Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) will announce its second quarter 2018 financial results and letter to shareholders on Thursday, July 26, 2018 before market open. The music streamer went public in April and each report to investors has provided insights into its inner workings and future plans.
Merlin's payments to its 20,000 label members has surpassed $500 million annually, according the 10th anniversary report just released by the global indie music licensor. A dive into the data shows an indie sector that, by some measures, is benefiting from the streaming revolution even more than their major label counterparts.
David Turner, the author of the newsletter Penny Fractions. David joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast in a discussion about the business of streaming music, the issues to data standardization and the problem with streaming services being gamed.
Spotify has announced that it will be taking its popular ¡Viva Latino! playlist on the road. The tour, produced in partnership with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), will feature performances by Daddy Yankee, Jowell y Randy, Bad Bunny, Becky G and Natti Natasha and is set to kick off at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Thursday, August 23.
Spotify stock is up and one reason is excitement over aggressive moves into original content and direct deals with artists. The latest signal is the announcement that Condé Nast's innovative new media executive Dawn Ostroff has been named the music streamer's new Chief Content Officer.
Spotify stock rose 3.24% Tuesday, closing at $175.98. That's an 11.5% jump in the last month at a time when the overall S&P 500 rose just +0.22%. The increase came after Barclays began analysis of the stock with a solid buy rating and prediction of strong future growth.
Even as YouTube launched it's much anticipated music service, its core user-generated video business was being threatened. The EU Parliament is seriously considering overturning basic provisions of the safe harbor framework under which YouTube operates; and the idea is gaining traction in the US.
At least 10 popular Twitch gamers have been kicked off the Twitch streaming platform for 24 hours affter allegingedly playing copyrighted music during their streams, and all of the complaints appear to come from a single source.
As streaming settles in to become the established medium of music consumption, the inevitable issue of fraud is rearing its ugly head. In this piece Kevin Cornell provides a quick breakdown of streaming fraud and what you, as an artist, need to know.
While cover art no longer carries quite the same weight as it once did (with music less often purchased as a physical product) it remains an essential part of the marketing puzzle. Here we look at the guidelines for when it comes to putting your music on streaming services.
Given the high volume of music being churned out these days, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd on platforms like SoundCloud or Spotify, regardless of how good your music is. Here we look at some more unconventional avenues for online promotion that may have an increased likelihood of attracting attention.
With Spotify now one of the most popular platforms for music consumption, figuring out how to get your music placed on one of the streaming services coveted playlists has become the Holy Grail for up-and-coming musicians. Here we look at some advice on cracking the playlist code.
After noticing that many of its artists weren't utilizing the streaming platform's full potential, Spotify has a launched a new series of helpful videos intended to direct artists on how to take full advantage of their artist specific site.
Just days after the AT&T Time Warner merger, the combined company is rolling out new video and music offerings to its mobile subscribers. Starting Tuesday, June 26, 142 million AT&T subscribers will have access to Pandora's on-demand music service and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Create Playlists Simultaneously on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Napster, More Free with Soundsgood
Playlist distribution and sharing app Soundgood has announced a new integration with Napster and an improved integration with Apple Music. The app, which enables playlist distribution and updates to multiple streamers simultaneously, is used by 19,000 influencers and music companies.
Spotify details how artists are utilizing the streaming platform as a tool to reward their most devoted fans through their experimental Fans First team, which gives listener's a chance to personally connect with their idols.
Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play.
Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy offers an alternative interpretation of Spotify's recent stock behavior, including how the streamer is taking a much tougher approach with labels and other rights holders.
Is Troy Carter leaving Spotify? Rumor spread that Spotfiy's global head of creator services was leaving after the streamer's new 'hate and hurtful' policy banned XXXTentacion, R Kelly and others from official playlists. While concerned that the policy smacked of censorship, Carter denied the rumors. Now, they've resurfaced with a destination attached to the move.
XXXTentacion was pronounced dead following a robbery and shooting in south Florida. As news of his death spread, Spotify, which just weeks before had banned the controversial 20 year old rapper from its official playlists after accusations of domestic violence, added two of his tracks to the top of the RapCaviar playlist, which has 9.7 million followers.
YouTube's newest subscription service, YouTube Music, is now available to all users in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, in addition to 12 new countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Garrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can help grow their audiences. But does it work?
The recorded music industry has been on the up and up for the past few years, seeing double digit growth thanks to the magic of streaming. As with so many good things, however, doomsayers at Sony are predicting this precipitous growth will soon come to an end.
"Everything Is Love" by The Carters, the first joint release by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, is now available to stream on Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music. The roll out to other music services comes less that 36 hours after the album was released as a Tidal streaming exclusive. LISTEN:
Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprised fans and the industry with the release of their first joint album on Saturday afternoon. The announcement came at the end of the duo’s London show on their joint "On the Run Tour II" with the casual announcement: “Album Out Now.”
Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales.
[UPDATED] Landing songs on the playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers has become the holy grail of music marketing. Industry veteran Jay Gilbert interviewed some of his peers to create a compendium of how to make it happen, or at least improve your chances.
Two respected executives at Spotify are exiting the music streamer, and at least one is headed for Apple Music. The pair join a handful of others in what could be a growing trend, as Spotify staffers cash out stock options and are lured by lucrative offers in an increasingly competition streaming sector.