Streaming

How long until one MILLION can live off Spotify money? Er, prepare for a shock…

Nearly four years ago now, Daniel Ek had more idealist ambitions than he does today. Whereas the Spotify boss nowadays seems to care more about investing his money in defence tech startups and trying to buy football clubs, there was a time when he did appear to have some interesting ideas for his streaming site. In March 2018, Ek gave a speech where he confirmed he wanted Spotify to pay…

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Reasons to cancel your Spotify subscription? This blog can cite just a few – and a stupid controversy over $100million shock jock Joe Rogan is not one of them…

This blog makes no pretence of objectivity. I have opinions and I use this blog to express them. I don’t run a news wire service - anyone who comes onto the blog and encounters a story they weren’t aware of will know my opinion will be inside it somewhere. And one company I absolutely do not claim to be objective on is Spotify. Quite simply, I loathe the company. I…

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The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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Thinking of using Beatport Link’s streaming service on your next DJ gig, are you? Er, you might have to rethink that plan – and not just because of rubbish wifi at the nightclub…

A while ago now, your favourite blog spoke about Beatport Link. There appears to be money to be made in streaming - certainly not for the artists, but plenty for the labels and plenty for the streaming platforms themselves. Hence why Daniel Ek is worth billions and the average songwriter is broke. So it's no mystery why Beatport are getting into the streaming game. Indeed, I strongly suspect a number…

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So you wonder why I gave up making music? In a climate where 82% of all music streamed in the USA is now old music, new stuff has never found it so tough to break through…

Last summer, I published an article commenting on the fact 66% of all audio streaming in the USA consisted of so-called catalogue material. And just to be absolutely clear here, catalogue material is anything which was released more than 18 months ago. It’s one of the reasons why labels and publishers are currently spending obscene amounts of money buying the rights to entire artist catalogues. In the case of dance…

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Not the start Daniel Ek wanted to his week! Fresh from major labels probe, indy label body Impala now wants UK’s anti-competition body to take a closer look at Spotify’s much maligned Discovery Mode…

This blog welcomes the prospect of Daniel Ek not having a particularly good start to the week. And it looks like he's about to get that. A few months ago, a parliamentary committee in the UK was looking at the way the major labels operated - and it didn't go very well for them. They're now facing a probe from the Competition and Markets Authority to see whether they're playing…

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Larry The Loafer is back! BPI put out report saying 2000 artists get over ten MILLION streams per year in Britain – so can boss Geoff Taylor explain some other things?

It’s something of a mystery to me exactly who the representatives of the record labels, the British Phonographic Industry, actually represent these days. In recent times, their voice has been entirely absent from debates over how fair streaming is - and the favourite stooge of the labels has also failed to defend Lucian Grainge from entirely deserved criticism of his obscene £150million pay during 2021. This has all led to…

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Is it aimed at DJs in clubs or the ones in their kitchens? Beatport recently unveiled a new $9.99 streaming plan – which just leaves me with more questions than answers…

Someone somewhere is benefitting from streaming. But whom? It’s certainly not the artists whose music is on such services. They’re being paid a pittance for the use of their work. And it’s not even really the listeners - who only have access to that music so long as it’s available on their streaming service of choice. No, streaming ultimately benefits the people behind the streaming companies - yes, I’m looking…

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I wondered what Larry The Loafer was doing these days! BPI boss Geoff Taylor delivers an end of year message – but whose hand was up his back passage as he wrote it?

Everyone seems to think they're The Queen these days. Such is this sententious and pompous urge felt by many public figures to give the world some kind of end of year message. And for once, the music industry - normally happy to dispense of formalities such as rules - are happy to play along. One person who chimed in late last week was Geoff Taylor, the boss of the British…

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Over two MILLION streams and just over £93 in the bank: the truth of what’s behind those glossy Spotify Wrapped graphics as NZCA Lines blows the whole thing open…

Why would anyone bother making music in this day and age? Whilst I'm not saying that money should be the sole driver for producers, singers and the rest, getting paid for your work is certainly a helpful motivation elsewhere in life. Would you expect the binman to collect your rubbish for free? It might be an odd thing for a blog about dance music and the culture to say, because…

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