Industry Reacts To Music Modernization Act Senate Passage: SoundExchange, ASCAP, RIAA, c3, More

thumbs up musicThe music industry was quick to react to the United States Senate's unanimous passages of S. 2823 the Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by more than 80 Senators that brings the music licensing system into the digital age.

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Step By Step Guide: How To Submit Music To An Official Spotify Playlist

2Spotify recently gave users the ability to submit their music to officially curated playlists, and as any artist knows, getting your music on these coveted can do wonders for you popularity and exposure. Here we look at how to determine eligibility and the submission process itself.

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Sprint Could Single-Handedly Rescue Tidal As A Platform

2Most streaming platforms have seen their share of woes, but perhaps none more so than TIDAL, which has been plagued with a flagging user base and numerous legal issues. A new partnership with Sprint could change things around for the platform, however, and give TIDAL a fighting chance.

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Pandora Adds 'The Drop' Personalized Playlist - 'Daily Mix' Meets 'Release Radar'

image from public.boxcloud.comPandora has just added The Drop, a personalized playlist for Premium listeners. The new feature uses machine learning to create a custom-built playlist from the artists the user plays the most, alongside new artists. The daily playlist automatically updates as soon as new music is released.

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Music Modernization Act Vote Unlikely Today [UPDATE]

Music Modernization ActUPDATE: The Music Modernization Act is being fast tracked for a voice vote in the Senate. It's a bold strategy that could backfire if even one Senator votes no. Despite earlier reports, it is now unlikely that the vote will happen today.

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50% Active Spotify Free Users Convert To Paid says Spotify CFO Barry McCarthy

Spotify free vs paidHalf the users of Spotify's free ad supported tier convert to Premium paid users, if they stay engaged, Barry McCarthy, Spotify Chief Financial Officer said in an interview at the Goldman Sachs 27th Annual Communacopia Conference Friday.

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Spotify, Nielsen Deal May Mean More Money For Artists

1One of the most valuable types of data for artists and labels is demographic information on exactly who is listening to their music. This is why a new deal being struck between Spotify and Nielsen Research could have implications for not just advertisers, but also artists.

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Amazon Music Adds 'Produced By' Exclusives From Al Green, Margo Price, John Prine, More

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon Music jumps into the streaming exclusives game with a new "Produced By" series. The legendary Al Green's first new recording in more than a decade was released yesterday as part of the series produced Matt Ross-Span.

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Scooter Braun Sues Troy Carter Alleging $10M Loan Default

Troy_CarterA new lawsuit pits Scooter Braun, who manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber against recently departed Storify executive and former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Management Holdings has filed suit against Troy Carter, his wife and his company Atom Factory for fraud and breach after Carter allegedly defaulted on a $10 million loan.  

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Challenge Of Posting Classical Music Without Copyright Violation: A Glimpse Of The Future?

1Despite the composers having died hundreds of years before the concept of copyright violation had even appeared on scene, performers are now finding it difficult to post their performances of the classical works online without receiving notices of copyright infringement, fraudulent though they may be.

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Music Streaming Market Stares Mid-Year 2018 [MIDiA]

MiDIAGrowth in streaming music is very strong, but it's not accelerating, according to a 2018 mid-year report from music industry analyst mark Mulligan and his firm MIDiA. He shares the stats including a deeper dive into the three services driving the growth: Spotify, Apple and Amazon.

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Spotify (Finally) Increases Song Download Limit (A Lot)

Spotify LIMIT REACHEDSpotify has finally increased its much hated 3333 tracks per device and three device limit. It happened quietly in its latest software update software update, with users discovering the change. The streamer has now confirmed the increase. and it's a significant one.

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We're Live Tweeting Music Announcements From Today's Apple Event: How To Watch Online 10AM PT/ 1PM ET

Apple-music-gift-cardHypebot will be live tweeting major announcements from today's Apple Event, with an emphasis on anything music related, starting at 1PM ET / 10AM PT via @hypebot. You can also watch live online, as well. Here's how:

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How To Get On Spotify's User-Generated Playlists

1Playlist doesn't seem to be going away, and while landing on Spotify curated playlists may seem out of reach, their hardly the only option, with user-generated playlists often having hundreds of thousands of followers. Here we look at what artists need to do land spot on one of these coveted lists.

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Apple Music Fixes How It Displays Albums, Singles

Apple music cardsApple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles.  Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.

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Why You Need to Be On Music Streaming Services with Taylor Blasko of INgrooves

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Taylor Blasko, Label Development from INgrooves joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. They discuss what makes INgrooves different from other distributors, what's important when pitching music and why you need to be on music streaming services.

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Apple Music Adds 116 'Top 100' Daily Charts

Apple Music ChartApple Music is adding 116 “Top 100” charts today. Each chart will display the top streamed songs on Apple Music, updated daily. In a demo for Rolling StoneApple execs showed a global chart and a Top 100 chart for every country where Apple Music is available.

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EU Approves Apple's Shazam Acquisition, Watch For New Apple Music Integrations

ShazamEU  regulators have approved Apple’s December 2017 acquisition of music and image recognition app Shazam. The deal should strengthen Apple Music, which is already the second most popular paid music streaming service in the Europe and the US, after Spotify.

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Spotify Sucks At Classical Music, Primephonic Launches with Better Search, Lossless, Per Second Artist Payments

primephonicSpotify is not great if you're a fan of classical music. Not only do you have to put up with Drake on your front page, but its search can't tell between the 3572 versions of Beethoven's 5th. Primephonic has launched to solve those problems.

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Family Plans Return To Bite Spotify, Streaming Platforms

1In an effort to get more users hooked on their services, streaming platforms offered the Family Plan tier, allowing for multiple users on a single monthly bill and, while successful, such deals are now coming back to haunt streaming services in the form of reduced revenue.

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Social Streamer Caffeine Adds $100M, Live Nation Content

caffeine tv logoSocial live streamer Caffeine has announced a $100 million investment round led by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. The much hyped platform, founded by two of Apple's former star designers, also announced a partnership with concert giant Live Nation.

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