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Spotify invests in DistroKid as part of new distribution partnership

Spotify recently announced that it would be testing a direct-uploads tool with some artists, enabling them to get their music onto its service without a distributor or label. Now the company has expanded the initiative...
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Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared

Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
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Mixcloud’s subs service edges ever closer with UMG deal

Yesterday, Mixcloud announced that it had signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with Universal Music Group. This is not quite a global deal as both China and Japan are currently excluded from the agreement, but the UMG...
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Confirmed: Apple has bought music analytics startup Asaii

Music-analytics startup Asaii is shutting down this month because it has been acquired by Apple. The deal has been confirmed to Music Ally by the company's first investor. “As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly...
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Tencent Music IPO on hold amid market turbulence?

There has been growing excitement and anticipation around the planned IPO of Chinese mega-company Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TMEG). At the start of the month it even filed its IPO documents which gave a revealing...
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Genius strikes lyrical deal with Apple Music

The company formerly known as Rap Genius has a new partner. ‘Encyclopedia of music’ Genius has announced a deal to make Apple Music the official music player on its site and iOS app. Genius’ database of lyrics will...
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Albums in the streaming era: ‘Just think of it as a blank canvas for telling stories’

Streaming is a world of tracks and playlists rather than albums, right? An event in London last night organised by British industry bodies the BPI and ERA promised to explore the role of the album in the streaming era, including...
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eMarketer breaks down US digital-video advertising predictions

Research firm eMarketer has published its latest predictions for digital video advertising in the US, which includes a new number for YouTube. “This year, YouTube will generate $3.36 billion in net US video ad revenues,...
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Study outlines internet-access growth in sub-Saharan Africa

The music industry’s excitement about the potential of countries in sub-Saharan Africa is underpinned by the awareness that internet access – particularly through smartphones – is growing rapidly in those markets. Now...
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PledgeMusic reveals management changes and promises improvements

Crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic has confirmed the departure of its CEO Dominic Pandiscia, and announced a reshuffle of its management team in its wake. Co-founder Malcolm Dunbar will now be global president and chief...
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Yandex.Music has 20m active users – and now it’s in Israel

Russian music-streaming service Yandex.Music was rumoured to be planning a launch in Israel, and this week it’s happened. It’s the first time the service, run by internet giant Yandex, has expanded outside the former...
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Distributor DistroKid raises ‘significant’ new investment

More evidence (perhaps) to scotch the ‘Spotify will kill distributors’ hot-takes around the streaming service’s recent launch of direct artist uploads. Distributor DistroKid has taken what it describes as a “significant...