Tencent Music [NYSE: TME] Stock Falls 10.3% Wednesday

Arrow red up[UPDATE] Tencent Music [TME] stock took a beating Wednesday after the streamer's first post-IPO report to investors included a $127 million quarterly loss. TME stock closed trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday at 16.66 USD down $1.91 or 10.29%.

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Streaming Music Forecast 2018 - 2106 [MIDiA]

Arrows upRespected music and entertainment industry analysts MIDiA have just published its latest global music forecasts, with revenue and user numbers projected through 2026.

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5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

1The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best.

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Pandora Adds 'Modes' For Custom Lean Back Listening

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has added Modes, a new feature for both free and premium users to customize the listening experience on Pandora stations. New are selectable modes within stations including “Crowd Faves” (most thumbed-up tracks by other listeners), “Discovery” (hear more songs by other similar artists) and “Artist Only” (songs only by the station artist).

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PledgeMusic Debacle Update [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones]

UpdateIain Baker of Jesus Jones provides an update on his battle with troubled Pledge Music; a debacle which has grown into a full on financial crisis for both artists and fans, with no yet in sight.

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The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

Question-marks-2215_960_720With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry.

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How To Prepare For A Post-Album Music Industry [Keith Jopling Of MIDiA]

Album-1866523_960_720The album is not dead, but it is fading away; and stats shared by MIDiA analyst Keith Jopling confirm the trend. Adults that claim to listen to whole albums monthly, stands at just 16% according to Q4 ‘18 data from MIDiA, a drop from 22% in the previous quarter.

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Copyright and A Defense Of 'Unfair' Competition [Neil Turkewitz]

2In this article, Neil Turkewitz goes on the offensive against a recent piece by Mark A. Lemley and Mark P. McKenna titled "Unfair Disruption" in which the authors lambast copyright and its owners' inability to adjust to disruptive technology and innovation.

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Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than.  Not only do they need to capture the listener's attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all. 

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XITE, Music Video Streaming App, Makes US Debut

1 A free app already popular on the international scene, XCITE has officially been rolled out in the US, and may be the first streaming  service solely dedicated to music videos.

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Spotify Bites Back, Calls Apple Monopolistic [Full Text Of Statement]

Apple-logo Apple-logoUPDATED: The war of words between Spotify and Apple shows no signs of abating, with the streamer issuing its latest rebuttal calling out Cupertino as "monopolistic."  In a statement, Spotify said that "Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations."

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Jaxsta Adds Warner Music To Global Music Metadata Platform

image from www.jaxsta.comWarner Music Group has granted music metadata platform Jaxsta permission to tap into its massive song and recording database.The deal marks Jaxsta’s 28th licencing data agreement in the last 18 months, including The Recording Academy and Sony Music Entertainment.

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Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt Musicians - Here's Why

1In a new move towards bundling, Spotify made waves this week in announcing that Spotify Premium will also include a subscription to the ad-supported tier of Hulu. Spotify, however, already in the doghouse for opposing higher royalty rights for artists, could be further harming artists with its new package deal.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW 2019 Edition plus The Official #SXSW 2019 Playlist

image from yzclient.comSXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019.

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Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

Apple-logo Apple-logoUPDATED: Apple has attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission.

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Full Text Of Apple's Statement Blasting Spotify With All The Nasty Bits Highlighted

AppleNewApple Music has gone on the offensive with an uncharacteristically strong statement "Addressing Spotify’s claims," after the streamer filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.To make sure you that you don' t miss the many nasty parts, we've added some highlights.

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Facebook Expands Spotify Integration, Watch Party, More

image from fbnewsroomus.files.wordpress.comFacebook has announced several new music and video improvements including expanded integration with Spotify, a new look for its Watch Party shared viewing function and expansion of all its music features into more countries.

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#HowWeListen: Amber Horsburgh/Deep Cuts [INTERVIEW]

2In their interview series "How We Listen" Byta sits to to chat with artists and other music industry professionals about their listening habits, and how they discover music both new and old. In this edition, they speak with Amber Horsburgh, who works as marketing consultant for a number of major artists.

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Ted Cohen Joins MediaTech As Head Of Corporate Development

image from celebrityaccess.comMusic industry and music tech veteran Ted Cohen has been named Head Of Corporate Development at MediaTech Ventures, an investment fund and incubator focused on the nexus of music, entertainment and technology.

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YouTube Music Launches In 13 New Markets plus India

YouTube Music logoFresh off its announcement that Google's YouTube Music and YouTube Premium had launched in India, the ad-free streaming service have added Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, and Uruguay.

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Ditto Music Launches Management Division

DittoIndependent distribution and marketing company Ditto Music announced the launch of a new artist management division. Ditto Management will operate as a stand-alone company and will be helmed by Matt Dodds, former A&R manager with the UK-based Jem Music.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Statement On EU Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple [FULL TEXT]

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

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