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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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YouTube Music Users Can Now Switch Seamlessly Between Audio and Music Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers can now seamlessly transition between a song and its music video.  Users will now see a video button at the top of the screen as they start listening to a song, and with a tap, they can watch the music video or flip to the audio at the same point in the track.

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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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Sony Consolidates Records, Publishing Under Rob Stringer

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkSony Corporation chief Kenichiro Yoshida has announced that the company will bring together its recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan under the umbrella of Sony Music Group  Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer will now run Sony Music Group as well as Sony Music Entertainment.

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Music 'Trigger Cities': Spotlight On Latin America

1In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America's music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music's global popularity.

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Slide Over Lil Nas, Blanco Brown Brings The Beats To Top The Country Charts [Don't Miss The Video]

Blanco Brown - The Git Up (Dance Video) 0-11 screenshotIt didn’t take long for other hip-hop and R&B artists to join in on a party started by Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” Now Blanco Brown has hit the country charts with “The Git Down.”

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Can Major Labels Survive The Indie Music Revolution?

1At the heart of the music business almost since its inception, major labels have successfully weathered multiple challenges to their industry dominance. But as music once again reinvents itself, can the major labels continue cling to power?

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

2Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?

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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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Badshah Breaks BTS YouTube Record Thanks To Google AdWords Reportedly Paid For By Sony Music

image from scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.comIndian rapper Badshah’s new music video ‘Paagal’  has broken the YouTube 24 hour debut record held by BTS with 75 million views, according to his label Sony Music. But the milestone appears to have come thanks, in large part, to a big Google AdWords spend from the label.

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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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FREE REPORT: Independent Artists In The Age of Empowerment [Mark Mulligan]

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comDigital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.

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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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Revenue For Unsigned Artists Grew 35% Last Year

IndieA new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.

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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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Spotify's 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' Serves As Call For User-centric Royalties

image from musictechsolutions.files.wordpress.comSpotify's new ad campaign 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' drew ire from musicians and artist advocates “Dance like nobody’s paying because we aren’t,” tweeted singer/songwriter David Poe in response. The ad is also an ironic reminder of the need to shift to user-centric royalties, writes Chris Castle.

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BBC Names Lorna Clarke First Ever 'Pop Controller'

image from celebrityaccess.comLorna Clarke has been named as the first BBC controller of pop music.  She will be responsible for all pop stations including Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 6 Music, and Asian Network, in addition to other music output such as BBC Music and music television.

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Spotify Draws Fire For 'Tone Deaf' Ad Campaign: 'Dance As If No One Is Paying"

image from cdn.pixabay.comSpotify is under fire from artist advocates and music fans over a new ad campaign that offers 4o day free trials of its Premium service. "WTF @Spotify!?! How did anyone in your company think this was a good idea?? #FAIL," tweeted ECR Music pr executive Amy Gardner.

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Jaxsta Inks With Merlin To Deliver Indie Music Credits

image from artwork.jaxsta.comAustralian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.

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Spotify Lite Launches In Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, But Not In North America

image from mspoweruser.comSpotify Lite is now available in 36 countries across Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa for Android via Google Play. But this light version of Spotify is not yet available in key streaming markets in North America and Europe.

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Albums Still Have Some Value According To Nielsen Music Mid-Year Stats [Bobby Owsinski]

1Even a casual industry observers know that album sales haven't been what they used to be, although some new numbers out from a Nielsen Report reveal that, even in the height of the streaming age, there is still some value in album sales, particularly if you belong to the music industry 1%.

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How To Use Spotify Analytics For Labels

1For those running a label with music on Spotify, the platform has a ton of exciting tools packed into its Spotify Analytics for Labels feature, all for the low-low price of nothing at all. Here we explore what it does and why you should care about it.

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It's Time To Rewrite The Artist Marketing Playbook [MIDiA's Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comNiche is music's new mainstream, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, which means that in the brave new world of music marketing, targetting trumps reach. "Instead of blowing a huge budget on carpet bombing TV, radio, print, online artists and their teams are finding their exact audiences, writes Mulligan, "focusing on relevance and engagement rather than reach and scale."

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Spotify To Launch In Russia Priced $2.35 USD Per Month, Lower Than Apple Music

Spotify new rectangleSpoitfy has been promising to launch in Russia for years, but the streamer finally signaled a summer 2019 debut by sharing what it will charge.

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NMPA Backed Mechanical Licensing Collective Wins Battle To Administer Music Modernization Act

Music Modernization ActThe US Copyright Office has named the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the official entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the new Music Modernization Act (MMA).

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