1. Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Time

    April 18, 2019 12:01 PM EDT The audio from the pioneering 2016 film was previously only available on Tidal. Beyoncé 's landmark visual album Lemonade is coming to all streaming services for the first time,  Billboard  can confirm. Three years after the audio for Grammy- ...

  2. More Younger Consumers Abandoning Radio for Digital-Only Listening On Their Devices: Study

    April 18, 2019 11:15 AM EDT Listeners are moving away from AM/FM radio towards digital-only listening via their mobile devices at an increasingly faster rate, according to data from Edison Research's Share of Ear  study, gathered between 2014-2019. Released on April 10, ...

  3. Twitch Launches TikTok-Style Interactive Karaoke Game 'Twitch Sings'

    April 17, 2019 7:43 PM EDT At launch, Twitch Sings had deals in place with all the major music publishers, nearly 200 independent publishers and all copyright collecting societies. Amazon’s game-streaming service Twitch has publicly launched its first game,  Twitch Sings , ...

  4. Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists

    April 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT The format is in its 13th consecutive year of growth. Wax is back. With Nielsen Music reporting a new yearly high for U.S. vinyl sales, marking the 13th consecutive year of growth, Bandcamp  revealed on Wednesday  (April 17) that sales of vinyl re ...

  5. Tumblr Launches Dedicated K-Pop Hub: Exclusive

    April 17, 2019 2:53 PM EDT "We want to recognize these fandoms and this community by operating a home base to highlight the best of the best." The K-pop community gets its latest dedicated space in the mainstream digital world today. Billboard is happy to share ex ...

  6. P!nk Announces 'Hurts 2B Human' Coloring App Collaboration

    April 17, 2019 8:53 AM EDT There are a lot of ways you can get the poison out while listening to P! nk 's music: dancing, singing at the top of your lungs, hitting a heavy bag. But on Tuesday (April 16) the singer gave her fans a novel way to celebrate the upcoming rel ...

  7. In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Places

    April 16, 2019 5:53 PM EDT uduX, the first made-in Nigeria music streaming service, has partnered with one of country's largest banks to make the platform available inside GTBank's Habari app. To make money in Nigeria’s music industry, Chidi Okeke is chasing it at ...

  8. Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focus (Op-Ed)

    April 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT The music business has always excelled at mass marketing, but it's more important than ever to launch new projects with targeted marketing. Casinos spend lavishly to attract "whales," high-stakes gamblers whom they lure in with limo ...

  9. Coachella 2019: YouTube to Live Stream Second Weekend, Including Kanye West's Easter Service

    April 14, 2019 11:51 AM EDT For those who can't make it the second weekend of Coachella 2019, YouTube will be offering a first-ever curated live stream of performances from April 19-21, including Kanye West 's highly anticipated Easter Sunday Service . West's ...

  10. Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering: Exclusive

    April 12, 2019 6:53 PM EDT "Alexa, play free music." Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard -- intensifying its competitive threat to global streaming leader Spotify. The worl ...

  11. How DotMusic Limited Won the .Music Domain War

    April 12, 2019 3:15 PM EDT How a small company with a big dream beat out heavy hitters like Google and Amazon for the coveted top-level domain extension. The more than decade-long battle over the .music top-level domain extension (TLD) has finally come to an end. The victor ...

  12. Nashville Songwriters React to Town Hall on CRB Streaming Rate Appeal: 'We Just Want to Be Paid Fairly'

    April 11, 2019 4:45 PM EDT About 300 members of the the Nashville songwriting community turned out Wednesday afternoon for a town hall meeting to discuss Spotify and other streaming services' appeals of the Copyright Royalty Board's recent rate increase for publis ...

  13. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Before

    April 10, 2019 11:00 PM EDT "I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted. I believe it has to be evolved," he said in expansive interview with the 'Freakonomics Radio' podcast. Spotify will potentially shift focus away from editorial playl ...

