Apple is investing in a company that lets musicians own their work

Mar 31, 2021
UnitedMasters helps artists distribute music, but it is unclear if this type of alternative model will further disrupt the major record label system.
Taylor Swift is one notable example of an artist at odds with a major record label over the rights to their own music.
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Can streaming do better by musicians? SoundCloud says it's willing to try.

Mar 15, 2021
The pandemic has left musicians more dependent than ever on streaming revenue, but that can be a fraction of a penny per listen.
Bad Bunny, whose music was streamed billions of times in 2020, performs during last year's Spotify Awards in Mexico City.
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Warner Music's IPO boosted by streaming

May 27, 2020
The offering, postponed from February by the pandemic, values company at up to $13.3 billion.
Recording artist Lizzo at the Warner Music Group's pre-Grammy party in January.
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TikTok helps songs go viral, but does it make them hits?

Feb 12, 2020
Billboard doesn't track plays on TikTok, but viral memes can help drive listens on other platforms.

Streaming rescued record labels. But has it abandoned artists?

Feb 7, 2020
Warner Music is going public just as music sales are growing after years of decline.
Metallica sued Napster over piracy concerns, during an era music analysts refer to as a dark moment for the record industry.
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Detroit helps lead vinyl record renaissance

Dec 18, 2019
In 2017, Detroit became the only city in the U.S. with more than one vinyl presser. It's good timing.
An Archer Record Pressing employee takes a lunch break amidst stacks of freshly pressed vinyl.
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Billboard takes a closer look at bundling

Jun 11, 2019
A recent spat with DJ Khaled is making the music industry question what really counts as a sold copy of an album.
Records sit inside a store at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.
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Spotify's free streaming model now faces competition from Google, Amazon

Apr 29, 2019
Google and Amazon have both created new, free, ad-based tiers of their music services, cutting at Spotify's main profit model.
In this file photo illustration taken on April 19, 2018 shows the logo of online streaming music service Spotify displayed on a tablet screen in Paris.
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Spotify aims to rule all audio

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Feb 6, 2019
Spotify, the pioneering music streaming service, is entering the world of podcasts by acquiring two big players: Gimlet and Anchor. The Swedish company is aiming to be the No. 1 audio platform with these acquisitions. But there are risks. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
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For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equal

Feb 9, 2018
Whether a song becomes a hit will depend where people listen.
Cardi B arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. In 2017, the Bronx-born rapper became the first solo female rapper to reach the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1998. Her success relied heavily on fans streaming her song "Bodak Yellow."
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