Issue 638: Millennials Fuel Boom in Classical Music Streaming; SiriusXM, Pandora Unveil Cross-Platform Experience; Internet Archive to Host 490K ‘Lost’ MySpace Music Tracks

Blog, Music, Streaming

Millennials fuel boom in classical music streaming with many using it to help with exam revision 
Millennials fuel boom in classical music streaming with many using it to help with exam revision www.dailymail.co.uk
Research released by the Royal Albert Hall and streaming service Deezer showed a huge boom in millennials listening to classical music, including Johann Sebastian Bach, pictured above.

SiriusXM and Pandora Unveil Inaugural Cross-Platform Experience: Pandora NOW
SiriusXM and Pandora Unveil Inaugural Cross-Platform Experience: Pandora NOWwww.billboard.com
Pandora and SiriusXM announced on Thursday their first cross-platform “experience” for users since the satellite radio giant acquired the digital streamer earlier this year.

The Internet Archive will host 490,000 music tracks 'lost' by MySpace
The Internet Archive will host 490,000 music tracks 'lost' by MySpacewww.engadget.com
When MySpace announced that it had “accidentally” (and there are question marks around that) lost 12 years of content last month, former users were devastated t…

5 key takeaways from IFPI’s Global Music Report 2019
5 key takeaways from IFPI’s Global Music Report 2019www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
IFPI released its Global Music Report 2019 today (April 2)

Ram Trucks’ SiriusXM 360L Unpeels Like a Secret Menu
Ram Trucks’ SiriusXM 360L Unpeels Like a Secret Menuwww.trucks.com
SiriuxXM 360L allows users to enjoy a customized listening experience of both live and on-demand programming.

Deezer hires ex-BBC and Nothing Else Matters exec Nigel Harding as VP of Artist Marketing
Deezer hires ex-BBC and Nothing Else Matters exec Nigel Harding as VP of Artist Marketingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Harding joins from Sony imprint Nothing Else Matters Records

Spotify goes hyperlocal with debut campaign in India
Spotify goes hyperlocal with debut campaign in Indiawww.thedrum.com
Spotify has created its first campaign in India after launching in the country in February.

Spotify sculpts Cardi B, other hip-hop stars for latest RapCaviar pantheon
Spotify sculpts Cardi B, other hip-hop stars for latest RapCaviar pantheonwww.marketingdive.com

Marketing news, voices and jobs for industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Symphonic Distribution Expands to Nashville & Colombia
Symphonic Distribution Expands to Nashville & Colombiawww.billboard.com
Independent music distribution and marketing company Symphonic Distribution is expanding its operations to Colombia and Nashville, the company announced on Tuesday.

Music Streaming On the Rise, Gaana most-favored: CMR
Music Streaming On the Rise, Gaana most-favored: CMRwww.ciol.com
CMR conducted – Music Streaming Apps Survey 2019, that light on the changing customer preferences, and behaviour around music.

University researchers examine how data science can interpret musicily
University researchers examine how data science can interpret musicilywww.michigandaily.com
On Monday afternoon, students and professors from the University of Michigan Data Science for Music Challenge Initiative conducted live research in Hill Auditorium during a musical performance and informational presentation before nearly 200 community members.

Spotify data exposes how much your music preferences change with latitude
Spotify data exposes how much your music preferences change with latitudehhhhappy.com
Recent data collected by researchers conducting a study with Spotify has revealed that latitude, amongst many variables, has a distinct effect on music preferences around the world.

Queensrÿche's Michael Wilton: Music Streaming Is 'Killing A Lot Of Bands Out There'
Queensrÿche's Michael Wilton: Music Streaming Is 'Killing A Lot Of Bands Out There'www.blabbermouth.net

QueensrÿcheE guitarist Michael Wilton was recently interviewed by The Mighty Z (a.k.a. Zoran Theodorovic) of Capital Chaos TV.

Issue 615: 5 Music Startup Trends; Spotify (Not Just for Music Anymore); Beatport CEO: Streaming Feels Like “Dawn of a New DJ Experience”

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5 Music Startup Trends To Follow In 2019
5 Music Startup Trends To Follow In 2019www.hypebot.com

Cherie Hu look at five observable trends in the world of music industry tech startups, and what these inclinations suggest about the future of the music biz and the ways in which tech companies and their investors understand and relate to the music business.

Spotify. It’s Not Just for Music Anymore.
Spotify. It’s Not Just for Music Anymore.www.nytimes.com
With its acquisition of two podcasting companies, the streaming service broadens its ambitions to include everything audio.

