Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Finally Coming To Spotify & Apple Music

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LemonadeToday, Beyoncé released Homecoming, a concert film and live album documenting her iconic 2018 Coachella performance. But that’s not all she’s giving us in the coming days. More »

Apple music claims more paid U.S. subscribers than Spotify

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According to new data from the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music has surpassed Spotify in paid subscribers in the United States. Apple Music took the top spot with 28 million paid subscribers, while Spotify sits at 26 million paid subscribers in the U.S.

Spotify still leads Apple Music in overall users with 95 million compared to Apple music’s 50 million subscribers. The catch—Spotify offers a free tier while Apple does not. The tech giant’s DSP is also outpacing its Swedish competitor platform, growing between 2.6% to 3% in the past year compared to Spotify’s 1.5% to 2%.

With over 900 million iPhone users worldwide, Apple Music is pre-installed on every new phone, creating a stronghold in the industry. The question between the competition becomes, how can these products differentiate and bring value to content curation through music? Some say there will be no difference, while others point to the power of playlist and personalization.

Spotify’s Secret Genius Songwriters Pen Letter To Daniel Ek Over CRB Rate Appeal: “You Have Used Us”

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In 2017, Spotify launched its Secret Genius Awards annual event to honor songwriters and producers behind some of the streaming platform’s most-played songs. But now some of those same honorees are speaking out about something much less celebrated — Spotify’s plan to appeal Copyright Royalty Board rates, along with Google, Pandora … More »

Apple Music Overtakes Spotify In US Paid Subscribers: Report

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AppleApple Music now has more paid subscribers in the United States than Spotify, Reuters reports. According to a person familiar with the matter, Apple’s streaming service had 28 million paid subscriber at the end of February, while Spotify had 26 million. More »

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol. 169, with Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Slow Magic, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol. 169, with Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Slow Magic, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. Senior Editor Bella Bagshaw brings you her favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—each week, in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.


Let’s begin at the end this Sunday, with the concluding offering, “Spring,” from Flume’s latest mixtape. With help from the eternally strange, Eprom, Flume uses pitched-up vocals and a frenetic, downtempo arrangement, for a resplendent, redolent Sunday soundtrack.

Slow Magic’s take on Manila Killa’s “Wake Up Call” is an echoing, pensive vessel for some Sunday eschewal. Where Manila Killa’s initial offering showcases a sobering groove, Slow Magic’s is one of escapism: a palliative proposition to drift inside a soft blue dream.

Moods takes an already blissed-out Catching Flies cut, “Sunrays” and adds a lulling, looping beat, liable to send listeners into some sunny, sound-induced catharsis.

From RÜFÜS DU SOL’s enduring, sophomore album comes “Brighter,” a song privy to absolving any residual end-of-weekend regrets. Though, nearly any selection from RÜFÜS’s expansive catalog carries some semblance of sunshine.

Now let’s end at the beginning: Flume’s quixotic and vapory “Zimbabwe” rework lives on his first and self-titled album. To spend a Sunday inside Flume’s artistic evolution would surely stave off intrusive work-related thoughts; so, that’s just what Dancing Astronaut is prescribing this week.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 168, with MGMT, Chromatics, Washed Out, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 168, with MGMT, Chromatics, Washed Out, + moreSMM 2400

Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. Senior Editor Bella Bagshaw brings you her favorite therapeutic selections—old and new—each week, in attempts to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.

Vaski’s airy offering, “Weightless” is a revolving staircase of vocal chops and lush, plucky loops: the ideal music to go in circles to this Sunday.

From their often-overlooked album of the same title, “Congratulations” is MGMT at peak psychedelia and introspection-friendly: just what the audio doctors ordered after a long weekend of dubitable behavior.

Arriving at the top of his brand new EP, “Horizons” allows Super Duper to see our Sunday in the right direction, with the help of some bubbly sampling, subtle strings, and a touch of saxophone synth.

Broody and cinematic, “Cherry” is Chromatics’ surreal Sunday spoonful of escapism.

Washed Out’s meandering soundscapes of “Great Escape” lead us through corridors of swirling color kaleidoscopes and idealistic instrumentals; away from the pervasive whispers of Monday.

Spotify files complaint against Apple Music, citing ‘unfair advantages’

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Spotify files complaint against Apple Music, citing ‘unfair advantages’Spotify Daniel Ek Press

The fight to be crowned king of streaming continues as Spotify and Apple Music duke it out March 13. The most recent development comes after Spotify founder Daniel Ek and his team filed a complaint against Apple alleging “unfair advantages” in regards to Apple’s App Store.  After “careful consideration” and what seems like previous efforts to resolve the conflict with Apple, the Spotify team proceeded forward with the European Commission.

Spotify’s complaint centers around the issue of Apple’s App Store policies and logistics that would require Spotify to pay a supplementary tax and subsequently inflate the membership price above that of Apple Music.

“Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 percent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our free to our premium service,” Ek said. “If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do.”

The Spotify founder also pointed out discrepancies where apps like Uber were not affected by Apple’s tax policies, noting that “app stores should not be allowed to control the communications between services and users, including placing unfair restrictions on marketing and promotions that benefit consumers.”

Ek made it clear that this is not a “Spotify-versus-Apple issue,” but rather an issue about “competition on the merits.”

H/T: Complex

Spotify Premium users now get free Hulu

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Following a slew of promotions, Spotify recently announced that all premium subscribers paying $9.99 a month can now watch Hulu, absolutely free. The integrated membership follows 2017’s student bundle deal at $4.99, and 2018’s bundle deal at $12.99 (for non-students), which will be “automatically reduced” to the regular premium price.

Subscribers will have access to Hulu’s ad-supported service, including a library of hit TV shows, movies, and Hulu originals such as the critically acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale and their own take on a Fyre Festival documentary. Current premium subscribers can head here to add Hulu access, while newer customers will get 30 days free when signing up for the bundle.

Spotify continues unloading the perks in 2019 to promote their premium service, including a recent partnership with Samsung and six months free for Galaxy S10 buyers.

Spotify adds new privileges for Samsung customers

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After announcing its partnership with Samsung in August 2018, Spotify has continued to compete with Apple Music as a default music provider. Currently, it’s the go-to listening option for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant (the competitor to Apple’s Siri). However, as of March 8, the Swedish streaming service has expanded this partnership to astronomical levels, now coming preinstalled on most Samsung devices worldwide.

With the recent launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, Spotify is also offering a free six-month subscription to their premium service (check here for requirements). The offer only applies to new customers or users of Spotify’s free ad-supported service, so past subscribers/trial users are out of the question. Additionally, the free subscription is only attainable by Galaxy S10 buyers in the US, with the possibility of expansion to other devices going forward.

In 2019, this marks another major development for the streaming giant, rolling out an “artist-muting” feature and curated playlists for zodiac signs.

H/T: The Verge

Photo credit: Spotify Newsroom

dzill Follows Don Diablo Hexagon Radio 213 Feature With Single “Death Have Mercy”

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New York artist dzill has been working to master his fresh and rage worthy sound. Stepping into the dance music world, his goal was to deliver on his admirations for the sound, something different that still maintains major elements of EDM music. Working in early stages to build a fan base in a wide variety

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