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Take a look at the next major redesign of Spotify’s iOS app

Spotify announced yesterday that it would be redesigning its iOS application with support for new features like original video clips and podcasts. A few glimpses of the updated version of the music streaming app were shown off during the announcement, but today a tipster has supplied us with a collection of screenshots from a beta build of the upcoming release.

Below you'll find a gallery demonstrating the podcast integration, running speed-based tempo detection, and more. Almost every corner of the app has been completely overhauled with a new design. Many of the icons in the older app have been removed in favor of simple text labels, and a host of new features have been added.

SoundCloud: 'We're on the same path as creators to revenue generation'

SoundCloud founder Alexander Ljung appeared in front of an audience of electronic music industry creators, fans and execs at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza today to answer a few questions about the future of his streaming platform.

Ljung was interviewed after a wealth of headlines suggest continued unrest in the music industry over the lack of revenue artists get from SoundCloud.

Earlier this month, Sony pulled its catalogue from the platform, while Ultra Music founder Patrick Moxey said yesterday the service won't be making any substantial pay outs within the next few years.

While Ljung said his long promised premium subscription service will arrive at some point in 2015, he refused to confirm whether any more labels had struck any licensing agreements, following on from a deal with Warner last year.

Sony/ATV is now a frontline record label (sort of)

Music publishing giant Sony/ATV can now claim to be a bona fide frontline record label: it's just announced that it's releasing an album from one of its writer/artists.

Lenka, who has been a Sony/ATV publishing client since 2007, will release fourth studio album The Bright Side on June 16 via her own record label Skipalong Records and Sony/ATV's label Hickory Records.

It will be distributed by Sony Music's RED Distribution network.

StubHub rolls out new mobile apps as it looks to a future beyond just ticketing

StubHub announced a raft of mobile and tablet updates today that bring new features to the ticketing platform and signal a move towards a more deeply integrated event-management service for users.

The new features include a personalized algorithm that will suggest activities based on your preferences, location and taste in music (for iOS users only, as it's based on your iTunes library), and a revised UI that puts more emphasis on search and navigation.

Spotify Review: Here Comes the All-Around Entertaining App

Spotify wants to be a bigger part of my life.

The on-demand subscription music service has won paying customers in Europe and the U.S. by providing easy access to hit songs and deep tracks alike. But to attain the kind of success enjoyed by YouTube and Netflix—not to mention compete with Apple's upcoming subscription music service—Spotify must do more. That's why the app is no longer just about music.

I've been using the updated iPhone app since it debuted earlier this week, and it succeeds in making Spotify more entertaining. In many ways, it now feels like an app built for people like me: news-hungry music lovers who get nearly all their info and entertainment from a smartphone.

Global EDM Market Hits $6.9 Billion

The global EDM business had a value of $6.9 billion last year, up 12 percent from $6.2 billion in 2013, according to the IMS Business Report 2015. North America alone is estimated to represent roughly 29 percent, or $2 billion, of the global market.

EDM's growth has slowed considerably, however. Overall market revenue grew 37 percent in 2013 compared to 12 percent last year. Similarly, the Electronic Cash Kings' earnings growth slowed last year to 12 percent from 43 percent in 2013. Dance's share of U.S. track sales was flat at 4.6 percent (Nielsen doesn't use the EDM genre name).

Hype Machine warns of new PR shenanigans to game its chart

Hype Machine's 'Popular' charts remain an important metric of artists and songs' buzziness in 2015, so it's no surprise that some labels and PR firms are trying to game the rankings. "More recently, we've become concerned over some new patterns on music blogs themselves," wrote founder Anthony Volodkin in a blog post yesterday. "A handful of labels and PR outlets have focused their efforts on illicitly gaining coverage on Hype Machine-indexed blogs."

5 Ways for Musicians to Use Facebook Video

2015 is the year Facebook video will reach parity with YouTube's feature set and audience. The introduction of auto-playing video, changes to the platform's algorithm to favor video, and Facebook's strong investments in their mobile offerings are all coming together to create a powerful marketing platform. The Orchard has been working with Facebook's video offering for almost two years; here are five things we've learned in that time to help labels and artists use Facebook Video to the fullest.

You'll want to know more when you're done, so please download The Orchard's full Facebook Video Playbook here.

- See more at: http://www.dailyrindblog.com/5-ways-musicians-facebook-video/#sthash.3Cbrr6Ls.dpuf

Why Spotify offers video streaming

"I like being different," admits Brantley Gilbert. "The way I look at it is, as long as I know there's a box, and I'm outside of it, I'm good to go."

While that attitude doesn't always endear country artists to radio, Gilbert found programmers quickly embracing him when he initially pinged their radar in 2010. His first two singles went to No. 1, and more followed. On March 29, the appreciation for his attitude was proved by his winning iHeart Radio's Renegade Award, which celebrates an artist "who breaks boundaries while remaining true to themselves," according to the honor's description. At the ceremony he bested arguably better-known pop stars like Iggy Azalea, Hozier, Meghan Trainor and Charli XCX in the category, and he's still laughing about it.

Sony Settles Class Action Over Streaming Of Pre-1972 Songs

Law360, Los Angeles (May 21, 2015, 4:37 PM ET) -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC has settled a putative class action alleging it, like SiriusXM, has been refusing to pay pre-1972 song royalties, according to documents filed in California federal court on Thursday.

Zenbu Magazines LLC, which owns the recording rights to the 1969 track "Sin City" by a band called The Flying Burrito Brothers, filed the suit against the Sony Corp. subsidiary in January, one of a slew of suits Zenbu launched against online streaming services alleging they are violating the rights of any musicians...

