Apple Music launches music analytics tool, Apple Music for Artists

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Apple Music launches music analytics tool, Apple Music for ArtistsApple Music Interface

With the emergence of Apple Music For Artists, producers who host their releases on Apple‘s streaming platform will have a new way to monitor their music’s analytics. Exclusively available on iOS both as a desktop interface and as a mobile app, Apple Music For Artists gathers data on the amount of playlist-generated and organic streaming plays alike that a song amasses. It also follows their album and song sales on iTunes through a regularly updating data set.

Better yet, artists can additionally assess how specific songs and albums are received in different markets around the world. Apple Music For Artists enables producers to pinpoint cities in more than 100 countries, a functionality that will presumably allow artists to uncover previously unknown areas where they happen to be especially popular. The feature may also help artists to plot tours and stylize set lists to the preferences of fans in respective cities. Apple is currently working to integrate Shazam data into its data tool, which would show artists where Shazam’s of their music are most densely concentrated.

Apple Music For Artists is also programmed to notify artists about changes to their data, such as when they’re included on a prominent Apple Music playlist or when they reach milestone streaming thresholds like 1 million streams. Despite the wealth of information that Apple Music For Artist provides, it does not offer insights on how an act’s streams translate into royalty payouts.

H/T: Music Business Worldwide

Tool’s entire catalog now available for streaming ahead of their first new album in 13 years

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Tool’s entire catalog now available for streaming ahead of their first new album in 13 yearsTool 2006

When streaming services really started picking up steam, there was a lot of pushback from prominent artists who opposed the dismal royalty rates (Apple Music currently sits at $0.00735 per stream). Radiohead, The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Tool were just some of the major players who withheld their extensive catalogs from these services, much to the dismay of fans.

However, every one of these artists eventually gave in and made their music available across the streaming spectrum, the most recent of which was Tool. This move comes just ahead of the anticipated release date for Fear Inoculum, Tool’s first album in 13 years which is scheduled to be out on August 30, 2019.

Rumors had been circulating of late that the progressive rock paragons would release their music to streaming services. Mainly because Tool profiles appeared on Apple Music and Spotify in May even though they didn’t feature any music. They did, however, include branded photos and a description blurb that matched the band’s indelible legacy.

Now those rumors have become reality, and the band’s four studio albums can be enjoyed on all major streaming platforms, with the fifth undoubtedly joining them upon release. Hit the links below to get listening.

Apple Music

Spotify

Amazon Music

iTunes

Google Play

Tidal

Soundcloud

Deezer

Pandora

YouTube Music

Apple eyes expansion of original podcast material, moves to make deals with media companies

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Apple eyes expansion of original podcast material, moves to make deals with media companiesApple Music Interface

Apple will reportedly aim to expand its podcast platform by licensing exclusive and original podcasts, to “pursue the kind of deals it didn’t make before,” according to Bloomberg. The financially focused news outlet additionally claimed that Apple executives have already begun to open dialogues with media companies to discuss buying exclusive rights to podcast programming.

Apple’s Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad has been in existence since 2012. To date, Apple has facilitated the platform in a mostly passive manner: although the tech giant has hosted podcasts for years, it has not actively invested in original podcasts or devised plans to roll out its own content via Podcast to any great extent. By contrast, Apple Music competitor, Spotify, pledged up to $500 million to the development of podcasts and even recently struck a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, which will produce podcast content for the Swedish streaming giant. Spotify additionally owns podcasting firms Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor.

Spotify isn’t alone in its effort to expand its podcast content. Not long after it acquired Pandora, SiriusXM instituted the music streaming service’s first-ever content team, which will devote its creative energy to the development of Pandora’s own original podcast material. Moreover, Apple, Spotify, and SiriusXM alike are interested in striking podcast partnerships with prominent artists.

