REWIND: New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this meander back through the week's top music industry news, we check back on Kickstarter's new Director of Music in Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, how big data and analytics could hold the key to the future of music marketing, the Senate's vote to restore Net Neutrality, and more.

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Spotify, Apple Music and The Future Of Ad Supported Streaming [Zach Fuller, MIDiA]

FreemusicMusicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio.  

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Kickstarter Names Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves New Director Of Music

image from ksr-ugc.imgix.netMeredith Graves has joined Kickstarter as their new Director of Music. Graves is an outspoken writer, former MTV News anchor,  indie label founder and frontwoman for the hardcore punk band Perfect Pussy. 

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No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

Youtube_logoYouTube announced yesterday that it has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publisher credits to more than half a billion videos. But our sample of music videos revealed a pattern of missing credits. Now, YouTube has confirmed the omission.

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Revamped YouTube Music Free and Premium Launches Tues.

YouTube MusicYouTube's promised reboot of its music and video services will launch on Tuesday armed with new features. Borrowing from the Spotify playbook, a freemium ad-supported version of the new service will be used to lure $9.99 per month subscribers.

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Tidal's Troubles Mount: Late Payments Join Streaming Massive Manipulation Charges

Tidal logoJust days after Norwegian investigative journalists accused TIDAL of a massive manipulation of streaming data, multiple sources are reporting both underpayments and late payments from the streamer. At least two performing rights organizations are now calling for action including a criminal investigation and audits.

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Pandora Learns More Ads Doesn't Mean More Subscribers

2Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.

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Apple Music Has 50M Subscribers, Up 2M In Single Month

Apple music cardsApple Music now has 50 million subscribers, CEO Tim Cook shared in a wide ranging Bloomberg interview. That's up 2 million since April when a leaked Apple memo revealed 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million currently a part of the music streamer's 90 day free trial.

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Is Troy Carter Leaving Spotify Over New Hate Content Policy?

TroyCarterTroy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, is rumored to be leaving the company, according to multiple sources. Carter is apparently upset over how the music streamer handled partial censorship of music by R. Kelly and  XXXTentacion and the implementation of a new ""Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy.

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TIDAL Referred To Norwegian Police Over Beyonce, Kanye West Streaming Manipulation

image from www.hypebot.comNorwegian performing rights organization Tono has asked local police to investigate TIDAL, after a reports that the music streamer falsified hundreds of millions of plays of the music of Beyoncé and Kanye West.

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Could Spotify Buy Universal? Should It? [MARK MULLIGAN]

UMG squareVivendi has been openly exploring spinning off Universal Music Group. Publically the talk is of a possible IPO, but the rumor mill has spun out several scenarios, including a purchase by Apple or Alibaba. But what if Spotify bought UMG? Could that bold move solve its ongoing profitability problem?

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Warner Music Quietly Launches Free Tunecore Competitor

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has quietly launched a digital music distribution service that is a direct competitor to Tunecore, CDBaby and DistroKid. Level Music, which WMG has never announced it's involvement is live online, accepting artists and offering some additional service.

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Songtrust Now Administers 150K Songwriters, 1M Copyrights, 20K Music Publishers

SongTrustSongtrust announced that is now administers 50,000 songwriters, 20,000 music publishers and more than 1,000,000 copyrights. That's up from 100,000 songwriters and 15,000 publishers just over a year ago.

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