Hi-Rez Streamer Qobuz Names CEO, Plots Summer US Launch

image from i0.wp.comQobuz, the EU based high resolution music streaming and download service, has named music-industry vet Yann Miossec as CEO. Miossec was EVP of Warner Music France. and is tasked with expanding into the American market, scheduled for the summer of 2018.

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Shovels And Rope Talk Running Their Own Festival [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview NoiseTrade sat down with indie-folk duo Shovels and Rope to discuss the own managed and curated festival, High Water, a year after its initial launch, as well as what they've learned throughout the process, and what we can expect from the festival in the future.

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Spotify-Backed 'Soundtrack Your Brand' Cuts Direct Deals

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comSpotify-backed music streaming service Soundtrack Your Brand today announced direct deals with hundreds of music labels, publishers, and collection societies including Sony/ATV, Kobalt, WarnerChappel, ICE (PRS/GEMA/STIM),  BMG, ASCAP, SOCAN, SABAM, and APRA.  

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Spotify Acquires Music Licensing Platform Loudr

image from performermag.comSpotify has acquired music licensing platform Loudr. The company was founded in 2013 to build services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators and digital music services to identify, track and pay royalties to music publishers. 

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Sony Sells $250M Spotify Stock, Labels Eye $3B Windfall

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkThe three major label groups own Spotify stock now valued at as much a $3 billion. That's led to speculation about what the major record labels will do with their equity stake, now that the music streamer has started trading publicly, as well as, how they will share their windfall with artists.

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London Calling: What the US Can Learn From The UK About Defending Local Music And Arts Communities

1[UPDATED] The UK has earned a reputation as a musical powerhouse, churning out globally renowned groundbreaking artists, bands and DJs. But how? - with the backing of the government. At a time when the Trump administration is adamant on pulling public funding for local artists, community projects and public radio, McIntyre details what the US can learn from the UK’s art scene.

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What Analysts Are Saying About Spotify

green and red arrows[UPDATE 2, Spotify is madeits stock available to the public for the first time today in an unusual direct offering. While still an unprofitable company, Spotify has bested tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google to become the dominant player in music's dominate format - streaming. 

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Spotify [SPOT] Stock Trading At $161.24

arrowSpotify stock was trading in the $161.24 per share range as of 1:30 PM ET on Tuesday, with bids reaching as high as $169  That's well above the $132 reference price set by the New York Stock Exchange for the streamer's opening day. If the price holds, it would value Spotify at more than $29 billion.

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It's D(PO)-Day For Spotify [SPOT] - Mark Mulligan

Spotify new rectangleToday is the day that Spotify debuts on the New York Stock Exchange. Analysts expect a bumpy ride, but while top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA is interested in today, he's also eying what happens next for the streamer and offers context for today's media circus. 

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Spotify [SPOT] $132 Reference Stock Price Set For Debut Today

Spotify New $UPDATED: The New York Stock Exchange has set a $132 reference price for today's  Spotify stock debut.  More a guide then a rule, the actual opening price will be set just prior to today's 9:30 AM bell, based on buy and sell orders collected by the NYSE from brokers and dealers. 

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek On Todays' Stock Offering: "We are only in the second inning."

Daniel EKUPDATE: As Spotify's first public stock offering debuts, co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek is urging both excitement and caution. "Our focus isn’t on the initial splash," writes Ek in a blog post, "Instead, we will be working on trying to build, plan, and imagine for the long term."

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Next Big Sound Adds Free Weekly Performance Insights

Next big soundPandora owned data music aggregator Next Big Sound has added Weekly Performance insights to its free analytics toolkit. It is designed to give artists context to their data including how they are performing compared to other artists with similar sized audiences on the same platforms. 

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Spotify 2018 Outlook: 200M Users, 96M Paid, $400M Loss

Spotify logo rectangle[UPDATED] Spotify shared its quarterly and yearly outlook in an SEC Monday. Highlights included a prediction of 198-208 million active users including 92-96 million paid, by the end of 2018. But along with 30%+ user growth comes lossed of $286 -$410 million USD.

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Pandora Buys AdWizz Platform Used By Spotify, Deezer

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora is ramping up its digital advertising push with the acquisition of digital audio ad platform AdsWizz. The addition will upgrade Pandora’s ad tech capabilities, providing its advertisers with greater audience reach, and expand the company’s revenue opportunities. Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn are all currently AdsWizz clients.

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Spotify Promotes Freemium, Ubiquity, Personalization, April 3 Stock Debut

Spotify new rectangleSpotify announced April 3rd as the day its stock would begin public trading during a live and webcast presentation to investors Thursday.  Promising more transparency and opportunities for artists. CEO and founder Daniel Ek shared his vision of Spotify's future and why investors would want to bet on an unprofitable company.

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Kelly Nicole Foundation Is Changing The World Through Music

1After hard rock musician Kelly Nicole passed away in 2015 following a fight with cancer, her wife Theresa Holl created the Kelly Nicole foundation to support trauma survivors and those with eating disorders. Here Holl said down to discuss the foundation and it's incredible accomplishments.

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Spotify Public Stock Debut Set For Week Of April 2

Spotify New $Spotify will make its stock available to the public just 3 weeks from now during the week of April 2nd, according to multiple sources.  The music streamer has an investors day scheduled for this Thursday March 15th to continue its pitch to investors prior to its rare and risky direct stock offering.

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Why Musicians Need To Care About Making Money

1In the music industry, there is a false, recurring idea that music can and should be separate from money, and that once an artist starts to see financial returns from their music, it looses its purity. Here we explore why artists should care about making money off of their music.

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Clickamix Launches Pre-cleared Music Platform For Sports

cheerleading[UPDATED] Clickamix believes that unlicensed use of music in sports is a $670 million untapped revenue stream. As a solution, the startup has launch the first pre-cleared music licensing platform for sports that also allows music mixes in competitions.

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Genius Raises $15M More To 'Become #1 Brand In Music'

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comGenius, which was founded in 2009 has Rap Genius, has raised an additional $15 million. The round was led by Eric Mindich's Everblue, a new fund focused on music and e-sports, with participation from previous investors Dan Gilbert and Andreessen Horowitz. Genius has raised $71.9 million to date.

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Genius Raises $15M More To 'Become #1 Brand In Music'

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comGenius, which was founded in 2009 has Rap Genius, has raised an additional $15 million. The round was led by Eric Mindich's Everblue, a new fund focused on music and e-sports, with participation from previous investors Dan Gilbert and Andreessen Horowitz. Genius has raised $71.9 million to date.

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