Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, Orchard, Deezer, Others Sued For Copyright Infringement

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwSony, Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Google, Microsoft, Orchard, Deezer, Shazam, MediaNet, CD Universe and Saavn are being sued for copyright infringement by a South African musician.

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Troy Carter Denies Spotify Exit, Admits To Disagreement

TroyCarterAfter Spotify announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy last week that resulted in R. Kelly and others being downgraded on  the platform, the rumor mill went into overdrive that Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, was leaving the company in protest.

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TIDAL Denies Streaming Fraud, But Not Late Payments

Tidal logoJust days after it was reported that Beyoncé and Kanye West's TIDAL streaming stats had been manipulated with hundreds of millions of false plays, the music streamer denied the claim and launched an investigation into the data breach. TIDAL did not, however, address multiple reports that it was months behind in payments to record labels and rights holders.

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Spotify, Apple Music and The Future Of Ad Supported Streaming [Zach Fuller, MIDiA]

FreemusicMusicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio.  

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Is YouTube Finally Serious About Music Subscriptions?

YouTube Music logoAfter several attempts that failed to gain traction, YouTube is taking another stab at something the record labels insist it must - get people to pay to stream music. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at why Google cares about subscription streaming and the new service's chance of success.

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Billboard Hot 100 To Measure Streams Differently

1The relevancy of the Billboard Hot 100 has long been argued by those operating in and around the music industry, receiving particular criticism for the weight which it gives to streaming, something which Billboard is hoping to fix in newly instituted alterations to their measurement system.

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Revamped YouTube Music Free and Premium Launches Tues.

YouTube MusicYouTube's promised reboot of its music and video services will launch on Tuesday armed with new features. Borrowing from the Spotify playbook, a freemium ad-supported version of the new service will be used to lure $9.99 per month subscribers.

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YouTube Adds Artist, Songwriter Credits To 500M Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publishers credits to more than half a billion videos.  In addition to official music videos, the credits are being added to user generated content and virtually any YouTube video that uses recorded music.

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Tidal's Troubles Mount: Late Payments Join Streaming Massive Manipulation Charges

Tidal logoJust days after Norwegian investigative journalists accused TIDAL of a massive manipulation of streaming data, multiple sources are reporting both underpayments and late payments from the streamer. At least two performing rights organizations are now calling for action including a criminal investigation and audits.

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Pandora Learns More Ads Doesn't Mean More Subscribers

2Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.

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Apple Music Has 50M Subscribers, Up 2M In Single Month

Apple music cardsApple Music now has 50 million subscribers, CEO Tim Cook shared in a wide ranging Bloomberg interview. That's up 2 million since April when a leaked Apple memo revealed 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million currently a part of the music streamer's 90 day free trial.

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Is Troy Carter Leaving Spotify Over New Hate Content Policy?

TroyCarterTroy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, is rumored to be leaving the company, according to multiple sources. Carter is apparently upset over how the music streamer handled partial censorship of music by R. Kelly and  XXXTentacion and the implementation of a new ""Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy.

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TIDAL Referred To Norwegian Police Over Beyonce, Kanye West Streaming Manipulation

image from www.hypebot.comNorwegian performing rights organization Tono has asked local police to investigate TIDAL, after a reports that the music streamer falsified hundreds of millions of plays of the music of Beyoncé and Kanye West.

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Could Spotify Buy Universal? Should It? [MARK MULLIGAN]

UMG squareVivendi has been openly exploring spinning off Universal Music Group. Publically the talk is of a possible IPO, but the rumor mill has spun out several scenarios, including a purchase by Apple or Alibaba. But what if Spotify bought UMG? Could that bold move solve its ongoing profitability problem?

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How Spotify Can Suck Less For Streaming Than YouTube

1New numbers have revealed that YouTube is more popular than every other streaming service combined, and while there's some suspicion regarding these numbers, there remains a great deal that Spotify could do to make itself a little more user friendly to consumers.

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Warner Music Quietly Launches Free Tunecore Competitor

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has quietly launched a digital music distribution service that is a direct competitor to Tunecore, CDBaby and DistroKid. Level Music, which WMG has never announced it's involvement is live online, accepting artists and offering some additional service.

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SoundExchange, RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, Others Voice Strong Support Of Senate's Music Modernization Act

thumbs up musicThe bipartisan Music Modernization Act was introduced in the US Senate today. It closely mimics the House version which passed recently on a unanimous vote.  As with the previous bill, music industry trade groups lined up in strong support.

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7 Tips For Turning Playlist Placement Into Long Term Streaming Activity

3With streaming the dominant form of music consumption, landing a good playlist placement has become a Holy Grail for artists. In order to avoid flash in the pan popularity, however, it's important to spin that placement out and position yourself for long terms success. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby details how.

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Spotify Updates Hate Content Policy, Pulls R. Kelly From Playlists

no R KellySpotify has announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy, and among the first artists is effected is R. Kelly. Multiple women have come forward in recent weeks accusing the rapper of sexual abuse and running a "sex cult." 

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TIDAL Calls Inflated Streams Report 'Smear Campaign'

image from 1ourvoicemag.comEarlier today, we reported that TIDAL had been accused of inflating streaming stats for Beyonce and Kanye West. Hundreds of millions of false plays for superstars were reported to the trades, according to a study of leaked Tidal data by a Norwegian newspaper.

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TIDAL Inflated 'Hundreds Of Millions' Beyoncé, Kanye Streams [Report]

Tidal logoTIDAL is being accused of inflating streaming stats for two of its most visible artists/partners, Beyonce and Kanye West. The millions of false plays resulted in overpayments to the two superstars at the expense of other artists, according to a study of leaked documents by a Norwegian newspaper.

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