Apple Music Scores Ed Sheeran Documentary Exclusive [VIDEO]

image from i.ytimg.comApple Music will be the exclusive home for a new official Ed Sheeran documentary. It's a big win that should draw new subscribers to Apple Music, as the battle for exclusive content among streamers clearly shifts from music to video. 

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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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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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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are And What Causes Them?

1As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.

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How To Be A Responsible Music Fan In The Streaming Era [VIDEO]

responsiblePayments to artists for streaming music do not come close to equalling income from downloads, at least in the short term. To make matters worse, the top 10% tracks account for 99% of all streams on Spotify. That means that the vast majority of tracks on the service get less than 1% of total plays. So, in the age of streaming, what can a responsible fan do to support the music they love?

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Who Owns The Publishing Rights To Your Music, And How Is The Money Split?

1As a writer of music, you may be curious where the money comes from when your composition is consumed, whether via streaming, live performance, or any other medium. Here Chris Robley breaks down exactly who owns what, and where the money goes.

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Spotify Playlists, Influencer Marketing, YouTube Placement: Case Study Of Indie Band Victors

1In this case study, the team at Burstimo worked to raise the profile of the band Victors to the next level, by hitting hard on YouTube, Spotify, industry influencers, and social media as whole. Here we explore the story of their success.

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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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Spotify Blog Post Promotes DIY vs Label Release

free at lastThe Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels. 

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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: Kim Dotcom • ANiUTa Anime Music • Eurovision Song Suit • Spotify Hires • Eventbrite + MJR

Quick HitsDotcom Deportation - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom (real name Kim Schmitz) has lost his latest legal bid to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges. New Zealand’s Court of Appeal upheld earlier court rulings that found Kim and three of his colleagues (Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato) were eligible to be handed over to U.S. authorities.

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Stem Offers Digital Music Distribution Alternative

2Founded in 2015, Stem.is is a unique digital aggregator which submits your music to all major streaming services and, unlike most other digital aggregators, has a more streamlined payment process, meaning you and your collaborators can earn royalties with fewer accounting hassles.

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Streaming Changes Everything For Music Catalogs

Question-markMost labels and many musicians thrive because of their hits, but survive over time because of their catalog.  But as MIDiA analyst Mak Mulligan points out, streaming , which offers access to 35 million track library and a 'small royalty income forever' business model, changes the value of music catalogs in ways that we're just beginning to understand.

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10 Most Popular Modern July 4th Songs

4thThis July 4th, "America The Beautiful" is being replaced for many music fans by  songs like Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem," Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A and Toby Keith - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,  each of which see massive spikes On YouTube on the Fourth of July compared to their daily average views.

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Drake's 'Scorpion' Smashes Streaming Records, But Some Denounce Excessive Marketing

Drake“Drake’s new album Scorpion is currently being streamed over 10 million times per hour,” Spotify tweeted Friday. By days end, the album's 25 tracks had been streamed more than 132 million times - a debut day record. Drake's streams on Apple Music were even stronger.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Music Modernization Act, Industry Reacts

Music Modernization Act[UPDATED] The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act, including the CLASSICS Act. The comprehensive legislations updates music licensing laws for the streaming era.

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Pandora Plus, Premium Now Included In Billboard Charts

1The inclusion of Pandora Radio in the Billboard Hot 100 has had a noticeable impact, demonstrating just how high the level of music consumption on the service is. But the change continues with news that Pandora's Premium and Plus tiers, as well as YouTube Music, will now also be included.

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Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) To Announce Financial Results

Spotify new rectangleSpotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) will announce its  second quarter 2018 financial results and letter to shareholders on Thursday, July 26, 2018 before market open. The music streamer went public in April and each report to investors has provided insights into its inner workings and future plans. 

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Merlin Pays Out $500M As Indies Score With Streaming

Merlin-logo-one-with-strapline-copyMerlin's payments to its 20,000 label members has surpassed $500 million annually, according the 10th anniversary  report just released by the global indie music licensor.  A dive into the data shows an indie sector that, by some measures, is benefiting from the streaming revolution even more than their major label counterparts.

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The Business Of Streaming Music [PODCAST]

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoDavid Turner, the author of the newsletter Penny Fractions. David joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast in a discussion about the business of streaming music, the issues to data standardization and the problem with streaming services being gamed.

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