Tweeting that Spotify "took away my promotion," Nicki Minaj lashed out after her new album "Queen" failed to debut at #1. Minaj also called out Drake and Travis Scott during an epic series of tweets. Now, Spotify has responded to the accusations.
Nicki Minaj has lashed out at Spotify, saying that the streamer "took away my promotion" after her new album "Queen" failed to debut at #1. Minaj also dragged Drake and Travis Scott into the controversy during an epic series of tweets.
Apple a master at dribbling out music users stats at just the right moment, like during a product launch, investor call or just as the media seems ready to crown Spotify the winner of the streaming wars. Buts it has never even hinted at how many people actually listen to its much touted Beats 1 live DJ powered streaming radio station.
Music industry journalist Cherie Hu joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Bis Weekly podcast. Cherie is passionate about documenting and propelling innovation in music, media and entertainment.
[UPDATED] CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well.
Spotify has drawn fire for making direct deals with artists. But while it might offer a higher net royalty rate, are these deals really good for artists overall vs. the clout of a major label. This fascinating Chartmetric analysis looks at the numbers.
23 Prince Albums, New 'Anthology' Available On Spotify, Apple Music and Other Streamers For 1st Time
Twenty three Prince albums are now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other music streamers for first time. The superstar singer/songwriter was a vocal critic of music streaming, with YouTube a particular target.
While streaming is often slammed for how little money it brings in, it turns out that this is more an issue for the artists, and the major companies behind the music like Sony and Universal are pulling down plenty of cash from streaming.
Amazon Music has hired veteran label and digital executive Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. Label Relations. He will be based in New York with a focus on label relations including the key markets of Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.
Given that the future of music consumption seems to lie largely in streaming, why are so many major record companies choosing to offload their stock in Spotify now, one of streaming's biggest and most well established players?
Pandora has partnered with T-Mobile to offer a free one year Pandora Plus subscription. But the promotion only last a single day - August 28th.Pandora Plus is an ad-free music streaming service that allows unlimited skips, replay songs and offline stations.
With streaming now the dominant form of music consumption, labels and artists have been adapting their promotional strategies. Here we explore how to run a Presave/Pre-Add campaign for your next release.
After adding songwriter and producer credits to its desktop app in February, Spotify has finally added them to its iOS app, amid increasing pressure to improve the accuracy of its metadata and add additional credits.
The "Mastered For iTunes" label is a badge of sonic approval that you see on most major label tracks and almost none from idie and D.I.Y. artists. A new add-on service from DistroKid makes it possible for any artist to get the "Mastered For iTunes" certification.
Earlier this month Deezer added $185 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. New investors include a top Middle Eastern music and media company poised to give the streamer a distinct competitive advantage on the region.
By this point Spotify has become a ubiquitous part of the music industry, but as with so many programs, there's more to it than what's on the surface. Here we look at five less well known Spotify features that can help you get the most out of the platform, whether you're a musician, or just a listener.
Every band and artist wants a clean profile look on their profile. Whether you've fired your old bassist or simply need a fresh look, this guide provides step by step instructions on how to update your image on all the major streaming platforms.
Spotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to music.
Music and media industry analysts MIDiA have just published a report that dives deep into how streaming is, and in some cases is not, gaining traction in emerging markets. The report, summarized here, focuses on Russia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, China and India.
A major Spotify and Samsung partnership makes the streamer the prefered music partner across all of the company's consumer products. The South Korean tech giant manufacturers phones, tablets, computers, smart watches, speakers and other popular consumer electronics. Samsung is seen as Apple's top rival.
Early investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio. Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment.
The music industry is undergoing a major resurgence as measured by all indicators except one, according to an extensive study published by Citi GPS. Left behind are the musicians, whose creations make the rest of the music industry possible, but who are receiving less than 12% of the annual revenue.
Apple CEO Tim Cook clearly had Spotify and its algorithmically driven playlists in mind when he said: “We worry about the humanity being drained out of music, about it becoming a bits-and-bytes kind of world instead of the art and craft.” But are Cook's anti-Spotify comments fair?
Audius has raised a $5.5 million to use blockchain and cryptocurrency to assure that artists are paid fairly. It's a pitch made repeatedly by numerous startups in recent months, but Audius now has the capital to actually move this game-changing concept forward.
Accurately assessing just how much revenue you'll be able to pull down from a playlist placement can be difficult to determine, but with some careful analysis, Chris Robley at least shows us how to make an educated guess.
“We’re not in it for the money,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook about the tech giant's loss leader Apple Music service. While these are enough to concern Daniel Ek, it is Cook's dismal of 'bits-and-bytes' streaming that the Spotify CEO will likely find the most upsetting.