Monthly archives: September, 2015

YouTube’s Biggest Threat To The Music Industry May Not Be What You Think

While YouTube has undeniably had an extensive impacton the music industry, it could be bringing about an even greater cultural shift than previously guessed. As teens and pre-teens increasingly gravitate towards YouTube stars for their entertainment, they are also moving away from music….


The Cassette Tape Makes A Comeback

It looks like vinyl isn’t the only retro audio format getting a second wind. The National Audio Company, one of thelargest manufacturers of cassettes, has revealed that it sold almost 10 million of these old school tapes in the past year. The question is, who’s buying them?…


After 15 Months Of Deadlock… Universal Licenses Amazon Prime

Universal Music Group has finally become the third major to license Amazon Prime Music, 15 months after the streaming service launched in the US….


Spotify And Google Get Cosier With Chromecast Partnership

On the one hand, Google and Spotify are heated rivals in the digital music space. Google Play Music offers a comparable streaming platform to Spotify, albeit without a free tier. In addition, its users gain access to an iTunes-like download store and free cloud storage for up to 50,000 songs. However, on a corporate level,…


Google Play Matches Apple Music’s $14.99 Family Plan For 6 People

Google Play Music is launching a family plan later this year that will rival Apple Music for value. Subscribers to Google Play Music can stream and cache unlimited songs from its All Access streaming service. Even free users can take advantage of storing up to 50,000 tracks in a cloud locker for no additional cost….


Beyonce, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Prince and More to Storm Barclays Center for Tidal Celebration

Tidal, the “artist-owned” streaming service launched by Jay Z on March 30 of this year, has announced a big celebration they’re calling Tidal X: 1020. The blowout concert will take place Oct. 20 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center that will feature Jay Z, Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Fabolous, Thomas Rhett, Damien Marley, Indochine,…


Apple Music Launches in China

Apple has officially launched its streaming music service in China. The company announced Wednesday that Apple Music will cost 10 RMB per month, or only $1.50 US, but not before users exhaust a three-month trial membership….


Is Jay Z’s Live Nation Deal Like the Formula for Coca-Cola?

With just two weeks to go before Shawn “Jay Z” Carter stands trial for allegedly infringing an Egyptian film composer’s tune on the mega-hit “Big Pimpin,” a California federal judge is setting up one hell of a show to come. In a complicated dispute that’s lasted eight years, one should expect nothing less….


Nicki Minaj Comedy Series Coming to ABC Family

Nicki Minaj is heading to the small screen in a big way. ABC Family has given a series commitment to a show that will be based on “Minaj and her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s” according to a press release by the network on Tuesday (Sept. 29). …


Publishing Briefs: Layoffs at Harry Fox Agency, UMPG Promotes Three, Recording Academy Talks Fairness

Here is a roundup of recent publishing news….