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Artists and music bodies say Brexit is ‘significant threat’ to UK music industry

As Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels to seek more concessions over the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, a group of artists and music-industry bodies has come out strongly against Brexit's...
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Apple’s Platoon acquisition is about the much-bigger picture

The news broke on Friday morning that Apple has acquired British artist-services startup Platoon. The company is best known for working at an early stage with emerging artists – including Jorja Smith, Billie Eilish and...
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Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokur

If you’ve not seen Massive Attack’s Fantom app, it’s well worth having a play with: one of the best explorations of how music can be made interactive for fans that we’ve seen. This week, the app has been relaunched...
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Amazon Alexa gets even more conversational about music

Q4 may not be quite as intense a period for many people in the music industry as it used to be in the physical era, given the fact that an album released early in the year (or in Ed Sheeran’s case, early in the previous...
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FUGA talks expansion, experimentation and data drive

Four years ago, Amsterdam-based music distribution and marketing platform FUGA had just 12 employees and its only office was in the Netherlands. Since then, it has expanded to 90 staff, with offices in New York (opened...
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Rapper 2 Milly sues Epic Games over Fortnite dance move

We’ve written about how music is woven into the fabric of this year’s gaming craze Fortnite thanks to its ‘emotes’ – dance moves that players can buy using the game’s V-Bucks currency, and then use to show off...
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Report suggests Liberty Media is eyeing up iHeartMedia

US media group iHeartMedia – which includes radio-streaming service iHeartRadio – filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and has since been plotting a path to reduce its debts and exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This week,...
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Big Neon blockchain-ticketing startup prepares for launch

In April this year, Music Ally stumbled upon an intriguing music startup called Big Neon, through its profile on an investment website. The profile explained that Big Neon's co-founders included Dan Teree, former CEO of...
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Mixcloud launches subscriptions option for individual creators

Just over a year ago, Nico Perez of streaming service Mixcloud told Music Ally about plans to let DJs, labels, podcasters and other creators charge subscriptions for their channels. Today, the feature is launching. It's...
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Independents’ global share up to 39.9% claims Wintel report

Independent labels’ share of the global recorded-music market grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017, according to trade body WIN’s latest Wintel report. WIN says that indie labels’ revenues grew by 10.9%...
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15 things we learned at From Me To You for independent musicians

From Me To You is unlike most music-industry conferences in that it’s aimed squarely at independent artists. Indeed, it was founded by one, British musician Roxanne de Bastion, and makes a point of having artists moderate...
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Ariana Grande breaks YouTube record and tops Spotify chart

Ariana Grande is having a barnstorming end to the year with her ‘thank u, next’ track. Its official video debuted on YouTube on Friday, and by Saturday had set a new 24-hour record on the service with more than...