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Flipagram’s John Bolton On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

John Bolton Flipagram

On this week’s edition of my Inner Circle Podcast I’m happy to have digital music veteran John Bolton as my guest. John is the head of music at Flipagram, and prior to that he held a similar position at Muve Music, which is one of the larger streaming music services.   We’ll discuss what it’s […]

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Spotify To Launch 12 Original Video Shows

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Spotify recently announced that it was getting into the original content business by launching 12 new shows, and guess what? They’ll all be on video. According to the company, the video shows will be “centered around three main themes – music performances, music profiles and music culture,” and the episodes will be up to fifteen minutes long. The foray […]

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Apple Music To Get A Facelift Soon

Apple Music Facelift

While Apple Music has garnered 16 million paid subscribers rather quickly since its launch last year, the service hasn’t been without criticism, especially about its ease of use. Despite being a huge company, Apple does listen to its customers though, and as a result, it’s been reported that Apple Music is about to receive a needed […]

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Your Cover Songs May Not Be Streamed

Mobile Cover Songs

Doing a great cover version of a hit song has been a successful tactic in helping to raise the visibility of an artist or band for some time, but that practice may soon come to an end thanks to new efforts by iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services. More and more, digital streaming services are […]

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Apple Music Up To 13 Million Subscribers

It looks like all the naysayers were wrong. Apple reported on its recent earnings call that its Apple Music streaming service was now up to 13 million paid subscribers and still growing. Much of that growth has come recently in fact, as it was reported that 2 million subscribers signed up since February alone. The present growth looks to […]

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Major Labels Say That Content ID Not Effective Enough

Copyright content ID

The 3 major labels are furthering their attack on YouTube, the platform they love to hate. With licenses up for renewal soon, the majors are trying their best to gain some leverage in the negotiation, so they have filed a submission to the US Copyright Office claiming that YouTube’s Content ID is ineffective in identifying uploads using […]

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Tidal Subscribers Sue Kanye West For Posting On Other Services

Tidal $84 million

Here’s an interesting twist in the Kanye West/Tidal story. He’s getting sued by Tidal subscribers who claimed they were duped into paying for the service. It all stems from when the performer released his latest album The Life of Pablo exclusively on Tidal. At the time, West claimed that the album would never appear on […]

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IFPI Releases New Global Music Industry Sales Figures

Global Music Sales

The IFPI (the organization that tracks global music sales) finally released its annual report on the sales for 2015. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, none of the figures surprise you. Here are the numbers right out of the report. Digital revenues now account for 45 per cent of total revenues, compared […]

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April 13, 2016

YouTube Has All The Leverage In New Label Negotiations

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If you’re a record label, or an artist, band or publisher for that matter, the one thorn in your digital side is YouTube. Why? It’s by far the most widely used streaming service for consuming music, yet it pays the least of all the services. However, it’s come to light that YouTube’s licensing agreements with the three […]

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