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

    March 17, 2019 8:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 The streaming service is "attempting" to hold these events in L.A. and Nashville, according to an email by AAM founder Mark Beaven, who said writers should insist NMPA chief David Israelite be in attendance. Spotify is attempting to host s ...

  2. CD Baby Unveils Bespoke Advertising Options for Independent Artists

    March 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 As companies like Spotify and TuneCore escalate efforts to engage unsigned clients, CD Baby is now offering unique audio and banner ad opportunities for self-managed and independent artists.      Users of the CD Baby marketing platform Show.co  rece ...

  3. Verizon Says 5G Network Will Cost Customers an Extra $10 Per Month

    March 13, 2019 4:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 A handful of Verizon customers could soon have faster wireless service -- but they’ll have to pay $10 a month more. Verizon says it’ll flip the switch next month on a much-hyped, next-generation “5G” phone network. Service will start in parts of Chi ...

  4. Facebook's Messaging Ambitions Amount to Much More Than Chat

    March 13, 2019 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the center ...

  5. Spotify Discounts Hulu Membership Bundle to Price of Premium Subscription

    March 12, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For $9.99 a month, users can now access both services. Spotify subscribers can now enjoy Hulu as part of their $9.99 Premium memberships, the companies announced on Tuesday (March 12) as an expansion of their existing partnership. The streaming serv ...

  6. As Streaming Hits New High, Podcasting Goes Mainstream, Smart Speakers Take Hold & Pandora Dominates: Study

    March 08, 2019 2:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Streaming reached a new peak this year, potentially driven by smart speakers and a surge in podcasting, new data from Edison Research and Triton Digital shows. According to the 2019 Infinite Dial study, Americans are spending more time listening to ...

  7. Ticketmaster Partners With Academy Music Group to Rollout Digital Ticketing Across UK

    March 06, 2019 3:37 PM EST 0 0 0 London's O2 Academy Brixton and Shepherd's Bush Empire are among the venues making a switch towards mobile ticketing. Some of Britain's most famous venues, including London's O2 Academy Brixton and Shepherd's Bush Empire, ar ...

  8. Desi Arnaz is a Google Doodle: 6 Things to Know About the Cuban Musician & TV Icon

    March 02, 2019 6:18 AM EST 0 0 0 Watch the actor, singer and percussionist sing “Babalú." Desi Arnaz would have been 102 years old today (March 2), and he’s being celebrated with a Google Doodle. Here are five things to know about the bandleader, singer and percussionist, famo ...

  9. Garrett Levin Joins Digital Media Association as CEO

    March 01, 2019 12:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The Digital Media Association (DiMA) trade group that was an integral music industry ally to get the Music Mordernization Act passed into law last year has tapped Garrett Levin as its new CEO. For the last 26 months, Levin has served as senior vice ...

  10. Gracenote Partners With Muzooka to Include Artist Images in Music Metadata

    February 27, 2019 9:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Gracenote is now adding photos to its music metadata, thanks to a new partnership with Muzooka. The companies announced the arrangement on Wednesday (Feb. 27), meaning artists and their teams will now have more control over how they appear on variou ...

  11. Smart Speaker Ownership Grows to 36% of American Consumers

    February 26, 2019 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Thirty six percent of consumers now own smart speakers, according to a new study by Adobe Analytics. Of those who own the devices, 75 percent report using their smart speaker "at least daily" or "multiple times per day." These fi ...

  12. Pandora's New 'Stories' Tool Lets Artists Attach Voice Commentary to Songs

    February 26, 2019 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With the new feature, artists can intersperse voice tracks between songs on a playlist, adding commentary ranging from personal stories and inspirations to calls-to-action. Pandora hopes to fuse the benefits of playlists and podcasts with the launch ...

  13. Youtube Walks a Tightrope With Its Video Makers, Advertisers

    February 22, 2019 8:52 PM EST 0 0 0 YouTube’s year-in-review video is usually a celebration of video creators who upload free clips -- sometimes wacky, sometimes personal, sometimes offensive -- that the company then sells ads against. But this time, the video-sharing network provoked ...

