Issue 651: Beyoncé’s Streaming Strategy, Explained; Canadians Continue to Adopt Streaming Music

Blog, Music, Streaming

Beyoncé's Streaming Strategy, Explained
Beyoncé's Streaming Strategy, Explainedtrapital.substack.com

A lot of people were surprised that Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary went to Netflix. After all, the 37-year-old singer is still a part-owner of Tidal, the exclusive home to Lemonade.

Spotify Removes Blood on the Dance Floor's Music for Violating Prohibited Content Guidelines
Spotify Removes Blood on the Dance Floor's Music for Violating Prohibited Content Guidelineswww.billboard.com
Spotify has removed the entire catalogue of electronic music group Blood on the Dance Floor from its platform, the company confirmed on Tuesday (April 23).

Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotify
Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotifywww.rollingstone.com

Why more free streaming music options on your smart speaker at home spell trouble for Spotify.

Can Radio Operators Fend Off The Streaming App Threat?
Can Radio Operators Fend Off The Streaming App Threat?www.bloombergquint.com
The cheap data boom is increasingly getting Indians hooked to their favourite music online, threatening to wean away listeners from radio.

Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focus
Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focuswww.billboard.com
Most music streaming services cost around $10 a month for millions of songs — but about one-fifth of subscribers determine the vast majority of payouts.

AI generates non-stop stream of death metal
AI generates non-stop stream of death metalwww.engadget.com
There’s a limit to the volume of death metal humans can reproduce — their fingers and vocal chords can only handle so much. Thanks to technology, however, you’…

Canadians continue to adopt streaming music, and there’s no going back
Canadians continue to adopt streaming music, and there’s no going backglobalnews.ca
It won’t be long before buying a CD will seem as quaint as picking up a new gramophone.

Why Spotify wants to be the Netflix of audio
Why Spotify wants to be the Netflix of audiowww.newsroom.co.nz
The radio industry may be in for a Netflix-style shake up.

Bring your music, not your phone with this Spotify player
Bring your music, not your phone with this Spotify playerwww.salon.com
You can listen to your tunes during a much-need social media break with the Might Vibe Spotify Offline Player

Do Remastered Records Actually Sound Better?
Do Remastered Records Actually Sound Better?gearpatrol.com
What is remastering? Do remastered records actually sound better? We asked a master engineer and music journalist to get to the bottom of it.

Focal's $3K Stellia headphones are the sound of luxury
Focal's $3K Stellia headphones are the sound of luxurywww.cnet.com
Focal doesn’t just focus on the sound quality of its flagship Stellia headphones; comfort is just as important.

Issue 650: Stop Blaming Streaming Services for the Music You Don’t Like; SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Car

Blog, Music, Streaming

Stop Blaming Streaming Services For The Music You Don’t Like
Stop Blaming Streaming Services For The Music You Don’t Likeuproxx.com
The rise of services like Spotify and Apple Music has led to a new scapegoat for the music that draws the ire of critics.

SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Car
SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Carvariety.com
Subscribers to the new plan can listen on mobile phones and smart speakers, but not car stereos.

How One Music Startup Is Empowering Crate-Digging Producers to Sample Without the Hassle
How One Music Startup Is Empowering Crate-Digging Producers to Sample Without the Hasslewww.billboard.com
Musical-library startup Tracklib wants to empower producers big and small to dig into its digital crates — simply, legally and without a hassle.

Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Music
Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Musicwww.rollingstone.com

Three years after its release, Beyonce’s Lemonade album has been added to streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Appeal of Songwriters’ Rate Hike
Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Appeal of Songwriters’ Rate Hikevariety.com
By sitting out the appeal against a songwriter rate hike led by Spotify, Google, SiriusXM and Amazon, Apple wins by doing nothing.

Are podcasts killing music or just wasting our time?
Are podcasts killing music or just wasting our time?www.ctpost.com

I’m about to kick a hornet’s nest – and if this were a podcast, you would now hear the crunch of a boot perforating a hive, followed by the intensifying hum of inconvenienced hornets.

