Merlin signs deals with NetEase, Tencent and Alibaba in China
Indie licensing agency Merlin has announced agreements with the three biggest music-streaming service owners in China: Tencent, NetEase and Alibaba. The deals will see the catalogue represented by Merlin – music from...
March 15, 2018
Tencent strikes sub-licensing deal with Alibaba in China
One of the quirks of the Chinese digital music market, from a western perspective, is the exclusive licensing deals that tech-giant Tencent has struck with major labels. Its deals with global label groups like Universal...
September 12, 2017
Alibaba tipped to launch a smart speaker this week
Chinese tech giant Alibaba is being tipped to be next in to the smart-speaker market, with a new device that could make its debut this week. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, anyway. “The home device,...
July 3, 2017
If Spotify sells, it could be to a Chinese tech giant
Spotify has marked its path clearly towards an IPO, even if the likely date has shifted from 2017 to 2018. But there is always the possibility that Spotify could ultimately be sold rather than go public, with Facebook and...
February 16, 2017
Alibaba’s new digital media group has $1.5bn to spend
Chinese technology firm Alibaba has consolidated its various digital media activities – music included – into a single group, with a $1.5bn fund available to spend on new projects. According to Bloomberg, the new Alibaba...
November 2, 2016
Beyond Music: China leaps forward in virtual reality
“The US is excited about VR, but China is even more excited about VR.” That was virtual reality startup NextVR’s executive chairman Brad Allen, talking earlier this month after his company raised an $80m funding...
August 22, 2016
Alibaba Music: ‘We promote stars because we have big data’ (#midem)
China is one of the most fascinating digital-music markets in the world right now, with a number of licensed services building their audiences. One of the companies involved in the streaming market there is e-commerce...
June 5, 2016
Alibaba Planet is China’s latest music platform
Chinese internet giant Alibaba is making a new push in to music, with the launch of a platform called Alibaba Planet. Part of its Alibaba Music streaming service, the emphasis of the new offshoot is on artist-to-fan relationships. “Music...
April 20, 2016
China government cracks down on ‘harmful’ music online
We’ve written before about moves in China to crack down on streaming services offering music without the necessary licences. Now a different kind of crackdown is happening there: one on “harmful” content on these services. Reuters...
November 10, 2015
Alibaba buys online video service Youku Tudou for $3.7bn
China just got its equivalent of the Google/YouTube acquisition, as one of its biggest internet firms Alibaba agreed to pay $3.7bn for online video service Youku Tudou. “We are eager to work with Alibaba to grow our...
November 9, 2015
Snapchat is raising $650m from investors including Alibaba
Messaging app Snapchat has grown like a weed to 100 million daily active users, while striking a series of video licensing deals to launch its Discover section. How is it funding all this? Not from the small-but-growing advertising...
June 1, 2015