The BBC is reportedly working on its own subscription music service called Playlister, a musical counterpart of its incredibly popular iPlayer. The Telegraph reports that Tim Davie, the head of the BBC's music division, is talking with Spotify, Deezer, and Apple to help construct the site and also to simplify the licensing process.
A new survey in Northern Europe has determined that access to streaming music, usage, and willingness to pay are steadily increasing. The survey, conducted by Respons Analyse for Norwegian company WiMP in June, sampled data from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. "Willingness to pay increased in parallel with access and usage, and Swedes -- who had access to streaming services the longest -- are on top of the list with 36 percent, followed by Norwegians (33 percent), Germans (25 percent), and Danes (14 percent)," the report relayed.
Coachella offered to make the festival '100 percent vegetarian' if the Smiths would reunite, Morrissey recently told the Herald Sun in Australia. Morrissey said that, as part of the negotiations, the festival would 'not require' the bassist or drummer, which Morrissey 'thought certainly said something.' Don’t cross your fingers, though: a Morrissey rep just told Rolling Stone, "the Smiths are never, ever, ever...ever going to reunite – ever."
Jelli Radio, a social platform that crowdsources what its stations play, just announced the closing of a $9 million round of funding led by Intel Capital and Relay Ventures. Jelli draws approximately two million listeners per month, a 250 percent increase year-over-year gain.
Mercedes is shutting Maybach down, but the rap collective is just getting started. Maybach Music Group has just announced a North American tour that will kick off on November 2nd. The tour will feature DJ Scream, and Maybach artists Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and Wale. Check out the website for details.