What’s New: Comes With Fries Industry Update

Spotify introduces analytics tool for music publishers

After the success of its Spotify for Artists platform, the streaming service has launched in beta Spotify Publishing Analytics.

Hailed by the company as an industry-first, it provides publishers with daily streaming figures for their writers’ recordings and lets them track playlist traffic and view individual data for their writers. This in turn, says Spotify, lets them ‘gain insights into new opportunities for their songwriters, more efficiently collect royalties on their behalf, and more effectively market their work.”

The streaming service’s head of publishing relations and services, Jules Parker says;

“With more information, publishers are empowered to make the most of the opportunities the global reach of Spotify provides, and the more information we can share with each other, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters.”

Interested publishers can visit publishers.spotify.com.


TIDAL launches on Samsung wearables 

The TIDAL app for Samsung Wearables is the streaming company’s first integration with wearable technology.

It also expands TIDAL’S partnership with Samsung following the recent launch of TIDAL’s Samsung Smart TV App. Additionally, new TIDAL users signing up from their device will be able to access a 3-month free trial.


Apple Music Unveils a ‘Preferred Distribution Program’. 

With its ‘Preferred Digital Distributor’ list, should we expect Apple Music to soon allow direct uploads for artists — or even make a play for a digital distributor?

The Cupertino company has quietly launched its ‘Apple Preferred Distribution Program.’ With the launch of its program, Apple Music has named just three music distributors as its “Preferred Plus” partners – CD Baby, The Orchard, and Kontor New Media.

As partners, the three digital distributors can now offer exclusive features to their clients not available on competitors’ platforms. This includes support for advanced Apple Music and iTunes features, advanced analytics, and early access to both services’ Sales and Trends features.

Could the move could signal that the streaming music service will follow in Spotify’s footsteps?


The Album Is in Deep Trouble – and the Music Business Probably Can’t Save it

Sales of music’s most beloved format are in free fall in the United States this year. According to figures published by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the value of total stateside album sales in the first half of 2018 (across download, CD and vinyl) plummeted by 25.8 percent when compared with the first half of 2017.

If that percentage decline holds for the full year, and there’s every indication it will, annual U.S. album sales in 2018 will end up at half the size of what they were as recently as 2015. To put it more plainly, U.S. consumers will spend around half a billion dollars less on albums this year than they did in 2017.


5 Reasons Offline Music Promotion Will Win Every Time

1. Followers aren’t followers, they’re people.

All the interactions on your streaming dashboard get reduced to statistics, but those streams aren’t just important numbers to follow… They’re real people listening to your music.

2. Word-of-mouth is real

You could buy all the targeted social ads in the world and still not get the same return as a glowing review from a good friend.

3. Your presence is just as important as your artwork

You’re the ambassador of your sound. Make every moment count, think about how you present your music in a real life setting and consider ways to make your music standout through you as a person first.

4. Nothing can replace live music

Meaningful music experiences can totally happen online, but it’s far more likely that an amazing dance party or incredible live set will leave a bigger impression.

5. You need to meet people to level up

We need to talk about networking. We all know how important it is.

But you need to stop thinking of it as a feature of a social media app and start seeing it for what it really is: just getting to know people. You need the right people around you to help you achieve your next goal in music. Meet them as peers—not as gatekeepers you’re trying to extract something from.