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Facebook Messenger has 800m users – what does that mean for music?

Facebook says its Facebook Messenger messaging app hit the milestone of 800 million active users at the end of 2015, up from 500 million in November 2014. In fact, the social network's VP of messaging products David Marcus...
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Flipagram now has more than 1,000 verified musicians

Social video app Flipagram ended 2015 with more than 1,000 ‘verified’ musicians on its service, according to the company, which said it added 800 in the second half of the year. Verified artists can use the app to...
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Justin Bieber beats One Direction to smash Spotify record

Adele may be setting week-one album sales records with ’25’ this week, but last week’s big-releases dust-up saw Spotify milestones falling. One Direction beat the previous record for streams of an album in its first...
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Streaming now bigger than downloads for Universal Music

Universal Music Group has reached a new digital tipping point: in the third quarter of this year, streaming generated 51% of its recorded music business’ digital income, according to UMG’s latest financial results. That...
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Snapchat has tripled its daily video views to 6bn

Last week, Facebook announced that it now generates 8bn daily video views on its social network. Over the weekend, though, mobile app Snapchat revealed that it is hot on Facebook’s heels on that particular metric. Snapchat...
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Kickstarter backers have pledged $157m for music projects

Kickstarter has reached a significant milestone: $2bn of pledges to projects on the crowdfunding website. The second billion took 19 months, compared to 58 months for the first billion. The company has broken down the...
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Line added just 1m active users in last quarter

User growth has slowed drastically for social app Line, which added just 1m new monthly active users last quarter, and 6m the quarter before that. The company’s latest financials reveal it now has 212m active users,...
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Tunepics raises $2m and says it’s in talks with Spotify

Music messaging apps continue to have plenty of sceptics: Music Messenger disappeared from the app stores not long after its $30m funding round, while hard data on the popularity of startups like MSTY and Rithm remains thin...
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Line Music has 4m active users and an Omnifone deal

Line Music launched in Japan earlier this year as an offshoot from messaging app Line – and was one of the first streaming services to be licensed in what’s still a physical-dominated market. Now there’s some information...
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Confusion over YouTube’s $2bn (or $1bn) of music payouts

Early this week, Kobalt announced an important new licensing deal for its AMRA collection society: a global agreement with YouTube covering more than 100 countries, excluding the US and Canada. It’s the latest coup for...
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Bandcamp defends indirect payments to musicians

Bandcamp has defended a change in its payment process that means fans’ money is no longer flowing directly to artists. Instead, they are going through the company, which has sparked some concern and criticism from artists...
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Early stats suggest monster first week for Adele’s ‘Hello’

Admittedly, this won’t be the most shocking news you’ll read today: Adele’s new single is quite popular. But the news is the early stats showing just *how* popular ‘Hello’ is proving after its release on Friday....