Beggars Group has announced a partnership with Outdustry for a push into China, including a dedicated website for Mandarin speakers.The Beggars catalogue will be made available digitally through for online subscription and mobile distribution, while physical releases will go out through local labels Jingwen and Hi-Note. Beggars artist British Sea Power will be playing Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beijing as part of the expansion this October.”We’ve witnessed there’s a vibrant music scene within China and awareness of Western music is developing fast, so it’ll be a challenging market for us to work in,” says Beggars Group’s Simon Wheeler. It’s a good time to be looking at China, since the government there has just announced plans to crack down on online music piracy, including search engines providing links to illegal downloads.

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