Spotify Lists Preferred Distributors, Just 5 Make Cut

Spotify newSpotify recently surprised many by offering no cost music uploads to the service to all artist. Still, most artists and labels will choose to use a distributor for their other services and because they need them to get on other music services. So to help those artists, Spotify offers a list of Preferred Distributors; and just five make the cut.

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How Playlist Pitching Really Works On Apple Music

2In this new music economy, pitching to playlists has become an essential part of a musicians promotion, as solid streaming placement can often propel an artist toward major success. Here we look behind the curtain at what the pitching process is actually like when it comes to Apple Music.

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Consumers Worldwide Still Listen To A Lot Of Music Says IFPI Study

1A new report from the IFPI has confirmed suspicions that, yes, a lot a of people are listening to a lot of music, a lot of the time. While this may not be much of a surprise, the annual report does provide some interesting additional data on when and where listeners across the globe are consuming their music.

 

 

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Female Performers Get Just 5% Of Country Music Consumption

No-womenThe statistics for women in country music could not be more stark.  Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic.

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Spotify Shares Most Streamed Songs Of Last 10 Years

Spotify newOctober marks 10 years since the launch of Spotify. The streamer is celebrating the milestone with a “Decade of Discovery,” a decade-long look back at some of the biggest discoveries in music, as told through the lens of Spotify artists and fan insights, including the most globally streamed artist of the decade, the top 10 songs annually the past ten years and the first artists to hit a billion streams.

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Market Potential: African Music Business On The Move

1In this piece, Ben Oldfield explores the massive and largely untapped market for music consumption across the continent of Africa as a result of extensive smartphone usage, and how streaming organizations might tailor their services to find success therein.

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How The EP Killed The LP Star

1Shifts in the music industry have precipitated a new rapid fire format of music release, with artists constantly creating new music and releasing singles rapid-fire. In addition to other changes, this shift has caused the EP to begin edging out the LP as a dominant format of music.

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5 Key Priorities For New Artists

1For those fresh-faced artists just arriving on the scene, there are several important steps they must be sure to take in order to ensure they have at least a chance of success. Here we outline what the the top five priorities of new artists should be. 

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CEO Of Troubled PledgeMusic Steps Down

PledgeMusic NewDominic Pandiscia has resigned as CEO of troubled music crowdfunding and pre-sale platform PledgeMusic, a company spokesperson confirmed to Hypebot on Friday.  He joined the startup in 2016 after serving at President of Capital Music Group's Caroline independent music distribution service.

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Ministry of Sound, Apple Music Deal = No Spotify Playlists

Ministry-of-sound logoApple Music and indie dance label Ministry of Sound  have struck an exclusive playlist deal, according to multiple sources.  The deal effectively means that all of Ministry Of Sounds many popular playlists will only be available on Apple Music 

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This Record Label What The Future Of Music Business Looks Like [INTERVIEW]

1In this recent interview, Danny Ross sat down with Danny Ross and Nat Hays of +1 Records, a mid-size player in a rapidly changing industry, about how their model of doing business could represent the future of the music industry.

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Bandzoogle New CEO Stacey Bedford On The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

BandzoogleStacey Bedford, the newly named CEO of Bandzoogle, is the special guest on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast. Bandzoogle is an online platform which provides tools for musicians to build a professional website, promote their music, and sell direct-to-fan for a flat monthly fee with no additional fees or knowledge of coding.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Metallica and More

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-10-01/800d20a6-11c8-463f-96a6-481d61246a56.pngThanks to awards season and a plethora of new productions, the wold of music synch fro Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to Metallica and beyond is in overdrive this week. as Emma Griffiths  of the Synchtank Synchblog chronicles.

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Next Big Sound Makes All Pandora Artist Data Public

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comPandora's Next Big Sound has made all artist data open and available to anyone. Until now, Pandora data was only visible to the artist, label and their team. "In an industry where stream counts are an important measure of an artist’s success," writes Next Big Sound senior product manager Dan Wissinger, "the inaccessibility of this data publicly has meant that Pandora’s important role in many artists’ career trajectories has gone unnoticed."

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Ricky Nelson Estate Sues Sony and It Could Mean More Money For Every Artist Ever Signed To A Label

Ricky NelsonThe estate of 1950s teen idol Rick Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday, alleges that the label is improperly withholding a portion of Nelson’s royalties from international streaming revenue.

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Classical Music Streamer IDAGiO Raises $11.7M, Launches in North America

IDAGIOClassical music focused streaming service IDAGIO is now available in North America. The Berlin based startup also announced that it has secured a funding round of 10 million EU ($11.7M USD) from existing investors. Classical music accounts for as much as 40% of global recorded music revenue.*

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Spotify Now Lets Artists Upload Music FREE

Spotify newSpotify has announced a beta program that allows artists to upload music directly to the streaming platform from their Spotify For Artists platform at no cost. Free distribution puts the streamer more directly in competition with SoundCloud, low cost distributors like TuneCore and even record labels.

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eMusic Payment Problems Continue, More Labels Exit

image from www.hypebot.comMore labels and distributors are pulling and keeping their music off the eMusic download store over late or non-payments. In July, we reported that Sony owned indie distributor The Orchard informed its labels that it was pulling all music down because they had "failed to receive payments." 

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YouTube Opens Paid Fan Memberships To Smaller Creators

YouTube moneyYouTube is opening membership benefits and profits to smaller creators. Now creators with 50,000 subscribers will be able to offer their viewers a $4.99 monthly membership fee in exchange for exclusives and perks. Previously, the cap was 100,000 subscribers.

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How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018

1While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation.

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