Beggars Group China strategy: ‘We have a real issue with exclusivity’
“China was my hobby for the best part of 10 years: something which the company allowed me to run as a hobby on the side as long as I wasn’t spending too much money. It was five years before we made any money whatsoever,...
April 5, 2018
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
UMG’s Jonathan Dworkin: ‘Despacito is more than just a hit’ (#SlushMusic)
As SVP of digital strategy and business development at Universal Music Group, Jonathan Dworkin is playing a significant role in how the biggest major label wants to steer the digital music world in the years to come. His...
November 28, 2017
Paid online-music market tipped to grow 59% in China
The market for ‘paid online music’ in China is expected to grow by 59% this year to $455m according to research firm iResearch, whose prediction is quoted prominently in the Financial Times’ latest piece on China. It...
November 24, 2017
NetEase Cloud Music now has 400m users in China
Chinese music service NetEase Cloud Music says it now has 400 million users, having increased its monthly active users (MAUs) by 44% year-on-year. The company also says that its users are skewed towards the 15-35 year-old...
November 22, 2017
Baidu unveils Raven H smart speaker
Chinese technology firm Baidu has unveiled a new smart speaker, which will make its debut in its homeland this December. It’s called Raven H, and is the first product to be launched under Baidu’s umbrella by Raven...
November 17, 2017
Chinese startup Nusic to launch mobile game for mix-sharing
We raise our eyebrows wearily whenever we see a new startup touting itself, as Nusic does, as an ‘Instagram for Music’. But the slogan for the Chinese firm’s profile on investment site AngelList actually sells it...
November 7, 2017
NetEase claims there are 286m dance-music listeners in China
Chinese tech company NetEase has published some research into the popularity of dance music in its homeland. The company’s China Electronic Music Market research report claims that the number of Chinese online dance...
October 2, 2017
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
Initial coin offerings are now banned in China
The Chinese government has banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), claiming that businesses raising funding through offers of virtual coins or tokens are engaging in “essentially a form of unapproved illegal public financing...
September 5, 2017
Tencent Music hopes for $10bn valuation in IPO
Spotify isn’t the only music-streaming entity plotting its path towards public status. Chinese tech giant Tencent has been mulling an IPO for its Tencent Music Entertainment Group, with Bloomberg reporting that the company...
September 4, 2017