Latest Industry: Music Tourism in Tennessee, YouTube Premium, Spotify, Aretha Franklin, Viagogo, ECM Records, More…

Latest Industry: Music Tourism in Tennessee, YouTube Premium, Spotify, Aretha Franklin, Viagogo, ECM Records, More...

People still love to visit Tennessee.

At the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam revealed record figures from tourism in the state – $20.7 billion.  Tourism has aided local government across all 95 counties, with each county reporting at least $1 million in direct visitor spending.  David County led the music-fueled tourism industry with $6.5 billion, followed by Shelby County at $3.5 billion, and Sevier County with $2 billion.


YouTube Premium rolls out to more countries.

YouTube has rolled out its Premium and Music Premium service in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Luxembourg.  The service is currently available in the US, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.


Spotify tests Friends Weekly feature.

Several months after unveiling the Friends Weekly playlist feature on iOS, Spotify may soon roll out the feature on Android.  The app’s latest mobile release includes code referencing the feature, including ‘friendsactivity.friendslist.ui.AvatarListContainer’ and ‘findfriends.ui.FriendFriendsActivity.’


Pay your respects to Aretha Franklin livestreaming and on TV.

On Friday, August 31st, fans can turn in to watch a live stream from the Associated Press online.  CNN and Fox News will broadcast several parts of the funeral.


45 days left to restore Aretha Franklin’s home.

Per a ruling from Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Patrick Dandridge, the city of Memphis has until October 16th to preserve Aretha Franklin’s home.  Born in South Memphis, the soul singer left her childhood home when she was 2.  Former Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ordered the house demolished in 2016, but detained the order after volunteers stabilized the structure.

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Facing heat in the UK, Viagogo flees to New York.

Following pressure from multiple investigations into its fraudulent business tactics in Europe, Viagogo will relocate its workforce in the UK to New York.  The company has spun the move, declaring it looks to “explore US expansion.”


CTS Eventim stands to lose over $1 million over lost ‘print-at-home’ fee revenue.

After Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, or BGH) upheld a ban on print-at-home ticket processing fees, CTS Eventim has told investors its 2018 revenue will decline €1 million ($1.2 million).  The company had charged music fans a €2.50 ($2.93) processing fee.


ECM Records catalog available on streaming services.

Collaborating with Universal Music Group, ECM Records’ catalog will become available on streaming music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and TIDAL.  The Munich indie record label’s catalog includes Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Paul Bley, Meredith Monk, and others.