  14. Sample Licensing Startup Tracklib Adds Two Spotify Veterans to Advisory Board

    February 21, 2019 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sample licensing startup Tracklib has expanded its advisory board with the addition of Spotify veterans Petra Hansson and Niklas Ivarsson , the Stockholm-based company announced on Thursday (Feb. 21). Hansson previously served as Spotify's gene ...

  15. Audiomack Launches Spanish-Language App, Names Maximo Souffrain Jr. Director of Latin Strategy

    February 20, 2019 4:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Youth-focused, free music streaming service Audiomack has announced the launch of a Spanish-language version of its app. The initiative is spearheaded by newly appointed director of marketing and Latin strategy Maximo "Max Escobar" Souffra ...

  16. LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud, Helping Major Labels & Bedroom Acts Alike

    February 19, 2019 6:04 PM EST 0 0 0 As Gwen Stefani prepared to debut the video for her single "Make Me Like You" at the 2016 Grammy Awards, her team needed the track mastered -- fast. Facing a 24-hour turnaround, Stefani's label, Interscope, consulted the web-based mas ...

  17. PledgeMusic Majority Shareholder Charged With $25M Penny Stock Fraud

    February 19, 2019 12:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The charges are unrelated to the crowdfunding platform, which has been facing scrutiny recently over late and missing payments to artists. PledgeMusic majority shareholder Joshua Sason , founder and owner of Magna Group, has been charged with orches ...

  18. SoundCloud Unveils New Tool Allowing Artists to Distribute Directly to Spotify, Apple Music & More

    February 19, 2019 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "It’s about a two-sided ecosystem: Creators bring great content and that content has the opportunity to be discovered," says CEO Kerry Trainor. In SoundCloud's latest move toward putting artists first, CEO Kerry Trainor on Tuesday (Fe ...

  19. European Union Agrees on Copyright Directive Text, Pushing Legislation Towards Final Vote

    February 13, 2019 3:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The proposed final language will now go before the European Parliament's legal affairs committee before a final vote on the directive can take place. The European Union's plan to reform copyright legislation -- and potentially transform ho ...

  20. Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJs

    February 13, 2019 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The new company will offer DJs access to a wide catalog of hits and pre-release exclusive content typically serviced through the promo pool industry. Leading DJ music source Beatport and subscription-based digital DJ record pool DJcity announced on ...

  21. Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Music

    February 08, 2019 6:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Now the streaming giant can finally bring its vision of becoming a "two-sided marketplace" to life -- just not for music first. Over the past several months, Spotify’s relationship with record labels and distributors has been murky at best ...

  22. Music Biz Goes to War With Itself Over European Copyright Directive

    February 08, 2019 6:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Trade organizations are split over the legislation's current form. For the past two years, the music and tech industries have been warring over the European Union's plans to reform copyright law -- one party (music) strongly in favor of it ...

  23. Marshmello's Virtual 'Fortnite' Concert Drove Major Streaming, Sales Gains

    February 07, 2019 7:57 PM EST 0 0 0 The masked DJ's "Check This Out" saw a 24,000 percent increase in on-demand video streams on the day of the digital gig, according to Nielsen Music. Marshmello 's digital concert inside video game Fortnite over the weekend drew u ...

  24. Distribution & Label Startup Amuse Unveils Feature to Pay Artists for Future Royalties

    February 06, 2019 6:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The new function uses machine learning to predict earnings up to six months ahead. Next generation record label and digital distributor Amuse announced plans this week to start paying artists royalties up to six months in advance using a new data-dr ...

  25. United Talent Agency Acquires Digital Brand Architects

    February 05, 2019 6:36 PM EST 0 0 0 The influencer marketing firm reps leading beauty bloggers and fashion writers. United Talent Agency has announced its acquisition of Digital Brand Architects, a social media marketing agency for digital artists and influencers.  DBA was founded in ...

  26. How the Vertical Music Video Finally Took Off

    February 05, 2019 11:52 AM EST 0 0 0 After earning her first solo No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Jan. 12 for her raw breakup single “Without Me,”  Halsey  was dethroned the following week by  Post Malone  and  Rae Sremmurd ’s “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).” But on J ...

