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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No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

Youtube_logoYouTube announced yesterday that it has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publisher credits to more than half a billion videos. But our sample of music videos revealed a pattern of missing credits. Now, YouTube has confirmed the omission.

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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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How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 1]

1In part one of this three phase series, Justina Grayman describes the process of raising the necessary money to successful fund the production of dance video. In phase one she details the creation and communication of a community-oriented vision.

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Childish Gambino’s 'This is America' Passes 85.3M YouTube Views In 1st Week

This Is AmericaDonald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s “This is America” is dominating YouTube and the cultural conversation with 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube. It's the biggest first week debut of any video in 2018 and the #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries.

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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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YouTube Music Charts Makeover Offers Unfiltered Billboard Chart Alternative

YouTube music charts  United StatesYouTube this week launched new and revamped music charts in 44 countries, as part of what is likely the runup to its new music-centered paid subscription service. The new YouTube charts also offer an unfiltered alternative to some recently reconfigured Billboard rankings.

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'This Is America' Sparks New Musical Resistance

1David Deal highlights how the release of the poignant and provocative "This Is America" from Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) reminds us of music's power to confront society's issues in a tumultuous and oppressive time.

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Music Played More Often On YouTube Than All Other Platforms Combined

1A new report out from IFPI has revealed some interesting news about the music economy. Apparently YouTube boasts more music plays than Spotify, Apple Music, and all additional streaming platforms put together, despite having the lowest royalty returns.

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Will YouTube Streaming Music Service Launch At Google I/O.? [UPDATED]

YouTube Music logoUPDATE: YouTube's new music service did not launch so far at Google I/O. - YouTube has promised a new paid music streaming service for months, as part of a plan to counter objections from artists and labels that feel the Google owned company pays too little for music. .

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Childish Gambino's Explosive 'This Is America' Scores 16M Views Overnight [WATCH]

image from www.rap-up.comDonald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, topped a huge weekend with the release of the explosive video "This Is America" after the show aired late Saturday. By Monday morning the Vevo/YouTube video had surpassed 16 million views.

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#1 iPhone App Is About Music and You've Never Heard Of It

Tik Tok[UPDATED] The most downloaded iPhone apps globally is dominated by Facebook and its owned apps Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. But new Sensor Tower data shows that the most downloaded app globally for the last 3 months is music related. but you've likely never heard of it.

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Spotify and Instagram Link, Oculus Live Venues Unveiled at Facebook F8 Summit

Oculus-venuesYesterday at Facebook's F8 developer conference, Zuckerberg & Co, shared a myriad of announcements including new privacy controls, an expansion into online dating and more. But two announcements were pointed directly at musicians and the music industry.

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Musician's Guide To Promoting A Music Video In 7 Easy Steps

1After expending a massive amount of time and energy assembling a music video you're proud of, it can be tempting to kick back and relax, but promotion is when the rubber really hits the pavement, and having a solid strategy is essential to making your music video a success.

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Making A Music Video With Big Effects, Small Budgets, And No Green Screens [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview Chris Robley Discusses with synth-pop artist Wons Phreely the process behind the creation of music video heavily featuring Phreely disembodied head, and how he managed to produce such impressive results on such a low budgets.

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Facebook Flat Fee Music Deals Have Future Implications [Mark Mulligan]

image from akwesasne.orgMultiple sources are reporting that the recent deals struck by Facebook for music were flat fee licenses with no reporting, at least for now. If true, they are contrary to existing deals that rightholders have with YouTube and others, and have dramatic implications for both future negotiations and ongoing demands for YouTube to improve its Content ID system.

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Spotify, YouTube Add Windowing With Jason Aldean Release

Jason AldeanJason Aldean's new album will only be available on the paid Premium tier of Spotify, YouTube and other streamers for two weeks after it's release today. Major labels negotiated the free tier opt-out during recent negotiations. But Aldean, who has been skeptical of how streaming hurts sales, is the first superstar artist to officially experiment with the option.

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YouTube Creator Studio Adds Impressions, Unique Viewers

2Artists who operate YouTube channels are by now likely accustomed to YouTube's Creator Studio, a service which will soon be unveiling a new design. Here we look at some of the new features which will be included in the update, and how you can make the most of them.

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Cardi B Teaches How To Be Cardi B In New Spotify TV Ad [VIDEO]

Cardi B Cardi B released a new album ""Invasion of Privacy" Friday; and while not a Spotify exclusive, the full album is available on the streamer from day one. So perhaps to thank the rapper for not pulling a Taylor Swift and windowing the release, Spotify cut a TV spot that takes an amusing look inside theCardiB music school, as she her trademark quick flow.

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YouTube's New TrueView Advertising Feature Could Mean More Revenue For Artists

1While artists have experience some frustration with YouTube's changes to its ad policy of late, a new form of advert known as TrueView for Reach could start pulling in significantly more ad revenue for artists and bands.

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Genius Partners With YouTube For 'Song Stories'

Genius logoImmersive music discover platform Genius has added 'Song Stories', an "experimental product" designed to give fans a deeper look at their favorite artists and songs. Song Stories combines Genius artist interviews and YouTube content including concert footage, music clips and thematic playlists to create an interactive experience that plays alongside a song as they move through each Story.

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New Taylor Swift 'Delicate' Video Is Live On Spotify

 Taylor Swift tweets[UPDATE 2] Taylor Swift's second video for her single "Delicate" premiered overnight exclusively on Spotify, as part of a larger partnership with the streamer. The single take self-shot vertical video has been added to "This Is Taylor Swift" and select official Spotify playlists.

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