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One Direction's New Single "Drag Me Down" Breaks Multiple Spotify Records

Spotify shared this morning that One Direction's new single "Drag Me Down" set a number of new streaming records on Spotify when it was release on Friday 31st July, including: "Drag Me Down" broke the record for the greatest number of streams over one day on Spotify, upon its release...

Read David Byrne’s NYTimes Op-Ed About Streaming Payment Transparency

21 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

David Byrne has been a vocal critic of the paltry royalties artists receive from both streaming platforms like Spotify and commercial radio broadcasts. In a new op-ed for the New York Times entitled “Open the Music Industry’s Black Box,” Byrne once again takes on artist payment, calling for greater transparency in the way that revenue […]

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Is Bitcoin the savior of the music industry? Do The Doobie Brothers really own the word Doobie? Is Apple Music being crushed by Spotify? Find out the answers to these questions and more, this week in music commentary. The "Happy Birthday" Copyright Bombshell The Bitcoin Blockchain Might Save The Music...

Anti-Web Blocking Site More Popular in the UK than Spotify & Skype

A service that helps users circumvent web-blocking injunctions handed down by the UK High Court has grown to become one of the country's most popular websites. provides instant access to dozens of otherwise blocked domains and is currently ranked 192nd in the UK, ahead of both Spotify and Skype. Show More Summary

Newswire: Spotify hater Prince drops new single—on Spotify

Notorious streaming-service tease Prince is playing his silly games once again. A few weeks ago, the Captain of Team Blouses quietly pulled all of his albums off of every major streaming service except Tidal, in an apparent show of solidarity for the Jay Z-backed platform. Show More Summary

One Direction dropped a surprise single, and Twitter is really reading into it.

2 days agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

Wow, Zayn's absence really is or isn't felt. Left to right: not Zayn, not Zayn, not Zayn, not Zayn. (via Getty) One Direction released "Drag Me Down" on Spotify and iTunes this morning, which I was surprised to find out was a surprise. Show More Summary

Inside Spotify's Plan To Take On Apple Music

We keep hearing things like "human-curated" and "machine listening," but what does it actually mean for you? Brian Whitman landed at Spotify just in time. The MIT Media Lab alum and machine listening expert joined the product team at...Show More Summary

Any Artist Can Now Upload Mixes To Beatport, But They'll Earn Just 5-10% Of Revenue

Beatport has been making some aggressive moves of late, including a partnership to power an EDM channel on Spotify. Now, Beatport is aiming straight for Soundcloud and allowing anyone to upload tracks or a mix to the EDM-centric service. ____________________________________ Much like Soundcloud, Beatport will now allow anyone to create...

Apple Music Streams Just 4% Of Spotify's, Says Indie Distributor

Since Apple isn't sharing and any stats provided during a 90 day free trial would be suspect, we have no real idea how well Apple Music is doing. Tim Cook says "millions and millions" and one report claims that 10 million have signed up for a free trial. But signing...

AM NEWS BRIEF: Apple Streams Lag Spotify [Report] • Justice Dept. Reviews Licensing • SoundCloud • More

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One Direction Drop Surprise New Single ‘Drag Me Down’ on iTunes, Spotify

Looks like One Direction has responded to yesterday's announcement that Zayn Malik has signed to a worldwide recording deal with RCA Records.

Joss Stone Doesn't Think You Should Pay For Music — But Is She Team Taylor Swift Or Team Spotify?

What a well-thought out answer! Joss Stone was a guest on Watch What Happens Live! on Thursday night, and while most of the evening consisted of jokes with Andy Cohen and Ed Helms, one question lobbed at the singer was pretty deep. The 28-year-old Brit famously believes that fans shouldn't have to pay for music, but that [...]

Report: Apple Music customers don’t stream as much as Spotify users … yet

Apple wants us to believe that its Music streaming service is the best thing to happen to the industry since iTunes was launched. If one report is to be believed, things might not be taking off as well as we might expect from an Apple product. With a product as young as Apple Music, it […]

Prince Releases New Single "Stare" on Spotify

Reports of Prince abstaining from all streaming services except Tidal were apparently premature: Today, the Purple One shared a new single, "Stare", which is available through Spotify only. (Yep, not even Tidal.) You can listen to it below. Keep your ears tuned for the pretty-obvious-but-still-endearing "Kiss" callback. 

Prince - Who Pulled All His Music Off Streaming Services - Debuts New Song On Spotify....

Ever the Confusing One, Prince today debuted a new song on Spotify. Just four weeks ago, he had pulled all of his music off Spotify and other streaming music services, with the exception of Tidal and a few tracks Soundcloud. But today, Prince tweeted: Spotify @Spotify Prince dropped a single...

What Would Instagram for Music Look Like?

Cymbal might have the answer—with help from Spotify and SoundCloud's libraries.

After One Month With Apple Music, I’m Ready to Ditch Spotify

Dear @Spotify, it was nice while it lasted, but I think I’m going to breakup with you for @AppleMusic. Here's why.

New Prince Single Released on Spotify

The streaming service tweeted Thursday that a Prince track called “Stare” was available “just for Spotify fans.” The performer began pulling most of his music from streaming services this month.

Prince releases new single, 'Stare,' on Spotify

Prince, the god of pop, is back at it. Despite pulling his entire catalogue from all streaming services except Tidal this month, Prince released his latest single, "Stare," via Spotify on Thursday. See also: Prince tweets a new songShow More Summary

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