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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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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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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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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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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YouTube Music Charts 11.2-8.18: Ariana Grande Is #1, Linkin Park Passes 1B Views

YouTube Music logoOn the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again  following the release of their biopic

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On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Save

1There are many options to promote music on Spotify, and while they all have their pros and cons, some strategies are more effective than others. CD Baby's Chris Robley illustrates why artists should focus on follows rather than pre-saves.

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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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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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Apple Music Seeks Black Radio Listeners In Potential iHeartMedia Deal [Kori Hale]

3In a bid to build closer ties with black radio listeners, it appears Apple may be in the market to purchase steak in iHeartMedia a network which, despite its financial woes, carries significant influence and clout in the music business.

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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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What Spotify's Personalization Strategy Can Teach Us

spotify discover weeklyThe degree of personalization offered to Spotify users is what the executives credit the streaming services massive growth to, and is something which anyone hoping to market their brand should take into account. Here we look at what bands and artists can glean from personalization strategy used at Spotify.

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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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The Power Of The Playlist: Is It Overblown?

1Among artists releasing music this days, it's fairly common to see them sink a lot of promotional resources into trying to gain a coveted placement on one of Spotify's major playlists, the theory being that such a prominent placement will make a band's career, but is this really the case?

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8 Tools To Help You Monetize Your Music Online

2Being an entrepreneuring artist in 2018 is still incredibly hard, but has some advantages as well, particularly in the monetary department. Here we look at eight tools that can help you to get your music out there an heard, and bring in a little cash while doing it.

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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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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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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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Amazon Music Adds Mexico As Anderson.Paak, Future Kick Off Major US, UK Marketing Campaign [VIDEO]

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon Music, has begun its first ever marketing campaign in the US, UK and Germany along with a platform launch today in Mexico. Often considered the wild card in the streaming music wars, Amazon Music spots from Future and Anderson.Paak were released this week

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