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What It Means When Spotify Has Nothing to “Recommend” But Drake

This weekend, Spotify blanketed its app in Drake. The streaming giant “recommended” his new album, <i>Scorpion</i>, to each one of us, regardless of our usual taste in streaming music, by putting his face on the cover of every playlist—even those not featuring his songs. Perhaps this decision was driven by …

Tim Cook

SoundCloud & Noisey Team Up for Music Discovery Singles Series: Exclusive

SoundCloud and Noisey are partnering on a new digital singles series intended to promote independent artists, the companies announced on Thursday (...

4 Ways Music Will Drive Marketing in the Years to Come

As the head of music for VML and a juror for the 2018 Clio Music Awards, it's an especially meaningful time of year for me to look at some of the …

The 10 Music Industry Newsletters You Should Subscribe To (2018 Edition)

A lot has happened since 2015, when we published out last <b>music industry newsletter recommendation list</b>, so we decided to give you a quick update with …

YouTube Music is great for record labels, but bad for music lovers

Keen to listen to your favourite track, but find on-demand streaming services too expensive? Chances are, you’ll find it for free on YouTube. YouTube …

Why Can’t Anyone Figure Out How To Make A Social Music App?

Insights <i>is a weekly series featuring entertainment industry veteran David Bloom. It represents an experiment of sorts in digital-age journalism and</i> …

Spotify hypes freemium upgrades with its largest ad campaign ever

A new ad campaign focuses on increased personalization, which Spotify says makes its free version better for both users and advertisers.<p>In recent months, Spotify has proved itself a more than savvy marketer, with initiatives like its Black History Is Happening Now content hub, Cardi B’s Music …

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Webcast: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Celebrates Ornette Coleman, May 18-19

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates one of jazz’s great original geniuses: composer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and alto …

Streaming Music Sounds Terrible. These Apps Can Help

Convenient as it may be, streaming music can’t match the sound quality of CDs. But new apps are helping deliver audio that will truly wake up your ears<p>NO ONE DEBATES the impact of streaming music. Having virtually every song ever recorded just a few clicks or a shout to “Alexa” away has …

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Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economy

New research suggests that what you listen to mirrors economic boom times and recessions.<p>The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, has urged his colleagues to examine the musical mood of the nation when contemplating changes to the bank’s interest rate. How could an increase in Taylor …

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Daniel G. Harmann’s cool job getting music into digital stores | Produced by Advertising Publications

<b>SINGER-SONGWRITER<br>AND DIRECTOR OF CONTENT OPERATIONS</b> <b><br>Daniel G. Harmann</b><p><b>What do you do?</b> I’m a [Seattle-based] singer-songwriter [and have] released over …

Big copyright changes come for streaming music providers

Streaming music services may pay more money to copyright holders under legislation that passed the House unanimously late last month. Yet Spotify and …

Meet The Tech Company Disrupting The Music Industry (And It's Not Spotify)

When I first came across Kobalt Music, I didn’t get it. Is it a music company or a tech startup? A publishing business or a digital platform? Do they represent artists or songwriters?<p>The answer, I learned, is all of the above.<p>In fact, I had the chance to sit down with Kobalt founder & CEO Willard …

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Why Spotify Will Never Make Money

Spotify announced its first quarterly results as a public company on Tuesday, and the market was not impressed. Shares of the music streaming service …

Music's New Chart Rules Care — a Lot — About Whether You're Paying to Listen

When is a stream not a stream? <i>Billboard</i>, which publishes the definitive album and song charts for the U.S. music industry, has had to ask itself that …

Apple Music

Wall Street Is Betting on Music for the First Time in Decades

<b>UPDATE:</b> Spotify has reported its first quarterly earnings as a public company, posting – as expected – revenue of €1.14 billion ($1.36 billion) and a …

Wall Street

Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’

Edge Music Network is partnering with MondoTunes, as well as launching EMN’s official “Artist Pages” – designed to deliver a compelling new way for …

How Blockchain, Co-Ops and 'Microsubscription' Services Could Help Artists Earn More From Music Streaming

Streaming services have boomeranged record-company revenues. But given the major labels’ influence over over track placement on services like …

Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty

Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners …

Can Streaming Playlists Actually Replace Music Blogs?

Major streaming platforms are irrevocably changing the ways people create, discover and consume music. As with any emerging, disruptive technology, …

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule

LiveXLive Media has partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming – Global Dance Festival and …

Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One

Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile -- a web player only arrived in February, nearly a year after the mobile launch. But now it's opening up its offerings further still. From today, you'll be able to use the streaming service on Xbox One while you're …

J. Cole Breaks Drake's 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music With KOD, Nearly Double Its Spotify Streams

With his album <i>KOD</i> garnering 64.5 million streams in its first 24 hours in the U.S., J. Cole set a new record on Apple Music for most album streams in …

'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?

Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the …

Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify?

Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist has more than 9 million followers, and for many young listeners it has taken the place of local hip-hop stations in...

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make …

Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch

Soundeon, a decentralized and vertically integrated blockchain music platform, has made the leap and is launching its alpha version – the Music Token …

Why did the Instagram of music fail?

We’re chugging along with <i>Why’d You Push That Button</i>. We’ve got a few more episodes left in the season, and today’s is about music social networks. Kaitlyn loves stalking her friends’ Spotify feeds, whereas I keep my account hidden from everyone. I just want to listen to Britney Spears in peace. I …

How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists

Blockchain and artists may sound like strange bedfellows at first. One is associated with Silicon Valley bottom lines and strings of utilitarian, …