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
Napster wants to power more music-streaming services in Asia
Napster remains a consumer-brand streaming service, but the company’s energies are focusing ever-more keenly on its B2B business, and ‘powered by Napster’ services launched by brands and other partners. Now Napster’s...
April 24, 2019
Bangladeshi telco Banglalink goes exclusive with Vibe service
China, India, Japan and South Korea tend to hog the digital-music attention in Asia, but there are plenty of interesting things going on in south east Asia too: especially around mobile operators.
November 26, 2018
WMG aims to be ‘leading label’ in China under new CEO there
Warner Music Group has a new boss in China, with Andy Ma promoted to CEO of Warner Music China and EVP of commercial business development, Greater China for the major label. He steps up from his previous post as chief...
August 23, 2018
Netflix sees its next 100m subscribers coming from India
The Financial Times has a good piece on video-streaming service Netflix’s ambitions in India where it’s starting to invest more money in original shows and films. It quotes CEO Reed Hastings speaking at a Delhi conference,...
July 16, 2018
Chinese secondary-ticketing firm Moretickets raises $60m
In the west, secondary-ticketing platforms are increasingly controversial in terms of their role within the music industry. In China, though, one of the most popular sites has just raised a significant funding round. Moretickets’...
July 12, 2018
Tencent Music Entertainment tipped to file for IPO this week
Spotify’s direct public offering is still fresh in the memory, but another much anticipated music-streaming public offering – this time an IPO rather than a DPO – may be imminent. Local media reports suggest that...
July 5, 2018
South Korea gets new system for distributing streaming revenues
There are changes afoot in the way streaming revenues in South Korea are divided up between the streaming platforms and rightsholders (and thus musicians). From next year, rightsholders will get a 65% share of the streaming...
June 26, 2018