Quick Hits: EDM, Russian streaming; Soundscan sales report

Short news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Etymology of EDM: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a fast-rising music category that owes its lift to streaming and online distribution, far more than to traditional leverage — radio and labels. Wondering what it’s all about? This article in Medium sounds academic, but is better described as a well-researched magazine feature.

Russian streaming and piracy: TheNextWeb examines whether newly launched music services, localized for Russia and The Ukraine, can stem a long-standing culture of music piracy.

Music sases down in Q3: Nielsen Soundscan released Q3 music sales figures, and Billboard calls the result “bleak.” the number of million-selling singles is down from last year, and there are zero million-selling albums so far in 2014. The analysis goes pretty deep.

Brad Hill