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TikTok settles children’s privacy lawsuit in the US

Yesterday, we reported on a lawsuit filed against TikTok in the US over its predecessor app Musical·ly’s handling of children’s data. There’s a speedy update on the case: it’s been settled. “TikTok is firmly committed...
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Twin Atlantic use new Google Earth features for campaign

In mid-November, Music Ally wrote about a new feature on Google Earth where people could create their own stories by attaching text, images and videos to locations on the planet. “We think there is some interesting scope...
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Spotify Wrapped 2019 sparks new discussion about artist income

As Spotify launched the artist-focused element of its Wrapped 2019 promotion yesterday, the streaming service also offered some new statistics. More than 1.2 million artists were listened to for more than 100 hours on Spotify...
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Jamie Cullum teams with Clos19 for personal song tributes

Anyone who has been to an improv comedy show will know that making up songs on the spot based on audience suggestions is often more admirable than enjoyable. But that’s, in a way, what Jamie Cullum is doing with the release...
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ASCAP launches podcast focusing on music creators

US collecting society ASCAP is getting into the podcasts game. Its first show is called ‘Versed: The ASCAP Podcast’ and will focus on interviews with musicians. Its own chairman and president Paul Williams (who helpfully...
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SoundCloud abandons plans to change its upload limits

SoundCloud has moved quickly to address unrest from its creator community at planned changes to its upload limits. On 9 December, the streaming service was due to introduce new rules for creators who don’t pay for a Pro...
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ERA report claims still shapes the generation gap for music

Shakespeare had the seven ages of man, but the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has managed to squeeze it down to five to cover people’s consumption of media and entertainment. Drawn from ERA’s consumer...
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Songwriting duo Stargate invest in social music app Voisey

In June, Music Ally reported on a new social-music app called Voisey, which we described as “Smule’s Sing! Karaoke meets TikTok”. It had just raised a funding round from investors including management firm ie music’s...
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YouTube’s top 10 videos of 2019 are a truly global affair

The weakening of Anglo-American pop’s grip on the mainstream is nowhere more apparent than in YouTube’s run down of its most-streamed music videos globally of 2019. Latin America/Spain in general, and Puerto Rico in...
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Labels AND TuneIn can appeal UK High Court’s copyright decision

In early November, the UK’s High Court delivered a ruling in a copyright lawsuit involving major labels and radio-aggregator TuneIn which saw both sides claim victory. As we reported at the time, on one issue in the lawsuit...
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AIM Connected conference ditches the panel format for 2020

Every so often, we end up in a conversation about how to make conference panel-sessions more interesting. British indie body AIM has an idea: get rid of them entirely. Its AIM Connected conference will take place on 4 February...
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U2 to launch their own radio channel on SiriusXM and Pandora

U2 are the latest artist to ink a partnership with both SiriusXM and its Pandora subsidiary. The band are launching something called U2X Radio, which will include their own station on SiriusXM’s satellite-radio service...