DotMusic Limited wins rights to .Music domain name extension
DotMusic Limited wins rights to .Music domain name extensionwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
The expected launch for .Music is 2020

Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Say
Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Sayvariety.com
Analysts say that Amazon’s move into free streaming music is more of an advertising play than an attempt to take on Spotify and Apple Music.

Stream-Ripping: What Are YouTube, Spotify & Deezer Doing About it?
Stream-Ripping: What Are YouTube, Spotify & Deezer Doing About it?torrentfreak.com

In recent years, so-called ‘stream-ripping’ has been labeled the music industry’s most serious piracy threat. Interestingly, however, new figures suggest that the number of people engaged in the practice appears to be on the decline.

YouTube Says 2019 Coachella Week 1 Live Streams Hit Record High
YouTube Says 2019 Coachella Week 1 Live Streams Hit Record Highvariety.com
YouTube touted a record-breaking audience for its exclusive live-streaming of 2019 Coachella’s first weekend, with views up over 90%.

Spotify’s New Ad Metrics Reveal What Happens After A Click
Spotify’s New Ad Metrics Reveal What Happens After A Clickwww.hypebot.com

While Spotify’s Ad Studio feature (available to artists since 2017) has proven to be effective as a promotional tool, the behind the scenes of why was something of a mystery, at least until now.

Maybe It's Finally Time to Say Goodbye to Your CD Transport
Maybe It's Finally Time to Say Goodbye to Your CD Transportaudiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano looks back at the era of the CD…

Issue 646: Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Drake’s US Streaming Record; ‘Anna Bolena’ to Live Stream on Mezzo, Culturebox

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Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Drake’s US streaming record
Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Drake’s US streaming recordmusically.com

Is ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X a country song? Is it not a country song? Perhaps we’ll just agree that it’s a massive hit, eh?

Olga Peretyatko’s ‘Anna Bolena’ To Live Stream On Mezzo & Culturebox
Olga Peretyatko’s ‘Anna Bolena’ To Live Stream On Mezzo & Cultureboxoperawire.com

Today (April 17), Mezzo and CultureBox will live stream a performance of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” from the Opera de Liège.

Apple Music's 'For You' Section Now Offers Theme-Based Recommendations, More Personalized Suggestions
Apple Music's 'For You' Section Now Offers Theme-Based Recommendations, More Personalized Suggestionswww.macrumors.com
Apple appears to be updating the “For You” section of Apple Music to provide Apple Music subscribers with more customized suggestions and…

Audio Is Hot (So Why Isn't Radio Partying?)
Audio Is Hot (So Why Isn't Radio Partying?)jacobsmedia.com
At the NAB Show, we saw an audio renaissance. How can broadcast radio optimize this opportunity?

Drake music: What's the secret of his 192 hits?
Drake music: What's the secret of his 192 hits?www.gq-magazine.co.uk
Drake’s music has delivered a decade of hits – 192 to be precise – so what is at the heart of his mass appeal? We re-streamed his back catalogue to find out.

SiriusXM to Launch 'The Cher Channel' This Week
SiriusXM to Launch 'The Cher Channel' This Weekwww.billboard.com

SiriusXM is officially launching its much anticipated Cher channel this week, the broadcasting company announced Tuesday.

New Audiolab 6000N Play Brings Wireless Streaming To Any Home Audio System
New Audiolab 6000N Play Brings Wireless Streaming To Any Home Audio Systemwww.forbes.com

Venerable British audio brand Audiolab has announced a brand new streamer that can bring any vintage hi-fi system into the digital age at an affordable price.

Spotify, the Decline of Playlists and the Rise of Podcasts
Spotify, the Decline of Playlists and the Rise of Podcastsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

The following is a small excerpt from MIDiA’s forthcoming third edition of its ‘landmark State of the Streaming Nation’ report.

Data, Driven: Spotify Under Surveillance
Data, Driven: Spotify Under Surveillancethequietus.com

An academic team’s look under the hood of the music-streaming giant arrives as worries over Silicon Valley snooping go mainstream. Angus Batey surveys the bookshop backlash against Big Tech

Despite streaming’s growth, the music industry is half the size it was in 1999
Despite streaming’s growth, the music industry is half the size it was in 1999haulixdaily.com
The streaming revolution is helping the music industry recover with each passing year, but there is still a long way to go.

