Inside Universal, Sony, and Warner’s Arms Race For Your Attention [Trapital] FULL STORY 
Streaming, media, and indies have changed the game for the three biggest major record labels. Here’s a full breakdown on where each company is heading.
The pop star versus the playlist [Vox] FULL STORY 
Streaming services’ playlists make it easier for listeners to find music worth playing. But experts say they’re also breaking fans’ relationships with artists.
Which Artists “Won” the 2020–21 Lockdown on Spotify? [Viberate] FULL STORY
We looked into the top 1,000 Spotify artists in Pop, Hip Hop, Latin, Rock, R&B and Electronic to select those with the fastest-growing fanbases with Spotify data April 2020 to April 2021.
Billboard's 2021 Country Power Players Revealed [Billboard] FULL STORY
CMT’s Leslie Fram leads Billboard’s seventh annual Country Power Players list celebrating the genre’s wins as the industry enters a post-pandemic world.
Measuring metrics to increase your music income [Bandsintown] FULL STORY
You can’t improve what you don’t measure. track these key metrics to guide your decisions and make more money with music.
YouTube's Lyor Cohen: 'The music industry was drunk on subscription' [Music Week] FULL STORY

How YouTube Serves 2B Monthly Music Users Blending Algorithms With Editorial [Billboard] FULL STORY
Paradox Of Small: More artists find a global audience but have little chance of real income [Hypebot] FULL STORY 
Thanks to streaming and online media, more artists are reaching a global audience, but their chances of a earning reasonable income from it are slimer than ever.
Playlists at Work: Fresh Finds [Spotify] FULL STORY 

Spotify Fan Study: What it can do for you and what it can’t [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Spotify Launches New 'Billions Club' Playlist Featuring Billie Eilish, Drake & More [Billboard] FULL STORY
What Zoom fatigue? Pandemic virtual concerts may have changed live music forever [LA Times] FULL STORY
Virtual events are here to stay, despite the return of music festivals, movies and comedy shows, after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, according to new data published Thursday by United Talent Agency.
7 social media marketing secrets no one tells you [Bandsintown] FULL STORY

How often should you post on social media? These experts have answers. [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Here’s everything new in the Music app with iOS 15 [9to5Mac] FULL STORY
Apple is set to launch iOS 15 this fall. Unlike other years, Apple Music didn’t receive a redesign on its app with this new version of the IOS. However, Apple is creating broader integration with the Music app on iOS 15. Here’s what’s new.
An NFT of Jay-Z’s first album has sparked a record label lawsuit [Verge] FULL STORY 

Jay-Z Files Lawsuit Against Photographer Jonathan Mannion for “Exploiting” His Likeness [RF] FULL STORY
New Recording Academy Co-Presidents Talk Future Plans and Reaching Young People [Variety] FULL STORY
According to the announcement, Jones and Panay will be part of a “modernized leadership team” that also includes recently elevated COO Branden Chapman and chief industry officer Ruby Marchand.
Publishers Aren't Playing With Lawsuits Over Unlicensed Music. Who Might Be Next? [Billboard] FULL STORY
NMPA president/CEO David Israelite also announced that the NMPA will be ramping up its ongoing campaign against Twitch. This story was updated to include a statement from Roblox.
On this latest edition of the podcast, Jay and Mike discuss:
• The 10 Great Record Stores in America
• Billie Eilish Becomes a DJ As Amazon Music Rethinks Radio
• What Could Be Music’s Next Spotify?
• How Many ‘Creators’ Are There And How Do They Make Money?
Will digital audio ever outperform analog? [Bandsintown] FULL STORY
As downloadable and streaming digital formats have increased in prevalence and complexity, the discussion has only amplified, with many diehard analog “purists” decrying the loss of musical soul they feel is notably missing in modern digital audio formats. 
Song Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note? [LA Magazine] FULL STORY
Everyone from Paul Simon to the Red Hot Chili peppers are selling their song catalogs to free-spending entrepreneurs for record-setting paydays. “The song, even more so than the artist, is the most important component of a hit.”
With so many choices, where do people actually listen to audio? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Share of Ear is an ongoing audio listening diary survey that measures all audio respondents listen to during a 24-hour period. The surprise finding? Habits change slowly. Radio still has a 46% share. 11% for “owned music” was also a surprise.
• Irving Azoff on the Bob Lefsetz Podcast [Lefsetz] FULL STORY
• Scooter Braun Speaks: The Music Mogul on His Billion-Dollar HYBE Deal, Making Peace With the Past and the Road Ahead [Variety] FULL STORY 
• Mandolin, a Livestream Success Story, Wants to Be a Mandatory App for In-Person Fans Now, Too [Variety] FULL STORY
• Live Shows Are Back, But Delayed Federal Grants Are Draining Concert Pipeline [Billboard] FULL STORY
• SoundExchange Releases 2020 Report Confirming the Company Distributed Nearly $1 Billion in Performance Royalties in Pandemic Year [MTP] FULL STORY
• MP Kevin Brennan offers more details on his streaming bill [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Shazam Hits 1 Billion Song Matches Per Month [Variety] FULL STORY
• Almost 50% of Americans Pay for a Music Streaming Service [EDMtunes] FULL STORY
• Facebook waives all live stream, subscription fees for 2 years [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Japan’s physical decline still outweighs streaming growth [MusicAlly] FULL STORY 
• How to Contact Brands for Sponsorships and Collaborations [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• As Truckers Pump the Brakes on Returning to Touring, Is the Industry Facing a Driver Shortage? [Billboard] FULL STORY
• @RepTedDeutch and @RepDarrellIssa to Host Press Event to Introduce American Music Fairness Act #irespectmusic [MTP] FULL STORY
• Bill Ackman Makes Case for Universal Music Investment, The Future of Music [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Let's Get Biodegradable: Lorde Details CD Alternative for ‘Solar Power’ & Eco-Conscious New Era [Billboard] FULL STORY
• CRB Sets Royalty Rate for Pandora, iHeartRadio and Other Webcasters [Billboard] FULL STORY
• How To Get Verified on Twitter in 2021 [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• 300 Entertainment launches invite-only DIY distribution platform, Sparta [MBW] FULL STORY
• New music industry Report Card rates companies on commitment to social justice [Hypebot] FULL STORY
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