Are Tech Companies The New Record Labels?

1[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.

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YouTube Music Launches In 17 Countries, Red Re-brands As YouTube Premium

image from cdn.wccftech.comYouTube's newest subscription service, YouTube Music, is now available to all users in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, in addition to 12 new countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

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D.I.Y. Spotify Playlist Promotion with Crosshair Music

image from bluejaymusic.comGarrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can help grow their audiences. But does it work?

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Elektra Music Group To Launch As Standalone Company

image from celebrityaccess.comElektra Music Group is launching as a stand-alone, fully staffed label group under Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records Group  umbrella. It will bring together Elektra, Fueled By Ramen (FBR), Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, and Black Cement Records, which will each be nurtured as a unique label brand.

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Beyoncé, Jay-Z New Joint Release Now On Spotify, Amazon, Pandora [LISTEN]

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com"Everything Is Love" by The Carters, the first joint release by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, is now available to stream on Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music. The roll out to other music services comes less that 36 hours after the album was released as a Tidal streaming exclusive. LISTEN:

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Beyoncé, Jay-Z Release Surprise Joint Album As Tidal Exclusive [VIDEO]

Beyonce_JayZ_apeshitBeyoncé and Jay-Z  surprised fans and the industry with the release of their first joint album on Saturday afternoon. The announcement came at the end of the duo’s London show on their joint "On the Run Tour II" with the casual announcement: “Album Out Now.”

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