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Spotify reportedly up to 39M subs, still not interested in exclusives

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One of Spotify’s latest hires announced that the streaming service now has 39 million paid subscribers. Troy Carter, global head of creator services, told Billboard that Spotify has added 9 million paying customers since the last audience update in March. The interview also touched on the streaming sector’s current race for exclusive releases.

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Entercom commits to Clip Interactive for mobile and web streaming

Boulder-based Clip Interactive announced that Entercom Communications, the nation's fourth-largest radio group, will use Clip interactive radio players for its mobile and web streams. The agreement throws Entercom's 129 radio stations onto Clip's interactive platform. The deal follows a year-long engagement of Entercom's seven-station Portland cluster on Clip's platform.

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YouTube has social media features in development

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YouTube is exploring the addition of some social features which could help music owners get more value from the video platform. The feature set currently in development is known as Backstage. It’s a move to be more competitive with the likes of Facebook or Snapchat, but the music industry should also keep tabs on what the plan says about YouTube’s next directions.

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ART19 hires new EVP of content

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ART19 announced a new hire for its podcast hosting and distribution network. Roddy Swearngin joins the company as executive vice president of content. Hes resume most recently includes director of digital for Levity Entertainment Group, where he founded Sideshow Network and helped manage production of more than 10,000 podcast episodes across 100 different shows.

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Spotify trying to untie licensing knots before IPO

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Spotify is reportedly engaged in a juggling act over its licensing deals with the major labels. According to The Wall Street Journal, the streaming service is running off short-term extensions of its agreements with all three of the major labels. As Spotify continues to move toward a potential IPO, getting all its ducks in a row for these complex legal questions is a must.

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