Behind The Campaign: KSHMR
DJ and producer KSHMR had his international breakthrough in 2015 with ‘Secrets’. For the release of ‘One More Round’ in October 2020, a major push was planned, most significantly through a partnership with gaming...
May 5, 2021
Warner Music Asia moves into esports with ESPL deal
We’ve written about the crossover between the music and esports industries, with labels, streaming services and individual artists alike seeking partnerships with professional gaming teams and tournaments. The latest...
April 20, 2021
Joox seizes its opportunity to stress its K-Pop credentials
Tencent-owned music streaming service Joox is one of Spotify’s key rivals in south east Asia, and that’s a region where K-Pop is enormously popular. Credit the company for being quick off the mark, then, following...
March 3, 2021
IFPI’s SoundSys tackles performance rights revenue distribution
The IFPI has teamed up with music tech firm Bmat and four collecting societies in Asia to launch SoundSys, which it’s describing as “a complete, cost-effective back-office distribution system for revenue collected...
February 23, 2021
MelodyVR completes Napster acquisition and launches in Asia
Forget loafing about on the sofa munching turkey leftovers: MelodyVR spent the days between Christmas and New Year completing its acquisition of Napster. After issuing additional shares in MelodyVR to Napster’s owners,...
January 4, 2021
WMG’s ADA Worldwide follows LatAm expansion with Asia launch
Warner Music Group's distribution arm ADA Worldwide is on an expansion drive. In July, it launched ADA Latin to oversee Latin America and Latin music in the US as well as Spain and Portugal. Now it's turning its attention...
September 15, 2020
NME Asia goes live from Singapore after BandLab acquisition
The print edition of NME shut down in 2018, 66 years after its launch as New Musical Express. However, the NME brand has continued online, and in 2019 it was acquired by Singapore-based music/tech company BandLab Technologies....
August 19, 2020
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