  14. Childish Gambino & Rihanna's 'Guava Island' Film Coming to Amazon During Coachella Weekend

    April 10, 2019 9:28 PM EDT A few days ago, ads on Spotify began to advertise that  Guava Island , a film featuring Rihanna and Childish Gambino, would premiere at some point on Saturday on the Coachella YouTube live stream. However, Donald Glover confirmed to  Vanity Fair   ...

  15. Spotify's Secret Genius Songwriters Pen Letter to Daniel Ek Over CRB Rate Appeal: 'You Have Used Us'

    April 09, 2019 4:21 PM EDT "Our fight is for all songwriters: those struggling to build their career, those in the middle class and those few who have reached your Secret Genius level." In 2017, Spotify launched its  Secret Genius Awards  annual event to honor son ...

  16. King Crimson's Entire Studio Album Catalog Is Coming to Spotify

    April 08, 2019 7:27 PM EDT King Crimson fans will soon be able to finally stream the group's music on Spotify.  At a press event on Saturday (April 6), the band's manager David Singleton announced that the entire studio-album catalog will soon launch on the stream ...

  17. Univision Sells Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to Great Hill Partners

    April 08, 2019 10:38 AM EDT Retreating from a wider, millennial-focused market, Univision says it will now concentrate on its core Hispanic media assets "and strengthen its position as the no. 1 media company serving U.S. Hispanics." Univision Communications has an ...

  18. Digital Ad Spending in Latin America Forecast to Grow 14 Percent in 2019: Report

    April 08, 2019 7:55 AM EDT A report from eMarketer foresees that digital platforms will claim nearly one-third of all spending in the region by the end of this year. Digital ad spending in Latin America is expected to grow 14.1% in Latin America in 2019, according to a new ...

  19. Netflix Teases Upcoming Beyonce Special 'Homecoming'

    April 07, 2019 2:09 PM EDT It took just one word for Netflix to send Beyonce fans into a full-on freak out.     The streaming giant on Sunday (April 7) posted on its social media channels a yellow image with the word “Homecoming” across it. The only other information was a ...

  20. BLACKPINK's 'Kill This Love' Video Sets Record for Biggest YouTube Premiere Event

    April 07, 2019 2:00 PM EDT K-pop quartet BLACKPINK had the best-ever music video YouTube Premiere event ever on the streaming platform for their recently released " Kill This Love " video. “ We can confirm Blackpink's music video for ‘Kill This Love’ set an a ...

  21. Drowned In Sound to Cease Publishing After Nearly 20-Year Run

    April 04, 2019 1:46 PM EDT After nearly 20 years of publishing album reviews, live reviews, interviews, features and news items, online music publication Drowned In Sound will stop publishing new articles.  In a Facebook post , UK-based founder and editor Sean Adams said a ...

  22. Google Doodle Celebrates South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela's 80th Birthday

    April 04, 2019 10:02 AM EDT The latest Google Doodle features a colorful illustration of South African musician Hugh Masekela  today (April 4), celebrating his 80th birthday. The trumpeter, singer, composer and human rights advocate passed away last year after battling prost ...

  23. iHeartMedia Files for IPO

    April 03, 2019 3:40 PM EDT The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2018 and in January had its plan approved. iHeartMedia filed for an initial public offering on Wednesday (April 3), just months after its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan was approved detailing a path ...

  24. Spotify's Biggest Hits In Its First Year As a Public Company

    April 03, 2019 1:29 PM EDT It’s been exactly one year since Spotify went public on April 3, 2018, coming out of the gate with a bang at $165.90 a share , almost four times the Swedish streaming giant’s valuation during the funding round that preceded its public offering. Th ...

  25. YouTube Announces New Class of Talent for 'Refreshed' Foundry International Artist Development Program

    April 03, 2019 1:00 PM EDT Omar Apollo, Arlo Parks, iyla, Ann Marie, GroovyRoom, Michael Brun and Flohio are among the 11 musicians working with the video-sharing platform. YouTube Music has announced a new class of musicians to participate in its Foundry international arti ...

