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Published: 2018-01-18T16:08:46-05:00

 



Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Format

2018-01-18T16:08:46-05:00

Spotify is rolling out a new multimedia format, Spotlight, which adds visual layers to complement the listening experience for select me podcasts, audiobooks, news, and other audio content. Spotlight is designed to give users "deeper insight" into their favorite artists, playlists, books and publishers offering contextual visual elements including photos,...



8 Tools That Can Multiply Your Instagram Marketing Effectiveness

2018-01-18T14:00:00-05:00

Instagram's spiking popularity has caused artists to flock to it as a primary promotional channel, and amassing an engaged set of Instagram followers has become an essential part of any musician's online presence. Here we look at tools for increasing the effectiveness of your Instagram marketing. __________________________ Guest post by...



Is Now Actually A Good Time To Invest In Music Royalties?

2018-01-18T13:00:00-05:00

While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of...



Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlists

2018-01-18T12:28:00-05:00

Spotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify's own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you...



Facebook To Add 'Watch Party' Group Video Viewing

2018-01-18T11:59:00-05:00

Facebook has begun testing Watch Party, a tool to which enables Groups that lets members watch and comment on videos together. Both live and prerecorded Facebook video can be included in a Watch Party. ____________________________ “As we think about video on Facebook, we’re focused on creating experiences that bring people...



What's Driving The Music Business? VR, AI, Blockchain, Smart Speakers, More [Bas Grasmeyer]

2018-01-18T11:30:00-05:00

As we move forward in 2018, Bas Grasmayer takes moment to reflect on the leaps and bounds forward which music industry tech has made, and how these advances will shape major industry trends in the coming year. _________________________________ Guest post by Bas Grasmayer from Music Tech Future I am typing...



Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaign [Cyber PR]

2018-01-18T11:00:00-05:00

Getting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen - particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd - isn't easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results. ________________________________ Guest post by Ariel Hyatt...



Soundcharts’ David Weiszfeld On Monitoring Social, Streams

2018-01-18T10:15:00-05:00

In this interview David Weiszfeld sat down to discuss his successful startup venture Soundcharts, which acts as a system for monitoring artists' activity on social media and streaming platforms. _______________________ Guest post by James Martin of Midem After leaving Universal Music France in 2013, David Weiszfeld founded an artist management...



Department Of Justice’s 100% Licensing Scheme Goes Down The Drain

2018-01-18T09:45:00-05:00

A recent ruling by the Department of Justice that ASCAP and BMI should be required to license the entirety of works that they were only partial owners of. The legal powers that be, however, recently ruled against the DOJ of this issue. _______________________ Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of Nova...



SoundCloud Adds Real Time Stats

2018-01-18T09:09:02-05:00

SoundCloud has added real-time updates for artist stats including plays, likes reposts, comments and more. It is available through a new “Today” custom view on SoundCloud Pulse and on the web. With real-time updates, SoundCloud creators can now see real-time performance stats for their track, connecting them faster to the...



NME Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

2018-01-18T08:35:00-05:00

“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. "It’s brilliant to see some old favorites...



Kendrick Lamar Eyes $20-$40 Million Publishing Bonanza

2018-01-18T08:20:51-05:00

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the hottest tickets in music, but the cash said to be on offer for his music rights are still an eye-popping, with reported offers of up to $40 million. According to a report in Billboard, Top Dawg Entertainment, which manages Kendrick Lamar, is considering...



Concord Completes Razor & Tie Acquisition, Layoffs Expected

2018-01-18T08:11:00-05:00

Concord Music Group has fully acquired Razor & Tie. In 2015, Concord made a major investment in the independent label, rumored at the time to be just under 50%. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. _______________________________________ Staffers at Razor & Tie were told to expect major layoffs in the...



AM BRIEF:Kendrick Lamar's $40 Million Catalog • Concord Acquires Razor & Tie • Sounds Launches • More

2018-01-18T08:05:39-05:00

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Amazon Music Launches in Australia, New Zealand Feb. 1

2018-01-17T16:04:24-05:00

[UPDATED] Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand beginning February 1st. Also beginning today, local customers can pre-order an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo plus. Amazon Music Unlimited will be available through three monthly plans: the Echo Plan, offering full access to at the breakthrough...