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Daniel Ek is a Powerful Person; Prince Streams Again

Another solid dose of music streaming news to wrap up a great week. Lots of Spotify today, plus some interesting looks at Tidal, and college radio. There’s even something I wrote!

And we can’t forget that this Sunday Prince returns to the land of music streaming. Finally!

Have a great weekend.

- Jeff

Billboard Power 100’s New №1: Spotify Streaming Pioneer Daniel Ekwww.billboard.com
For the first time since Napster decimated music sales, the recorded-music industry is showing signs of growth, and that reversal of fortune is largely due to one man: Spotify chairman/CEO Daniel Ek.

Prince Songs Streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Other Servicesvariety.com
Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday following the 59th Grammy Awards.

Love Streaming, Still Buying Musicmedium.com
I recently discovered a terrific, country-meets-Southern-R&B band called The Deslondes. It was via Uncut’s recent Sounds of the New West CD compilation.

Spotify Befriends Katy Perry in Quest to Win Artists’ Favorwww.bloomberg.com
Fans of pop star Katy Perry woke up Friday to an e-mail on their smartphones: Her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” is available for streaming.

Amazon Prime Music Leads Streaming in the American Householdwww.digitalmusicnews.com
More and more American households with broadband are paying for music streaming. Yet, Amazon, not Spotify, led the market with Prime Music.

Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore?pitchfork.com

How left-of-the-dial stalwarts are fighting to stay alive.

Streaming music revolution reaches Grammys — The China Postwww.chinapost.com.tw
Streaming has rapidly transformed the music industry and if there is to be a single moment to confirm the format’s arrival, it may be the Grammy Awards.

“What’s The Deal With Tidal?” A Heartfelt Op-Ednesthq.com

As much as I love to hate Tidal, that’s only because it actually makes me sad.

Can Facebook Live Make Music Videos Relevant Again?observer.com
Chance The Rapper’s “Same Drugs” video premiere on Facebook Live may be the start of a new music video renaissance.

Prince Estate Selects Universal to Manage NPG Records Catalog, Unreleased Workswww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group has announced a multi-year agreement with the estate of Prince Rogers Nelson and NPG Records, granting the major label group exclusive licensing rights to much of the late artist’s trove of both released and unreleased works.

Music streaming subscription prices are falling with $6.49 the average in 2015routenote.com
The music streaming industry is booming and showing no signs of slowing soon, and as popularity rises apparently the prices are dropping.

BeatsX Earphones Come With Three Free Months of Apple Musicwww.macrumors.com
One day away from their official launch, new information is beginning to come out about the BeatsX Earphones thanks to a couple of hands-on videos…

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