Issue 584: Technology is Reviving the Global Music Business; Kiss Plot SiriusXM Show at Whisky a Go Go

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How Technology is Reviving the Global Music Business
How Technology is Reviving the Global Music Businesswww.entrepreneur.com

Growing global access to Internet, penetration of smartphones, and the maturity of 5G technology are putting more music in the hands of people around the world.

Kiss Plot Intimate SiriusXM Show at Whisky a Go Go
Kiss Plot Intimate SiriusXM Show at Whisky a Go Gowww.rollingstone.com

Kiss will take the stage at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers.

We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Too
We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Toowww.fatherly.com
In a world of streaming and digital music, we opted to switch our toddler to the record player only. The results have been amazing. Instead of Baby Shark and Raffi, our daughter now only listens to Paul McCartney and Kate Bush.

Sony/ATV’s EMI Production Music Completely Digitizes the Iconic KPM Music Library
Sony/ATV’s EMI Production Music Completely Digitizes the Iconic KPM Music Librarywww.digitalmusicnews.com
Sony/ATV’s EMI Production Music has completely digitized the KPM Music Library, which includes 30,000 iconic tracks in the catalog.

Streaming Helps Local Acts Chip Away at English-Language Pop
Streaming Helps Local Acts Chip Away at English-Language Popwww.bloomberg.com
Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube help make stars out of homegrown talent.

Spotify's Car View helps cut the distractions for drivers
Spotify's Car View helps cut the distractions for driverswww.engadget.com
Following Spotify’s integration with Google Maps and Waze, the music streaming service is rolling out some in-car controls within its own app. 9to5Google has sp…

Here Are the Artists Who Removed Their R. Kelly Collaborations From Streaming Platforms
Here Are the Artists Who Removed Their R. Kelly Collaborations From Streaming Platformstime.com
Collaborators of R. Kelly are sounding off on why they’re pulling their music with him from streaming platforms in light of allegations.

The top 5 places to put your music online
The top 5 places to put your music onlineroutenote.com
Getting your music heard around the world in the 21st century is incredibly easy and when you use RouteNote it’s free too! Here are the best places to get your music heard around the world online.

Maximising radio in the fourth industrial revolution
Maximising radio in the fourth industrial revolutionthemediaonline.co.za
Related Articles: A forecast of and predictions around the community radio space in 2019 We need jobs and economic growth to deliver a stable country – Omar Essack eNCA announces line-up changes, appo

David Lowery's Long-Running Legal Battle Against Napster Is Over
David Lowery's Long-Running Legal Battle Against Napster Is Overwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Rhapsody International has settled the class-action lawsuit brought on by Cracker frontman/songwriter David Lowery against Napster.

Classical music's Bach in business
Classical music's Bach in businesswww.express.co.uk

Sales of classical music have surged 10 per cent in the past year, driven by the likes of Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli and royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, figures show.

Issue 581: LiveXLive Partners with iHeartMedia to Stream Upcoming Events; Pandora Launches Voice Mode in Mobile App

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LiveXLive Partners with iHeartMedia to Stream Upcoming Events
LiveXLive Partners with iHeartMedia to Stream Upcoming Eventsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

LiveXLive announced a partnership with iHeartMedia to livestream the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego taking place at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2019.

Hey Pandora: There's a New Vocal Assistant in Town
Hey Pandora: There's a New Vocal Assistant in Townwww.billboard.com
Pandora has begun introducing Voice Mode, a new, voice-enabled smart assistant giving mobile listeners a tailored and hands-free path to music discovery.

Chance the Rapper Pulls Song With R. Kelly From Streaming Services
Chance the Rapper Pulls Song With R. Kelly From Streaming Serviceswww.rollingstone.com

Chance the Rapper has removed his 2015 collaboration with R. Kelly, “Somewhere in Paradise,” from most digital streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, Pitchfork reports.

Céline Dion Reportedly Pulling R. Kelly Collab ‘I’m Your Angel’ From Streaming
Céline Dion Reportedly Pulling R. Kelly Collab ‘I’m Your Angel’ From Streamingwww.vulture.com
Celine Dion is reportedly pulling her R. Kelly collab “I’m Your Angel” from streaming services a week after Lady Gaga did the same.

Verizon Reportly Adding Free Apple Music To Some Phone Plans
Verizon Reportly Adding Free Apple Music To Some Phone Plansfortune.com
9To5Mac reports customers who have either the Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited plans will receive the service at no additional cost.

