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Executive order bans US transactions with ByteDance… and Tencent

As promised, President Trump has signed an executive order banning all transactions by US companies with TikTok's parent company ByteDance. However, a separate order extends the ban to messaging app WeChat AND its parent...
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Tencent Music’s TME Live concerts get huge views in China

TME Live is the new "panoramic music live entertainment brand" launched by Tencent Music in March this year. It's a series of livestreamed concerts with high production quality, performances hyper-focused on fan preferences,...
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NetEase Cloud Music ups moderation after ‘NetEmo’ meme

We've written before about one area where Chinese music streaming services like NetEase Cloud Music beat most of their western equivalents: they have a thriving comments ecosystem where listeners are giving their views on...
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TikTok was the top-grossing non-gaming app in July 2020

Analytics firm Sensor Tower published its latest charts yesterday for the top grossing non-gaming apps globally, based on data from Apple and Google's app stores. TikTok came top of the July 2020 chart with $102.5m of estimated...
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Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok in US and other countries

Events have moved fast since Friday for TikTok's business in the US, it's fair to say. We'll start with the latest news: confirmation from Microsoft that it's in talks about an acquisition of TikTok in the US and certain...
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Taylor Swift Folklore made $1.2m in three days… from one Chinese DSP

Taylor Swift's new album 'Folklore' may have been a surprise release, but its popularity is entirely unsurprising. According to Republic Records, the album sold more than 1.3m copies in its first 24 hours, and was streamed...
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Tencent Music reveals figures for indie artists initiative

'Tencent Musician' is Tencent Music's program for independent artists in China, offering them distribution and promotion across its three streaming services. To celebrate the initiative's third birthday, Tencent Music (TME)...
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China to get a new ‘one-stop copyright registration window’

The International Indie Music Season (IIMS) conference and showcase is underway in China this morning. Artists and speakers from 35 countries will be talking about trends in culture, music, tech and media. There's also...
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After India ban, TikTok could face further sanctions in US

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been hit by a ban in India as part of a wider crackdown on apps of Chinese origin. But there may be trouble brewing for the companies in the US, too, due both to the political...
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International Indie Music Season conference set for China

Happy International Indie Music Season! Well, it's not quite started yet: the three-month project (IIMS for short) starts on 17 July with a three-day conference and performances series, which has been designed as "a platform...
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China now has 904m internet users – 75m more than last year

A report published by the research division of the South China Morning Post puts some new figures on the growth of internet access in China – a key driver for the streaming music market there. The report claims that...
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Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok

The Indian government has announced a ban on 59 apps created by (or at least with origins in) Chinese companies, amid tensions between India and China over military clashes at the border between the two countries. The apps...