Streaming

  • Spotify to Move Back on XXXTentacion Policy After Outcry: Report

    Spotify might be moving back on its decision to remove artists from its playlists. After instituting a new policy for handling “hate content” and “hateful conduct” earlier this month, the company removed artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from its editorial and algorithmically-determined playlists, leading to public outcry from...
  • J. Cole Breaks Drake’s 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music With ‘KOD,’ Nearly Double Its Spotify Streams

    With his album KOD garnering 64.5 million streams in its first 24 hours in the U.S., J. Cole set a new record on Apple Music for most album streams in 24 hours, eclipsing Drake’s Views by almost a million streams, according to Apple, while his album clocked a record...
  • Quebec to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services

    The Canadian province has questioned Netflix so far avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like ‘Alias Grace.’ The Quebec provincial government on Tuesday made good on its threat to impose a local sales taxes on foreign suppliers of paid digital services...
  • Hollywood’s Movie Dilemma: Gamble at Box Office or Sell to Netflix?

    Midbudget titles that would’ve been theatrical fare in years past (like ‘Cloverfield Paradox’) are going direct to streaming as studios minimize risk and Paramount offloads international rights to the new thriller ‘Annihilation.’ Facing an uncertain box-office climate, executives at major studios are more frequently asking: “Should we try our...
  • Kendrick Lamar Owns Five of the Most Streamed Songs of 2017!

    Kendrick Lamar is doing numbers. K. Dot now has five of the top 50 most streamed songs of the year. The T.D.E. rapper’s hit single, “Humble” is currently the second most streamed song of 2017, following only Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.” Kendrick also has four other songs...
  • How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Year

    Atlanta’s rap astronaut has landed his biggest ever annual paycheck. Digital streams sent Future’s haul skyrocketing to $23 million – and the No. 10 spot on our annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings ranking of highest-paid rappers. Thanks largely to streaming, nearly half of that career-best payday comes from music, making...
  • Cash-strapped SoundCloud gets new funds and top management

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – SoundCloud, the world’s most popular streaming music app, but one that has struggled to find a profitable business model, said it received new funding on Friday, insulating it from potentially running out of cash this year. The company, which laid off 40 percent of its staff...
  • Disney details launch of ESPN and Disney streaming services, plans end of Netflix deal

    The Walt Disney Co. DIS, -3.79% announced along with quarterly earnings Tuesday that it will launch an ESPN streaming service in 2018 and a Disney direct-to-consumers offering in 2019, and end its distribution deal with Netflix Inc. NFLX, -2.70% after 2018. ESPN said it would buy another 42% of...