Spotify Names 5 Preferred Distributors, What Does That Say About All The Others?

Spotify newHypebot recently uncovered that Spotify had bestowed "preferred" status on just five of the many distributors delivering music to the platform  That news came alongside the shockwaves that Spotify sent through the distribution sector with two recent announcements. 

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SoundCloud, Dubset Partner To Clear, Monetize Remixes

Soundcloud dubsetSoundCloud and Dubset have partnered to clear remixes and DJ sets on the streamer. Utilizing Dubset's technology,  the pair will work to enable faster rights clearances, attribution and monetization for both content creators and rights holders.

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SiriusXM Makes In Home Play With Amazon Partnership

SiriusxmSatellite broadcaster SiriusXM signaled a push beyond the vehicle market into the home and on mobile this week with a new Amazon partnership.  Amazon Echo owners can get three free months of SiriusXM and those who sign up for a new SiriusXM All Access or SiriusXM Premier subscription get a free Echo Dot.

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VR: Real Future Of Live Music Or Another Shiny Distraction?

2While there is a prominent school of thought in the industry that Virtual Reality shows will soon replace the expensive and detached traditional concert format with a cheaper, more intimate alternative, the "reality" may in fact be somewhere in the middle between the two.

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Spotify + DistroKid On Road To A Two Sided Marketplace

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comWith news that Spotify had invested in DistroKid and offer it as a distribution conduit to other music services, came speculation as to the music streamer's greater motives.  MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan sees the move as part of Spotify’s strategy to work way up music's value chain by "a) removing some of the distribution component and b) entering into direct relationships with artists."  But how will the record labels react?

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SoundCloud Makes DJ's Lives Easier with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes, Hercules Integrations

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has partnered with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes and Hercules, to connect its music catalog with these popular DJ performance software platforms.

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Rules For Success For Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [George Howard]

2While blockchain has long been thought of as God-send and natural fit for the music industry, the budding technology has yet to live up to the hype surrounding it. In his "Howard Test," George Howard outlines what it will take for the technology to reach its potential.

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Hospital Creates Spotify Playlist Perfect For CPR

CPRImageA Spotify playlist created by NewYork - Presbyterian Hospital, contains only songs with 100 and 120 beats per minute, the perfect rate to perform CPR to. The diverse playlist includes wonderfully appropriate songs like the Bee Gees' "Stayin’ Alive" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and some so, like Mariah Carey’s "Heartbreaker." 

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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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MUSIC GEEK ALERT! Winamp is Making A Comeback As All-In-One Player

image from pbs.twimg.comMusic player Winamp has been around almost since the turn of the century. As the app that helped bring mp3's into the mainstream, Winamp fans - still 1 million strong - are a nostalgic and loyal bunch. After almost being killed under AOL ownership, Winamp was last updated in 2013, until now.

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Soundbetter Paid $12M To Musicians, Producers In 18 Months

image from www.anomalymusicgroup.comSoundbetter has paid out more than $12 million to the musicians and production talent that utilize it's platform, most of it in the last 18 months. Soundbetter helps musicians connect with vetted mixing and mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers and studio musicians.

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Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

Mixcloud-logo (1)Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal,  UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIt's been a busy week for the music industry, so we're taking a moment to check back on some of the major events from the past seven days, including the American Music Awards hitting an all time low, some key stats from Spotify's 10th anniversary, the dismissal of Coachella's radius clause lawsuit, and much more!

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Hope In Numbers: 57% 16-24 Year Olds Use Paid Streamer

Headphones.png.625x385_q100The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has released its Music Consumer Insight Report 2018. The study examines how consumers in key demographics engage with recorded music across twenty of the world’s largest markets for music.

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and What Does Mean For You?

Music Modernization Act[UPDATED] The Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump today. The multifaceted legislation had widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of antiquated licensing laws. But what is the MMA and what does it mean for you?

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Industry Reacts As MMA: AIMP, A2IM, Music Biz, ASCAP, SoundExchange, BMI, Sound Royalties

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act is finally the law of the land. With Kid Rock at his side, President Trump signed the bill on Thursday in the White House's Roosevelt Room. Almost universally approved of by the music industry, the multifaceted copyright and royalty legislation passed both Houses of Congress on unanimous voice votes.

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Genius, Apple Music Partner For Lyrics, Player

Apple Music player on Genius — Mobile Web and iOS app viewsThe Genius crowd-driven lyrics database is now available on Apple Music as part of an expanded partnership. Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will also be able to play full tracks from the song page by signing into their Apple Music account.

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