Issue #269: Deezer, Fnatic Sign Partnership; Spotify Launches New Playlist-Pitching System for Labels

Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnership
Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnershipwww.esportsinsider.com

esports organisation Fnatic has signed a new partnership with music streaming service Deezer. Fnatic’s first-ever music partnership will give fans the chance to connect with their favourite players and see the music they’re listening to.

Fnatic’s team members will have the chance to connect with fans in real time, sharing all of their personal playlists across Europe.

Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labelsmusically.com
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?
Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?www.abc.net.au
CD players are becoming rarer in homes and cars, as the take-up of streaming continues to surge. But like we did with the recent vinyl revival, will we come to regret getting rid of our CDs — and everything they say about us?

How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Gold
How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Goldwww.complex.com
"Get You" is a milestone for the unsigned R&B artist, and owes some of its success to Apple's curation efforts that pushed it to the top of the playlists.

Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’
Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’variety.com
Fox is teaming up with large radio broadcaster iHeartMedia to generate notice for its new music-competition series “The Four”

Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fans
Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fanswww.psfk.com
Spotify for Artists leverages real-time data with demographic information to help musicians understand their audience.

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design
10 Principles Of Great Music Web Designwww.musicthinktank.com

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates

Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challenges
Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challengeswww.completemusicupdate.com

The lack of a decent publicly accessible music rights database that tells streaming services what songs are contained in what recordings, and who wrote and published those songs.

VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusic
VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusicwww.hypebot.com
Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum.

Issue #248: This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Music; The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017

This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Music
This Is Why Spotify Is Beating Apple Musicmusic3point0.com
Spotify continues to hold a big lead over other streaming services thanks to deals like the one with video streaming service Hulu.

The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017
The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017www.billboard.com
Universities and colleges are responding to the need for greater entrepreneurship by a new generation of artists and executives.

Tencent tried to buy Spotify earlier this year
Tencent tried to buy Spotify earlier this yeartechcrunch.com
Spotify has long been linked with going public in the U.S. — it is speculated to be preparing for an IPO-less listing next year — but it has emerged that..

MP3 Is Dead! Long Live MP3!
MP3 Is Dead! Long Live MP3!meshedinsights.com
Ignore the coverage saying MP3 is dead. Now all the patents blocking it have expired, it can start to live! Back in May, there was an unexpected surge in press coverage about the MP3 audio file format.

YouTube stream ripping: the record industry is being thick again.
YouTube stream ripping: the record industry is being thick again.rocknerd.co.uk

The record labels are rolling in money from Spotify, and trying to make out to their artists that it’s somehow Spotify’s fault they’re not passing much of it onto them.

A new wave streaming services is putting musicians back in control
A new wave streaming services is putting musicians back in controlwww.wired.co.uk
New services Resonate, Mediachain Labs and Boiler room are using digital advances in technology to help underground musicians find their audience

Spotify is making it harder to find new artists you'll love
Spotify is making it harder to find new artists you'll love techwireasia.com

Spotify could be hurting small artists from being able to spur their careers, said Jeremy Wineberg, co-founder of social media music startup Heard Well, due to a “false sense of discovery”.

5 Takeaways from Music Matters 2017
5 Takeaways from Music Matters 2017www.billboard.com
The summit, held Sept. 11-13 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore under the All That Matters umbrella, gathered more than 1,500 music industry professionals from across the region and around the globe to test the industry’s pulse.

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.

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.

Issue #213: The Three Eras of Paid Streaming; Should Spotify Lose Free Subscriptions?

The Three Eras Of Paid Streaming
The Three Eras Of Paid Streamingmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Streaming has driven such a revenue renaissance within the major record labels that the financial markets are now falling over themselves to work out where they can invest in the market, and indeed whether they should.

Spotify Needs to Lose Free Subscriptions
Spotify Needs to Lose Free Subscriptionsvariety.com
Spotify needs to ditch its free subscriptions to boost profits and appease the major record labels.

The iPod is dead, now let's kill iTunes
The iPod is dead, now let's kill iTuneswww.cnet.com
Apple just killed off its groundbreaking music player. It’s the perfect opportunity to whack iTunes, too.

Fake Artists and Fake Streams: Fact or Fiction?
Fake Artists and Fake Streams: Fact or Fiction?medium.com
Imagine being a young artist trying to find an entrance into the music industry, dreaming of developing a successful career. Think it’s hard to execute?

SiriusXM Launches New Tour for Coffee House Radio Artists
SiriusXM Launches New Tour for Coffee House Radio Artistswww.billboard.com
After a run of successful concert tours for emerging artists tied to its Alt Nation and The Highway channels, SiriusXM is touring three emerging artists from its Coffee House channel this summer.

The SoundCloud You Loved Is Doomed
The SoundCloud You Loved Is Doomedpitchfork.com
Amid rumors of bankruptcy, SoundCloud finds itself where many of its forebears have: slouching unsuccessfully towards scale and profitability.

TIDAL’s Broken Promises
TIDAL’s Broken Promisesmedium.com
After Tidal jumped out the gate with a press conference debacle that just seemed like a bunch of celebrities jacking eachother off, the backlash was swift. “…the entire music industry stood on a…

Deezer gets a big audio boon thanks to link-up with podcast pioneers AudioBoom
Deezer gets a big audio boon thanks to link-up with podcast pioneers AudioBoomwww.techradar.com
Hundreds of new podcasts now available through Deezer.

Grand Ole Opry Launches Eight New Digital Series
Grand Ole Opry Launches Eight New Digital Serieswww.udiscovermusic.com
The Grand Ole Opry has announced the launch of eight new digital series, to debut on the Opry’s YouTube channel during August 2017.

