Clubhouse, the invite-only audio app, explained [Vox] FULL STORY

Where (How) Does Clubhouse Fit into The Music Industry? [Yash Bagal] FULL STORY
UK Parliament Member Presses YouTube Exec On Artist Payments: 'You're Not Being Transparent' [Billboard] FULL STORY
Asked by committee chair Julian Knight if she could confirm that YouTube pays 0.05 pence per ad-supported stream, Katherine Oyama said “it does not sound right to me,” while noting that advertising rates fluctuate across global markets.
As Streaming Dominates the Music World, Is Radio’s Signal Fading? [Variety] FULL STORY
From the launch of television in the 1940s through the advent of MTV in 1981 and multiple threats from shiny new technologies, radio has survived many challenges to its business. But can the medium navigate competition from streaming? 
Spotify lost the equivalent of $2.2m every day in 2020… as it spent over $1bn on sales and marketing in the year [MBW] FULL STORY

Guide to spotting a fake Spotify playlist [Hypebot] FULL STORY

3 things we learned from Spotify’s boss on the company’s Q4 earnings call [MBW] FULL STORY

Spotify’s COVID Rocket Fuel [Chris Castle / MTP] FULL STORY
Rock Hall of Fame: Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner Lead Nominees [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier. Seven of the 16 acts on the ballot (Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick) are appearing for the first time.
Finding Friends — Maybe Even Lovers — Through Music-sharing Apps [Mtv] FULL STORY
Musicpals, Sametunes, and other playlist-sharing functions are keeping fans connected during a time of unprecedented isolation.
Trigger cities could be the key to expanding your audience [Bobby Owsinski / Hypebot] FULL STORY
This is shown in an excellent and very in-depth article on the Chartmetric blog, but I’ll break it down to a more quickly digestible bite here. First, let’s look at the top 20 trigger cities for Spotify.
Want Your Music in Wordscapes or Sudoku? Why Artists Are Buying Mobile Game Ads [Billboard] FULL STORY
When Tate McRae’s team at U.K. label home Ministry of Sound wanted to give the singer-songwriter’s breakthrough single "You Broke Me First" an extra push in December, they turned to an unusual kind of ad spend that yielded big results: mobile games.
Music streaming must switch to a fair and logical payout model. There is no time to lose. [MBW] FULL STORY

User-centric royalties will not lead to a significant shift in streaming payouts [Hypebot] FULL STORY 

Equitable streaming payments and unintended consequences on artist income [Mark Mulligan / Hypebot] FULL STORY

SoundCloud to Let Fans Pay Artists Directly: Exclusive [Billboard] FULL STORY
New artists, does it pay to be streaming first? [Keith Jopling / MIDiA] FULL STORY
This is part 2 of my "marketing long read" posts, part 1 focused on Catalogue. In a recent interview with Steve Lamacq, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters told him “We don’t have anyone else making decisions for us, we do that ourselves”
Britney Spears Documentary Brings Validity to #FreeBritney Movement, While Putting Misogynistic Media on Blast [Variety] FULL STORY
As legal proceedings continue in Britney Spears’ highly controversial conservatorship, a new FX documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” will undoubtedly raise questions.
The Four New Global Capitals of Music [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
It still surprises many U.S. readers that a musician from a small island in the Caribbean is the biggest star in the world, but this won’t surprise anyone who has followed Bloomberg‘s Pop Star Power rankings.
8 things that should be in every band's electronic press kit [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Creating an EPK on your website is a surefire way to make sure your audience finds what they are looking for, whether it’s a music supervisor, talent buyer, or blogger. 
TikTok’s Sale To Oracle, Walmart Indefinitely Shelved, As Biden Administration Conducts Its Own Cybersecurity Review [TubeFilter] FULL STORY

TikTok secures music from Universal’s ‘full catalog’ of artists [Verge] FULL STORY

Best TikTok Hashtag Strategy for Musicians [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Triller is singing a dangerous tune [MBW] FULL STORY
Triller asserted it did not require a deal with UMG “to continue operating as [we have] been since the relevant artists are already shareholders or partners on Triller, and thus can authorize their usage directly”. Obviously, what constitutes “usage” is up for interpretation.
What are Pandora Modes? Here's how to use the music streaming app's customized listening stations [BusinessInsider] FULL STORY
Pandora Modes lets users customize their listening experience by exploring different versions of their channels, such as an artist's latest tracks or their lesser-known songs.  
Investment funds forcing artists to name their price is... not a great idea [MBW] FULL STORY
Regular readers of Music Business Worldwide won’t need a refresher on who Merck Mercuriadis is – or his predilection for buying big music rights, for big sums, at Hipgnosis Songs Fund.
In this new episode, Jay Gilbert and Mike Etchart discuss:
• This Week’s Top Story’s from the YMC Newsletter
• How Music Promotion Is Going To Change in 2021
• Jay’s Facebook Live event with Randall Foster this week on How To Have A KickAss 2021 as an Independent Artist or Record Label
• Ticketmaster launches global livestream platform [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Major label catalogue bosses talk streaming growth, chart success and the future of physical [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Spotify launches Noteable website gathering songwriter resources [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Every Dollar Earned by Music Biz Generates Another 50 Cents for US Economy: Study [Billboard] FULL STORY 
• Dwight Yoakam Sues Warner Music to Reclaim Rights to Recordings [Variety] FULL STORY
• Essential music industry contracts [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Submit To John Lennon Love Song Contest [Music Connection] FULL STORY
• 62% of Music Community Is Experiencing Financial Difficulty: MusiCares Survey [Variety] FULL STORY
• Will Taylor Swift’s Re-Recordings of Her Old Albums Be Eligible for Grammys? [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Spotify's streaming data reveals power of influential playlists [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Rolling Stone Launches Video Channel on Amazon’s Twitch [WSJ] FULL STORY 
• Bruce Springsteen and Babies Star in Pandemic-Year Super Bowl Ads [NY Times] FULL STORY
• 7 Things Musicians Should Be Investing Money In [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• How To Contact Brands for Sponsorships and Collaborations [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• ‘Such a Seattle thing’: How local music stars help uplift the next generations of homegrown talent [Seattle Times] FULL STORY
• Music is the creator economy catalyst [MTF] FULL STORY
• Twitter confirms plans to experiment with new models, like subscriptions, in 2021 [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
• SPAC Attack: The Music Business' New Favorite IPO Strategy [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Universal's Michael Nash and TikTok's Ole Obermann on the companies' new pact [MBW] FULL STORY
• RIAA backs new group claiming to represent independent artists [Op-Ed] [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Napster's Next Life: MelodyVR Raises $11.2M Ahead of Rebrand to a Familiar Name [Billboard] FULL STORY
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