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Gimme Radio debuts $4.99-a-month ‘Brigade’ membership

We first wrote about startup Gimme Radio in November 2017 when it launched a free mobile app for streaming metal music – using a linear radio-style model rather than on-demand or playlist-based listening. A year on,...
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Pandora debuts its Podcast Genome Project for recommendations

Pandora has launched its Podcast Genome Project, which aims to do for podcasts what its famous Music Genome Project does for music – blend human and algorithmic curation to make recommendations to its listeners. For now,...
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Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa (interview)

Rumours about Spotify's impending debut in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been bubbling for weeks. Today, the streaming service launched in 13 countries in the region. Spotify's free and premium tiers are...
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Netflix to test lower subscription prices in some markets

Since going public, Spotify's senior execs (and former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy in particular) have regularly been asked whether the company will take any inspiration from Netflix in its pricing strategy.
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Report claims nanoinfluencers are the new microinfluencers

The first time 'microinfluencers' appeared on Music Ally's radar was in the spring of 2017, when a few influencer-marketing agencies were trumpeting the merits of working with people with 30,000 or less followers on social...
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YouTube names its first ‘Ones to Watch’ artist list in the UK

Helping new artists get discovered is a big focus for YouTube Music this year and next.
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Industry lawyers call for ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual harassment

A group of music-industry lawyers have set out the path from #MeToo to #WeTogether in an opinion piece published by Billboard.
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YouTube cites ‘Despacito’ rights in latest Article 13 criticism

YouTube is ramping up the pressure in its efforts to persuade European politicians to abandon - or at least significantly modify - the Article 13 section of the proposed new EU copyright directive.
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Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music raises $600m

Chinese music-streaming service NetEase Cloud Music has 600 million registered users, having added 200 million of them in the last 12 months.
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Abbey Road Red hackathon reveals first winners

An AI-powered rap-battle opponent that listens to your freestyles then responds with a punchline.
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Former Twitter/Blizzard man to launch Quadio music service

Cautionary tales like Cür Music and Humbolt show that it can be a risky business trying to launch a new music-streaming service in 2018.
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Spotify’s latest show The Break lives inside key playlists

Spotify has launched its latest original video show, The Break, which focuses on how a series of emerging hip-hop artists got their first break in the industry.