Indie Music Publisher: 'We Are Not Blind To The Harsh Economic Realities Of Streaming'

2In this anonymous interview, Chris Castle/Music Technology Policy speak with an independent publisher about their role in a streaming-based music economy where money is made in percentages of pennies, and what the future looks like for both publishers and artists trying as they try to cultivate a career in the music business.

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Spotify [SPOT] To Hold Earnings Call Oct. 28th

image from townstages.comSpotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) will share its Q3 2019 financial results and letter to shareholders on Monday, October 28th before market opens. The streamer will hold a question and answer session to discuss financial results at 8AM Eastern Time.

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What Streaming Services Pay Per Stream

2Even to industry insiders, determining what exactly each streaming service pays out per stream can be a confusing and complex process, with each platform having its own unique formula for calculating what an artist actually earns. Here we break down some of the numbers in a more digestible format.

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73% Of Fans Never Listen To An Album In Order That The Artist Intended

image from cdn.pixabay.comEU based music streamer Deezer surveyed UK fans and found that 49% are listening to fewer full albums than they were just 3 -5 years ago. The survey found that 42% were putting favorite songs on shuffle or playing individual tracks. Under 25, the stat rises to 55%.

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A Critical Look At Spotify PR Firm Virtuoso Music

1In this review, Brian Hazard of Color Theory walks us through his recent experience using the Spotify PR service Virtuoso Music, whether the service delivered on it's promises, and whether or not it might be right for you.

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RIAA To Host Key Streaming Policy Panel At Mondo.NYC

image from mondo.nycThe RIAA promises to cut through the complexities of consent decrees, the Mechanical Licensing Collective and other issues related to streaming in an intensive 60 minutes session at the Mondo. NYC conference later this month.

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David Lowery Reminds Musicians To File For Share Of $10M Rhapsody, Napster Songwriter Settlement

image from cdn.pixabay.comDavid Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker led a class action lawsuit against Rhapsody (aka Napster). The case, which alleged the streamer had unlawfully reproduced and distributed copyrighted compositions, has preliminarily settled, and musicians may be entitled to compensation.

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Paperchain Advances $60K Spotify Royalties In 30 Minutes

CashMusic analytics and fintech startup Paperchain and Centrifuge, a decentralized platform that connects the global financial supply chain, has advancedmade its first advance based on future Spotify royalties.

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Death Metal Remix Of Greta Thunberg's UN Speech To Benefit Greenpeace [You have to hear it!] #GREENMETAL

image from despotz.seA powerful death metal remix of young climate activist Greta Thunberg's moving speech at the UN Climate Summit will benefit Greenpeace,  Despotz Records announced on Tuesday.

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30% Of Beatles Spotify Streams Come From Fans Who Weren't Born Before John Lennon Died

image from pbs.twimg.com30% of the Beatles' plays on Spotify are coming from the 18-24 year old age group, the streamer revealed. The Fab Four have been streamed an impressive total of 1.7 billion times on Spotify, so far this year.

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11 Common Music Advertising Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

Screen Shot 2019-10-01 at 7.43.34 AMHere AWAL speaks with several veterans of the digital marketing space about some of the most common (but by no means all) marketing mistakes advertisers make when attempting to promote their music across social media and streaming platforms.

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Pandora Mobile iOS, Android Apps Get A Major Overhaul

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has announced redesigned mobile apps for iOS and Android that add more personalization and discovery for users across all tiers of service. The new features are available to free ad-supported, Pandora Plus, and Pandora Premium users.

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Dolby Atmos Music: Coming Soon To Amazon Streaming

1For a while now, Dolby has been stockpiling audio from Universal Music Group, and it appears the company is finally going to put this digital hoard to use in partnership with Amazon Music. These immersive mixes from some of the world's biggest artists will debut as Dolby Atmos Music on the retail giant's high end tier, but just how accessible will it be to the average consumer?

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Move Over Radio, Spotify Lets You Add Podcasts To Playlists

Spotify new rectangleSpotify now allows users to add podcasts to new or existing playlists. The new feature, which appropriately launches on International Podcast Day, allows users to curate their own streams of music, automatically updated podcasts and other audio-content and share it with others.

