Music Business Roundup: Project Lightning, Swift Leaves Out Apple, & More

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Each week on Songwriter U, Songspace recaps the top stories in the world of music business. Here’s everything you need to know from the week ending on June 19th.

Twitter Creates Lightning
One of Twitter’s main advantages is the fact that live events get tweeted about instantaneously. The social media platform has announced a new feature called Project Lightning that aims to better curate tweets around live events. It will help users gain important information surrounding current news, including relevant images and video.
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Taylor Swift Passes Up Apple
Spotify was in the news a lot this year, and a lot of it was due to Taylor Swift taking her music off the service. The singer has now taken a stand with Apple as well, only offering her back catalog (and not the multi-platinum album 1989) for the paid streaming service. She currently has her back catalog on paid services such as Tidal and Rdio as well.
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Win For The UK Music Industry
Last October, a “private copying exception” became part of the UK Copyright law, which essentially said that any consumer could duplicate any versions of songs they had purchased for personal use. The British High Court ruled in favor of the rights holders in a ruling this week, saying that it was unlawful to let consumers make copies – taking a stand for rights holders in the music industry. They will return to court later this summer to take another look at the law.
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Rdio Expanding To Europe
Rdio’s latest budget service that includes a price point of $4 per month and a max of 25 downloads in a user’s library is looking to expand. They have already launched the service in the US, Australia, and Canada among others, but were stalled with launching in Europe. That launch is expected soon to help grow the “Rdio Select” subscriber numbers.
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Fiverr Kutiman Project Released
Fiverr (who are currently hosting The Big Hook contest) have just released a very unique video collaboration. Israeli based Kutiman used 24 different Fiverr artists to put together an original song. You can check it out at the link below!
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