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The Song Economy Just Getting Started ; What if iTunes Didn’t Happen the Way it Did?; Bandsintown’s Artist Year in Review Reveals Power of Live Music Data

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Why The Song Economy Is Just Getting Started

The Song Economy is critical for new songs just as it is for old ones. Hit songs are more important than they have ever been.

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What if iTunes didn’t happen the way it did?
We all love to think “what if…” What if Napster had managed to get its legal issues resolved? Would there be a Spotify now? What ecosystem would have emerged?

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Bandsintown’s Artist Year in Review Reveals the Power of Live Music

To celebrate a record year of growth with 55m registered users, and 530,000 artists sending fans to 2.5m events in 2019, live music discovery platform Bandsintown is offering its artists an Artist Year in Review for the first time.

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Midemlab Music Startup Competition Launches New Live Music Category, Reveals 2020

Midem has unveiled the jury for Midemlab 2020 that will now include a Live Music category. Fresh for this year’s Midemlab is the brand new “Live Music Experiences” category.


iHeartMedia Layoffs Bleed Even More Regionalism Out of

“Bloodbath” is how some radio business insiders are describing the big round of layoffs for employees and on-air personalities affecting America’s largest owner of radio stations, iHeartMedia.

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Quadio is the music platform paving the way for the next big
Tired of not blowing up on music platforms? Quadio lets you upload your music and allows people from your own college campus to discover and engage with it.

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South African Music Rights Agency Partners With Tech Firm to Boost Streaming
South Africa’s CAPASSO has partnered with Muserk to collect royalties from music streaming services in North and South America.

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Ingrooves Music Group Expands to Brazil With New GR6 Distribution
The new agreement represents an expansion into Brazil by the international music marketing services and distribution company.

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Spotify Is Now the Single Biggest Podcasting Platform

Move over, Apple podcasts. More people are streaming their spoken-word audio on Spotify than the dedicated podcast-listening app from the iPhone maker, according to MIDiA Research Group.

Apple music

Orville Peck is Apple Music’s first Up Next artist of 2020
Apple Music is making Orville Peck the latest emerging artist to be chosen for its Up Next initiative

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Universal Music Japan Appoints Spotify Exec Ichiro Tamaki to Lead
Universal Music Japan, the Japanese arm of the world’s largest major label, has hired away a Spotify executive to take on a newly created role overseeing digital strategy in the second-largest music market.

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After raising $1.7m last year, sampling startup Tracklib inks deal with BMG

BMG will provide a selection of music from its catalog to be featured on Tracklib, where producers can sample the music and get clearance ‘in a few clicks’.


Featured Playlist: New Americana Vol.
More heartbreak, more dust, steak & eggs and bottomless coffee. Cinematic Americana in all its forms. Cry real tears and drive off into the horizon.

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