Lyrics Drive 'Lean Forward' Streaming Music Consumption [MIDiA Survey]

image from pixabay.comStreaming is taking over music. Discovery, consumption and monetization are now all dominated by a delivery system that barely existed a decade ago. We're just starting to understand how consumers interact with streaming, what delights them, and what makes them want to dive deeper. A new MIDiA survey for LyricFind offers insights.

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Spotify Launches Indie Label Spotlights On Facebook

image from img.discogs.comSpotify has launched a new series that spotlights independent record labels with a short Warp Records video history lesson from artist and record producer Nightmares On Wax posted on Facebook.  “Lots more label stories to come,” shared Lucy Blair from Spotify's label services team. WATCH:

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Streaming Music Payment Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains [David Lowery]

Arrows downMusician and artists advocate David Lowery has been sharing an analysis of the streaming royalties that he receives as the principle songwriter and leader of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven since 2014.  Every year they offer an important snapshot of trends that effect all artists and rightsholders.

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Help Build A Public Directory Of Spotify Playlists

image from pixabay.comWe are helping Michael Brandvold build a directory of Spotify playlist owners, so anyone releasing new music can reach out and present their new music. If  you have a playlist and are willing to get submissions for new music to add to your playlist, just fill out the form here and we will include you in a directory of playlist owners.

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Get Your Music On Spotify Playlists: Here's How

2As the number one streaming service in an industry where streaming is now king, Spotify has become and essential platform for artists, and for musicians looking to get their music heard on a more global scale, nothing is more important than landing your tunes on a coveted Spotify playlist.

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Get On Spotify Playlists Without Selling Your Soul

1Making money in the music industry has always been a challenge, particularly now with physical sales in a nosedive and radio in decline. But streaming has emerged as an opportunity for artists to earn a meaningful amount of money from their work, particularly if they land on the right playlists.

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Jimmy Iovine Denies Apple Exit, Says Streamers Must Create Original Content To Compete

image from www.worksafetysolutions.co.uk"I'm in the band," says Jimmy Iovine, adding that he has no plans to leave Apple. His pushback came after multiple sources reported that the former Beats executive and record industry mogul would exit in August after his final stock vetted and employment contract expired. 

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HuffPo Pulls Post Critical Of Spotify - Read It Here

image from blog.radware.com"Artists Rights advocate Blake Morgan (#IRespectMusic) published a story in the Huffington Post this morning critical of Spotify", writes David Lowery on his Trichordist blog. "The story was rapidly gaining traction when it was suddenly deleted and Morgan received this email from the Huffington Post:"

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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Spotify Makes Minty Fresh New Home For EDM

4While many popular dance music genres have risen up and flared out in a relatively brief span of time EDM appears to, in many ways, be hanging on better than most thanks in part to the carefully curated mint playlist on Spotify, currently the streaming platform's sixth most popular of all its playlists.

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Democrats Set To Force Vote to Save Net Neutrality

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe end of net neutrality has wide reaching implications for the musicians, music tech and the broader music industry. The Trump controlled FCC has gutted the regulation, which guaranteed equal access to the internet. Now Democrats in Congress, using the Congressional Review Act, are offering a glimmer of hope that it can be saved.

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Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre To Net $700M As Apple Stock Vests

image from www.missinfo.tvJimmy Iovine and Doctor Dre became billionaires when Apple bought Beats in 2014, paying $3 billion - $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock. In August, when that stock vests and their employment contracts end, the pair are poised to net more than $700 million, thanks to growth in Apple stock. 

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iHeartRadio Passes 110 Million Registered Users, Unveils Updates At CES

iheartradio usersiHeartRadio has surpassed 110 million registered users. That's up 10 million from March of last year and on top of the 250 million that tune in to their 850 broadcast stations in 150 markets across the country. 

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Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Eventbrite Go To Court To Protect Net Neutrality

net neutrality legal actionThe more than 50 members of  the Internet Association which include Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Eventbrite, Netflix, Twitter, Microsoft, Snap and others has pledged to lead legal action to stop the FCC's recent rule changes that effectively gut net neutrality.

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Spotify Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom Exits

Stefan BllomSpotify’s Chief Content Officer, Stefan Blom, is leaving the music streamer, the company confirms. Along with Kevin Brown, Blom is the second top Spotify executive to leave the company over the last few weeks, as it finalizes plans for an IPO while fighting a $1.6 billion lawsuit, alongside several smaller legal actions.

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YouTube's Lyor Cohen Says He'll Make You "Rich & Famous"

Lyor cohenYouTube's often controversial Head Of Music Lyor Cohen says in a profile for AdAge that he's developed a simple sales pitch for meetings with artists, managers and labels executives skeptical of the music streamer: "We're going to make you rich and famous."

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How The Wixen Lawsuit Impacts Spotify's Upcoming Public Stock Offering

Spotify legalSince Wixen Music Publishing filed its $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify, speculation has run rampant as to how this and other court actions would hurt Spotify's nearing IPO.  Spotify isn't commenting, but industry analyst Mark Mulligan has taken a look at all we know and come to some interesting and  - for Spotify - concerning conclusions.

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Grime Is Now An Official Category On Spotify

Grime on SpotifyGrime, a popular musical genre that did not exist prior to 2002, is now an official category on Spotify. The addition of Grime makes it easier for fans of the genre to find playlists and music on the streamer. The announcement came in two tweets from Senior Spotify Programmer Austin Darbo. 

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Jimmy Iovine To Exit Apple In August, 4 Years After The $3 Billion Beats Deal

jimmyJimmy Iovine will leave Apple in August, according to multiple sources. The exit comes just months past four years after Apple bought the Iovine and Dr. Dre led Beats headphone manufacturer and streaming music service; and is likely timed to match the full vetting of his stock options and Apple employment contract.

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