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Obamas’ Higher Ground Inks First-Look Deal With Audible After Ending Spotify Pact

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are going into business with Audible, the Amazon-owned audio storytelling platform. The deal comes after the Obamas’ exclusive podcast pact with Spotify, originally inked in 2019, came to an end. Spotify says it declined to renew the deal; according to sources, the Obamas wanted their podcast programming to be distributed as widely as possible and not exclusive to Spotify.

Source: Obamas’ Higher Ground Inks First-Look Deal With Audible After Ending Spotify Pact

Are Independent FASTs Already Headed For The Endangered Species Watch List?

Consolidation and the accelerating push into advertising are rapidly turning the power structure behind streaming into something more resembling traditional television, or the monopolistic tech sector, than some radical new business model. One example: New requirements being implemented by Roku and other major connected platform players for free, ad-supported streaming service (FAST) partners.

Source: Video Insider: Are Independent FASTs Already Headed For The Endangered Species Watch List?

Digital Collectible Downturn — NFT Sales Slid More Than 74% Lower Than the Month Prior 

This past week’s NFT sales across 18 different blockchains saw approximately $184,417,851 in sales, but that’s 17.33% lower than the $223,085,710 recorded the week prior. $151 million of the NFTs sold this past week stemmed from the Ethereum blockchain network but ETH-based NFT sales slipped over 18% this week. Monthly ETH-based NFT sales are down 76.38%.

Source: Digital Collectible Downturn — NFT Sales Slid More Than 74% Lower Than the Month Prior – Markets and Prices Bitcoin News

U.S. Subscription VOD Revenue Growth Slowing to 13% in 2022, Hitting $25 Billion: PwC Report

Subscription streaming video is cooling down from torrid growth rates seen in 2020 and ’21 — fueled by pandemic lockdowns — but is still experiencing healthy expansion in the U.S., one of the segment’s most mature markets. In 2022, SVOD services in the United States will generate revenue of $25.32 billion, up 13% from last year, according to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022–2026 report, released Monday.

Source: U.S. Subscription VOD Revenue Growth Slowing to 13% in 2022, Hitting $25 Billion: PwC Report

Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music Lose 1+ Million Music Subscribers

A new report from Kantar Research claims that more than one million UK subscribers have cancelled their music streaming services in Q1 2022. The report also finds a notable decline in the number of younger individuals with music streaming subscriptions across the country. Unsurprisingly, many cite a need to save money as the driving force behind their cancellation.

Source: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music Lose 1+ Million Music Subscribers

Did Goldman Sachs Get Its Numbers Right?

Goldman Sachs just released the most bullish music industry report imaginable. But how believable are the numbers?  Perhaps the industry in 2030 will be even bigger, buoyed by assets and innovations we can’t even conceptualize today. But the reality is there are simply too many unknowns in play, especially across such a substantial timeframe and in such a fast-moving industry.

Source: Did Goldman Sachs Get Its Numbers Right?

Music licensing tech startup Songclip strikes strategic partnership with National Music Publishers’ Association

According to an announcement published today (June 16), the partnership “aims to facilitate music licensing and compliance within the global app marketplace.” Songclip claims to be the world’s only patented music clip company. The deal with the NMPA comes just three days after Songclip announced a multi-year global strategic partnership with Universal Music Group.

Source: Music licensing tech startup Songclip strikes strategic partnership with National Music Publishers’ Association

The Great Rock N(FT) Roll Swindle

This is unquestionably a boom area for the business and every week brings some new NFT launch that has generated some seriously eye-bursting sums of money (while creating what is claimed to be the world’s first NFT music label) or stands as a serious strategy statement linked to Web3 in general and NFTs in particular. Yet there is a duplicity cracking open at the very centre of the music NFT gold rush that risks soiling the entire enterprise.

Source: The Great Rock N(FT) Roll Swindle

Netflix’s setbacks are the canary in the coal mine for streamers

Just two years ago, many were calling this the “Golden age of Streaming,” as billions of dollars were poured into content development creating a steady stream of binge-worthy series. But today’s fight for subscribers, or the “streaming wars” as some are calling them, is the beginning of a shift in Hollywood that will change the landscape of who makes content and how it gets distributed.

Source: Netflix’s setbacks are the canary in the coal mine for streamers

Can CDs Make A Comeback? Reevaluating The CD At 40

Although CDs have primarily been replaced by all-you-can-consume music streaming services, something interesting happened in 2021:  CD sales rose for the first time in almost two decades, driving over $580 million in revenue for the music industry. While that pales in comparison to the $12.3 billion earned from streaming, the figure is still significant.

Source: Can CDs Make A Comeback? Reevaluating The CD At 40

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