Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora are being sued for selling and streaming unauthorized recordings of Harold Arlen, the composer of Over the Rainbow and other classic songs. The lawsuit accuses the companies of running “massive music piracy operation” involving more than 6,000 pirated recordings.
ByteDance, valued at $75 billion thanks in large part to the huge popularity of its TikTok app, is in talks with major labels and publishers to launch a music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Chinese conglomerate could launch its Spotify competitor as soon as the end of this quarter.
While streaming is often maligned for the reduced amount of revenue it generates for artists, those musicians at the top of the pile are pulling down far more than you might have guessed. Here we look at streaming's five biggest money makers of 2019 thus far.
In an increasingly fragmented music landscape where algorithms and streaming emphasize songs over albums and artists, success - even on a global scale - is found in the niches, says top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. "Fandom is fragmenting," says Mulligan, "but it may be the best thing that has ever happened to it."
LiveXLive Media, the music tech company focused on live events, has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform.
Social music app LÜM has closed its seed round, bringing the Madison, Wisconsin based startup's total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year. LÜM has also partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions to explore ways to bridge the difficult divide between live and digital music consumption.
The Spotify mobile music app has been renamed Spotify - Music and Podcasts, as the company brings its $500 million bet on podcasting to the forefront of its entire ecosystem. The new design is be available to some users, but the streamer has offered no date for a full roll out.
Thanks to the rise of streaming, the metrics with which we measure the success of music are changing, which inevitably means the structure of music will change to compensate. In this piece we look at what kind impact streaming has had on the production of music, and what artists can do in response.
While a lot of people complain about contemporary music as adults (preferring the music they grew up with) this theory of the case doesn't seem to apply to millennials, according to a new study, which reveals the demographic to overwhelmingly recognize music from the 1960s through to 2000, with a precipitous dip in recognizing anything released later.
It's natural for labels artists to wonder about the efficacy of the ads they're spending money on and, thanks to metrics now available on Spotify's Ad Studio, they are able to do just that, thereby gaining a better sense of user engagement on the platform.
With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the Spotify pre-save feature for maximum efficacy.
After months of court delays and losses to overseas based streaming ripping sites, the music industry is finally notching some wins. Ripping MP3's from YouTube, Spotify and other streamers is believed to be the #1 source of music piracy.
[UPDATE] YouTube Music has just launched in Poland, Czechia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Cyprus. YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now available in 50 countries, 10 times more then when it re-launched a year ago.
In the streaming age, playlists are the name of the game when it comes to getting ahead in your career. Here we look at fifty different playlists indie/pop artists should be pitching their music to, as well as how to reach out and actually get ahold of them.
Tencent Music announced that co-president Guomin Xie has abruptly resigned. The dominate music streamer in China also reported that monthly actives increased 4.6% from 625 million in Q1 2018 to 654 million in Q1 2019. Paid monthly actives also increased by an impressive 27.4% to 28.4 million in Q1 2019.
SoundCloud has launched its latest DJ software integration with Pioneer DJ. Through its We DJ app, SoundCloud users can instantly stream and mix SoundCloud’s catalog of 200 million tracks from 20 million creators.
While artists have always been responsible for music's artistic future, technology and the recording industry have always shaped how that future has been implemented. Here we look at record deals through the ages, from their inception in the late 1800s through to present day.
Marren Morris has found country music stardom with big does of help from Spotify, Apple Music and other music streamers. Her album ‘Girl’ notched 24 million streams in the US on the week of its release. But her biggest fear is the music streaming become too much like country radio.
King Crimson, one of the last major streaming holdouts, has finally made its entire catalog available. In an apparent dis to market leader Spotify, the classic rockers has made all 13 albums available only on Apple Music.
In the streaming age, playlists are the name of the game when it comes to getting ahead in your career. Here we look at fifty different playlists hard rock/pop punk artists should be pitching their music to, as well as how to actually get ahold of them.
Sometimes it can be hard to convey everything you want about your music through the album alone - luckily this creates the perfect opportunity to release commentary, giving fans insight into your creative process while keeping them engaged in the music.
In this how-to piece, Chris Robley details how artists can get their unique identifying Spotify URI in advance of releasing their music on the platform, thereby allowing listeners to pre-save music before its dropped.
On the day that Uber went public, NMPA head David Isrealite used the IPO to fire the latest salvo in the escalating battle the pits music publishers and songwriters against Spotify and other music streamers.
Label and artist manipulation of songs, playlists and the streaming services themselves will lead to a crisis, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. "The paradox here is that casual fans have the potential to generate more streams than engaged listeners," says Mulligan."Streaming makes casual listeners ‘more valuable’ than aficionados."