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iHeartRadio gets a $14.99-a-month family plan

Family plans have played a role in the growth of Spotify and Apple Music’s subscriber numbers, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been spreading to those streaming services that didn’t already have multi-user...
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Amazon takes Amazon Music and Alexa to Mexico

It’s a busy time for music-streaming in Mexico. iHeartRadio launched there in beta late in October, and now Amazon has announced the launch of Amazon Music there. In fact, it’s part of a bigger launch: yesterday...
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African music service Boomplay had 17m monthly users in July

Earlier this week we reported on African streaming and downloads service Boomplay’s licensing deal with Universal Music, and its claim to have more than 36 million users across the continent. Here’s an update...
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Chinese artist Kris Wu hits big on iTunes – and not with bots

Kris Wu had a big hit on Apple’s iTunes chart last week with his album ‘Antares’, but the Chinese artist swiftly fell foul of online rumourmongers suggesting that his sales success was in some way down...
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Music videos score well on YouTube’s recommendations algorithm

Google published its latest report on ‘our efforts to stop online piracy’ yesterday, which is always a reliable generator of controversy within the music industry. We’ll get to its claims shortly, but it’s...
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And the biggest music-streaming service in the Nordics is…

If you just completed that sentence with 'Spotify', sorry, that's not the answer. At least, it's not the answer according to the 2018 Polaris Nordic Digital Music Survey, which is published by collecting societies Koda, Teosto...
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K-Pop stars BTS reach milestone of 1bn Apple Music streams

Now accustomed to breaking records, K-Pop band BTS have another milestone: more than one billion Apple Music streams. They’re the first Korean artists to reach that figure – before you mention Psy, bear in mind that...
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Apple reveals its ‘Preferred Plus’ music distribution partners

Although it got slightly lost in the wider hubbub around direct uploads from artists, Spotify also recently revealed its list of ‘preferred’ and ‘recommended’ distributors, with DistroKid the only one in the former...
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Spotify’s free tier is coming to connected speakers soon

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges have a significant role to play in Spotify’s strategy. Witness its recent deal to give away a Google Home Mini to all its family-plan subscribers in the US, and...
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Muse to hold ‘mixed reality pre-show party’ for upcoming tour

British rock band Muse are preparing for the release of their latest album ‘Simulation Theory’ and an accompanying stadium tour. The latter has an interesting tech element, with fans able to buy an ‘Enhanced Experienced...
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Sony Music to release classic and rare Prince videos in batches for streaming

The Prince Estate and Sony Music Group have announced their plans to start making the late star’s archive of music videos – at least those from 1995 to 2010 – available to stream. The plan is to release weekly...
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Spotify to buy back up to $1bn in stock

Spotify has announced plans to buy back up to $1bn of its stock, representing up to 10m of ordinary shares in the company. It’ll start in the fourth quarter of this year and continue until 21 April 2021. “The repurchase...