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Gaming star Ninja to curate an album with Astralwerks

We’ve been writing about gaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins for some time now: he broke online-viewing records while playing Fortnite with Drake earlier this year, before winning a pro-amateur tournament of that game...
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TikTok owner Bytedance valued at $75bn following $3bn funding round

Spending $800m on social-music app Musical.ly only to shut it down months later in a merger with similar app TikTok? Anyone questioning Chinese firm Bytedance’s strategy may be in for a surprise at the news that it’s...
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Report suggests Twitch still dominates the live-video market

We’re used to thinking about YouTube as the dominant online-video platform, and it is… for pre-recorded videos. But for livestreams, Amazon’s Twitch subsidiary remains top dog. At least, this is the verdict of a report...
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Report claims Spotify conversion rate is growing in the US

Spotify’s conversion rate is growing in the US, according to a new report published by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners ahead of the streaming service revealing its latest numbers in its third-quarter financial...
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Snapchat and Twitter reveal their latest financial results

Snapchat versus Instagram may be the existential social-app battle of 2018 (and by that we mean it looks more existential for Snapchat) but yesterday gave us the chance to compare its performance with another social network,...
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Universal Music to develop new consumer-marketing insights platform

Universal Music Group’s latest senior-executive appointment offers an interesting glimpse at how its marketing tools will be evolving in the future. UMG has poached Jaime Weston from sports body the NFL to be its new EVP...
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Pandora sticks with SiriusXM acquisition as latter reveals latest financials

When US music-streaming service Pandora recently announced plans to be acquired by satellite-radio firm Sirius XM, it also revealed a ‘go-shop’ clause enabling it to seek out alternative buyers for a limited time. That...
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Spotify brings its playlist-submission tool out of beta

In July this year, Spotify announced a new tool for artists and labels to submit new tracks for consideration for its programmed playlists. Three months on, the company is bringing it out of beta, while revealing that more...
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Apple CEO: ‘Our own information… is being weaponised against us’

If you haven’t read any of the stories about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s speech in Brussels yesterday, they’re worth a look. Cook outlined Apple’s views on digital privacy, and while (of course!) he didn’t name Google...
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Facebook adds more music features amid rumours of TikTok-style app

Facebook’s music-licensing deals continue to fuel new features for the social network, with several more announced yesterday. However, the most interesting may be something that hasn’t yet been announced: a full-on standalone...
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SoundCloud can now share tracks directly to Instagram stories

SoundCloud is the latest music-streaming service to figure out how to pipe its music (and in this case, other audio too) in to Instagram’s stories feature. SoundCloud thinks the feature will be useful for artists who are...
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Spotify debuts video ad with 3D sound for A Star Is Born film

Spotify’s latest new advertising unit has an audio twist, with Warner Bros’ much-talked-about remake of movie ‘A Star Is Born’ the first to use it. The pair created a video ad for the film that uses 3D sound, when...