Spotify Now Has 200 Million Users, But Only Half Pay For Music
Spotify Now Has 200 Million Users, But Only Half Pay For Musicwww.rollingstone.com

The Swedish music-streaming service announced the milestone in monthly active users at CES.

Blockchain-powered music streaming service Choon launches Beta version of platform
Blockchain-powered music streaming service Choon launches Beta version of platformcryptonewsbytes.com
Choon, the music streaming service and digital payments ecosystem, has launched the beta version of their platform.

5 Questions with Pandora
5 Questions with Pandorawww.brandchannel.com
We sat down with Aimee Lapic CMO of Pandora at CES to discover how voice technology is the key to the brand’s growth, read more:

How to get your music featured on iTunes' front page
How to get your music featured on iTunes' front pageroutenote.com
As music streaming becomes the favourite method for listening to music iTunes still stands strong as the pioneer and leader for digital downloads. Getting your music on there is easy and being featured by Apple could be too.

Meal Subscription Service Freshly Hires Its New CMO From Spotify
Meal Subscription Service Freshly Hires Its New CMO From Spotifywww.wsj.com
Mayur Gupta, vice president of growth and marketing at Spotify, is joining the prepared-meal subscription startup Freshly as chief marketing officer.

Florida Based Music Streaming Company Collaborates With Davinci, To Integrate Blockchain Services
Florida Based Music Streaming Company Collaborates With Davinci, To Integrate Blockchain Serviceswww.btcwires.com

As per recent reports, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between TOWB Music, Inc. and Davinci Foundation, a Korean-Chinese joint company that was founded in Singapore in 2017.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist is now for sale to brands
Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist is now for sale to brandswww.vox.com
Discover Weekly was a triumph of algorithm and curation, and now it’s an ad product.

Issue 580: Dead & Co. Add Live Shows to Streaming Services; Sunderland Connects with Apple Music; Spotify Strikes Deal with India’s T-Series

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Dead & Co. Add Live Recordings To Spotify, Apple Music

Dead & Company, the stadium selling, John Mayer fronted Grateful Dead offshoot, is releasing two years of recording of its live shows to Spotify, Apple Music and other streamers.

Spotify Strikes Deal With India’s T-Series
Spotify Strikes Deal With India’s T-Seriesvariety.com
As widely speculated, Spotify and T-Series, India’s leading music and film company, have agreed to a global content deal, the companies announced today.

Jay-Z's Tidal Under Investigation in Norway on Streaming Fraud
Jay-Z's Tidal Under Investigation in Norway on Streaming Fraudwww.bloombergquint.com

Tidal, a subscription-based music and video streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z, is being investigated in Norway over allegations of falsely inflating listening numbers.

Sunderland AFC signs deal with Apple Music for player playlists
Sunderland AFC signs deal with Apple Music for player playlistswww.sunderlandecho.com
Sunderland fans can immerse themselves in the Sounds of the Stadium of Light and check out music playlists chosen by SAFC players thanks to a new deal signed between the club and Apple Music.

Chromecast Audio Is Being Discontinued, Google Confirms
Chromecast Audio Is Being Discontinued, Google Confirmsvariety.com
The streaming audio adapter is phased out in favor of full-functioning smart speakers.

Spotify CEO: Streaming Less Dominated by Major Hit Records
Spotify CEO: Streaming Less Dominated by Major Hit Recordsrealedm.com

Spotify makes crucial progress towards their goal of enabling one million artists to live off their music. In March of 2018, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stated, “Our mission is to enable one million artists to live off their work.”

SiriusXM buying Pandora, and a new cloud alliance with Microsoft, Adobe and SAP
SiriusXM buying Pandora, and a new cloud alliance with Microsoft, Adobe and SAPwww.cnbc.com
Jon Fortt sits down with Pandora Co-Founder and Former CEO Tim Westergren on the sale of his creation to SiriusXM Satellite Radio for $3.5 billion. Plus — the new “big cloud” mafia on their new alliance.

America’s Music Spending Is Expected To Rise Again This Year
America’s Music Spending Is Expected To Rise Again This Yearwww.rollingstone.com

America’s consumer tech industry overall is expected to reach a record $398 billion in retail revenue, up around 4 percent from 2018.

Spotify’s increased focus on podcasts in 2019 includes selling its own ads
Spotify’s increased focus on podcasts in 2019 includes selling its own adstechcrunch.com

Having established itself as a top streaming service with now more than 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts.

