Headspace Plus is free for unemployed and health carers in the US

Get one year’s free Plus subscription to the mindfulness and meditation app Headspace. In the US for those currently unemployed and those working in public health, Headspace is offering one free year of Headspace Plus…

Spotify’s Baila Reggaeton playlist reaches 10 million followers

Seven years since it’s launch, Spotify’s playlist Baila Reggaeton hits 10 million followers. Reggaeton’s roots date back to the 1970s in Panama, then quickly spread to Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US. Reggae-dancehall fusion lead…

Nord Wave 2 Performance Synthesizer starts shipping in the UK

The Wave 2 is Nord’s latest powerful 4-part performance synthesizer. Combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable. Full details on the sythesizers capabilities can be found here. Nord Wave 2 has started shipping in…

TikTok’s US users up 5.6m in March month-on-month

For those doubting their influence in the social media landscape, a new report shows numbers to solidify TikTok as the largest social platform in the US. With the country largely in lockdown, a new report…

How to distribute cover songs – do I need a license?

What counts as a cover song? What music is in the public domain? Do I need a mechanical license? Where can I obtain a license? How do I format my metadata for distribution? You’ll need to…

Smart Speaker Market Still Dominated by Amazon Echo – China is Catching Fast!

The Consumer Intelligence Report Partners (CIRP) is out with their latest report on the state of smart speaker sales and market share. End of June – 76 million units in USA (up from 70 million…

Top 12 Independent Record Labels Based on 2018 US Revenues

Independent record labels are on the rise and in the first quarter of 2019 they accounted for over 36% of the U.S. market share. Above is an image that shows you the top 12 independent…

Amazon Echo – USA Deal – $50 Off

The Amazon Echo is currently $50 off in the USA only for a short time. Buy Amazon Echo – $129.99 was $179.99.

Understanding Pandora Royalties Between SoundExchange and RouteNote or other Distributors or Labels with Direct Deals

Pandora announced in September 2016 that they were going to enter into direct licensing deals with the recording industry’s major labels and some independent labels in order to license their new service offerings. Pandora entered…

Spotify join the US tech companies fighting against Trump’s ban

As Tech companies across the US unite to fight President Trump’s immigration ban Spotify are the latest to come out to help fight the ban. Whilst Spotify have refused to comment publicly on the new…