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Spotify launches new concert tickets website

Spotify has launched a new concert tickets website where fans can buy gig tickets directly from the streaming service.The website, Spotify Tickets, went live yesterday (August 10). According to MusicAlly, the site is “strictly a test rather than a full commercial launch”.Through the site, Spotify users can buy tickets for a string of upcoming US shows by TOKiMONSTA, Limbeck, Annie DiRusso, Crows, Dirty Honey, Four Years Strong and Osees.
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Warner Music Group becomes first major label to adopt fan-powered royalties system
SoundCloud, who last year announced that it’d be the first music platform to direct the fees of its paying subscribers to the artists they stream.SoundCloud said that it was “a more equitable and transparent way for independent artists who monetise directly with SoundCloud to get paid”.It’s an approach that’s been previously backed by many musicians who have criticised the economics of online streaming.Leading streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music currently operate on a system where royalty payments are distributed in accordance with which artists have the most plays.But it has been criticised by smaller and up-and-coming acts, who claim that the system allows huge global names to generate vast amounts of money while leaving little for musicians who have not achieved similar success.Now, it’s been confirmed that Warner Music Group has implemented SoundCloud’s royalty system. Each artist credited with having earned royalties from a particular recording will earn a share based solely on each stream of that specific release.However, Far Out Magazine cites the results of a recent report by Media Research which found that 56 per cent of artists surveyed were making more revenue by using SoundCloud’s old pro-rata model rather than the new one.Numerous other major streaming platforms – including Spotify and Apple Music – are currently still using the pro-rota model.Upon SoundCloud introducing the fan-powered system, the company’s chief executive officer Michael Weissman said: “Many in the industry have wanted this for years.
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‘Stranger Things’ causes surge in streams of Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’
Metallica‘s classic track ‘Master Of Puppets’ have increased significantly following its use in Stranger Things‘ season four finale.In the finale, titled ‘The Piggyback’, Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) played the 1986 track on a rooftop to distract a horde of demonic bats protecting the lair of main villain Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower).Following the episode’s release last Friday (July 1) on Netflix, Metallica shared a post on Instagram on Tuesday (July 5) praising the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, for the sequence.“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master Of Puppets’ in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” the band wrote.Since its appearance on the show, the song has shot to Number Seven in Spotify‘s Top 50 USA playlist, the first time it has ever broke into the playlist’s Top 10 according to Digital Music News.Earlier this week, it was revealed that Robert Trujillo’s son Tye added guitar tracks to ‘Master of Puppets’ for the song’s inclusion in the show.Elsewhere in the fourth season, the show used Kate Bush track ‘Running Up That Hill’ – sending the song to Number One on the Official UK Singles Chart and reportedly earning the singer an estimated $2.3million (£1.9million) in streaming revenue.Speaking after the track achieved its third week atop the UK chart, Bush recently said: “I just can’t believe it – No. 1 for the third week.
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The Obamas’ Higher Ground production company signs multi-year deal with Audible
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company is heading to Amazon’s Audible platform.Following the end of a three-year deal with Spotify, the Obamas have reportedly inked an exclusive multi-year, first-look deal with the Amazon-owned platform.While firm details surrounding the Obamas’ new deal with Audible remain unclear at this time, comments from Michelle Obama hint at the possibility of their content with Audible being released on multiple streaming platforms.The Audible deal will see the Obamas “keep striving to tell compelling, provocative, and soulful stories — while doing everything we can to make sure they reach the folks who need to hear them,” Michelle Obama told The Hollywood Reporter.A Higher Ground spokesperson also told The Hollywood Reporter that the two companies “plan to make the Audible Originals available to the widest possible audience”.The newly signed deal with Audible comes after the Obamas’ three-year deal with streaming giant Spotify ended earlier this year. The Spotify deal saw them “develop, produce and appear” on select podcasts through their Higher Ground production company.The Obamas’ contributions to Spotify notably included the eight-part podcast series Renegades: Born In The USA with Bruce Springsteen.
