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...
July 8, 2020
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,...
July 7, 2020
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,...
July 3, 2020
Deezer claims $1.4bn valuation with TV Azteca partnership in Mexico
Deezer is doubling down on Latin America courtesy of a partnership with Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca that it says values the music streaming service at €1.3bn ($1.4bn). That's based on a $40m investment in Deezer by...
July 2, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: SyncFloor aims to shake up the sync market
Kirt Debique met his SyncFloor co-founder Cestjon McFarland during a 20-year stint at Microsoft. Immersed in the Seattle music scene, he left the tech giant to start a label (Brick Lane records, named after his favourite...
June 29, 2020
#TheShowMustBePaused next steps: ‘Potentially a moment for real change’
Friday's Music Ally TV Show focused on the #TheShowMustBePaused campaign, and the next steps that the music industry needs to take as a result. Our panelists were Mulika Sannie, Keith Harris and Estée Blu. Sannie is VP...
June 16, 2020
Debating Cory Doctorow’s internet blanket music licensing plan
This story begins with an article by author and activist Cory Doctorow on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation: 'A Plan to Pay Artists, Encourage Competition, and Promote Free Speech'. It proposed extending...
June 9, 2020
Amber Grimes and Nicole Wyskoarko talk leadership, support and diversity
Nicole Wyskoarko is EVP of urban operations at Interscope Records, and Amber Grimes is SVP of global creative at Capitol Music Group. Their joint keynote for the Midem conference, a video interview conducted by Billboard's...
June 4, 2020
Meet CISAC’s new president, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus: ‘I’ll be outspoken!’
CISAC is the global body representing collecting societies. Its last president was Jean-Michel Jarre, and before him it was Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Big shoes to fill for its next president, right? Step forward......
May 29, 2020
Warner Music Group launches its IPO – we’ve been filleting the filing
Warner Music Group's initial public offering launches today, with the music group offering 70m shares in a public offering whose price is expected to be between $23 and $26 per share. "The offering consists entirely of...
May 26, 2020
Imagine if Fortnite had a music streaming partnership…
We've been thinking a lot about Fortnite and music recently. Travis Scott attracted 27.7 million people to his recent 'Astronomical' concerts within the popular game, while its new Party Royale mode has already hosted DJ...
May 22, 2020
US Copyright Office report concludes tech safe harbours are ‘unbalanced’
Just finished a book and looking for a new, gripping read for the weekend ahead? Here's a recommendation for you: 'Section 512 of Title 17'. Admittedly, it's got no wizards, romance, clutter-clearing tips or Henry VIII lopping...
May 22, 2020