Alicia Keys recently joined the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Guns N’ Roses and many more who want you off your phone at their events by turning to Silicon Valley startup Yondr – a company dedicated to creating "phone-free spaces" at concerts, events and other places. They're not alone, as more musicians and entertainers are speaking out at the interference phones are presenting at live shows. What's really going on here? Can it be argued that rampant narcissism at live events is getting out of hand these days?
Pandora’s New Music Stations surpassed 1 million station adds in 24 hours after launching last Wednesday. That's an impressive milestone and great exposure for the emerging artists added weekly to these stations.
[UPDATED] With current royalty deals already leading to unprofitable businesses, Spotify, Pandora and other music streamers have been turning to add-ons to try to keep artist and labels happy. For Spotify, that's meant free robust analytics thanks to its acquisition of The Echo Nest, and concert listings with buy links via Songkick.
[UPDATE 3] international music streaming service Guvera has been hemorrhaging cash; and its best, though risky, hope was to go to the public markets. that plan was dashed, after an rare rejection ASX, the Australian version of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Now the partied have agreed to meet.
Just days after we broke the story of major layoffs, music streamer Rhapsody has confirmed that it will rebrand as Napster in the US. The company had already been using the Napster brand, which it acquired in 2011, in other countries.
As more listeners discover music through streaming playlists on services like Spotify, many of the service's users are scrambling to create and promote their own custom playlists within in the service, but they're not always doing so particularly well. Here we look at some incorrect methods for promoting a Spotify playlist that should be avoided.
First, thank-you for helping us amass more than 52K Twitter followers (52,626 to be exact). We're live tweeting all the announcements live during today's Apple WWDC conference starting at 10AM PT/1PM ET. Join us @hypebot. We'll also post the music announcements right after the keynote. In the meantime, here's what to expect.
Following the filing of a class action lawsuit against Spotify, the popular streaming service announced that it had reached a landmark deal with the NMPA which it quickly tried to get publishers and songwriters to sign on to, a deal which is rife with problems, says the respected Future Of Music Coalition.
Just day's after learning that Radiohead's newest album "A Moon Shaped Pool" would be available on Spotify June 17th, their breakthrough release "In Rainbows" arrived on the streamer. It's a surprising turn for a band that has been vocal over its concerns about streaming. But the real surprise is the revelations about a deal that Radiohead almost made with Spotify. More here.