The Secret Lives of Playlists; Tesla Might Launch Its Own Streaming Music Service


The Secret Lives of Playlists —

Not all Spotify playlists are created equally. To begin understanding this, look at them closely. Literally. Choose a playlist in Browse, and look at its cover art. Look in the corner for a logo. Look at another. Look at all of them.

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Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service — 
 Why not work directly with Spotify, Apple and others? Good question.

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How a podcast is changing minds on songwriter pay and recognition in the streaming era — 
 The writer behind Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” has a podcast on songwriters, an undervalued corner of the pop music machine.

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Cannes Lions: Vivendi to Relaunch Dailymotion With Focus on Premium Content, Older Demo — 
 “[Older viewers] are appealing to advertisers because they have money to spend and are very attractive to brands,” said Dailymotion chair Maxime Saada.


Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shattered — 
 Daniel Ek has a beautiful product, but he needs to make the numbers sing.


Young SA artists hope Deezer Next will bring success —

Last month Deezer launched Deezer Next, a new programme designed to identify and promote emerging talent. Deezer Next enables users to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists worldwide. The programme is a plus for upcoming musicians, especially in Africa, as it promotes them to new audiences.

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Jay-Z’s album revives streaming debate — 
 As if he’s not busy enough with his new twins, Beyoncé’s husband and the father of three Jay-Z announced Monday that he’ll be releasing his new album, “4:44,” on June 30.

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How Major Lazer Bet on Diversity (and Data) to Make Global Hits: ‘The Audience Controls Music Now’ — 
 “The audience controls music now,” says Diplo. “That’s in our favor”

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Spotify app arriving on Windows Store is music to the ears of Windows 10 S — 
 Microsoft needs all the high-profile apps it can get, and this is certainly a major boon for the store.

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Songtradr Expands Footprint into UK with Milamber Ventures PLC Partnership — 
 Songtradr announced today a long-term partnership with Milamber Ventures PLC to establish essential business development and territorial expansion of Songtradr in the UK.

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Sean Parker exits Spotify board after seven years —

Parker, co-founder of Napster and ex-President of Facebook, became part of Spotify in 2010 when he reportedly invested $15m for a 5% stake.

His exit comes as Spotify today adds former Disney COO Tom Staggs to its board, in addition to former YouTube product head Shishir Mehrotra.

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Guns N’ Roses to Launch SiriusXM Channel, Play Private Apollo Theater Show — 
 Guns N’ Roses are bringing their legendary hard rock anthems to Harlem’s legendary venue for the first time for a private, invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on July 20. The band will also launch the limited-run Guns N’ Roses Radio on July 13 on satellite channel 41.