TickTok Owner In Talks To Launch Music Streaming Service

ByteDance, valued at $75 billion thanks in large part to the huge popularity of its TikTok app, is in talks with major labels and publishers to launch a music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Chinese conglomerate could launch its Spotify competitor as soon as the end of this… Continue Reading

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2019’s Biggest Streaming Earners (So Far)

While streaming is often maligned for the reduced amount of revenue it generates for artists, those musicians at the top of the pile are pulling down far more than you might have guessed. Here we look at streaming’s five biggest money makers of 2019 thus far. ___________________________ Guest post by… Continue Reading

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Building Passionate Clusters Of Fans: Niche Is Music’s New Mainstream says MIDiA’s Mark Mulligan

In an increasingly fragmented music landscape where algorithms and streaming emphasize songs over albums and artists, success – even on a global scale – is found in the niches, says top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. "Fandom is fragmenting," says Mulligan, "but it may be the best thing… Continue Reading

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LÜM Raises $1.2M, Partners With Frank Productions For New Music Discovery Platform

Social music app LÜM has closed its seed round, bringing the Madison, Wisconsin based startup’s total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year. LÜM has also partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions to explore ways to bridge the difficult divide between live and digital music consumption. Focusing on… Continue Reading

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Move Over Music, Spotify App Update Highlights Podcasts

The Spotify mobile music app has been renamed Spotify – Music and Podcasts, as the company brings its $500 million bet on podcasting to the forefront of its entire ecosystem. The new design is be available to some users, but the streamer has offered no date for a full roll… Continue Reading

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LiveXLive Adds Slacker To App

LiveXLive Media, the music tech company focused on live events, has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform. “The redesigned app allows music fans to access the best in live music events and recorded… Continue Reading

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How Streaming Is Altering The Way Music Is Produced and What We Can Do About It

Thanks to the rise of streaming, the metrics with which we measure the success of music are changing, which inevitably means the structure of music will change to compensate. In this piece we look at what kind impact streaming has had on the production of music, and what artists can… Continue Reading

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Millennials Prefer Yesterday’s Hits Over Current Ones

While a lot of people complain about contemporary music as adults (preferring the music they grew up with) this theory of the case doesn’t seem to apply to millennials, according to a new study, which reveals the demographic to overwhelmingly recognize music from the 1960s through to 2000, with a… Continue Reading

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Utilizing Spotify Ad Metrics

It’s natural for labels artists to wonder about the efficacy of the ads they’re spending money on and, thanks to metrics now available on Spotify’s Ad Studio, they are able to do just that, thereby gaining a better sense of user engagement on the platform. _____________________________ Guest post by Randi… Continue Reading

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How Spotify Pre-Saves Can Boost An Album Release

With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the… Continue Reading

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