Sport, Spotify and the industry’s 'iTunes moment'
Sport, Spotify and the industry’s 'iTunes moment'www.sportspromedia.com

Twenty years ago digital transformed how music was created, distributed and monetised.

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Issue 645: BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotify; Resonate Relaunches with New Site, Player

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BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotify
BTS First Asian Act to Surpass 5 Billion Streams on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Digital music platform Spotify announced Friday (April 12) that BTS is the first K-pop group, and Asian artist overall, to surpass 5 billion streams on the platform.

What Makes A Great Podcast Studio? Hint: You Won't Be Able To Hear It
What Makes A Great Podcast Studio? Hint: You Won't Be Able To Hear Itwww.billboard.com
When Spotify acquired both Gimlet and Anchor in Feb. 2019, the streaming company wasn’t just getting into the podcast business; it was also diving deeper into the brick-and-mortar studio business.

Ethical streaming platform Resonate relaunches with new site and player
Ethical streaming platform Resonate relaunches with new site and playerwww.factmag.com
Resonate, the Berlin-based co-operative platform aiming to make streaming more ethical, has relaunched its site and music player.

Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offering
Spotify shares fall on report Amazon in talks to launch ad-supported music offeringwww.reuters.com
Shares of Spotify Technology SA fell 4 percent on Monday after a report said Amazon.com Inc was in talks to launch a free ad-supported music service, which is expected to intensify competition for the music streaming leader.

Report: 1 in 3 Apple Music Subscribers Share Their Passwords
Report: 1 in 3 Apple Music Subscribers Share Their Passwordswww.digitalmusicnews.com
A survey of more than 1,000 streamers found that Apple Music, Netflix, and Spotify subscribers see no problem with sharing their passwords with family.

Broadcast Bionics brings radio into the 21st Century
Broadcast Bionics brings radio into the 21st Centurywww.technologyrecord.com

Traditional radio studios were constructed as a soundproof box to block out background noise. However, they also blocked out real-time information, conversation and opinion, which isn’t conducive to engaging with modern audiences.

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright ruleswww.foxbusiness.com
The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies.

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen
Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listenwww.wired.com
Whether you’re a new user of the music streaming service or a playlist pro, these tips will improve your next Spotify session.

Entertainment One to acquire Audio Network
Entertainment One to acquire Audio Networkwww.musicweek.com
Entertainment One has entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based production music company Audio Network for $215 million (£164m).

Universal close to generating $10m per day from streaming, as Q1 label revenues grow 19.2%
Universal close to generating $10m per day from streaming, as Q1 label revenues grow 19.2%www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Firm’s biggest-selling artists in Q1 were Ariana Grande, the A Star Is Born soundtrack, Back Number, Queen and Billie Eilish

Hipgnosis Songs Raises $185 Million to Acquire More Hits
Hipgnosis Songs Raises $185 Million to Acquire More Hitswww.billboard.com
Founder Merck Mercuriadis says the new funds will help further prove that hit songs are “predictable and reliable, and therefore as investable as gold or oil.”

Issue 642: Record Labels Demand More Money for Songs on TikTok App; Why Data is a Double-Edged Sword for Radio

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Record Labels Demand More Money for Songs on TikTok App
The three biggest record labels are demanding more money for songs played on TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin, setting up a showdown with the hugely popular video apps, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Why Data Is A Double-Edged Sword For Radio
Why Data Is A Double-Edged Sword For Radiojacobsmedia.com
Consumers are evaluating the value proposition of data-sharing with their favorite brands.

Streaming Platforms are Keeping More Money From Artists than Ever (and Paying Them More, Too)
Streaming Platforms are Keeping More Money From Artists than Ever (and Paying Them More, Too)www.rollingstone.com

Fresh economic developments suggest that musicians may soon have new reasons to shake their fist in streaming’s direction (even if streaming is the main reason the industry is again printing money).

