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Big Sound 2023 Day 2 Roundup

TMV publisher Jakomi Matthews reports on Day 2 of Big Sound.

Spotify’s New Feature: Money Laundering for Dummies

Swedish criminal networks have been using Spotify to launder money since 2019, according to a new investigation by Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). The gangs buy Bitcoin through "cash in hand" trades initiated via a Facebook group, and then use the cryptocurrency to pay for fake streams of music published by artists with ties to the gangs. This artificially inflates the popularity of the music, which then leads to higher royalties from Spotify.

September Round-Up: Five Music Industry Events to Attend

Autumn reinvigorates the showcase festivals’ activity, shaking off the seasonal slumber. This September will see The Music Void attending events in Australia and Europe,...

CDs Are Back, Baby!

Surprisingly, an unexpected resurgence of CDs among Gen Z collectors is the latest rage. Despite the dominance of digital streaming services, a small but devoted group of young adults continue to collect CDs. These collectors view CDs as more than just a functional tool for consuming music; they see them as merchandise and appreciate the included photos and album design.

Going With The Flow

In 2022, Flow Festival obliged the cafes and restaurants on its territory to exclude red meat and poultry from the menu. The policy remained this year with the same rules applying to everyone

Player Piano: AI and Independent Music

Digital music company Believe and streaming platform TuneCore shared the results of their survey on generative AI. About 1600 self-releasing artists were interviewed and asked to express their opinions on the potential benefits of the technology.

Unchained Music: How Decentralized Platforms And The Audius Token Are Revolutionizing The Industry

Audius, a decentralized music platform, has experienced significant growth in recent years, fundamentally changing the way musicians interact with their audiences. The platform's user-friendly interface and strong support for independent artists provide a fresh alternative to traditional music distribution platforms.

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