All streaming music services are not created equal, at least when its comes to payments. A myriad of advances to major labels, fine print and legal trickery makes it impossible to declare one service more artist friendly than another. But occasionally something emerges that sheds a bit of light. _________________________...
The average payout for a stream on Spotify is estimated to be between $0.006 and $0.0084. Anton Brand/Shutterstock It’s no secret that royalty payments from streaming services are laughably nonexistent for anyone not named Beyoncé or Taylor Swift (and even then, there are complaints). Show More Summary
Matt Daniels of Polygraph used playcount data from Spotify to identify the most played songs from the past, which he labeled The Most Timeless Songs of All Time. The most timeless song of the 90s, by a wide margin? Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Show More Summary
Last week, Spotify sent out out a release with their predictions for the 2015 VMAs -- and, well, they failed miserably, choosing just one out of eight categories correctly. What's more is that we didn't really need to wait for the VMAs to...Show More Summary
There are many reasons companies move to change their brand name or graphic identity. These changes range from the subtle like a modification in logo color to something more draconian like an entirely new company name. Invariably the decision to tinker with a brand identity rests on how the brand is [...]
Smoke Break – Spotify Smoke Break – YouTube If only the lyrics were written by Jason Isbell. Who do we blame for turning country into rock and roll? My vote is Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who turned the tiny-talented yet beautiful singer Shania Twain into the biggest star in country music. In one fell swoop […] The post Smoke Break appeared first on Lefsetz Letter.
Summer’s almost over here. And yet it still feels as if I am living on the surface of the sun. Sit in front of your AC and read the following: – This is a fascinating piece about what Spotify can teach us about the relative timelessness — or otherwise — of music. Spoiler: “No Diggity” Read More...
The Weeknd’s long-awaited new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is out today (read our review), which means you can stream it in full on Spotify (below) or Apple Music (here). Standouts include “Real Love”, “Tell Your Friends” (produced by Kanye West), “The Hills”, “Can’t Feel My... Continue reading
The former Beats Music CEO was instrumental in developing Apple's Beats 1 radio station and nudging the company to take on Spotify. Ian Rogers, a key music executive at Apple, has resigned from the company, the Financial Times reports. Show More Summary
There is a website that attracts lots and lots of people who harbor deep-seated fantasies of connecting with others who will make their dreams come true. The problem is that, there's no one really there to connect with. Just an illusion of connection. The name of this website is Spotify.
The audio streaming industry is currently at war. Apple’s newest major enterprise, Apple Music, and Jay-Z’s streaming venture, Tidal, are both trying to trump the long-standing Spotify service and each other to become king of the hill. Show More Summary
Whether you want to party in the desert with Cracker or at the Shrine with A-Trak, it's another great week for live music in Los Angeles. Follow L.A. Weekly Music on Spotify for a weekly concert calendar playlist, and read below for more details on this week's concerts, festivals and...
Get in touch with your music through "Radio Activity." The good thing about Spotify is the thousands of songs at your fingertips. The near infinite database is also bad thing for some, since discovering new tunes or picking an album can take a lot of time—everything becomes a decision. Read Full Story
Spotify, the popular music streaming service, is under pressure from an insurgent Apple Music and incumbents like Pandora. So by way of a play called the Trial Balloon, it's painting a compelling new picture for online music lovers. The pitch: It's no longer about genre and songs you just like. Show More Summary
Think of all the time you’ve wasted after a song comes on the jukebox when you’re out somewhere, and you declare, “This song is timeless,” only to have someone else stare at you blankly and say, “I don’t know this one.” Good news: Now...Show More Summary
It seems like everything in the music industry is adopting the subscription business model these days. Instead of buying CDs, we pay for unlimited streaming of the world’s music (well, some of us do) on Spotify, Tidal, Rdio, Rhapsody, and plenty of others. Those who identify as superfans of a [...]
Spotify and music streaming have become synonymous over the past few years as the service racks up tens of millions of users who listen to countless hours of music. Despite stiff competition, most notably from Apple, the Swedish company continues to dominate the scene by making music available anytime, anywhere. Show More Summary
For much of recent history, the music industry has been infamous for its inability to adapt to digital technology. This said, certain companies within the industry, like Apple and Spotify, have proven they are able to adopt new ideas and succeed, demonstrating how valuable innovation is in any creative industry....