Apple Mulls Podcast Subscription Push Amid Spotify’s Lan...
Music - Podcasts

The iPhone giant has explored adding a paid audio product, a risky move given the proliferation of free, ad-supported programming. In the past decade-and-a-half, Apple has built significant influence ...

Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2021

Spotify’s big bet on podcasts is failing, Citi says
Music - Podcasts - Streaming

Spotify’s multimillion-dollar bet on podcasting may not be working out, Citi analysts wrote in a note to clients Friday. “The cadence of Premium gross additions (through 3Q20) and app download ...

CNBC
January 19, 2021

UMPG buys catalog of songwriter and producer Louis Bell
Agencies - Music

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed six-time Grammy Award-nominated songwriter and producer Louis Bell to an exclusive, global publishing deal. UMPG has also acquired Bell’s catalog,...

Music Business Worldwide
January 15, 2021

Mick Fleetwood Sells His Recorded Music Rights to BMG
Agencies - Music

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is selling the recorded music rights from his full music catalog to BMG. While a dollar amount for the sale is currently unknown, the massive acquisition — which...

Ultimate Classic Rock
January 15, 2021

Sonos on where streaming music is going next
Electronics - Music

Coincidentally, home audio and smart speaker company Sonos launched its first foray into original content, Sonos Radio, just as the pandemic took hold in the US. It forced people indoors, and Sonos ow...

Engadget
January 13, 2021

Universal partners with FIFA, kicking off new “FIFA Soun...
Music - Podcasts - Sports

FIFA is launching a new entertainment strategy called FIFA Sound, designed ‘to create innovative and meaningful connections between football fans, music enthusiasts, players, artists, and the game a...

Music Business Worldwide
January 13, 2021

Abbey Road Studios gets original documentary by McCartney̵...
Music - Television

Mercury Studios, the newly formed media production division of Universal Music Group, has announced an upcoming documentary on the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. The documentary will be titled, "If ...

Rolling Stone
January 13, 2021

Pokémon is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Katy Perry
Gaming - Music

The Pokémon franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, The Pokémon Company International is launching a series of musical events. Pop singer Katy Perry headlines ...

The Verge
January 13, 2021

KKR buys majority stake in Ryan Tedder’s catalogue
Agencies - Live Entertainment - Music

Last summer, KKR dipped its toe back into music rights by joining a $48m round in royalty-free music and content platform Artlist. Today, however, KKR has jumped back in the music biz in a much bigge...

Music Business Worldwide
January 11, 2021

Dr Anthony Fauci says live shows should return to the US this ...
Live Entertainment - Music

Dr Anthony Fauci, the United States’ Chief Medical Advisor, says he expects full-capacity live shows to return to the United States this autumn. No traditional gigs have taken place in the country ...

NME
January 11, 2021

Spotify Kids’ latest feature is parent-curated shared pl...
Music - Podcasts

Spotify debuted its standalone Kids app for all Premium Family users nearly a year ago. At the time, the company committed to high privacy standards, and it followed up quickly by letting parents bloc...

Engadget
January 11, 2021

Roblox surpasses Fortnite earnings
Gaming - Music

Both Roblox and Fortnite are cementing new ties to the music industry. From Marshmello and Travis Scott’s concerts in Fortnite to Ava Max’s album reveal in Roblox – the industry’s approach to ...

Digital Music News
January 8, 2021

Lil Nas X Says Children Are His Core Audience Right Now, And T...
Influencers - Music - Publishing

Lil Nas X discusses his new children's book and how he connects well with kids and wants to be a good model for them. Reaching kids on their level has been a big part of the public persona of Lil Nas ...

NPR
January 8, 2021

David Bowie’s music is now on TikTok
Influencers - Music - Tech

David Bowie’s music is now available on TikTok, a post from his official Instagram page has confirmed. The popular social media app now features tracks including ‘Modern Love’, ‘Heroes’, ...

NME
January 8, 2021

Grammy Chief Harvey Mason, jr. Talks Postponement, and What th...
Music

The announcement Tuesday that the Grammy Awards will be moved from January 31 to March 14 took many people by surprise but did not come as a shock: The show is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, ...

Variety
January 7, 2021

SAG-AFTRA ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Grammy Reschedule ...
Music - Streaming - Television - Theatrical

Now that the Recording Academy and CBS have moved this year’s Grammy Awards telecast to March 14, that puts it in competition with the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — and SAG-AFTRA is not...

Variety
January 6, 2021

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Goes Down in the Books as the ...
Music - Streaming

It’s official, not just fan lore: the eighth album by Taylor’s Swift, “Folklore,” has gone down as the No. 1 album of 2020, finishing the year with 2.3 million album units. It pulled ahead in ...

Variety
January 6, 2021

Warner Music inks deal with TikTok
Music - Online

The news of TikTok’s deal with WMG means that the company only has one major label deal left to secure (publicly, at least): Universal Music Group. WMG Chief Executive Officer Steve Cooper told ana...

Music Business Worldwide
January 5, 2021

Amazon signals bigger podcast ambitions with Wondery buy
Music - Streaming

Amazon signaled its ambitions to expand into podcasting with its planned acquisition of Wondery, a startup whose programming includes true-crime shows like "Dr. Death," "Dirty John" and "The Shrink Ne...

Marketing Dive
January 4, 2021

Amazon to buy podcast maker Wondery
Music - Online - Podcasts - Streaming

Amazon is buying podcasting start-up Wondery, the company announced Wednesday.The acquisition will give Amazon a stronger foothold to compete against the likes of Apple and Spotify, which have doubled...

