Spotify Is Letting Record Labels Influence Personalized Recommendations… So Long As They Pay For It In Royalties [MBW] FULL STORY

3 things to know about Spotify's controversial new 'pay for influence' tool, Discovery Mode [MIB] FULL STORY

Discovery Mode: Understanding how Spotify thinks [MIB] FULL STORY
40 Under 40: Billboard Reveals 2020 List of Young Executives Pushing the Industry Forward [Billboard] FULL STORY
For Billboard's annual 40 Under 40 list, executives from all corners of the music business share their biggest successes from the past year — and how they're responding to the unique challenges 2020 has brought.
Junglepussy’s Spotify through the eyes of a marketer [Amber Horsburgh] FULL STORY 
This is a look at an artist’s Spotify profile through the eyes of a music marketer. Hopefully, this gives you: 1. Tips for optimizing your own Spotify page for improvements in branding, comms and sales and 2. Insight into a marketer’s mind when releasing records.
The Noisey Guide to Deciphering Music Licensing and Contract Terms [Vice] FULL STORY
This is a cheat sheet for artists to understand how to build contemporary and competitive deals and for fans to have more of an understanding of the business behind their favorite music.
TikTok teams with AIM to help independent artists go viral [Music Week] FULL STORY
The partnership connects the short form video platform with AIM’s community of independent music businesses and entrepreneurs, ranging from established  independent labels and artists to the next generation of talent.

TikTok Stars Win In Court As October User Revenue Tops $115M [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Record Store Day :: Black Friday 11.27.20 [RSD] FULL STORY
Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday are different events, and you can find out more about that on our RSD BLACK FRIDAY FAQ. The List of special releases is here and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide.
Virtual Music Industry Sessions [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Music Industry Sessions is Symphonic's annual conference series held in different cities around the US. Due to the pandemic, this year's conference is going virtual - set up as a three day online series during November.
Experts panel: how can the music industry diversify its income streams? [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
we asked our experts what the music business needed to do to thrive, post-Covid, and one recurring idea was the diversification of income streams. It’s a complex topic, with many different routes available – so our second question to the panel asked, ‘OK, but how?’.
5 Tricks To Get More Out Of Your Livestreams [Symphonic] FULL STORY

Live streaming centre stage for 2021 [MIDiA] FULL STORY

5 Ways To Put On A Profitable Live Stream [Reverb Nation] FULL STORY
What You Need To Know About TV & Radio Royalties [Symphonic] FULL STORY
There’s nothing more satisfying than hearing your song on the radio or on TV. As fulfilling as it is to see your hard work pay off, what’s even better are the royalties you’re racking up every time it plays! How does that money find its way to you? Let’s break it down.
How to sell a single from your music website (and why you should do it) [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
You might be wondering why you should sell a single from your website directly. With your own website, you control the experience completely. There are no ads or distractions, and you can really cultivate a story that goes hand-in-hand with your music. 
Why Is ‘Saturday Night Live’ Suddenly Booking So Many Older Rock Bands? [Variety] FULL STORY
For a show that in recent years has leaned heavily on very current pop, hip-hop, R&B and alternative, it’s a head-spinning shift of genre and generations. What’s going on?
Do We Need to Regulate YouTube? [David Turner] FULL STORY

YouTube Reports Revenue Up 32%, Paid Music & Premium Subscribers Top 30M [Billboard] FULL STORY
FEATURED PLAYLIST: XTC: Music By Colors [The Song Sommelier] FULL STORY
XTC made eccentric, quintessentially English pop music. They journeyed through punk, tribal pop, psychedelia, chamber pop and all things in-between. Utterly unique and influential, their legacy is due re-evaluation and new appreciation. Listen kids...THIS IS POP!
Linkfire’s latest attribution data deal is with YouTube Music [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
“In addition to seeing how many of your link visitors click through to YouTube and YouTube Music, you’ll be able to see how those clicks translate into streams on the platforms."
VP Of Member & Industry Relations Kelley Purcell On How Recording Academy Members Can Make A Difference [] FULL STORY
Purcell talks to about her new role and why it's so important for Recording Academy members to vote in the upcoming Awards cycle.
Your Morning Coffee, The Podcast: Episode #12 LISTEN HERE
In this week’s episode, Jay and Mike discuss:
- "Spotify: How To Tell If Your Account Has Been Botted" 
- "The State Of The Music Industry in 2020"
- "He Helped Create Lollapalooza. Now He Wants to Save Live Music" 
Spotify News:             
- "Spotify Stocks Drops As It Misses Third-Quarter Forecasts — But Revenue and Subscribers Climb"           
- "Spotify Takes On Radio With Its Own Daily Morning Show"           
- "Spotify Is Testing Price Rises And Paying Labels Billions"
[These stories require a paid subscription]
Six Questions Answered From Spotify's Third Quarter Earnings [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

Who Listens to Albums Anymore? [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY

How the Election Could Shift Music Industry Policy [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

Music Publishers Ask CRB to Set Interim Rates, Saying Further Delay May Lead to 'Free-for All' [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

Why the Major Music Companies’ Profits Are Soaring in the Year of Chaos [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY
• The MP3 and the T-Rex: Part 1 [Financial Times] FULL STORY
• Radio Stations Make Early Flip to All-Christmas Music, Seeking Holiday — and Ratings — Cheer [Variety] FULL STORY
• How Entering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Financially Impacts Artists [Spin] FULL STORY
• Spotify is adding users faster than it thought it would [Engadget] FULL STORY
• PS5 and Travis Scott partnership illustrate PlayStation’s/Sony’s cross-entertainment future [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• How Splice, which paid out $11m in royalties to musicians in the first 9 months of 2020, wants to help a ‘million more people to make music’ [MBW] FULL STORY
• Hipgnosis Songs Fund buys huge catalog from Kobalt in $322.9m acquisition [MBW] FULL STORY
• AMPED Signs Entertainment One for North American Physical Distribution [AMPED] FULL STORY
• How To Search Spotify By Label, Year, Artist + More [Cultr] FULL STORY
• Discogs Celebrates 20 Years of Music and Data [Broadway World] FULL STORY
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