Netflix Needs Music, But Music Is Fine Without It

After a lengthy amount of time atop the streaming roost, Netflix now faces a serious threat from its competitors, and is hoping that investing in the music industry by creating things like original docs, it can stay at the head of the pack. That said, Netflix will need to act… Continue Reading

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Publishing Lawsuit Against Pandora From Wixen Music Raises Questions Regarding Lyric Licensing

Pandora is facing down a long-expected lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing over the streaming platform’s alleged infringing of lyrics in songs represented by Wixen. This could be bad news for Pandora, what was made aware of the problem in early 2018 and has thus far failed to take corrective action…. Continue Reading

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Labels, Streamers, Publishers Pledge To Battle Streaming, But Major Players Fail To Sign On

Spotify, Amazon and Deezer have joined all three major labels and music publishers, the RIAA, the American Association of Independent Music, IMPALA, Merlin, The International Confederation of Music Publishers and other global music industry trade groups in signing code of conduct designed to battle streaming manipulation. MIssing from the list… Continue Reading

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Grammys Finally Accept Streaming Links As Submissions

The Recording Academy will finally accept streaming links instead of physical product for award submissions in most categories. In a statement, the Academy also said, "For most categories, we would prefer streaming distribution links for online entry submissions, though CD submissions remain optional." The cost of submitting multiple physical copies… Continue Reading

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Why Fans Are More Important Than Listeners

It’s impossible to please everyone, and trying to winner every casual listeners is a futile effort. Instead, artists are better off focusing on their core diehard fans – an overall more easily targeted, easier to keep happy group. _________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix You will never please… Continue Reading

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Merlin Paid Indie Labels $1 Billion In Last 18 Months

Global independent digital rights agency Merlin announced the findings of its 2019 Membership Report & Survey at A2IM Indie Week on Tuesday, The report revealed 63% year-on-year increase in member payments to $845 million. The total includes over $130 million in revenues generated from one time settlements and other non-royalty… Continue Reading

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Artist’s Guide To Pandora AMP

While traditionally artists needed to use a distributor such as TuneCore or CD Baby in order to get their music on a major streaming network, more services are allowing artists to post directly on their platforms. Here, we look at one example, the Pandora AMP service. ___________________________ Guest post by… Continue Reading

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In this journey back through a busy seven days in the music business, we revisit why music’s superstars are suddenly getting streamed less, how Spotify is redesigning your music library, a look at how a recent fire in the Universal Music archives may have been much worse than previously thought,… Continue Reading

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Pandora Launches ‘Studio Resonate’ Consultancy

Pandora is launching a new in-house consultancy called Studio Resonate. The consultancy will provide advertisers with audio creative development, sonic branding and strategy services, web and mobile experiences, visual design, rich media production and live activations. While Pandora has provided these services to advertisers for a decade, according to a… Continue Reading

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Music Superstars Are Getting Streamed Less

Even as streaming continues to grow in popularity, it seems those top tear artists who were bringing home a disproportionate amount of revenue have seen their play counts slip – something which can only be good news for struggling mid-tier artists. __________________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0… Continue Reading

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