With Spotify Canvas, Artists Add Moving Visuals To Tracks

Spotify newSpotify is beta testing Canvas, a new feature which allows artists and labels to add a fullscreen, 3-8 second moving visual to tracks. It replaces cover art and will loop in the Now Playing view of the Spotify app.

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Is It Possible That Radio Dodged The Digital Bullet?

1With conventional broadcast radio now beset from all sides by streaming services, podcasts, and satellite, the future of this form of legacy entertainment is often brought into question, however some key signs suggest it may be weathering the digital storm better than expected.

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Spotify India Launch Delayed To March, Majors Yet To Sign

Spotify new rectangleSpotify's launch in India was unofficially scheduled for January 31st, with one source reporting that a Mumbai's Famous Studios had already been booked for a launch party tonight. Now sources within India are reporting that the launch has been delayed until March.

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Apple Music Streams Free On American Airlines Flights

image from www.apple.comApple Music subscribers will have access to tho there steaming accounts on any domestic American Airlines flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi with no Wi-Fi purchase required., starting Friday. AA is the first airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi.

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SoundExchange 2018 Artist Payments Top A Record $953M

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comSoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year.

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Average Spotify User Paying Only $5.50 Per Month

1While industry insiders have suggested that a $5 price point is an ideal monthly streaming amount as far as maximizing growth, major labels have generally forced platforms' hand closer to a $9.99 charge. A new dip into Spotify's finances, however, has revealed that the average user of that platform is only shelling out about $5.50 per month.

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Apple Music Passes 50M Paid Subscribers, Biggest Quarterly Music Revenue Ever

Apple-music-gift-cardApple Music passes 50 million paid subscribers before the end of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors during a Tuesday earnings call.  That's up 10 million in the last year. If you've heard the 50 million figure before, it previously included 90 date free trials and other free users. 

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Pandora CEO Roger Lynch, Other Execs Exit As Shareholders Approve Sale To SiriusXM

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora (NYSE: P) stockholders voted on Tuesday to approve the audio streamer's acquisition by SiriusXM.  At the special meeting stockholders with 75% of the outstanding voting power voted, with 97% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction.

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SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud, the Berlin-based music streaming platform, made good on its promise to bring in more than $100 million for the 2017 calendar year, according a filing with UK Companies House this week.

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Music Distribution: Upfront Revenue vs. Revenue Sharing

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 5.14.20 PMOnce you've finished creating your music, its time to develop a strategy for how you want to release it. With so many digital distributors out, it picking one can be a difficult choice, something made more complicated by the decision of whether you want to pay an upfront fee, or allow the distributor to share your revenue.

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Eminem Is Only Artist w/ 7 Albums Passing 1B Spotify Streams

image from upload.wikimedia.orgEminem has become the first artist  with seven albums surpassing the 1 billion streams mark on Spotify. The  milestone comes as his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP hits the billion stream mark.

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Why Spotify Is Actually A Win For Artists, Listeners

1While Spotify has been a fairly polarizing company in the music industry since its inception, with many in the business feeling that it's financial practices are less than fair, this piece looks at how the platform (and its new 'block' feature) is actually beneficial to both artists and consumers.

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Indie Label Tru Thoughts Celebrates 20 Years of Innovative Vinyl Releases

image from celebrityaccess.comBrighton label Tru Thoughts is celebrating two decades of innovative vinyl releases this year. From downtempo instrumentals to heavy club tracks, through reggae, dub and hip hop to folk, jazz and soul-influenced singers and songwriters, the label really has done it all.

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Why Subscriptions Matter To Musicians [Jack Udell]

1As subscription based services begin to occupy an increasingly large section of the market, artists are wondering how they can better get in on the action. Here we look at why a subscriber base would be so valuable to artists, and some of the challenges in creating an artist-specific subscription base.

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RealNetworks Takes Control Of Napster Music Streaming Service For Just $1M Up Front

Napster logoRealNetworks has doubled its stake in Rhapsody International, which operates the Napster music streaming service. RealNetworks now owns 84% of Napster and will operate it as an independent subsidiary. The transaction values Napster at less than $140 million.

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CD Baby, SACM Partner To Empower Independent Mexican Artists and Composers

Arturo Peěrez Courtade  Heli Del Moral  Angeles Mendoza  Mario Saěnchez  Enrique Ochoa  Emmer Villalobos CD Baby has partnered with SACM, Mexico’s only Performance Rights Organization. As part of the alliance, SACM has named CD Baby as their “preferred” distributor, and CD Baby will offer free submissions for SACM members to all digital music services.

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Making Free Pay: The New Data Battle Ground [Mark Mulligan]

FreeFrom Spotify to Xbox Live and the New York Times, 2018 is the year that paid subscriptions took hold. But the nasty truth is that most consumers still won't pay, as evidence by the100M who prefer Spotify's free tier. "This means ad-supported strategies are going to play a growing role in the digital economy," says Mark Mulligan. "But set against the backdrop of growing consumer privacy concerns, we will see data become a new battle ground."

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Music Groups Use New Australian Copyright Law To Skewer Stream Ripping Sites

1After Australia recently amended its copyright laws to feature some subtle but important language changes, there was immediately concern that this alterations would be a target for abuse. The new provisions are now being used by music groups to shut down stream ripping sites which, though it may seem good on the surface, could be problematic, writes Mike Masnick.

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How To Cultivate More Spotify Follows

1Any artist today is aware of the value of building followers on Spotify, as growing this base increases your chances of landing on a high-profile playlist. Here we look at some creative ways for artists to flip fans into followers.

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Spotify To Sell $100 In-Auto Voice Controlled Player, May Launch In India 1/31

Spotify new rectangleSpotify is planning its first push into hardware with a long rumored voice controlled in-auto music player. It's not clear who will buy the $100 device, since the streamer is already accessible via voice control using Alexa, Google Play and its own in-house Spotify Voice.

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Spotify Rolls Out #MuteRKelly Inspired Artist Blocking

Spotify BlockSpotify is rolling out a feature that allows users to block an artist, including their automatically curated playlists like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix. The move comes as calls increase to #MuteRKelly and ban artists accused of sexual misconduct and hate speech.

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Ariana Grande's 7 Rings Shatters Spotify 24 Hour Record With 15 Million Streams of '7 Rings'

image from storage.googleapis.comAriana Grande has shattered Spotify's record for the most plays within 24 hours. Grande's single "7 Rings" clocked 14,966,544 streams in its first 24 hours after being released on Friday 18th. That's 4 million more than the former record holder.

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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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