Sam Feldt Reaches Milestone Of 1 Billion Spotify Streams

DJ and producer Sam Feldt has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion streams on Spotify. The achievement follows his current global succes with ‘Post Malone’ (feat. RANI), which by now counts over 80 million Spotify streams. Sam Feldt received a special 1 billion streams award this week at Dutch national radio SLAM!. Sam Feldt has been on fire since his earliest releases. Making his…

Spotify files complaint against Apple Music, citing ‘unfair advantages’

The fight to be crowned king of streaming continues as Spotify and Apple Music duke it out March 13. The most recent development comes after Spotify founder Daniel Ek and his team filed a complaint against Apple alleging “unfair advantages” in regards to Apple’s App Store.  After “careful consideration” and what seems like previous efforts to resolve the conflict…

Spotify adds new privileges for Samsung customers

After announcing its partnership with Samsung in August 2018, Spotify has continued to compete with Apple Music as a default music provider. Currently, it’s the go-to listening option for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant (the competitor to Apple’s Siri). However, as of March 8, the Swedish streaming service has expanded this partnership to astronomical levels, now coming preinstalled on most Samsung devices worldwide. With…

STREAMING ACCOUNTED FOR 75% OF MUSIC INDUSTRY REVENUE IN 2018

RIAA figures also show that sales of vinyl rose 8% on the previous year… A report by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has shown that 75% of music revenue made in the retail sector within the US last year came from streaming. These figures are thanks to the continued popularity of subscription services…

SoundCloud users can now distribute original music to rival streaming platforms

SoundCloud has launched a new distribution feature in open beta which enables artists to spread their music to a range of rival streaming services. The upgrade to the platform’s SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset allows users to “seamlessly” distribute their music to the likes of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and more…

SPOTIFY’S TOP 5 GLOBAL ARTISTS IS AMERICAN, AS J BALVIN CLIMBS TO NO.1

The Colombian artist has officially become the biggest act Spotify in terms of total monthly listeners, having just overtaken long-time No.1, Drake. As of today (June 26), Balvin has 48,199,671 monthly listeners on the platform. (This number is monitored each day on a rolling monthly basis.) Drake, meanwhile, has 47,764,878 monthly Spotify listeners. This is…

ELOHIM RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TV”

GODADDY ‘MAKE THE WORLD YOU WANT’ BRAND LAUNCH COMMERCIAL FEAT. “TV” HERE + FEATURED ON NEW QUINN XCII SINGLE “HOLDING HANDS” HERE STREAM HERE (Los Angeles, CA – February 8, 2019) Los Angeles artist / producer Elohim has released a brand new single titled “TV.” Stream the song everywhere now here. The new track comes alongside Elohim’s freshly-launched partnership with GoDaddy for their ‘Make The World You Want’ Brand launch which highlights “TV” in their new…

SoundCloud increases revenue to more than $100 million after shaky few years

A platform that has launched the careers of artists in a variety of genres, Berlin-based streaming service SoundCloud had a rough start to 2017, laying off a large portion of their staff and facing severe financial instability. However, after the 2017 overhaul, the company increased their revenue by more than 80 percent to approximately $102 million, and…

Spotify rolls out new artist-muting feature

At long last, Spotify subscribers who want to limit their exposure to certain artists now have the ability to mute musicians whose songs makes them cringe, thanks to Spotify’s new artist-muting feature. The new function can be found in the menu bar on each artist’s page. Once the user mutes an artist, the artist’s music will not…

TIDAL reportedly under investigation for inflated streaming data

Authorities in Norway are now investigating TIDAL over the alleged streaming number inflations that came to light back in 2016. The Jay-Z-owned company that has long been under speculation and scrutiny now faces an investigation led by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime, also known as Økokrim, according to a report from Bloombergquint. In March of 2016, TIDAL reported…

