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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators shared their thoughts on why unpaid internships are such a problem, if rock radio can afford to not play Ed Sheeran's new song, whether or not major labels can weather another indie music revolution, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this look back on the past seven days of music industry news and events, we check back in on how Spotify Lite's first week went, what's next for the wreckage of PledgeMusic, Ed Sheeran's latest streaming milestone, and more!

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Filter Cancel Reunion After PledgeMusic Fiasco

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year, the band Filter had announced that original members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were reuniting to record a new album, their first since the band's 1995 debut, 'Short Bus.' The reunion has now been canceled and the band is blaming PledgeMusic.

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Spotify Lite Had 1 Million Users In First Week, India Users Now Top 2 Million

image from static.makeuseof.comUPDATED: Spotify clearly filled a need with the launch of its Spotify Lite app, which takes up one-third of the space on the users mobile, while still maintaining most of Spotify's popular features.  Spotify Lite grabbed more than 1 million global users in its first week.

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A Legal View Of The Fall Of PledgeMusic and What Could Happen Next

PledgeMusic NewEarlier this week, Hypebot published an important Music Biz Weekly podcast interview with Attorney Chris Castle delving into the demise of PledgeMusic and its legal ramifications for artists, vendors and the music industry. Because of the importance of this topic, we've had the full interview transcribed.

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How Spotify Calculates An Artist's Monthly Active Users

Spotify newSpotify monthly active user counts are one of the most important metrics used by the music industry - radio, media, A&R and more -  to judge how hot an artist is and the size of their fan base. But how does Spotify calculate monthly active users? Is it unique listeners or total listens? Is it calendar monthly or last 30 days?

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker: Just 3 Days Left To Submit

Sxsw-2019The deadline to submit proposals to the SXSW PanelPicker is this Friday. July 19th. This online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

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WAVE Raises $5.65 Million To Mix Music and Meditation

image from cdn2.shopify.comBreath, body, and beats could serve as the tagline for WAVE, the new subscription-based music-based meditation app and vibrating pillow that has launched with $5.65 million in seed funding. Investors include CrossLink Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Ludlow Ventures.

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LANDR Raises $26M To Expand Beyond AI Powered Mastering

Landr-new-logoAI-powered music mastering platform LANDR has closed a $26 million Series B financing round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

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Patreon Adds $60M To 'Take Membership To The Next Level'

Patreon NewCreator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level."  Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date.

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U.S. Music Streaming Revenue Tops $8 Billion, Up 33%

Arrows upOn-demand music services including Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify will top $8 billion in revenue in the U.S. this year, up 33% as increased adoption of products like wireless earbuds and smart speakers help drive more music subscriptions, according to a new Consumer Technology Association survey.

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As Exclusivity Takes Charge, How Will Music Streaming Change?

3As streaming continues to grow as the dominant form of music consumption, AI powered algorithm-based playlist marketing could be boxing out more niche genres of music and limiting the variety available to listeners.

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Attorney Chris Castle On PledgeMusic, How It Happened and What's Next [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

PledgeMusic NewAttorney Chris Castle sits down with Micahel Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to talk about Pledgemusic. Castle offers his insights into when the current debacle started, why it may have happened and what could happen next including bankruptcy and administration.

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Google Is Launching Yet Another Social Network. This Time It's Called Shoelace

1While nobody is about to deny Google's stature as a company, it has struggled to cultivate much success in the social network department. Still, it's not about to stop trying, as evidenced by its new attempt at the hyper-local social media platform, Shoelace.

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ROXi Plots IPO For Music Streaming Service, Device

image from roximusicsystem.comROXi Music, the manufacturers of music streaming service and device ROXi has chosen investment bank Arden Partners to prepare its initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2019. The offering will be floated on the alternative investment market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through the past week's music industry news, we revisit the impressive bump unsigned artists have seen in their revenue over the last year, what YouTube is finally doing to block major streaming ripping sites, why albums continue to have some value and more.

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the chart-topping articles from the pages of Hypebot this week covered the backlash to Spotify's tone deaf 'Dance as if no one is watching' ad campaign, why it's time to rewrite the artist marketing playbook, the reason metadata is so important for musicians, and more!

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Amazon Music Unlimited Subscriptions Surge 70%, Faster Than Spotify Or Apple Music

Amazon musicSubscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited grew an impressive 70% last year, according to a new report. Amazon Music and Amazon Music Unlimited had more than 32 million subscribers combined as of the end of April, according to the Financial Times.

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Billboard, Bandsintown Partner To Grow Artist and Concert Discovery Across Their Massive Music Platforms

Bandsintown+BillboardBillboard and Bandsintown have announced a multifaceted partnership designed to drive music discovery, fan engagement and sell more tickets. The collaboration launches with the addition of Bandsintown's comprehensive global tour date listings across Billboard and its portfolio of music sites which include Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum.

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US Streaming Growth Is Slowing, But That's Not A Bad Thing

Arrows up and downStreaming growth is slowing down in the US according to the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report.  But don't hit the panic button, writes Bobby Owsinski, There's still plenty of room for growth worldwide.

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