Included with Spotify's annual lists of artists, albums, tracks and trends that topped the service in 2016, was a note that the music streamer's Discover Weekly playlists had been streamed more than 9 billion times as of the end of November.
Although it was originally billed as being an artist-friendly service crammed with exclusive content, Tidal's success on both counts is questionable and now, in addition to its tepid launch and low subscription numbers, the service is the subject of a Prince Estate lawsuit, after the company allegedly streamed the artist's catalog without authorization.
YouTube can be one of the most important resources for up and coming artists. Whether you are covering songs, or putting out your own music, it is essential you build your niche market and crowd. By putting your own spin on something new or old you can create a following and fanbase that will launch your career.
[UPDATED] When Irving Azoff launched Global Music Rights, he promised to battle what many see as too low payments from Pandora, YouTube and other free music streamers, and an impressive group of songwriter's signed on. But a group representing 10,000 U.S. radio stations, say Azoff's tactics are “anti-competitive."
After years of being a very vocal critics of free music, first on Napster and more recently on Spotify, Metallica has now reversed course and fully embraced the practice. On Friday, the release day for their new album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" the band made every song and an accompanying video available to stream free on YouTube.