  27. Streaming Drives Success of Spain's Top 2018 Artists

    January 30, 2019 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Streaming rises to 90% of digital activity in a year in Spain “marked by the success of new artists, young artists and women.” In 2018, a year in Spain "marked by the success of new artists, young artists and women," streaming drove the su ...

  28. Pitchfork Publisher Condé Nast to Put All Titles Behind Paywalls by 2020

    January 23, 2019 5:10 PM EST 0 0 0 But the new initiative won't be a "one-size fits all model." Avid readers of Vogue , Pitchfork  and any of Condé Nast's other publications, prepare to pay up: the publishing giant will place all its U.S.-based titles behind a pay ...

  29. Entering the Artprocess Era: How Influence, Ownership & Creation Will Change With AI (Guest Column)

    January 23, 2019 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Artificial intelligence is poised to transform creative dynamics, moving from fixed ownership to licensing and works created over a series of ongoing transformations. Art used to be done, finished and discrete. The artist stepped away and there was ...

  30. iHeartRadio Podcast Awards 2019 Winners

    January 19, 2019 11:16 AM EST 0 0 0 The inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast Awards were held at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on Friday (Jan. 18). The Breakfast Club 's Charlamagne tha God, Stuff You Missed in History Class co-host Holly Frey and country radio personality Bobb ...

  31. Listen to Spain's 2019 Eurovision Song Candidates

    January 18, 2019 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 The song that Spain will send to Eurovision 2019 will be elected live at a reality song contest Operación Triunfo gala on Jan. 20. Spain’s Televisión Española (TVE) will broadcast the election of the country’s entry for the 2019 Eurovision Song Cont ...

  32. European Rights Holders Call for 'Urgent' Changes Over Watered Down Copyright Reforms

    January 17, 2019 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 With just days to go before the European Parliament meets to conduct its final negotiations on copyright reform, a consortium of trade bodies and rights holder organizations published an open letter on Thursday (Jan. 17) warning that the draft legis ...

  33. The 'Breaking Bad' Synch That Broke Open ZZK Records

    January 16, 2019 5:08 PM EST 0 0 0 The Buenos Aires label specializing in digital cumbia is moving to Los Angeles in 2019. In the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad , a desperate Walter White drives a white van into the desert in New Mexico, where he buries barrel after barrel of mon ...

  34. How Audiomack Went From Mixtape Destination to One of the Most Influential Underground Streaming Services Around

    January 15, 2019 3:46 PM EST 0 0 0 “We’re not intent on becoming Spotify. We’re not trying to become Apple Music,” says co-founder and CMO Dave Ponte. “We’re carving out our own lane, and it’s a discovery streaming site." In September, Eminem surprise released a diss track aimed ...

  35. Ozomatli Signs With ONErpm: Listen to New Single 'Libertad' (Exclusive)

    January 08, 2019 12:34 PM EST 0 0 0 The Los Angeles band's latest is "a song about freedom on both a personal and political level." Ozomatli has signed with ONErpm distribution, through which the Los Angeles band will release a new single, “Libertad,” premiering exclusi ...

  36. Macaulay Culkin Re-Creates 'Home Alone' Scenes for Google Assistant Ad: Watch

    December 19, 2018 7:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Macaulay Culkin is back as Kevin McCallister -- kind of.     The Home Alone star stars in a new set of ads for Google Assistant that dropped Wednesday (Dec. 19) and features a shot-for-shot remake of scenes from the Christmas classic.     The bottom ...

  37. For the First Time in a Generation, The Grammy's Album of the Year Category Includes Nominees Not Released on CD

    December 19, 2018 6:26 PM EST 0 0 0 Cardi B and H.E.R. both skipped the steadily declining format. For the first time since the era of compact discs, this year's Grammy album of the year nominations feature projects not released on CD. Both Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy (Atl ...

  38. DiMA CEO Chris Harrison Exits Trade Group After Helping Get the Music Modernization Act Passed

    December 19, 2018 4:01 PM EST 0 0 0 After successfully helping to shepherd the Music Modernization Act into law , it looks like the senior management of the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) is out the door. According to an advert on LinkedIn, the trade group is looking for a new CEO. DiMA C ...

