Introducing: Spotify Fan Study [Spotify] FULL STORY
Welcome to the first Fan Study from Spotify for Artists. We’ve analyzed millions of data points to uncover 15 new insights, each designed to help your team develop the fanbase you need to reach your goals.
The Fight Over Music-Streaming Royalties Misses the Point [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
In the controversy over streaming economics, warring factions of the music industry are bickering over how to move pennies around a plate, rather than how to expand the size of the shared meal.
Apple Music announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos; will bring Lossless Audio to entire catalog [Apple] FULL STORY

The music industry just took a backwards step on streaming pricing... in glorious HD [MBW] FULL STORY
musicFIRST warns Congress of radio’s misleading narrative on rights to sound recordings [Hypebot] FULL STORY
US artists’ advocacy group musicFIRST has warned members of Congress about attempts to mislead policy-makers on the issue of performance rights for sound recordings on US AM and FM radio stations.
How Discord wants to conquer music [Protocol] FULL STORY 
Travis Scott unleashed an avalanche. When the famed rapper tweeted out a link to his new Discord server in late April, he almost brought the community platform to its knees. More than 100,000 users signed up for Scott's server within hours
Best Practices for Tiktok, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Here at Symphonic, we place major importance on providing free education for artists and anyone looking to improve their skills in the music industry. Check out these one-sheets.
How TikTok is revolutionizing the music industry, one video at a time. [AmplifyYou] FULL STORY

What the genre distribution of viral songs tells us about TikTok, globalization and cultural influence [Music Tomorrow] FULL STORY
Spotify enters the virtual concert business, starts selling $15 tickets to events [Verge] FULL STORY 
Spotify is entering the virtual concert business, just as in-person concerts are becoming more of a possibility. Yes, you'll need a Spotify account.
The Streaming War Is Going Hi-Fi [Billboard] FULL STORY

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Amazon Music HD vs Tidal Hi-Fi: which music streaming service is the best? [TechRadar] FULL STORY
"She just bleeds vulnerability and authenticity in a way that the music scene desperately needs." - The New Nine 
Anatomy of a Record Collector [Discogs] FULL STORY
Discogs is the largest database of recorded music in the world. This global community of music fans just surpassed an impressive milestone: 3 million collectors cataloged more than 500 million of their music releases on
How I Used Economic Theory at Spotify To Disrupt the Music Business [] FULL STORY
As industry technologist Jim Griffin put it in 2009: “We cling to this vine that keeps us off the jungle floor. The trick is figuring out when to let go of that old vine and when to embrace that new vine.” 
.MUSIC domain moves closer to launch with ICANN agreement [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The RIAA and others have warned that .MUSIC could be a haven for piracy if not managed properly. This new agreement with ICANN should calm those fears.
Music NFTs face multiple legal hurdles [Chris Castle / Hypebot] FULL STORY 

WTF is an NFT? Why I Paid $12,000 for a Sharpie Doodle [Spark6] FULL STORY

Are NFTs Changing the Business of Art, or Making a Parody of It? [Drexel] FULL STORY
Triller & Universal Music Group Sign Licensing Deal, Resolving Dispute Over Royalties [Billboard] FULL STORY
Three months after Universal Music Group abruptly pulled its catalog from short-form video app Triller, claiming the app withheld payments to its artists, the two companies announced a new, worldwide licensing agreement.
Can Musicians Really Benefit from Clubhouse? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Clubhouse is an exclusive, audio-based app that has taken the social media world by storm. Users from all over the world have quickly become obsessed, but what about it is so special? Can musicians really benefit from this new platform? Let’s break it down.
Mental Health On Tour: As Live Events Resume, Some Artists Fear Return of 'Old Habits' [Billboard] FULL STORY
For John Osborne of Brothers Osborne, the stressful past 14 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic have actually improved his mental health. "The time off was something I really needed, in the past 20 years I had been going nonstop."
On Spotify, an Arranged Marriage Between Music and Podcasts [NY Times] FULL STORY
Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” dance around copyright constraints.
New: Selling Tools dashboard to streamline your sales [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

How to market and sell your fresh band merchandise ideas [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Intro by little hurricane. In this latest episode, Jay and Mike discuss:
• The Artist Impostors of Spotify - I Tracked Some Down
• AI-Powered Rapper FN Meka Has 9M Followers, 1B Views On TikTok
• What Comes After Streaming?
• Music Festivals Are Back, But Their Covid Risks Are All on You
• The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Reveals Class Of 2021
VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch FINDING ELYSIUM Video for Striking Rendition of HEART’s “Alone” [Sonic Perspectives] FULL STORY 
“Noel Waters is a top-class musician who presents with power, musicality and grace who can beautifully deliver an awesome performance!”- Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater
Chartmetric adds more services to ‘cross-platform performance’ ranking [MusicAlly] FULL STORY

Inside Chartmetric’s new global digital artist ranking [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Meet The Board That Controls How Spotify Pays Artists [David Turner] FULL STORY 
• AT&T To Spin Off WarnerMedia, Combine With Discovery To Form Standalone Entertainment Giant In $43 Billion Deal [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• How to Split Money In a Song - Part 1 discusses how songwriters and non-writers split up the money in a song. [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY
• How to Split Money in a Song - Part 2 talks about how specific musicians think money in a song should be split. [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY
• VNUE CEO Talks Music Technology, Streaming and What’s Next [Medium] FULL STORY
• What every artist needs to know about music publishing [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• In 2021, How Do We Define an 'Indie' Publisher? (Guest Column) [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Music Industry Biz 101: Sync Licensing [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Sync and the Uberization for the music industry [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• 5 Reasons Your Brand Needs Its Own Spotify Playlist [Entrepreneur] FULL STORY
• Sony Music completes $430m buyout of AWAL – but UK competition watchdog is investigating deal [MBW] FULL STORY
• This startup is using Big Data to find the next music superstar [NextWeb] FULL STORY
• Here’s Every Themes and Variation Guest From Episodes 1 – 20 [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• Vivendi Considers Sale of 10% Stake in Universal Music to U.S. Investor [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Lollapalooza 2021 Lineup Announced: Megan Thee Stallion, Tyler, the Creator, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, and More [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
• The Definitive Guide to Deciding Where to Submit Your Music [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• What would Taylor Swift and Eddie Cue do? One solution to the frozen mechanical problem [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Twitter to call subscription service Twitter Blue, charge $3 a month, report says [CNET] FULL STORY
• Pollstar 2021 Impact 50 [Pollstar] FULL STORY
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