Revealed: Billboard's 2021 Indie Power Players [Billboard] FULL STORY
These are the executives to watch — at labels, distributors and associations — who have weathered the pandemic and ignited the success of artists on the charts, unconstrained by the major-label system.
The Pandemic Caused An Explosion In Vinyl Demand – Here’s Why The Music Industry Can’t Meet It [Billboard] FULL STORY

How Vinyl Got Its Groove Back [Billboard] FULL STORY

Spotify fan survey shows vinyl is top merch choice across all genres [Hypebot] FULL STORY
YouTube Isn’t the Music Villain Anymore [NY Times] FULL STORY
A big reason is that YouTube figured out ways to generate enough cash to make many people in the music world happy — or at least content enough for now.
Now That You’ve Bought a Multi-Million-Dollar Music Catalog, What Are You Going to Do With It? [Variety] FULL STORY
Famously called “a business of pennies,” Music publishing and related intellectual-property management and exploitation requires attentive nurturing and development in order to maximize the value of the assets.
How SoundScan Changed Music, Driving Metal, Rap and Alt-Rock Up the Charts [Billboard] FULL STORY
Thirty years ago, pop-rock dominated the industry. Then Billboard began tabulating charts using sales information from store checkouts.For years, retailers and one-stop distributors had omitted catalog albums when they sent ranked sales lists to Billboard. SoundScan didn't.
Would you invest in a musician or band? Towards tokenized fandoms [Music x] FULL STORY
Catalogue sales keep dominating the news, but would anyone actually invest directly in a musician or a band? What would the return need to be to get interest for this? 
Apple's Eddy Cue Believes the Future of Music Isn't Lossless — It’s Spatial Audio [Billboard] FULL STORY

Apple Music’s Zane Lowe explains how Spatial Audio will transform music [Apple] FULL STORY
The 50 Dollar Handshake Goes to Washington: Payola, Spotify and Steering Agreements [Chris Castle] FULL STORY
This time it’s about Spotify’s “Discovery Mode” but it could just as easily have been about Spotify’s direct artist deals from a few years ago or the Pandora and iHeart “steering agreements” from a few years before that.
The Rolling Stones join campaign calling for better streaming revenues for artists [NME] FULL STORY
The #BrokenRecord campaign has now enlisted the help of the Stones, Tom Jones, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Emeli Sandé, Alison Goldfrapp and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, as well as the estate of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
Why Spotify’s Horacio Gutierrez thinks Apple behaves like a monopolist [Verge] FULL STORY
This week I’m talking to Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer of Spotify, to help me understand why Spotify and so many other app developers are so frustrated with Apple.
Inside Hipgnosis' $2.2B Valuation, NFT Plans and Synch Wins: 'We Bought Well' [Billboard] FULL STORY

Hipgnosis revenues up 66% as streaming surges during pandemic [MusicWeek] FULL STORY 

The Bob Lefsetz Podcast: Merck Mercuriadis [Lefsetz] FULL STORY
Twitch expresses ‘disappointment’ with music industry recent DMCA claims [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Twitch recently sent out an email that it had received roughly 1,000 additional DMCA takedown notices, almost all of them again over music playing in the background of recorded Twitch videos.
NFTs Shift Power to Artists as the Music Business Evolves [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
The Grammy-award winning musician and producer André Anjos goes by the stage name RAC, although as a bellwether in the radical ways the music industry is evolving, he might consider changing that to NFT.
Everything You Need To Know About YouTube Shorts [Symphonic] FULL STORY
There’s a new TikTok competitor on the scene, and it’s called YouTube Shorts. What’s been in beta testing for months has finally been released to the public. Here’s everything you need to know.
Roblox sued for $200m+ by music publishers, who allege copyright infringement [MBW] FULL STORY
A group of indie and major music publishers are — via the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) — suing video gaming platform Roblox for over $200 million in damages in the US, alleging widespread copyright infringement by the company.
The Sudden, Lucrative Gold Rush for Old Music [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
As the giants of classic rock contemplate retirement, music execs are dreaming up increasingly bold new ways to eke value out of their brands, images, and back catalogs
Spotify, Republic, Sony Music top Clio Music Award winners 2020/2021 [Hypebot] FULL STORY 
The Clio Music Awards which honors the intersection of music and marketing has announced its 2020/2021 winners.
On this edition, Jay and Mike cover:
• As Spotify's ARPU Drops, Subscriber 'Lifetime Value' Has Grown
• YouTube Says It Paid The Music Industry Over $4B In The Past 12 Months
• Some Venue Owners Get a Federal Lifeline. Others Are Told They’re Dead
• TikTok Stars Like Bella Poarch Can Turn Random Songs Into Hits. So Why Not Make ’em Themselves?
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Spotify Follower Ratio, Artist Growth & Fan Engagement With Components' Andrew Thompson [Chartmetric] FULL STORY 
• Exceleration Music's Amy Dietz on why 'true independence' is important for artists and labels [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Coachella 2022 Is an Instantaneous Sellout [Variety] FULL STORY
• Bandsintown’s free Best Practices Guide helps artists successfully return to performing live [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Most Content Creators Are Still Underpaid — It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way [Variety] FULL STORY
• Record Store Summer on Discogs [Discogs] FULL STORY
• As Royalties Sales Ramp Up, Labels Are Overwhelmed by New Accounting Requests [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Universal Music Turned Dominant Roster of Stars Into $42 Billion [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
• The productisation of music rights [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Ex-Spotify Chief Economist Will Page on what’s next for the music industry [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Apple Music adds 'search by record label' [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Real music marketing starts here—Stop doing shit ass backwards! [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY 
• SPOTIFY: Introducing Best Advice: The Podcast [Spotify] FULL STORY
• $1 billion piracy ruling could force ISPs to disconnect more Internet users [ArsTechnica] FULL STORY 
• Streaming’s Microwave Era: Music’s Shelf Life is Shorter Than Ever [Trapital] FULL STORY
• Spotify’s Great Podcast Bet [David Turner] FULL STORY 
• Beatport gets a rebrand and iOS app for music streaming and playlist management [MusicTech] FULL STORY
• Elton John warns that Brexit trade deal risks UK 'losing a generation of talent' [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Berlin-based collective CO:QUO to offer virtual workshops on technology and the music industry [HotPress] FULL STORY
• Measuring metrics to increase your music income [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• YouTube Is Poised to Overtake Spotify as Music’s Biggest Bankroller [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• 6 keys to success on Patreon [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Instagram Teases Native Affiliate Program, Merch Storefronts, Livestreaming Rewards At Inaugural ‘Creator Week’ [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• The 51 Most Anticipated Albums of Summer 2021: Billie Eilish, Thom Yorke, Migos, and More [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
• New: Built-in bundles to sell music and merch on your website [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
• Smashing Pumpkins Gish-Aversary: A Case Study [SingleMusic] FULL STORY
• 5 Alternative revenue streams for artists in 2021 [AmplifyYou] FULL STORY
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