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Smart speaker primer: sales, forecasts and market shares

The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
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Apple not a stakeholder in Doug Morris’ new music label

Could the next keynote speaker at A2IM’s Indie Week or AIM’s Indie-Con be Doug Morris? Don’t laugh: the Sony Music chairman is reportedly leaving the world of the majors at the end of March to launch an independent...
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Spotify ‘Bulgarian’ scam fuels call from MMF for user-centric licensing debate

The 'Bulgarian scam' on Spotify, revealed earlier this week by MBW, allegedly involved an entity uploading a collection of sub one-minute tracks to Spotify; then arranging them into a few playlists. Devices tied to Premium...
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Pandora subscriptions revenue spikes but active listeners fall

Pandora published its latest quarterly financial results last night, with some positive figures to report around its premium subscriptions business, and some more concerning stats around its overall listenership. The streaming...
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SoundCloud: ‘Do not think of us [just] as a streaming service… we’re a form of social media’

How did Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert and other artists have such success building an audience on SoundCloud? Because they saw it as more than just a music-streaming service. That’s according to SoundCloud’s director...
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Spotify is ‘on its way’ to creating its first hardware according to job ad

As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and...
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Lyor Cohen: ‘The music industry will recognise us as a huge value contributor’

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, has told Music Ally that 2018 will be “the year of music for YouTube and Google” and suggested the animosity between the video platform and the music industry will soon be...
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New report quantifies the independent US creative economy

A new report published by a lobbying coalition called Re:Create – we’ll get to who that is in a bit – is trying to put some numbers to the independent creative economy in the US. The report is deliberately narrow...
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The future of the music industry: blockchain, diversity, hologram Roy Orbison and more

FastForward prides itself on doing things a bit differently from other music-industry conferences, from its diverse speakers and youthful audience to its now-traditional alcohol-fuelled closing panel, with its promise of...
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Diversity in the music industry: ‘We are all part of the solution’

From the recent open letters from women working in the Swedish and Australian music industries condemning harassment to the ‘step up’ storm currently engulfing Grammys organiser the Recording Academy, diversity is a huge...
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Striking the right notes with artist-focused advertising

Forget big-budget TV ads, billboard campaigns and radio promos. How can labels and other music marketers capitalise on new technologies to run the most effective advertising campaigns for their artists? And how will these...
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Debating the future for music merch and direct-to-fan sales

From merchandise and ticketing to crowdfunding, modern music artists have more options than ever to go ‘direct to fan’ and build a sustainable income to complement their recordings. But how can they make the most of...