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Sony Music is latest major label to license Boomplay in Africa

African music-streaming service Boomplay now has a full set of deals with the global major labels, with Sony Music the third and final major to strike an agreement. Sony’s catalogue of both African and international artists...
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Most Wanted: Music report – Scott Cohen, diversity, Africa and more

In Berlin, talk around music usually takes two paths: techno or the blockchain, and both involve a lot of earnest nodding. At the Most Wanted: Music 2019 conference, conversation was nudged towards the creation of new value...
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CISAC report reveals growth in global music collections

CISAC, the global collecting-societies body, has published its annual 'Global Collections Report' setting out the collections of its 239 members in more than 120 countries. As ever, it's a useful counterpart to the IFPI's...
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African streaming service Playfre expands to 13 more countries

Playfre is still in its early days for user growth: the African music-streaming service has just over 5,000 registered users, although people don’t have to register to use its app. Having launched at the start of May 2019,...
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Wizkid plans his own streaming service

Nigerian star Wizkid says he is planning his own music streaming app – done in partnership with the United Bank For Africa. “We intend to create a streaming platform for people to be able to market their music, put...
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African music-streaming service Boomplay now has 53m users

Boomplay has become one of the most prominent music-streaming services to have launched in Africa, and now it has announced a new figure for its growth. It now claims to have more than 53 million users, up from 42 million...
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WizKid sets record for African artists with 8m Spotify listeners

Nigerian artist WizKid came to prominence for many people beyond the core Afrobeats community in 2016, when he was a featured guest on Drake’s track ‘One Dance’. But WizKid’s digital popularity predates that collaboration,...
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African telco MTN has high hopes for MusicTime music service

MTN in Africa has been one of the telcos most engaged with music in recent times. It started offering Tidal to its customers in Uganda through a bundle partnership announced in August 2018, then in November it acquired...
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African streaming service Playfre wants to raise $500k-$1m

Nigerian music-streaming service Playfre launched earlier this year, although rather than licensing music directly, it was more of a curatorial/social layer on top of YouTube, from which its music is sourced. CEO Chika...
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Gojë Music distributor wants to help African artists go global

There’s a lot of excitement in 2019 around the digital-music ecosystem that’s being built in Africa, both in terms of streaming services for people to listen there, and the business infrastructure required to help African...
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YouTube and Mr Eazi team up to help emerging Nigerian artists

YouTube is already the most significant digital platform for Afrobeats artists looking to build their global audiences. Now the service has teamed up with Nigerian artist Mr Eazi and his emPawa Africa incubator to provide...
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East African streaming service Smubu has 200k active users

As the big global music-streaming services continue to mull their strategies for sub-Saharan Africa, local players are springing up to stake their claim to a piece of the nascent streaming market. The latest is Smubu, a music-streaming...