Revealed: Billboard's 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players — In A Year of Activism [Billboard] FULL STORY
In a year that tested the industry and country with both a pandemic and racial-justice reckoning, the genres continued to thrive — and change the culture — thanks to the executives on Billboard’s annual list, led by 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles.
Russ Earns $100K Weekly As TuneCore Artist, Offers Advice To Others [Hypebot] FULL STORY
“Some weekly checks on tunecore… inspo purposes only,” tweeted Russ, sharing screenshots of weekly royalties of $89,700 and $107,400. “Artists : own your music and stop letting these labels take 15% distribution fees for pressing an upload button.”
How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive [Billboard] FULL STORY

Seated gigs, no moshing and 'brutally exhausting' sets: the strange new world of live music [Guardian] FULL STORY
‘He’s our Satan’: Mega music manager Irving Azoff, still feared, still fighting [LA Times] FULL STORY
The work never stops when you view the job the way Azoff does, as falling somewhere between consigliere and concierge. “My calls can be everything from ‘My knee buckled, I need a doctor’ to ‘My kid’s in jail,’” Azoff says. “I mean, you have no idea.
State of Play: the rise of in-game concerts [Cherie Hu / DJ Mag] FULL STORY
Cherie Hu explores the fast-growing intersection of music and gaming: how these worlds are coming together to create new experiences, for gamers and music fans alike. For the first edition, Hu takes a look at the rise of in-game concerts, and the new role of the gamer as online performer
Apple Music adds 10 new playlists aimed at Gen Z, including one with TikTok hits [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
One of the more interesting additions from this new group — at least from a technology perspective — is the new editorial playlist, “Viral Hits.” While Apple doesn’t specifically mention TikTok by name, the short-form video app’s influence is apparent.
This Space For Rent: Showing Up On Spotify’s Endcap [8sided] FULL STORY

Podcast Overlords: Spotify only works for the stars [Liz Pelly for The Baffler] FULL STORY

How to Use Spotify Multiple Follows to Grow Fans Using [] FULL STORY

Best Practices: Pitching in Spotify for Artists [Flypaper] FULL STORY

The Sweet $potify [FW Weekly] FULL STORY
Record Store Day 2020 Drops Helped Sell Nearly 2 Million Albums at Indie Retail [Billboard] FULL STORY
Record Store Day 2020’s three-part drop series came to a close on Oct. 24 - and continued to generate big album sales for indie stores and the music industry. The drops generated 34% of all indie store CD and vinyl album sales since August.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Virtual Music Industry Sessions [Symphonic] WATCH HERE
Music Industry Sessions is Symphonic's annual conference series. Due to the pandemic, this year's conference went virtual as a three day online series. Click the link above to watch these amazing sessions on YouTube. Randall, Janette... you two are rock stars to me.
Live Music Stocks Soar on COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough [Billboard] FULL STORY
At 9:15 am ET, just 30 minutes after Pfizer's press release with its vaccine trial results, Live Nation was +20.8% to $67.73, Madison Square Garden Entertainment was +21.4% to $84.44 and Germany concert promoter CTS Eventim was +23.5% to $51.90.
Bandzoogle Launches Pay-what-you-want Fan Subscription [Music Connection] FULL STORY
As musicians look for ways to engage their fans and earn a living beyond the traditional touring model, musician web services provider Bandzoogle continues to expand their direct-to-fan offerings accordingly. The platform’s most recent development sees an important update to their popular fan subscriptions feature as the company implements a pay-what-you-want option alongside standard pricing tiers.
Finding Unsigned Talent With Andrson While Live Gigs Are Gone [Pollstar] FULL STORY
A company by the name of Andrson is hoping to facilitate the emergence and discovery of new (live) talent during this unprecedented crisis that has paralyzed an entire industry and all of its supply chains.
Live streaming center stage for 2021 [MIDiA] FULL STORY
What is emerging to fill the gap left by live’s hiatus is a frantic and fragmented landscape, with a range of start-up platforms alongside the big video streamers (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch etc.). But does this fragmented landscape look coherent for fans? 
Twitch apologizes (to its users) for music licensing issues, says it's still locked in negotiations with major record companies [MBW] FULL STORY