Julian Casablancas says streaming services are "a waste of time": "Music's gone so backwards"
Julian Casablancas says streaming services are "a waste of time": "Music's gone so backwards"www.nme.com
Julian Casablancas has called streaming services “a waste of time” and blamed advances in streaming tech for music having “gone backwards”

Apple removes song that referenced Tiananmen Square Massacre from China's Apple Music
Apple removes song that referenced Tiananmen Square Massacre from China's Apple Musicmashable.com
Pro-democracy music and a song that references the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre have mysteriously disappeared from the Chinese version of Apple Music.

This plugin helps you tweak music for playback on streaming services
This plugin helps you tweak music for playback on streaming serviceswww.factmag.com
A new plugin from MeterPlugs aims to give producers a better idea of what their tracks will sound like on different streaming platforms.

Spotify's Long, Winding Road To India
Spotify's Long, Winding Road To Indiawww.npr.org
Spotify recently launched in India, but that path was long and complicated. We take the experience of Spotify and use it as a lens to look at why breaking into India is so difficult.

iTunes’ demise signals major changes for music industry
iTunes’ demise signals major changes for music industrydailytrojan.com
For the last decade and a half, the music industry was shaped heavily by iTunes.

Spotify is growing on podcast listening, now the leader in India and Spain
Spotify is growing on podcast listening, now the leader in India and Spainppc.land

Spotify is conquering more market share of the audio industry every month.

China Explained: How Tencent Came to Dominate Music Streaming
China Explained: How Tencent Came to Dominate Music Streamingradiichina.com
With strategic investments in rivals and rumored bids for Universal in the offing, Tencent is making some big moves on China’s music streaming scene

YouTube Music is now in South Africa
YouTube Music is now in South Africawww.businessinsider.co.za
South Africans now have at least nine music streaming platforms to choose from.

Spotify & Apple Are Trading Distinguished Disses: Here's What They Said
Spotify & Apple Are Trading Distinguished Disses: Here's What They Saidhiphopdx.com
Spotify and Apple are at war with one another.

Issue 640: Universal Music Partners With uduX; Spotify Ad Studio Rolls Out New Metrics; YouTube Expands Coachella 2019 Coverage to Both Weekends

Blog, Music, Streaming

Universal Music Partners With Nigerian Streaming Service uduX
Universal Music Partners With Nigerian Streaming Service uduXvariety.com
Nigerian music streaming service uduX and Universal Music Group today announced the signing of a licensing agreement.

Spotify Ad Studio Rolls Out New Metrics to Measure How Ads Impact Streaming
Spotify Ad Studio Rolls Out New Metrics to Measure How Ads Impact Streamingwww.billboard.com
With the new metrics, artists can tell how many people who heard their ad went on to check out their music on Spotify, whether an ad performed better with established fans or newer listeners and more.

YouTube expands Coachella 2019 coverage to both weekends, including Kanye's Easter service
YouTube expands Coachella 2019 coverage to both weekends, including Kanye's Easter servicewww.usatoday.com
YouTube expands its Coachella live stream into the music festival’s second weekend. On the schedule: Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande and Kanye West.

Why The Music Industry Needs The Video Gaming Industry’s Help To Scale Virtual Concerts
Why The Music Industry Needs The Video Gaming Industry’s Help To Scale Virtual Concertswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Cherie Hu takes a deep dive into in-video-game concerts, following the huge impact made by Marshmello’s performance in Fortnite

For Some Rock Pioneers, Warner Music Treats Streaming Royalties as Charity
For Some Rock Pioneers, Warner Music Treats Streaming Royalties as Charitywww.billboard.com
Defending an attempted class action, Warner says it shares revenues received from digital streaming even when it is not contractually obligated to do so.

Spotify captures four hip-hop influencers in classical form at RapCaviar installation
Spotify captures four hip-hop influencers in classical form at RapCaviar installationthegrio.com
In its second artistic installation, Spotify is displaying statues of Cardi B, Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD and Gunna in a classical pantheon format

Is Spotify tuning in to the wrong statutory channel?
Is Spotify tuning in to the wrong statutory channel?factordaily.com
Spotify India’s defence of a challenge from Warner Music hinges on its interpretation of the Indian Copyright Act and an executive order. The law needs to get in sync with the music streaming industry.

