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We Demand 1¢ per Play! [Change.org] FULL STORY
After Daniel EK spoke on an interview, “You can’t record every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.” We want to make a point that making more records, is impossible with the amount of pay per stream we are getting. 

You Know, Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek Is Not Wrong [Music Biz Weekly Podcast] FULL STORY
A scammer told us he cashed in selling millions of fake views for Instagram Reels just hours after it launched [Business Insider] FULL STORY
Reels, Instagram's short-form video feature, launched on August 5. One seller said they had already made enough from selling fake views for a "good car and a decent home."

We Tested Instagram Reels, the TikTok Clone. What a Dud. [NYTimes] FULL STORY
Revealed: Billboard’s 2020 Country Power Players [Billboard] FULL STORY
Warner Chappell Nashville's Ben Vaughn leads Billboard's sixth annual Country Power Players list celebrating the genre's wins in the past year, amidst a pandemic and an industry reckoning with systemic racism.
How a Hit Spotify Playlist Is Made in 2020 [Complex] FULL STORY
For years, Spotify has been investing time and money into figuring out the best ways to make playlists, and the approaches have been varied. One of Spotify’s newer playlists, has found success by not following any specific rule or formula at all. 
An Update on User-Centric Streaming [David Turner] FULL STORY
User-centric streaming, the streaming platform model where a subscription goes proportionally towards musicians, continues to gain increased industry awareness. 

Streaming’s remuneration model cannot be ‘fixed’ [MIB] FULL STORY
Are Livestreams Now Music’s Primary Format and Artist Revenue Stream? [Keith Jopling for Hypebot] FULL STORY
As COVID-19 drags on more musicians are turning to live streaming to connect with fans and earn at least some revenue. MIDiA’ Keith Jopling looks at the surge in innovation and some early lessons learned.
5 Proven Steps For Promoting Music On Instagram [Hypebot] FULL STORY
With its vast user base, Instagram is the perfect platform for promoting your music and finding new fans, but standing out can be a challenge. Here we look at five proven steps for promoting your work and gaining traction on Instagram.
Spotify vs. Songwriters: Publishers remain confident that streaming platforms WILL be forced to increase royalties in the US [MBW] FULL STORY

Beyond the Algorithm: Artists Imagine a World Beyond Spotify [Spin] FULL STORY

Yes, Spotify’s Podcast Strategy Is Working, But Doubling Down On Exclusive Content Is A Costly Bet [Forbes] FULL STORY
Can Neil Young Block Trump From Using His Songs? It’s Complicated [NYTimes] FULL STORY
Musicians have complained about politicians playing their music at events for years. Now, with Mr. Young suing for copyright infringement, they are trying a new strategy.
Ben Folds’ “2020” — A case study for indie artists [DiscMakers] FULL STORY
From songwriting ideas to recording technique, there’s a lot you can learn from the songwriter’s tragi-comic recording-in-quarantine project.
The Song Economy Part 3 - creating in the song economy [Keith Jopling / MIDiA] FULL STORY

The Song Economy Part 2 - strategies for making songs (even) bigger [Keith Jopling / MIDiA] FULL STORY

Why The Song Economy Is Just Getting Started [Keith Jopling / MIDiA] FULL STORY
Simon Fuller will launch his next pop group... with TikTok [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
Entertainment mogul and ‘Idol’ founder Simon Fuller has got a new project - a partnership with TikTok to put a new group together. The press release doesn’t have many details other than the promise of an “in-app audition process on TikTok”, and the focus on “extraordinary undiscovered artists”.
Facebook video uploads increased 28% in 2019, and nearly half of all videos contain music [Pex] FULL STORY
At Pex, we analyze social media sites and share unique insights about the content that’s uploaded. We’ve shared our data and insights on YouTube in the past, and now we’re unloading some interesting stats on the social giant, Facebook. 
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We are at a turning point for social music [MIDiA] FULL STORY
In recent days we have seen three major developments that, collectively, are a potential pivot point for social music: 1.TikTok close to a US-entity buyout by Microsoft to avoid potential sanctions, following hot on the heels of an India blackout  2. Facebook launched a (US-only) YouTube competitor for music video...
Cardi B joins OnlyFans [Verge] FULL STORY
Cardi B has a new OnlyFans for people interested in a more intimate look at her life. In a video posted to her Instagram, Cardi says she’ll be putting behind-the-scenes content for her recently released video with Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP,” on the site, including rehearsals and lead-up to the shoot itself.
Songwriters dealt blow in Spotify royalty rate battle as streaming platforms are granted ‘procedural victory’ in US Appeals Court [MBW] FULL STORY

Negative Royalty Checks: Streaming Service Appeal Makes it Real Possibility [Trichordist] FULL STORY
How Live Music Is Coping, And What The Near Future Will Bring [NPR] FULL STORY

U.K. Opens First Socially Distanced Venue, Seating 2,500 on 500 Spaced-Out Viewing Platforms [Variety] FULL STORY

Metallica preps drive-in gig with $115 ‘per vehicle’ tickets [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
YOUR SECOND CUP

• Listening Anxiety: Is There Just Too Much Music to Choose From? [Muse] FULL STORY
• Amazon Music Adding Podcasts on the Condition That Podcasters Don’t Disparage Amazon [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
• NAMM 2021 Convention Canceled Due To Coronavirus [Blabbermouth] FULL STORY
• A Dumb Musician’s Guide to Self-Releasing Music [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• The Music Industry’s Side Ways: Top Execs Often Hold Down Separate Gigs Simultaneously [Variety] FULL STORY
• What BITKRAFT’s recent investments suggest about music’s future and the metaverse [MTF] FULL STORY
• Spotify Launches 'track IDs,' New Electronic Playlists Curated By Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Black Coffee & More [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Spotify loves podcasts – but it hasn't given up on hardware [MBW] FULL STORY
• Holly Humberstone Wants Her Songs to Last a Lifetime [NY Times] FULL STORY
• Beggars Group revenues hit $83m in 2019, as XL generated over $50m [MBW] FULL STORY
• Billboard Pro Spotlight Live Industry Virtual Event Set for August 20 [Billboard] FULL STORY
• ‘Why Artistes Should Take Streaming Numbers, Royalties Seriously’ [Guardian] FULL STORY
• Artists challenge Jeff Bezos on Twitch royalty practices [MBW] FULL STORY
• Judge Dismisses Genius' Lyrics Scraping Lawsuit Against Google [Complex] FULL STORY
• Universal to pay-gate music in China as part of new Tencent Music deal [MBW] FULL STORY
• Jukin Launches Self-Service Platform Allowing Anyone To License Its Viral Videos, Starting At $50 [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• A Historical Primer on Prison Music [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• Neil Young Purges Archives Website of Facebook, Google Log-Ins [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
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