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Next BTS livestream comes with month-long virtual exhibition

K-Pop stars BTS are already one of the big success stories of lockdown livestreams: their 'Bang Bang Con' concert in June pulled in 756,000 paying customers. Now they're following it up with an even more ambitious event....
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Twitch gets global deal with rap-battle league King of the Dot

Rap battles are a perfect match for livestreaming services: not only are they fun to watch and chat about, but musically speaking, they're original content with far fewer copyright headaches for the platform. Twitch knows...
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TuneCore expands into Brazil and Russia with new offices

One of the music distribution trends of recent years has been aggressive geographic expansion, as distributors look to gain footholds in burgeoning new markets for music streaming – or those anticipated to grow rapidly...
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PRS for Music claims stream-ripping has grown ‘dramatically’

UK collecting society PRS for Music has published some research into the growth of 'stream-ripping' piracy: sites and tools that help people rip streams (e.g. from YouTube or Spotify) into downloads. It claims that usage...
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Hip-hop site HipHopDX joins Uproxx as a WMG subsidiary

There's been a lot of hand-wringing over the difficult economics of online music media in recent years, with blogs and big websites alike struggling to survive. Maybe the best business model is being owned by a major label. At...
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Spotify adds livestreams to its in-app concert listings

Spotify has been showing artists' upcoming tour dates on their profiles for years, although data on how effective those listings are at selling tickets is scarce. With the live industry still shut down in many parts of...
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The latest TikTok twist: plans for a standalone company?

The deadline is approaching for TikTok to be sold, shut down, or find an alternative solution that satisfies President Trump's administration. After tech firm Oracle said it was part of a proposal submitted to the administration...
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Tim Westergren talks Sessions: ‘Artists need to recover their audience’

In the Covid-19-era music industry, the old income dichotomy of recorded music and live performances is not dead so much as it is becoming fleshed out. A variety of different fan experiences, earning money for artists...
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Beabadoobee talks Fake It Flowers, Spotify and lockdown creativity

"It's so hard to stay positive in a time like this, but it's about finding the little things. Once this is all over, there's going to be the Summer of Love, and festivals, and touch. I can't wait!" Beatrice Kristi Laus...
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Spotify’s Anchor says it’s cracking down on copycat podcasts

There have been growing complaints about copycat podcasts uploaded through Spotify's Anchor app. That means taking other people's podcasts and re-uploading them – often with the same artwork – as your own, in the hope...
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JioSaavn’s Amplify offers direct distribution to emerging artists

Indian streaming service JioSaavn is launching a new scheme offering direct distribution to emerging, unsigned artists. It's part of its existing 'Artist Originals' initiative, and is called 'Amplify'. It'll encourage...
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Applications are open for the MMF’s next manager accelerator

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is teaming up with YouTube Music once again for its Accelerator Programme for Music Managers in the UK. Applications open today for the scheme's 2021 cohort, which will be its third year....