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College Radio Stations Face Uphill Battle; Where Will Spotify Be in 5 Years?; Apple Music Spotlights African Artists

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With Empty Campuses, College Radio Stations Face Uphill Battle During
Like just about every business, broadcast radio is struggling through the coronavirus crisis — and college radio has an even tougher challenge.


Where will Spotify Be in 5 Years?
The leading provider of music-streaming services is just getting started on an epic growth story, briefly accelerated by the COVID-19 work-from-home regime.

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With His Album Rollout Smashed, Ron Pope Chooses Sweatpants and

Nashville singer-songwriter offers an intimate, unvarnished look at his life and music in his “Live and in Sweatpants” quarantine series.


Apple Music Celebrates Talent Across the Continent with ‘Africa Month’
Apple Music has launched a month-long celebration of African artists with music heavyweights including Angélique Kidjo, Davido, Sauti Sol, Jimmy Dludlu and others, having curated exclusive guest playlists.

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YouTube is generating $32k every minute — but how much of that money is being driven by music?

The standout number for record labels and publishers is YouTube’s advertising revenue, which in the three months to end of March hit $4.038bn — the equivalent of approximately $44.9m every day, or $32.0k every minute.

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Bootleg podcasts hint at how Spotify could shake up audio
Vice has trawled Spotify’s music podcasts category and found a range of shows, with names like idk im high, boyband nostalgia and the less i know the circle better, that collect tracks from different genres. The one thing in common: they’re not licensed.


Changing Listening Habits In An Uncertain
These are uncertain times for all of us — everyone is trying to adapt to this new environment. The music industry is no exception.

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How music label 88rising brought Asian rap culture to the United
The Asian-focused music label behind Rich Brian, Joji, and the Higher Brothers is building a bridge between East and West, one hip-hop artist at a time.

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What I Like About You(Tube)

The coronavirus outbreak has accelerated video viewing time, spread out over myriad platforms, from Netflix to HBO to local TV news. Radio has gotten into the video game, thanks in no small part to the easy access and popularity of YouTube.

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Music Tectonics Announces ‘Isolate or Innovate’, a 2-Day Virtual

The new ‘Isolate or Innovate’ from Music Tectonics is a two-day Zoom forum to explore how the music tech and music industries are responding to the worldwide crisis of isolation and remote work.

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Spotify: Listening habits during the pandemic make every day look like the

Spotify revealed how listening habits have evolved during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Adelaide’s emerging music streaming industry is an opportunity to get gender representation right

SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 ADELAIDE Diversity in lineups is an enduring problem in the music industry. It’s a problem on a national level.

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Nina Rabe-Cairns leaves Spotify for Universal-owned

After becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Music Group in 2019, global distributor Ingrooves are preparing to double-down, Down Under.

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Spotify finally brings family plan to South
Streaming music giant Spotify Technology has finally launched one of the most requested features to South African users — a discounted family plan allowing family members to get access for R99.99/month.

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Cam, Allie X and Julia Michaels to Perform on New ‘Sessions’ Livestream
In the age of coronavirus, artists from around the world are finding new ways to reach their fans with live music. Now, a star-studded lineup of artists are bringing their music to a brand new livestream series.

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