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Sandbox Issue 200: Pod it like it’s Hot

This week’s lead feature looks at podcasting, and its relevance to labels and artists. With an estimated 484 million podcast listeners worldwide at the end of 2017, can the format help bring back some of the context to...
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K-Pop stars BTS are getting their own YouTube Red series

YouTube has been one of the main engines behind the global success of K-Pop band BTS in the last year. Now they’re getting their own series on its YouTube Red subscription service. The eight-episode series is called...
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YouTube Red to roll out to more international markets

YouTube is planning to launch its YouTube Red subscription service in a number of countries outside the US this year, according to its chief business officer Robert Kyncl. “In December we announced an agreement with...
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YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge says Lyor Cohen

Why does Google need to have two music-subscription services? It’s a question that’s been discussed by a fair few music-industry people in recent years. Now it seems that YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen...
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Artist Ne-Yo to star in YouTube Red’s first scripted drama

YouTube has revealed more details about its upcoming Step Up: High Water drama series, which will be released as part of its YouTube Red subscription service this Autumn. Based on the Step Up dance movies, the 10-episode...
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PewDiePie loses YouTube Red deal over anti-semitic videos

YouTube’s biggest star continues to have a very-public meltdown, in what’s looking like a deliberate (if possibly subconscious) act of self-sabotage. Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has been dropped by Disney after...
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CEO Susan Wojcicki promises YouTube Red expansion in 2017

YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki has published a blog post aimed at video creators, summarising YouTube’s key developments from 2016. Most of it will be familiar to Music Ally readers, from the $1bn paid out to music rightsholders...
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Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled celebrate YouTube Red Christmas

The current queen of Christmas songs, Mariah Carey, will be present and correct for YouTube Red’s festive celebrations this year. Carey is on board for the subscription service’s ‘The Keys of Christmas’ special, which...
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Report claims 1.5m paying subscribers for YouTube Red

How many people are willing to pay for YouTube? Google’s video service hasn’t published any figures for YouTube Red subscriptions since its launch in the US, but The Verge has been doing some digging. “According...
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YouTube Red viewership ‘rivals US cable shows’

YouTube has been talking about its investment in original shows for its YouTube Red subscription service, including a titbit on how the latter is growing. “Over the last year we’ve seen our original series becoming one...
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New Google devices will come with music subscriptions

As expected, Google focused mainly on three new devices at its press event yesterday: its new Pixel smartphones; the Google Home smart speaker; and a Daydream View virtual reality headset. The smartphones look like polished...
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Google extends Play Music / YouTube Red trial

A small but significant step for Google’s music-subscription services, as it extended their free trials to four months. As 9 to 5 Google noted, this may be a limited US event to celebrate the 4 July public holiday. New...