David Crosby forced to sell his song catalog: 'It's my only option... streaming stole my record money.' [MBW] FULL STORY
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash – has revealed he’s also in the process of selling his song catalog to the highest bidder. “I have a family and a mortgage and I have to take care of them so it’s my only option."
Could Spotify’s New Discovery Mode Be Considered Payola? [Pitchfork] FULL STORY

Spotify’s Long Tail Of Artists Grew 42% In 2020 [Hypebot] FULL STORY

#Wrapped and Sold [Baffler] FULL STORY

How sound shaped a year of resilience [Spotify] FULL STORY
Why Would Bob Dylan Sell His Entire Catalog? [Vice] FULL STORY
At first glance, the deal is quite a shock. Why would Dylan, a 79-year-old music legend who has long owned the copyrights for his discography and already has an estimated net worth of hundreds of millions, cash in now?

What the blockbuster Bob Dylan catalog sale means for the music industry [NY Post] FULL STORY
Record Store Day Black Friday festivities help vinyl album sales to best week ever in Nielsen Music/MRC Data era (1991-present). [Billboard] FULL STORY
In the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1.253 million vinyl albums were sold (up 56%) -- the largest sales week for the format since Nielsen Music/MRC Data began electronically tracking music sales in 1991. It’s only the second time that weekly vinyl album sales surpassed 1 million in the Nielsen Music/MRC Data era.
Will we get a festival season in 2021? [FortyFive] FULL STORY
The answer is complicated, but it’s almost guaranteed that things won’t be “normal”, whatever that means these days. Social distancing and mask-wearing have ruled 2020 and, much as we now “distance date” or do “distanced drinks”, we can expect to be keeping strictly two metres apart from everyone else at festivals next year too. 
Concerts Aren’t Back. Livestreams Are Ubiquitous. Can They Do the Job? [NYTimes] FULL STORY

The Year in Livestreams 2020: Instagram Live Blurs the Lines of Genre & Generation, From Justin Bieber to Verzuz [Billboard] FULL STORY

Meet The Mind Behind Mandolin—The Startup Reworking Live Music [Forbes] FULL STORY
Artist’s Toolkit. Tools that can help to propel artist careers forward in 2021 [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
With promising news of COVID-19 vaccines, we’re feeling hopeful that the music industry will be a much less difficult place next year. So, to help you plan ahead, please accept our little EOY gift: a list of useful – and affordable! – tools that we think can help to propel artist careers forward in 2021. 
Why Taylor Swift's Plan to Re-Record Her Old Music Is Actually Going to Work [Vice] FULL STORY
This isn't just a way for the pop star to get back at Scooter Braun—it's a shrewd power play that could earn her millions.
The 10 best albums of 2020: Taylor Swift, Fiona Apple, more [LA Times] FULL STORY

The 50 best songs of 2020  [LA Times] FULL STORY

The 10 best Latin music moments of 2020  [LA Times] FULL STORY
In this week’s episode, Jay and Mike discuss:
- “Check Your 2020 Stats With Spotify ‘Wrapped For Artists’”
- “The Sinister Grift of Spotify’s ‘Wrapped For Artists’”
- “KISS Plan Massive, Extravagant (and Safe) New Year’s Eve Livestream Show in Dubai”
- “It’s Time To Move Past Songs To The Fan Economy” say Top MIDiA Analysts
Dive Into Labels with Beatport Label Charts and Analytics [Medium] FULL STORY
Labels are a crucial part of the industry ecosystem, as they not only provide management and promotion for artists, but are sometimes also vital for track distribution. Not to mention how valuable analytical tools are to label managers and other executives looking to improve their endeavors.
Nile Rodgers asks record labels to be clearer about streaming incomes [Guardian] FULL STORY
Chic guitarist and songwriter Nile Rodgers has appealed to major record labels to give musicians fair remuneration and to be more transparent about streaming incomes.
The Music Industry Is Trying to Engineer Viral TikToks to Sell Old Records [Vice] FULL STORY
Not content to just let a good thing be, the record industry is now trying to engineer more viral moments to boost sales of its back catalog in the most boring and predictable way possible.
The Difference Between Owned, Paid, And Earned Media [Hypebot] FULL STORY
For any artist, getting media exposure is important to the success of your music, but understanding the breakdown between owned, paid, and earned media is key to navigating the world of music promotion.
The 50 Best Albums of 2020 [Pitchfork] FULL STORY

The 10 Best Reissues of 2020 [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY

The most searched-for lyrics in 2020 [AJOMT] FULL STORY

American Songwriter: Our Top 20 Songs of 2020 [American Songwriter] FULL STORY

American Songwriter: Our Top Albums of the Year [American Songwriter] FULL STORY
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When an Instagram Meme Gets You a Record Deal [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY

TikTok Is Blowing Up Rap Verses Before They’re Even Songs [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY

Record Labels Lean Into a Pivot to Podcasts: 'People Will See the Profitability' [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY
• How the Academy's New Black Music Collective Is Dismantling the 'Disconnect' With Its Community [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Executive of the Year Ron Perry Proves His Hitmaking Mettle at Columbia Records [Variety] FULL STORY
• How Streaming Saved, but Flattened the Record Industry [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Why The Music Industry Must Think Big About Livestreaming [MBW] FULL STORY
• TikTok Trounces Trump's Attempted Ban [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Spotify and The Drum launch podcast series to educate on the future of audio [The Drum] FULL STORY
• OnlyFans says it is paying more than $200m a month to creators [MusicALly] FULL STORY
• What to Expect From the 2021 Grammys: New Executive Producer Ben Winston Opens Up [Billboard] FULL STORY
• What’s in the Box? The Role of Box Sets in a Streaming-Music World [Ringer] FULL STORY
• ‘How did I get so lucky?’: Dick Wingate talks about working with Springsteen, Elvis Costello, others [NJ Arts] FULL STORY
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