Stream-Ripping Finally On The Decline
Stream-Ripping Finally On The Declinewww.hypebot.com

As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping, an illegal process whereby, content is ‘ripped’ from existing streaming sites.

Digital Music Consumption Has Led to Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New Study Finds
Digital Music Consumption Has Led to Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New Study Findswww.billboard.com
New research suggests that streaming and downloading may actually be worse for the planet than producing physical albums.

Streaming music platforms financially threaten music artists | Opinion
Streaming music platforms financially threaten music artists | Opinionwww.redandblack.com
Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music have become ubiquitous ways to listen to music, but the streaming services are financially hurting the artists we love listening to.

Spotify vs Apple Music vs Amazon Music
Spotify vs Apple Music vs Amazon Musictheindustryobserver.thebrag.com
We take a closer look at three of the leading players Down Under: Spotify vs Apple Music vs Amazon Music.

Issue 637: How Regional Rap Survives in the Streaming Era; Deezer Launches K-Pop Channel; Why Radio Needs AI

Blog, Music, Streaming

How Regional Rap Is Surviving in the Streaming Era
How Regional Rap Is Surviving in the Streaming Erawww.complex.com
Scenes in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and the Bay Area are building local infrastructure in an uncertain music world.

YouTube Music, Spotify, JioSaavn spice up Indian music streaming
YouTube Music, Spotify, JioSaavn spice up Indian music streamingqz.com
Comparing library sizes is passé. This is what music-streaming companies are competing on.

Deezer launches new channel featuring K-Pop-focused editorial playlists
Deezer launches new channel featuring K-Pop-focused editorial playlistswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Chanel will focus on K-Pop and its subgenres

Spotify Names Chaka Zulu To Head Artist Relations
Spotify Names Chaka Zulu To Head Artist Relationswww.hypebot.com

Spotify has hired Chaka Zulu to head artist and talent relations. Zulu is the long term manager of rapper Ludacris and co-founder of the Disturbing Tha Peace label.

iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman on why audio 'is hot for the first time in decades'
iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman on why audio 'is hot for the first time in decades'www.nbcnews.com
Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia chairman and CEO, discusses why audio is suddenly “hot,” the prospect of breaking up big tech, and who has the toughest job in media.

Why Radio Needs AI (Audience Intelligence)
Why Radio Needs AI (Audience Intelligence)jacobsmedia.com
To navigate the changing media landscape, radio broadcasters need AI – Audience Intelligence.

SoundCloud rolls out new iOS profile configuration
SoundCloud rolls out new iOS profile configurationwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

New configuration was announced in a blog post today.

Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull Radio to Shut Down
Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull Radio to Shut Downwww.billboard.com
Energy drink maker Red Bull has ended its partnership with Yadastar, the editorial driving force behind the Red Bull Music Academy and its associated entities, including a radio station and websites.

This Music Streaming Service Pays You In Bitcoin and Fights Climate Change
This Music Streaming Service Pays You In Bitcoin and Fights Climate Changegritdaily.com
Separating itself from Apple Music and Spotify, Feedbands is a new music streaming platform paying artists in Bitcoin while fighting climate change.

Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yet
Facebook Could Be the Future of Social Music, But Isn’t Yetwww.hypebot.com

In an ere where almost everything is billed as “social,” streaming music is a surprisingly outlier. Given music’s power to bring people together, streaming would seem ripe as a social hub. Facebook could fill that void – without ever launching its own streaming service.

Spotify’s Austin Daboh says playlists need more diversity
Spotify’s Austin Daboh says playlists need more diversitymusically.com
Should some of Spotify’s big playlists be more diverse in terms of the artists featured on them? Yes… says Spotify’s head of music, culture and editorial in the UK, Austin Daboh.

Where Is Podcasting In The Game Of Media Monopoly?
Where Is Podcasting In The Game Of Media Monopoly?jacobsmedia.com
What is the value of a podcast? It’s a question reverberating throughout the media community.