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Major labels gave evidence to the UK’s music streaming economics inquiry… so what did we learn?

It's actually pretty rare to get genuine smoking-gun 'gotchas' from political inquiries in the moment. When they work well, it's more about patient, forensic questioning that elicits genuinely enlightening answers – and...
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Experts panel: the secrets to unlocking the value of music catalogues

Music Ally’s Global Experts panel is an international group of industry leaders. Each month we put a single, vital question to them about today’s music industry – and ask them what should happen next. If the recent...
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2020: A Pivotal Year on The Path to Building a Diverse and Inclusive Music Industry

This guest column comes from Lara Baker, Songtrust’s Director of Business Development for the UK and Ireland: For the music industry, 2020 will go down in the history books as a very challenging year. With the impact...
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Three big takeaways from Spotify India’s year-end charts

Spotfiy’s detractors might delight in the fact that in India, the global market leader is in the position of an upstart, with a fraction of the customer base of local rivals such as Gaana and JioSaavn, both of which claim...
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Experts panel: how can the music industry diversify its income streams?

Music Ally’s Global Experts panel is an international group of industry leaders, and each month we put a single, vital question to them about the state of the music industry, and what we should be doing to change it. We...
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India’s music industry in 2020: non-film growth, short-video boom, paywall pressure and more

As in most countries, the nationwide lockdowns imposed in India to contain the spread of Covid-19 have had severe effects on the music industry there over the past six months. That’s not because India is a strong market...
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Roli boss talks Lumi keyboard and music education’s evolution

Music Ally first came across Roli in 2013, when it was named as a finalist in the SXSW Music Accelerator startups contest, before we reported on its $12.8m funding round the following year from investors including Universal...
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Deezer still pushing for user-centric payouts: ‘We will continue fighting…’

Just over a year ago, music streaming service Deezer announced its desire to launch a pilot of a 'user-centric payment system' (UCPS) by early 2020. You can read our primer on the user-centric model here, but in a nutshell,...
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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,...