Music Streaming and Social Media Stats Aug 2015

iPod BattleIPodBattle” by Maxime Felder – originally posted to Flickr as iPod Battle 2. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


A summary of the SonicBids Blog article:

Streaming Plays

Streaming total plays through June 2015:
According to via Pandora, Rdio, Soundcloud, Vevo, Vimeo, and YouTube stats.


Presence on Instagram increased from 51M in June 2014 to 283M in May 2015.   Artists’ Instagram followers were up 6-fold in that period.


Social Media By Genre

FaceBook page likes: #1 Nicky Jam
Soundcloud plays: #1 Drake
Spotify streams: #1 Calvin Harris



WordPress Malware – Active VisitorTracker Campaign – Sucuri Blog

If you are running your web presence on WordPress you will want to know about this. The method used to get the JavaScript code onto your site and redirect to a malware installer is not yet know. The fingerprints, however, are easily detectable. Share this article with your site or system admin so they can scan your WordPress install and remove the malware if necessary.

WordPress Malware – Active VisitorTracker Campaign – Sucuri Blog

We are seeing a large number of WordPress sites compromised with the “visitorTracker_isMob” malware code. This campaign started 15 days ago, but only in the last few days have we started to see it gain traction; really affecting a large number of sites. Here is a quick snapshot of what we’re seeing with the infection rates.

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Streaming Services Have 99 Problems. And They Are…

Streaming Services Have 99 Problems. And They Are…


(1) Artists make little-to-nothing off of streaming services.

(7) Streaming services pay the labels, who typically pay nothing to the artists.

(13) Streaming services suck at proper accounting and payouts.

(18) Streaming services are actively hostile towards artists and their financial well-being.

(20) Streaming services lack transparency.

(23) Not enough people want to pay for streaming music services.

(28) There are too many streaming services competing for too few dollars.

(31) Very few streaming services (subscription or otherwise) actually make money.

(37) The streaming music micro-industry is probably a bubble.

(42) Streaming kills downloads, which make more money for artists.

(51) Given the myriad of problems associated with streaming services, superstar artists are signing massive, mega-million exclusives to major corporations (U2+Apple, Jay-Z+Samsung).

(52) Artists and copyright owners typically have little-to-no control over their content on YouTube, easily the largest streaming music platform.

(60) All of which translates into extremely low payouts from YouTube, little explanation into why these payouts are so low, and little-to-no control by rights owners over whether their music appears on the platform.

(62) Streaming services don’t contribute anything back to artists or the artist community.

(65) User abandonment on streaming services is extremely high.

(67) Internet radio pays almost nothing to artists, and little to publishers.

(78) SoundExchange is an inept company that routinely screws up artist royalties, screws up payouts, and hordes tons of unpaid royalties.

(88) When it comes to streaming services, indie labels generally get screwed.

(92) The DMCA is a ineffective loophole that greatly benefits companies like YouTube and Grooveshark, absolutely screws artists and rights owners, and desperately needs to be reformed.

(98) Most of the music on streaming platforms are never listened to.

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