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The Christmas Season Has An Effect On Music Streaming Habits

Christmas season listening

One of the things not considered very often by artists, bands and even record labels is the affect that seasonal changes have on listening behavior. The Economist recently did a study and found that the weather conditions due to the time of year, and especially the Christmas season, made a decided difference on consumer music […]

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“Slow Ticketing” Taking The Scalpers Out Of The Ticket Market

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Tickets for your favorite artist go on sale at 10AM, so you either go to the box office, or wait near your computer for the hour to hit so you can score the best ticket possible. And what do you find? All the best tickets were already purchased, leaving you with dreck, which means you’re […]

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December 11, 2017

YouTube May Launch It’s New Remix Streaming Service In March

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YouTube has repeatedly tried to get music fans to buy into its paid subscription services Music Key and Red but hasn’t had too much success so far. So little success, in fact, that its subscriber numbers have never been published. That said, the company has big expectations for its new service, which carries the code […]

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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

Tencent

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

Mexico City

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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Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists

Music 360 Report 2017

Playlists are clearly becoming the next big thing online as nearly three-quarters of those who stream music in the U.S. create their own online lists both for themselves and others. More than half of all music listeners create playlists, and 32% share their lists with others, up from 24% in 2016, according to Nielsen Music’s […]

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Distribution And Label Service Company Ditto Music Expands

Ditto Music

There are plenty of music aggregators that will get to songs to all the streaming platforms, and Ditto Music is one of the least expensive ones. At $19 a year for unlimited uploads, it’s hard to go wrong. The company does so much more though, as it’s becoming a bigger player in “label services,” and […]

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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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Despite Predictions, Blockchain Will Not Be The Future Of The Music Industry

Blockchain

Just about every month for the past couple of years there’s been an article or post by a major publication about how blockchain technology is going to revolutionize the music business. It’s supposedly the savior of the industry because finally “artists will get paid,” record labels will be able to charge CD-level prices again, and […]

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November 17, 2017

UnitedMasters Aims To Be A Record Label Alternative

United Masters

If you’re an artist, there’s less and less of a need to be with a record label today, since so much of what a label once provided can now be accomplished on a DIY basis. What record labels are really good at though, is turning an artist into a superstar, since the infrastructure required for […]

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