Spotify Promotion in 2020: The Definitive Guide [Toneden] FULL STORY
This is the ultimate guide to Spotify Promotion in 2020. Since 2008, Spotify has been transforming how artists make and market music but now the game has changed. It's time to increase streams, go behind the algorithms, and take advantage of 240 million listeners around the globe.
Industry Jargon Explained (Part one) [Route] FULL STORY

Industry Jargon Explained (Part two) [Route] FULL STORY
Music streaming revenues on course to grow by over $1bn in the US in 2020, despite everything [MBW] FULL STORY
There’s a trend emerging in the global record industry in 2020: streaming-fuelled growth in some of the world’s biggest music markets, in spite of the pandemic. This is positive news, of course, especially in light of some of the dire full-year forecasts for certain markets when Covid-19 lockdowns began back in March.
Did Facebook, Instagram Actually Ban Music Livestreams? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The social media giant made a significant mistake in its announcement. The phrase “music listening experiences” is too vague. The news made many in entertainment worry that the world’s largest online platform would no longer allow live stream concerts and listening events.
Best Practices: Pitching In Spotify For Artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY

What To Do After Being Added To A Spotify Playlist [Symphonic] FULL STORY
How Do You Sell Merch Without Concerts? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The mass cancellation of live music events was certainly devastating for the music industry, not least because of the impact show cancellations have had on merch sales. Fortunately, artists have an opportunity to market their merch through a variety of new channels. Here, we look at some of the most effective.
2020 ACM Awards: 10 Best, Worst and WTF Moments [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
An Entertainer of the Year winner with an asterisk, the prodigal return of Taylor Swift, and masks, masks, everywhere a mask.
'A flood of money into music IP is about to change the music industry forever.' [MBW] FULL STORY
In a (socially-distanced, of course) interview in London, MBW asks Hartwig Masuch about BMG’s streaming strategy, as well as what he thinks the music business will look like when the Covid-19 pandemic is finally, hopefully, a memory – rather than a day-to-day reality…
Spotify will now list virtual events on artist pages [Engadget] FULL STORY
In the absence of real-world concerts, Spotify is adjusting the 'On Tour' section. Musicians will need to set up the listing through Songkick, but the livestream itself can be hosted on popular platforms such as Twitch, YouTube and Instagram.
How Billboard Formulated the New Global Charts [Billboard] FULL STORY
It’s a revenue-reflective formula which presents the final rankings in streaming equivalent units, where track sales and ad-supported streams are weighted to represent paid streams using a blended global revenue figure. The math would work the same using U.S. dollars or any other currency.
Why Every Band Needs a Website with Bandzoogle’s Stacey Bedford & Dave Cool [Music Tectonics Podcast] LISTEN HERE
Quick Take: Apple One – Recession Buster [MIDiA] FULL STORY

Spotify Calls On Authorities To Stop New Apple Music, Apple One Bundles [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Apple says its new Apple One services bundle isn’t unfair to Spotify [Verge] FULL STORY
Amazon Music launches podcasts in the US, UK, Germany and Japan [MBW] FULL STORY
Amazon Music customers can access podcasts in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, on Amazon Echo devices. The platform’s podcast offering includes original shows produced exclusively for Amazon Music and hosted by the likes of DJ Khaled, Will Smith, Dan Patrick, Becky G, and others.
#iVOTED Initiative To Break All Records With Election Night Virtual Concerts [Music Connection] FULL STORY
The goal is simple – to get out the vote, particularly for millennials and x and y Gen voters. The list of performers is growing daily with over 225 committed thus far with many notable artists and another 700-900 more acts to be confirmed, making this the largest single night digital concert ever.
A Guide To Converting Fans Into Paying Subscribers [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Amassing a following on streaming services and social media is a great first step for artists, but being able to take those fare-weather fans and convert them into paying subscribers and long-term superfans is key to the longevity of your career.
Best Analytics Platforms for Video and Beyond [Symphonic] FULL STORY
We talk about the importance of analytics all the time. Over the years, we’ve highlighted various platforms that focus on streamingsales, and even audience development. For this one, we’re diving into the best analytics platforms for video and more. Let’s dive in…
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Empowering Black Women Through Country Music In 2020: Mickey Guyton [Chartmetric] FULL STORY
A new generation of Black Country artists proudly carry on the American Country music tradition. We cover Mickey Guyton's Spotify, radio, and Instagram data to better understand where she's going.
Playlist: Suzanne Vega [The Song Sommelier] FULL STORY
It seems that Suzanne Vega has cracked the code of a long term recording career. It is fruitless to try to mine the same creative core that drove her early work and absurd to hold onto the same levels of commercial success. But still, she's progressed. An alternative collection of some of her best work.
Your Morning Coffee Podcast :: Episode #5 [Hypebot] LISTEN HERE
- Data Shows 90 Percent of Streams Go to the Top 1 Percent of Artists
- Vinyl Sales Surge 47% After Record Store Day Weekend #1
- 9 Music Marketing Strategies That No Longer Work In 2020
- Ex Spotify exec on artist payouts: ‘The blame is on the labels’ and
- What Does an A&R Actually Do?
• Are Record Labels Still Relevant? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll? [NY Times Popcast] LISTEN HERE
• “You Can Do Everything Right and Still Fail” [Slate] FULL STORY
• Kanye West wants his masters back – and he's just tweeted a load of images of his record contracts in anger [MBW] FULL STORY
• Simple Guide To Instagram Marketing For Music [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Has Music Become a Disposable Commodity? [WQXR] FULL STORY
• Kobalt set to sell up (or just raise capital)? [MBW] FULL STORY
• How the Streaming Exclusive Died and Came Back to Life [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• 5 Things We Learned From Warner Music Group boss Steve Cooper at his Goldman Sachs interview [MBW] FULL STORY
• Beatport inks exclusive livestreaming partnership with Twitch [MBW] FULL STORY
• Streaming Music Deemed ‘Essential’ By Consumers During COVID-19 [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Apple Music: The Record Industry’s Steadiest Ship [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Symphonic Launches New Podcast Series “NEXT UP” [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event: the 9 biggest announcements [Verge] FULL STORY
• A Letter From Recording Academy Chair Harvey Mason Jr. [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Facebook Gaming secures landmark streaming deal with music industry for creators [DTVE] FULL STORY
• 5 Ways To Tap Into Music Marketing Collaborations [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Shakeup at SiriusXM: CFO out, with CEO Jim Meyer set to retire at end of 2020 [MBW] FULL STORY
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