Song Exploder, The Podcast That Will Change How You Hear Music, Welcomes Thao Nguyen Into The Host Seat
Song Exploder, The Podcast That Will Change How You Hear Music, Welcomes Thao Nguyen Into The Host Seatwww.refinery29.com
The podcast that changed how we listen to music welcomes a new host as indie rock singer/guitarist Thao Nguyen slips into the host chair for sixth season.

Radiohead Release Rare Song to digital platforms
Radiohead Release Rare Song to digital platformsconsequenceofsound.net

Radiohead have released the rare song “Ill Wind” to digital platforms for the first time, and it can be streamed now.

Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Music Experience

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Sony announced an all new music experience called “360 Reality Audio” that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Sony is working with major music labels, music distribution services1 and other such music organizations to provide the technology for building a musical ecosystem around 360 Reality Audio, which will include the creation, distribution and playing of music content.

Issue 573: LÜM’s Music Discovery App Aims to Help Emerging Artists Find Fans; YouTube to Livestream Both Weekends of Coachella

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LÜM's Music Discovery App Aims to Help Emerging Artists Find Fans
LÜM's Music Discovery App Aims to Help Emerging Artists Find Fansxconomy.com
The music streaming wars are far from over. While big players like Spotify, Apple, and Amazon fight to make their music apps the go-to option for

YouTube will livestream both weekends of Coachella in April
YouTube will livestream both weekends of Coachella in Aprilwww.engadget.com
YouTube is doubling down on its Coachella partnership — it will stream live performances from both weekends for the first time this year. As has been the case…

Gary Oldman Provides Narration For David Bowie is Augmented Reality Mobile App
Gary Oldman Provides Narration For David Bowie is Augmented Reality Mobile Appwww.jambase.com
The David Bowie is Augmented Reality mobile app will be launched on January 8, with actor Gary Oldman providing narration for the immersive exhibit.

More than 1/4 of all music streamed in the USA last year was hip-hop
More than 1/4 of all music streamed in the USA last year was hip-hopwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Hip-hop’s domination of the modern American music streaming business is reaching new heights.

Top 5 Music Streaming Apps for Ugandan, Kenyan and Nigeria music
Top 5 Music Streaming Apps for Ugandan, Kenyan and Nigeria musicwww.dignited.com
Need to stream Africa music content online? Check out the top 5 Music Streaming Apps for Africa music — Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania etc.

Spotify Reveals Top Workout Trends, Playlists, and Songs Going Into 2019
Spotify Reveals Top Workout Trends, Playlists, and Songs Going Into 2019fortune.com
From the most active to the most zen countries, Spotify has 43.5 million workout-themed playlists on its streaming platform.

China Focus: International artists strike gold on Chinese online music platforms
China Focus: International artists strike gold on Chinese online music platformswww.xinhuanet.com

It’s not unheard of for gifted but underrated foreign artists to suddenly find fame in China.

iHeartMedia Names Hetal Patel EVP of SmartAudio Intelligence Insights
iHeartMedia Names Hetal Patel EVP of SmartAudio Intelligence Insightswww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has named Hetal Patel executive vice president of SmartAudio Intelligence Insights, the radio giant’s team dedicated to consumer insights, market intelligence and tracking industry trends.

India's audio streaming industry set for strong 2019 as podcasts make content accessible
India's audio streaming industry set for strong 2019 as podcasts make content accessiblewww.zeebiz.com
A blend of ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’, Podcast has taken the country by a storm, penetrating multiple geographies.

youtube’s role in streaming
youtube’s role in streamingmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Posts about youtube’s role in streaming written by Mark Mulligan

Issue 572: The Battle for the Indian Streaming Market Heats Up; Stingray Drops Takeover Bid for Music Choice

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How the Battle for the Indian Streaming Market Will Heat Up in 2019
How the Battle for the Indian Streaming Market Will Heat Up in 2019www.billboard.com
As two prominent Indian streaming services — Saavn and JioMusic — join forces and relaunch as one, Spotify faces an even bigger challenge as it readies to launch in the world’s second-most populous country.

Stingray Drops Takeover Bid for Music Choice
Stingray Drops Takeover Bid for Music Choicewww.billboard.com
Canadian digital platform Stingray has pulled its $120 million offer to acquire U.S.-based TV music platform Music Choice.

Music consumption enjoys four-year high thanks to albums and streaming
Music consumption enjoys four-year high thanks to albums and streamingwww.m-magazine.co.uk

A boom in audio streaming and the enduring album format has helped boost UK music consumption for the fourth consecutive year.

