Amazon’s Quest for Country Music Streaming Supremacy

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Amazon’s quest for country music streaming supremacy — www.tennessean.com 
 Amazon Music has quietly made a sizable impact on the country genre after flying below the radar in the noisy world of music streaming.

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Illinois pitches sales tax for Netflix, Spotify, other streaming services — www.illinoispolicy.org

A new proposal from state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, would tax internet streaming services in Illinois, much like the potentially illegal internet streaming tax implemented in Chicago.

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What have the music blockchain pioneers been up to recently? We found out. — medium.com 
 But what is blockchain, what can we expect, and what are the most recent developments? We answer these questions in anticipation of c/o pop 2017. Blockchain is the technology powering Bitcoin. It…

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Ed Sheeran obliterates Spotify records with 68.7m streams in a day — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Hopes are high for the commercial performance of Ed Sheeran’s third album, ÷ (Divide) — and it didn’t disappoint on its first day. Spotify has confirmed that the LP’s tracks drew 56.73m streams worldwide yesterday (March 3) — a new record for first-day plays of an LP on the platform.

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Music matchmaker: Plano startup that connects brands and bands raises $6 million — www.dallasnews.com 
 Dallas News: your source for breaking news and analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and around the world. Read it here, first.

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Spotify and SXSW team up offering new music discovery, playlists and “Special Experiences” — routenote.com 
 Spotify have joined up with the SXSW music festival to offer a bunch of curated and enhanced music opportunities as well as some special opportunities with SXSW artists.

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4 ways blockchain can disrupt the live industry — www.iq-mag.net 
 Hailed as a game-changer for the recorded biz, the Bitcoin-derived tech also has wide-reaching applications in ticketing, live streaming and licensing…

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Music Business Regains Confidence In the Chinese Market — platformandstream.com 
 Chinese digital music platforms are gaining more and more attention from music entertainment firms in other countries.

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‘The Art of Listening’ explores how we experience music — www.cnet.com 
 The Audiophiliac checks out Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran’s documentary about how we listen to music.

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Saavn, India’s Spotify, Blurs the Line Between Streaming Service and Record Label — www.billboard.com 
 Saavn, India’s leading streaming service and its domestic version of Spotify, is breaking down the barriers between streamer and record label. Will the West follow suit?

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Spotify now has 50 million paying subscribers — many more than Apple Music and Tidal. But here’s why it’s still unprofitable — qz.com 
 New year, new milestone. Music streaming service Spotify announced proudly on March 2 that it now has 50 million paying subscribers — more than double the latest figure boasted by Apple Music, its closest competitor, and representing a 25% increase over Spotify’s own numbers from six months ago.