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Spotify Is #2 Most 'Relevant' Brand In US, Bose #4

Spotify is the second most relevant brand in the US according to the new Prophet Brand Relevance Index (BRI), a ranking of the most relevant brands of today based on consumer feedback. Facebook failed to make the top 10. 

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95% Of U.S. Latin Music Revenue Comes From Streaming, says RIAA Report

Riaa-logoA new RIAA report shows that in the first half of 2019, the U.S. Latin music business continued to grow at a double-digit pace. By mid-year 2019, Latin music revenues grew 13.5% to $232 million at estimated retail value versus the prior year.

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MLC Submits $37.25M Bill To Administer Music Modernization Act To Be Paid By Spotify, Apple

image from www.hypebot.comThe newly appointed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has submitted its proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) outlining the structure of the collective and the funding required to carry out the statutory demands of the Music Modernization Act.

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Dissecting A Spotify Playlist Promotion Pitch Letter

image from www.dittomusic.comSpotify playlist promotion offers.. we get them all the time. You probably do too. In this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert read an actual Spotify playlist promotion proposal, dissect it and point out some very real red flags.

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How To Create Your Own Radio Show On Spotify

2 copyIn this piece, Seth Reslar explores how the Spotify's new podcast creation feature can be taken a step further to create a Spotify-based radio show by combining the podcast and song saving feature into one.

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YouTube Revises Music Charts To Eliminate Pay-For-View

YouTube Music logoYouTube is revising its chart criteria and will no longer count paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. The shift aligns YouTube with the policies of Billboard and Nielsen.

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Music Marketing Platform Beatchain Adds Distribution

image from www.musicconnection.comMusic promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020.

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Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting The Artist?

1Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist.

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Deezer To Tests User-Centric Muisc Streaming Payouts and It Could Be A Game Changer

Deezer newMusic streamer Deezer is soliciting rights holders to test a major change in how streaming royalties are calculated.  So-called "user-centric payments" would more fairly compensate low and mid-tier artists, according to its supporters.

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Spotify Is Testing In-App Feature To Create Podcasts With Anchor

1In a recent test move, Spotify appears to be experimenting with allowing its users to create podcasts from within the streaming platform, inserting a button which, if clicked, will redirect the user to the Anchor app, a user-friendly podcast creation tool acquired by Spotify in early 2019.

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RIAA Investigating Payola Like Fox Guarding The Henhouse [Op-Ed]

1Paying for radio airplay, or payola as it is more commonly known, has been around since the 50s in one form or another, but has recently spiked. This has lead the FCC to request that the RIAA investigate - meaning the industry will, in effect, be policing itself.

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What It Means To Make It In Music Today: Redefined

1Whether you're working to be a performer or producer, everyone wants to 'make it' in the music business, but as the entertainment landscape shifts along with cultural and technological advancements, what exactly does that success look like?

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How To Use Spotify Ad To Promote Music (And How Not To)

1In this piece, Brian Hazard of Color Theory walks us through his recent experience with the updated Spotify Ad Studio to promote his music, following a particularly disappointing initial foray using the marketing tool when it was first released.

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Spotify Enables Music, Podcast Sharing To Snapchat

SNAPCHATSpotify has launched an integration with Snapchat that allows users to share music and podcasts directly through Snapchat Stories. The feature is rolling out soon across iOS and Android devices starting today.

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DistroKid Adds Release Editing

DistoKid logoDistroKid now lets users edit releases on it d.i.y. distribution platform. Users can now change song titles, album art, release date, etc. without having to delete and reupload each track. 

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Spotify Launches Upgraded $14.99 Family Plan In U.S.

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify has made its upgraded $14.99 per month Family Plan available in the U.S. The streamer tipped change last month with a launch in Ireland. The streamer has reportedly also been testing the offering at a higher price in Scandinavia.

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Japanese Music Sales Dragging, But It Could Be Good News

1While the US is well established as the largest music market in the world, number two, Japan, is perhaps less well known. Recently, the island nation's music sales have seen a bit of slowdown, however. Still, this may not be a bad thing for the music industry overall.

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Pandora Adds Music, Podcast Sharing To Instagram Stories

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has added music and podcast sharing to Instagram Stories. Starting today, Pandora users across all tiers of service can share songs, albums, podcasts, playlists and Pandora stations via Instagram Stories and give friends and followers free temporary access to Pandora.

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Spotify Adds 'Horoscope Today’ Short Podcasts From Parcast

Parcast Are Reading the Stars to Bring You ‘Horoscope Today’ — SpotifySpotify has added Horoscope Today, short podcasts for each of the 12 signs delivered every day, 365 days a year. The two-minute daily audio is produced by Parcast, which Spotify acquired or $54 million in April of this year as part of a major puch into podcasting.

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Spotify Surveys Artists, Industry To Expand Artists Services Directory

Provider Directory – Spotify for ArtistsSpotify is asking artists and the music industry to tell them the kind of services they'd like to see listed in a "Provider Directory."  The wide-ranging survey appears to be a test of the level of interest a broader services directory and which categories should be included.

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Discovering The Music Fan - Gimme Radio Links To Spotify

4Recently the popular music discovery platform Gimme Radio launched a new feature which allows its users to link their apps with Spotify, adding their favorite tracks to a playlist. Given that Spotify could, in many ways, be considered a competitor, why would Gimme radio do this? Here Tyler Lenane explains the rationell behind it.

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LiveXLive, Allied Esports Partner For Competitive Gaming, Live Music Events

image from celebrityaccess.comLive event streamer LiveXLive has formed a multi-year partnership with Allied Esports to create live esports experiences at music events and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

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'Success' In Music: What Does It Mean Right Now?

4In any industry, success is a nebulous concept, and perhaps doubly so in the music business. For one artist it could mean the ability to pay all their bills through their music, for another it might require getting a number one hit. Regardless, the modern music climate isn't what it once was, and a redefining of what success means must take place.

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