The entities’ commitment to not only broadening their respective platforms’ podcasting content, but to conceptualizing podcasts specific to their own brands is timely, to say the least. The podcast’s rise in popularity reflects in Edison Research’s 2019 Infinite Dial Survey, which found that more than 50 percent of Americans aged 12 or older have listened to a podcast. Edison Research noted that this is the very first time that this figure has ever surpassed the halfway mark. One-third of the United States population—90 million listeners—meanwhile stated that they’d streamed a podcast in the last month, comprising 40 percent of American youths aged 12 to 24.  

H/T: Billboard

Bronze Whale Unveils ‘The Shape of Things’ Remix Pack

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Hot off of their 11-track debut album, The Shape of Things, enigmatic duo Bronze Whale has received massive praise from the likes of Apple Music which placed 4 of the tracks in one of their highest performing playlists Today’s Chill, along with being in regular rotation on Sirius XM Chill. To top it all off the

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In the spirit of Pride, Apple Music releases 16 exclusives DJ mixes

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In the spirit of Pride, Apple Music releases 16 exclusives DJ mixesApplemusic

Apple Music continues to celebrate Gay Pride with the curation and delivery of 16 fabulous mixes from a selection of the global LGBTQ+ community’s favorite and most supportive tastemakers. Including exclusive mixes from Anjunabeats standout Andrew Bayer, rainbow-riding bass phenom Ducky, and J. Worra, whose sound has proven to be as techy and sub-centric as it is gnarly, the series highlights just how central the LGBTQ+ community is across the entire dance music spectrum.

“Club culture IS queer culture” says Loren Granich, musical director of Cali queer crew Rhonda INTL, “and we’re honored to work with so many brilliant international artists from the queer community who embody this ethos while continuing to push musical & sexual boundaries.” The LA-based polysexual bash was the liason for sets from Newbody, Dopplegang, Patrick Mason and Lauren Flax.

See below for a full list of the artists and their mixtapes, and head over to Apple Music to hear the mixes in full.

Glovibes – Bonanza Selection Part 1

J. Worra – Pride 2019 Mixtape

B!tch Be Cool – Fever

Baby Blue – Baby Blue’s Astral Lovers Mix 

Kitty Glitter – Glitter Pride

Sveta – A Love Letter From Sydney To New York – World Pride

Argonaut – Argonaut’s World Pride Paradiso 

Kittens – No Shame

Sasha Marie – soft high. 

Ducky – I Can’t Think Straight 

Newbody – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Dopplegang – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Patrick Mason – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

Lauren Flax – Pride: A Deeper Love, Mixed for Rhonda INTL

KANDY – LOUD AND PROUD

Andrew Bayer – Pride 2019 Mix

Photo credit: Apple Music

Apple Music takes listeners on a guiltless getaway with launch of new Ibiza playlist series

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Apple Music takes listeners on a guiltless getaway with launch of new Ibiza playlist seriesApple Music Interface

Want the ambiance of Ibiza without the expense that a trip to the White Isle would entail? Apple Music figured as much, and has accordingly unveiled an exclusive new series of Ibiza themed playlists designed to evoke Balearic bliss, no matter the listener’s location. A myriad of musical curators came together to craft the playlists: streamers will find options from Anjunabeats, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza, and more.

Apple Music describes its newly launched Ibiza playlist category as “a celebration of Ibiza and its role in bringing dance music to the masses.” Now, the platform plays a distributive role akin to the island itself, as Apple Music too brings dance music tailored with Balearic flair to millions of users via the debut of its newest playlist series. Peruse the Ibiza playlist section, here.

Farewell, iTunes: Apple prepares to retire iconic media player

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Farewell, iTunes: Apple prepares to retire iconic media playerApple Music Interface

It’s the end of an era for Apple, as the tech giant prepares to formally retire the media player that put them on the musical map: iTunes. Apple will replace iTunes with separate applications for music, television, and podcast apps, in contrast to iTunes’ all-inclusive structuring, which consolidated music, television, and podcasts under the iTunes umbrella. Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, will deliver a keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California in June, during which Cook and fellow Apple innovators will expound upon Apple’s plans for a future that does not include iTunes.

