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‘Free’ music streaming paid the record industry $4.6bn in 2021… and other key insights from the latest IFPI Global Music Report [MBW] FULL STORY

IFPI Global Report 2022: Music Revenues Rise for Seventh Straight Year to $25.9B [Billboard] FULL STORY 
Spotify News: Music Economics Site, Loud & Clear, Updated with 2021 Figures [Spotify] FULL STORY

52,600 artists generated over $10k on Spotify last year – and 15,140 of them uploaded their own music [MBW] FULL STORY
Lollapalooza Reveals 2022 Lineup [COS] FULL STORY
With Metallica, Green Day, Dua Lipa, and J. Cole topping the bill. Other notable acts include Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby, Glass Animals, Charli XCX and many others.
DSPs Will Lead Music’s Mainstream Web3 Adoption, but Fan-powered Music Communities Will Share the Wealth [MBW] FULL STORY
2022 will be the year where DSPs / distributors back the adoption of Web3 and the incorporation NFTs and blockchain technology for rights and royalty payments.
DistroKid now offers 21 free services for artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
DistroKid has always created useful free services for artists using the service despite a low $20 per year price for unlimited music distribution.
Venues Look Back on Surviving the Pandemic [Westword] FULL STORY 
Two years ago, venues were forced to close their doors as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the United States. But now, as positive cases have plummeted and restrictions have loosened, music venues are regaining some sense of normalcy.
6 Best Apps For Touring Musicians [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Live shows are back! Everyone is packing their bags and heading back on tour, and we can’t wait to see all your lovely faces on the road again. Feeling rusty? No problem. These apps are here to make your life on the road easier than ever.
Apple’s music recognition app Shazam is also a concert discovery platform now [MBW] FULL STORY
Shazam, the music recognition app acquired by Apple for $400 million in 2018, has added new concert discovery features to its platform, which, it says, will make it easy for users to explore upcoming live music shows and increase exposure for artists.

Bandsintown empowers artists with tour dates on Apple’s Shazam [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The Idea of the Album [Dada Drummer] FULL STORY
The mighty streaming platforms of today and the vinyl industry may finally collapse altogether from a lack of raw materials and/or absurdly high postage rates. But out of this analog and digital wasteland will stride, in all its approximately 40 minutes, the album of the future.
What Makes A Successful TikTok Video? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
One of the best things about TikTok is the freedom to create whatever you want, and with the knowledge that what you put out there is going to be received in a couple seconds makes it easy to narrow down what you want to say in a couple seconds and make it count. 
Tencent Music now has 76.2m paying online music users [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
Tencent Music continues to grow the number of people who are paying for streaming subscriptions or music downloads from its services in China.
On this latest edition of the YMC podcast, your hosts Jay and Mike discuss the following important stories:
• To Pay the Bills, Some Artists Are Writing Music Directly For Fans
• The Vinyl Resurgence is Understated
• In Streaming-Centric Industry, All Stakeholders Must Come to Table For Lasting Change
• The Future Is Now! Major Tours Are Here
Music Tectonics conference announces in-person dates [Hypebot] FULL STORY
How Beach House Used a Viral Hit to Drive Momentum for Their New Release [Spotify For Artists] FULL STORY
The Beach House team at Sub Pop Records used Marquee – a full-screen, sponsored recommendation of an artist’s new release – to promote their new album and create a halo effect across their entire body of work.
This App That Let’s You Virtually Investigate Rap’s Most Infamous Murders is the Morbid Future of True Crime [Okay Player] FULL STORY
The CrimeDoor app presents itself as more than just fodder for our morbid obsession with true crime — and in some ways it is and isn’t.
Heardle, the Wordle of Music, Has Users Rushing to Name That Tune [Variety] FULL STORY
No longer content to just play Wordle — the free, daily, five-letter word game, independently created by Josh Wardle in 2021, then purchased by the New York Times — many of that app’s daily users with a love for music are quickly becoming acquainted with, and addicted to, Heardle.
What Crypto Enthusiasts Get Wrong About Entertainment [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
Artists can now make a project without a studio or record label. It doesn’t mean they want to.


• This “Thing” is coming for radio [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Marilyn Manson Told Us What He Was [The Atlantic] FULL STORY
• The Jaxsta Honors List: Producers [Jaxsta] FULL STORY
• Spotify is reportedly moving live audio conversations to its main app [The Verge] FULL STORY
• Variety Names Andrew Hampp Senior Director of Music and Consumer Partnerships [Variety] FULL STORY
• The Record Industry Needs You to Love NFTs (Part 2) [David Turner] FULL STORY
• YouTube adds major new live stream features [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Are Big Tech platforms moderating the right content? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• How to successfully promote a record release on a limited budget [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Black Box: Artist Empowerment in the era of TikTok [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Roblox lands next major metaverse concert with Sony’s 24kGoldn [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• CD Baby ups Kevin Breuner to SVP to lead expanded artist engagement, education effort [Hypebot] FULL STORY
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