Rumor Fact(ory): Spotify nearing major label deals with some surprising propositions

Financial Times is the source of the latest Spotify speculation, reporting that the streaming service is close to final licensing deals with the major labels. The core of those arrangements, is that Spotify would pay a lower royalty fee to the labels, but in exchange would temporarily gate major album releases for paying customers. Continue Reading


Garth Brooks to stream full catalog to Amazon Music Unlimited


Amazon may be the newest player elbowing into the subscription streaming music business, but it’s closing the year with a blockbuster announcement: Garth Brooks is bringing his entire catalog exclusively to the platform. The country music star, a long-time digital hold-out, will put 16 albums onto Amazon Music beginning Dec. 24 at midnight Eastern time. Continue Reading


Changes of heart: Metallica is on Napster, Radiohead is on Spotify


Metallica is out with a new album and the band has gone an unusual route with distribution. Hardwired… To Self Destruct has been released on most of the usual digital outlets, but it is also on YouTube in its entirety. Metallica’s adoption of streaming distribution contradicts the band’s earlier resistence, and contains some irony. Then there is Radiohead, once a hold-out, which is now streaming on Spotify. Continue Reading


Frank Ocean’s Blonde arrives on Spotify (if you can find it)


Frank Ocean’s new album Blonde was the latest album to spark debates about exclusive releases. Today, the album is available on other streaming services after two weeks as an Apple Music exclusive. But if you’re a Spotify subscriber who has been waiting to hear Blonde, you probably wouldn’t know it had arrived by opening the app. Continue Reading