Issue #404: Pandora Boosts Georgia’s Music Tech Industry; Deezer Partners with Jazz FM; Streaming Playlists as the New Music Blogs?

Blog, Music, Streaming

Could Pandora’s Major Atlanta Expansion Spur the Growth Of Georgia's Music Tech Industry?
Could Pandora’s Major Atlanta Expansion Spur the Growth Of Georgia's Music Tech Industry?hypepotamus.com
Pandora will soon embark on a major expansion in Atlanta, swelling their office here to 300 in three years with largely product and engineering hires. Here’s how this could impact Atlanta music tech industry.

Deezer celebrates classic labels with Jazz FM
Deezer celebrates classic labels with Jazz FM www.musicweek.com
The streaming platform and radio station have partnered on the Jazz Stories series.

Spotify Expands Hot Country Playlist With Video
Spotify Expands Hot Country Playlist With Videowww.rollingstone.com
Popular country-music playlist gets expanded with video, including clips of Urban, Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake

Can Streaming Playlists Actually Replace Music Blogs?
Can Streaming Playlists Actually Replace Music Blogs?flypaper.soundfly.com
When it comes to discovering new music, listeners are depending more and more on algorithms and less on bloggers. Is there a future for the music blog?

Introducing HyperFollow, DistroKid’s Clever Way To Get More Spotify Followers
Introducing HyperFollow, DistroKid’s Clever Way To Get More Spotify Followersnews.distrokid.com

HyperFollow is a free service from DistroKid that helps artists amass a larger fanbase on Spotify.

Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ Aiming for Streaming Record & No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart
Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ Aiming for Streaming Record & No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chartwww.billboard.com

Post Malone’s new album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is on course to break the record for the biggest streaming week ever for an album…

The Orchard signs licensing deal with B2B streaming platform Nightlife in Australia
The Orchard signs licensing deal with B2B streaming platform Nightlife in Australiawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Independent music distributed by The Orchard can now earn public performance revenue in Australia thanks to a deal with business music subscription service Nightlife Music

Apple Music extends three-month free trial offer
Apple Music extends three-month free trial offerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Some of those who’ve signed up to Apple’s free trial, but have yet to take up a subscription, have received an alert offering an extension of the trial.

Sweden opposes EU tech tax after Spotify's Daniel Ek's plea to PM Stefan Löfven
Sweden opposes EU tech tax after Spotify's Daniel Ek's plea to PM Stefan Löfvennordic.businessinsider.com

The proposal would hit digital companies with annual revenues above 50 million euros within Europe, and world-wide revenues above 750 million euros, with a 3 percent tax on their turnover.

Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’
Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’platformandstream.wordpress.com
Edge Music Network is partnering with MondoTunes, as well as launching EMN’s official “Artist Pages” – designed to deliver a compelling new way for artists and musicians to establish connections with fans, venues and labels.

Music-streaming millennials eye smart speakers
Music-streaming millennials eye smart speakerswww.thejakartapost.com
According to a study, the majority of millennials currently use or are interested in buying a voice-controlled smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Sweden Might Just Have Shown Us What the Future of Music Revenues Will Look Like
Sweden Might Just Have Shown Us What the Future of Music Revenues Will Look Likemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Sweden has long been the leading indicator for where streaming is likely to head, providing a picture of just how vibrant a sophisticated streaming market can be.

More artists and bands are using VIP 'up-sell' both to replace revenue lost to streaming and boost income
More artists and bands are using VIP 'up-sell' both to replace revenue lost to streaming and boost incomewww.cleveland.com
Gambits like the Gene Simmons Vault Experience and other VIP ticket “upsells” are becoming increasingly popular among all levels of performers as album sales fall. Skimpy income from streams are part of the issue, too.

Pandora to Acquire Audio Ad Tech Firm AdsWizz

Blog, Data, Music

Pandora today announced it will acquire AdsWizz, the global leader in digital audio ad technology. The addition of AdsWizz will upgrade Pandora’s ad tech capabilities, provide its advertisers with greater audience reach, and expand the company’s revenue opportunities.

AdsWizz is one of the few ad tech firms that is completely dedicated to digital audio, serving some of the largest players in the industry. With digital audio advertising growing 42% year-over-year, according to the IAB, the combined offering of Pandora and AdsWizz will capitalize on this trend, while making it easier for publishers to monetize their inventory, and for advertisers to buy and measure their campaigns.

Pandora Partners With Linkfire as the Premier Streaming Music Data Provider

Data, Streaming

Pandora today announced a partnership with leading smart link aggregator, Linkfire, to make discovering music easier for fans, while amplifying marketing efforts for labels and artists. Pandora is the first music streaming service to provide Linkfire with advanced attribution data to help artists understand how their content is performing in order to create informed promotional campaigns to effectively reach their audience.

“We have always been committed to helping artists find their fans and connect with Pandora’s massive listener base,” said Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer, Pandora. “Our integration with Linkfire provides the industry with unprecedented ways to understand music streaming consumption and makes direct-to-fan marketing more impactful than ever.”

