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Spotify Tests Stories Feature for Influencers; TikTok Inks Merlin Deal; Metallica Wasted Their Time Fighting Napster

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Spotify’s new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playliststechcrunch.com

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists.

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TikTok inks licensing deal with Merlin to use music from independent labels in videos and new Resso streaming servicetechcrunch.com

TikTok, the fast-growing user-generated video app from China’s Bytedance, has been building a new music streaming service to compete against the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

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Kirk Hammett Admits Metallica Wasted Their Time Fighting Napsterultimateclassicrock.com

Kirk Hammett discussed Metallica’s 2000-era fight against the Napster file-sharing service.

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The incredibly difficult task of making Apple Music for Artists’ Shazam data countmedium.com

Also imagine if Apple Music for Artists shared with artists the time stamps on Shazams, beyond the date, like the specific hour and minute people were Shazam’ing an artist’s music?

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How Spotify’s Best New Artist Party Became One Of Grammy Week’s Most Coveted Inviteswww.billboard.com
It’s more than a flashy party. The event has also helped Spotify quietly wield its influence, positioning itself as a major music industry player central to music’s biggest night.

Spotify said to power 114 jump in paid music subscription revenue for 2016

Spotify’s Largest Shareholder Is Baillie Gifford After Money Manager Boosts Stakewww.thestreet.com
The Scottish money manager takes over as Spotify’s biggest shareholder from company co-founder Martin Lorentzon.

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YouTube and the Fan Monetisation Modelwww.midiaresearch.com
How to describe YouTube? The now-15-year old video platform does not fit into a single box, but rather ticks all of them.

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Is Sirius XM Stock Too Boring to Hate in 2020?www.fool.com
Trading volume and short interest are at their lowest levels in months, but that doesn’t mean Sirius XM is dead as a market-thumping stock.

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Best Music Subreddits for Artists — Beats, Production, Marketing and Morewww.octiive.com
The best music subreddits for artists trade studio advice daily. We’ve done the research to help you find the very best production and music showcase subs.

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Vevo Finds Longer Viewing Sessions On Connected TVwww.beet.tv

Music video distributor Vevo may not favor comparisons with the traditional giant of televised music video broadcasts, MTV — but there is one screen where many will find the parallel impossible not to draw.

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KCRW Names Anne Litt Program Director of Musicvariety.com
Influential NPR affiliate KCRW has filled the vacancy left by Jason Bentley’s exit, naming longtime DJ Anne Litt as music program director.

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SiriusXM’s Scott Greenstein Named Music Visionary of the Year by UJA-Federationvariety.com
SiriusXM’s Scott Greenstein will be honored by the UJA-Federation of New York as its Music Visionary of the Year on June 4 in New York City.

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Beatport Partners With Duploc, the Dubstep Specialistswww.beatportal.com
Beatport is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duploc.com — one of the world’s foremost tastemakers in “real dubstep” and “140 BPM culture.”

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