CNBC
December 31, 2020

Peloton is now making its own music for its classes
Health & Beauty - Music

First it was Beyoncé. Now it's … Elvis? Peloton is unveiling its second music partnership, which includes custom-made tunes from the rock and roll icon. The fitness company is releasing remixes ...

CNN
December 31, 2020

The Rose Parade’s New Year’s Celebration Announced...
Live Entertainment - Music - Press Releases - Television

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES & CELEBRITY GUESTS ANNOUNCED for “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2020) – Get ready to welcome the New Year with ...

Mitch Litvak
December 30, 2020

Apple Music Is Coming to Tesla Soon
Automotive - Music - Streaming

Currently, Tesla vehicles can stream music in the infotainment system from Spotify. Adding support for Apple Music would open the door for other rivals. Tesla first announced its intentions to support...

Digital Music News
December 29, 2020

Social media, not streaming, is the music industry’s future
Music - Online - Streaming

Music-streaming subscriptions contribute $8.5 billion a year to the record business — but the biggest future growth may lie in social media, gaming, livestreaming, and fitness. For the full story, ...

Rolling Stone
December 23, 2020

Arcade: The Netflix for Music Creation
Music - Online - Retail

When I started Output, I had been writing music professionally for 12 years. It was pretty obvious to me what tools would facilitate my process. The takeaway - it helps when you are the customer and k...

Entrepreneur
December 21, 2020

TikTok partners with Apple Music for free 4-month trials
Music - Tech

The offer is limited to new Apple Music subscribers and is only being offered to iOS TikTok users. Anyone who uses TikTok on an iOS device will eventually get a push notification with the offer. The T...

Digital Music News
December 21, 2020

Here’s What Families Streamed Most in 2020 on Spotify Kids
Community - Music - Online - Opportunities - People

Reprinted from Spotify As 2020 comes to a close, we can’t help but recognize that it was a year unlike any other—especially for families. Remote learning and virtual birthday parties became the ne...

Spotify
December 20, 2020

2020 Listicle of Listicles!
Gaming - Influencers - Listicles - Music - Online

We all love a good scroll that looks back at the year that was—even this year! Our team has been busy scouring the web to compile 2020 listicles that are relevant to marketers in their day-to-day, p...

Faisal Hussain
December 20, 2020

Watch this year’s winner of ‘The Masked SingerR...
Music - Television

SPOILER ALERT: Season four of the "The Masked Singer" came to a conclusion with the unveiling of this year's winner. For the full story, visit CNN Business   -  https://www.cnn.com/videos/busine...

CNN Business
December 18, 2020

80s music fans: Alaska Airlines parodies ‘Safety Dance&#...
Music - Travel

Friends who don't mask are the new friends who don't dance. If you caught that "Safety Dance" reference, you owe it yourself to watch Alaska Airlines' new safety video. The Seattle-based airline...

USA Today
December 18, 2020

Vivendi Sells Additional 10 Percent Stake in Universal Music t...
Music

The deal values the stake at $3.7 billion. Vivendi said Friday that a Tencent-led consortium had exercised its option to acquire an additional 10 percent stake of Universal Music Group. The French en...

Hollywood Reporter
December 18, 2020

SoundCloud Playback 2020
Music - Streaming

Playback is SoundCloud’s year-in-review where we celebrate the artists, tracks and moments that mattered most in 2020. See how our community expressed themselves (and connected with each other) thro...

SoundCloud
December 16, 2020

Spotify got a big boost this year from an unexpected audience
Gaming - Music - Online - Tech

One of the undisputed winners of 2020's work-from-home transition has been Spotify, and it's not just because of all the new Taylor Swift albums and addictive true-crime podcasts. As the streaming ...

CNN
December 16, 2020

2020 Streaming Listicles: Top Platforms, Shows & More
Listicles - Music - Podcasts - Streaming - Television

We all love a good scroll that looks back at the year that was—even this year! Our team has been busy scouring the web to compile year-end lists that are relevant to marketers in their day-to-day, p...

Faisal Hussain
December 16, 2020

2020 Music Listicles: Top Artists, Trends, Tracks & More
Listicles - Music

We all love a good scroll that looks back at the year that was—even this year! Our team has been busy scouring the web to compile year-end lists that are relevant to marketers in their day-to-day, p...

Faisal Hussain
December 16, 2020

Yes, Apple Music Cleared the Samples for Grimes’ Cyberpunk 2...
Gaming - Music

Just recently, Cyberpunk 2077 launched with a new ‘streamer-friendly‘ mode that removes all copyrighted music from the game. That’s because Twitch refuses to sign music licensing deals with majo...

Digital Music News
December 15, 2020

Podcasting 101: Embrace the audio-first strategy
Music - Streaming

The kids industry has been investing in audio content in a major way this year. Big players including Marvel and National Geographic have lined up new podcasts, and the market is quickly filling up wi...

Kidscreen
December 15, 2020

Drake’s NOCTA x Nike Apparel Is Dropping Soon
Fashion - Music

At the start of the month, Nike and Drake announced the arrival of the NOCTA brand. And before month’s end, the first apparel drop will hit the SNKRS app. The highlight of the first NOCTA drop is...

Footwear News
December 14, 2020

Videos and documentaries coming to Spotify?
Music - Streaming

According to Spotify itself, music videos are coming to the platform, in addition to “documentaries, and exclusive video series.” For the full story, visit Music Business Worldwide   -  http...

Music Business Worldwide
December 11, 2020

North American Concert Industry Lost $30 Billion in 2020
Live Entertainment - Music

The North American live events industry lost more than $30 billion in 2020 due to the global pandemic, including $9.7 at the box office, according to the year-end report by Pollstar, the leading live-...

Variety
December 11, 2020

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