Issue #281: Release Radar Playlist is Spotify’s Secret Weapon; The Future of Music, Technology in Africa

Blog, Music, Spotify, Streaming

Why the Release Radar Playlist is Spotify’s Secret Weapon
How to get songs onto Spotify playlists like New Music Friday and RapCaviar is a hot topic for labels. But they’re being outperformed by Release Radar.

Meet Post Malone, The New King of Music Streaming

In just two years, 22-year-old Post Malone has gone from SoundCloud upstart to chart-topping titan. He is the most streamed new artist of all time, is currently number one and has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Kanye West. Let GQ introduce you to the genre-bending sound of Generation Z.

What's Behind YouTube's Struggle to Place Ads On Music Videos?
What’s Behind YouTube’s Struggle to Place Ads On Music Videos?www.billboard.com
Music companies are sure about one thing when it comes to YouTube: They wish it would pay more to stream their tunes. But they’re far less certain about the reason so few of the video streams containing their music carry ads these days.

Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewards
Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewardsmusically.com
Fans will be able to buy Björk’s new album ‘Utopia’ using cryptocurrencies, and pre-ordering it directly from the star will earn them crypto rewards too.

The Future of Music, Technology in Africa
The Future of Music, Technology in Africawww.musicinafrica.net
The advent of the Internet and the exponential development of new technologies have drastically changed our lives. For the music industry, especially in Africa, the Internet has brought with it a deep and progressive change that is affecting every aspect of the sector.

Apple Music Builds a Gorgeous New Visual Identity Around Its Musical Note
Apple Music Builds a Gorgeous New Visual Identity Around Its Musical Notewww.adweek.com

The note can be stylized to represent any style of music or artist.

8 Effective Ways to Get More Playlist Followers on Spotify
8 Effective Ways to Get More Playlist Followers on Spotifyflypaper.soundfly.com
Building Spotify playlists are a great way to attract listeners to your own music. Here’s how to attract more followers easily.

Greg Norman unveils 'Shark Experience,' a golf cart with music, streaming options, tips, more
Greg Norman unveils ‘Shark Experience,’ a golf cart with music, streaming options, tips, morewww.golf.com
The Greg Norman Company has announced the launch of the Shark Experience, a new golf technology that the company hopes will enhance the on-course experience for golfers.

BluOS—the next generation of music distribution systems
BluOS—the next generation of music distribution systemswww.cepro.com
Highest quality music experience for any and every room in the home

MUSICOLOGY: The History of Music Streaming
MUSICOLOGY: The History of Music Streamingwww.mixdownmag.com.au

If you think about the biggest development in the music industry of the 21st century, there’s really only one possible answer: the internet.

Wilco Shares Previously Unreleased ‘A.M.’ Outtake ‘Myrna Lee’
Wilco Shares Previously Unreleased ‘A.M.’ Outtake ‘Myrna Lee’www.jambase.com
Listen to “Myrna Lee,” a previously unreleased Wilco track from the upcoming ‘A.M.’ deluxe edition.

The Standing O Project Aims To Change The Face Of Music Streaming

Blog, Music, Streaming

hthewcir_400x400Working musicians face serious challenges in the age of music streaming. CD sales and digital downloads are rapidly declining, and most music is now accessed via streaming platforms like Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music. Streaming services are notorious for minuscule artist payouts, it’s becoming more difficult than ever for independent musicians to earn a decent living.

Entrepreneurs, John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt of Heliotrope Productions, Inc. have championed singer/songwriters and given them a virtual stage for over 13 years. They host and produce the syndicated public radio program, Art of the Song, heard weekly on over 100 stations and online. Recognizing the challenges in the music business, they began working on a  solution in 2013.

The Standing ‘O’ Project is an online streaming community that creates a real revenue stream for musicians. Unlike the above-mentioned streaming services (which pay artists by how many times their songs are streamed), the Standing ‘O’ Project pays artists for bringing fans into the community.

Every month a full 50% of the membership revenue goes back to the musicians. Signing up just one subscriber equals as much income as several thousand streams per month on popular streaming sites. Artists join for free. They “invest” in the project by sharing their music and actively inviting fans to join.

Pandora Struggles to Find New Footing as Music Streaming becomes Commoditized

Blog, Business, Music, Streaming

Pandora, in a story we’ve seen before with many other maturing companies, is facing an existential crisis.

The company now finds itself fighting for its life against competition from the core platforms its service exists on: Android and iOS. Both of them — and Amazon as well — have launched their own music-streaming products, and they’re baked into the core experience. They’re cheap, effective and could even be an inch away from offering a better free experience that serves as an add-on to keep people locked into an ecosystem.

Source: TechCrunch

Facebook and Twitter in Race to Acquire Rights to Stream Live TV

Blog, Live Streaming, TV/Film

download11Facebook and Twitter are battling to win the right to stream conventional TV programming, The Post has learned. Both companies, eager to ramp up their capacity to deliver compelling live streaming video, have approached programmers about a deal for such rights, several sources familiar with the situation said.

Facebook, which is already pitching the NFL to acquire rights to a new Thursday Night Football digital package, has been in meetings with a wide variety of TV executives over the past few weeks, sources said.Late last year, it created a new product, “Facebook Live,” something akin to YouTube, sources said.

Source: New York Post