[Update: This post first posted on July 25, 2019 while the authors of “Spotify Untold” were on their US tour marketing their Swedish language book. And then badaboom badabing, the book got optioned in August 2019 by Yellow Bird UK (which is a real production company, apparently home to the respected Swedish producer Berna Levin). […]
I recently co-authored a study for the World Intellectual Property Organization that was quoted by leading artists in a letter calling on the UK Prime Minister to support equitable remuneration for streaming.
Streaming royalties based on revenue are doomed to fall short until they include the value transfer in the share price.
Sometimes the big money executives at corporations are referred to pejoratively as “corporate royalty.” The nauseating Daniel Ek caused Spotify to grant him supervoting stock and he used it to make himself President for Life. Vlad will love it.
UPDATE: This post originally appeared on 9/24 in MusicTech.Solutions before reading that on 9/23 Wells Fargo initiated coverage of Spotify at “Underperform” with a $115 price target. (The stock touched $115 during the trading day on 9/24). As of this writing, the consensus price target is $159 according to NASDAQ’s Marketbeat. And of course, streaming’s […]
Spotify just had its second “death cross” in less than 6 months where the the 50 day moving average crosses the 100 day moving average to the downside.
Chris Castle explains Spotify’s direct public offering (compared to a traditional IPO) and commentary on how the stock is performing (NOT investment advice).
Remember when we were all appalled that Pandora founder Tim Westergren was making $1,000,000 a month from selling Pandora stock while he was behind fighting songwriters in rate court for ASCAP and BMI royalties and stiffing artists with the Internet Radio Fairness Act and refusing to pay pre-72 artists? And then there was the 13 bathroom house in Marin. It was all a bit hard to stomach.
According to Jem Aswad in Variety, Daniel Ek is putting Westergren in the rear view mirror for sheer excess.
It’s still very early days for stock analysts to reach a consensus about Spotify except for one thing–royalties are too damn high. We have, of course, heard this one before–remember Pandora? When Tim Westergren was cashing out his stock to the tune of $1 million a month and the company was wasting money hand over […]
It’s still early days for the Spotify public offering (more correctly called a “DPO” for “direct public offering” but since no one knows what that means, I used IPO in the headline). But sure as a $50 handshake, interesting patterns may be developing in the basic trading elements of price and volume.