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Belgium making up for a slow start with music streaming

Charlotte De Mets, head of marketing at Warner Music Benelux, predicts that Belgium will reach 2.5m music streaming subscriptions over the next few years, as the country starts to make up for a slow start in streaming. Recorded...
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BPI defends labels ahead of streaming economics inquiry session

Much of the UK’s music industry are clearing their diaries schedules and grabbing several bags of popcorn in readiness for this morning’s sessions at the British parliamentary inquiry into music streaming economics....
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Laura Marling livestream to be rebroadcast as ticketed event

Last summer, Laura Marling sold 6,500 tickets for her two livestreamed shows from the Union Chapel venue in London: one of the first examples of a ticketed livestream utilising that kind of performance space during the...
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WMG strikes deal with Punjabi music firm Sky Digital India

As India’s music streaming market grows, so the western major labels continue to seek out partners to grow their foothold there. The latest example is Warner Music Group’s new distribution agreement with Sky Digital India,...
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Scruff of the Neck launches live music shows on Twitch

British live music promoter Scruff of the Neck is trying out a new business model on livestreaming service Twitch. It’s launching a channel called Scruff of the Neck TV, which will be airing three-hour shows with live...
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Feat guide offers anti-touting tips for agents and promoters

Ticket touting has dropped out of the music industry headlines over the last nine months – unsurprisingly, given that in many countries there aren’t many tickets to tout due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But as the live...
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Publishers and PROs ‘disappointed’ as US consent decrees are unchanged

The US Justice Department has decided to leave the ‘consent decrees’ governing public performances of music unchanged, sparking an unimpressed response from publishers and collecting societies there. This is the legislation...
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‘Audio first’ race intensifies with Apple and Tencent Music

It was February 2019 when Spotify signalled its move to an “audio-first” strategy, pushing towards a future where more than 20% of its listening would come from “non-music content”. A succession of acquisitions and...
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Google completes its acquisition of fitness tech firm Fitbit

Google announced plans to buy fitness tech firm Fitbit for $2.1bn back in November 2019, but the deal has since been subject to regulatory scrutiny. Now, 14 months on, it has been completed. One of the talking points in that...
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BMG buys Mick Fleetwood’s recordings royalty interests

Never has the track ‘Go Your Own Way’ seemed more fitting. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks sold a majority of her publishing catalogue to Primary Wave in December; Lindsey Buckingham sold his publishing rights...
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Spotify hails Olivia Rodrigo single as a ‘force of nature’

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ appears to be the first breakout streaming hit of 2021, with the ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ star riding high on various DSPs. According...
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Shazam and Apple Music offer their artist tips for 2021

Is it just us or has there been less publicity around ‘artist tips for 2021’ than in previous years, in terms of industry polls and streaming promotions? Shazam has made its predictions though, and is using sister...