Issue #341: Wilco to Debut WilcoWorld Radio; Pandora Announces Restructuring Plans

Blog, Music, Streaming

Wilco Announces Upcoming Launch Of WilcoWorld Radio
Wilco Announces Upcoming Launch Of WilcoWorld Radiowww.jambase.com
On Friday, Chicago-based Americana act Wilco will launch WilcoWorld Radio featuring 10 hours of original content.

Prince Pre-Dates iTunes With 'Cybersingle'
Prince Pre-Dates iTunes With 'Cybersingle'diffuser.fm
Prince released a free download in 2000 called Cybersingle, getting a leg up on iTunes that launched the following year.

Pandora Announces Restructuring Plans: Reduce Workforce, Focus on Ad-Tech & Audience Development
Pandora Announces Restructuring Plans: Reduce Workforce, Focus on Ad-Tech & Audience Developmentwww.billboard.com
Pandora announced Wednesday it is implementing a restructuring that will reduce its work force by 5 percent and take other cost-saving measures to generate annualized savings of about $45 million to adjusted earnings before interested, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming
How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streamingpitchfork.com
Musician and writer Damon Krukowski explains how streaming services are failing artists and listeners, and what we can do to fight back.

Spotify Stations App for Leanback Listening Released for Android
Spotify Stations App for Leanback Listening Released for Androidvariety.com
Stations promises free music without much manual intervention.

Why Building More Rights Databases Won't Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problem
Why Building More Rights Databases Won't Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problemwww.hypebot.com
Niclas Molinder takes a long look at the music industry’s ongoing metadata problem and how the music industry as a whole needs to wake up and shift its focus if they hope to solve the issue effectively.

Tencent, Sony Launch Liquid State Electronic Dance Music Label
Tencent, Sony Launch Liquid State Electronic Dance Music Labelvariety.com
Sony Music Entertainment and China’s Tencent jointly launch Liquid State, a new music label specializing in electronic dance music (EDM).

SiriusXM Ends 2017 With 32.7 Million Subs, Swings to Quarterly Loss
SiriusXM Ends 2017 With 32.7 Million Subs, Swings to Quarterly Losswww.billboard.com
Satellite radio giant SiriusXM, home of Howard Stern, on Wednesday reported a swing to a fourth-quarter loss on special charges as it continued to add subscribers.

SKT plans music streaming app
SKT plans music streaming appkoreajoongangdaily.joins.com

SK Telecom is partnering with three major entertainment companies in Korea to launch a new music streaming platform to rival existing services like Melon and Genie Music, the company said Wednesday.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard talks streaming, Hysteria and label rows
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard talks streaming, Hysteria and label rowsmusically.com
When you have sold over 100m albums and shift more tickets today than you did in your supposed peak, like Def Leppard do, you’re not hurting for money.

Yonder: On The Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heard
Yonder: On The Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heardwww.hypebot.com
From the ashes of the Beyond Oblivion, the flashy yet unlaunched $174 million music tech startup, comes Yonder, a free music service that’s gaining traction, in large part because it is building in markets that are off streaming’s beaten track.

Spotify Is Dramatically Changing the Rules for Remixers — Here's the First Big Change
Spotify Is Dramatically Changing the Rules for Remixers — Here's the First Big Changewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify stated in a blog post that remixers will now receive credit for their remixes by having the streams count towards their monthly listeners.

That’s Sooo 2000: Pandora Dumps Ticketfly Purchase, but Keeps the Integration They Could have Rented

Deals, Technology

All indications are that Pandora’s management seems to be raising cash and emerging from a latter-day Dot Bomb “money drunk.”  The latest sign is Pandora’s sale of its Ticketfly subsidiary to Eventbrite for a reported $200,000,000.  The sale comes less than two years after Pandora acquired Ticketfly for $335,000,000 in cash—a cash on cash loss of $135,000,000.

And that’s a lot of streams.  One of the problems with startups that suddenly come into the public markets with a pile of cash and inexperienced management is that they lack the cunning patience to spend it wisely and play the long game.

Read Article: Music Tech Solutions

SiriusXM to Make $480 Million Strategic Investment in Pandora

Blog, Deals, Music, Streaming

SiriusXM and Pandora today announced an agreement under which SiriusXM will make a $480 million strategic cash investment in Pandora.

The capital provided through the SiriusXM investment will allow Pandora to make targeted investments and capitalize on opportunities to build on its position in the streaming radio business.

“The investment from SiriusXM infuses resources to help Pandora continue to grow and innovate,” said Pandora CEO and founder Tim Westergren. “With the strategic review behind us, and a strong balance sheet, we look forward to focusing on business execution and the optimization of our strategy.”

Pandora Is Building Branded Radio Stations That Offer On-Demand Listening

Blog, Music, Streaming

After unveiling a three-tiered business model in December to compete in music streaming, Pandora is now incorporating parts of its subscription-based Pandora Premium service into advertising units.

Gatorade-owned Propel is launching a campaign today that offers users who listen to fitness-themed stations the chance to listen to a handful of songs on-demand.

Read Article: Adweek