A better way to value streams on Spotify [Chris Castle] FULL STORY
Attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle outlines an alternative way to value streams on Spotify, one which offers fairer compensation to the artists behind the music.
Don't Expect Radio to Start Paying Artists Anytime Soon [Billboard] FULL STORY
A battle is ramping up again this summer between Big Radio and Big Music over -- you guessed it -- performance royalties. Here's why it probably won't go anywhere.
UnitedMasters is now offering $1m advances to indie artists, plus real-time streaming royalty pay-outs [MBW] FULL STORY
UnitedMasters has announced two head-turning new finance tools for indie artists – thanks to partnerships the firm’s struck with a duo of potentially game-changing music tech companies.
How Risky Are Concerts? We Asked an Infectious Disease Expert [Billboard] FULL STORY
Are concerts safe for vaccinated people, or not? The data is tough for the average person zooming through to interpret: "Breakthrough" COVID-19 infections for vaccinated people are unlikely, but they are possible.
Are NFTs The New Napster? This Time The Music Industry Isn’t Taking Chances [Forbes] FULL STORY
The embrace of NFTs by Kings of Leon was a wake-up call for their record label—and the music industry, which is now racing to avoid the same mistake that almost killed it 20 years ago.
Spotify HiFi: Release dates, formats, compatibility, specs and everything we know so far [MusicTech] FULL STORY

Can Spotify break out of its lane? [MIDiA] FULL STORY

Spotify adds free artist Anniversary Cards, 30 Playlist Promo Cards [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The 2020 - 2021 Lockdown Winners of Spotify [Viberate] FULL STORY
As the entire world went into lockdown for a year, the music scene shifted from live events to streaming. Viberate looked into the numbers to pinpoint the top 5 Pop, Hip Hop, Latin, Rock, R&B and Electronic artists on Spotify who’ve made the most of the pandemic year.
CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference is going virtual for 2021 - and it's totally Free [DIYMusician] FULL STORY
You Can Still Meet the Band After the Show—Just Keep Your Distance [WSJ] FULL STORY
VIP meetups with groups like O-Town and LFO used to be all hugs, high-fives and small talk, but the pandemic has made everything really awkward
Facebook has added social music and the industry needs to pay attention [MIDiA] FULL STORY
“Facebook the Behemoth offering to make music videos part of its social broadcast for users is a resounding clarion call to get on board now,” writes MIDiA’s Hanna Kahlert, “or risk being too late.”
10 essential online music marketing tools [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Why Country Music Was (Finally) Ready to Come Out [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
“It was like, ‘I can be comfortable and out and gay, or I can do country music, but I definitely can’t do both,’” says one artist. Now that dichotomy appears to be falling apart
Learn more about the first-of-its-kind dating app for music fans in search of love. [JamBase] FULL STORY
Vinylly process begins with users pairing their Spotify accounts with their profile, taking first impressions beyond the superficial likes or potentially misleading bios.
How Young Musicians Like PinkPantheress Are Ushering in the ‘Alt-Girl Rap’ Era [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
A new microgenre led by young women is sprouting up online, providing more proof that the kids are indeed all right.
And the First Streaming Service to Partner With TikTok Is… [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY

Blockchain-Based Music Streaming Service Audius Up to 5M Monthly Users [CoinDesk] FULL STORY

These TikTok songs earn the most money [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Your Morning Coffee Podcast Episode #53 LISTEN HERE
On this latest installment, Jay and Mike discuss these important stories: 
• He Was A Celebrated Singer-Songwriter With Famous Fans. Then He Started Posting About The Vaccine
• As Delta Variant Spreads, Artists and Venues Scramble to Keep Concerts Safe
• How We Discover Music In 2021
• Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ Campaign Teardown
• Spotify Needs to Fix Its Stalling User Growth
The strange and wonderful world of WEIRD Spotify playlists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
A viral Twitter account is putting the spotlight on the strange – and I do mean strange – and wonderful world of weird Spotify playlists.
Garth Brooks Cancels Five Stadium Shows, Citing Wave Of COVID Cases [Pollstar] FULL STORY
Two weeks after telling fans that he was analyzing whether his stadium tour should continue amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases, Garth Brooks and his team have come to a decision. The country star broke the news Aug. 18 that the five gigs he had on the books have been canceled.
The 7 Best Twitch Channels to Follow for Music Discovery [Venture] FULL STORY
You may be thinking - Why Twitch? It’s probably not the first platform that comes to mind for music discovery. If that’s so, you’re missing out.
The Art of Longevity [The Song Sommelier] FULL STORY
Is it possible to make your best record 33 years into a career? That’s what may just have happened with Canadian legends Barenaked Ladies and their 2021 release Detour De Force.
Chartmetric - Music Industry's Leading Business Intelligence Tool - Names Music Business Veteran Andreas Katsambas President - Strategy, Marketing & Operations [Shore Fire] FULL STORY 
• How To Make A TikTok [Mashable] FULL STORY
• 5 songs you must hear this week [GlobalNews] FULL STORY
• 6 Common Questions To Ask An Entertainment Attorney [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Recording Academy's Bill Freimuth, Lourdes Lopez and Lisa Farris Depart Following Restructuring: Exclusive [Billboard] FULL STORY
• The 30 Best Punk Bands of All Time [Consequence] FULL STORY
• The Case Against Music Curation [Wired] FULL STORY
• Can Holly+ Solve the Problem of Deepfake Vocals? [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Are your music marketing efforts paying off? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Fan Voting opens for MTV Video Music Awards: Full list of 2021 nominees [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Cast your votes for panels at SXSW 2022 now [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• The Heartbreak Key [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY 
• Hip hop fandom is driving the music business' future in gaming, live streaming and beyond [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Twitter pauses verifications (again) after giving fake accounts blue checks [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Music Distributor DistroKid Raises Money at $1.3 Billion Valuation [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
• Don't stop me now: How streaming helped catalogue conquer the charts [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Tencent Music Changes Focus After Regulatory Slap, Profits Drop [Variety] FULL STORY
• .MUSIC domain moves closer to launch with ICANN agreement [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• RCRDSHP Innovates Electronic Dance Music with New Gamified Digital Collectibles Platform [P&S] FULL STORY
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