MelodyVR postpones expansion to Latin America and Asia Pacific
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR is seeing a silver lining in the coronavirus outbreak – its content sales are up – but it’s also forcing a pause in the company’s global expansion plans. On the first...
March 18, 2020
Spotify snaps up Anchor-made podcasts as exclusives in Asia
Spotify’s push to acquire exclusive podcasts continues: it’s just snapped up eight of the most popular shows in Indonesia for its service – its first exclusives in the south-east Asia region. What’s also interesting...
February 27, 2020
Universal Music expands leadership team for India and South Asia
Universal Music Group has been very active in India in recent times, from its VYRL Originals non-film-music label (which we wrote about in November 2019) to its launch of Mass Appeal India in partnership with rapper Nas,...
February 27, 2020
Ticketmaster expands in Asia with acquisition of Tixcraft
A photo of a BTS stadium gig in Taiwan accompanies the latest announcement from Ticketmaster, signifying its ambitions in Asia. The company has acquired Taiwanese ticketing company Tixcraft, while also launching a Ticketmaster...
February 13, 2020
Country Profile – South Korea 2020
Standing astride a hugely successful domestic output, the South Korean music industry is thriving across the genres and 2019 figures are expected to show another strong period of growth
January 30, 2020
Sony Music restructures its Asia and Middle East divisions
Sony Music has introduced a new reporting structure for its operations in Asia and the Middle East. This will involve the creation of a series of hubs in the regions that will report to Sony’s headquarters in New York....
January 27, 2020
Universal Music Group launches RedRecords with AirAsia
Richard Branson might have launched Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines but they were two very distinct entities. Now the two worlds are now colliding as Universal Music Group is partnering with Malaysian airline AirAsia to...
December 9, 2019
Universal Music Group ups its recorded-music expansion in Asia
Universal Music’s latest global-expansion move is focusing on south-east Asia, with the launch of two new label divisions in the region. Def Jam South East Asia will focus on hip-hop, while Astralwerks Asia will be more...
September 18, 2019
Country Profile – Philippines 2019
The Philippines, like many individual markets in Southeast Asia, is something of an enigma as far as the Western music industry is concerned. However, a promising digital market is being fueled by a young population
August 1, 2019
Epidemic Sound raises $20m and prepares for Asia expansion
Production-music firm Epidemic Sound has raised a $20m funding round, which the company says will fuel its expansion to Asia. The round includes equity funding from Korean investor DS Asset Management, and debt funding from...
July 1, 2019
Chartmetric explores the ‘trigger cities’ of south-east Asia
Earlier this year we wrote about music-analytics firm Chartmetrics’ theory of ‘trigger cities’ capable of propelling tracks to become global hits. Now the company has published a second in its series of blog posts focusing...
June 25, 2019
How Latin American and Asian cities are redefining how global hits happen
Jason Joven from Chartmetric (he’s the company’s very grandly titled “music data storyteller”) has published a fascinating blog on Medium looking at what are termed “trigger cities” (a concept coined by Chaz...
May 29, 2019