Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Done

1The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes. Chris Castle writes that Spotify's Daniel Ek is leaving Westergren in the financial dust with a monthly windfall of $20 million.

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Spotify + DistroKid On Road To A Two Sided Marketplace

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comWith news that Spotify had invested in DistroKid and offer it as a distribution conduit to other music services, came speculation as to the music streamer's greater motives.  MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan sees the move as part of Spotify’s strategy to work way up music's value chain by "a) removing some of the distribution component and b) entering into direct relationships with artists."  But how will the record labels react?

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Evaride Talks Hustling Their Way To A Debut Streaming Hit [INTERVIEW]

2Although already experienced musicians in some unusual ways, the band Evaride here sat down to talk with AWAL about their music and how they managed to hustle their way into debuting a streaming hit.

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SoundCloud Makes DJ's Lives Easier with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes, Hercules Integrations

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has partnered with Native Instruments, Serato, Virtual DJ, DEX3, Mixvibes and Hercules, to connect its music catalog with these popular DJ performance software platforms.

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Hospital Creates Spotify Playlist Perfect For CPR

CPRImageA Spotify playlist created by NewYork - Presbyterian Hospital, contains only songs with 100 and 120 beats per minute, the perfect rate to perform CPR to. The diverse playlist includes wonderfully appropriate songs like the Bee Gees' "Stayin’ Alive" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and some so, like Mariah Carey’s "Heartbreaker." 

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Spotify Lists Preferred Distributors, Just 5 Make Cut

Spotify newSpotify recently surprised many by offering no cost music uploads to the service to all artist. Still, most artists and labels will choose to use a distributor for their other services and because they need them to get on other music services. So to help those artists, Spotify offers a list of Preferred Distributors; and just five make the cut.

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How Playlist Pitching Really Works On Apple Music

2In this new music economy, pitching to playlists has become an essential part of a musicians promotion, as solid streaming placement can often propel an artist toward major success. Here we look behind the curtain at what the pitching process is actually like when it comes to Apple Music.

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Consumers Worldwide Still Listen To A Lot Of Music Says IFPI Study

1A new report from the IFPI has confirmed suspicions that, yes, a lot a of people are listening to a lot of music, a lot of the time. While this may not be much of a surprise, the annual report does provide some interesting additional data on when and where listeners across the globe are consuming their music.

 

 

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Female Performers Get Just 5% Of Country Music Consumption

No-womenThe statistics for women in country music could not be more stark.  Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic.

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$2.7B Yearly Loss From Illegal Music Streaming By Businesses

Money on fireArtists and record labels are losing $2.7 billion in revenue each year because many small business owners use their $10 per month personal accounts to stream music in their retail shops and cafes, rather than pay for a $35 per month commercial license.

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Radio In The Time Of Streaming: Chartmetric’s RadioWave Top 300 Data

1As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market.

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Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

Mixcloud-logo (1)Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal,  UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform.

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Key Industry Players Uninvited To All Male MMA Signing At White House

image from www.tendersontime.comRecording Academy chief Neil Portnow was introduced by Trump as, "in the world of music [he] is big stuff." But key industry players were invited, then uninvited to the signing of the bipartisan Music Modernization Act 

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Hope In Numbers: 57% 16-24 Year Olds Use Paid Streamer

Headphones.png.625x385_q100The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has released its Music Consumer Insight Report 2018. The study examines how consumers in key demographics engage with recorded music across twenty of the world’s largest markets for music.

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and What Does Mean For You?

Music Modernization Act[UPDATED] The Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump today. The multifaceted legislation had widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of antiquated licensing laws. But what is the MMA and what does it mean for you?

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Industry Reacts As MMA: AIMP, A2IM, Music Biz, ASCAP, SoundExchange, BMI, Sound Royalties

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act is finally the law of the land. With Kid Rock at his side, President Trump signed the bill on Thursday in the White House's Roosevelt Room. Almost universally approved of by the music industry, the multifaceted copyright and royalty legislation passed both Houses of Congress on unanimous voice votes.

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Sony, Warner Music Invest In Tencent Ahead Of IPO

1While Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment's announcement that it was planning to go public in the US was in and of itself major news, a revelation that both Sony and Warner Music would each be dropping a cool 200 million on the company before they even filed has served to further spice things up in the industry.

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Genius, Apple Music Partner For Lyrics, Player

Apple Music player on Genius — Mobile Web and iOS app viewsThe Genius crowd-driven lyrics database is now available on Apple Music as part of an expanded partnership. Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will also be able to play full tracks from the song page by signing into their Apple Music account.

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Kanye West, Kid Rock To Join Trump Today For Music Modernization Act Signing

KidPresident Trump is expected to sign the Music Modernization Act at 11:45 ET today, Thursday October 11th.  Kanye West,  who has been confirmed for lunch at The White House today, will be joined by Kid Rock for the signing, according to multiple sources.

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WATCH: Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Today At 11:45 ET with Kanye West, Kid Rock At His Side

image from www.gstatic.comPresident Trump is signing the Music Modernization Act at 11:45 ET today, Thursday October 11th. Kanye West, Kid Rock and music industry leaders are expected to attend.  Watch Trump Sign Music Modernization Act Today At 11:45ET:

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Spotify Shares Most Streamed Songs Of Last 10 Years

Spotify newOctober marks 10 years since the launch of Spotify. The streamer is celebrating the milestone with a “Decade of Discovery,” a decade-long look back at some of the biggest discoveries in music, as told through the lens of Spotify artists and fan insights, including the most globally streamed artist of the decade, the top 10 songs annually the past ten years and the first artists to hit a billion streams.

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DistroKid Scores 'Significant Investment' From Silversmith

DistoKid logoIndie music distributor DistroKid has received "a significant investment" from Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm. DistroKid currently serves 250,000 independent musicians with digital distribution, as well as, royalty collection and management. 

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