Some iHeartMedia staff furloughed as CEO foregoes his salary
Last week, we reported on US radio, live and streaming group iHeartMedia withdrawing its financial guidance for 2020 and drawing on $350m of a pre-agreed credit facility to tide it through the coronavirus pandemic. However,...
April 2, 2020
Deezer launches ‘Stay at Home’ hub for housebound listeners
There have always been plenty of ‘concentration’ or ‘focus’ playlists for people trying to get some work done while streaming music. Given the current situation, expect ‘working from home’...
March 24, 2020
Study suggests country radio listeners DO want more women
Country radio stations in the US have been criticised strongly in recent times for their male-dominated playlists. A study published earlier this month by SongData’s Jada Watson showed why: women accounted for just 10%...
February 19, 2020
Radiant app taps Spotify for ‘digital radio hosted by AI’
There’s a theory that if music streaming wants to grab more listeners and advertising revenues from radio, it needs to become a bit more radio-like. From Spotify’s ‘Your Daily Drive’ playlist blending podcast clips...
February 10, 2020
Sony invests in radio-monitoring startup Warm’s seed round
We’ve been writing about Danish radio-monitoring startup Warm for a couple of years now: World Airplay Radio Monitor was one of our ‘startups to watch in 2018’, and its CEO Jesper Skibsby pitched at our NY:LON Connect...
February 7, 2020
BMI and RMLC settle their radio rates dispute in the US
US performing rights organisation BMI has settled its rates dispute with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and signed a deal that will cover radio royalties from 2017 to 2021 – a date span that clearly illustrates...
January 31, 2020
U2 to launch their own radio channel on SiriusXM and Pandora
U2 are the latest artist to ink a partnership with both SiriusXM and its Pandora subsidiary. The band are launching something called U2X Radio, which will include their own station on SiriusXM’s satellite-radio service...
December 5, 2019
US Congress launches new attempt to pay artists for radio plays
With the Music Modernization Act passed – and (most of) the arguments over the funding of its new Mechanical Licensing Collective settled – the US music industry is turning its attention to another long-running legislative...
November 22, 2019
US digital-audio listening tipped to overtake radio in 2020
Research firm eMarketer has published some new estimates and predictions for the size of the US digital-audio market – music-streaming, podcasts, online and satellite radio. The big claim is that by 2020, American adults...
November 5, 2019
Flagship country streaming playlists outdo radio for diversity
Does country radio in the US have a diversity problem? The debate has already been rumbling for a while, but a new research study puts some numbers to the lack of women on mainstream country radio – as reflected by Billboard’s...
August 5, 2019
Music streaming in 2019: radio rivalry, Spotify sustainability and ‘west versus east’
Streaming was the big driver behind the recorded-music industry’s 9.7% growth in 2018, according to the IFPI. In fact, streaming revenues grew by 34% to $8.9bn, accounting for 47% of the global total. At the end of 2018,...
June 4, 2019
Billie Eilish’s managers on the future of the album in the streaming age and why radio is far from dead
Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman co-manage Billie Eilish and they have been talking to MBW about the stealth development underpinning her career and how her debut album – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – is...
May 7, 2019