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Four Companies Could Buy Spotify And None Are U.S. Based, Says Mark Mulligan

Four Companies Could Buy Spotify And None Are U.S. Based, Says Mark Mulligan

According to multiple reports, Spotify will delay its IPO until at least 2018. That's an expensive choice, thanks to a $1 billion loan with an escalating interest rate. But there may be another reason that Spotify is taking its time.  A buyer could swoop into save the rapidly growing but very unprofitable company; and that buyer ...

Pandora Makes The Case For Building A Full Stack Streaming Music Company

Pandora Makes The Case For Building A Full Stack Streaming Music Company

Songkick's Ian Hogworth apparently coined the term, but I first heard about “full stack" music companies during a webinar that PledgeMusic and DotBlockchain co-founder Benji Rogers gave for BerkleeOnline. He was referring to the rollup of PledgeMusic, Noisetrade and Set.fm into a multi-faceted artist services company. Now, Pandora's Glenn People's makes the case that their acquisition of ...

Spotify Adds 1,000 Jobs In NYC, Will Move To World Trade Center Thanks To $11M In State Incentives

Spotify Adds 1,000 Jobs In NYC, Will Move To World Trade Center Thanks To $11M In State Incentives

To think that Spotify has inadvertently (we hope) helped President Trump “make America great again"...  The Stockholm-based music streamer announced today that it would be adding 1,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next two years. Of course, there were also those $11 million in New York rent incentives that helped make the deal possible.  New ...

African American Museum Exhibit Explores Musical Roots

African American Museum Exhibit Explores Musical Roots

As a way of recognizing African American History Month, the Smithsonian is drawing attention to its 'Musical Crossroads' exhibit at its new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Guest Post from SoundExchange In recognition of African American History Month, we are highlighting the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum ...

Amazon Music Just Hired A "Global Head of Programming & Content Strategy"

Amazon Music Just Hired A "Global Head of Programming & Content Strategy"

Does a new hire signal that Amazon Music is about to follow in the footsteps of its streaming competitors and produce more exclusive music content? It's certainly a strategy that Amazon has used effectively within its video service. Former EMI and Apple exec Alex Luke has joined Amazon Music team in the newly created “leadership position" og ...

The Music Business Is More Innovative Than You Think

The Music Business Is More Innovative Than You Think

While some may believe that the music industry has lost its ability to innovate, the reality is something very different, and as music and tech continue to grow and develop together, new concepts and ideas continue to propel the industry forward. The music business should be prouder of its pioneering spirit, argues Yvan Boudillet, TheLynk's founder and ...

Collect All Your Royalties For Pandora Plays: A How To Guide

Collect All Your Royalties For Pandora Plays: A How To Guide

Although Pandora is often labeled as the poster child for services that don't pay artists the money they deserve, the reality is that Pandora can be one of the best ways for independent artists who own all the rights to their music to make a decent income. Guest Post by Chris Robley on DIY Musician You ...

How The Music Industry Can Change (For The Better)

How The Music Industry Can Change (For The Better)

2016 was a big year for the music industry, both in terms of lawsuits and lobbying, although whether these were to the industry's benefit is debatable. Here we look at major issues with the music business in desperate need of resolution in the coming year. Guest post by Atty. Erin M. Jacobson on Forbes 2016 saw a lot ...

This Company Will Press Your Cremated Ashes Into Vinyl [VIDEO]

This Company Will Press Your Cremated Ashes Into Vinyl [VIDEO]

Want your love of music to live on past the grave? If donating to a local music program or other charity doesn't do it for you, there's an alternative. Your cremated ashes can be pressed into 1-30 vinyl records containing the audio of your choice, including your rant about how Nickelback really is a great band. ...

Two Top SoundCloud Execs Exit As Financial Pressures Mount

Two Top SoundCloud Execs Exit As Financial Pressures Mount

Both the COO and VP of Finance at music streamer SoundCloud have left the company. Their exit comes just weeks after the company admitted in financial filings that it could run out of cash in 2017 if paid subscriptions did not increase. Chief Operating Officer Marc Strigel and Vice President of Finance Markus Harder have both ...


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