Zane Lowe: ‘There are no stories to be told on a playlist alone’
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe was one of the SXSW keynotes this week, and his speech included a reference to the ‘storytelling’ theme that’s been a feature of several recent industry conferences. “There are no stories...
March 17, 2017
How to get your music played on BBC Radio 1
Music-streaming may be growing fast, but in the UK, Radio 1 still has clout when it comes to breaking new artists. But how can those musicians make it onto the airwaves. As the producer of Huw Stephens' new-music-focused...
February 24, 2017
‘People say radio is dead. Actually, radio as content is exploding…’
Are music-streaming services like Spotify a threat to the future of radio? Only if the latter industry thinks of itself purely as a distribution platform, rather than a form of content, according to Mixcloud’s Ben Lawrence....
February 23, 2017
Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data
As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
January 31, 2017
7digital’s Pete Downton talks Musical.ly, Echo and hi-res music
“The headline figures are hugely encouraging. It’s the first time I can recall where the industry is no longer just focusing on replacing lost physical sales with digital revenues. It’s now got a very clear path to...
January 6, 2017
Live365 returns with DMCA-based online radio platform
Online radio platform Live365 shut down at the start of 2016, blaming the changing royalty-rates for internet radio. “There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another,” said the company at...
January 4, 2017
Now BMI has fallen out with the RMLC over radio royalties
The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) ended 2016 in a dispute with Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) over the royalties paid by the 10,000 US radio stations that it represents. It’s now beginning 2017 with...
January 4, 2017
Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights in radio scrap
We’ve become used to industry veteran Irving Azoff tangling with YouTube in rows over royalties. This week, though, his Global Music Rights (GMR) company is embroiled in a dispute with the US Radio Music Licensing Committee...
November 23, 2016
Radio still top dog for US music listening says LOOP
Digital listening may be growing for younger drivers in the US, but AM/FM radio is still the most popular form of music access in the car. That’s according to a new study published by research firm LOOP via the Music Business...
November 16, 2016
Streemr is a personal ‘online radio recorder’ service
Digital music startups that could make a few people in the entertainment industry spit out their cornflakes: part 278. Streemr.fm is currently in private beta, but is billing itself as “your online cassette recorder”...
November 7, 2016
SiriusXM posted highest quarterly revenues yet in Q3 2016
Satellite radio firm SiriusXM reported its latest financials yesterday, with its revenues up 9% year-on-year to $1.3bn in Q3 – a record for the company. It also reported a net profit of $194m, up 16% year-on-year, as...
October 28, 2016
Capital Radio gives listeners control with ‘My’ app
The latest example of the boundaries blurring between streaming and radio comes from the UK, and radio station Capital. It has launched a new feature in its existing Capital FM app called My Capital, which blends speech content...
October 5, 2016