Japanese Music Sales Dragging, But It Could Be Good News

1While the US is well established as the largest music market in the world, number two, Japan, is perhaps less well known. Recently, the island nation's music sales have seen a bit of slowdown, however. Still, this may not be a bad thing for the music industry overall.

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Pandora Adds Music, Podcast Sharing To Instagram Stories

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has added music and podcast sharing to Instagram Stories. Starting today, Pandora users across all tiers of service can share songs, albums, podcasts, playlists and Pandora stations via Instagram Stories and give friends and followers free temporary access to Pandora.

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Spotify Adds 'Horoscope Today’ Short Podcasts From Parcast

Parcast Are Reading the Stars to Bring You ‘Horoscope Today’ — SpotifySpotify has added Horoscope Today, short podcasts for each of the 12 signs delivered every day, 365 days a year. The two-minute daily audio is produced by Parcast, which Spotify acquired or $54 million in April of this year as part of a major puch into podcasting.

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Spotify Surveys Artists, Industry To Expand Artists Services Directory

Provider Directory – Spotify for ArtistsSpotify is asking artists and the music industry to tell them the kind of services they'd like to see listed in a "Provider Directory."  The wide-ranging survey appears to be a test of the level of interest a broader services directory and which categories should be included.

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Discovering The Music Fan - Gimme Radio Links To Spotify

4Recently the popular music discovery platform Gimme Radio launched a new feature which allows its users to link their apps with Spotify, adding their favorite tracks to a playlist. Given that Spotify could, in many ways, be considered a competitor, why would Gimme radio do this? Here Tyler Lenane explains the rationell behind it.

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LiveXLive, Allied Esports Partner For Competitive Gaming, Live Music Events

image from celebrityaccess.comLive event streamer LiveXLive has formed a multi-year partnership with Allied Esports to create live esports experiences at music events and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

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'Success' In Music: What Does It Mean Right Now?

4In any industry, success is a nebulous concept, and perhaps doubly so in the music business. For one artist it could mean the ability to pay all their bills through their music, for another it might require getting a number one hit. Regardless, the modern music climate isn't what it once was, and a redefining of what success means must take place.

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When Musicians Find Justification In Piracy

2Here, Wade Sutton weighs in on what he perceives to be hypocritical behavior by some musicians who, in spite of railing against music piracy, condone other forms of illegitimate downloading and/or streaming, and the 'jailbreaking' of devices like the Amazon Firestick or the Google Chromecast.

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CD Baby, Tunecore, DistroKid Add Rapid Apple Music For Artists Verification

image from artists.apple.comTop 3 DIY music distributors CD Baby, Tunecore and DistroKid have all added rapid Apple Music For Artists verification, unlocking the platform's expanded analytics for their artists.

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5 Reasons Why Artists Should Embrace Competition And Saturated Markets

6Trying to make it as an artist in 2019 is, undeniably, and uphill battle. With saturated markets and pitiful streaming revenues, attempting to cultivate a successful career as musician can seem impossibly difficult. But what if viewing competition as a negative is the wrong approach? Here we look at what those working in the industry have to gain from a saturated market.

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KFOG Joins Rock Radio Deadpool

image from images.tritondigitalcms.comInfluential and iconic California album and alt-rock station KFOG will be signing off the air for good in September. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the radio station will transition to a simulcast of KNBR-AM sports radio on Sept. 6.

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DistroKid Adds Distribution To TikTok

image from imagevars.gulfnews.com[UPDATED] DistroKid has become the first DIY music distributor top add TikTok to its offering. The short video app has more than 500 million active worldwide and served as the launchpad for the longest-running #1 in chart history, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.

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New Way To Game YouTube Views Being Utilized By Artists, Labels

2Paying for plays and view counts has been a common practice since the dawn of on-demand, and although YouTube view counts don't mean as much as they used to, a high count can help pull in advertising dollars. Increasingly, some artists are purchasing Google ads to play their videos over other popular clips as a way to boost their count.

