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Streaming Leads to Three Times More Sales Than Radio, Study Finds…

By Paul Resnikoff Taylor Swift is all over FM radio. But should she be? Not according to the Country Music Association (CMA), who found that people who discover music while streaming are three times more likely to buy that music… Continue Reading

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How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er)

By Guest Post By Sharky Laguana, CEO of Bandago. This article originally appeared on Medium.com Streaming services, most notably Spotify (by far the largest) use what could be called a parimutuel royalty system: all the money collected goes into a… Continue Reading

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What a Successful Indie Artist Actually Makes on Spotify

By Paul Resnikoff This is the complete, unaltered Spotify royalty statement for independent cellist Zöe Keating. It covers the first nine months of 2014. Zoe Keating – 9 Months of Spotify (Scroll Down for Totals) – Spotify The post What… Continue Reading

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3 Predictions for the Over-Hyped Music Streaming Business

By Cherie Nelson Music streaming is beating out music downloads, and has made piracy a non-issue. Companies are jumping on the streaming bandwagon ever since Nielsen’s consumer research showed that 68 percent of U.S. consumers reported streaming music during 2013.… Continue Reading

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Sony Says They’re Questioning the Value of Free Streaming Services

By Nina Ulloa Sony Music CFO Kevin Kelleher, discussing Taylor Swift’s pull from free streaming services: “Actually, a lot of conversation has taken place over the last week in the light of that… What it all really comes down to… Continue Reading

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Spotify Says Per-Play Royalties Will ‘Likely Never Go Up’

By Paul Resnikoff from a recent interview with Blake Morgan, founder of ECR Music Group. CNN host Poppy Harlow: You’ve sat down with some Spotify executives here in New York, can you tell me about that meeting? Blake Morgan: There… Continue Reading

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I’m Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. And These Are the Facts…

Note from Monkey Mike: I have significant issues with Mr. Ek’s position – specifically his justification that because the previous system—defined and managed by the record labels—was broken for artists (it was, and still is), it is OK to develop a… Continue Reading

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Bono: labels not Spotify should field streaming anger

By Music Ally Blog The closing session at yesterday’s Web Summit conference featured U2 frontman Bono, who ended up talking more about streaming than iTunes. “The real enemy is not between digital downloads or streaming, the real enemy, the real… Continue Reading

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Why Other Musicians Shouldn’t Copy Taylor Swift

By Ari Herstand By this point we’ve heard it all. Every side of the Swiftify spectrum from the haters who gonna hate hate hate hate (sorry had to) to the cheerleaders who blast Spotify every chance they get. To catch… Continue Reading

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Will SoundCloud Take Advantage Of Artists, Or Save Them?

By Jeff Price The following guest post comes from Jeff Price, founder of Tunecore and Audiam. To date, for a variety of reasons, no interactive streaming music service has paid the artist/songwriter/publisher all (or any) of the money they earned.… Continue Reading