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by: Mitchell Rose Mar 1, 2021 According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) year-end report, United States recorded music revenues grew 9.2% in 2020 to $12.2 billion. The largest driver of the growth was streaming services, which accounted for 83% of reported revenues. Physical music sales were the next largest income source providing […]

Hundreds of K-pop releases have been removed from Spotify worldwide over an apparent disagreement with distributor Kakao M. Spotify launched in South Korea on February 1, 2020, but did so without music from artists with licensing deals under Kakao M, including IU, Zico and more. Now, releases distributed by the Korean label have been removed […]

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama have discussed their formative musical memories in a clip from their joint podcast series. Earlier this week (February 22), the pair launched Renegades: Born In USA, which was recorded in one session last year. In a new clip of the third episode, which will arrive on Monday (March 1), The […]

Eminem has celebrated his song ‘Lose Yourself’ hitting one billion streams on Spotify. The rapper’s 2002 track was the lead single from the soundtrack to his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile, which was also released in 2002. READ MORE: Eminem: Rank The Albums – will the best Slim Shady album please stand up? ‘Lose Yourself’, which gave […]

Spotify continues to ramp up its Snapchat-like stories feature, allowing artists to personalize playlists with Clips. The platform began testing out the Clips feature last year, and now it’s moving to more artists and playlists across the app. Just like Snapchat or Instagram stories, artists can share behind-the-scenes snippets related to the curated playlists they […]

by: Mitchell Rose Feb 23, 2021 Spotify has announced plans to offer high fidelity (HiFi) music streaming for subscribers. The HiFi option, which will begin in select markets later this year, will be a paid upgrade. Pricing and exact roll out dates have not yet been made public. HiFi streaming is defined by Spotify as […]

Spotify has told MPs at an inquiry into the economics of music streaming that raising its subscription price could push users to online piracy. READ MORE: Mark, My Words – from music to healthcare, the public is being asked to plug broken systems The streaming giant’s chief legal officer told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport […]

Barack Obama has launched a new podcast series called Renegades: Born In The USA with guest Bruce Springsteen. The Boss joined the former president for “a long and meaningful conversation” last year, which will be presented to listeners over eight episodes. The first two instalments of the series landed on Spotify earlier today (February 22), […]

Senior bosses from streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple and Amazon are set to appear before MPs next week in the concluding session of the inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The inquiry has been looking into the financial impact of streaming on artists, with musicians such as Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Nadine Shah telling MPs that […]

An unknown electronic producer’s vinyl promo single has sold for over $41,000 (£29,800) online. ‘Choose Your Weapon’ by Scaramanga Silk, who has just seven listeners a month on Spotify, was recently bizarrely snapped up on Discogs, making it the site’s most expensive record ever. The track was self-released in 2008, as a promotional vinyl edition […]