MIXCLOUD LAUNCHES SELECT, A PIONEERING FAN-TO-CREATOR AUDIO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

Listeners can now subscribe to individual Mixcloud channels to directly support and get closer to their favorite creators Mixcloud’s unique licensing model allows longform audio creators to join the revenue mix for the first time 40+ first wave Mixcloud Select creators include Afrojack, Brooklyn Radio, Clash Magazine, Defected Records, DJ P Montana, Eats Everything, John…

SOUNDCLOUD DATA ADDED TO UK AND IRELAND’S OFFICIAL CHARTS

Licensed and monetized streams happening on SoundCloud will now be counted in the UK and Ireland’s Official Albums and Singles Charts. Data from the streaming service will be added to sales numbers calculated by the Official Charts Company for the charts published on Friday (September 21).  SoundCloud plays follow YouTube views as a recent addition…

SPOTIFY HITS 83 MILLION PAID SUBSCRIBERS AND 180 MILLION TOTAL USERS

Spotify rapidly grows, going toe-to-toe with Apple Music to be the top global music streaming service. Spotify’s latest quarterly earnings have come in, showing a huge growth with continued operating losses. The good news? Spotify has hit 83 million paid subscribers, a big increase from the 70 million paid subscriber count last released. That represents a 13 million…

Instagram and Spotify introduce new story feature to simplify music sharing

The days of screenshotting that track that you’ve been digging in order to share it on your Instagram story are over. Instagram and Spotify introduced a new music sharing feature that allows Spotify listeners to share the song that they’re currently streaming with their Instagram followers. Spotify users need only to select the ‘Share to Instagram Story’ option from…

DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Featuring Jennifer Lopez–Airs Friday, April 13 at 8PM ET/PT

Tune-in to AUDIENCE Network to watch “DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night featuring Jennifer Lopez” a once-in-a-lifetime concert from the global music superstar. The performance, filmed in 4K Ultra HD during Super Week in Minneapolis, MN the night before the Big Game, will air Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW for fans to watch over…

SOUNDCLOUD LAUNCHES EMERGING ARTIST SUPPORT INITIATIVE

SoundCloud has launched its first ever creator-led advertising campaign, which showcases artist’s stories across its apps, playlists, social feeds and newsletters, as well as social and out of home advertising. Entitled First on SoundCloud, the initiative will promote emerging talent through new music, video and photography. The debut campaign features creators that started their careers…

SoundCloud rejects claims of reduced sound quality on its streams

The internet took to arms yesterday amid reports that SoundCloud had changed the audio quality of music played back on its platform. According to reports, SoundCloud had changed from the already paltry 128kbps MP3 format to a 64kbps Opus format. SoundCloud responded to the report, initially from Pigeons & Planes, stating: “These reports are inaccurate. SoundCloud has not altered…

YouTube solidifies deal with Sony and Universal, moves closer towards paid service launch

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that YouTube‘s music streaming service could arrive as early as March. The service, which has tentatively been titled Remix, has been experiencing delays in its launch due to its failure to negotiate agreements with major music publishers. Negotiations with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have been ongoing for quite some time, and until now…

TIDAL TO OFFER FREE 12-DAY CHRISTMAS TRIAL

For users currently without a streaming home and are looking to explore the options, why not try Tidal? The exclusive, high-fidelity service just announced that, starting Christmas, it would be offering an open free 12-day trial of its services. The trial will allow users to access the High Fidelity streaming tier which would usually run you $19.99…

Tidal reported to have just enough cash to survive for six more months

Fiscal trouble appears to be mounting for Tidal as the subscription based music streaming service is reported to have enough cash to last only six more months. Tertiary to Spotify and Apple Music, platforms possessive of 60 million and 30 million subscribers respectively, Tidal allegedly only reached the 1 million member mark in September of 2015, according to a tweet…

SoundCloud reflects on the year in music in its 2017 ‘Playback’

Musical retrospectives are all the rage as 2017 winds down, with SoundCloud’s “2017 Playback” graphic being the latest to enter the yearly recap ring. The visual review identifies Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 as the most frequently streamed album on the platform, and “XO Tour Llif3” as the Top Rap/Hip Hop Track of the year. Two Friends claims a triumph…

