Piracy Is Not The Problem, Free YouTube and Spotify Are, says Music Industry Trade Group

With efforts to fight music piracy seen as largely successful, at least one music trade group executive is saying out loud what others in the industry have only dared whisper – the real problem keeping artists and labels from earning more from music isn’t stream-ripping, it is the free music… Continue Reading

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Apple Music Launches ‘Rap Life’ Playlist, Beats 1 Show

Apple Music has launched Rap Life, a new global playlist and Beats One radio show spotlighting the best new hip-hop. The move comes in direct response to Spotify top-rated Rap Cavier playlist which has 11.7 million followers. The Apple Music playlist – formerly known as The A-List: Hip-Hop – is… Continue Reading

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Stream Rippers Easily Circumvent YouTube Blocking

Last week, YouTube successfully blocked several major stream-ripping sites, according to multiple reports. Now, most of them have found a way to circumvent the blockhead. Stream ripping is currently the number one source of ​music ​piracy ​globally. ​Here’s the update from TorrentFreak: "Mp3-youtube.download almost instantly announced that it was working… Continue Reading

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How Spotify Calculates An Artist’s Monthly Active Users

Spotify monthly active user counts are one of the most important metrics used by the music industry – radio, media, A&R and more – to judge how hot an artist is and the size of their fan base. But how does Spotify calculate monthly active users? Is it unique listeners… Continue Reading

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Spotify Lite Had 1 Million Users In First Week, India Users Now Top 2 Million

UPDATED: Spotify clearly filled a need with the launch of its Spotify Lite app, which takes up one-third of the space on the users mobile, while still maintaining most of Spotify’s popular features. Spotify Lite grabbed more than 1 million global users in its first week. The app now has… Continue Reading

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Ed Sheeran Breaks Another Spotify Record: 69M Unique Monthly Listeners

Ed Sheeran has notched yet another streaming record, surpassing a staggering 69 million monthly Spotify listeners, and is on course to hit 70 million. Sheeran has seen a spike in Spotify ‘Sheerios’ – as his fans are known – with the July 12th release of his album ‘No. 6 Collaborations… Continue Reading

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Sony Consolidates Records, Publishing Under Rob Stringer

Sony Corporation chief Kenichiro Yoshida has announced that the company will bring together its recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan under the umbrella of Sony Music Group Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer will now run Sony Music Group as well as Sony Music Entertainment. According to… Continue Reading

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Music ‘Trigger Cities’: Spotlight On Latin America

In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America’s music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music’s global popularity. __________________________ Guest post by Jason Joven of Chartmetric Trigger Cities… Continue Reading

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Slide Over Lil Nas, Blanco Brown Brings The Beats To Top The Country Charts [Don’t Miss The Video]

It didn’t take long for other hip-hop and R&B artists to join in on a party started by Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” Now Blanco Brown has hit the country charts with “The Git Down.” Lil Nas, with the help of Billy Ray Cyrus, reinterpreted what could be, and probably… Continue Reading

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Can Major Labels Survive The Indie Music Revolution?

At the heart of the music business almost since its inception, major labels have successfully weathered multiple challenges to their industry dominance. But as music once again reinvents itself, can the major labels continue cling to power? ____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Major record labels have… Continue Reading

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