  39. Facebook Gave Access to Users' Private Messages to Netflix, Spotify: Report

    December 19, 2018 12:34 AM EST 0 0 0 Facebook's woes continue as a new bombshell report reveals that the social media giant gave tech companies it was partnered with far greater access to user data, including private messages, than was previously disclosed.  The New York Times rep ...

  40. SiriusXM to Air Live Concerts by Post Malone, Phish & More on New Year's Eve

    December 18, 2018 8:15 PM EST 0 0 0 SiriusXM has announced plans to air concerts by Post Malone , Phish , Lynyrd Skynyrd , Willie Nelson and more on New Year's Eve. The live shows are slated to broadcast on various SiriusXM stations, including Hip Hop Nation (Malone), Phish Radio ...

  41. Rolling Loud to Stream Hip-Hop Festival Through LiveXLive Platform

    December 13, 2018 7:10 PM EST 0 0 0 The event will offer a VR feed for Samsung devices. Rolling Loud festival at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, which opens Friday, is the latest live property to be built for streaming, announcing a partnership with LiveXLive to broadca ...

  42. The Case of the Disappearing 'Despacito' Rightsholder

    December 13, 2018 2:52 PM EST 0 0 0 YouTube says it can’t always figure out who to pay for a song. Should that shape EU copyright legislation -- and the rates it pays to all rightsholders? A few weeks ago, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote, in a Financial Times op-ed , that the streami ...

  43. Beatchain Partners With Eleven Seven Label Group, McGhee Entertainment to Boost Marketing & Promotion

    December 13, 2018 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 The company uses data science and artificial intellegence to support artist discovery, fan engement and sure-thing ticket sales. Data science and digital marketing platform Beatchain has announced strategic partnerships with independent music compan ...

  44. Ellen DeGeneres Teams Up With Spotify For Curated Hub Featuring Her Favorite Artists

    December 12, 2018 7:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres is taking her love of music to the next level. The popular talk show host teamed up with Spotify to create a hub curated by DeGeneres herself with custom content, themed playlists featuring her favorite artists, video clips and her “ ...

  45. Tencent Music Shares Rise on First Trading Day

    December 12, 2018 5:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rose nearly 8 percent to $14 on Thursday, their first day of trade. The company’s initial public offering of 82 million shares, which was priced at $13 a share, is expected to raise ...

  46. Demi Lovato Tops Google's List of Top Trending Searches of 2018

    December 12, 2018 3:01 AM EST 0 0 0 Eminem, Ariana Grande, Rick Ross and Cardi B all ranked highly as well, according to the tech giant's "Year in Search" data. Demi Lovato  was a popular search query in the U.S. during 2018, edging out Meghan Markle, Brett Kavanaugh, L ...

  47. Apple Acquires Artist Development & Creative Services Firm Platoon

    December 10, 2018 8:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Apple has acquired London-based creative services firm Platoon, Billboard has confirmed. The company was founded in 2016 by music industry veteran Denzyl Feigelson and LoveFilm co-founder Saul Klein , going on to help develop breakout acts such as B ...

  48. BTS Is 2018's Most Tweeted-About Celebrity, Plus More Year-End Twitter Data

    December 05, 2018 6:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lady Gaga had the year's third most globally quoted tweet with a post from 2012 that became a meme. As if there was any doubt already, BTS are truly a global phenomenon. According to year-end data from Twitter released on Wednesday (Dec. 5), th ...

  49. Drake Rules Apple Music's Year-End Charts

    December 04, 2018 12:09 AM EST 0 0 0 Drake , Kacey Musgraves and Cardi B are just some of the big winners in Apple Music's “Best Of 2018” charts, which collect the streaming giant’s data over the year and, for the first time, polls its editorial staff.  Drizzy, the IFPI’s global r ...

  50. Ticketmaster Teams Up With Fanatics for E-Commerce Partnership

    November 19, 2018 4:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Both sites will now promote verified tickets and official licensed merchandise to fans. Ticketmaster has partnered with sports merchandise company Fanatics to integrate official verified tickets and official licensed merchandise in the fan shopping ...

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