YouTube extends beta period for its Music Key subscription service until September

Six months into the trial period for YouTube's subscription music service, the company is still working to create a service people will be willing to pay for. To that end, beta testers received an email today telling them their free subscriptions will be extended until September 15th. "As one of an exclusive group of Music Key beta users, your feedback has helped make it better each day," the email read. "And to thank you, we've got good news! Your free trial is being extended."

World's Top 5 publishers now control 11 million songs

The number of copyrights now owned or managed by the world's Top 5 music publishers is very close to 11 million, according to MBW analysis.

Earlier this month MBW calculated that Sony/ATV's haul of copyrights – which it either directly owns or controls via admin deals – had topped 4m.

Elsewhere, Kobalt has publicly stated that it now manages over 600,000 copyrights, while Warner/Chappell boss Cameron Strang recently told an audience at Canadian Music Week that the major now has "1.2m copyrights under management globally".

UMPG has confirmed that it's in control of 3.2m copyrights.

Wrapping up the Top 5 is a very interesting case: BMG.

No Rest For The Music Week: Canadian Music Week, Toronto

The well-oiled cogs of CMW2015 turned with a full rotation of panels, showcases, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as a keynote speech by Spike Lee. With its thorough schedule, Canadian Music Week has cemented a valuable place on the music industry calendar, and here, SynchAudio recaps the highlights of the festival.

Tinder Partners With Zedd To Offer His New Album For $3.99

Tinder is launching a new partnership with musical artist Zedd to offer his upcoming album,True Colors, for an exclusive price of $3.99.

Not unlike past partnerships with artists like Jason Derulo, Tinder and Zedd are working together to create a special profile for Zedd that is pushed across Tinder's network of U.S. users. In this case, however, folks that swipe right on Zedd will be sent a link to purchase his new album (as a digital download) for $3.99.

Tinder confirmed to TechCrunch that this isn't a revenue-generating partnership but rather a marketing play to give users exclusive access to cool people and products. Like Zedd and True Colors.

Samsung Layoffs at Milk Music, Milk Video Unit; Kevin Swint Exits

Samsung's Media Solutions Center America, which is responsible for the company's Milk Music andMilk Video services, has been hit by layoffs and a key exec departure over the last couple of weeks,Variety has learned. These events have occurred as Samsung executives take a closer look at many of its business units, which could spell trouble for the company's content plans going forward.

Media Solutions Center America saw dozens of staffers laid off earlier this month, according to multiple sources. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but one source estimated that as much as 15% of the staff may have been affected. I've been told that MSCA employed around 250 people total before the cuts went into effect.

Radio Seems To Like Brantley Gilbert Just As He Is

"I like being different," admits Brantley Gilbert. "The way I look at it is, as long as I know there's a box, and I'm outside of it, I'm good to go."

While that attitude doesn't always endear country artists to radio, Gilbert found programmers quickly embracing him when he initially pinged their radar in 2010. His first two singles went to No. 1, and more followed. On March 29, the appreciation for his attitude was proved by his winning iHeart Radio's Renegade Award, which celebrates an artist "who breaks boundaries while remaining true to themselves," according to the honor's description. At the ceremony he bested arguably better-known pop stars like Iggy Azalea, Hozier, Meghan Trainor and Charli XCX in the category, and he's still laughing about it.

'We tell Spotify no, YouTube does it anyway': The music industry's love-hate relationship with YouTube

YouTube has over 1 billion people using it to watch videos, and 60 percent of those viewers are watching music. That makes it the biggest place in the world for finding and listening to music, making it a platform the record industry simply can't ignore -- but amid the ongoing controversy over how we pay for music in the digital age, some recording business insiders think YouTube's sheer size allows it to get away with too much.

"Labels and publishers look at [streaming service] Spotify whenever any changes in the industry happen," said Eric McKay, head of digital in Europe for music publishing body Warner/Chappell Music. "But every time we as an industry tell Spotify they can't do something, Google goes 'f**k off, we're doing it anyway' and they just do it. And we have to scrap around after them to make it work."

Jason Reed: Why playlist curation can make all the difference

Curation within music platforms and services continues to be a hot topic today. How do we move on from the idea of a "shop window" of new releases, or endless and unwieldly lists of tracks, into experiences that aremore personal, tailored and timely? Where are the services themselves heading, and how can artists and labels best leverage these opportunities?

As streaming continues to grow into the prevalent form of mainstream music consumption, each streaming service has an ongoing focus around improving their products and functionality around discovery and contextual listening: how to point listeners to the right music for them, at the right time. Not only is competition in the streaming arena continuing to heat up, but so are the growing distractions from other media all competing for eyeballs and attention. As a result, the services are fighting out for ways to differentiate their experiences and keep music fans engaged and listening.

On Integrity and Blogs • Hype Machine

A few years have passed since I've written about our approach to Hype Machine's Popular charts.

Since that post, we've prevented hundreds of artists and marketing teams from gaining an unfair advantage on our site. It's disappointing, but it comes with the territory of maintaining a music chart that remains closely watched six years later. This has helped millions of people find some truly incredible music through each of the blogs in our index.

More recently, we've become concerned over some new patterns on music blogs themselves.

A handful of labels and PR outlets have focused their efforts on illicitly gaining coverage on Hype Machine-indexed blogs. The most common approach is to become a contributor at an established blog and post their clients (or clients their friends are promoting). For maximum impact, the same person would then get a spot at multiple blogs to create the appearance of broader support for the release. In some cases, the people running these blogs were aware of this, in others these discoveries have come as a surprise.

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