India-focused streaming service Saavn is bolstering its catalogue of international music with 800,000 new songs courtesy of deals for Warner Music Group and EMI artists. The company is pitching this as an important stage in its evolution within India, not just abroad. “We want to be the first stop for music in India, especially on a smartphone, whatever you are listening to. That means going beyond Bollywood and having Western music too,” co-founder (and new CEO) Rishi Malhotra told TheNextWeb. He also confirmed that Saavn has just raised a new round of funding, while suggesting that rumours earlier this month that the round was between $30m and $40m were “far off”. Saavn is also keeping mum for now on its user numbers: lst year it said it had 10m monthly active users, with 70% in India, but there’ll apparently be an update on those stats in the next couple of months.

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