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'Better not broadcast a re-run of Oprah interview' Jane Moore questions Meghan's podcast
Meghan Markle's first podcast for Spotify will soon launch after the Duchess and her husband Prince Harry reportedly signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts in 2020 after they stepped down as members of the royal family. Loose Women panellist Jane Moore, 59, has called her move into question, as she urged Meghan to not play any "re-runs" from her sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke openly with the billionaire broadcaster about their time as working royals in March 2021.Jane has advised Meghan to not replay her grievances which aired during her candid discussion with Oprah.It comes after claims of inconsistencies were addressed by royal experts following the interview.Writing in her recent column, Jane said: "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, stop the dog from barking with a juicy bone ... the Duchess of Sussex is finally poised to launch her Spotify podcast this summer."The discussion points have yet to be made public, but she and Prince Harry have said they want to be 'responsible stewards of an audio landscape that is well resourced with quality, fact-based information'."Jane added to The Sun: "Better not broadcast a re-run of that Oprah interview, then."During the interview, the Sussexes spoke freely about their personal struggles and their lives as senior royals.The interview yielded many questions from the public with some praising the couple for "sharing their truth" while others have questioned how many of the claims are based on facts.At one point during the interview, Meghan told Oprah: “[But] you know, three days before our wedding, we got married.
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Piers Morgan, 56, has weighed in on the Duchess of Sussex’s new Spotify series, Archetypes.The podcast, hosted by Meghan Markle, will see her speak to experts, historians and women who have suffered being branded with "labels that hold women back” in order to explore the issue.Meghan unveiled the podcast on Thursday, and it didn’t take long before Piers shared his thoughts.Tweeting in view of his 7.9m followers, Piers reposted an article from ITV Royal Editor, Chris Ship, who said: “Meghan Markle’s first Spotify podcast to 'explore labels that hold women back'.”Piers responded with a series of laughing emojis and scoffed: “Is ‘Princess Pinocchio’ one of them?”As is often the case, Piers’ tweet divided users, with some agreeing, while others jumped to Meghan’s defence.User @Canuckabroad quipped: “Comedy gold!”And Peter concurred: “I can’t imagine how terrible that podcast will be.”While RUA said: “Will she talk about how complaining is toxic to you and everyone around you? And how the public airing of family dirty laundry doesn’t help anyone get ahead?”On the other side of the argument, Mickey fumed that Piers was “obsessed”, saying: “I thought we agreed that constantly going after a female of colour really isn’t a good look for you Piers? I get that obsessions can be hard to kick, but it really is time.”Pierre urged: “Ah Morgan, get over her.She got over you.
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Spotify‘s huge new sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona, saying the cash could have helped hundreds of struggling music venues instead.After significant rumours, today (March 16) it was confirmed that the streaming service have confirmed a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with the world famous Spanish club, which will see Spotify’s logo appear on match and training kits, and the club’s stadium renamed the Spotify Nou Camp.A statement described the deal as a “first-of-its-kind partnership for the club in bringing the worlds of music and football together” and is set to “see the pair working together to create opportunities for the iconic shirt to become a space that can celebrate artists from across the world”.In a series of tweets responding to the news, the MVT said: “For the amount of money Spotify have agreed to spend on TEMPORARILY branding FC Barcelona they could, instead, have secured a PERMANENT future for circa 700 UK Grassroots Music Venues.For the amount of money Spotify have agreed to spend on TEMPORARILY branding FC Barcelona they could, instead, have secured a PERMANENT future for circa 700 UK Grassroots Music Venues.— Music Venue Trust (@musicvenuetrust) March 16, 2022“Such an investment could have unleashed £40 million per annum into grassroots artist talent development, from which Spotify, [Universal, Sony, Warner] and others are the ultimate financial beneficiaries.”They added: “Not only that, but an investment of money in this way would generate a reasonable financial return, being invested into bricks and mortar and therefore remaining an asset.
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India.Arie says she left Spotify because of its “treatment of artists,” not Joe Rogan
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