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

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The Secret Lives of Playlists — watt.cashmusic.org

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 — www.recode.net 
 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 — www.latimes.com 
 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 — www.hollywoodreporter.com 
 “[Older viewers] are appealing to advertisers because they have money to spend and are very attractive to brands,” said Dailymotion chair Maxime Saada.

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

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Young SA artists hope Deezer Next will bring success — www.musicinafrica.net

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 — www.therecord.com 
 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’ — www.billboard.com 
 “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 — www.techradar.com 
 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 — platformandstream.com 
 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 — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

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 — www.billboard.com 
 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.