Industry News Roundup // 08.04

Every week, we’re sharing the latest news and information for the music industry and technology worldwide.

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YouTube Red, Google Play Music To Merge, Says Music Chief Lyor Cohen

Did you even remember that Google has two music services? You’re not alone. The fact that YouTube Red and Google Play Music compete is confusing, at best. Finally, Google has decided to merge the two to create a new music service.

\\ Via Hypebot //

The Average Hit Song Has 4+ Writers and 6 Different Publishers

Want to create a hit song that will get you on the Billboard Top 10?  Then you’re gonna need a committee.

According to a new study, the number of writers and publishers on hit songs has increased substantially.  In the 1960s, an average hit song on the Billboard Top 10 had an average of 1.87 writers and 1.68 publishers each year.  Songwriting duos were common, and creativity a simpler endeavor.

\\ Via Digital Music News // is a new social networking app for musicians who want to collaborate

A new app called that aims to connect musicians, songwriters, and producers launched to the public today. Artists can build a profile, mark what musical categories they are experts in (such as piano, drums, engineer, or singer), and then search for other musicians to collaborate with based upon their needs for a project and the collaborator’s physical location.

\\ Via the Verge //

YouTube Music now lets you save songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening

YouTube Red users have had the option to listen to music offline in YouTube Music for some time, but only through the offline mixtape feature, which is automatically populated based on your listening history. While this technically worked, there was no way to have any additional control over what you were able to listen to. Now, users can also choose specific songs, playlists, and albums to save for offline listening.

\\ Via the Verge //

Upcoming Female Artists You Need to Know About

Last year, we put together a list of female producers that you need to know. Since then, it has been brought to our attention that a lot of non-male acts still go unnoticed. Since there are heaps of ladies killing it on a daily basis, we wanted to bring some light to those individuals.

Luckily, our good friend Røhaan graced us with a dope list of badass female artists, so the next time someone says they don’t know of any, send them this post.

\\ Via Noiseprn //