iHeartRadio hits new milestone, but user signups have slowed
Personal radio service iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone, although frustratingly as ever it focuses on registered users, rather than active listeners. More than 110 million people have now registered for iHeartRadio’s...
January 9, 2018
On-demand video was 22.8% of US music consumption in 2017
We reported on the latest music-consumption stats from the UK yesterday, but now Nielsen has published its data for the US, revealing even bigger growth for 2017. Specifically, sales and streams of albums and songs grew...
January 4, 2018
Publisher Wixen hits Spotify with a $1.6bn lawsuit
If Spotify was hoping 2018 would see its publishing woes die down… well, Wixen Music Publishing has put those hopes to rest. The publisher has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of at least $1.6bn for Spotify’s use of...
January 3, 2018
Ticketmaster Shortlist app offers last-minute concert tickets
Ticketmaster’s latest mobile app is called Shortlist – Concert Tickets, and it’s promising music fans “last-minute tickets to great concerts”. Released in the US for iPhone and for Android smartphones, the app...
December 31, 2017
Controversy sparked by plans to row back US net neutrality
There are some lobbying rows that pit the creative and technology industries against one another: the US Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012, for example, or the current debates in the US and Europe over safe harbour. But in...
November 22, 2017
Pandora taps its curators for 250+ ‘featured playlists’
As a free radio-style streaming service, Pandora has always been focused on ‘stations’ rather than playlists. But now with its premium tiers, the company is starting to follow its rivals in that space by curating playlists...
October 31, 2017
NMPA boss on production music: ‘The licensing system is broken’
The National Music Publishers Association’s boss has criticised something in public. No, not Spotify this time. David Israelite has been casting his eye over the way publishing works with the production-music sector, and...
October 9, 2017
On-demand streams up 40.5% in the US so far in 2017
There is more fodder for the debate about how the growth of music-streaming consumption compares to its growth in revenues this morning, courtesy of Nielsen in the US. Its latest figures show that the number of on-demand...
October 4, 2017
Mobile ticketing startup Dice expands to the US
British startup Dice launched its music-ticketing app in September 2014 focusing initially on London. Since then it’s expanded its net of concerts across the country. Now Dice is launching in the biggest (but also the...
September 29, 2017
Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems
Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
September 28, 2017
RIAA half-year figures reveal 17% rise for US recorded-music revenues
Paid music-streaming subscriptions are the star of US industry body the RIAA’s latest half-year figures, which show a 17% year-on-year rise in recorded-music retail revenues in the first six months of 2017. That means...
September 20, 2017
LiveXLive agrees $50m acquisition of Slacker Radio
US music-streaming service Slacker Radio is being acquired by LiveXLive Media, in a deal that values the company at $50m. LiveXLive has agreed to pay $44m in cash and $6m in stock for the service, which has 1.5 million...
September 18, 2017