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Drake ‘Scorpion’ album does more than 1bn first-week streams

This is where we’re at in the evolution of music-streaming: a single album has been streamed more than 1bn times in its first week after release. That album, of course, is Drake’s ‘Scorpion’, with label Republic...
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Sonos IPO filing reveals revenues, losses and device sales

Connected audio-hardware firm Sonos has officially filed to go public, and its S-1 form has plenty of data on how the company has been performing against competition from smart speakers. “As of March 31, 2018, our customers...
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Internal forecasts flesh out Apple / Spotify comparison in US

We reported last week on claims that Apple Music was about to overtake Spotify for paid subscribers in the US. Now the Financial Times has weighed in after seeing internal forecasts (it doesn’t say where from, but our...
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US on-demand audio streams up 45% year-on-year in 2018 so far

Nielsen has published its annual mid-year report for the US music market, and while the trends it shows are unsurprising, they will nonetheless be encouraging for a market still celebrating the strong growth (in both consumption...
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Apple says iOS in-app subscriptions are up 95% year-on-year

Apple is celebrating the 10th birthday of its App Store, with a blog post full of approving quotes from partners, and a smattering of stats. Among them, there are a couple of new figures relating to in-app subscriptions...
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Report claims Spotify and Apple Music each have 20m US subs

Gossip has been bubbling for a while about Apple Music potentially overtaking Spotify in the US for its number of subscribers. Now Digital Music News is claiming that the moment has come. This is based on a single source:...
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Spotify and Pandora loom large in all-time app-spending chart

Spotify is the second top mobile app by all-time, global consumer spend, according to a new report from analytics firm App Annie. Pandora is the third, meanwhile, with the two music-streaming services only beaten by Netflix...
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UK study tracks latest piracy and digital content habits

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has been tracking online piracy and attitudes towards digital content for years now, with the eighth ‘wave’ of its study published yesterday. It has some encouraging...
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Drake smashes US one-week streaming record… in three days

Despite grumbles – including ours, yesterday – about the nature of its promotion on Spotify, Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion’ is already a multiple record-breaker. Billboard reports that the album has “already...
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Google says it has demoted 65k pirate sites in search results

The music industry hasn’t been alone in wanting Google to do more about links to piracy sites appearing in its search results. But labels and representative bodies did play a significant role in Google’s moves towards...
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NetEase hails success of western artists on its service

We’ve heard at several conferences recently that Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music might be a happier hunting ground for western artists than rival services operated by Tencent Music. Now NetEase is talking...
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T-Series races to 50m subscribers for its YouTube channel

Indian music giant T-Series has raced past another milestone for its YouTube channel, which now has more than 50 million subscribers. The channel only passed 40 million in March 2018, so it’s been adding around 3.3 million...