Music’s global evolution: K-Pop, China, and Eastern Europe
The second morning at this year’s NY:LON Connect conference focused on ‘emerging international and influential markets’. Three territories in particular: South Korea, China, and Russia / Eastern Europe. The track...
January 20, 2020
People spent $115bn using WeChat ‘mini programs’ in 2019
Tencent’s messaging app WeChat is already a huge moneymaker in terms of the way people in China use it to pay for all manner of goods and services. One of the keys to this are the ‘Mini Programs’ launched by developers...
January 13, 2020
Composer Kerry Muzzey tweets tangled tale of Chinese licensing problems
If you want an insight into some of the challenges for composers in 2020, grab a large cup of tea and settle down to read this Twitter thread from Kerry Muzzey, whose music has been used by a number of high-profile TV shows....
January 10, 2020
Beijing hopes music will be a $17.2bn business for it by 2025
Given that the global recorded-music industry was worth $19.1bn in 2018, it may seem extremely ambitious for the government of Chinese capital Beijing to be hoping that its city’s music industry alone will be worth $17bn...
January 9, 2020
Bytedance’s Douyin app now has 400m daily active users in China
A day after app-analytics companies were speculating about TikTok’s revenues, its parent company Bytedance has published some official numbers for Douyin – its Chinese short-videos app. They’re big. Douyin now has...
January 7, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
Bytedance hires former Tencent Music exec for Douyin role
Bytedance’s latest music hire will be focusing on its Douyin short-video app in China – the Chinese version of TikTok. The company has recruited Deng Linhai to lead Douyin’s music business, according to news site Technode....
January 3, 2020
Tencent Music launches repurchase programme for $400m in shares
Tencent Music’s board of directors has approved a programme that could see the now-public company repurchase up to $400m of shares over the next 12 months. “The Share Repurchase Program reflects the Board’s confidence...
December 18, 2019
Bytedance may separate TikTok from its Chinese operations
TikTok and its parent company Bytedance have been responding to the growing controversy in the US surrounding the social app’s content-moderation and data-privacy policies. Reuters reported yesterday that Bytedance has...
November 28, 2019
Teenager tests TikTok policies with video criticising China
TikTok has been under fire recently over accusations that its global moderation policies are too in thrall to the government of its parent company’s homeland, China. The line coming out of TikTok executives in the US this...
November 27, 2019
Huawei teams up with Devialet for new smart-speaker in China
Controversial (in the west, at least) Chinese technology company Huawei is launching a new smart speaker, designed with French hardware firm Devialet. The device is called the Sound X, and will be sold in China for 1,999...
November 26, 2019
Tencent Music saw strong subscriber growth in Q3 2019
Tencent Music (TME) has announced its latest quarterly financial results, with the headline being a 42.2% year-on-year increase in paying online-music users to 35.4 million. As the company pointed out, this growth has been...
November 12, 2019