Spotify Kicks Off New Concert Series; Stationhead App Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needs


Spotify Kicks Off Inaugural ‘RapCaviar Live’ Concert Series —

Inspired by one of Spotify’s biggest playlists with over seven million followers, the web streaming company has partnered with Live Nation to bring fans the first of its kind, 6 city hip-hop concert series titled “RapCaviar Live,” featuring the heaviest hitters and hottest emerging artists in rap.

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New App Stationhead Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needs — 
 By turning playlists into personal radio stations powered by collective listening, the new app Stationhead could just be the shot in the arm the streaming business has been looking for.

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Why Shazam Is Betting Big On A Hot, New Music-Tech Industry Model — 
 Have Shazam and Grammy winner Wyclef Jean found the secret to what’s next in music, tech and advertising? Go behind-the-scenes of their next moves after their appearances during the Cannes Lions Festival.

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Official: Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is out as President and CMO also exit —

We knew there was a shake-up coming at Pandora. We didn’t know it would be this significant.

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How a Dave Matthews Band Show Inspired An App That Lets Fans Request Setlists — 
 How a disappointing Dave Matthews Band show inspired an app that allows fans to request songs and submit their dream setlists to artists ahead of a concert.


Big Data — A Game Changer in the Music Industry —

For a long time, the music industry is in need of a facelift and the advent of big data seems to fulfill this. The musicians might be provided with a more successful revenue model with the emergence of big data. This represents one of the largest industry shifts that music has witnessed in many years.

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US podcast ad revenue expected to nearly double this year, hitting $220m — 
 US podcast advertising revenue is expected to hit more than $220m in 2017, marking an uptick of 85% over $119m in 2016, according to the IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study.

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The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground —

These artists — and hundreds more like them — have gathered primarily on SoundCloud, the streaming service most oriented toward music discovery, and the one with the lowest barrier to entry. That has meant a new ecosystem of rising stars, who ascend quicker than ever — releasing songs that get millions of listens, booking nationwide tours, selling merchandise — without traditional gatekeepers.

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Why Apple Needed To Make A Smart Music Speaker — 
 Voice-activated smart speakers are shaping up to be “game changers” in the streaming music business, RBC Capital Markets says.

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Spotify Offline Playback Comes to the Samsung Gear S3 — 
 The Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier have both gotten a pretty important feature, this week. And that is the ability to play Spotify music offl


Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Funding — 
 Musicolony, a new social music app, helps music streaming fans listen to and share playlists with friends in real time.

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Diddy’s Bad Boy Documentary Available on Apple Music —

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story is now streaming exclusively on the platform.