  26. Symphonic Distribution Expands to Nashville & Colombia

    April 02, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Newly-appointed vp business development Randall Foster has been tapped to lead the Nashville operation. Independent music distribution and marketing company Symphonic Distribution is expanding its operations to Colombia and Nashville, the company ...

  27. Chaku Zulu Joins Spotify as Head of Artist & Talent Relations

    April 01, 2019 6:05 PM EDT With management client Ludacris, the Atlanta music veteran co-founded Disturbing tha Peace Records in 1995. Atlanta music veteren Chaka Zulu has joined Spotify in the newly created role of head of artist and talent relations, the manager and label ...

  28. Side Door Booking App Brings House Concerts Into the Digital Age & A Tour Near You

    March 29, 2019 6:17 PM EDT The new service matches performers with hosts for intimate shows. Canadian musician Dan Mangan and music industry professional Laura Simpson have come up with a browser-based, mobile-friendly booking business that matches live performers to show h ...

  29. Spotify Testing Cheaper Subscription Plan for Couples

    March 28, 2019 4:06 PM EDT Premium Duo is currently piloting in select markets, offeing two subscriptions for the discounted price of €12.49 per month. Couples, roommates and other co-habiting duos may now have a better -- and cheaper -- option for subscribing to Spotify. T ...

  30. Red Light Investment in Satisfi Labs' AI-Powered Fan Service Platform Signals Expansion Into Live Music

    March 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT The tech could, hypothetically, enable a fan to buy a ticket, order food delivered to their seat, find the closest restroom, facilitate merch purchases for home delivery and more. Artifical intelligence-powered "knowledge management platform& ...

  31. Downtown to Acquire AVL Digital Group, Including CD Baby, AdRev & More

    March 27, 2019 3:00 PM EDT The portfolio of businesses collectively distribute and monetize more than 10 million tracks on behalf of over 900,000 artists, labels and other rights holders. Downtown Music Holdings is acquiring AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music dist ...

  32. The Pharcyde, Mayer Hawthorne & More Join Mixcloud Select as Service Rolls Out New Features

    March 27, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Creators can now offer subscribers exclusive content behind their own paywall. The Pharcyde , Mayer Hawthorne , J. Rocc and others are joining Mixcloud's burgeoning subscription service, Mixcloud Select, as the company announced a new batch o ...

  33. SoundCloud Expands Playlists, Introduces Community Profile Pages

    March 27, 2019 9:00 AM EDT Song selections will be curated by music journalists and critics, including former Pitchfork editor-in-chief Mark Richardson. SoundCloud has added a host of curated playlists to its service, allowing streaming platform's users to more easily ...

  34. Sia Now Has More Videos In YouTube's Billion Views Club Than Any Other Female Artist

    March 26, 2019 8:01 PM EDT Sia 's "Elastic Heart" video has officially surpassed one billion views on YouTube this week, giving her more videos in the site's Billion Views Club than any other female artist. The video is Sia's fifth as either a lead, ...

  35. Spotify Personalizing Some Editorial Playlists Based on Users' Tastes

    March 26, 2019 4:33 PM EDT The streaming service also announced new custom URLs for artists to share putting their songs first on playlists. Spotify will now use algorithms to partially "personalize" some of its editorial playlists based on listeners' tastes. ...

  36. Dozens of Music Companies File Copyright Suit Against Charter Communications

    March 25, 2019 8:59 PM EDT The internet service provider allegedly failed to "take reasonable measures to curb customers from using its Internet services to infringe on others’ copyrights." More than 50 leading record labels and publishers have filed a lawsuit aga ...

  37. Peloton Removing Classes Featuring Songs Named in NMPA Lawsuit

    March 25, 2019 7:51 PM EDT After a lawsuit was filed against Peloton last week, the exercise startup is removing classes featuring songs publishers claim were being used without proper licenses.  The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and members Downtown Mu ...

  38. A Love Letter to the Pretend Pirates of Europe from the Real Pirates of Silicon Valley (Guest Column)

    March 25, 2019 2:59 PM EDT Hello from Silicon Valley! As the vote on the Copyright Directive approaches, we wanted to thank Europeans, especially young members of the Pirate Parties, for defanging the left in order to make us rich. We sometimes joke about all of these kids ...

