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eMusic Relaunches Indie-Centric Music Service

The service is based around an ownership model with downloads exclusively from indie labels and cloud-based storage.<p>eMusic, one of the Internet's …

Profit

Music royalty collector Kobalt nabs $75M led by Hearst Entertainment at $775M valuation

As music streaming continues to grow in ubiquity, a company that’s built a platform to collect royalties on music played across billions of streams is cashing in on the opportunity.<p>Kobalt, the European startup that has built technology and a platform to collect music royalties by tracking when even …

Venture Capital

Deezer launches Deezer Next to discover underground music talent across Africa

Ever since it was first introduced to the market, led stair lights have found its way to many establishments. You …<p>Uganda's controversial tax on …

Africa

Facebook is reportedly working to debut premium TV shows next month

‘A-list stars’ are attached<p>Facebook is reportedly closer than expected to making a big push into television. The company is developing around 24 shows and plans to premiere them in mid-June, according to a big new report from <i>Business Insider</i>. There will apparently be two tiers of shows: a small …

Warner Music signed a new deal with YouTube, and promptly complained about YouTube

Here’s the full memo from Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper.<p>Warner Music Group has a signed a new deal with YouTube. It’s not happy about it.<p>Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper says his company has renewed a deal “under very difficult circumstances.” The new pact is a short-term deal which gives Google’s …

Warner Music

The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist

Starley Hope thought she was done with the music biz after writing "Call on Me." The song felt like her last shot at success after spending years …

SoundCloud's new feature curates fire playlists with freshly uploaded tracks

Music network SoundCloud has a smart new feature called The Upload, which serves up recently uploaded tracks from across its platform for logged-in users.<p>To do so, it looks at your listening history and likes to figure out what you’ll enjoy, and then curates a playlist from tracks uploaded to …

Apps

More Than 771,000 Songs are Played on Spotify Every Minute

2016 was a good year for streaming services. Apple Music saw significant growth, along with Spotify and Pandora. One of the more shocking statistics …

Apple Music delays its 'Carpool Karaoke' series

Apple had indicated that its first video series for Apple Music would arrive in April, but we're almost into May and <i>Carpool Karaoke</i> is nowhere to be found. According to <i>Reuters</i>, a March premiere party was postponed 'days' before it was going to take place, and then a launch party scheduled for …

Carpool Karaoke

How Significant Is the Music Industry's Rebound?

Last year saw an upturn in profits thanks to gains in streaming—but many more users will have to sign up in order for growth to continue.<p>Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America broke good news for the sector it monitors: Music revenues in 2016 were the highest they’ve been in eight …

BMG warns that music streaming boost could be shortlived | Financial Times

Major music labels are hiding behind the “complexity” of the streaming market to reduce royalty payments to artists, according to the head of BMG, …

Universal Music

Spotify's plan to go public might not include an IPO

Now that Spotify is locking down long-term deals with record labels, the company's next big task is going public. Before you run to the hills at the sound of financial speak, this influx of cash could help the company you know and love keep delivering the tunes you listen to on a daily basis. …

UMG's Deal With Spotify: How Grainge and Ek (Finally) Got It Done

During the last two years, Spotify and Universal Music Group's negotiations for a long-term licensing agreement gradually turned into media-business …

Google Play Music Unlimited launches in India at Rs. 89 to take on Apple Music

Google has quietly launched its Play Music Unlimited service in India, which lets you stream tunes on demand and also enjoy radio stations based on artists and songs you like.<p>The service, which is identical to the All Access offering that costs $9.99 a month in the US, is priced at Rs. 89 ($1.4) …

Spotify is testing lossless audio. Can you hear the difference?

Is lossless audio really worth it?<p>In March, Spotify briefly A/B tested a new lossless audio version of its streaming service. Spotted by Reddit users and confirmed to <i>The Verge</i> by a source inside Spotify, the new tier, currently dubbed Spotify Hi-Fi, will cost an additional $5 to $10 a month on top …

How the music industry came back to life | Financial Times

When <i>More Life</i>, the album by the Canadian rapper Drake, was released last month, it was streamed 385m times in its first week in the US. The number …

Sony Music

Universal And Spotify’s Deal Is An Even Bigger Deal Than It Looks

Universal Music and Spotify have finally agreed on terms for the streaming service’s new licensing deal which reportedly includes better rates tied …

Who Wins, Who Loses in Spotify's Long-Term Deal With Universal Music Group

As details of the negotiations continue to emerge, there's still plenty of work ahead.<p>After about two years of negotiating -- both directly and, …

Spotify Signs Long-Term Deal With Universal to Give Artists 'Flexible' Releases, Opens Door on Windowing

Spotify has finalized a new, multi-year global license agreement with Universal Music Group that, as expected, gives UMG artists access to a …

Universal Music

With Streaming's Explosion, Where Does the U.S. Music Business Go From Here?

Streaming is driving growth that the U.S. music business hasn't seen in two decades. Can it continue?<p>With sales revenue up 11.4 percent to $7.7 …

Music Industry

Claims of 40.7m Apple Music users in the US deserve scepticism

“Apple Music saw over 40m users on mobile last month, leading Spotify by 10m,” ran a headline on 9 to 5 Mac yesterday.<p>“Apple Music reportedly leads …

U.S. Music Industry Sees First Double Digit Growth in Almost 20 Years as Streaming Takes Over

Streaming overtakes sales for the first time as the leading driver of revenue for the U.S. recorded music business.<p>It looks like happy days are here …

Spotify launches Carpool Karaoke competitor featuring SUVs and no karaoke

The show is part of Spotify’s recent venture into original programming<p>Hopefully the internet has not yet tired of watching celebrities do things in cars.<p>A spinoff of James Corden’s late-night phenomenon <i>Carpool Karaoke</i> will soon debut on Apple Music. Netflix recently acquired Jerry Seinfeld’s series</i> …

Australia's Recorded Music Market Reports Growth in 2016, Streaming Revenue Soars

Australia’s record business is on the upswing. Fueled by a surging streaming music sector, the recorded music market enjoyed a 5.5% bump in revenue …

Watch what happens when Spotify gives unknown music acts a big push

The playlist effect.<p>Spotify is the equivalent of a music store, stacked with more than 30 million singles. If you pay Spotify $10 a month, you can grab any of the singles you want, whenever you want.<p>But that’s a lot of singles. Who’s going to help you pick through them?<p>Spotify has more than than …

Playlist

Spotify acquires MightyTV. Can its founder fix Daniel Ek's advertising woes?

Spotify has fully acquired startup MightyTV – a content recommendation app that has been likened to ‘Tinder for television’.<p>The platform, which is …

Music Industry

Spotify: A streaming success

Malaysians today are listening to more music than ever before, according to Spotify managing director for Asia Sunita Kaur.<p>Speaking at a media …

If Spotify were a CD store, it would be bigger than Greece

Amazon's been playing around with physical stores for a while now, but what if the nearly half a billion products Amazon sells were all on display in one gargantuan physical store? Such a store would be over 435 million square feet (4 million square meters), covering more than 15 square miles (38.8 …

Online Life

Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that …

Apple Music

Amazon Music might land in India in 2018

Amazon is reportedly gearing up to launch its streaming music service in India early next year, reports The Economic Times.<p>That’s based on accounts from numerous production firm executives who say the company is in talks with local record labels to acquire streaming music rights in the …

Amazon Music