Spotify

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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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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Who seriously cares? My own question for Music Business Worldwide as they ask whether Universal or Spotify will be worth more at 2021’s end…

Back on Monday, Music Business Worldwide asked what they thought was an important question concerning Universal Music Group and Spotify. “Which of music’s two giants will be worth more at the end of 2021?”, pontificated their headline entirely in capital letters. And here in the real world, a number of people had some choice replies. My favourite came from a friend who pointed me in the direction of this article,…

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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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PRS for Music launch fund to help musicians pay their winter bills – but in a climate where Universal’s Lucian Grainge gets paid £150million, isn’t this just a sticking plaster for a far bigger problem?

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you can't have possibly failed to notice that your money doesn't go quite as far as it used to. Food costs are up, fuel costs are up and energy bills are also up. It's mostly a result of the economy reopening in many countries and supply not yet keeping up with demand. Naturally enough, people in the music industry aren't exempt from…

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As Spotify Wrapped makes its annual appearance to get music makers feeling warm and fuzzy inside, a reminder the only person winning in this system is Daniel Ek…

Earlier this week, this blog published all about Traxsource’s 2021 In Review. I offered up a defence of the platform for carrying out this annual tradition. And one thing I forgot to include in that write-up was the fact Traxsource do at least contribute to the culture which they make their profits from. So as Spotify releases its annual Spotify Wrapped for the year - which basically tell you how…

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Whilst you’re at it, could you tell Spotify to pay more to artists? Adele requests Spotify remove shuffle as default button on albums – and Daniel Ek is too starstruck to ignore her!

Is there a way to get Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, to take any notice of you? Well, unless you're Sofia Levander - she's his wife and most men can verify you ignore the missus at your peril - the answer appears to be no. From calls to pay more to artists to uproar after he told them to release more music, he's a man whose ears are impervious…

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