  39. 7digital Names John Aalbers CEO As Simon Cole Exits

    March 25, 2019 2:33 PM EDT London-based digital services company 7digital has appointed a new leader, John Aalbers , with current director/CEO Simon Cole scheduled to step down in April. Cole, who has led 7digital since its formation from a reverse merger with UBC Media in ...

  40. Apple Unveils Subscription News, Video Streaming & Game Subscription Services

    March 25, 2019 2:10 PM EDT "We believe Apple News+ is going to be great for customers and great for publishers," said CEO Tim Cook on Monday. After months of fevered speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the company's "special event" by announc ...

  41. Long-Awaited Video Service Expected From Apple Today

    March 25, 2019 10:33 AM EDT Apple is expected to announce today (March 25) that it’s launching a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” ...

  42. The CRB Rate Trial Explained: How Publishers, Digital Services Weighed In At The Time

    March 22, 2019 11:20 AM EDT It’s clear why the likes of Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier , Warner/Chappell Music co-chairman/COO Carianne Marshall and NMPA president/CEO David Israelite are criticizing the decision by digital services to appeal the Copyr ...

  43. Google Celebrates Bach With First AI-Powered Doodle

    March 21, 2019 11:07 AM EDT In celebration of one of the world’s most impactful composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, Google Doodle has created their first ever AI-powered Doodle to encourage even the less musically-inclined to create Bach-like melodies of their own. At first, t ...

  44. Splice Raises $57.5M in Funding, Artist Payouts Hit $15M

    March 20, 2019 8:52 PM EDT The music creation and collaboration company has expanded its executive team with several recent hires. Music creation and collaboration company Splice has raised $57.5 million in a Series C funding round, the company revealed on Wednesday (March ...

  45. Maroon 5's 'Girls Like You' Reaches 2 Billion YouTube Views in Just 10 Months

    March 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT Maroon 5's smash hit featuring Cardi B, "Girls Like You," caught a lot of attention for its cameo-filled nature, featuring the likes of Camila Cabello, Ellen DeGeneres, Gal Gadot, Jennifer Lopez, Behati Prinsloo and more. Not only d ...

  46. Tencent Music Stock Drops More Than 10% Following Mixed Earnings Report

    March 20, 2019 5:27 PM EDT Tencent Music (TME) stock dropped 10.29 percent on Wednesday (March 20), following the Chinese tech giant's first quarterly earnings report since going public in the U.S. The report was a mixed bag, noting revenue for the fourth quarter ended ...

  47. Spotify Reportedly Working on Hosting Songwriter Town Hall Meetings Following CRB Royalty Rate Appeal

    March 17, 2019 8:42 PM EDT Spotify is attempting to host songwriter town hall meetings in Los Angeles and Nashville in response to the streaming service's appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's rate determination, according to an email from Mark Beaven , founder ...

  48. Ariana Grande's Director, Vevo Discuss the Power of Music Videos at SXSW: 'You Should Be Filming Everything'

    March 15, 2019 8:25 PM EDT Many of the past year's biggest pop culture moments have one thing in common: They revolved around music videos. There was Drake ’s “God’s Plan" video, where the rapper embarked on a million-dollar donation spree -- and inspired a meme i ...

  49. Spotify Calls Apple a 'Monopolist' Slamming Response to App Store Complaint

    March 15, 2019 6:21 PM EDT Spotify was quick to clap back at Apple on Friday (March 15), after the tech giant  issued a statement regarding the streamer's App Store antitrust complaint in Europe.  "Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and wil ...

  50. Why Spotify's Appeal of The CRB Rate Decision Is A Huge Deal For Songwriters And Publishers

    March 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT Is Spotify suing songwriters? The company says no. But it did file an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate determination, which consists of a three-step formula that ultimately produces a royalty amount that is paid to publishers, and thus ...

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