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Spotify tests tool for artists to upload their music directly

Spotify is testing a tool that will enable independent artists and labels to upload their music directly to the streaming service, without having to go through a distributor. The company has quietly been testing this tool...
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Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle

Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
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Spotify facing gender-discrimination lawsuit in the US

For a company that prides itself on its initiatives focused on diversity and gender-equality, Spotify won’t have enjoyed the overnight headlines about a lawsuit filed against the firm in New York. The lawsuit comes from...
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Spotify releases 17 tracks and 34 videos of Paul McCartney’s Abbey Road gig

Sir Paul McCartney is on track for his latest number-one album, and a carefully-planned promotional campaign has been playing its part. We wrote last week about plans for a livestreamed McCartney concert on YouTube, but then on...
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Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015

One of the themes Music Ally explored in our recent report on country music was how streaming is helping the genre and its emerging artists find new audiences abroad. Now Spotify has published a blog post on the trend to...
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Spotify internal email suggests November launch for Middle East

Spotify’s next wave of global expansion may come in November with the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report by Gulf News, based on a leaked internal company email. “A senior media executive is quoted describing...
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Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’

Spotify’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy delivered a blunt rejoinder to a question about the threat posed by big-tech rivals like Apple, during his interview at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference on Friday. “I...
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Streaming market-share stats show Spotify holding on to 36%

Midia Research has published its latest estimates for music-streaming market shares of the major services, dated to the end of June 2018. It claims that there were 229.6 million music subscribers globally at that point,...
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Spotify CMO Seth Farbman is leaving the company this month

There’s another senior-level executive departure at Spotify, and it’s chief marketing officer Seth Farbman. He’ll leave the company at the end of this month, according to an SEC filing from Spotify. “As part of a...
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Spotify signs up for Nielsen Brand Effect to woo advertisers

Spotify has taken another step to boost its credibility with advertisers, by adding Nielsen Brand Effect to its ‘third-party verification suite’. That means brands spending money with Spotify will be able to get more...
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Duelling billboards as Apple and Spotify promote Nina Nesbitt

We’ve seen a few stories in recent years about artists being penalised (promotion-wise) on one streaming service because they’ve done a deal with another – Apple Music and Spotify usually being the cited services. Nicki...
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Universal Music Publishing COO criticises Spotify over videos

Tensions between music publishers and Spotify are nothing new, but there appears to be a new fissure opening up: over the videos that Spotify embeds in its popular playlists. And for once, this isn’t a controversy fuelled...