Quick Hits: Billboard does royalty math; new iHeart on iOS; Tidal spotlights emerging artists

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Billboard crunches streaming royalty numbers: Streaming fields lots of criticism about its payouts to both artists and songwriters. Billboard published a review of just how those numbers get crunched and explaining some of the nuances that get lost in many of the simplified statements about what people make through online music services.

iHeart’s iOS redesign: iHeartRadio has released a new design for its iOS app that reflects its integration with the Apple Watch. The new version includes voice-activated search that’s intended for use with the smartwatch.

Tidal adds feature for indies and emerging artists: The people promoting Tidal include some of music’s biggest names, but a new feature on the high-res streaming service aims to pay some of that recognition forward. It launched Tidal Rising, a section to promote both independent and up-and-coming artists.

Anna Washenko