After Massive DMCA Takedown, Twitch Streamers Are Deleting Thousands Of Clips

Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch has become an increasingly useful tool for artists looking to reach their fans in the absence of live music during the COVID-19 quarantine. The past few months have seen Twitch move closer to the music business as a result, highlighted by the appointment of Spotify for Artists product lead Tracy Chan as…

LIVEXLIVE TO LAUNCH PAY-PER-VIEW LIVE STREAM MUSIC EVENTS ‘TO DRIVE NEW REVENUE-SHARE MODEL FOR ARTISTS’

Los Angeles-based live entertainment company LiveXLive Media is planning to launch pay-per-view (PPV) live stream performances and events. According to the company, its PPV platform “will drive a new revenue-sharing model for both artists and LiveXLive via digital ticket sales, fan tipping, digital meet and greets, merchandise sales and sponsorship”. The announcement of the company’s PPV…

Nic Fanciulli launches new Instagram talk show ‘As I Was Saying…’

Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Chelsea FC’s Marco Alonso are among the first guests Nic Fanciulli is set to launch a new weekly Instagram talk show ‘As I Was Saying…’, kicking off on 1st May with fellow dance music legend and Ibiza mainstay Carl Cox. Taking place on Thursdays at 9pm (GMT) for six consecutive weeks, ‘As I Was Saying…’ will see Fanciulli invite guests to join…

Facebook announces addition of pay-to-watch streams coming soon

While live music fans have been lamenting the cancellations of festivals and venues, we’ve been treated to an onslaught of free live streamed performances. However, as the closures continue on, possibly even into 2021, we may be trending towards the end of free live streams. Earlier this week, Facebook announced they will be adding “the ability…

Claptone reveals “Claptone In The Circus”

An immersive video series – broadcasting live every Wednesday APRIL 22ND – AUGUST 5TH, 2020 EVERY WEDNESDAY, 9PM CET 12 EXCLUSIVE MIXES 40 + EXCLUSIVE AND UNRELEASED CLAPTONE ORIGINALS, REMIXES AND EDITS ALL STREAMED LIVE FROM THE CIRCUS Watch via Claptone’s YouTube or Facebook Welcome to CLAPTONE in The Circus, a series of DJ sets, live and direct from a…

TUNE IN: DESTRUCTO Presents “BREAKFAST CLUB” Live Stream Sunday, April 26

DESTRUCTO PRESENTS THE BREAKFAST CLUB LIVE STREAM ON TWITCH, FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE SUNDAY, APRIL 26  STARTING AT 9:00AM UNTIL 11:00AM PST WATCH AT TWITCH.TV/DESTRUCTOAMF FACEBOOK.COM/DESTRUCTOAMF YOUTUBE.COM/C/DESTRUCTOAMF DESTRUCTO (Gary Richards) is back with another live stream coming directly to your living room this Sunday, April 26. The Breakfast Club is a call back to the 2018…

BigCityBeats steers forward with radio partner 1LIVE for WORLD CLUB DOME Drive-In

„Dance into May”: with Le Shuuk & Friends at the Autokino Düsseldorf Pre-register now at worldclubdome.com/drive-in and be there on April 30th, 2020! For years BigCityBeats have been known for their unusual and crazy antics, and now thanks to BCB you need no longer worry about Summer 2020 lacking any festival events. Bernd Breiter, the visionary founder…

MARTIN JENSEN TO PLAY 5-HOUR ‘ME, MYSELF, ONLINE’ LIVESET FROM TELIA PARKEN STADIUM THIS FRIDAY, AVAILABLE TO STREAM VIA TWITCH!

Stream info: Friday 10th April @ 18:00pm – 23:00pm CEST Stream link: twitch.tv/martinjensentv As one of Denmark’s biggest artists with over 1 billion streams and a #45 placing in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s Poll, Martin Jensen is constantly pushing the envelope in connecting with his fans through his music and in these unprecedented times, aims to…

FEDDE LE GRAND’S DARKLIGHT RECORDINGS BRINGS MAIN STAGE FAVOURITES HOME OUT NOW

Fedde Le Grand’s iconic Darklight Recordings imprint has dropped a trio of future Main Stage favourites which will bring the festival vibes straight to your stereos. STREAM: EXODUS x DRIIFT x RELYVE FT. DASHIUS CLAY ‘M.I.A.M.I’ Set to impress with a monster collaboration between New York’s Exodus, Brazil’s DRIIIFT, Ukraine’s Relyve and a feature from Miami’s Dashius Clay, ‘M.I.A.M.I’ is a tantalising…

