Pirate Studios Raises $20M For Self-Serve Music Studios

pirate studiosPirate Studios has raised $20 million in new finding for its growing network of self-serve high tech music studios. Pirate operates  350 studios in 21 locations in London, New York and Berlin, with plans to grow internationally.

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Pandora, Spotify Podcast Moves Good New For Musicians and Record Labels

Spotify Podcast[UPDATED] This week, Pandora announced the Podcast Genome Project, a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that uses a combination of technology and human curation to deliver personalized podcast recommendations. Spotify and Apple Music have both stepped up their podcast game, as well, by improving their search and discovery options.

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Did Spotify Just Signal An Investment In The Orchard?

Orchard LogoDid Spotify just share a big hint that is is investing in The Orchard?  Days before the streamer announced an investment and partnership with DistroKid, it prominently featured the DIY distributor as the only logo on a page announcing its Spotify Preferred Distributor program. 

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NetEase Cloud Music Raises $600M As Users Jump 200M In 12 Months To 600M

image from superdevs.weebly.comNetEase Cloud Music has completed a $600 million funding round to take on Spotify partner Tencent Music in China and Asia's exploding streaming music market. NetEase boasts 600 million registered users, adding 200 million over the last twelve months.

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Spotify Officially Launches In Middle East, North Africa

MenaAs anticipated, Spotify has launched in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt.  That brings Spotify's total markets to 78 including neighboring Israel , which launched in March.

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YouTube Music Charts 11.2-8.18: Ariana Grande Is #1, Linkin Park Passes 1B Views

YouTube Music logoOn the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again  following the release of their biopic

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On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Save

1There are many options to promote music on Spotify, and while they all have their pros and cons, some strategies are more effective than others. CD Baby's Chris Robley illustrates why artists should focus on follows rather than pre-saves.

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90% Of Consumers In Spotify's Home Market Stream Music, But Only 43% Pay For It

FreemusicA new streaming music survey in the Nordic countries offers a look at what may be the best that Spotify and the music industry can hope for when it comes to paid versus free streaming.  Since streaming music was all but invented there, the Nordic countries of Norway, Finland, Denmark and Spotify's home country of Sweden, are considered to be streaming's most mature market. 

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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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Apple Music Seeks Black Radio Listeners In Potential iHeartMedia Deal [Kori Hale]

3In a bid to build closer ties with black radio listeners, it appears Apple may be in the market to purchase steak in iHeartMedia a network which, despite its financial woes, carries significant influence and clout in the music business.

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Why Is Spotify Charging Half Price In Some Of The World's Richest Countries?

Spotify New $Spotify is on the verge of launching in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and with that comes news it will charge the local equivalent of about $5 per month , or half of what it charges in the US and Europe. But while some  MENA countries have less affluent populations, several are far richer than the US and most European countries.

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What Spotify's Personalization Strategy Can Teach Us

spotify discover weeklyThe degree of personalization offered to Spotify users is what the executives credit the streaming services massive growth to, and is something which anyone hoping to market their brand should take into account. Here we look at what bands and artists can glean from personalization strategy used at Spotify.

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Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Screenshot 2018-11-08 07.57.42Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging.

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The Power Of The Playlist: Is It Overblown?

1Among artists releasing music this days, it's fairly common to see them sink a lot of promotional resources into trying to gain a coveted placement on one of Spotify's major playlists, the theory being that such a prominent placement will make a band's career, but is this really the case?

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8 Tools To Help You Monetize Your Music Online

2Being an entrepreneuring artist in 2018 is still incredibly hard, but has some advantages as well, particularly in the monetary department. Here we look at eight tools that can help you to get your music out there an heard, and bring in a little cash while doing it.

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DITTO Music Seeks U.S. Trade Marketing Manager

DittoGlobal independent music distributor and artist services provider DITTO Music is looking to add a skilled Trade Marketing Manager to its U.S. team to lead the development of artists and labels with their retail partners. 

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Did Chart Topper Kris Wu Just Game iTunes?

image from is2-ssl.mzstatic.comKris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.

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Spotify Music Publishing Analytics Launches In Beta

Spotify AnalyticsSpotify has launched Publishing Analytics in beta. Dubbed the first music streaming analytics tool built specifically for music publishers, the platform was developed in collaboration with a range of publishers to service the various roles that publishers play from A&R to administration.

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Amazon Music Adds Mexico As Anderson.Paak, Future Kick Off Major US, UK Marketing Campaign [VIDEO]

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon Music, has begun its first ever marketing campaign in the US, UK and Germany along with a platform launch today in Mexico. Often considered the wild card in the streaming music wars, Amazon Music spots from Future and Anderson.Paak were released this week

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Apple Rewards 3 'Preferred Plus' Music Distribution Partners With Advanced Features, Analytics

Apple-music-gift-cardLast week, Apple launched a "Apple-Preferred Distribution Program," naming just three music distributors as "Preferred Plus" partners, and rewarding them with advanced customer features and analytics not available to their competitors. 

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Pandora Reports Solid Q3, 6.8M Paid Subscribers

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora reported a sold Q3, including adding 784,000 subscribers in Q3, reaching approximately 6.8 million for its various paid services. That's a fraction of Spotify or Apple Music, but when factoring users of its free service, Pandora has 68.8 million active users, down slightly, with total listener hours of 4.81 billion.

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Spotify For Artists Will Charge For Some Services, says CEO Daniel Ek

Spotify For ArtistsSpotify will charge for some Spotify For Artists products and services, CEO Daniel Ek stated during last week's earnings call. While "unlikely" that the it will charge for data, this mark's the first time that the streamer has said it will monetize any of the services that it has touted as empowering creators.  

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A Great Music Marketing Plan Is More Than A Bunch Of Tools

MPDo you have a marketing plan? Do you really have a marketing plan? A playlist Is Not A Marketing Plan. A record label is not a marketing plan. A digital distributor is not a marketing plan. A Facebook page is not a marketing plan. Posting to social media is not a marketing plan. What IS a marketing plan?

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UMG Is First To License Africa's Top Steamer Boomplay

image from i1.wp.comUniversal Music Group has become the first major label to licence popular African music download and streaming service Boomplay. The service, boasts 36 million users in multiple African markets and is adding 2 million users monthly.

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