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Streaming generated $1.3bn for major music labels in Q2 2017

The three major labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – saw their collective recorded-music revenue from streaming grow to just under $1.3bn in the second quarter of 2017. That represents 38.5% growth...
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Goldman Sachs predicts $41bn recorded-music industry by 2030

At our NY:LON Connect conference in January this year, Dot Blockchain boss Benji Rogers caused a stir by making the confident prediction that “we’ll be at $100bn a year as an industry in two years” – albeit with the...
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‘Mi Gente’ tops Spotify chart in latest show of Latin power

The Bieber-infused remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ has finally been dethroned as the top track on Spotify’s global chart. But its replacement is a song sung entirely in Spanish: ‘Mi Gente’...
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Despacito is most-streamed song ever… thanks to YouTube

Universal Music Group is understandably trumpeting a new milestone for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’. Aided by a Justin Bieber-starring remix, the song has now been streamed more than 4.6bn times across...
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Judge approves request to rescind UMG’s Prince music deal

The saga of the Prince estate’s recorded-music archives deal with Universal Music Group is reaching an end. A judge has approved a request to rescind the distribution deal – estimated as being worth $31m – after...
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Queen and Adam Lambert launch ‘VR The Champions’ on VRTGO

"It will be as if you’re in a space rocket and zooming around the arena, and seeing everything in 3D," Queen's Brian May told Music Ally in May 2016, about a virtual-reality of the band's recent gig in Barcelona. Just...
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Music (UMG included) is a key pillar in Dailymotion relaunch

Like Vimeo, video-streaming site Dailymotion is doomed to be pigeonholed as ‘YouTube but much smaller’ in many people’s minds – even though with 300 million monthly viewers, it’s still pretty big. The service...
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2 Chainz gets his own Trap House VR experience

Rapper 2 Chainz is the latest artist to dive in to virtual reality: in this case, through an experience called ‘Trap House’ running on Universal Music’s VRTGO platform. Launched online as well as for Samsung’s...
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Will music fans want to ‘stream the studio’ with hi-res audio? (#midem)

Major labels, a number of prominent artists, audio hardware firms and some streaming services are excited about the potential for ‘hi-res audio’. But will more than a niche of fans agree? A panel session during Midem...
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Universal Music signs Tencent deal for China expansion

China may just be the most fascinating digital-music market of 2017: a status enhanced by yesterday’s announcement of a partnership between Universal Music Group and tech giant Tencent’s Music Entertainment group (TME...
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Vivendi offers €2.3bn for 60% stake in Havas

While Universal Music’s performance are our main interest in parent company Vivendi’s financials yesterday, there’s another strand to the latter’s strategy that’s worth noting. Vivendi has made a €2.3bn cash...
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Streams / subscriptions now 46% of UMG recorded revenues

Subscription and streaming revenues are now 46% of Universal Music Group’s recorded-music revenues, according to financial results published by its parent company Vivendi. They revealed a 14.8% year-on-year rise in UMG’s...