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Soundways CEO Gebre Waddell Guests On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

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Gebre Waddell started in the music business as a mastering engineer from his Stonebridge Mastering in Memphis, but he’s always been into programming since he was a kid. He eventually turned that into a real business as co-founder and CEO of plugin developer Soundways. The company now offers a number of next generation plugins like […]

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Wixen Music Publishing Is Suing Spotify For $1.6 Billion

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Spotify’s legal team is going to be kept pretty busy for a while defending the company against a $1.6 billion (yes, with a B) lawsuit brought by the Wixen Music Publishing. The company licenses music from about 200 artists, including superstars Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Donald Fagen, Stevie Nicks, Missy Elliott, and Janis […]

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Do Catalog Releases Make The Charts Inaccurate?

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It’s been a fact of life in the recorded music business that the records known as “frontline” releases get all the attention. The big marketing dollars, the promotion, and any sales push is reserved for only the latest releases, and that attention changes pretty quickly on to the next new one unless it’s a big […]

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December 8, 2017

The Most Streamed Artists On Spotify Might Surprise You

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Spotify just released its list of most streamed artists for 2017, and while many are household words, the extent of their popularity might surprise you. For instance, Ed Sheeran was the platform’s top streaming artist with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who was number one in 2015 and 2016. Rihanna was the top streaming […]

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December 4, 2017

The One Reason Behind The Spotify-Tencent Stock Swap

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It’s been reported that Spotify and Chinese Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers. No, this all about stockholders – actually potential stockholders […]

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December 1, 2017

What’s The Top Market For Many Artists? It’s Mexico City

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Whenever we think of the top music market for an artist, the major city centers of New York, Los Angeles or London immediately come to mind. One that’s been off the radar but is coming fast is Mexico City, and it’s already the #1 market for a diverse number of artists like Diplo, Adele, Dua Lipa, Radiohead, Shania Twain, Harry […]

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November 24, 2017

Spotify Adding A Ton Of Jobs And Still Acquiring Companies

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For a company that can’t yet turn a profit, Spotify is sure acting like one. It keeps on hiring more people and renting super expensive office space like it’s going out of style. Word comes that it will soon double its UK workforce of 200 people, and that it just rented about 60,000 square feet […]

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November 21, 2017

Artist Manager Nicholas Mishko On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

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Nicholas Mishko is an artist manager who brings a blend of old school wisdom to modern management. After a stint at Abkco Music and Records in the New York watching deals for music by legacy artists like The Who and Rolling Stones, Nicholas was well armed for negotiating recording and publishing contracts. That’s a skill […]

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Microsoft Dumps Groove Music For Spotify

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You’re probably not aware that Microsoft has its own streaming service called Groove Music, and that’s exactly why the company is now dumping the platform in favor of Spotify instead. The company plans to stop selling subscriptions soon and will completely phase out the service by the end of the year, which probably won’t break […]

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Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotify

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There are still many artists and musicians that believe that streaming music is the devil, even worse than piracy. The idea is that since the payout for each stream is so small, an artist is just not capable of generating any serious income online. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” might change your mind about that, […]

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Spotify Launches Its iMessage Music Sharing App

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In an effort to make sharing music on Spotify easier, the platform has launched its own version of Apple’s Messages that lets users listen to previews of suggested songs directly in the app. The new iMessage app allows you to search the music streaming service’s entire library for a specific song, then send it to a […]

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September 4, 2017

Goldman Sachs Predicts $28 Billion Streaming Music Market, But Should Anyone Care?

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Goldman Sachs raised some eyebrows recently with it’s latest Music In The Air report that predicted the streaming music market alone would increase to $28 billion per year by the year 2030. Sounds great, but considering that the industry’s greatest revenue year to date brought in $27.4 billion (in 1996 during the height of the […]

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