Issue #269: Deezer, Fnatic Sign Partnership; Spotify Launches New Playlist-Pitching System for Labels

Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnership
Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnershipwww.esportsinsider.com

esports organisation Fnatic has signed a new partnership with music streaming service Deezer. Fnatic’s first-ever music partnership will give fans the chance to connect with their favourite players and see the music they’re listening to.

Fnatic’s team members will have the chance to connect with fans in real time, sharing all of their personal playlists across Europe.

Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labelsmusically.com
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?
Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?www.abc.net.au
CD players are becoming rarer in homes and cars, as the take-up of streaming continues to surge. But like we did with the recent vinyl revival, will we come to regret getting rid of our CDs — and everything they say about us?

How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Gold
How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Goldwww.complex.com
"Get You" is a milestone for the unsigned R&B artist, and owes some of its success to Apple's curation efforts that pushed it to the top of the playlists.

Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’
Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’variety.com
Fox is teaming up with large radio broadcaster iHeartMedia to generate notice for its new music-competition series “The Four”

Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fans
Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fanswww.psfk.com
Spotify for Artists leverages real-time data with demographic information to help musicians understand their audience.

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design
10 Principles Of Great Music Web Designwww.musicthinktank.com

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates

Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challenges
Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challengeswww.completemusicupdate.com

The lack of a decent publicly accessible music rights database that tells streaming services what songs are contained in what recordings, and who wrote and published those songs.

VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusic
VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusicwww.hypebot.com
Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum.

Issue #266: Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data

Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data
Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Datawww.fastcompany.com
Spotify is making its listener data more accessible to hungry artists with the launch of a new analytics app.

Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fans
Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fanswww.tennessean.com

Blake Shelton concert headlines Pandora campaign to lure country fans.

Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts
Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast effortswww.engadget.com
60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it’s shutting down. The app’s developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven’t…

Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business students
Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business studentsbiznews.fiu.edu

On a quest for dynamic college students as interns and student ambassadors, Spotify executives arrived at FIU’s College of Business with a DJ mixing the latest hits and lighting effects headlining its #jointheband event.

Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins
Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollinsvariety.com
The service offers daily text-messaged recommendationsbased on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  

Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than ever
Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than everqz.com
Think of any teen movie out of the 1980s or 1990s, and there’s a fair chance you can recall a scene of characters lounging in a car, singing along to the blare of a dashboard radio.

Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experience
Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experiencewww.popsci.com
A Chromecast displays a simple, humble exterior. But within, Google’s streaming device has clever features to let you supercharge your casting.

Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in India
Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in Indiatelecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
At a time when global sales are slowing, India has become a critical market for the company to have more than a foothold.

US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Charts
US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Chartswww.hypebot.com
US record labels and others in the music industry are considering launching their own charts as an alternative to the iconic Billboard lists, according to multiple sources.

Issue #258: Microsoft To End Groove Music Pass in Favor of Spotify; Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Views


Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify
Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotifytechcrunch.com
You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today..

Funding music: a new path away from  incoherence and lack of transparency
Funding music: a new path away from incoherence and lack of transparencyblog.bustlemusic.com
Musicians but international rock-stars make very little income. If we admit the fact that they actually should be financially rewarded for their music, then what’s not working in the current system?

The Eagles, SiriusXM Partner for One-Night-Only Grand Ole Opry Concert
The Eagles, SiriusXM Partner for One-Night-Only Grand Ole Opry Concertvariety.com
The Eagles and SiriusXM will host an invitation-only concert in Nashville on October 29. It marks the band’s debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

Music streaming firm Deezer targets local football fans with new content
Music streaming firm Deezer targets local football fans with new contentmumbrella.com.au

Music streaming firm Deezer is targeting football fans in Australia after signing a deal to enable subscribers to listen to commentary of English Premier League.

Judd Apatow Ushers Grandfather Bob Shad’s Jazz Label Into the Streaming Age
Judd Apatow Ushers Grandfather Bob Shad’s Jazz Label Into the Streaming Agevariety.com
Judd Apatow and sister Mia are rereleasing selected albums in the jazz and blues catalog of their grandfather Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records.

Amazon’s Alexa Is A Real Smart Home Platform Now
Amazon’s Alexa Is A Real Smart Home Platform Nowwww.fastcompany.com
In the battle over smart homes, Amazon steps up from its supporting role.

How do I master my music for streaming and download services?
How do I master my music for streaming and download services?www.musicradar.com
Don’t assume that a standard CD master will cut it

Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Views
Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Viewsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

­­In January Despacito became the second fastest music video in YouTube history to hit one billion views, taking just 97 days to do so. Now it is on track to hit four billion. In January Despacito was part of a succession of new music video consumption records that YouTube and Vevo are setting.

Issue #255: How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Year; Fender Joins Forces with 7digital

How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Year
How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Yearwww.forbes.com
Rap rules streaming’s burgeoning economy. Thanks to digital spins, Future is making more than ever before.

Exclusive: Spotify's valuation turned up to $16 billion in private trades
Exclusive: Spotify's valuation turned up to $16 billion in private tradeswww.reuters.com
Private trades in Spotify shares are valuing the music streaming company at about $16 billion, according to people familiar with the deals, raising the prospect of a bumper flotation next year.

Should you invest in an Eminem IPO? Maybe, as music might finally be profitable again
Should you invest in an Eminem IPO? Maybe, as music might finally be profitable againqz.com

The truth is that digital music streaming, as beloved as it is amongst listeners for its accessibility and cheapness, just doesn’t make all that much money for artists. But there is good news yet.

The fat lady has sung — Samsung Milk Music is officially no more
The fat lady has sung — Samsung Milk Music is officially no morewww.digitaltrends.com
About a year after Samsung first started “sun setting its Samsung Milk Music service” in certain countries, it’s now over for good.

Fender joins forces with 7digital
Fender joins forces with 7digitalwww.musicweek.com
The company, which offers services such as streaming and radio shows, will work with the guitar giant to bulk up its offering of online and mobile products

3 myths about streaming... and 3 truths about the music industry today
3 myths about streaming… and 3 truths about the music industry todaywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

You hear a heck of a lot talked about streaming and its impact on the music industry these days. So how much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash?

Streaming Business Is Making Music Companies Rethink Sales Job Titles
Streaming Business Is Making Music Companies Rethink Sales Job Titlesvariety.com
In the digital era, some job titles at music companies may need to be rebranded thanks to streaming.

All About Music Conference Brings Together Indian Music Industry
All About Music Conference Brings Together Indian Music Industrywww.billboard.com
All About Music Conference was the first India-wide music industry conference in four years and the first organized by a local agency covering both the indie and Bollywood scenes.

Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotify
Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotifymusic3point0.com
Ed Sheeran has made some serious money on Spotify, which goes to show that there really is money in streaming, if you adjust your thinking about it.

The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streaming
The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streamingwww.businessinsider.com
Paid music-streaming services are driving the music industry’s comeback in a big way.

Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 12

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

Graham Parker, Donnie Hathaway, Steve Miller Band, and Ray LaMontagne kick things off this week with a sensational quartet of tunes. Volume 12 features a terrific assortment of music, from Tina Turner and INXS, to Mel Torme and Otis Redding.

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