YouTube is making movies with AwesomenessTV
YouTube is getting into the movie business through a partnership with MCN AwesomenessTV. “Together, we’ll release several feature length films over the next two years, all driven by YouTube stars and developed and produced...
April 29, 2015
WhatsApp now has more than 800m active users
Facebook’s messaging app WhatsApp has a new milestone: 800 million monthly active users. CEO Jan Koum announced the news on his Facebook profile, complete with a passive-aggressive jab at journalists covering the industry:...
April 20, 2015
Spotify mobile ad revs up 380% as it debuts playlist targeting
“The average cross-platform Free user spends 148 minutes with Spotify throughout their day, while working, studying, driving, exercising, relaxing at home and more,” claims Spotify in the announcement of its latest feature:...
April 17, 2015
UMG launches Bradesco Music in Brazil
Universal Music has made a habit of partnering to test new digital music services around the world, from the days of Orange’s Monkey in the UK, through Kleek in South Africa to last week’s announcement of Bradesco Music...
April 9, 2015
Sony and Spotify launch PlayStation Music in 41 countries
Earlier this year, Sony announced that it was canning its Music Unlimited streaming music service in favour of an exclusive partnership with Spotify, which would power its new PlayStation Music app for PS3 and PS4 consoles...
March 31, 2015
BMG inks distribution deal with Chinese firm Alibaba
We’ve written about plenty of Chinese distribution deals for labels down the years, but not much for publishers. That’s why BMG’s announcement yesterday of a deal with Alibaba is so interesting: it’s an example of...
March 31, 2015
Tidal planning to launch in six more countries next quarter
Tidal, the streaming service now owned by Jay Z, is showing a countdown on its website that (at the time of writing) stands at just over four and a half days. Mark Monday, then, as the date for a full announcement of Roc...
March 26, 2015
Rock Band returning for Xbox One and PlayStation 4
2015 is the year when plastic-instrument console music games come back, seemingly. We’ve heard about the imminent return of Guitar Hero, and now it’ll be joined by Rock Band. The game’s original developer, Harmonix,...
March 7, 2015
IFPI’s New Music Friday gets more criticism from indies
Beggars Group boss Martin Mills got his criticism of the IFPI’s “global release day” ofFriday in early, but some of his peers in the independent sector have been piling in since its official announcement.
March 3, 2015
Sony cites streaming as key to its future music plans
Changes are afoot at Sony Music’s parent corporation, which has announced its “mid-term” strategy for the next three years. That will see the company spinning off its camera and music-player businesses into a new subsidiary,...
February 20, 2015
Snapchat Discover launches with strong curation focus
Monday’s predictions of a launch for Snapchat’s new Discover feature yesterday were right: it went live in the afternoon.
January 30, 2015