Spotify Will Start Charging Artists & Labels For Tools:
During its Q3 earnings call, Spotify went over a variety of issues it felt could help make the platform more money and other problems they saw in the immediate. One thing they plan on rolling out for certain is that their tools for artist will become available on a Freemium model. This means some tools will be available for free and others artists will have to pay for. This will be similar to SoundCloud. It isn’t clear yet what tools will be behind a paywall, but likely the best and most data-heavy will require payment.
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Tidal Now Available On Samsung Wearables:
Tidal and Samsung have deepened their partnership. Tidal is now available on Samsung wearables like watches, the first such integration for Tidal. It expands on their partnership with Samsung TV. Tidal says they have more wearable device integrations to come. New users who sign up from the device will get a three month free trial.
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Universal Music Announces Licensing Agreement With African Streaming Service Boomplay:
Boomplay, one of Africa’s largest streaming services has signed a licensing deal with Universal Music. Now listeners with Boomplay, which covers markets in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, will be able to listen to the large catalog on Universal. Boomplay currently has 36 million users and claims to add two million new users each month.
Spotify Launches Analytics For Music Publishers:
Spotify has unveiled one final pieces of their analytics puzzle – publishers. Being pitched as the “first analytics tool from a music streaming service built specifically for publishers,” Spotify Publishing Analytics gives publishers the ability to look at back end data and see how their songs are doing. Publishers will be able to see daily streaming statistics on things like playlist performance. They can view data for each songwriter on their roster.
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