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Gaana adds ‘smart downloads’ feature for its subscribers

Indian music-streaming service Gaana has a new feature called ‘smart downloads’, which is in similar territory to something that YouTube Music recently announced. Gaana’s version will automatically download a listener’s...
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Key execs exit Bytedance’s China music-business team

There appear to be changes afoot in the music team at Chinese technology firm Bytedance, with reports in China that one of its key executives, Zhu Jie, has quietly left the company. She was responsible for the music activities...
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Report: Amazon had 32m music subscribers by April 2019

Amazon is famously cagey when it comes to releasing meaningful numbers for its music services, but a well-briefed report by the Financial Times this morning offers some new numbers. “The number of people subscribing to...
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Lickd says Ed Sheeran is most-longed-for licence for YouTubers

Ed Sheeran is big on YouTube: as Music Ally recently reported, his channel has just passed the milestone of 40 million subscribers, while it’s now also past the 17bn views mark. However, Sheeran is also the top artist cited...
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Spotify criticised for ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Paying’ advert

Spotify’s latest ad campaign, highlighting the 30-day free trial  of its premium tier, is generating some heat on Twitter. “Dance like nobody’s paying,” is the main slogan. Musician and artist-rights campaigner Blake...
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The latest new music label is… Build-A-Bear Records?

We don’t get to report on stuffed-animal announcements very often in Music Ally’s bulletin, but today we bring you news that retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop is launching its own record label. Build-A-Bear Records is the...
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Report: Big Hit Entertainment may launch own streaming platform

Music Ally has been reporting recently on BTS World, the mobile game launched as a partnership between BTS’ management company Big Hit Entertainment and gaming firm Netmarble. Now a report claims the companies may be looking...
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Facebook to launch more money-making features for creators

Facebook has announced a range of new ways for ‘creators’ to make money from their activity on the social network. While aimed mainly at YouTubers and other social stars, some of them may well be useful for musicians...
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YouTube adds new requirement for manual Content ID claims

YouTube’s Content ID copyright-protection system has long been a target of criticism not from music rightsholders, but from ‘creators’ on the platform. Now YouTube is making a change that it hopes will tackle the issues...
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Lauv gets a Flappy Bird-style game: Billy Meets World

Lauv has been one of the breakout artists for Kobalt’s AWAL business. Now he’s capitalising on one of the (fairly) recent gaming crazes: Flappy Bird. Lauv’s version is called Billy Meets World, and it’s launched...
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Burna Boy is the latest Apple Music ‘Up Next’ artist

Apple Music has confirmed that Nigerian-born artist Burna Boy is its latest ‘Up Next’ artist, ahead of the release of his new album ‘African Giant’. Apple says that his music has already been streamed more than 100m...
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Apple will launch its HomePod smart-speaker in Japan this summer

With the market for smart speakers currently driven mainly by lower-end devices from Google, Amazon and (in China) Xiaomi, Alibaba and Baidu, Apple’s HomePod has been somewhat on the fringes: not a flop, exactly, but more...