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Billboard is changing its albums chart to count YouTube streams

Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. – Dani Deahl, The Verge » https://trib.al/sIY0gLN

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Supreme Court Denies Retrial to Adnan Syed, Subject of ‘Serial’ Podcast

Serial” launched in 2014 as a spinoff of NPR’s “This American Life” and became an overnight podcasting hit. In the first season, Sarah Koenig investigated Syed’s murder conviction for the death of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore. “Serial” raised questions about the evidence against him, including an account of Asia McClain, who claimed she saw Syed at a public library during the time of Lee’s murder. That led to a 2016 ruling granting Syed a retrial; last year the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that Syed had received ineffective legal counsel for not calling McClain as a witness and that his conviction should be vacated. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/BvM4HCK [photo: Serial]

Marvel Creating ‘Substantial’ Number of Exclusive Podcasts for SiriusXM

Included in Marvel’s slate of upcoming programming are four new scripted series, each 10 episodes, based around Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord, as well as a fifth series in which all four team up. Unscripted podcasts will look at Marvel’s history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, along with podcasts dedicated to popular Marvel franchises and regular talk shows. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/vXdIHOm [photo:Marvel]

Spotify’s Still Gaining Share in the U.S. Music Streaming Market

[While] ad-supported listeners only grew 8% in North America during the second quarter, there are still about 32.6 million free listeners on the continent — and more coming in every quarter. That’s still a massive opportunity to grow premium subscribers and take more market share from the competition. – Adam Levy, The Motley Fool via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/2HUrB2t

YouTube shows have become a secret weapon for rising politicians

It’s a relatively new format for YouTube, mirroring the style of talk radio programs like The Howard Stern Show. Instead of spending a few minutes with Chuck Todd or Tucker Carlson on television, rattling off talking points, these free, easily accessible YouTube shows allow candidates to discuss policy in a relaxed setting with someone who feels like a friend to their audiences. That has made YouTube one of the more rewarding places on the internet to campaign. – Makena Kelly, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2Nmu7lp

Amazon Cancellation Spree: 5 Shows Axed — Which One Hurt the Most?

The streamer went on a bit of a killing spree Saturday, cancelling five series including the freshman Maya Rudolph-Fred Armisen afterlife satire Forever and sophomore critical fave Patriot. Amazon also pulled the plug on Matthew Weiner’s one-and-done anthology drama The Romanoffs, the podcast-inspired horror show Lore and the Miles Teller-fronted cop drama Too Old to Die Young. – Michael Aussiello, TV Line » https://ift.tt/32RWBsF

Spotify Lite for Android gets an official launch in 36 countries

The app is designed to work on patchy or weak internet connections and, at just 10MB, it is small enough to cater to lower-end devices that have limited storage or older phones. Spotify Lite is limited to Android devices running version 4.3 or newer, and it is open to both paying and non-paying users. For those worried about maxing out their data plan, the app comes with an optional limit that can tell you when you are close to hitting that buffer. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2NIDNIV

Netflix released a podcast director’s commentary track for Always Be My Maybe

Thus far, Netflix has released two episodes: one for the film Someone Great (featuring director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson), and another for the recently-released Always Be My Maybe which features director Nahnatchka Khan and actor Randall Park. You can access the podcast via Apple Podcasts or Spotify. – Andrew Liptak, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2JjIN1e

Streaming is secretly fixing your mainstream taste in garbage music

The “optimism index” at indies hit its highest level this year, according to this month’s annual membership survey by Merlin, a group representing more than 2,000 independent labels and music companies. Eighty-five percent of its members were optimistic about the future of their businesses, coinciding with their digital income swelling thanks to streaming. – Joan E. Solsman, CNET » https://ift.tt/322j460
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