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Madonna and other stars sign up for video-chat startup Bright

The growth of Cameo has shown the potential for video-driven services bringing celebrities and fans together. Now there's a new player in the space, Bright, which is focusing on live video chats rather than pre-recorded shout-outs. There's...
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Bauer Media radio stations launch online subscription services

Music streaming services want to displace traditional radio as the first port of call for listeners, and part of their strategies involves adding more radio-like features (live audio included) to their services. However,...
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BPI boss praises YouTube and Facebook for anti-piracy progress

Yes, you read that right: 'BPI boss praises YouTube' is not a sentence that we get to write too often in our news coverage. However, the British industry body has been taking part in roundtable discussions, alongside other...
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Instrumental launches music venue in virtual world Avakin Life

We know British startup Instrumental best for its AI-powered A&R tools, which have attracted major labels as clients and Tencent as an investor. However, the company is also exploring the metaverse, via a new partnership...
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Warner Music Group’s Q1 revenues grew by 17% year-on-year

Warner Music Group published its latest financial results yesterday, for the first quarter of 2021 – the company's fiscal Q2. It saw revenues grow by 17% year-on-year to $1.25bn, including growth of 17% for its recorded...
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Spotify responds to protests against speech-recognition patent

Earlier this year, a controversy broke out over a Spotify patent involving using speech recognition technology to analyse a listener's "emotional state, gender, age, or accent" and recommend them music accordingly. This...
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Understanding equitable remuneration and music streaming

This guest column comes from Gregor Pryor, co-chair, entertainment and media industry group, and Nick Breen, partner, at Reed Smith: The DCMS Committee’s inquiry into the economic impact of music streaming has come to...
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Music Ally startup files: Anything World’s voice-created metaverses

The metaverse, along with things like the seemingly all-pervasive NFTs, is one of those buzzy ideas that feels like the future but can be hard to precisely grasp. Broadly speaking, the Metaverse is a virtual “other”...
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Experts panel: equitable remuneration and music streaming

Music Ally’s Global Experts Panel is an international group of industry leaders. Each month we put a single, vital question to them about today’s music industry – and ask them what should happen next. Equitable remuneration...
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Apple / Epic Games trial kicks off with arguments (and data)

The European Commission’s decision to send Apple a statement of objections on the grounds that it has “distorted competition in the music streaming market” was a setback for the company. But it came as another high-profile...
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Twitter opens up Clubhouse-style ‘Spaces’ to many more users

‘Spaces’ is Twitter’s equivalent of Clubhouse: a feature that enables people to create virtual rooms and hold live audio discussions. Now it’s opening up in a big way beyond its initial invitation-only audience. “Today,...
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Sony Music co-leads $2.3m funding for music creation app Rapchat

Startup Rapchat has signed up more than seven million people to use its hip-hop focused ‘mobile recording studio’ app, which helps them to create songs using its catalogue of beats and instrumental tracks. Now the...