Ditto Scores Distribution Of New Chance The Rapper Release

Chance the rapper[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.

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Spotify Opens Access To Official Playlist Editors To All, Guarantees Release Radar Placement

image from spartists-1.global.ssl.fastly.netSpotify has launched a new beta feature that gives artists, labels and their teams a channel to submit unreleased music directly to their editorial team for playlist consideration. The new feature also guarantees playlist placement for an artist or label selected track on the Release Radar playlist of all their followers.

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Netflix $9B Stock Tumble Also Offers A Warning For Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

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$9.1 billion was wiped off its market capitalization this week, after Netflix missed aggressive targets by analysts, despite solid earnings. As Spotify prepares for its quarterly earning report next week, there are lessons for both  investors and CEO Daniel Ek that can be learned from the fate of its fellow streamer.

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Lack Of Streaming Artist, Song Info 'Is Just D-U-M-B'

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Spotify Taps Palestinian Musician Suhel Nafar To Develop Arab Music, Culture Hub

Spotify new rectangleIn what sadly may be a first, Spotify has hired an actual working musician to help program the streamer and develop an Arab music and culture hub. Despite concerns about a complex political and cultural landscape, infrastructure investments by wealthy nations like the UAE and Dubai are making the market increasingly attractive.

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Merch Cat Adds Fan App For Direct To Fan Sales [EXCLUSIVE]

image from musicbiz.orgMusic merch management app Merch Cat has launched the Merch Cat Fan app, a direct-to-fan sales tool centered on the live show. Fans can use it to buy merch at live shows, or anytime, and artists get access to purchase data.

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As Apple Music 'Passes' Spotify, Remember That Apple's Strength Is Also Its Weakness

strengths and weaknessesThe typical headline goes something like this: Apple Music Passes Spotify In The US. Along with ignoring that Spotify still leads in the US when factoring in its tens of millions of ad-supported users, these stories also ignore that Apple's lead is likely temporary and that there is almost no chance that Apple Music will ever become the dominate music streamer globally.

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Stadiumred Acquires Crosshair Music, Gyrosity Projects

CrosshairmusicNew York marketing and communications holding company Stadiumred Group has acquired Nashville based Gyrosity Projects, a digital marketing agency, as well as, a stake in Crosshair Music, a music influencer marketing platform. The is deal valued at over $1 million.

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Streaming Is Now 75% Of U.S. Music Consumption [CHART]

75% musicThere were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold,  that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.

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From Ownership To Access: Disruption In Music and Media [Mark Mulligan]

Access-trumps-ownershipThe music and video industries are often cited as prime examples of digital disruption and resurrection. But while plotting comparable paths towards access-based models, a closer look  by MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan reveals some very telling differences.

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Change Needed Before Net Can Drive Creativity and Prosperity, say Musicians, Academics

1In this except from a submission made to the EU's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a coalition of performers, musicians, and academics issue a plea to restructure the web as a place where creative culture can thrive.

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Spotify Hiring Patterns Reveal Post-IPO Focus

Help wantedCEO Daniel Ek has promised that Spotify going public would not change the culture of the company or its mission to build a more artist centered new music industry. But a study of post IPO hiring at the music streamer reveals that, for now at least, ramping up sales and software is more of a focus than programming, video and artist services.

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QUICK HITS: Kobalt • The Orchard • Berklee • Rolling Stones + UMG • Global Citizen Festival

Quick HitsKobalt Music has hired Rian Liebenberg as Chief Technology Officer.  Kobalt’s current CTO, Richard Thompson, is stepping down, but will continue to advise as Emeritus CTO.  Liebenberg previously held CTO positions at Schibsted ASA and Schibsted Media Group.

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