UPDATED: 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.
YouTube 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.
Spotify 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?
Sony 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.
In 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.
At 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?
Regardless 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?
On-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.
As 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.
Indian 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.
ROXi 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.
Digital 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.
Subscriptions 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.
A 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.
YouTube has a vast assortment of tools which artists can utilize when looking to connect with fans. Here we explore YouTube Live, a feature which allows you to engage with viewers in real time, through a medium which is only expected to rise in popularity moving forward.
Spotify'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.
Lorna 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.
Spotify 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.
Australian 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.
Spotify 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.
Even 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%.
For 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.
Niche 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."