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Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard’s Summer Songs ...

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Four Companies That Could Buy Spotify

Four Companies That Could Buy Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

For much of 2016 it looked nailed on that Spotify would IPO in 2017 and that the recorded music industry would move onto its next chapter, for better or for worse. The terms of Spotify’s $1 billion debt raise (which mean that Spotify pays an extra 1% on its 5% annual interest payments every …

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How Jimmy Iovine Plans to Take Apple Music to New Heights

How Jimmy Iovine Plans to Take Apple Music to New Heights | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Jimmy Iovine built a trailblazing label. Now he’s aiming for new heights as he forges a content plan for Apple Music.

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Sony Music earned $1.2bn from streaming platforms in 2016

Sony Music earned $1.2bn from streaming platforms in 2016 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Major label is now generating around $167k every hour from Spotify, Apple Music et al

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Facebook Hires YouTube's Tamara Hrivnak to Lead Global Music Strategy

Facebook Hires YouTube's Tamara Hrivnak to Lead Global Music Strategy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The hire may be another indication that the social media platform is preparing to explore deeper partnerships with the music business.

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Spotify and Apple Music will struggle in China. Meet the reason why...

Spotify and Apple Music will struggle in China. Meet the reason why... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Tencent's Andy Ng gives his view on the global market exclusively to MBW

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Smashed by Spotify, can TIDAL find a future which doesn't end badly?

Smashed by Spotify, can TIDAL find a future which doesn't end badly? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

How long can Jay Z afford to bankroll his minnow of a streaming service?

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And the most popular YouTube music channels in 2016 were...

And the most popular YouTube music channels in 2016 were... | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Justin Bieber? Drake? Taylor Swift? No, the most popular music channel on YouTube in 2016 was owned by Indian entertainment company T-Series.

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Music streaming finally has more paying subscribers than Netflix

Music streaming finally has more paying subscribers than Netflix | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music subscriptions jumped

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2017 Streaming Wars: Will Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Dominate?

2017 Streaming Wars: Will Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Dominate? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

With new competitors and momentum, the sector led by Spotify and Apple Music is poised to change dramatically. But can it survive its biggest challenges?

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Blackstone to Acquire Music Rights Organization SESAC

Blackstone to Acquire Music Rights Organization SESAC | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management has agreed to sell music rights organization SESAC to another firm, Blackstone, the companies announced on Wednesday.

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Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking

Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The BPI announced that ‘album equivalent sales’ were up by 1.6% in volume terms in 2016, with vinyl and streaming identified as the key drivers. Many people retain a nostalgic soft spot for vinyl, so an apparently vinyl led revival is always going to get people’s attention. But not only is vinyl not the future …

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Music streaming hailed as industry's saviour as labels enjoy profit surge

Music streaming hailed as industry's saviour as labels enjoy profit surge | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Some record labels have had their biggest rise in revenue in over a decade thanks to services such as Spotify and Apple Music

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The Music Industry is more innovative than it thinks!

The Music Industry is more innovative than it thinks! | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music business should be prouder of its pioneering spirit, argues TheLynk's founder, former head of digital at EMI and Warner Music France

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Warner Music just joined the $1bn streaming record company club

Warner Music just joined the $1bn streaming record company club | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Total recorded music revenues up 8%; publishing revenues at Warner/Chappell up 7%

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After 15 years of decline, France's recorded music market returns to growth

After 15 years of decline, France's recorded music market returns to growth | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

France’s recorded market returned to significant financial growth for the first time in 15 years in 2016.

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Mixtapes & Money: Inside the Mainstreaming of Hip-Hop's Shadow Economy

Mixtapes & Money: Inside the Mainstreaming of Hip-Hop's Shadow Economy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The business behind the hip-hop mixtape, and how a raid on DJ Drama's studio in 2007 kickstarted a whole new industry that, 10 years later, is itself facing the music.

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Quick Take: A Big Deal Benefits Both Sprint And Tidal

Quick Take: A Big Deal Benefits Both Sprint And Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

News just emerged that SoftBank owned Sprint has acquired a 30% take in Tidal, reportedly for $300 million against a valuation of $600 million. The valuation seems on the high side, but a big ticket investment works well for both parties. According to MIDiA’s latest survey data from December 2016, just 2.7% of consumers in the US, UK, Australia …

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U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack

U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Cassette album sales in the U.S. grew by 74 percent in 2016, buoyed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack, as well as tapes by Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Eminem and Prince.

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Inside Pandora's Quest to Take on Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon

Inside Pandora's Quest to Take on Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

With 78 million users, streaming’s original music service remains an online radio giant -- but increasingly threatened by subscription services from Spotify to Apple Music. Now, amid layoffs and acquisition rumors, co-founder/CEO Tim Westergren is about to launch an ambitious bid for subscribers of its own: “The other products out there are unsatisfying.”

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Ashley Townes's curator insight, January 20, 6:39 PM
Wow as I can remember when Pandora first hit the music/media industry. They were the go to for music, then others came along to give users a chance to stream and listen to music. It was free, it was great. Then as revenue built up, the ads came along and the premiums and monthly subscriptions started. Luckily there were fans that didn't mind it. Maybe Pandora can still be on top of the competition.
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How streaming saved the music industry

How streaming saved the music industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify and Apple are making money for the big labels but technology is likely to change the equation again

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How megabucks-backed SESAC plans to simplify the music business

How megabucks-backed SESAC plans to simplify the music business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music rights organization's CEO John Josephson talks licensing, Facebook and global ambitions

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Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

In streaming’s earlier years, when doubts prevailed across the artist, songwriter and label communities, one of the arguments put forward by enthusiasts was that when streaming reached scale everything would make sense. When asked what ‘scale’ meant, the common reply was ‘100 million subscribers’. In December, the streaming market finally hit and passed that milestone …

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Streaming drives US music consumption up 4.9% in 2016

Streaming drives US music consumption up 4.9% in 2016 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

American consumers confirmed their new found passion for streaming in 2016, with a record 250.7 billion audio streams tracked during the year, an 82.6% increase year-on-year, according to data measurement company BuzzAngle Music.

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Record sales: vinyl hits 25-year high

Record sales: vinyl hits 25-year high | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

LP sales up by 53% on 2015 after deaths of many music greats throughout the year and a trend for returning to ‘tangible music’

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