Apple reportedly to acquire Shazam

Apple is reportedly putting the final touches on an official deal to acquire Shazam, the music recognition app. TechCrunch reports that the deal could be finalized as early as Monday morning. The company, founded in 1999, originally acted as an SMS service where users could identify songs and identify television shows and films. The company officially launched…

YOUTUBE TO LAUNCH MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE IN MARCH

YouTube could be considered one of the top 4 streaming platforms for music in the modern age – alongside Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music – but it’s the only one of the group that doesn’t have a paid subscription service for music. Sure, Google parent-company Alphabet has tried before. Google introduced audio-only streaming service Google Play Music in 2011, followed by YouTube Music Key in 2014, giving subscribers ad-free music…

Spotify breaks down your listening habits over the last year

Spotify has officially released its Your 2017 Wrapped feature. By tracking listening habits over the year, the Swedish streaming giant provides users with a year in review to sum up their most listened to artists and genres throughout the year. The feature farms data throughout the year to generate a list of listener’s top 100 streamed songs, and also provides a convenient virtual…

MOST SHAMAZED SONGS OF 2017

The “Most Shazamed” list is a strange one. It isn’t like a Billboard list with definitive charts, nor is it anything like a “Most Streamed” list. Most Shazamed Tracks of 2017 are also some of 2017’s most popular songs, like Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and even Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” “Shape Of You” was Shazamed over…

New Spotify data shows sharp increase in listening time, artist diversity

“The pie is getting bigger and there are more slices going around.” In an announcement by David Erlandsson and Jomar Perezos of Spotify, the company has revealed statistics that show in an increase in hours listened and music diversity. Average listener hours are up 25 percent, alongside a 37-percent increase in diversity. Erlandsson and Perezos credit editorial…

SoundCloud’s CFO leaves company for TuneIn position

SoundCloud’s chief financial officer has departed from the music streaming platform. The service’s first-ever CFO Holly Lim, has migrated to TuneIn — a radio streaming platform that will host Lim as its own CFO, as announced by TuneIn this week. Lim leaves behind an extensive history at SoundCloud, joining the streaming entity five-months after it unveiled SoundCloud…

MIXCLOUD SIGNS MILESTONE LICENSING DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC

London-born streaming startup Mixcloud has inked a milestone deal – a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music – which will enable it to start building new subscription products. SoundCloud rival Mixcloud attracts around 17m monthly users. It hosts 12m radio shows, podcasts and DJ sets which have been uploaded by more than a million ‘curators’…

Spotify is now evaluated to be worth $16 billion

Spotify is now is being valued at $16 billion, according to a recent Reuters report. This figure is $3 billion higher than similar trades until June of 2017. GP Bullhound, a technology investment and advisory firm, led an investor survey that estimated Spotify to be worth $50 billion in only a few years. The music industry’s leading music streaming…

Leaked Documents Show SoundCloud Won’t Be Profitable Until 2020

Regardless of the amount of struggles SoundCloud has faced over the past few months, the platform is standing – but the big question remains: how long will it continue to do so? New documents filed in August with German regulators that the platform will likely not become profitable until – get this – 2020. The documents read:…

Music’s ‘million sellers club’ updated to include streaming

The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records…

HOW STREAMING MUSIC PLATFORMS CAN LAST AND GROW

Nikhil Shah, Co-Founder and Commercial Director of Mixcloud (pictured). MixCloud connects listeners to new music and ideas through radio shows, DJ mixes and Podcasts uploaded by over 1 million curators. Here, Shah discusses how streaming music services can build their businesses in a sustainable and financially sensible way… There’s been much discussion of late about…

ED SHEERAN’S SHAPE OF YOU IS NOW SPOTIFY’S MOST-STREAMED SONG OF ALL TIME

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is now officially the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify, having overtaken Drake’s One Dance. Shape Of You, released via Atlantic Records, has 1.318bn plays on Spotify as of today (Sept 22) according to the streaming company. One Dance currently stands at 1.317bn plays, ahead of another billion streamer…

