Ethical Streaming Royalties: More For Few Or Fewer For More

1In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations.

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Spotify Alums Create Canopy App Offering Recommendations Without Stealing Your Data

image from chittagongit.comTwo Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.

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Music Modernization Act A 'Countdown to Modernity' - Progress Chart For Mechanical Licensing Collective

1In this piece, the people at Music Technology Policy provide a chart listing the key events in the necessary path to launch in order for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as needed by the recently ratified Music Modernization Act.

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Pirate Studios Raises $20M For Self-Serve Music Studios

pirate studiosPirate Studios has raised $20 million in new finding for its growing network of self-serve high tech music studios. Pirate operates  350 studios in 21 locations in London, New York and Berlin, with plans to grow internationally.

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Spotify (Finally) Launches New Apple Watch App

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Spotify has launched a new Apple Watch app which includes improved access and control over music and podcasts, as well as, the ability to connect to speakers or devices. The streamer promises the more improvements ahead including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline.

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STOCK WATCH: Eventbrite, Spotify and Snap

Arrows up and downWith more music and music related stock traded on the public markets, Hypebot is stepping up its coverage of the markets, quarterly reports and earnings calls. Here, with a help from CelebrityAccess, are updates on Eventbrite, Spotify and Snap.

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Pandora, Spotify Podcast Moves Good New For Musicians and Record Labels

Spotify Podcast[UPDATED] This week, Pandora announced the Podcast Genome Project, a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that uses a combination of technology and human curation to deliver personalized podcast recommendations. Spotify and Apple Music have both stepped up their podcast game, as well, by improving their search and discovery options.

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Did Spotify Just Signal An Investment In The Orchard?

Orchard LogoDid Spotify just share a big hint that is is investing in The Orchard?  Days before the streamer announced an investment and partnership with DistroKid, it prominently featured the DIY distributor as the only logo on a page announcing its Spotify Preferred Distributor program. 

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NetEase Cloud Music Raises $600M As Users Jump 200M In 12 Months To 600M

image from superdevs.weebly.comNetEase Cloud Music has completed a $600 million funding round to take on Spotify partner Tencent Music in China and Asia's exploding streaming music market. NetEase boasts 600 million registered users, adding 200 million over the last twelve months.

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Festicket Raises Another $ 10.5 Million

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comFesticket , the music festival travel and experiences platform  has raised a $ 10.5 million D-Series financing round led by venture capital firm Beringea plus InMotion Ventures, Channel 4's Commercial Growth Fund, Lepe Partners, U-Start and former Spinnin 'Records CEO Eelko Van Kooten. 

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Spotify Officially Launches In Middle East, North Africa

MenaAs anticipated, Spotify has launched in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt.  That brings Spotify's total markets to 78 including neighboring Israel , which launched in March.

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90% Of Consumers In Spotify's Home Market Stream Music, But Only 43% Pay For It

FreemusicA new streaming music survey in the Nordic countries offers a look at what may be the best that Spotify and the music industry can hope for when it comes to paid versus free streaming.  Since streaming music was all but invented there, the Nordic countries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and Spotify's home country of Sweden, are considered to be streaming's most mature market. 

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Facebook Launches Lasso: TicTok, Musically Video Clone With Massive Music Library

image from geeko.lesoir.beFacebook has launched Lasso, a much rumored clone of hugely popular short video lip sync app TicTok. The Musical.ly short music video app was acquired and incorporated into TicToc last year. 

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Why Is Spotify Charging Half Price In Some Of The World's Richest Countries?

Spotify New $Spotify is on the verge of launching in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and with that comes news it will charge the local equivalent of about $5 per month , or half of what it charges in the US and Europe. But while some  MENA countries have less affluent populations, several are far richer than the US and most European countries.

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Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Screenshot 2018-11-08 07.57.42Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging.

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Eventbrite Music Launches To Serve Indie Venues, Promoters

eventbrite logo 2018Indie ticketer Eventbrite has launched Eventbrite Music, a new platform for independent music venues, promoters and festivals that includes technology from the company's 2017 acquisitions of Ticketfly and ticketscript. The Ticketfly brand will be phased out entirely next year, according to multiple reports.

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DITTO Music Seeks U.S. Trade Marketing Manager

DittoGlobal independent music distributor and artist services provider DITTO Music is looking to add a skilled Trade Marketing Manager to its U.S. team to lead the development of artists and labels with their retail partners. 

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Our Music Business Job Board Is Back!

Help wantedBy popular demand, Hypebot Music Business Job Board is back in business!  For just $29, we'll post a summary of your job opening or internship on the front page of Hypebot including contact info and a link to more. We'll also give each job post some love on Facebook, LinkedIn and to our 56,000+ Twitter followers.  Every opening is also archived under our Jobs tab.

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LANDR Artists Pass 2 Million As Platform Evolves

Landr-new-logoLANDR announced that more than 2 million musicians have used its music creation platform. The 2 million milestone comes alongside the launch of  an updated creative platform designed to build community and offer a toolkit of services.

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Spotify Music Publishing Analytics Launches In Beta

Spotify AnalyticsSpotify has launched Publishing Analytics in beta. Dubbed the first music streaming analytics tool built specifically for music publishers, the platform was developed in collaboration with a range of publishers to service the various roles that publishers play from A&R to administration.

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