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.

Issue #207: What’s at Stake for the Future of Music Streaming; The Art of Music Classification; Spotify Adds Social Sharing to Play Buttons

What's at Stake For the Future of Music Streaming
What’s at Stake For the Future of Music Streamingwww.nbcnews.com
With Apple Music and Spotify at the front of the pack, is it really just a two-horse race?

The Art of Music Classification
The Art of Music Classificationwww.linkedin.com
There’s a huge amount of music on any given streaming service but only a fraction is actively curated and streamed. It’s easier to spot when you delve into the more niche genres like Classical or Jazz or the sub categories of electronic music.

Why Streaming Is No Longer An Existential Threat To The Music Industry
Why Streaming Is No Longer An Existential Threat To The Music Industryarc.applause.com
On-demand streaming has transformed the way we consume content, especially in terms of aural experiences.

What Happens After SoundCloud?
What Happens After SoundCloud?www.vulture.com
SoundCloud’s future isn’t guaranteed, but the lesson is the same: back up your music because nothing is permanent.

Spotify Adds Social Sharing To Play Buttons
Spotify Adds Social Sharing To Play Buttonswww.hypebot.com
Spotify Play buttons are increasingly common across the web as online media, artists and fans embed and share their Spotify playlists.

MondoTunes Launches Suite of New Services, Putting Major Label Tools in the Hands of Artists
MondoTunes Launches Suite of New Services, Putting Major Label Tools in the Hands of Artistsplatformandstream.com
MondoTunes has announced a suite of new services available to all users of its platform which will give major label level tools to artist of all kinds.

An Ode to the Pacemaker, the Failed Portable DJ Device That Never Made It
An Ode to the Pacemaker, the Failed Portable DJ Device That Never Made Itthump.vice.com
We dive into the past, present, and future of the 2007 gadget that’s somewhere between a proto-smartphone and musical Tamagotchi.

FYF Will Be the First US Music Festival to Stream Live Exclusively on Twitter
FYF Will Be the First US Music Festival to Stream Live Exclusively on Twitter nesthq.com

As music festivals steadily infuse modern technology into their infrastructure, the world waits patiently to see what and how next gen tech will make an appearance.

The Power of the Live Read in Podcasting
The Power of the Live Read in Podcastingblog.audioboom.com
Podcasting has an ad-skipping problem. Or at least, that’s what the Wall Street Journal recently declared, citing the fact that 15-second skip buttons allow listeners to bypass commercials. But the…

Groove Music App for Android gets a new playlist feature
Groove Music App for Android gets a new playlist featurewww.windowslatest.com

Microsoft pushed out a new update for its Groove Music app for Android users. The update is currently available for download in the PlayStore. The latest update brings a new Playlist feature on Android devices.

75 Biggest Music Moments of the '10s
75 Biggest Music Moments of the ’10swww.billboard.com

March 30, 2017: Streaming overtakes sales as music industry revenue finally bounces back.

 

Issue #204: In the Age of Streaming, the Top 10 is Dead; How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Again

Total eclipse of the charts
Total eclipse of the chartswww.spiked-online.com

In the age of streaming, the Top 10 is dead.


Streaming killed the download star

Streaming killed the download star
om.co

Do you remember the iPod Nano with touch capabilities? The sixth generation iPod Nano caused quite a stir — thanks to its touch interface and beautiful screen. And it also set Apple on the path to the Apple Watch. I have always been a bit of an iPod fanboy and bought pretty much every single model.

While Some Cry ‘Fake,’ Spotify Sees No Need to Apologize
While Some Cry ‘Fake,’ Spotify Sees No Need to Apologizemobile.nytimes.com

A year ago, Apple stirred controversy by striking special deals with some of pop music’s biggest stars. Now Spotify is under fire for dealings with artists who, in a sense, do not exist at all.

How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Again
How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Againwww.macworld.com
Baby Driver has kindled our iPod nostalgia, but a little inspiration from a new Spotify player it could be a killer listening device again.

AI-created non-human music will need human narratives
AI-created non-human music will need human narrativeswww.musicxtechxfuture.com
To me, it’s beyond a doubt that we’ll all be listening to AI-created music within a few decades, and probably much sooner.

