Viral post exposes fake-data problem in China’s KOL advertising
On 17 October, a Chinese tech-startup owner posted an article on his WeChat account about a controversial aspect of China’s KOL (Key Opinion Leaders - known as influencers in the west) advertising scene. The article now...
October 23, 2019
Tencent Music’s Andy Ng talks AI recommendations and karaoke expansion
In a keynote interview at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) conference in Amsterdam, Tencent Music’s Andy Ng outlined his role in combatting piracy in China, building a legal streaming market there and why he and his...
October 18, 2019
Sandbox Issue 238: Remixes Hit Saturation Point
Lead: Lil Nas X might have broken on TikTok but it was his deft use of multiple remixes (and collaborations) that kept ‘Old Town Road’ in the air throughout most of 2019. He claims he has 25 remixes of follow-up track...
October 17, 2019
DJ Zedd faces China ban over liking South Park tweet
South Park has long been a critic of, well, just about everything. But the show has often aimed its satirical powers at China and now DJ Zedd claims he has been banned from China for liking a tweet on South Park’s Twitter...
October 14, 2019
TuneCore and CD Baby move into China with Tencent deal
Acts distributed by TuneCore and CD Baby will now be available to listeners in China – or, to be more precise, listeners who use Tencent’s music offerings. The deals cover QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo, who collectively reach 652m...
October 11, 2019
Blizzard under fire over ban for esports player’s Hong Kong comments
Games firm Blizzard is attracting criticism for its decision to fine and ban an esports player who expressed support for the current pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong during a post-match interview. Chung Ng Wai was a...
October 10, 2019
Report claims Bytedance revenues have grown sharply in 2019
TikTok parent company Bytedance hasn’t published official financial results, but Reuters has an exclusive report claiming insight into the company’s “better than expected” performance in the first half of 2019....
October 1, 2019
Alibaba reportedly buying a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music
Big moves are afoot in China’s music-streaming world, with reports that tech giant Alibaba is acquiring a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music, as part of a wider $2bn investment in the latter’s parent company NetEase. MBW suggests that...
September 6, 2019
Japanese label Avex strikes deal with Migu Music in China
China’s burgeoning music-streaming market is being eyed up by music companies around the world, including Japan. Label Avex has signed a new partnership with one of the Chinese streaming services – but not one you might...
September 4, 2019
Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ sets another new record… in China
It’s a week since the release of the new Taylor Swift album ‘Lover’, so we’ll be looking out for announcements about its sales and streams. The first official word today on the album’s performance has a very specific...
August 30, 2019
Tencent Music under pressure over exclusive licensing deals
One of the quirks of China’s music-streaming market has been the system of exclusive licensing deals: where a label will license its catalogue exclusively to one streaming firm, which will then sub-license it to its rivals....
August 28, 2019
Social features key for Bytedance music-streaming service
Billboard is the latest publication to speculate about TikTok parent company Bytedance’s plans to launch a fully-fledged music-streaming service, following the South China Morning Post in April and Bloomberg in May....
August 23, 2019