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…

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 Revenue Sharing Update Says DJs Can Make Money Off Mixes

DJs are seeing a revolution in the way we think about music streams from Grammy nominations to a better-appreciated form of art. SoundCloud just announced that DJs will be able to make money off of their remixes and mixes on the platform for the first time ever. Their invite-only revenue sharing program will include artists…

SONY MUSIC EARNED $1.2BN FROM STREAMING PLATFORMS IN 2016

Sony Music Entertainment generated 134.83bn Yen ($1.24bn) from streaming music in calendar 2016 – and 40.65bn Yen ($372m) in the three months to end of December alone. That means Sony’s recorded music division is now earning approximately $124m every month, $31m every week, $4m every day and $167,000 every hour from the likes of Spotify and…

STREAMING REVENUE HAS ALREADY TOPPED $1BN AT UNIVERSAL THIS YEAR

STREAMING REVENUE HAS ALREADY TOPPED $1BN AT UNIVERSAL THIS YEAR Streaming revenues from recorded music comfortably surpassed $1bn at Universal Music Group in the first nine months of 2016. From January-September, UMG’s recorded sales from streaming and subscription services reached €1.03bn ($1.1bn) – up 64.3% on the same period in 2015 (at constant currency and…

SPOTIFY HAS ALREADY PAID THE MUSIC BUSINESS OVER $1.2BN THIS YEAR

SPOTIFY HAS ALREADY PAID THE MUSIC BUSINESS OVER $1.2BN THIS YEAR Spotify has announced that its lifetime payments to the music business have now topped $5bn. The news came as the streaming platform confirmed its invite-only launch in Japan. What’s particularly interesting about the new milestone is that it was only 15 months ago –…

Amazon is reportedly launching a music streaming service later this year

Amazon is reportedly launching a music streaming service later this year Spotify stands at the head of the music streaming arms race, accounting for nearly 30 million paid subscribers. Other platforms like Jay Z‘s TIDAL have come to leverage their own, much smaller share of the customer pool with big-name artist promotion and exclusives. Now, it’s been…

SONY DEAL DONE, HERE’S HOW SOUNDCLOUD CAN SURVIVE A BRUTAL STREAMING MARKET

SONY DEAL DONE, HERE’S HOW SOUNDCLOUD CAN SURVIVE A BRUTAL STREAMING MARKET SoundCloud is not a steady ship. With cumulative losses of €74.7m ($84m) between 2012-2014, the Berlin-based streamer is over-reliant on investment and under severe pressure to fix its business model. Two years ago, these losses wouldn’t have greatly worried SoundCloud co-foundersEric Wahlforss and…

Apple Music, Dubset Partner to Stream Previously Unlicensed Remixes and DJ Mixes

Apple Music, Dubset Partner to Stream Previously Unlicensed Remixes and DJ Mixes Apple has announced an agreement with Dubset Media Holdings that will allow Apple Music to stream remixes and DJ mixes that had previous been absent from licensed services due to copyright issues. Thousands upon thousands cool mash-ups and hour-long mixes have effectively been…

Star Wars Headspace Album Is Now Available To Stream

Star Wars Headspace Album Is Now Available To Stream The much-awaited Star Wars Headspace album is now available to stream in full on Spotify and SoundCloud (below). The album was created with samples from Star Wars because rights to the actual score and soundtrack could not be secured. What we got instead was a completely unique musical interpretation of…

THIS EDM STAR IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

THIS EDM STAR IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY At the end of 2015, Norwegian superstar Kygo, broke Spotify records by being the first artist to hit 1 billion plays. And he did it without even releasing an album. In a day and age where music fans use stream services such as Spotify,…

YouTube buys BandPage for $8 million

YouTube buys BandPage for $8 million YouTube has acquired BandPage for $8 million. The video streaming platform has been trying to win over the love of musicians, who are not too happy with the streaming world right now, due to lack of streaming royalties. With this new relationship, the service will attempt to solve the sole…

STREAMING MUSIC SUCKS FOR ARTISTS – BUT FANS HAVE THE POWER TO HELP

STREAMING MUSIC SUCKS FOR ARTISTS – BUT FANS HAVE THE POWER TO HELP Like it or not, streaming is the future of the music industry. And while Spotify and its competitors obviously provide more revenue for artists than illegal downloads, it is harder than ever for artists to make a living directly off their music….

The Beatles Are Back…

The Beatles Are Back… Kind Of, Listen To Them On All Streaming Services Now! Well this is amazing news for all music fans! As an early Christmas gift, The Beatles’ lengthy catalog is available on all major streaming platforms right now! That means that as long as you either subscribe to or use any of…

A NEW ENTRY INTO THE STREAMING MUSIC WORLD

A NEW ENTRY INTO THE STREAMING MUSIC WORLD The popular freemium file transfer site WeTransfer.com is set to announce their entrance into the field of streaming music services, though their approach will be a bit different as compared to Spotify or Apple Music. WeTransfer currently serves 85 million users per month, and hopes to grow…

ADELE’S 25 JUST WENT PLATINUM IN 24 HOURS

ADELE’S 25 JUST WENT PLATINUM IN 24 HOURS There are people out there who believe Adele somehow let down the music business by not putting her new album, 25, on streaming services in its opening week. Then there are those who believe that these songs belong to Adele (plus XL/Beggars, Sony and UMPG) – and…

PANDORA’S AGGRESSIVE PLOT TO DEFEAT SPOTIFY: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

PANDORA’S AGGRESSIVE PLOT TO DEFEAT SPOTIFY: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Pandora is feeling mighty bullish. Last night, the US streaming platform announced its intention to acquire key assets from on-demand music service Rdio – which, it transpires, is about to file for bankruptcy in the States. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews (pictured, main) and…

SAY GOODBYE TO BEATS MUSIC; APPLE MUSIC TO TAKE ITS PLACE

SAY GOODBYE TO BEATS MUSIC; APPLE MUSIC TO TAKE ITS PLACE It’s time to say goodbye and to get our assets in order as Beats Music will be no more. According to a statement released earlier today, the music streaming app has announced that they will be no more as of November 30th. They are…

LAND OF THE FREE? 5 MYTHS ABOUT THE AMERICAN MUSIC MARKET.

LAND OF THE FREE? 5 MYTHS ABOUT THE AMERICAN MUSIC MARKET. OCTOBER 12, 2015       BY TIM INGHAM Take in an overview of recent recorded music sales figures out of the US, and you’ll struggle to find too much reason to smile. One recent headline revelation (literally, in MBW’s case) was that the retail…