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RIAA mid-year stats: 10% growth in US recorded-music market

US industry body the RIAA has published its mid-year figures for 2018, outlining the growth in recorded-music revenues in the first half of this year. Retail spending on recorded-music grew by 10% year-on-year to $4.6bn,...
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Spotify tests tool for artists to upload their music directly

Spotify is testing a tool that will enable independent artists and labels to upload their music directly to the streaming service, without having to go through a distributor. The company has quietly been testing this tool...
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YouTube’s gaming audience is now 200m+ people a month

YouTube has announced some changes in the way it presents games videos on its service, folding its standalone YouTube Gaming app back in to the main service. Not just yet: the app will be ‘retired’ in March 2019 so that...
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Indian offline music service Carvaan gets a premium version

‘Offline’ music? That’s the raison d’etre of something called Carvaan in India: a portable music player launched by Saregama that is preloaded with 5,000 ‘evergreen’ songs in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi...
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Campaign calls for UK events to do better on gender diversity

A number of industry bodies in the UK have backed a new campaign calling on conferences and awards shows to do a better job on gender diversity. The MMF, AIM, WIN, PRS Foundation, Featured Artists Coalition, UK Music, BASCA,...
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Cheaper smart-speakers are selling strongly in the US

The latest research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) on the US smart-speaker market is making headlines for its views on Apple’s HomePod – but we think it highlights a bigger trend. “Across the...
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Spotify facing gender-discrimination lawsuit in the US

For a company that prides itself on its initiatives focused on diversity and gender-equality, Spotify won’t have enjoyed the overnight headlines about a lawsuit filed against the firm in New York. The lawsuit comes from...
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Report: Tencent Music halves amount sought in IPO to $2bn

We’re eagerly awaiting more public details on Tencent Music’s IPO in the US, which will give the industry a deeper insight into the figures and trends around the Chinese company’s music-streaming services. Its filing...
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Last-minute negotiations see Music Modernization Act passed

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t just one of the greatest football managers of all-time: he also came up with some of the best soundbites. Particularly “squeaky bum time” – the phrase he...
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Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier to step down in March 2019

We wondered yesterday what reports that Jon Platt's departure from music-publisher Warner/Chappell was setting him up for a senior role at rival Sony/ATV meant for the latter's current boss Martin Bandier.
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Report claims eight new Amazon Alexa devices to launch before Christmas

2018 has seen an explosion in new devices NOT made by Amazon or Google, but which use those companies' voice assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant respectively.
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Instagram expands its shopping features through stories and Explore section

The rumours were true: Instagram is getting new features focused on shopping. They were announced yesterday, and will be focused on two specific areas of Instagram's app: its stories section, and its Explore homepage.