Apple previously announced its intent to halt iTunes-supported music downloads in April 2018. The decision to stop the iTunes-related music downloads arrived in the midst of Apple’s efforts to expand its own streaming service, Apple Music, to arise as a formidable competitor in the modern music streaming market. Apple staff members and iTunes users alike then speculated that the company’s retirement of iTunes-assisted music downloads would prelude the official and final termination of iTunes altogether.

Apple product owners will still be able to purchase and sync music from their devices following iTunes’ demise. Listeners will find these functionalities in the Music app. Apple will meanwhile continue to develop its respective music, television, and podcast offerings, while simultaneously seeking to improve and increase its Books, Message, and Mail applications.

H/T: Bloomberg

Listen to WHIPPED CREAM’s stunning set at EDC’s Circuit Grounds

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Listen to WHIPPED CREAM’s stunning set at EDC’s Circuit GroundsWhipped Cream Sourced From Her Facebook

Closing out a stage at EDC Las Vegas is an intimidating task for any artist, but the burgeoning WHIPPED CREAM did so with ease. The Canadian-born bass artist held nothing back as she took the festival’s Circuit Grounds stage for its final run, giving onlookers a final, enormous burst of energy with cuts like Gesaffelstein‘s “Pursuit,” Skrillex‘ remix of “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, the RL Grime/What So Not classic “Tell Me,” and an array of her own originals. The set riled the crowd and instantly became a cult favorite among EDC goers, and now the cult favorite performance has been releases exclusively on Apple Music for all to hear and relive.

WHIPPED CREAM has seen skyrocketing success in recent years. After five years cutting her teeth on the circuit, the past couple have seen her taking the stage at mega festivals like Ultra Miami, Shambhala, and Lollapalooza all while selling out tour stops across North America. On the musical front, her recent re-work of ZHU’s “Desert Woman” ended up becoming a huge hit, while she also received widespread support for her second record on Mad Decent, “Time.” She’s established herself as a key talent to watch as she continues her ascension into the top ranks of bass music.

Photo Credit: Facebook/WhippedCream

Spotify hits 100 million paid subscribers

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Months after adding several new regions of the world to its service area, Spotify is celebrating hitting 100 million paid subscribers.

In its first-quarter earnings report released on April 29, the Swedish company announced that it had surpassed 100 million paid subscribers at the end of March. This number remains well above its closest competitor, Apple Music, which reported 50 million subscribers at the end of 2018. The report also noted a 32-percent growth in subscribers and a 26-percent increase in total monthly active users, year over year.

Spotify added services in India, the Middle East, and North Africa earlier this year, growing its presence to 79 countries. While Spotify continues to dominate overall worldwide, Apple Music is still ahead of its biggest competitor in the United States with 28 million paid users reported in early April.

Read the full earnings report here.

H/T: CNet

Celebrate the third anniversary of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ by streaming on Spotify and Apple Music for the first time

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Celebrate the third anniversary of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ by streaming on Spotify and Apple Music for the first timeBeyonce Lemonade

The best-selling album of 2016 has finally made its way to Spotify and Apple Music—just in time for its third birthday.

Beyoncé‘s sixth studio, Lemonade, made its debut on Tidal on April 23, 2016 and was met with widespread acclaim from critics worldwide. It was named one of the best albums of the year by countless publications and featured collaborations with The Weeknd, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack White. For the first time, fans can stream Lemonade on Spotify and Apple Music. Before April 23, 2019, the album had only been available to stream on Tidal and for purchase through retailers.

2019 has already been a big year for Beyoncé, who just released her Homecoming documentary on Netflix and a corresponding live album. She’s also set to voice Nala in the upcoming Lion King remake, out this July.

Photo credit: YouTube – “Lemonade” music video