Twitch Says It’s in Talks to License Music, Tells Users to Delete Videos With Unauthorized Tracks [Variety] FULL STORY
As desperate US venues consider Marc Geiger’s 51% takeover plan, their UK counterparts get millions in government aid [MBW] FULL STORY
The news of this funding makes interesting reading for US venues, who continue to lobby congress for federal help and who may be tempted to consider resorting to Marc Geiger’s 51%-plus equity acquisition (aka “bailout solution”).
Beyonce partners with Peloton to produce streaming content, workout classes with her music [Fox Business] FULL STORY
Beyoncé is giving Peloton some musical momentum. The Grammy-award-winning musician announced Tuesday a multiyear partnership with the home fitness company to produce content for its streamed workout classes.
YouTube Audience And Video Metrics Explained [Music 3.0] FULL STORY
We all know we need to watch the metrics of every social platform that we use in order to understand how effective it is for promotion. That said, sometimes we’re not exactly sure of what each metric means, especially when it comes to YouTube.

Your Morning Coffee, The Podcast: Episode #13 LISTEN HERE
In this week’s episode, Jay and Mike discuss:

- Spotify Is Letting Record Labels Influence Personalized Recommendations… So Long As They Pay For It In Royalties (Music Business Worldwide)

- 3 Things To Know About Spotify's Controversial New 'Pay For Influence' Tool, Discovery Mode (Music Business Worldwide)
- Junglepussy’s Spotify Through The Eyes Of A Marketer (Amber Horsburgh)

- The Noisey Guide to Deciphering Music Licensing and Contract Terms (Vice)
- Experts Panel: How Can The Music Industry Diversify Its Income Streams? (MusicAlly)

20 Most Popular Playlists On Spotify [Hypebot] FULL STORY

How To Understand Your Pandora Data [Hypebot] FULL STORY
[These stories require a paid subscription]
The Music Industry vs. Twitch: Licensing Tensions Heat Up As Clips Come Down [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

For Music’s Crew Workers, 2020 Has Been Devastating [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY

How Hyperpop, a Small Spotify Playlist, Grew Into a Big Deal [NY Times] FULL STORY

After Hipgnosis' Purchase of 33,000 Songs, What's Next for Kobalt Music Group? [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

Live Nation’s Third Quarter Earnings: Five Questions Answered [Billboard Pro] FULL STORY

Big-Money Music Deals Could Explode Before 2020 Ends, Thanks to Joe Biden [Rolling Stone Pro] FULL STORY

A Teen’s TikToks Are Changing the Way Her Record Label Looks at Marketing [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• BMI: Employees Accuse Music Company of ‘Toxic’ Environment, ‘Casual Racism’ [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• Spotify survey hints at plans for podcasts subscription [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Tencent Music Entertainment Grew Subscribers 10% to 4.6M In Third Quarter [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Japan music fans moving from CDs to streaming services [Yahoo! Finance] FULL STORY
• The eerie AI world of deepfake music [Guardian] FULL STORY
• The Secret Sounds of “Song Exploder” [New Yorker] FULL STORY
• Deezer's global rock and metal editor on his streaming vision for the genre [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• YouTube copies Spotify’s ‘Daily Mixes’ with its new ‘My Mix’ feature [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
• Racism on the Road: The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South [Billboard] FULL STORY
• What is Micro-Sync Licensing? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Commercial Radio Is 100 Years Old. Can It Survive? [InsideHook] FULL STORY
• Amazon Music to host Dolly Parton Christmas livestream [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Digital Customer Communications - 8 Trends You Should Look for in 2021 [Commbox] FULL STORY
• 45 Great Music Documentaries to Stream Right Now [Brooklyn Vegan] FULL STORY
• Is There a Streaming Peak? [David Turner] FULL STORY
• ‘there Needs To Be A More Sustainable Way For Artists To Earn Money.’ [MBW] FULL STORY
• How the 2020 Congressional Election Results Will Impact IP IP Watchdog] FULL STORY
• The Rattle Continues to Grow, Doubles Down on Commitment to a Fairer Music Ecosystem in L.A. [P&S] FULL STORY
• Spotify buys podcast platform Megaphone for $235m, bringing its total podcast acquisition spend to over $800m in the past 2 years [MBW] FULL STORY
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