Lyor Cohen On the Streaming Business, Combining YouTube Red and Google Play, and SoundCloud's 'Sad Experience'
Lyor Cohen On the Streaming Business, Combining YouTube Red and Google Play, and SoundCloud's 'Sad Experience'www.billboard.com
Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, last night expounded on a range of topics at a music business power panel hosted by the Tommy Boy chairman and New Music Seminar founder Tom Silverman.

Trent Reznor on his new music, the future of streaming...
Trent Reznor on his new music, the future of streaming…www.vulture.com

Working under the Apple umbrella, I have a unique opportunity to work on a streaming service from the inside. I thought I could help set a precedent where artists could actually be paid and the fans could feel like they were dealing with a service run by people who actually care about music.

Issue #212: Goodbye iPod; Esperanza Spalding to Record an Album on Facebook Live

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes
Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tuneswww.wired.com
Today officially marks the end of Apple’s era of standalone music players.

From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Music
From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Musicblog.soprasteria.com
Spotify is constantly and continuously evolving: From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Music.

YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge
YouTube Red and Google Play Music to mergetechcrunch.com
Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be merged to create a new streaming service, according to a report from The Verge, which Google then essentially..

How SoundCloud Ended Up on the Brink of Disaster
How SoundCloud Ended Up on the Brink of Disasterwww.billboard.com
Amid layoffs that cut 40 percent of the company’s staff, a gathering storm of bad press and a pledge by its founder to soldier on, streaming’s indie darling faces an uncertain future.

Microsoft Finding New Ways To Deploy Its Tech In The Music World
Microsoft Finding New Ways To Deploy Its Tech In The Music Worldwww.forbes.com
Microsoft’s Music x Technology program collaborates with artists to help their tech-driven visions come to life, most recently with the touring show for Washed Out’s multimedia album Mister Mellow.

Jazz star Esperanza Spalding to record an album on Facebook Live
Jazz star Esperanza Spalding to record an album on Facebook Livewww.engadget.com
Other artists keep their music under lock and key until it’s fully polished, but jazz star Esperanza Spalding wants to “rely on improvisation and first instinct…

SiriusXM Quarterly Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 32M
SiriusXM Quarterly Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 32Mwww.hollywoodreporter.com
The satellite radio firm, led by CEO Jim Meyer, added 466,000 new self-pay subscribers during the quarter.

Momentum Builds For Music Database, But Controversy May Follow
Momentum Builds For Music Database, But Controversy May Followrightstech.com

The music industry has been discussing and debating for years the merits of creating a comprehensive, publicly accessible database of musical works and sound recordings and the ownership information attendant to each — something that does not currently exist.

Deezer ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign challenges musical stereotypes with help from the Bearded Dame
Deezer ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign challenges musical stereotypes with help from the Bearded Damewww.thedrum.com
Deezer is celebrating diverse artists and creatives in its latest marketing campaign, ‘Dare to Discover’. The multi-part series kicks off following the life of ‘the Bearded Dame’ Harnaam Kaur.

ASCAP and BMI Join Forces on Comprehensive Song Database
ASCAP and BMI Join Forces on Comprehensive Song Databasevariety.com
ASCAP and BMI announced today that they will create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories. 

Facebook's Smart Speaker Would Be A Disaster For One Reason
Facebook's Smart Speaker Would Be A Disaster For One Reasonwww.forbes.com
Facebook has a new way to creep on you.

Issue #211: Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?; The Chinese Music Business is Set to Explode

Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?
Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?blog.dataart.com

As a growing number of streaming platforms offer higher quality audio options for an additional cost, a question arises: How many consumers are truly willing to pay more for hi-res audio files?

Sweet streams: How concert video is democratising the live biz
Sweet streams: How concert video is democratising the live bizwww.iq-mag.net
Leading execs tell Eamonn Forde how lower barriers to entry – and all-important viewer data – are bringing more live music to more people than ever before.

BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases
BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases www.broadcastingcable.com

Performance rights groups ASCAP and BMI have teamed up to create what they are billing as a “single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States.”

Latest Turn in Radio's Licensing Battles Hinges on Location, Location, Location
Latest Turn in Radio's Licensing Battles Hinges on Location, Location, Locationwww.billboard.com
What should radio stations have to pay to play songs by the likes of Don Henley, Drake and Prince?

'There are 365m people in China willing to pay for entertainment. The music market is about to explode.'
'There are 365m people in China willing to pay for entertainment. The music market is about to explode.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The Chinese music business is set to explode. Many executives across the US, UK and Europe look east and rightfully tip the Asian continent as the next great land of opportunity.

Soundcloud’s Fatal Mistake
Soundcloud’s Fatal Mistakemedium.com
After hearing the dire news published by TechCrunch about Soundcloud’s unfortunate financial position, I have a lot of thoughts to share.

Introducing Asbury Music - An online radio station as unique as New Jersey
Introducing Asbury Music – An online radio station as unique as New Jerseywww.newjerseystage.com
Introducing Asbury Music – An online radio station as unique as New Jersey – New Jersey Stage

Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch
Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launchmusically.com
We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: it’s preparing for launch now.

Stream All of Joanna Newsom’s Albums on Apple Music
Stream All of Joanna Newsom’s Albums on Apple Musicflavorwire.com

Indie label Drag City and Joanna Newsom’s very understandable former aversion to streaming services — particularly Spotify — also meant that if one’s C.D. player, or turntable broke, they’d be pretty out of luck if they wanted a convenient way to listen to a Newsom album.

5 reasons why you should use the Spotify desktop app
5 reasons why you should use the Spotify desktop appwww.cnet.com
It can do things the mobile app can’t.

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