Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

image from cdn.pixabay.comSongs are getting shorter. The average length of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds between 2013 and 2018.

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Importance Of Putting Out A Single First, Even In 2019

2In this piece, Chris Robley explains why it's essential for new artists getting their start in the industry to release a standalone single before diving headfirst into dropping a full album or event EP.

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Spotify Stock Surging After Positive Valuations

Spotify New $Spotify stock closed Thursday at $133.25 and was up another 2.46% to $136.40 in pre-market trading Friday. That's a jump of more than 20% since Christmas eve. The price rise comes as multiple analysts see Spotify stock, which soared at high as $198.99 in 2018, is undervalued at current levels.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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Spotify Updates Preferred Distributor List

Spotify new rectangleUPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks.

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Tinder Adds Spotify Song Sharing So You Can Soundtrack Your Hookup Pitch

image from s3.amazonaws.comTinder is testing the ability to share Spotify songs in chat with potential hookups. Tinder and Spotify first hooked up in 2016 with the ability to share favorite songs in user profile pages. This data also became part of the algorithm used to surface potential partners.

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SoundExchange Goes Full Klasky

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange has named Helaine S. Klasky as chief communications officer. As COO  she will oversee the global communications, industry relations, and public policy teams on behalf of its 178,000 artists, rights holders and publishers.

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Spotify Adds Car View: Helpful But Not Voice Control

Spotify newSpotify is rolling out 'Car View,' a simplified larger print view designed to make it easier for users to control basic functions while driving. The feature is rolling out slowly Android devices. No word yet on when it will be added to the iOS app.

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How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Revenue Streams [Emily White]

Emily-White by Adrian BuckmasterEXCLUSIVE ADVANCE LOOK: Emily White has deep first hand knowledge of how to build a sustainable music career from her years an an artist manager, consultant and more. She's shared some of that knowledge from the stages of countless conferences including MIDEM and SXSW and in a Billboard cover story. Her new book, How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Revenue Streams, brings all of that knowledge together in a single volume.

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Verizon Wireless Adds Free Apple Music, Adding Millions Of Subscribers To Streamer

Apple music cardsVerizon has added free Apple Music subscriptions to several of its Unlimited wireless data plans. The carrier had been offering 6 months or free Apple Music, but the move to permanent subscriptions potentially adds millions of subscribers to Apple Music.

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Why I Ditched Music Streaming Services (For Now) And Bought A 1-800 Number

1Here one innovative music biz self-starter explains how successfully he eschewed traditional streaming service in favor of an incredibly old-school marketing tactic using, drum roll, the telephone.

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Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.

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Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 Per Month And Falling. That's Less Money For Artists, Labels

Spotify New $The average price that a Spotify subscriber pays in dropping, and that has artists and record labels worried. Despite a stated price of $9.99 USD / €9.99 EU , the actual average price paid global is just $5.50 per month and falling.

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5 Tips For Preparing To Release New Music [Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comIn this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast,  Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music.

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Tidal Responds To Criminal Investigation Report

Tidal bannerTidal has responded to reports that Norwegian criminal justice unit Økokrim has opened an investigation into hundreds of millions of possible fake streams that benefited new releases by Kanye West and Beyonce.

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Spotify Passed 200 Million Active Users At End Of 2018

Spotify new[UPDATED] Spotify passed 200 million monthly active at the end of 2018, Dustee Jenkins, Spotify Head Of Global Communications shared during an interview at CES yesterday. Jenkins promoted the streamer's push into podcasts and shared that podcast listeners also consume more music than average on the platform.

 

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Record Labels Evolve To Stay Relevant In Streaming Era [Musonomics Report]

A new report image from ucc3c74a53bb374df36542e142ba.previews.dropboxusercontent.com based on almost 50 interviews with top-level executives at major and independent record labels, industry analyst and educator Larry Miller digs into how streaming and the digital age have made record labels an indispensable partner for the most ambitious new, developing and superstar artists.

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YouTube Music Poised To Replace Google Play As Android Default Audio Player

YouTube-icon-full_colorA look at the under the hood of a recent YouTube Music app update shows strong evidence that Google may be about to make it the default music player within its Android operating system. The move could help catapult YouTube Music from also-ran to top tier music streamer.

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New Type Of Ad Coming From Spotify

1While nobody loves commercials, they're an essential part of how Spotify's free tier operates. The streaming service will trying something new, however, by allowing outside advertisers to "sponsor" the incredibly popular user-specific "Discover Weekly" playlists.

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Amazon Adds 1 Million Reasons Not To Use Your Car Radio

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears.  

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Do Touch That Dial: In-Car Listening Finally Shifting

2While much has changed in the music industry over the past ten years, our listening habits while on the move have, until now, remained much the same. Historically AM/FM listening has dominated in the car but, while this is still somewhat true, traditional radio's grip on drivers seems to be loosening.

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New Hope For Indies As Streamers Move Beyond Mega-Hits

image from cdn.pixabay.comTucked inside Buzz Angle's new Music Industry Report 2018 were some stats that should bring a smile to that face of nearly every d.i.y. artist and indie label staffer. Slowly, but very perceptively, consumers are using streaming music services to listen to more than just the mega-hits.

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Think You Can You Make Spotify Better? Here's A Job For You

Spotify newThere are no shortage of opinions as to how to make Spotify better for users, artists, record labels and music publishers. If you're one of those folks that's really convinced you have the answers and the experience, Spotify has a job for you.

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CD Baby Artists Earned $100 Million In 2018

Cdbaby[UPDATED] CD Baby has revealed that it's artists earned more than $100 million in 2018. That impressive number includes income from digital distribution (streaming and downloads) along with YouTube, music on Facebook and Instagram, music publishing, sync and direct CD sales.

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YouTube Names Kurt Patat Global Head of Consumer and Entertainment Communications

Kpheadshotcolor (2)Kurt Patat has named Global Head of Consumer and Entertainment Communications at YouTube.  Before joining YouTube, Patat held several senior level positions at Viacom including SVP of Communications for CMT and the Paramount Network and as VP of MTV and Logo. 

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