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Music bodies hail ‘balanced’ Article 13 final text

Even with a final text approved for the proposed new European copyright directive, nobody on either side of the lobbying debate around it is taking it for granted that the battle is over. It’s notable that music-rightsholder...
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Universal Music revenues grew to $7.15bn in 2018

The world’s largest major label enjoyed a healthy 2018, with Universal Music’s revenues and operating profit both growing. UMG posted €6.02bn ($7.15bn) in revenues, up 6.2% year-on-year, while its operating income grew...
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Pitch imperfect: ‘This process of trying to get on playlists is becoming borderline farcical’

Playlists continue to grow in prominence (within the music-streaming world) and importance (for artists looking for their breakout moment). So what are the latest trends that artists, managers and labels should be thinking...
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Kiss are launching their own brand of emoji

Never slow to spot a new branding opportunity, Kiss have teamed up with The Emoji Company to create their own line of emoji, which will be splashed across *consults press release* “Apparel, Accessories, Footwear, Electronics,...
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Loop Media to launch short-form video-streaming service

A new US startup called Loop Media plans to launch a video-streaming service focusing on short-form content, including music videos. The company will also focus on film trailers, game trailers and TV clips, with plans to...
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Former Echo Nest CEO Lucchese takes the reins at Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds is the startup that’s behind a global network of music concerts held in people’s homes and other interesting locations – according to Billboard it now has shows running in 428 cities around the world....
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Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones

Mobile-industry research site Telecompaper has published some new figures on the popularity of music-streaming apps in the Netherlands. It pegs Spotify as the leader, with its app now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones,...
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Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US today

Music-streaming service Qobuz will go live in the US today: a launch that the company has been teasing for several months. The company will be offering its established blend of hi-res streams AND downloads to American users...
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deadmau5 quits Twitch after being suspended for homophobic insult

It’s a mixed month for men wearing large plastic objects on their heads playing games on the internet, it’s fair to say. Marshmello did well from his Fortnite concert, but deadmau5 has made headlines of a more-negative...
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Shesaid.so opens submissions for 2019 Alternative Power 100 list

We’ve just had Billboard’s annual Power List (and its offshoot ‘New Power Generation’ list, which awkwardly for the trade publication, was just as male-dominated as the main list). Now it’s time for Shesaid.so,...
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Sofar Sounds founder explains how it built a global music community

Sofar Sounds has built a big network of people running 'secret gigs and intimate concerts' across the world: its events take place in nearly 430 cities now. Founder and CEO Rafe Offer has just handed over the reins to...
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Drake’s 2009 mixtape ’So Far Gone’ comes to streaming services

Remember the days when Drake was starting from the bottom? It’s possible that his younger fans don’t, not least because some of the original mixtapes that made his name aren’t available (officially) on modern-day streaming...