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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LANDR Adds Royalty Free Samples From Dirty Projectors, More

Landr-new-logoLANDR has launched "Samples" to provide royalty-free samples to the 1.7 million producers using the AI driven automated mastering service. The company partnered with  Dirty Projectors, Marc Houle, Pan-Pot, Mike & Keys, Jazzfeezy and others to offer a curated set of exclusive samples.

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SoundExchange Launches Music Data Exchange To Connect Label, Publisher Metadata

Sound-exchange-logo[UPDATED] SoundExchange has launched Music Data Exchange (MDX), a free software application designed to facilitate the exchange of sound recording and publishing data and ownership claims between record labels and music publishers. 

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From Living Room To Live Room: Recording Studio Breakdown [INFOGRAPHIC]

1This informative infographic reveals the principles and construction behind some of the most famous recording studios in the world, as well as revealing the principles and components necessary to construct a studio in your own home.

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Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Amasses $30M War Chest To Shakeup Ticketing

image from celebrityaccess.comFormer Ticketmaster exec Nathan Hubbard recently announced plans to take on the ticketing giant with the formation of a brand new company he’s calling Rival. The Los Angeles-based startup has raised more than $30 million in venture capital over the last 18 months.

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TIDAL Inflated 'Hundreds Of Millions' Beyoncé, Kanye Streams [Report]

Tidal logoTIDAL is being accused of inflating streaming stats for two of its most visible artists/partners, Beyonce and Kanye West. The millions of false plays resulted in overpayments to the two superstars at the expense of other artists, according to a study of leaked documents by a Norwegian newspaper.

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Instagram To Add Music To Posts, Code Reveals

InstagramInstagram is planning to launch new features that allow users to add music, according to an analysis of code found within the Instagram Android app. The reveal comes just days after Instagram announced that it had teamed with Spotify to post the tracks they were currently listening to Stories.

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Live Nation, Ticketmaster To Use Troubling Facial Recognition To Track Concert Goers

image from static1.squarespace.comLive Nation and its ticketing arm Ticketmaster have announced that it has invested in facial recognition technology and will introduce it into its venues. The concert and ticket giants are teaming up with Blink Identity, a company that specializes in facial recognition technology, so that concert-goers will no longer need to scan a digital or paper ticket.

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Will YouTube Streaming Music Service Launch At Google I/O.? [UPDATED]

YouTube Music logoUPDATE: YouTube's new music service did not launch so far at Google I/O. - YouTube has promised a new paid music streaming service for months, as part of a plan to counter objections from artists and labels that feel the Google owned company pays too little for music. .

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiBefore moving on to what will doubtless be another full week of music industry news, we're revisiting several major stories from the past week including the #1 iPhone app you've never heard of, consumer's demands that Adidas sever ties with Kanye, music alarming gender gap, and more.

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Midemlab Names 2018 Finalists: The Future Of Music Tech

image from cdn.pixabay.comMidemlab has named 20 finalists for 2018. Now that SXSW has downgraded the category, this startup competition is, along with a handful music tech incubators like LA's Techstars Music, Nashville's Project Music and London's Abbey Road Red, the best early indicator of what's coming next in music tech. 

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