Universal Music doubles down on Africa with Nigeria division
Shortly after expanding into French-speaking African countries with a new division, Universal Music is further extending its activities on the continent. It’s launching a Universal Music Nigeria division, based in Lagos,...
July 18, 2018
Universal Music expands in French-speaking African countries
Universal Music Group is launching a new division focusing on French-speaking African countries, based in Côte d’Ivoire. It will be led by industry veteran Moussa Soumbounou, who’ll report in to Universal Music France...
July 12, 2018
Africa’s music opportunity: ‘One thing you have to have is resilience’
Africa isn’t one music market: it’s a collection of them. And most of them aren’t that well understood by the music industry elsewhere in the world. That’s why the day-long Midem African Forum is such an interesting...
June 5, 2018
Huawei to launch a music-streaming service in South Africa
Chinese technology company Huawei may be best known in the west for its hardware, but it’s also gearing up to launch a music-streaming service in South Africa. Huawei Music will launch this year, with a catalogue initially...
March 21, 2018
Universal Music buys 70% stake in Kenyan label AI Records
Universal Music Group’s expansion plans are making Africa a priority, with the latest example being UMG’s acquisition of a majority stake in Kenyan label AI Records. According to news site Business Daily, Universal...
March 5, 2018
Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
CISAC and ARIPO launch drive for creator rights in Africa
Information on the size of recorded-music markets in Africa remains hard to come by: even the IFPI only tracks figures for one country (South Africa) in its annual RIN report. However, collecting societies body CISAC is launching...
February 15, 2017
Digital music trends from Russia, China, Africa and Latin America
The music industry is getting even more excited about emerging markets in 2017, from Latin America to Russia, China and India. A panel at our NY:LON Connect conference today explored some of the challenges and opportunities...
January 25, 2017
Shazam targets emerging markets with ‘Lite’ Android app
Shazam has launched a ‘Lite’ version of its Android app, aimed at music fans in emerging markets. The app will launch initially in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria and Venezuela, with a footprint of...
October 7, 2016
Mkito boss on digital music’s evolution in East Africa
As a collection of music markets, Africa is a mystery to much of the western music industry. Even global body the IFPI only publishes detailed figures for one country, South Africa, in its annual report. That means an...
September 28, 2016
Nigerian startup Sharebunk to launch music messaging app
We’ve been fairly gloomy about the prospects for music messaging apps, having seen several crash and burn (or, more often, not even get enough speed up to crash).
July 13, 2016