Beatport CEO: Streaming feels like "the dawn of a new DJ experience"
Beatport CEO: Streaming feels like "the dawn of a new DJ experience"djmag.com
“It appears that some may be letting their enthusiasm blind them to real-world challenges…”

Apple Music is Helping Elevate India’s Hip Hop Scene From Local Gullys to Global Playlists
Apple Music is Helping Elevate India’s Hip Hop Scene From Local Gullys to Global Playlistsin.mashable.com
Desi Hip Hop’s time has come and how!

Music Industry's Revenue Continues To Grow, But Beneath The Surface Are Warning Signs
Music Industry's Revenue Continues To Grow, But Beneath The Surface Are Warning Signswww.forbes.com
The latest RIAA music industry revenue numbers show continued growth and continued dominance of interactive streaming. But growth in streaming is slowing down, leading to questions about where the industry will go next.

Spotify and Pandora duke it out for podcasting dominance
Spotify and Pandora duke it out for podcasting dominanceadage.com
Spotify and Pandora duke it out for podcasting dominance

A Storm Is Coming to the Global Music Industry
A Storm Is Coming to the Global Music Industrywww.rollingstone.com

More than $100 Billion Is at Stake.

Spotify Is Turning to Placed as an Offline Attribution Measurement Partner
Spotify Is Turning to Placed as an Offline Attribution Measurement Partnerwww.adweek.com
The two companies worked together on Baskin-Robbins’ campaign last summer.

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Announce Wallingford Webcast
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Announce Wallingford Webcastwww.jambase.com
A webcast of tonight’s Bob Weir & Wolf Bros show at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut is available via nugs.tv.

7digital Agrees to $4.5 Million Settlement That Ends Juke Partnership
7digital Agrees to $4.5 Million Settlement That Ends Juke Partnershipwww.billboard.com
German music service Juke has agreed to pay €4 million ($4.5 million) to London-based digital services company 7digital.

Why vinyl records survive in the digital age
Why vinyl records survive in the digital agearstechnica.com
Don’t underestimate ritual and tactility.

Around 91m Americans may be listening to podcasts every week
Around 91m Americans may be listening to podcasts every weekmusically.com
“We’re entering the Golden Age of Podcasts” claims a headline on a blog post by Chartable, a company that focuses on podcast analytics.

Issue 602: SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora; Qobuz Debuts Today; ‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1M Streams

Blog, Music, Streaming

With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora
With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandorawww.digitaltrends.com
The merger between SiriusXM and Pandora, which has been in the works since September of 2018, is now complete. This means that 2019 will be the year that the combined entity will have to figure out how to make the most of the two audiences. Here’s how it plans to do it.

Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US today
Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US todaymusically.com
Music-streaming service Qobuz will go live in the US today: a launch that the company has been teasing for several months.

‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streams
‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streamsvariety.com
The official soundtrack to “Green Book” has surpassed one million streams on global music streaming platforms.

Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promo
Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promomusically.com
Deezer has announced the next swathe of artists who’ll benefit from its ‘Deezer Next’ promotion in 2019.

Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Go
Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Gowww.forbes.com
Spotify is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on podcast-related acquisitions. But the primary source of revenue in podcasting is advertising, and podcast ad revenue has a long way to go before it catches up to streaming music.

How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'
How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'www.entrepreneur.com
It is clear that every music streaming platform sees India as a golden ticket to growing tenfold. So much so, that streaming services like Spotify will likely come into the Indian market with a limited catalog with the goal of taking on market share holder Gaana.

‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Published
‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Publishedwww.rollingstone.com

Researchers behind the controversial new book into Spotify’s operations chat with Rolling Stone about their most surprising findings.

Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam On
Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam Onwww.jambase.com
The husband-and-wife pair of Stefani Scamardo and Warren Haynes will host a “Valentine’s Day Love Set” all day on February 14 via SiriusXM’s Jam On featuring Phil Lesh, Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon and more.

Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?
Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at reasons why we aren’t yet in sonic nirvana…

The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threat
The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threatwww.firstpost.com
Older consumers with a personal fondness for romantic balladeers and people who are buying music for their children are the only ones purchasing albums anymore. Most listeners have migrated to Youtube and audio streaming services

Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances
Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advanceswww.hypebot.com
Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish…

Issue 571: 10 Music Business Predictions for 2019; Mariah Carey’s Big Streaming Day Shows Little Payment

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10 Music Business Predictions For 2019
10 Music Business Predictions For 2019www.forbes.com
There have been many trends in the music business in the last year that point to what might happen in the new year.

Mariah Carey's record-breaking day shows how little musicians make from Spotify
Mariah Carey's record-breaking day shows how little musicians make from Spotifyqz.com
The pop star’s Christmas song has been streamed more than 10 million times today. Relatively speaking, there won’t be a huge payout.

