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Amazon Prime Music Adds Universal MG To Free Streaming, and Last Week’s Top News

Posted by Glen Sears | October 5, 2015 10:26 am | No Comments

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The Story of the Week

Amazon Prime (Finally) Signs Deal for Universal Music Artists
Subscribers to Amazon’s Prime service — the company’s music and video streaming, and shipping discount, service — can now stream the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5, Of Monsters and Men, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Drake, Lorde, Jessie J and Eminem.

Universal Music Group, long a holdout from Prime, struck a deal with the Seattle-based company earlier this week. While a total number of artists included in UMG’s licensing wasn’t made public, sources tell Billboard the number stands at around 1,000 and includes genres like jazz and classical, which skew to an older demographic that Prime is seen as being strong with.

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Top Stories

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Dart Music Launches Distribution Service Geared for Classical Musicians and Their Unique Metadata – One might wonder if the classical genre is big enough for its own digital distributor. “It absolutely is,” Dart Music CEO Chris McMurtry tells Billboard. Read More

Aurous, the ‘Popcorn Time for Music,’ Is Launching In Less Than Two Weeks – You can shut down an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. But can you shut down a totally decentralized, BitTorrent-powered streaming music application? Read More

Interesting Headlines

Russia Will Publish a List of 100 Major Advertisers Supporting Piracy – “People need to come to their senses about this issue. Major brands are proud of being white-and-fluffy; so let’s publish a list of all those brands that advertise on pirate sites.” Read More

Music Metadata: A Case Study Through Genre – “Accurate metadata submission means users will find the albums they want to hear, and that means more earnings for rights holders.” Read More

Heavy Rain Strands TomorrowWorld Festival Goers, Pushes SFXE Stock Down Sharply – Reports of heavy rains that left many concert goers stranded and others demanding refunds at Atlanta’s TomorrowWorld festival sent promoter SFX’s already battered stock falling as much as 12% on Monday. Read More

Zane Lowe Talks to His Former BBC Boss About Beats 1: ‘We’re Trying to Work It Out As We Go Along’ – Three months on from the launch of Apple’s Beats 1 digital radio station, its director and resident DJ Zane Lowe has admitted that the service is still in a state of evolutionary flux as it tries to find its feet in the broadcasting and music landscape. Read More

U.K. Mobile Advertising Forecast to Overtake Television in 2016 – Mobile advertising spending in Britain will this year overtake newspaper and magazine spending and will in 2016 exceed TV advertising, according to a forecast from research firm eMarketer. Read More

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