Latest Industry: Spotify, SoundCloud, Facebook, AWAL, Intercept, More…

Latest Industry: Spotify, SoundCloud, Facebook, AWAL, Intercept, More...

Spotify adds Nielsen Brand Effect to its verification suite.

Spotify already uses another Nielsen product – Digital Ad Ratings.  The company’s adoption of Nielsen Brand Effect across multiple regions – including the US, UK, and Japan – will enable advertisers to understand how their content affects listeners.


“Whoops!” SoundCloud drops the ball on its Spotify-like feature.

The Verge has found SoundCloud’s new Weekly feature adds tracks and remixes that violate the platform’s terms of use.  Recommend tracks include unauthorized edits and remixes.


If you don’t have a smart speaker, you’ll likely own one at the end of the year.

Surveying more than 1,000 consumers in the US, Adobe Analytics found 48% of respondents say they’ll own a smart speaker this year.  32% of these said they already have one, and 16% said they plan to purchase the device.  In a separate study conducted earlier this year, 28% of Americans said they owned a smart speaker.


Facebook unveils tools to avoid an ‘Adpocalypse.’

To better monitor when ads may appear next to questionable content, Facebook has hired 3,000 people.  The new hires will help keep undesirable content away from the platform.  The move comes ahead of a larger brand safety and transparency pitch to advertisers in the next few weeks.


Intercept Music adds free, global music distribution.

The indie artist marketing and distribution platform will provide free distribution for its clients.  Intercept Music has access to more than 600 music retail services and storefronts in over 200 territories.  Streaming service providers served by the distribution pipeline include Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music, among others.

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Apple Music wins an Emmy.

At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke won Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.  This marks the service’s first Emmy for original content.


Mac Miller streams skyrocket in the US.

Nielsen Music found on-demand streams for the rapper’s music rose 970% following his overdose on Friday.  Miller’s catalog earned 32.5 million streams (audio and video), up from 3.04 million on September 6th.  His most streamed songs include ‘Self Care,’ ‘Donald Trump,’ ‘Best Day Ever,’ ‘Hurt Feelings,’ and ‘Weekend’ featuring Miguel.


gener8ator announces artists for accelerator program.

Backline, a joint venture program between the Wisconsin-based accelerator and venture fund and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, has unveiled the artists for the program’s inaugural session.  Chosen from 340 participants, Lex Allen, Crystal Knives, Abby Jeanne, and Zed Kenzo will meet with music industry leaders and mentors in the 12-week training program.  Backline participants each received a $20,000 grant.