Spotify Stock Could Be Due for Big Comeback
Spotify Stock Could Be Due for Big Comebackwww.barrons.com

The significant selloff in Spotify Technology stock is overdone and driven by pressure from the general market, according to MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson.

How streaming has hijacked our charts
How streaming has hijacked our chartswww.tweeddailynews.com.au
The current ARIA top 50 is a confusing mess of retro classics that have stumbled their way to the top for the first time in years – and this is why.

Comcast to Drop Fuse Music Channel in New Year
Comcast to Drop Fuse Music Channel in New Yearwww.billboard.com
Comcast, the U.S. cable provider, announced that it will be dropping Fuse Music Channel, which is partially owned by Jennifer Lopez, from its services in the new year.

How different music streaming platforms use AI
How different music streaming platforms use AIwww.androidpit.com
The music industry continues to integrate new technologies and streaming music services are no exception. The collective goal is to make further progress in the customization of music, achieved largely by some platforms thanks to the implementation of artificial intelligence.

Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classicsthemusicuniverse.com
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics including Santana thanks to a sample in Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts.”

Even in the streaming music era, the box set endures. Here are some of the year's best
Even in the streaming music era, the box set endures. Here are some of the year's bestwww.latimes.com
Even in the anything-and-everything streaming era, the world of music boxed sets is showing plenty of life. After all, sometimes you need a curator. Before we focus on 2019, here are some archival releases not to be overlooked.

Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Work
Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Workwww.hypebot.com

While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful.

With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroads
With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroadswww.forbes.com
As smart speakers go mainstream, the walls between the tech giants’ walled gardens are starting to come down.

HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail?
HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail?www.bbc.com
The rise of Netflix and rental streaming services seem to have caused a plunge in DVD sales.

Issue #440: SoundCloud Focused on Creators in New Marketing Campaign; Tech Companies as the New Record Labels?

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SoundCloud ‘redoubles focus’ on creators in First On SoundCloud campaign says CEO
SoundCloud ‘redoubles focus’ on creators in First On SoundCloud campaign says CEOwww.thedrum.com
SoundCloud is among one of the largest streaming sites in the world, claimed its chief executive, but unhappy with that, he is keen to differentiate it by redoubling its focus on championing the creative talent that helped build the open music platform in the first place.

Tech companies are the new record labels? Get the popcorn in!
Tech companies are the new record labels? Get the popcorn in!www.pias.com

Labels, recording studios, and radio still matter, but in a cluttered landscape artists’ biggest challenge is now navigating this complexity, noise and disruption to get heard.

Spotify, Amazon Used CMA Fest as Platform to Woo CD-Loving Country Fans
Spotify, Amazon Used CMA Fest as Platform to Woo CD-Loving Country Fanswww.billboard.com
The hundreds of artists appearing at the CMA Fest this past weekend weren’t the only ones trying to court new fans. Streaming music providers had a larger presence at this year’s festival, hoping to convert country music fans, who have been slower to adopt streaming compared with other genres.

Russia's VKontakte, Former Haven for Pirated Music, Reports 1.5 Million Subscribers for Its Legit Streaming Service
Russia's VKontakte, Former Haven for Pirated Music, Reports 1.5 Million Subscribers for Its Legit Streaming Servicewww.billboard.com
VKontakte, the so-called “Russian Facebook,” formerly notorious for fostering user-generated illegitimate music content, reported 1.5 million of subscribers to its legitimate music streaming service, launched a year ago.

Minds, machines, and centralization: AI and music
Minds, machines, and centralization: AI and musiccdm.link
Far from the liberated playground the Internet once promised, online connectivity now threatens to give us mainly pre-programmed culture. As we continue reflections on AI from CTM Festival in Berlin, here’s an essay from this year’s program.

Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industry
Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industrywww.billboard.com
Two independent labels, a retailer and a distributor celebrate staying power.

YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’
YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’musically.com
YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May.

Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economy
Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economywww.fastcodesign.com
New research suggests that what you listen to mirrors economic boom times and recessions.

After revenues dropped last year, can Napster really compete in the streaming music space?
After revenues dropped last year, can Napster really compete in the streaming music space?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Napster chief executive Bill Patrizio has big plans for the future.

'Austin City Limits' Announces Anderson East Webcast
'Austin City Limits' Announces Anderson East Webcastwww.jambase.com
Singer-songwriter Anderson East will take the ‘Austin City Limits’ stage for the first time on June 22 with a free webcast of the taping available.

Issue #408: Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing; 20 Hot Music Tech Startups

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Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing
Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ingmedium.com

You’ve read the stats: music download sales are in a free-fall as acceptance of music streaming continues to grow. If you’re in the dance music industry, you might feel some immunity as DJs are your primary customers.

