Spotify CEO thinks Indian music can go global like reggaeton
“I believe 100% that we’re going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future.” Not the first prediction of this kind, but it carries extra weight...
February 23, 2021
Twitter isn’t buying Indian TikTok rival Moj – but it might have
‘Company X not buying Company Y’ may seem like a pointless news story: we may as well tell you that Music Ally isn’t buying Spotify, right? But news that Twitter was in talks about a potential acquisition...
February 22, 2021
ByteDance could sell TikTok India to local rival Glance
ByteDance appears to have seen off attempts by the last US administration to force it to sell TikTok to an American company or shut it down. Now the company can refocus its attention on a country where its social video app...
February 15, 2021
ByteDance: ‘We don’t know when we will make a comeback in India’
TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is cutting back its workforce in India, after the government there decided to renew its ban on TikTok and other apps of Chinese origin. Reuters reported on an internal memo from ByteDance...
January 27, 2021
Indian music company Saregama reports latest financials
Saregama is one of the Indian media firms focusing on both music and films – and, indeed, music for/from films. Its latest financial results reveal that the business is holding up despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s...
January 25, 2021
WMG strikes deal with Punjabi music firm Sky Digital India
As India’s music streaming market grows, so the western major labels continue to seek out partners to grow their foothold there. The latest example is Warner Music Group’s new distribution agreement with Sky Digital India,...
January 18, 2021
Google and Snap tipped to invest in Indian firm ShareChat
Google and Snap are in talks to invest in Indian social media company ShareChat, according to a report on TechCrunch. It claims that ShareChat’s Series E funding round will be more than $200m, with at least half of...
January 5, 2021
Music Ally End-of-Year Report :: 30 Trends of 2020
It’s time for our end-of-year trends report. And no, it’s not just a giant, printable poster of a Covid-19 virus. Nobody wants that on their wall. We couldn’t ignore the novel coronavirus and its effects...
January 4, 2021
Spotify India launches cheaper Premium Mini subscription
Persuading more people to pay for music streaming subscriptions is a priority for the Indian music industry. Could Spotify’s latest move help? It has launched a new ‘Premium Mini’ tier of its service there,...
December 16, 2020
Three big takeaways from Spotify India’s year-end charts
Spotfiy’s detractors might delight in the fact that in India, the global market leader is in the position of an upstart, with a fraction of the customer base of local rivals such as Gaana and JioSaavn, both of which claim...
December 10, 2020
Resso escapes expanded India ban on Chinese-linked apps
The Indian government isn’t done yet with its crackdown on mobile apps of Chinese origin. The bans that started with 59 apps including TikTok in June added another 118 apps in September, and now 43 more have been...
November 27, 2020
ShareChat taps Audible Magic for copyright-spotting tech
Indian social media company ShareChat has become the latest customer for Audible Magic's rights management and content recognition tech. It will be used to "proactively address both licensed and misuses of copyright media"...
November 10, 2020