Spotify Updates Preferred Distributor List

Spotify new rectangleUPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks.

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When Economic Theory Fails: A Critical Look At Waldfogel’s Digital Renaissance

1In this piece, Neil Turkewitz digs deep into the recently released book by Joel Waldfogel entitled "Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture, a work which explores how the entertainment industry is fairing in the current explosive digital age with regard to the quality of content being produced.

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Mobile Music Streaming In China: A Vibrant Industry In A Tough Market

1As the Chinese company Tencent Music Entertainment preps for their initial public offering, Robert Lyon takes a moment to look more closely at the country's digital music industry, and what the rest of us can learn from Tencent's success in such a challenging market.

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5 Music Industry Predictions 2019: Fan Clubs, Apple Music, Chart Decline and More

1With the music business in a constant state of tumultuous evolution, 2019 is shaping up to be a wild year for the industry. Here we look at five major developments we're likely to see unfolding in the coming months.

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10 Music Industry Predictions For 2019

1While predicting the future is no easy task, a careful look at the best can least give us a sense of where the industry might be headed in the coming year, whether its the next development in the ongoing streaming war, the future of live music, or something else altogether.

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Copyright Office Issues Interim Ruling On MLC Applications Including Oversight Of MLC Board By Librarian of Congress

1The United Sates Copyright Office recently issued an interim rule which maps out a carefully crafted approach to the registers position in designating the Mechanical Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator.

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Why You Won't Ever See A Market For Used Digital Music

1The secondhand market has been a strong feature of the music industry ever since music was fixed in a tangible medium, so it's only natural that this secondary economy would evolve to encompass, "secondhand" digital music as well - at least if the court of appeals hadn't shut it down.

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Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Work

1While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful.

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Tencent Music IPO Demonstrates Music Tech Investment Coming To Its Senses

1While the Chinese music streaming service Tencent Music debuted with an impressively initial public offering of $14.10, music tech investors seem to have come back down to earth somewhat and reduced its value to a more modest level.

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97% Of Mexico Admit To Music Piracy Even Country Embraces Spotify Premium

2Some not-so-swashbuckling new data from an anti-piracy organization in Mexico  recently released revealed that a staggering 97% of the population has engaged in some form of piracy, much of it stream-ripping.

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Chartmetric's 2018 Wrap-Up: Weekly Winners & Pop Stars

1Tis the season for end of year wraps, and Chartmetric is digging into data across the major streaming platforms to bring you a comprehensive look at some of 2018's biggest standout hits.

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How Spotify Pre-Save Is Leading A Shift In Digital Music Marketing

1Catering to your fanbase is a key part of successful music marketing, and Spotify's new pre-save option - which gives fans the option of adding as-yet unreleased music their library, allows artists to engage with their listeners early, and ensures listeners don't miss out on the latest tracks.

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10 Tips For Growing Your SoundCloud Community

1Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.

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Qobuz Hi-Res Streaming Service US Launch Imminent

1While consumer need for a hi-res streaming services seems to have cooled down of late and most listeners seemingly content with CD-quality music, Qobux close to imminent launching its hi-res streaming and download platform in the US.  The news comes on the same day that Sony became the first major label to launch its own hi-res streaming service.

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3 Greatest Challenges Facing Musicians In The Digital Age

Screenshot 2018-12-05 08.29.09While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well. Here we look at the three biggest obstacles standing between contemporary musicians and success.

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7 Holiday Music Promotion Tips To Engage A Fanbase [ Cyber PR ]

7-holiday-promo-tips-2017-768x768Ariel Hyatt and hear team at CyberPR share 7 tactics to use to first activate any fan base around a holiday music promotion to build engagement or sales  – or both.

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SoundCloud Mixes Things Up With Dubset Integration

1After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.

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Apple Music Tops 56 Million Subscribers

Apple-music-itunes-icon-100594579-origApple Music now has 56 million subscribers, according to a new report. That's up 6 million since April, when CEO Tim Cook announced a 50 million milestone. Spotify, which has an estimated 90 million paid users, is adding subscribers at almost twice Apple's rate.

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Apple Music To Grow To 164M Users As iTunes Crashes [Morgan Stanley]

Apple music cardsApple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at  Morgan Stanley.  Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth.  Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.

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How Analytics Make All The Difference In A&R, Marketing

1In this piece Chaz Jenkins explains why implementing a broader approach to analytics is key to an effective marketing strategy, and why only looking at past data simply doesn't provide enough information.

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Spotify, Apple, Amazon Urged To Label Indie Music [Petition]

image from i.ytimg.comWith almost almost 30% market share overall, independent music is  a music industry force to be reckoned with.  But that share falls to below 20% on the major streaming services. In a effort to rectify the inequity, digital distributor Record Union is leading a campaign urge Spotify. Apple Music, Amazon and others to acknowledge independent music with a label.

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Music Piracy: No Longer In The Headlines, Still A Headache

1While the rise of streaming and the music industry's at least partial financial recovery have sidelined music piracy as a topic of major concern, the illegal acquisition of music online continues to be an ever-present issue.

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Artists Gaining Fake Spotify Plays From Unexpected Source

1Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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Did Chart Topper Kris Wu Just Game iTunes?

image from is2-ssl.mzstatic.comKris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.

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