The 20 hottest music tech startups of 2018 (according to Midemlab)
The 20 hottest music tech startups of 2018 (according to Midemlab)musically.com
Midemlab has become one of the most well-established features of the annual Midem conference in Cannes, providing a forum for music/tech startups to pitch their wares to an industry audience.

A YouTube Music refresh is slowly rolling out to some users
A YouTube Music refresh is slowly rolling out to some userswww.theverge.com
A Reddit user has posted images of a redesigned version of the YouTube Music app, which YouTube has since confirmed is real to The Verge.

Music streamer inks exclusive distribution deal
Music streamer inks exclusive distribution dealwww.shine.cn

NetEase Cloud Music is teaming up with B2 Music to distribute Billboard, VIBE and SPIN series in China.

Reinventing Radio for the Alexa Age
Reinventing Radio for the Alexa Agemedium.com
As a teenager my Saturday afternoons were taken up walking between three record shops in the high street of my small home town.

Spotify looks to launch its music streaming services in the UAE
Spotify looks to launch its music streaming services in the UAEwww.thenational.ae

Job listings have indicated that candidates would work from the company’s “Dubai office”

Will Music Modernization Copyright Bills Extend Copyright Term Up To 144 Years?
Will Music Modernization Copyright Bills Extend Copyright Term Up To 144 Years?abovethelaw.com
Let’s hope that the Senate figures out how crazy it would be to add to the mess of copyright term and fix the bill.

Tesla is only the beginning of Spotify's plan to stream music to your car
Tesla is only the beginning of Spotify's plan to stream music to your carmarkets.businessinsider.com

Automakers could get a huge boost from selling subscription services through their in-car infotainment systems, like Tesla’s 17-inch screen.

Industry Insider: ForTunes Co-Founder, CEO Florian Richling On Aggregating & Using Artist Data Smarter
Industry Insider: ForTunes Co-Founder, CEO Florian Richling On Aggregating & Using Artist Data Smarterwww.magneticmag.com
Having all of your data in one place can be a huge timesaver and incredibly convenient for busy musicians.

Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology
Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technologyplatformandstream.wordpress.com

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 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

Spotify’s Programmatic Business Grew 94% This Year
Spotify’s Programmatic Business Grew 94% This Yearadexchanger.com

In its first earnings report as a public company on Wednesday, Spotify said its programmatic revenue was up 94% year over year. It didn’t give a figure, however.

Issue #393: Is Windowing on Spotify Worth It for the Labels?; Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

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Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?
Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It’s been just over a year since Universal Music Group issued an announcement of its new deal with Spotify – revealing that the major had won the concession to ‘window’ major artist releases on the service’s premium tier.

Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Income
Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Incomestem.is
A collection of tips, tricks, and insights to help build a diversified business that supplements income derived from Spotify, Apple Music, and other DSPs, highlighting simple steps artists can take in the streaming economy to maximize the value they create for fans and vice versa.

Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record
Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Recordvariety.com
With more than 100 million streams worldwide in just a week, Cardi B’s new album “Invasion of Privacy” has shattered Apple Music’s record for most-streamed album by a female artist in its first week.

Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora?
Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora? www.theringer.com
The streaming giant’s unusual Wall Street debut was one of the largest tech IPOs of all time. But it’s hard to shake the anxiety around its money-losing business model.

Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectations
Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectationsvariety.com
Apple stores are said to sit on excess inventory for the company’s Homepod smart speaker.

Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJs
Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify might just put an end to the careers of party DJs. A new feature allows for songs on shuffle to be properly mixed together.

Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dump
Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dumpwww.billboard.com
The amount of data coming from streaming services is growing exponentially, but as more information floods in it’s becoming harder for music marketers to see what’s important.

Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?
Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?medium.com
I have no idea where other Independent record labels are headed in future. Perhaps I can give you an idea of where I may take Iron Man Records if anything goes to plan. Which often, it doesn’t. But…

Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streams
Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streamsmusically.com
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music.

Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine
Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engineplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Music Audience Exchange today unveiled its MAX Artist Matching Engine, the result of a three year project from a team of engineers and data scientists.

MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Service
MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Servicewww.hollywoodreporter.com
The promotion offers access to cinemas and on-demand music for $29.95 over three months.

Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996
Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996www.billboard.com
ARIA announced the market grew by 10.5% in value last year to A$391 million ($303 million), thanks largely to the “continued consumer uptake” of streaming services.

Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Music
Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Musicm.chron.com

The Grammy-nominated DJ says streaming makes music easily accessible, which is crucial for the industry today.

Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Too
Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Tootorrentfreak.com
With thousands of websites blocked all around the world on copyright grounds, pirates are continuing to innovate.