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Rihanna, Who Still Hasn’t Released an Album in 2015, Is Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artist of the Year

Alleged pop star Rihanna still hasn't released her theoretical album Anti, (or much else in 2015, for that matter), but despite that she managed to be the most-streamed…
James Grebey / December 1, 2015

Where Will You Be in 15 Years? Spotify, BOSE, Third Man Records, and More Look Ahead

The future of the music business has never been fuzzier. While Apple and YouTube enter the fray of the Great Music Streaming Wars and nightly…

Joanna Newsom Says Spotify Is the ‘Banana of the Music Industry’

Update: Spotify has extended an olive branch out to Joanna Newsom following her "banana" comments, saying that the streaming service actually does pay its artists. "We’d…
Colin Joyce / October 16, 2015

Africa and Asia Know What’s Up, Don’t Listen to Ed Sheeran

Look around at the state of the world and weep. Ed Sheeran's weak track "Thinking Out Loud" is the first song to reach 500 million plays on…
James Grebey / October 12, 2015

AC/DC Relents, Will Stream Catalog on Spotify, Apple Music, Others

Another one bites the dust: AC/DC has left the ranks of streaming services holdouts like the Beatles and Tool and joined those who have crossed…
Harley Brown / June 30, 2015

Spotify Will Reportedly Expand Into Video

Spotify, according to the Wall Street Journal, is looking to expand into the wide, wide world of video. In today's report, WSJ writes that they spoke to…
Rachel Brodsky / May 7, 2015

2014: The Year In Beef

Beef in the 2014 music world certainly wasn't rare. There were fights about talent, fights about snubs, fights about money, and fights about brunch. There…
James Grebey / December 29, 2014

Uber Will Reportedly Partner With Spotify for In-Car Music Service

Spotify users are already able to listen to music on the go, but according to The New York Times, the service may be about…
Colin Joyce / November 15, 2014

Taylor Swift’s Label Says She Only Earned $500K From Spotify

Update: Spotify has responded.
James Grebey / November 13, 2014

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Fan Engagement in the Streaming Era

We all listen to music for different reasons. Yet there remains a distinct separation within music fandom: some people live it, they listen intently and…
SPIN Staff / November 12, 2014

Spotify Claims Taylor Swift Was on Track to Make $6 Million This Year

Taylor Swift might've left a good chunk of money on the table when she pulled all her music from Spotify last week, according to the…
James Grebey / November 11, 2014

Musicians Earn More From Spotify Than From iTunes in Some Markets

Taylor Swift may've recently decided that she doesn't need Spotify, but artists in some markets are reportedly earning more from Spotify's streaming royalties than they…
James Grebey / November 5, 2014

Silent Spotify Silent Album Earns $20,000 and Michelle Shocked Wants a Piece

Remember Sleepify, the silent album funk band Vulfpeck created for the sole purpose of gaming the Spotify payout system to earn them some cash (and fund a…
Dan Reilly / July 25, 2014

Spotify Map App Spotlights ‘Music of the World’

Have you ever wondered what the pop charts of Papua New Guinea look like? Or a list of Latvia's local listens? Well, now Spotify users…
Olivia Forman / July 22, 2014

Spotify Reaches 10 Million Paid Users, But Will It Make Money?

Music streaming has crossed a new benchmark. Spotify announced today it now has 10 million paying subscribers globally. Including free listeners, it now has 40…
Marc Hogan / May 21, 2014

A Quarter of Spotify Songs Are Skipped in First Five Seconds

Nearly half of all songs played via Spotify are skipped before they finish, according to data provided by the company's internal analytics system. Paul Lamere…
Chris Martins / May 7, 2014

Spotify Shoots Down Band’s Silent Album Fundraising Hack

Vulfpeck wanted to go on tour this fall, but didn't want to charge their fans admission. So the funk group released Sleepify, a Spotify exclusive comprising…
John Surico / April 25, 2014

Band Funds Tour by Posting Silent Album to Spotify

Musicians from Thom Yorke to David Byrne aren't fans of Spotify, mostly due to the fact that the service pays artists somewhere around half a…
Dan Reilly / March 19, 2014

Spotify Buys the Company Behind Those Music Maps

Last week, a behind-the-scenes music technology company called The Echo Nest took on a higher profile when it shared a handful of state-by-state maps. Whether…
Marc Hogan / March 6, 2014

Download Sales Keep Plummeting, So Streaming Better Pick Up the Slack

Gentle friends, start your streaming. No, really, stream up a storm. Knock yourselves out. The music business could depend on it. Downloads, the numbers suggest,…
Marc Hogan / January 24, 2014
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