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YouTube Music Replaces Google Play On Android Devices

YouTube Music logoGoogle has given YouTube Music a major leg up by adding it to all Android 9 and 10 devices. It replaces Google Play, the company's previous failed attempt and launching a Spotify competitor.

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Streamed: Tearing Down Spotify

2Corin Faife looks at the upcoming book release, Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music, a work which takes a hands-on look at the Spotify including the process of setting up a fake record label to upload tracks to the platform.

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Releasing A Single: 10 Best Strategies For 2019 & Beyond

Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 7.32.02 AMReleasing a single track in 2019 is a very different animal than it once was, and presents a set of unique challenges and opportunities. In this piece Chris Robley offers the promotion and distribution tips needed for planning the release of your next standalone track.

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Journey Of A Track: Navigating The Playlist Ecosystem

1In this recent article from Chartmetric analyzing music data, their playlist analyzer takes apart the Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer playlist ecosystems to help artists formulate optimal trajectory for their tracks.

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TuneIn, Apple Bring Global Radio Stations To Apple Music And Siri-Enabled Devices

image from celebrityaccess.comTuneIn and Apple have teamed to offer access to more than 100,000 global radio stations on all Siri-enabled devices and Apple Music.

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Spotify Hopes To Make Money From Artists With SoundBetter Acquisition

1In an an effort to appease shareholders and pull down a little more cash for its aritst, streaming giant Spotify recently acquired SoundBetter, a company which helps book musicians and producers while taking a commission for the service. Whether the gamble will pay off, however, remains to be seen.

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Spotify Adds Two New Personalized Playlists: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind

image from storage.googleapis.comUPDATED: Following in the footsteps of its popular Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Your Summer Rewind playlists based on each user's previous listening habits, Spotify today added two more into the mix: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind.

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Stressed Out By Your Small Stats? Watch This Video Now

Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 9.50.31 AMAnalytics are more important than ever... but they don't tell the whole story. In this video by ArtistPro founder Hisham Dahud, he explains why emerging artists should NOT be deterred by relatilvey small numbers, because their CORE fans may be silently growing under the radar.

 

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Spotify For Artists App Gets A Makeover, Real-Time Stats

Spotify For Artists appSpotify for Artists is releasing a revamped app for both iOS and Android today. The new app rolling out this week includes a refreshed design, a new “home” tab with access to resources, personalized artists milestone updates and expanded real-time stats for both current listeners and new releases.

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5 Big Takeaways From IFPI's Music Listening Report 2019

Music-Listening-2019 pdfIFPI, the global recorded music trade organization, today released its Music Listening 2019 report, which surveys how music consumers 16-64 engage with recorded music across 21 countries. Here are 5 big takeaways.

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Apple Music Adds ‘Lyrics to Live By’ Video Series As iOS 13 Real Time Lyrics Launches

Apple music cardsApple Music has debuted a “Lyrics to Live By” video series as part of its launch of a real-time lyrics feature in iOS 13 last week.  The new video series is designed to “celebrate this new frontier in the listening experience.”

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Music Sharing On Socials Has Never Been Easier

Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 7.24.55 AMWhere listeners are discovering music has always been a driving question in the industry and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the current answer appears to be social media. Here we look at how music is being shared between social media and streaming platforms.

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This Chart Shows What Streaming Services Are Paying (Maybe)

Streaming-royalty-rates-300x177While everyone in the music business wants to know what the various streaming services are paying out to artists, the number of variables involved in determining the actual amount are so many that it can be difficult to get any more than an educated guess. Here we look at a chart that outlines, with some accuracy, what each platform is paying.

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Stationhead Adds Recording To Free Radio Station Creation App, Driving More Paid Music Streams

image from musically.comStationhead, the social radio station creation app has added the ability to record shows with music drawn directly from Spotify and Apple Music. The app's streaming integration eliminates the need for costly licensing while ensuring rightsholders are properly compensated, as well as empowering artists and podcasters to create content that showcases music.

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