Institutional Investors Bought $1.4B In Spotify Stock In Q3 (NASDAQ:SPOT) 

Spotify New $At least nine major institutional investors have significantly upped their stake in Spotify (NASDAQ:SPOT) in recent months. Total new institutional investments in Spotify topped $1.4 billion in Q3.

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Qobuz Sets Early 2019 US Launch with Hi-Res Streams, Downloads, Additional Content

QubuzQobuz, which bills itself as the world’s only certified hi-res streaming and download service, will launch in the US in early 2019. 40 million tracks will be available in “lossless” quality (FLAC 16-Bit/44.1 kHz, similar to CD quality) and in 320kbps MP3 quality along with extensive meta-data and additional content.

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How Analytics Make All The Difference In A&R, Marketing

1In this piece Chaz Jenkins explains why implementing a broader approach to analytics is key to an effective marketing strategy, and why only looking at past data simply doesn't provide enough information.

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Spotify, Soundcloud Bot Farms Continue To Manipulate Streaming Numbers

Buy Spotify PlaysBot farms continue to manipulate streaming stats on Spotify and Soundcloud, a year after the streamers and music industry became aware of them, multiple sources tell Hypebot. The bots, which target these two services because they offer free access, are available both home-brewed and professionally marketed.

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5 Quick Psych Hacks For Improving Your Cover Art

3While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game.

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YouTube Music Adds Student Discount Plans

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added student plans that match discounts offered by Spotify and other competitors  YouTube Music Premium will cost students $4.99 per month and YouTube Premium which includes video is $6.99.  Students who sign up by the end of January can lock in Premium at the special rate of $5.99 per month.

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Spotify, Apple, Amazon Urged To Label Indie Music [Petition]

image from i.ytimg.comWith almost almost 30% market share overall, independent music is  a music industry force to be reckoned with.  But that share falls to below 20% on the major streaming services. In a effort to rectify the inequity, digital distributor Record Union is leading a campaign urge Spotify. Apple Music, Amazon and others to acknowledge independent music with a label.

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Mixcloud Inks Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

MixCloud_LogoRadio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.

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AWAL Signs Viral Sensation Gus Dapperton

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netKobalt’s AWAL has signed a worldwide recording deal with viral sensation Gus Dapperton. The singer, songwriter and producer is best known for his viral hits "Prune, You Talk Funny” and “I’m Just Snacking.” He averages nearly 1 million monthly Spotify listeners and has garnered 100 million cumulative streams in less than a year’s time.

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eMusic Blockchain Token Sales To Launch, Despite Ongoing Payment Problems

Emusic2018Indie digital music retailer eMusic will open the sale of its eMU Tokens to the public outside of the U.S. on Monday. November 26. The tokens are part eMusic's blockchain project that could be hampered by its ongoing payment struggles that have seen a number of major and independent labels and distributors pull their catalog off the platform.

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Music Piracy: No Longer In The Headlines, Still A Headache

1While the rise of streaming and the music industry's at least partial financial recovery have sidelined music piracy as a topic of major concern, the illegal acquisition of music online continues to be an ever-present issue.

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Spotify To Launch In India In Next 6 Month

Spotify newSpotify will launch in India within the next six month, according to multiple sources. A rumored deal to acquire an existing Indian music service did not materialize, forcing Spotify to go it alone or be left out of a streaming market that analysts estimate already has 100 million active monthly users . 

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SoundCloud Troll's DMCA Takedowns Demonstrates Weakness Of System

1DMCA takedown notices have received plenty of flack for their inaccuracy and rampant dissemination. Most recently trolls posing as rights holders have been able to take advantage of the DMCA's failure to closely look into any allegedly infringing material by getting them to issue takedown notices against completely legitimate content.

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Why Image Matters In The Spotify Age: Secretly Group Creative Director Explains

seDanny Ross sat down to chat with Robby Morris, the creative director of indie powerhouse the Secretly Group, which is responsible for the releases of Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs and others about why image is so important in the streaming age.

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Streaming Breathes New Life Into Older Record Catalogs

1As the rise of the streaming industry continues to alter the ways in which listeners consume music, we're starting to get a better handle on what some of these changes look like. One change that's been a benefit to artists is the revivification of their older work, or "catalogue" material, with more listeners reaching back to "re-discover" older recorded works.

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Music Modernization Act: What’s In It, Why Is It In There, Is It A Good Thing?

2[UPDATED] Enacted on October 11, the Music Modernization Act will have vast impact on the music business and how it is conducted in the US. Here we look at exactly what sort of changes this new legislation will bring about.

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Taylor Swift's UMG Deal Includes A Gift To Other Artists

tsTaylor Swift has once again used her power to help hundreds of other musicians.  Universal Music Group will share profits from the sale of Spotify stock with artists that have not recouped their advances.  While this almost unprecedented payment promise will match Sony's Spotify payments, the real person to thank for UMG's largesse is Swift.

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iHeartMedia Acquires Radio Tech Platform Jelli

IheartmediaiHeartMedia announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, the company behind the SoundPoint platform which enables  programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio ad time. The acquisition, which is designed to help radio compete with the kind of targeted advertising that digital services offer, comes just as iHeart appears to be emerging from bankruptcy.

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Losses Grow At Live Music Streamer LiveXLive

image from celebrityaccess.comLive music event streamer LiveXLive Media reported record revenue for their second fiscal quarter of 2019, but still missed Wall Street’s estimates. Revenue for the quarter came in at $7.97 million, up by 5% from the first quarter, when they cleared 7.62 million. However, the company missed the mark set by investment analysts, who had set a consensus of $8.33 million for the quarter.

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Spotify Secret Genius Awards 2018 - Full Winners List

image from celebrityaccess.comSpotify honored behind the scenes music makers at the Secret Genius Awards Friday evening in Los Angeles. Held at the Ace Theater, the award show was hosted by Ne-Yo.

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Artists Gaining Fake Spotify Plays From Unexpected Source

1Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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Ethical Streaming Royalties: More For Few Or Fewer For More

1In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations.

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Spotify Alums Create Canopy App Offering Recommendations Without Stealing Your Data

image from chittagongit.comTwo Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.

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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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