Weekly Newsletter and Podcast
Spotify playlist curators complain about ongoing abuse that favors bad actors over innocent parties [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
A number of Spotify playlist curators are complaining that the streaming music company is not addressing the ongoing issue of playlist abuse, which sees bad actors reporting playlists that have gained a following in order to give their own playlists better visibility.
‘No Shelf Life Now’: The Big Business of Interpolating Old Songs for New Hits [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
Interpolation-loving artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Ava Max, and Doja Cat are leading a radical shift in the way the music industry thinks about catalog usage. How far can the trend go?
Music Analytics: The Definitive Guide [Anthony Pacheco/simpl.] FULL STORY
Every move that we make online leaves a trail of data. Now, artists and their teams can comb through this abundance of data to find opportunities, measure success and failure rates, target marketing efforts, and more.
TikTok surpasses YouTube in viewing time per user [CNN] FULL STORY

For musicians, TikTok is more important than YouTube – Here’s why [Hypebot] FULL STORY
#ThisIsNotWorking: Call From Musicians and Music Industry Workforce For Abuse to End [Musicians' Union] FULL STORY
In recent months, artists such as Rebecca Ferguson and Lily Allen have shone a spotlight on the abuse by senior figures and organizations in the industry, detailing their experiences which range from sexual harassment and assault to bullying and coercive control. 
Lossless music streaming: Do you really need it? [AA] FULL STORY
Is lossless audio streaming really worth the subscription? Here’s a rundown of the pros, cons, realities, and basically everything else you need to know about the world of lossless music streaming services.
Recycle, repackage, remix [Music x] FULL STORY
While remixes can offer artists the opportunity to collaborate across genres, or lend quantized kickdrums to songs you might not otherwise hear on club sound systems, it’s in the shadow of platform capitalism that I find myself increasingly critical of the format.
Spotify’s new ‘Enhance’ feature will spruce up your playlists with recommended songs [Verge] FULL STORY

Spotify Release Radar playlists have been streamed 16B times + How to get music featured [Hypebot] FULL STORY

How to use Spotify Blend to increase fan engagement [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Drake, Spotify, and the destruction of the all-dominant streaming superstar [MBW] FULL STORY
MBW crunch the numbers of Drake’s record-breaking release versus his last record-breaking release… and ponder what it all means for the fan-artist relationship.
Music Publishing 101 with Symphonic’s Randall Foster [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• What does a music publisher do? 
• Music Copyrights: Composition vs. Master 
• Music Publishing Deals (co-pub, admin etc.) 
• Public Performance Royalties / neighboring rights
• SoundExchange 
Kanye just obliterated the creative full stop [MIB] FULL STORY
Kanye West knows how to stir things up, not least in making us rethink what music is and nudging us away from considering it as linear and static. First it was pictures and video, but now it is audio’s turn, and Kanye’s Donda Stem Player could prove to be a pivotal step in that journey.
Physical music sales actually went up in 2021 [Hypebot] FULL STORY
It may be hard for skeptics to believe, but physical albums were up a robust 37.5 percent compared to this time last year, from almost 28 million units to over 38 million units.
15 ways to promote your music online [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

How to write an effective musician bio (with examples!) [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
9 Vital Newsletters All Musicians Should Be on in 2021 [Flypaper] FULL STORY
If you’re a professional musician, or even just a passionate hobbyist who wants to rise to the top of your game, continuing education and staying informed about the conversations happening around the music industry are two musts. 
‘I want the music to survive’ [Chicago Sun Times] FULL STORY
Veteran sound engineer Steve Albini shows off his studio and explains why analog tops digital. “On a base level, all music is analog. ... The sound going through the air moves the microphone diaphragm."
Why YouTube Music’s most recent figures are actually good news for artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
More streams from the higher payer platforms mean more money in your pocket, but only if the service has a competitive amount of subscribers. YouTube Music now appears to be the only one to have the scale and growth to make a real difference to your pocketbook.
Clive's Moving Castle [Amy Wang / Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
The supermogul and record chief Clive Davis has forged an empire of music's top-billing artists. At nearly 90, why can’t he retire — or let the past go?
Your Morning Coffee - The Podcast, Episode #56 LISTEN HERE
This week, Jay and Mike talk about these important stories:
• Hipgnosis Founder Merck Mercuriadis' Message To The Majors
• Chris Castle On Fixing Streaming (for the full phone interview, click here)
• Artists That Blew Up On TikTok First
• Advice for New Artists From Def Jam's VP of Digital Marketing JD Tuminski
• Musicians Warning Fans About the Music Industry
How Twenty One Pilots' Roblox Concert Is Changing the Virtual Gig Game [Billboard] FULL STORY
With a choose-your-own-adventure setlist, pre-concert quests and more, this will be Roblox's most interactive show yet.
What Are Marketing Drivers And Why Do I Need Them? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Marketing drivers are what will help you and your release stand out above thousands of others that our partners receive every day. What sets you apart?
Congratulations! You’re an influencer and here is what you can expect to earn [Hypebot] FULL STORY
You’ve managed to cultivate a substantial following on social media, and even gotten the attention of a brand that’s willing to sponsor some posts. So, how much money will you actually earn?
• About Curation [Streaming Machinery] FULL STORY
• Live Nation president says audiences are eagerly returning to live shows, even with Covid vaccine policies [CNBC] FULL STORY
• When Songs Meet Podcasts [Streaming Machinery] FULL STORY
• Recording Academy Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos Panay to Keynote Mondo.NYC Conference [Variety] FULL STORY
• Inside Track: Will Spotify Stay Independent — and Should It? [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Sony Music’s AWAL Buyout Raises Competition Concerns in the UK, Says Watchdog [MBW] FULL STORY
• What Is Jazz? [JazzTimes] FULL STORY
• United Talent Agency's Pre-Pandemic Investment Pays Dividends in 2021 [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Why Paula Cole Re-Recorded Her Iconic Dawson's Creek Theme: 'I Haven't Seen Royalties For Years' [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Apple Announces Its Acquisition Of Primephonic, A Classical Music Streaming Service [Forbes] FULL STORY
• How 9/11 Changed Music [WSJ] FULL STORY
• LÜM Launches Creator Clubs to Benefit Musicians and Their Fans [LÜM] FULL STORY
• Mandolin to Exclusively Livestream 2021 Firefly Music Festival [Shore Fire] FULL STORY
• Spotify opens up Release Radar for brand sponsorships [Yahoo!] FULL STORY
• What You Need To Know About TV & Radio Royalties [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Anghami has 1.4m subscribers ahead of its public listing [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• CryptoPunks, Meebits, And Autoglyphs Get Hollywood Representation. UTA Looks To Take Them To The Masses. [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• IKEA reveals musical lineup for first-ever digital festival [Music Network] FULL STORY
• Booking and Live Contracts for Musicians [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• The Evolution of Social Media Apps: Live Streaming: The New Frontier for Social Media [App Annie] FULL STORY
• The Record Industry Invests in the Metaverse [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Fender Partners With ‘Barbie’ Movie, Warner Music Group for Virtual Guitar Lessons [Variety] FULL STORY
• Apple has done a fantastic job of driving consumer education and awareness around Atmos music: Dolby [Financial Express] FULL STORY
• Spotify Stock Rises as KeyBanc Says Business in ‘Stronger Position’ [Barron's] FULL STORY
• Canada Reviews New Study on Streaming Economy, But Labels Warn It’s ‘Flawed’ [Billboard] FULL STORY
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