Beatport’s 34 hour live stream raises over $180,000 for COVID-19 Solidarity funds with a staggering 8.5m people tuning in

Beatport Presents: ReConnect, A Global Music Event 8.5 million people tune in to watch Beatport’s 34-hour live stream marathon with DJs from around the globe, raising over $180,000 for the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and WHO COVID-19 Funds Beatport, the world’s leading destination for electronic music, today announced that its 34-hour live stream “ReConnect” in partnership with…

STMPD RCRDS Festival Is Coming To A Device Near You On March 28

The STMPD RCRDS family have decided to rally together to offer fans something really special during these difficult times. To spread acts of musical kindness around the world right now, they have decided to stage an online STMPD RCRDS Festival on Saturday March 28th, bringing you DJ sets from your favourite STMPD RCRDS artists and friends. But this isn’t just any old…

LIVE NATION SHARES BOUNCE BACK AS LIBERTY MEDIA PAYS OFF $130M COMPANY LOAN

Liberty Media Corporation has today announced that it has fully repaid a Live Nation margin loan using cash. The payment, worth $130m, means that there are now “no margin or other price triggers that could require a sale of the underlying [Live Nation] stock”, according to Liberty. Liberty Media owns approximately 69.6 million shares of…

Beatport expands its Techno Categories

https://www.beatport.com Beatport, the world’s number one destination for electronic music, has just announced that it will be expanding Techno, the store’s most popular genre, into two new categories: Techno [Raw/Deep/Hypnotic], and Techno [Peak Time/Driving/Hard]. In recategorising its Techno genre, Beatport will offer its customers a more clearly curated Techno catalogue tailored to diverse sounds, while enabling artists and labels…

YOUTUBE IS GENERATING OVER $1.5BN PER MONTH FROM ADS – AND BOASTS OVER 20M PAYING MUSIC SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE

YouTube reached over $15 billion in advertising revenues last year. That figure was included as part of the platform’s first ever publicly disclosed advertising revenues (see below), published yesterday (January 3) by parent company Alphabet in its financial results for Q4 and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. It was also revealed yesterday that YouTube’s advertising revenues…

RICHIE HAWTIN Launches CLOSER — Interactive App For Mobile Phones

RICHIE HAWTIN – CLOSER APP INTERACTIVE APP – MADE FOR MOBILE PHONES – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TELEKOM ELECTRONIC BEATS AVAILABLE NOW app:                     CLOSER available:             iOS App Store, Google Play – free download  formats:                interactive mobile app, audiovisual mix album hashtags:            #RichieHawtin #CLOSElive #CLOSEcombined #TelekomElectronicBeats RICHIE HAWTIN CELEBRATES…

SoundCloud adds new Promote tool for artists to further target audiences

Music streaming service SoundCloud has just unveiled a new tool for artists with premier memberships called Promote. The tool allows creators to book campaigns that specifically targets audiences, boosting their music to the top of users’ feeds. In line with Facebook and Instagram’s advertising options, targeting options include age, gender, location, device, and genre. SoundCloud Premier allows…

NEW APPLE MUSIC FOR BUSINESS SERVICE LAUNCHES

Apple has partnered with in-store music and entertainment provider PlayNetwork to launch a Music for Business service. According to the Apple Music for Business landing page, businesses will be able to use the service via a dedicated iOS app and CURIOPlayer Z8 music players. Apple has already been testing a version of its new offering in Harrods and…

Spotify announces launch of their own award show

Spotify has announced that on March 5th, 2020, they will host the first annual Spotify Awards in Mexico City. According to the streaming giant, the show’s categories, nominees, and winners will be decided entirely based on user streaming data to “provide a true reflection of what fans are listening to.” Coming fresh off the heels of…

TIKTOK CROSSES 1.5 BILLION DOWNLOADS

TikTok has surpassed 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play, according to new stats released by mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The new stats also reveal that TikTok is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app in 2019, behind WhatsApp (707.4m) and Messenger (636.2m). Facebook and Instagram come in at No. 4 and No. 5…

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…