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Morgan Stanley suggests YouTube valuation is $160bn

The latest entry in the ‘how much money does YouTube make? / how much is YouTube worth as a standalone entity?’ speculation stakes comes from Morgan Stanley. Its latest note for investors addresses the latter question,...
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China’s music potential: ‘We are finally getting there!’

2017 was a big year for the music industry in China: according to the IFPI, last year it was one of the world’s 10 biggest recorded-music markets for the first time. Excitement around the growth of the music-streaming...
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Facebook leak suggests plans for influencer-marketing tool

Any brand – labels included – trying to work out who to enlist for an influencer-marketing campaign is spoiled for choice when it comes to online-dashboards categorising and ranking influencers. Facebook may be preparing...
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3D-audio headphones startup Ossic shuts down

The latest music/tech startup to close its doors is Ossic, the 3D-audio technology firm behind the Ossic X headphones. The company announced the news on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform where it raised more than $2.7m...
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StubHub says many of its artist partnerships aren’t public

StubHub is one of the platforms that takes flak in the debate over secondary ticketing. The company’s general manager of music and theatre for North America, Jeff Poirier, has been defending its position – and claiming...
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Tidal shifts fake-streams focus to ‘potential data breach’

Streaming service Tidal is under fire for a report by Danish newspaper Dagens Næringsliv claiming that it inflated the stream-counts of albums by Kanye West and Beyoncé, based on internal data from the company. Its latest...
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YouTube launches Artist on the Rise program for new talent

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and other streaming services all have dedicated emerging-artist programs, so why would YouTube Music be any different? Ahead of its launch this week, the service has announced details of its...
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Spotify’s new hateful-conduct policy sparks race debate

The debate about Spotify’s decision to de-playlist artists including R. Kelly and XXXTentacion for ‘hateful conduct’ rumbles on, with the latest discussion-point being the most sensitive (and thus important) yet: whether...
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‘There will be a number one song that’s 100% AI-written’

The Great Escape in Brighton is one of the UK’s best showcases for new artists, but it’s also a chance for the industry to discuss some of the new technologies that could have an impact on those musicians’ careers....
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Confirmation: YouTube Music to relaunch on 22 May as $9.99-a-month service

There has been chatter for months about YouTube’s plans to revamp its music-subscription offering, with the company’s head of music Lyor Cohen talking regularly about the strategy to roll YouTube Red and Google Play Music...
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YouTube adds music credits for artists, songwriters and rightsholders

YouTube has won praise from some of its fiercest critics within the music industry for a new feature – ‘Music in this video’ – which shows credits for artists, songwriters, labels and publishers when their music...
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Latin America looms large in global YouTube artists chart

YouTube launched its new charts earlier this month, and their publication is giving us some new data on how artists from markets like Latin America and India are performing against the big stars of the US and Europe. Music...