Baidu’s smart devices and voice assistants arm is worth $2.9bn
Smart speakers and voice assistants are increasingly popular, but what's their value in corporate terms? It's hard to tell given that many of the companies making them – Apple, Google and Amazon included – don't split...
October 1, 2020
300k listeners voted on the songs for Tencent Music’s new compilation
In China, Tencent Music has plenty of history as a direct distribution channel for independent musicians, which is now concentrated in its Tencent Musician arm. Its latest project is interesting. 'Root Music' is a collection...
September 28, 2020
TikTok seeks injunction to stave off US app stores ban
As we reported yesterday, it’s still up in the air whether Donald Trump or the Chinese authorities will accept Oracle and Walmart’s proposed deal for TikTok in the US. If not, as things stand TikTok will be banned...
September 24, 2020
China blast for TikTok deal as ‘dirty and underhanded trick’
President Trump may have tentatively approved TikTok's deal to avoid a ban in the US, but what will the Chinese government make of it? Judging by state-media outlet China Daily's blistering editorial column this morning – title:...
September 23, 2020
Covid-19’s music impact: views from Latin America, China and Nigeria
Music Ally's Sandbox Summit Global online conference began today with some quickfire talks on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the music industry in Latin America, China and Nigeria. Noemí Planas, network development...
September 21, 2020
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
Music opportunities in China: ‘Artists really need to move fast…’
In China, the music industry works differently. Music fans quickly - and in the tens of millions - adopt new technologies, new methods of supporting artists or ways of consuming music. The audience seeks a different experience...
September 9, 2020
TikTok sale challenged by tightened Chinese export regulations
Who would have envisioned that tensions between the world’s two superpowers would centre around a short-video app used by teenagers to share videos of them dancing along to pop songs? Yet, here we are, and on Friday, Chinese...
August 31, 2020
UMPG China held songwriting camp with League of Legends firm
We’ve written about the huge audiences for esports tournaments before, and the opportunities for artists to perform live at these events. Now Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has spied an opportunity for songwriters...
August 20, 2020
Tencent’s WeSing is keeping China’s karaoke sector thriving
Karaoke is enormously popular with people of all ages in China, with millions flocking to 'KTV venues' [karaoke bars] to partake in singalongs. The Chinese government's 2019 China Music Industry Development Report valued...
August 17, 2020
NetEase Cloud Music saw ‘triple-digit revenue growth’ in Q2
Chinese technology firm NetEase published its latest financial results last week, with no new figures for its NetEase Cloud Music streaming service. However, the service was mentioned in the subsequent earnings call with...
August 17, 2020
TikTok rival Likee now has 150m monthly active users
TikTok isn't the only short-videos app from China to be making a big splash. Tech firm Joyy's latest financial results reveal the growth of its app Likee, which has a similar community of people creating videos with special...
August 14, 2020