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The Music Business Should Be Looking Closely at Fortnite; Country Music Is Enjoying a Streaming Boom

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Why the Music Business Should Be Looking Closely at Fortnitewww.rollingstone.com

What Fortnite’s parent company Epic Games — and its complex business model — tells us about the future of music, rights and artists.

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Country Music Is Enjoying a Streaming Boom During the Pandemicwww.billboard.com
As Americans continue to shelter in place, they are turning to country music to keep them company in record numbers.

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How a Digital Music Festival Without Major Headliners Made $100,000www.rollingstone.com

With the live music business sidelined, “virtual” concerts like Live From Out There are growing increasingly popular and successful — even without superstars.

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Acast partners with JioSaavn, one of India’s largest streaming audio servicestechcrunch.com

Acast, a podcast monetization and distribution platform, announced a new partnership with JioSaavn, one of the largest streaming audio services in India.

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affects YouTube Video Views Worldwideblog.chartmetric.com
To help you understand COVID-19’s effects on music streaming, Chartmetric compares daily YouTube video views for the Top 100 artists in six countries.

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To Bump or Not to Bump? Music Biz Split on Waiting Out Pandemic for Album Releasesvariety.com
To bump or not to bump? That’s the question on album launches amid the pandemic, as Lady Gaga, the Weeknd and Sam Hunt make their own calls.

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Walmart provides exclusive music streaming offer to online shopperschainstoreage.com
Customers who purchase select products on Walmart.com can try out the Tidal music streaming service free.

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Children’s music booms on platforms from YouTube to JioSaavnmusically.com

One of the factors in YouTube’s viewing increase is the fact that schools are closed in many countries, and children are getting (even) more time on screens.

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It’s boom time for podcasts — but will going mainstream kill the magic?www.theguardian.com
As star names pile onboard and listening habits change, we’re all ears. Can the quality survive?

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With live music on hiatus, do artists need a better deal from recorded music?www.musicweek.com

Artists have got used to making their money from touring. But with the coronavirus shutting down the live circuit, many will be taking a long, hard look at their recorded music business.

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Spotify-owned Anchor can now turn your video chats into podcaststechcrunch.com

Spotify is tapping into the increased usage of video conferencing during the coronavirus quarantine to grow its own podcast business.

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