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Apple’s acquisition of Beats has some major record labels thinking of making some moves as well.

Digital Music News is reporting that several major labels including Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group are mulling a possible purchase of a Spotify acquisition.

Several sources inside and outside of the major label system who have agreed to speak with Digital Music News say the Beats sale is ‘simply small potatoes’ compared to the prize that Spotify could represent.

One source pointed to Spotify as a very, very juicy prize, with one target sale price pushing past $10 billion (you know, WhatsApp money).

A label attorney, speaking on the condition of anonymity, pointed to massive telecommunications and mobile companies as targeted buyers. “The Verizons, the NTT DoCoMos, the Oranges, that group,” the source noted. “Spotify is a nice package for customers.”

Read more about the possible dealings here 


Ryan Lewis & Macklemore continue to set records with their music. After picking up plaques and numerous awards, they can end the year with one more major accomplishment.

According to Spotify, their song,”Can’t Hold Us” was the most-streamed song of 2013.

Spotify has released its year-end totals, and the rap/production duo’s “Can’t Hold Us” is the most-streamed song globally. The song, featuring Ray Dalton, was a hit across the world and hit No. 1 in the U.S., becoming the group’s second single to do so on the Hot 100.

Globally, Macklemore occupied two of the top three spots, placing “Thrift Shop” at No. 3. The ratings go well with the duo’s album “The Heist” becoming the most-streamed record on the service.

Source: Billboard


Youtube is preparing a premium on-demand music service — akin to a Spotify, but with video — to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans.

The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what’s already available via YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads.

The free tier is likely to be unlimited, on-demand access to full tracks on all platforms, including mobile, said several people who have been briefed on the proposed service. In that sense, the paid tier is more of a “soft sell” as YouTube’s primary goal is to continue to amass ears and eyes to its mobile platform to sell ads.

But having a paid tier, with all the required licenses for a premium on-demand product, gives YouTube more flexibility in packaging and selling music with fewer restrictions on what it can do with the music, multiple sources pointed out. In addition, there are strategic reasons for developing a premium music video service that could be paired up with other Google products in the future, including Google Glass.

YouTube declined to comment on its plans.

“We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans,” YouTube said in a statement. “However, we have nothing to announce at this time.”

While the timing of the service’s launch has not been determined, YouTube has said it is hoping to release a product this year. If it succeeds, YouTube could come out ahead of Beats Music, which is supposed to launch later this year, but could be delayed until early next year, according to several people knowledgeable with Beats.

YouTube, through its parent company Google, already secured most of the licenses it needs to launch a music service earlier this year, beginning with Warner Music Group in March, followed by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The licenses obtained were for both Google’s All Access service, which launched in May, and for a YouTube music service.

Many younger listeners already use YouTube as a free, on-demand jukebox — searching for, and finding, official music videos of major releases. The challenge for YouTube has been to create a service that would be better than what it currently offers its audience in order to justify a monthly fee of around $10.

One big added feature could be the ability to stream full albums. Currently, not all songs in an album are available on YouTube because artists generally select one or two tracks from any single album to feature in a music video. A second potential premium feature would be offline cacheing of songs and videos so users can listen on their mobile devices even when they’re not connected or when they’re trying to save on bandwidth costs or battery consumption. Finally, the removal of ads would almost certainly be a feature in the premium offering, sources said.

The introduction of a premium music tier is likely to coincide with a larger redesign of the YouTube mobile app that would give users a simple, clean interface in which to listen to music, create custom playlists and watch videos at the same time.

Source: Billboard



When Jay-Z announced that he was releasing the  “Magna Carta…Holy Grail”  nothing but success was predicted. I’m sure even he didn’t see all this taken place.

Even before Nielsen SoundScan sales data was released, it was announced Tuesday that the album had both the biggest single day and the biggest first week in Spotify history. It enjoyed more than 14 million streams in the USA — more than recent releases by Mumford & Sons, Daft Punk and Jay’s buddies and colleagues Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

Magna Carta rode in on a wave of high commercial expectations and critical acclaim. USA TODAY’s Steve Jones, in his review, noted that the rapper “stays on top, because he refuses to do anything less than epic.”

That’s true of Jay-Z not just as an artist, but as a marketer. In promoting the album, he made one million free copies available to fans via a massive deal with Samsung. Clearly, no one else was expecting Magna Carta to be anything less than epic, either.