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.

LiveXLive to Stream Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

LiveXLive will be livestreaming select performances from Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on the LiveXLive platform beginning today (Friday, August 11), and ending Sunday, for music fans outside of the United States.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which takes place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and the second year of the LiveXLive streaming partnership. This year’s streaming lineup includes Metallica, Lorde, Gorillaz, Alt J, Above and Beyond, Empire of the Sun, as well as many other artists across rock, alternative, hip hop, electronic and pop music.

“At LiveXLive, we are committed to bringing the world’s biggest festivals and experiences to music fans all over the world,” said Robert Ellin, founder and CEO of LiveXLive. “Even though Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place in San Francisco, we’re going to ensure that fans worldwide won’t miss the incredible performances from this weekend by streaming them on our platform.”

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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 #208: As Streaming Services Mature, Opportunity Emerges in the Niche; Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the niche
As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the nichemedium.com
The emergence of niche streaming services will be one of the topics at the c/o pop Convention 2017, one of Germany’s leading music industry conferences and showcase festivals (Cologne, 16–20th August…

Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless
Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawlesswww.nytimes.com
Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately. A panel discussion, on Popcast.

Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist... Now What?
Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist… Now What?flypaper.soundfly.com
Inclusion on one of Spotify’s popular playlist can mean an instant boost to your music career. That is, if you take the right steps when it happens.

JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotify
JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotifywww.billboard.com
What does one of the world’s richest hip-hop artists stand to lose by continuing to withhold his latest release from the world’s dominant music streaming service?

Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channel
Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channelpitchfork.com
A new partnership to provide VR music video experiences from musicians and artists

Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery
Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discoverywww.engadget.com
Tidal’s been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn’t without some controversy, as last-minute subscr…

Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Death
Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Deathwww.billboard.com
Linkin Park’s music saw a 730% gain in on-demand audio streams following the death of Chester Bennington.

From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be...
From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be…qz.com
Music-streaming service SoundCloud, loath as it may be to admit it, is having a bit of trouble as of late. As bigger rivals like Spotify and Apple Music begin to rule the listening market, smaller services are struggling to turn a profit; and getting rid of a large chunk of one’s company hardly screams success—unless…

Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friends
Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friendsmusically.com
Fresh from a week of stripping back the layers of Spotify commissioning producers to make music for its mood playlists, MBW has turned its attention…

Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.
Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.medium.com
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, goes the saying, but it doesn’t always apply to analytics and marketing tools. Just as Pandora rolled out new features on its analytics and marketing tools, it…

How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbase
How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbasewww.businessinsider.com
Steve Aoki and his label Dim Mak completely embraced music downloads and streaming services.

Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?
Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?attentionecono.me
Important questions regarding SoundCloud’s future. Will it shut down? Will it be acquired? And more.

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 #206: The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist; Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressions

The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist
The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlistwww.wired.com
By the time a song lands on Today’s Top Hits or other equally popular sets, Spotify has so relentlessly tested it that it almost can’t fail.

Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressions
Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressionsvariety.com
After months of turbulence, Pandora has some good news: Its Artist Marketing Platform has passed a billion impressions.

Why SoundCloud’s Silence Would Be Deafening
Why SoundCloud’s Silence Would Be Deafeningwww.fastcompany.com
Music fans and artists and many more have a lot to lose if SoundCloud goes the way of Vine.

Akon Is The Latest Musician To Get His Own Music Startup
Akon Is The Latest Musician To Get His Own Music Startupwww.konbini.com

The startup’s mission is to promote African artists, pay them properly, and fight internet piracy.

Germans Still Buy CDs, But Streaming Is Catching On
Germans Still Buy CDs, But Streaming Is Catching Onwww.billboard.com
The music market in Germany grew nearly 3 percent in the first half of 2017, and while CDs still account for 44.7 percent of revenue, streaming jumped 10.3 percent year-over-year.

Nepal Telecom Launches Music Nepal App for Music Streaming
Nepal Telecom Launches Music Nepal App for Music Streamingtechlekh.com

Nepal Telecom in partnership with Music Nepal has launched a music streaming mobile app named “Music Nepal”.

10 Rappers We Wouldn’t Know If It Wasn’t For SoundCloud
10 Rappers We Wouldn’t Know If It Wasn’t For SoundCloud massappeal.com
They say SoundCloud might be gone in 50 days. It’s hard to imagine that’s true. Just take a look at these rappers we wouldn’t know without SC.

BMG Partners with Avid Pro Tools to Offer Strictly Rhythm Producer Loops
BMG Partners with Avid Pro Tools to Offer Strictly Rhythm Producer Loopswww.billboard.com

Major indie music company BMG has partnered with Avid Pro Tools, a studio production tool, to bring the legendary catalog of New York House label Strictly Rhythm to the Avid Marketplace, for the first time ever.

The Spotify checklist for independent musicians
The Spotify checklist for independent musiciansdiymusician.cdbaby.com

By offering unprecedented access to Spotify user data, and by developing tools that will help musicians connect directly with fans on the platform, Spotify is trying to position itself as THE indispensable monetized streaming option.

Can Lyor Cohen bridge the Google 'value gap' at YouTube?
Can Lyor Cohen bridge the Google 'value gap' at YouTube?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It feels like the back-and-forth between the music industry, Google and various legislative bodies on ‘safe harbor’ has rumbled on for an eternity.

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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.

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