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Spotify’s six-point strategy for cracking India

That India is an extremely significant market for Spotify is evident in not only how much it fought to get there but also how often its performance in the country is mentioned during earnings calls. India, CEO Daniel Ek...
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Music Ally Startup Files: Freeme invests in Afrobeats’ bright future

Freeme - pronounced “free me” - is an independent distributor & label services company based in Lagos. Founder and CEO Michael Ugwu has international industry experience: he was previously general manager at Sony Music...
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IFPI report reveals 7.4% growth in global recorded music revenues

Global recorded music revenues grew by 7.4% to $21.6bn in 2020, according to industry body the IFPI, which has published its annual Global Music Report today. That's a deceleration compared to 2019, when the market grew...
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Ministers give their views at the UK’s music streaming inquiry

Yesterday saw the final hearing in the UK's parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, but rather than music industry or tech executives being questioned, it was ministers and civil servants. Caroline...
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BPI boss talks artists, streaming and equitable remuneration

Throughout the current UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and indeed, throughout the history of streaming itself, Music Ally has worked hard to report fairly the full range of views in the debates...
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FAC and MMF on livestreaming tariffs: ‘We need to talk!’

This guest column is by David Martin, CEO at the Featured Artists Coalition, and Annabella Coldrick, CEO at the Music Managers Forum: Whether it’s COVID 19, Brexit, the yearning for live shows and international touring,...
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Music and NFTs are buzzing, but should you believe the hype?

The music industry has got quite… well, let’s say “excited” about Non-Fungible-Tokens (NFTs) in the last couple of months. The headlines have been breathless and the figures eye-popping. Grimes sold $5.8m of NFTs...
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Independent music, not Bollywood, may be India’s global crossover

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently told Music Ally that he believes “100% that we’re going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future”. As an Indian...
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Martin Goldschmidt: ‘Why I have come round to the user-centric model’ (guest column)

User-centric payouts has been bubbling on the fringes of the music industry for years as an issue. The first time I took it seriously was at an industry board meeting last year – no names! – where we got two presentations...
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Spotify, Apple and Amazon at the UK streaming economics inquiry

Reporting on a two-and-a-half hour parliamentary inquiry session the day after liveblogging a two-hour Spotify event plus associated interviews? That's living alright! It's a busy week for anyone involved with the music...
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks Bollywood, creators and battling radio with live features

"I believe 100% that we're going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future." Not the first prediction of this kind, but it carries extra weight given...
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Julie’s Bicycle talks sustainability and music: ‘Start wherever you can’

The latest episode of our Music Ally TV Show focused on sustainability and the music industry: the case for companies in our sector upping their efforts even more to help tackle the climate emergency. The first section...