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Music ed-tech startup Skoove raises €3m funding round

Skoove is one of the more interesting music-education startups that Music Ally has covered in recent years: the Berlin-based company has an app billed as “the easiest way to learn piano”. Now it has announced a new funding...
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Apple Music upgrades its ‘For You’ recommendations homescreen

Apple Music is giving its ‘For You’ recommendations screen a spring-clean. News site 9 to 5 Mac reported that the section “is now organised around music themes that are more personalised for each member, and updates...
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South African industry optimistic after return to growth

South Africa’s recorded-music industry has returned to growth in recent years, including a 12.4% rise in 2018 according to figures published recently by the IFPI. Music Ally’s latest country profile focuses on South Africa,...
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Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Drake’s US streaming record

Is ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X a country song? Is it not a country song? Perhaps we’ll just agree that it’s a massive hit, eh? Now featuring Billy Rae Cyrus, the track is sitting proudly atop Billboard’s Hot 100...
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European Copyright Directive approved by EU member states

The new European Copyright Directive cleared its final legislative hurdle – at the continental level – yesterday, as it was approved by the Council of the European Union. That’s the body of the EU’s member states,...
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Universal Music Group generated €1.5bn of revenues in Q1

Vivendi published its latest financial results yesterday, revealing that its Universal Music Group subsidiary generated just over €1.5bn of revenues (around $1.7bn) in the first quarter of 2019, representing growth of...
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Smart speakers install-base tipped to pass 200m this year

Canalys is the latest research firm to update its estimates on the size of the market for smart speakers. Its latest report predicts that the global install-base for these devices will grow from 114m units at the end of...
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Lickd boss says Article 13 issue ‘is not going to go away’

Europe's new copyright directive has passed its latest legislative hurdle, winning the approval of the European Union member states, after being voted through by the European Parliament last month. "With today's agreement,...
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Apple Arcade games service tipped to have $500m+ budget

Apple recently announced plans for a subscription-based games service, Apple Arcade, which will offer games across iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TVs for a single monthly fee – with no advertising or in-app purchases. Due...
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US speaker Nancy Pelosi warns tech firms could lose Section 230 protection

With the European Copyright Directive having made it through its approval vote in the European Parliament, could attention be about to switch to the US in the arguments over safe harbour? Maybe not straight away, but an interview...
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Taylor Swift kicks off teaser campaign for 26 April 2019

As if the hoo-ha around the return of Game of Thrones on 14 April (in the US timezones) wasn’t exciting enough, it seems Taylor Swift may be preparing something for later this month. Swift’s website currently hosts a...
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Classic Spice Girls videos remastered for YouTube in 4K

As an industry, we’re familiar with the idea of remasters in the audio world, where classic albums are revamped and released for modern listening kit / audio quality. We don’t think as much about videos getting the same...