BroadbandTV and BMG create Windfall to push YouTube acts
MCN BroadbandTV and BMG have “joined forces” (e.g. done a JV deal of some description) to launch the optimistically titled Windfall to help push and break YouTube acts. Pooling their resources and expertise, BMG will...
July 29, 2015
iHeartRadio launches on Snapchat as Warner Music is pushed out
Snapchat has updated its Discover portal by adding both iHeartRadio and BuzzFeed but – seemingly in a one in, one out strategy – it is dropping Yahoo and Warner Music Group. Discover lets partners share up to 20 stories...
July 28, 2015
Legal consumption on the rise in the UK
A new study by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK has shown an uptick in the number of people accessing licensed content (including music) online. It found that 62% of polled users accessed music, TV shows,...
July 25, 2015
Twitter and Facebook growing as a news source for Americans
The idea of Twitter and Facebook as news gatekeepers has been talked about widely in the media industry, but now the US-based Pew Research Center has put some figures to it. Its recent survey of more than 2,000 American adults...
July 15, 2015
EC’s plans for net neutrality spark controversy
Good news for European holidaymakers yesterday, as the European Commission revealed plans to eliminate mobile roaming charges across its member countries by June 2017. More controversial, though, are the EC’s new proposals...
July 1, 2015
Spotify’s new CFO helped take Netflix and Pandora public
What to do after helping a high-profile subscription-based entertainment service go public? If you’re Barry McCarthy, you join another high-profile subscription-based entertainment service that’s on a path to an IPO....
June 18, 2015
Please regard YouTube as a social media pleads YouTube head of strategy
The headline is wilfully facetious but this is an interesting blog from Matt McGowan, who is in charge of strategy & business development at Google and YouTube. He talks about YouTube from a marketing and media stance...
June 11, 2015
Britney Spears getting mobile game from Kardashian publisher
Mobile games firm Glu Mobile has been making stacks of money with its Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, and announced a few months ago that it was working on a similar title for Katy Perry. Now it’s adding another musician...
April 30, 2015
UMG to co-host US showcase for UK tech startups
Universal Music is one of the organisers of a Los Angeles-based event called Technology Innovators Forum (TIF-IN) that will see a selection of British tech startups showing off their services. It’s the fourth time round...
March 30, 2015
Hungama tipped for $100m funding round
Indian digital music and videos firm Hungama is on the verge of raising at least $100m in new funding, according to a TechCrunch report. It claims that the company is raising the cash from existing investors Intel Capital...
March 23, 2015
SFX revenues up, but so are its losses
Dance music firm SFX Entertainment has reported its latest quarterly financial results, posting revenues of $95.9m for the fourth quarter of 2014, but a net loss of $41.1m. That’s up from $84.2m and $37.5m in the final...
March 16, 2015
DO call it a comeback: Guitar Hero tipped to return this year
Music games never went away on console: they just shifted emphasis from plastic instrument peripherals and rock music to motion-tracking cameras and dance/pop. But now the former category could be making a comeback: games...
February 26, 2015