Lynch says.

Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radio
Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radiowww.hypebot.com
Early investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio. Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment. Spoon bills itself as the first social radio mobile application. Launched…

New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Music
New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Musicwww.billboard.com
A new study released today (Aug. 6) found that nine out of 10 social media users do a music-related activity within the framework of an app, according to data compiled by research and analysis firm MusicWatch.

SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize music
SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize musictechcrunch.com

Audius wants to cut the middlemen out of music streaming so artists get paid their fair share. Coming out of stealth today led by serial entrepreneur and DJ Ranidu Lankage, Audius is building a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud.

How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?
How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?www.hypebot.com

Accurately assessing just how much revenue you’ll be able to pull down from a playlist placement can be difficult to determine, but with some careful analysis, Chris Robley at least shows us how to make an educated guess.

Can Streaming Platforms Succeed In Music Publishing and Licensing?
Can Streaming Platforms Succeed In Music Publishing and Licensing?medium.com
Streaming platforms have irreversibly changed the music distribution landscape, now accounting for the largest growth segment in the recorded music industry. Spotify, the biggest player in this area…

Skype's new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friends
Skype’s new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friendswww.windowscentral.com
Skype Insiders are getting an early peek at the chat app’s latest high-profile third-party integration: Spotify.

A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Music
A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Musicwww.billboard.com
‘Harmony With A.R. Rahman’ marks the Oscar-winning composer’s debut as a host in a non-fiction series.

TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal
TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal platformandstream.wordpress.com

TuneIn and CUMULUS MEDIA have signed an agreement that will bring all 441 of CUMULUS MEDIA’S owned-and-operated stations across 90 U.S. markets to the TuneIn platform as well as distribution of the podcasts from Westwood One Podcast Network.

Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott's Astroworld
Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott’s Astroworldwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Travis Scott’s Astroworld is a big deal.

eMusic Building Blockchain Platform

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming, Technology

eMusic has announced a $70M token sale to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management system. eMusic is planning a public pre-sale for its eMusic utility token (EMU) beginning in September 2018 with a token generation event (TGE) immediately following.

“For two decades, eMusic has been a champion of independent artists and their fans. However, today’s supply chain for music is broken. While streaming has made it possible for anyone to listen to virtually any song ever recorded at any time, its underlying economics are financially crippling to the most vital piece of the music ecosystem — artists,” said Tamir Koch, CEO of eMusic. “And on the other side of the supply chain, service providers are losing billions and struggling to stay alive. Most fans don’t realize that this is an unsustainable future with fewer artists and fewer providers.”

Issue #427: Blockchain Aims to Be Biggest Stage for Empowering Music Artists; Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters

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Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artistswww.forbes.com
In the music industry, blockchain can change how artists connect with fans. But, how can blockchain-based tokenization can help Indie-artists artists unlock new financing opportunities and strengthen bonds with their biggest, most loyal fans?

Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging
Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging techcrunch.com

Spotify could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.

A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?
A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?medium.com
So you’ve probably been reading about Tidal the last couple of days. How a Norwegian newspaper has published a story claiming that Tidals streaming numbers don’t add up.

CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotify
CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotifywww.cnbc.com
Media streaming company Pandora launches new family subscription plan “with a twist,” says CEO Roger Lynch.

Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters
Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriterswww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service launches global publishing business in a possible harbinger of streaming music’s future

Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead... and Spotify and Apple Music
Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead… and Spotify and Apple Musicwww.cnet.com
The rapper’s new album will debut Friday, June 1, at 12 a.m. ET.

Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okay
Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okaymedium.com
There’s a common refrain I hear among managers, agents, artists, publicists, talent buyers, producers, and well… literally everyone else connected to music. It goes like this, “Well, Artist Name Here…

The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Service
The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Servicewww.tubefilter.com
YouTube has made several attempts to launch a dedicated music service. Here’s a rundown of what the video site has done so far.

Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerous
Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerouswww.complex.com
As one of the most visible figures in rap, Kendrick is using his power to influence Spotify, which had previously removed the polarizing XXXTentacion from its promoted playlists for "hateful conduct."

Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in India
Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in Indiawww.thedrum.com
Recently merged Indian music-streaming platforms Jio-Saavn have trumped Google to become the only audio streaming media company to make gains on app installs with 1.24% share increase during first quarter, according to a report by Jana.

Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leaders
Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leadersblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Bringing awareness to your music has always had its challenges, here are the top three music tips from industry leaders from Tinderbox Music.

Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology

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Blockchain-powered music platform Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 27 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

The patent-pending Creative Smart ContractTM environment provides novel systems and methods for intellectual property ownership rights management, funding and ticketing on the blockchain and peer-to-peer. Artists have full control of their creative output from the very inception to the copyright, distribution, royalty collection and distribution of the intellectual property works as well as event ticketing.

Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

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JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner
JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warnervariety.com
London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music.

Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube
Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTubewww.nytimes.com
A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen
Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listenwww.rollingstone.com
Paid streams now count three times as much on free streams on Billboard’s album charts

Why Spotify Will Never Make Money
Why Spotify Will Never Make Moneyfortune.com
Spotify has a broken business model.

Music consumption in the era of smart speakers
Music consumption in the era of smart speakersmedium.com
Just over five years ago I wrote a piece called ‘Music collections in the era of the cloud’, in which I lamented the then-contemporary streaming services’ inabilities to properly represent a users’…

Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Stories
Spotify & Instagram Partner So Users Can Share What They're Listening To in Storieswww.billboard.com
Spotify and Instagram announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will allow users to share what their listening to via their Instagram Stories or Instagram Direct and even encourage their followers and friends to tune in as well.

Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growth
Pandora Reports $319B in Q1 Earnings With 19% Subscriber Growthwww.billboard.com
Pandora have released their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2018.

Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakers
Work-For-Hire Websites Give New Life to Songwriters, Producers and Beatmakerswww.billboard.com
New on-line companies like SoundBetter and BeatStars give artists and producers a new lifeline.

Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artist
Elite Music Manager to Make Digital Music Distribution Obtainable for Every Artistwww.influencive.com

Adrian Swish is the Founder/ CEO of Swish Management and Digital Currensy Inc. He is on a mission to revolutionize the way creators get paid royalties and the way they pay each other.

YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masseswww.tubefilter.com
“[Content Match] will let you identify who reuploaders are and let you take some actions,” explains product manager Barbara Macdonald — including doing nothing, contacting offending channels, or asking YouTube to delete the video in question.

Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' -- What Does That Actually Mean?
Spotify Wants to Be 'The R&D Department for the Entire Music Industry' — What Does That Actually Mean?www.billboard.com

While execs might not use the words “vertical integration,” that goal is arguably alive and well within the company.

Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tango
Music streaming apps: Why it takes a telco to tangowww.financialexpress.com
JioMusic, the free-to-use music app, topped the charts in terms of unique visitors which stood at 19 million in February this year.

Issue #398: How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists; Of Branded Playlists and Artist Payment

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How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists
How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artistscryptoslate.com

Technology and art have always been closely intertwined, and blockchain is no exception.

Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?
Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?www.billboard.com
When a brand curates its own playlist it is using songs specifically to influence a consumer’s perception of the brand, so should artists be compensated for being a part of what is essentially advertising?

The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it coming
The reggaeton revolution is here and Nicky Jam saw it comingwww.nbcnews.com
Thanks to the power of streaming, artists like Nicky Jam have been able to reach mainstream success as platforms like Spotify revolutionize the music industry.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPO
Tencent Music Entertainment Group Preparing IPOwww.wsj.com
Tencent Music, China’s largest music-streaming company, is preparing what would be one of the largest tech IPOs ever.

Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently
Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficientlytechcrunch.com

A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry.

From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’t
From Rhapsody to Napster: How this pioneering music service coulda been Spotify — and why it isn’twww.geekwire.com
In streaming music, Spotify gets the glory. Yet the Seattle-based service originally known as Rhapsody was the streaming pioneer. Now operating under the Napster brand, it seemed perfectly positioned to be where Spotify is today. It’s not. This is why.

MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeria
MTN introduces music streaming service in Nigeriawww.itnewsafrica.com

The partnership which has been dubbed the first of it’s kind in Nigeria allows subscribers on the platform to stream over three million international songs from various categories.

Congress Should Tweak -- and Pass -- the Music Modernization Act
Congress Should Tweak — and Pass — the Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
There’s every reason to believe this new organization will distribute royalties much better than the current system. There’s just not much of an incentive, other than transparency, to make sure it does.

5 Awesome Tools for Music Production
5 Awesome Tools for Music Productionblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Electronic music production is more accessible than ever, thanks to an influx of tools available on the interweb.

Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Market
Indie DIY Artists Are 2.7% Of The Music Marketmusic3point0.com
Indie DIY artists revenue grew handsomely last year, but still only represents a small fraction of the recorded music industry’s income.

Things I Wish Spotify Did Better
Things I Wish Spotify Did Bettergearpatrol.com
Spotify has been a big part of my daily routine for years. And I’m not likely to abandon it anytime soon, but there are little tweaks that I wish it did better just to make my experiance a little simpler. So Spotify, please, get on it.

iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patients
iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patientswww.techrepublic.com
Nursing home patients saw noticeable changes in activity, mood, and memory when they started listening to their favorite music using recycled iPods.