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Big Bang Reads: A strong wave of pandemic-era Indian indie music

This is the first in a new series of guest columns for Music Ally from Big Bang Music in India, on the latest trends there. On July 15, singer Armaan Malik became part of a new initiative by chart-maker Billboard and social...
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Podcasts proving popular for classical streaming service Primephonic

Primephonic is one of the streaming services focusing on classical music, with a comprehensive collection of albums and playlists. However, neither of those are its most popular format with listeners. It's podcasts. The...
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Music opportunities in China: ‘Artists really need to move fast…’

In China, the music industry works differently. Music fans quickly - and in the tens of millions - adopt new technologies, new methods of supporting artists or ways of consuming music. The audience seeks a different experience...
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Artist ownership is the way to fix Spotify’s broken streaming model (guest column)

Collective artist ownership is the only way to fix Spotify. If artists can collectively own platforms like Spotify, we can address the underlying problem that drives their incentives and decision making. As a for-profit,...
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10 talking points around kids, music and technology in 2020

Last month, Music Ally took part in the BPI and ERA's New Kids on the Block online event, looking at children's digital habits and what they mean for music. Research company Kids Insights produced a report for the event...
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Roblox head of music tells labels and artists: ‘We’re open for business!’

"Who in the room knows Roblox?" asked WMG's chief innovation officer for recorded music Scott Cohen at the NY:LON Connect conference in January. Only a few people put their hands up in response. "It’s a gaming platform...
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TikTok mulls its options to avoid being banned in the US

TikTok hasn't been banned in the US, but some of the noises coming out of the White House have been distinctly menacing in recent days. What's more, this week the US House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees...
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Steve Stoute: ‘If Drake goes independent, the music business is over…’

Shock news! The boss of a high-profile distributor that helps artists to operate outside the traditional label system reckons a big artist will soon decide to operate outside the traditional label system! Steve Stoute...
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Zoë Keating and David Lowery talk streaming, fans and music artists

Besides being musicians, Zoë Keating and David Lowery have been two of the most prominent voices for artists’ rights in the streaming era. Solo artist Keating has regularly published her streaming income data to further...
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After India ban, TikTok could face further sanctions in US

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been hit by a ban in India as part of a wider crackdown on apps of Chinese origin. But there may be trouble brewing for the companies in the US, too, due both to the political...
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Youth Music launches £2m Incubator Fund for 18-25 year-olds

British charity Youth Music is launching a £2m 'Incubator Fund' that aims to help 18-25 year-olds – particularly those from under-represented groups – get into the music business. The fund itself is for music companies,...
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Survey: Covid-19 is sparking music streaming growth in Japan

More Japanese people are willing to engage with music via streaming during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey of Japan's music industry conducted by Music Ally. Music Ally Japan surveyed labels, managers,...