Emerging markets: ‘It’s silly to make perfect the enemy of progress’
Spek is one of the key music industry executives exploring trends in the Middle East and North Africa, China and India.
January 20, 2022
Rumours swirl about a crackdown on Chinese investments
Imagine if Tencent and ByteDance get the Chinese government's approval for any investments in other companies? It would be a big deal.
January 20, 2022
Music industry seeks more subscription growth in China
Music Ally has been talking to our sources in China to get a sense of the market's development last year, for our latest country profile.
January 13, 2022
Country Profile – China 2022
China’s position at the top table of the global music industry is a matter of fact, rather than conjecture, these days. And with growth across the board, it is only a matter of time before China cracks the global top five.
January 10, 2022
Chinese copyright body officially bans exclusive music deals
Stop us if you saw this one coming, but the National Copyright Administration of China has officially banned exclusive copyright licensing deals.
January 7, 2022
Sony Music is a ‘cornerstone investor’ in NetEase Cloud Music
Chinese tech giant NetEase is going ahead with the spin-off IPO of Cloud Village, the company that runs music streaming service NetEase Cloud Music. It will be selling 16m new shares for up to HK$220 ($28.23) to raise up...
November 23, 2021
Tencent Music reveals 30% growth in music subscriptions
2021 has been a bumpy year for Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), with the Chinese government cracking down on exclusive licensing deals with labels, and a wider climate in China of sterner regulation of big technology companies...
November 9, 2021
Douyin app to tackle binge-viewing with five-second breaks
Douyin has announced plans to break that rhythm deliberately, to keep on the right side of an increasingly stern-on-digital-bingeing government.
October 25, 2021
TikTok’s sister app Douyin limits children’s usage in China
Douyin is the Chinese version of TikTok, and like other apps that are popular with young people in China, it’s facing pressure to limit the time they spend on its service. Cue what Douyin described in a blog post as...
September 21, 2021
ByteDance tipped to launch music streaming app Feile in China
Could TikTok’s parent company ByteDance be about to provide competition in a streaming market dominated by Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music?
September 20, 2021
MQA founder talks music quality, streaming and immersive audio
As the founder of music technology firm MQA – and before that of Meridian Audio – Bob Stuart has plenty of views on audio quality and the evolution of music services. This week, he shared them in a keynote interview...
September 10, 2021
Collabs, socials and more: international marketing for Chinese artists
The inaugural Music Ally China Digital Summit is taking place this week, and a panel session today focused on international marketing, with a particular focus on Chinese artists. "Outside of China, the main Chinese music...
September 8, 2021