Music Ally China launches this month
Music Ally has been writing about the digital-music market in China for more than a decade, tracing its development from an almost-entirely unlicensed territory through to today, when China is the seventh biggest recorded-music...
June 24, 2019
NetEase’s Mathew Daniel talks China, artists and publishing as ketchup
Mathew Daniel, VP international at Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music, has criticised collecting societies while suggesting that direct payments to publishers could be a better model in China. “I have an analogy....
June 10, 2019
ByteDance to build its own smartphone
ByteDance has been very busy of late. Or, to be more precise, the rumour mill around ByteDance has been very busy of late. Only recently the company behind TikTok was reported to be looking into building its own music streaming...
May 29, 2019
China has now overtaken the US for smart-speaker shipments
More than 5m smart speakers were shipped in the US during the first quarter of 2019, which represents around 22% year-on-year growth, according to research firm Canalys. But wait: the US is no longer the biggest market for...
May 21, 2019
China’s music industry discusses social music-promotion
This weekend saw the ‘WISE’ conference take place in Beijing, with a lineup of Chinese and international speakers from the music and media industries. Music Ally was there to report back on some of the discussions relating...
May 20, 2019
Tencent Music now has 28.4m paying users for online music
Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2019 overnight, and there are plenty of big numbers as you’d expect. Overall revenues grew by 39.4% year-on-year to RMB 5.74bn...
May 14, 2019
WeChat users can now add songs to the videos they post
Chinese messaging app WeChat has a new feature that allows people to add songs to the videos they are sharing with friends. The feature is drawing these background tracks from QQ Music, one of the streaming services operated...
May 9, 2019
NetEase Cloud Music inks deal with Japanese label Nippon Columbia
China is a hugely-appealing market for Japanese labels seeking international growth for their artists. Here’s a new example of the kind of partnerships that are being struck to achieve this: streaming service NetEase Cloud...
April 23, 2019
Galas over gigs? The future for foreign bands playing in China
It’s getting more expensive for foreign artists to play live in China, thanks to new tax regulations on overseas performers and ticket sales. That’s bad news at a time when ever-more western artists are eyeing China with...
April 18, 2019
Apple under fire in US for Tiananmen Square song removal in China
When we wrote about songs by certain Hong Kong artists being removed from Chinese music-streaming services last week, we noted that it appeared to be local services as well as Apple Music, despite initial headlines focusing...
April 15, 2019
Song referring to Tiananmen Square removed from Chinese services
‘Human’s Path’ is a track by Hong Kong artist Jacky Cheung, released in 1990 as the theme song to a film called ‘A Chinese Ghost Story 2’. Why are we writing about it in 2019? Because the song has suddenly been...
April 12, 2019
China to introduce ‘youth mode’ time limits for short-video apps
The challenge of levering children off their favourite app is one being grappled with by parents across the world, whether it’s YouTube, Fortnite, TikTok or Roblox. Now the Chinese government is introducing regulations...
April 3, 2019