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Tencent Music Label Deals Probed By Chinese Regulators

Tencent musicThe deals that Tencent Music Entertainment has with record labels are under investigation by the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust authority. The probe could end the exclusive licensing deals that Tencent has with Sony Music, UMG, WMG and others.

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6 Marketing Strategies For Getting Your Music On Playlists

1In the age of on-demand streaming, a crowded marketplace has made getting your music discovered quite a challenge. Luckily, playlisting has become such a dominant part of music consumption that many artists are able to tweak the system in order to land their music on both algorithmically generated and user curated playlists.

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How Much Does Streaming Actually Pay Musicians?

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusicians regularly and understandably complain about 0the payments they receive from streaming music services and release stats to prove they've been wronged. Too often, however, the numbers are incomplete or fail to include the publishers, labels, etc. - that can reduce what the artist finally receives. Here Tony van Veen offers facts without the emotion based on averages payments that he receives for his own indie band.

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Converting Weather Into Music With Dark Sky, Spotify For Tycho

Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 10.58.56 AMIn a unique algorithmic twist, Tycho recently teamed up with Lee Martin to craft an app which employs the user's local weather forecast in order to create custom weather-based playlist. Here Martin walks us through the process of the app's creation, and how it works.

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Spotify, Netflix Should Worry About A Global Recession

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comSpotify, Netflix and a select group of streaming services have experienced meteoric growth. But that growth - already slowing in some sectors - could be reversed if there is the global recession that many economists predict, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, and it's not for the reasons you might think.

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Streaming Income: How Sustainable Is It?

1How much artists actually earn from streaming has been a popular topic of debate in the music industry for some time. Here, we look at a slightly different perspective on basic income forecasting, and exactly how the economics of streaming affect artists.

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Warner Music Licenses Music Discovery App Audiomack

image from celebrityaccess.comWarner Music Group has entered into a licensing deal with fast-growing music discover app Audiomack. The partnership marks Audiomack’s first with a major label.

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Apple Music Adds New Music Daily Playlist

Apple Music New Music Dailyof "the latest must-hear songs."  According to Apple, "When the most important artists—from across the world and across genres—have something new to drop, this will be the place to find it first."

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4 Ways Artists, Labels Manipulate Spotify, Apple Streams and How It Hurts Everyone

image from blog.paralleldots.comMusic streaming manipulation - artificially boosting stream counts to improve chart positioning, increase market share and royalty payments, or for other non-legitimate purposes - is a real problem for the entire music industry.

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Taylor Swift Shares More Album Record Details, Dates

image from www.hypebot.comDuring an interview and performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, Taylor Swift offered new details about her plan to re-record songs from her past six albums.

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Spotify Triples Premium Free Trial Period, Matches Apple

image from bestoftool.comSpotify has expanded the free trial period for its Premium service from 30 to 90 days. The move aligns Spotify with Apple Music's 90 day trial and launches today for individual and student plans.

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Pandora Expands Independent Artist Music Submissions Tool

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora is expanding its Independent Artist Submissions tool to make it easier to submit music for consideration. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music and even Pandora's own Premium streaming service, not all artists are chosen by its internal Music Genome Project for inclusion on the basic free Pandora ad-supported service.

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Apple Music Launches Shazam Chart Of Hot Songs Chart From New Artists

Shazam Discovery Top 50 logoApple Music has added the "Shazam Discovery Top 50" chart and playlist designed to "unearth up-and-coming songs from breaking artists."  The music industry has become increasingly focused on early identification of emerging artists and their growing importance in driving revenue growth.

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Spotify Test Drive Higher Prices In Scandinavia

3Having accrued an impressive number of subscribers, Spotify is planning to hike up prices on its home turf, increasing the cost of its family plan in Scandinavia by 14%. Whether this test will amount to anything, or be rolled out anywhere remains to be seen, however.

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Dept. Of Justice Backs Led Zeppelin In 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Dispute

Led ZepIts a headline that would have been unimaginable in the 1970s, but it's true. The U.S. Department of Justice is backing Led Zeppelin in their long-running copyright dispute over the classic hit “Stairway to Heaven” which has major ramifications for copyrighted music.

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