Amazon Music, Alexa and the Future of Voice-enabled Technology
Amazon Music, Alexa and the Future of Voice-enabled Technology1reddrop.com

One of the first things Amazon “trained” Alexa on was to play music from its Amazon Prime Music collection on Amazon Echo devices.

The Verge 2018 tech report card: Streaming music
The Verge 2018 tech report card: Streaming musicwww.theverge.com
There were substantial developments on the consumer side, but this year was more impactful for artists, many of whom rely on streaming platforms as their bread and butter.

Streaming music helps family tune into the past
Streaming music helps family tune into the pastwww.thestar.com
A spontaneous playlist reveals that certain songs help awaken memories and open up intergenerational connections, writes Uzma Jalaluddin.

Ebro Darden Joins Apple Music Full-Time as Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B
Ebro Darden Joins Apple Music Full-Time as Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&Bwww.billboard.com
Ebro Darden has been appointed Apple Music’s global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B.

3 Free Apps Every Independent Rapper Should Be Using In 2019
3 Free Apps Every Independent Rapper Should Be Using In 2019www.musicthinktank.com

I’m an independent rapper and content creator. I’m also a tech nerd and spend countless hours researching and trying different apps that I don’t actually need and won’t actually use.

Health, fitness and music streaming set to be most downloaded apps in January 2019, survey claims
Health, fitness and music streaming set to be most downloaded apps in January 2019, survey claimswww.independent.co.uk

Apps for health and fitness, music streaming and mindfulness are set to be the most downloaded in January 2019, according to a new poll of 2,000 smartphone owners.

Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radio
Rekindling Our Fading Romance With AM Radiojacobsmedia.com
There may yet be hope for AM radio, a platform that has seen better days.

Issue 570: The New Movie Soundtrack: A Spotify Playlist; In 2018, Streaming Services Helped Fuel a New Latin Explosion

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The New Movie Soundtrack: A Spotify Playlist
The New Movie Soundtrack: A Spotify Playlistwww.wsj.com
Independent movie studio A24 is releasing the music to the new film “Mid90s” as a playlist on Spotify, rather than as an album distributed by a record label.

In 2018, Streaming Services Helped Fuel A New Latin Explosion
In 2018, Streaming Services Helped Fuel A New Latin Explosionwww.npr.org
Spanish-language artists like Ozuna, J Balvin and Bad Bunny dominated YouTube with billions of plays. Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and contributor Stefanie Fernández explain how we got here.

Auld Lang Syne not a great hit with younger listeners, streaming figures show
Auld Lang Syne not a great hit with younger listeners, streaming figures showwww.independent.ie
The next generation could let old anthems be forgotten, according to new research which show Auld Lang Syne is not a New Year hit with younger listeners.

Making Music Social: What Drives Streaming Revenues
Making Music Social: What Drives Streaming Revenuesblog.dataart.com

Social networks and music companies are increasingly joining together in licensing deals to ensure that artists and songwriters earn royalties from all the music played on social networks.

Radio's Inconvenient Demographic Truth
Radio's Inconvenient Demographic Truthjacobsmedia.com
Radio broadcasters continue to focus on the 25-54 demographic, missing the massive opportunity with Generation Z.

As smartphones and internet connections rise in Africa, so does entertainment streaming
As smartphones and internet connections rise in Africa, so does entertainment streamingqz.com
Netflix, Spotify are coming to Africa fans as smartphone use rises

2018: The Year Podcasts Grew Up And Programmatic Audio Took Off
2018: The Year Podcasts Grew Up And Programmatic Audio Took Offadexchanger.com

Audio remained an exciting area for programmatic advertisers in 2018 as the medium moved further toward automation.

How much data does Spotify use?
How much data does Spotify use?www.androidauthority.com
A quick overview of how much data does Spotify use and how it compares to other music streaming services like Google Play Music, Tidal, Apple Music…

How Spotify migrated everything from on-premise to Google Cloud Platform
How Spotify migrated everything from on-premise to Google Cloud Platformwww.techworld.com.au
The Swedish music streaming company has already shut down two data centres as it migrates everything to Google Cloud Platform

List Of Music Streaming Payouts From Best To Worst, Updated for 2019
List Of Music Streaming Payouts From Best To Worst, Updated for 2019www.youredm.com
For many artists, music streaming is the main avenue for getting paid — but how does it break down? With a plethora of services out there (Spotify, Apple