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Reports offer latest data on the growth of the podcasts market

Advertisers, streaming services and the wider music industry alike are keen for data on the growth of podcasts, and the habits of their listeners. Two new studies are worth a look this week on that score. First, there’s...
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Study explores gender bias of music recommendation algorithms

Are music streaming services’ recommendation algorithms biased towards male artists? It’s a question that has been raised before: most notably in The Baffler’s Spotify-focused ‘Discover Weakly’ analysis in 2018. Now...
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Bandcamp has paid out $197m to artists and labels in last year

Bandcamp has offered a new figure on its recent payouts to artists and labels using its platform. The company has paid out $48.3m from its series (11 so far) of Bandcamp Friday sales, and another $148m from regular business...
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Spotify ‘On Repeat’ opens up to sponsors after 12bn streams

Spotify launched its 'On Repeat' algo-personalised playlist in September 2019 alongside 'Repeat Rewind'. Both were designed to serve up tracks that individual listeners had played frequently – in the last month and earlier...
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Beggars Group and Gary Numan clarify streaming payouts comments

Recently, artist Gary Numan gave an interview to Sky News during which he talked about streaming royalties, and specifically about a small cheque he'd received. "I had a statement a while back and one of my songs had had...
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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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Spotify ended 2020 with 345m users including 155m subscribers

Spotify's latest financial results are out, covering the fourth quarter of 2020, and thus the full calendar year. The streaming service ended the year with 345 million monthly active users, including 155 million premium...
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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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YouTube now has more than 2bn monthly music users

In mid-2018, YouTube said that more than one billion people visited it every month to consume music. Two and a half years later, that total has doubled to more than two billion. The new milestone has been announced this...
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Big Hit Entertainment revenues grew by 54% in Q3 2020

Now that it's gone public, Korean music company Big Hit Entertainment will be delivering quarterly financial results. The first since its IPO revealed that its revenues grew by 54% year-on-year to 190bn won (around $171m)...
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IFPI report breaks down music’s €81.9bn annual value for EU

As the music business scraps it out with every other industry for Covid-19 relief, a key part of its argument has been the economic value created by the industry. An aspect that's at least well-rehearsed, since it is also...
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Blokur analysed 100 livestreams for publishing copyrights

Twitch may be catching most of the flak right now from music rightsholders, but questions around livestreams and licensing apply much further than the Amazon-owned company. One thing that would help rightsholders and collecting...