IFPI and WIN to launch ‘Repertoire Data Exchange’ service
The latest music-industry initiative attempting to tackle metadata muddles comes from two global bodies: the IFPI and WIN. It’s called the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx for short) and is about unifying data passed between...
October 23, 2019
Music listening in 2019: 10 takeaways from the IFPI’s new report
Global music-industry body the IFPI has published its latest 'Music Listening' report, for 2019, based on a survey of 34,000 people in 21 countries. Whereas the body's annual Global Music Report focuses on revenues, this...
September 24, 2019
Indian music industry debates potential for paid music subs
“I think we’re on course,” said Blaise Fernandes, the president and CEO of India’s official recorded music industry body the Indian Music Industry, when asked on a status update on the country’s plan to break into...
August 28, 2019
IFPI responds to Plácido Domingo sexual-harassment allegations
Opera star and IFPI chairman Plácido Domingo has been accused of sexual harassment by nine women, with dozens of others telling Associated Press that they witnessed such behaviour from him. Its report was published yesterday,...
August 14, 2019
IFPI Sweden boss calls for debate on a Spotify price-rise
Sweden is Spotify’s homeland, and one of the most mature music-streaming markets: 90% of its recorded-music revenues in 2018 came from streaming, fuelling 4% overall growth. So it’s fascinating to see the CEO of IFPI...
April 25, 2019
Despite growth, music labels warn: ‘We should never be complacent’
Four consistent years of global growth is something to swell the record industry’s heart, and the 9.7% rise in 2018 means it is approaching double-digit growth – a big change from the double-digit decline that defined...
April 2, 2019
Streaming drove 9.7% rise in global recorded-music revenues in 2018
Global recorded-music revenues grew by 9.7% in 2018, according to industry body the IFPI. Its annual Global Music Report, which is published today, reveals that strong growth in streaming revenues more than made up for the...
April 2, 2019
European copyright directive responses are, well, as expected
We fired out a quick alert yesterday with the news that the European Copyright Directive had been approved by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by 348 votes to 274. Since then, reactions have been flooding in from...
March 27, 2019
IFPI’s 2018 singles chart is heavy on tracks from 2017
Global music body the IFPI has named the top 10 ‘best-selling digital singles’ of 2018. And in a sign of how streaming is changing the dynamics of the biggest hits, six of them were actually released in 2017....
March 7, 2019
IFPI names Drake as its ‘Global Recording Artist of 2018’
Please sit down for this bombshell revelation: Drake was popular in 2018. So popular, in fact, that the Canadian artist has been named as the IFPI’s ‘best-selling recording artist’ for last year – a feat that covers...
February 27, 2019
Vivendi, IFPI and others concerned at Article 13 direction
Earlier this week, we reported on the latest discussion points in Europe’s ‘trilogue’ process finalising its new copyright directive, including the Article 13 section focusing on user-generated content platforms like...
December 14, 2018