THE FUTURE OF RADIO

Michael Huppe (pictured), CEO & President of US-based digital performance licensing organization SoundExchange – which has paid out nearly $5bn in royalties to recorded music rightsholders since being founded in 2003. TIME FOR BROADCASTERS TO EMBRACE DIGITAL Radio’s relationship with the music industry has changed dramatically in a few short years. In its prime, radio…

Send music to friends in Spotify’s new iMessage app

As a part of its new update this week, Spotify has announced an iMessage application that will allow its users to send music to each other. Users can simply search for a song in Spotify’s music library and tap to send it with a friend. When received, the friend will be able to preview a 30-second clip…

Spotify and Hulu offer joint subscription service for students at just $4.99

2017 has been loaded with legendary collabs. Now two of the worlds most in-demand outfits present a new kind of collaboration, a joint subscription between the leading streaming giant Spotify and the popular on-demand outfit Hulu. Priced at just $4.99 per month, “Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu,” is a significantly cheaper purchasing plan for the services, which…

Popular YouTube audio ripping website ‘youtube-mp3’ has been shut down

The world’s largest audio ripping site, youtube-mp3.org ,has been shut down after a consortium of labels including Warner Music Group, Sony Music, and UMG filed a lawsuit to shutter the site. Unsurprisingly, the ruling went in favor of the music labels, with the website ordered to pay a substantial settlement fee, as well as transfer its…

What Song Is This? How to Find and Identify Music Now

We live in a world of instant gratification. We can get food delivered to our door even if the restaurant doesn’t deliver. We can watch blockbuster films the moment they leave theaters, and sometimes even before. We can book trips around the world and secure home loans at the push of a button. Why should…

Spotify closes final label deal in preparation to go public

Spotify has just renewed its licensing deal with Warner, the last crucial component needed before its public offering in late 2017 or early 2018. The deal is likely identical to what was struck with Universal in April, which included the option to initially hold back new albums from Spotify’s free tier and a break for Spotify in royalty payouts…

THIS IS HOW MUCH APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY AND YOUTUBE PAY PER 1,000 STREAMS

Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube, arguably the most important ways to get music heard– but which platform is paying its artists the most? Thanks to RIAA-backed research via Nielsen, BuzzAngle, and MiDIA, we have a very simple breakdown via Digital Music News. Here are the dollar amount that music creators make fore every 1,000 streams on these leading streaming…

Tidal hires its FOURTH CEO

The management tides have changed once again for Tidal, bringing yet another new CEO for the streaming service in their flow. Former Sony Music executive and Kobalt Music Group president, Richard Sanders will now head the platform, surfacing as the fourth chief executive officer to sit atop the company’s wave. Tidal aspires to compete more effectively with…

SoundCloud’s new investors want to replace its current CEO

The uncertainty that enveloped SoundCloud’s fate mostly diminished last week once reports surfaced that the music streaming service was salvaged by two “angel investors.” The winged investors have since been confirmed to be The Raine Group and Temasek Holdings, two respective entities in the platform’s purchase. Seated atop a controlling stake in SoundCloud’s equity thanks…

Alternatives to SoundCloud are Stepping Up

Soundcloud hasn’t been in great shape lately after announcing they basically did not have enough money to last much longer without help. While some some users may view this as tragic,  others view this as an opportunity to offer a service similar to what Soundcloud does. One such service that is gaining popularity is Anchor, a podcast app that…

Spotify Scores New Licensing Deal With Sony

Spotify has reached a licensing agreement with its second major label this year, Sony Music Entertainment, after months of negotiations. Billboard reports that the new deal follows the music streaming giant’s multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Groupannounced back in April. The agreement terms allowed for Universal’s artists to limit new album releases to paid subscribers only for two weeks, marking a change from…