Google Debuts New Release Radio For Google Play Music Service
Google Debuts New Release Radio For Google Play Music Servicefortune.com
Google debuted the New Release Radio feature for its Google Play music service.

Money Makers 2016: How Streaming Took R&B and Hip-Hop to the Top of This Year's List
Money Makers 2016: How Streaming Took R&B and Hip-Hop to the Top of This Year's Listwww.billboard.com
It is the first time since the 2006 inaugural list of the Money Makers top 10 that so many artists from hip-hop and rap genres have placed that high.

Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in 'first AI DJ brain'
Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in 'first AI DJ brain'musically.com
“I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals,” says Muru Music CEO Nicc Johnson.

Opus Aims to Disrupt the Music Streaming Industry through Ethereum and IPFS
Opus Aims to Disrupt the Music Streaming Industry through Ethereum and IPFSwww.cryptocoinsnews.com
The music industry has evolved in various ways, but the way artists are compensated hasn’t. Music labels and streaming platform such as YouTube, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Deezer can take up to 80% of the revenue and while well-known artists can get rich off their cut, smaller artists can barely put food on the table.

Sony Music Inks Deal With Virtual Reality App MelodyVR
Sony Music Inks Deal With Virtual Reality App MelodyVRwww.billboard.com
Sony Music is the latest label group to enter into a licensing agreement with virtual reality startup MelodyVR.

Issue #190: Why Spotify Should Become A Social Network; Will Pandora Survive?

Why Spotify Should Become A Social Network
Why Spotify Should Become A Social Networkwww.fastcompany.com
We know: The last thing the world needs is another social app competing for our brain space. But hear us out. There’s a good reason for this one.

Pandora's radio service revolutionized music but its chances of surviving look shaky in an Apple  and Spotify world
Pandora's radio service revolutionized music but its chances of surviving look shaky in an Apple and Spotify worldqz.com
You know the myth. Pandora, a fallible human created by the gods, opens a box without knowing the full consequences, and her actions change the course of civilization.

Bob Seger's classic hits flourish in his first week of streaming
Bob Seger's classic hits flourish in his first week of streamingwww.freep.com
“Night Moves” and “Against the Wind” topped the spins as the Detroit star made his long-awaited streaming debut

Why Tesla music-streaming service makes sense
Why Tesla music-streaming service makes sensewww.businessinsider.com
The service is unnamed, but we’re going to suggest “Tesla Tunes” over “Tesla Music.” Regardless, it’s brilliant.

The music may be over for Pandora's CEO
The music may be over for Pandora's CEOmoney.cnn.com
Shares of streaming radio company Pandora popped after Recode reported CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down.

Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shattered
Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shatteredwww.bloomberg.com
Daniel Ek has a beautiful product, but he needs to make the numbers sing.

What New Technology Awaits Audiophiles?
What New Technology Awaits Audiophiles?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the implications of new technological advancements…

Music royalties firm Hipgnosis to float as streaming takes off
Music royalties firm Hipgnosis to float as streaming takes offwww.standard.co.uk

A music royalties fund advised by guitarist Nile Rodgers is tuning up for a float next month as it hopes to cash in on the music-streaming revolution. Hipgnosis Songs Fund is raising £200 million to snap up rights to songs by artists and make money from royalties.

TuneCore Artists Close in on Milestone of One Billion Dollars in Revenue
TuneCore Artists Close in on Milestone of One Billion Dollars in Revenueplatformandstream.com
TuneCore today announced that its artists are approaching the groundbreaking milestone of earning $1 billion in revenue solely from downloads and streams.

From Soundwave to Spotify
From Soundwave to Spotifythemission.co

Brendan O’Driscoll co-founded social music discovery app Soundwave with fellow-Irishmen — cousin Aidan Sliney, and Craig Watson. As CEO, Brendan was instrumental in taking the app from idea to implementation,and with backing from some of Silicon Valley’s elite including Mark Cuban and Steve Wozniak, Brendan and his Dublin-based team went on to sell the business to Spotify last year.

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