Music Tech

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Prince, Dancing Baby Appeal Despite Government’s Acknowledgement Of Legal Error

In a bizarre continuation of the court case that wouldn’t die, the supreme court asked the White House to weigh in on whether the supreme court should hear the appeal on the infamous "dancing baby" court case and, although the White House agreed that the 9th Circuit’s ruling was rife…

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Spotify Adds Group Playlists Using Facebook Messenger

Spotify is getting more social. Overnight the music streamer launched Group Playlists for Messenger, which enables group playlist creation using Facebook’s popular messaging app. ____________________________________ With Spotify’s new Group Playlists for Messenger, users can create Spotify playlists with their Facebook friends. They can create a Group Playlist, share it, and…

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WED. BRIEF: 69¢ iTunes Strategy • Khalid Picked For Apple Music’s "Up Next" • Instagram Stories Passes 250M Users • More

Wednesday 6.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Are 69 cent tracks a smart chart strategy or the further devaluation of music? Updated continuously under our More News tab

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How To Get Verified And Use Analytics On Shazam

Given its popular use as a music discovery platform, getting verified on Shazam can do wonder when it comes to connecting with more fans, as it frequently provides a space for fans to engage with artists before more mainstreams social networks. __________________________________ Guest post by Ta’Rikah Jones of Symphonic Distribution…

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Bots, Playlists, Blockchain, Value Gap & Growth – Top Trends From #Midem 2017

Fresh from a full week at Midem 2017, Romy Harber shares some of the key trends and hot topics discussed during the event, including the role of chatbots, the future of playlists, what we can expect from blockchain tech, and much more. ______________________ Guest post by Romy Harber on MidemBlog…

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With Spotify’s New "Sponsored Songs" Labels Can Pay For Song Plays

Spotify is testing "Sponsored Songs" which gives labels the ability to pay to have songs featured on the music streamer’s free tier. While "pay to play" or payola is illegal on terrestrial radio, there are no regulations that prohibit it on internet streamers like Spotify. ____________________________________________ Spotify is testing "Sponsored…

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TUE. BRIEF: Royalty Exchange + $6.4M • Supremes Side with Slants • Annual Apple Music Subs • More

TUESDAY 6.20.17 Music Business News From Around The Web $6.4 million to help artists sell a portion of their royalty stream is both a testimony to music’s earning power and reminder that it’s tough to make a living as a musician Updated continuously under our More News tab

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Streaming Shifting The Industry For Labels and Artists

[UPDATED] SongCast’s Mike Wright explores how the culture of music consumption has shifted from one of ‘ownership’ of content, to one of on-demand enjoyment, and how this change is impacting the entire industry, and how labels and artists choose to distribute their music. __________________________ Guest post by Mike Wright of…

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Tuhin Roy Named To Senior Digital Post At UMG

Universal Music Group has named veteran digital music entrepreneur Tuhin Roy to the newly-created post of Vice President of New Digital Business. In the role, Roy will work to identify tech startups in the digital media sector as potential business partners for UMG. He will be based in UMG’s Santa…

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Jay Z "4:44" Album To Be First In Series Of TIDAL, Sprint Exclusives

The music industry and streaming leader Spotify have agreed that exclusive releases should be a thing of the past, and Apple Music has said that they are moving away from them. But Jay Z and TIDAL took a big check from Sprint and early this morning announced the "first in…

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