“Fake” Spotify artist discusses the streaming giant’s fraud accusations

Just last week, Spotify was accused of defrauding its stream numbers and underpaying artists by placing “fake artists” in highly-streamed playlists — effectively limiting the opportunities for other artists to make money and gain exposure. The report, originally published by Vulture, claimed that the streaming service put said artists’ songs onto its premium curated playlists, ones like “Deep Sleep” or “Peaceful…

SOUNDCLOUD FOUNDER ALEX LJUNG ISSUES STATEMENT AMIDST CONTROVERSY

SoundCloud has been the word on everyone’s lips the past 48 hours, and for fair reason. A TechCrunch article spelling the death of the platform in 50 days’ time sent the internet into a spiral; however, efforts from Chance The Rapper and SoundCloud’s internal team seem to have delayed whatever apparent downfall the platform was facing….

STREAM-RIPPING NOW “MOST AGGRESSIVE” FORM OF MUSIC PIRACY

  Stream-ripping has now been tagged as the “most aggressive form of music piracy” by PRS for Music and the Intellectual Property Office. According to recent research by INCOPRO and Kantar Media, the use of stream-ripping sites increased 141.3% between 2014 and 2016 in the U.K. 57% of the 9,000 respondents surveyed were aware of…

SPOTIFY ACCUSED OF CREATING SONGS TO PAD THEIR OWN PLAYLISTS

For a lot of people, Spotify is the king. At over 140 million monthly users, it’s quickly become the dominant form of music streaming, and discovery, for a lot of people around the world. Spotify’s strongest tool at its disposal is their army of playlists – both human-curated and algorithmically programmed – that drive streams…

Spotify partners with Facebook Messenger for easy group playlists

The ability to create the perfect playlist is not a skill many people possess. But if enough people come together to collaborate on the effort, the perfect playlist can be achieved. To help the music and party communities in their unyielding effort Spotify has partnered with Facebook Messenger to help its users bring their diverse music tastes together and meet…

ELON MUSK CONSIDERS STARTING STREAMING SERVICE

Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music executives should watch their backs because there’s yet another tech billionaire looking to move into the music streaming game. Tesla founder and tech mogul Elon Musk is no stranger to starting new businesses in various industries but this looks to be first his foray in music. Sources close to tech blog Recode say…

Spotify valued at $13 Billion ahead of stock market listing

Spotify has disrupted the way people consume music, and now the streaming platform will also be disrupting the stock market. It was announced yesterday via Reuters that Spotify could be the first major company to directly list itself on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) when it goes public later this year or early next year. According…

Soundcloud Drops Price to $1 for 3 Months of Premium Access

As avid music streamers, we can’t say we recommend you shelling out the big bucks for SoundcloudGO normally. It offers up some nice features, but with competition from Spotify and Apple Music we can’t say the price is worth it. However, we’re changing our tune today for an important reason. Soundcloud is offering up 3…

Global Music Report shows the rise of music streaming

Music streaming continues to be a hugely important aspect of the music industry’s revenue. In a new findings from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s Global Music Report, the organization revealed that streaming now accounts for half of the industry’s annual global revenue. Key statistics from the report show that digital income now accounts for 50 percent…

NEW ONLINE MUSIC STORE LAUNCHES FRESH WAY TO OWN YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

Voltra, an online music streaming and purchasing startup company, has just launched a new way for users to pay for the songs they love. Much like the iTunes store, Voltra allows users a free preview listen of the track in consideration before they buy. Unlike the competitors, however, users are not required to immediately spend…

YouTube Launches Uptime, New Social Video Streaming App

YouTube has been at the forefront of social media development for a long time now. The platform’s products have become so pervasive that YouTube has now become the preferred means for sharing and viewing videos online. YouTube and its many personalities have also contributed massively to the unique online culture that has been established, and the…

Soundcloud announces new subscription pricing option

Soundcloud launched itself into the competitive paid streaming landscape in March 2016 with the arrival of its Soundcloud Go subscription service. Nearly a year later, with the company considering a sale that has seen one potential buyer drop out while another circles it, the site has announced a change to Soundcloud Go. The German streaming…

SPOTIFY & OTHER MUSIC STREAMING APPS DOMINATE 2016

A newly released report from Sensor Tower revealed the lists of top earning and most downloaded non-game apps during 2016, on both the App Store and Google Play. According to the results, music streaming apps dominated the year’s downloads, with Spotify coming out on top in both the App Store and Overall categories by revenue….

