Spotify Acquires AI Start-Up Niland; SiriusXM Circles Back to Pandora

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Spotify Acquires Niland — platformandstream.com

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a music recommendation engine based on Artificial Intelligence technology.

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SiriusXM in discussions to acquire struggling Pandora — nypost.com 
 Liberty Media-backed SiriusXM is in active discussions about making a bid for internet radio company Pandora, The Post has learned.

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How Streaming Has Widened African Music Exposure — thenationonlineng.net

The internet has transformed Nigerian entertainment industry, giving Afrobeat more opportunity to find global audiences as artistes begin to make income from streaming.

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Selena Gomez releases new vertical music video you can only watch on Spotify’s mobile app — www.theverge.com 
 Selena Gomez released a new song called “Bad Liar” today, which, if you keep up with those kinds of things, you might already know about.

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Streaming ‘Next’ generation — www.iol.co.za 
 Alternative rapper Robin Thirdfloor joins Dominic Neill, Raheem Kemet and Southern Wild as Deezer Next’ SA’s artists.

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Troy Carter Talks Spotify — But Not Prince — at Music Business Q&A — variety.com 
 Troy Carter, Spotify’s head of creator services, talked about the company’s burgeoning efforts into artists development at Music Biz 2017.

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Americans Are Consuming More Radio Than Ever — music3point0.com 
 Many in the industry have predicted a slow-down in radio listening but the latest data suggests Americans are consuming more of it than ever.

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Behind the ‘pseudo agency’ informing Universal Music’s marketing campaigns — www.thedrum.com

Jack Fryer runs a “pseudo agency” department in Universal Music UK tasked with understanding — and striking a chord with — audiences, a service he affords to brands and musicians.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped — www.theregister.co.uk

Despite its current popularity with millennials and old geezers alike, vinyl was, is and always will be a bloody awful medium for playing music.

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‘Musicians taught me everything. Without them, I’m working on the docks.’ — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Jimmy Iovine wants people to pay for records again. And he knows just how the music business can make it happen.

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Inside India’s music streaming wars — the-ken.com 
 Google Play Music is now in India. Joining Apple Music, Wynk, Gaana, Saavn and JioMusic. Amazon Prime Music and Spotify are coming too.

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Is Part Of Universal Music Up For Sale? — music3point0.com 
 Parent company Vivendi may be looking for either a partner or buyer of Universal Music, but is there viable candidate out there?