SoundCloud Might Run Out Of Cash Before The End Of 2017

SoundCloud Might Run Out Of Cash Before The End Of 2017 SoundCloud, a favorite internet music streaming service for many, has been in the news quite a bit lately, and not always for the right reason. As the music world changes and welcomes new companies, some that have been around for quite some time are…

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING PURCHASING SOUNDCLOUD

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING PURCHASING SOUNDCLOUD Though rumors of a Spotify buyout were recently squashed, it seems that tech giant Google is the latest to look into buying Soundcloud. According to Music Business Worldwide, Google is reportedly considering purchasing the streaming platform for half of its $1 billion asking price. Last year, Soundcloud made major inroads with the…

AS SOUNDCLOUD FLOUNDERS, ORFIUM GAINS MOMENTUM – YOU SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION

AS SOUNDCLOUD FLOUNDERS, ORFIUM GAINS MOMENTUM – YOU SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION Earlier this year a new and exciting music streaming platform hit the internet with hopes of disrupting the status quo and offering user an alternative to Soundcloud. The platform is called Orfium and as Soundcloud continues to raise viability questions these guys are gaining…

SHAZAM ACTING A FOOL? CHECK OUT THESE 5 OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY MUSIC

SHAZAM ACTING A FOOL? CHECK OUT THESE 5 OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY MUSIC We don’t always have Shazam or SoundHound at our fingertips, and sometimes the dark expanse of club walls and overwhelming festival settings can play havoc with reception and data. So what is one to do when confronted with an absolutely Earth-shattering track…

AFTER EXPANDING TO MUSIC STREAMING, AMAZON SETS SIGHTS ON TICKETING

AFTER EXPANDING TO MUSIC STREAMING, AMAZON SETS SIGHTS ON TICKETING After fully entering the music streaming market, Amazon has made yet another powermove: event tickets. Amazon Tickets is the newest branch of the online empire, and though the service saw a successful soft launch in UK last year, an expansions to Europe, Asia, and the U.S….

Spotify Found Writing Tons of Uesless Data to Hard Drives

Spotify Found Writing Tons of Uesless Data to Hard Drives After being reported in the middle of June in the company’s official support forum, it seems like Spotify has finally taken some action in their latest version 1.0.42. The streaming app has been writing huge caches of data to user hard drives even during idle…

AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED LAUNCHES IN THE UK

AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED LAUNCHES IN THE UK We’ve mentioned several times in the past that tech giant Amazon has been trying to cross over into the music streaming world with a platform of their own. Now, they’re ready to roll in the UK as Amazon Music Unlimited has just officially launched. So far, the platform boasts a catalog of 40…

MUSIC STREAMING PREDICTED THE ELECTION RESULTS

MUSIC STREAMING PREDICTED THE ELECTION RESULTS As if we haven’t heard enough about the election, a new study is supporting the theory that the music used in political campaigns can tangentially affect the voting habits of the public. The study was led by Stan Renard, Music Marketing Coordinator at the University of Texas at San…

Apple and Spotify Continue Their War

Apple and Spotify Continue Their War The nitpicking and gripping continue between the two music streaming services of Apple andSpotify. While this topic of discussion isn’t new by any means, their argument has been taken to the next level by Apple’s latest actions. Back it late May, Apple refused to allow Spotify’s latest update into…

SoundCloud to add video advertisements to US applications

SoundCloud to add video advertisements to US applications SoundCloud is rebounding from prior losses through strategic restructuring. The company recently received a $70 million investment from Twitter, and are entering the paid subscription arena with “SoundCloud Go,.” Because of this, SoundCloud is slowly moving toward a profitable future, while also ameliorating its free services that placed it among the top streaming…