UMG’s new venture shows the power of independent Indian hip-hop
Universal Music Group made a very interesting move in India yesterday, with its Universal Music India (UMI) subsidiary teaming up with artist and entrepreneur Nas’ Mass Appeal Records to launch a new label called Mass...
August 21, 2019
Saregama sold 219k of its Carvaan music players last quarter
Indian music and film company Saregama published its latest quarterly results yesterday, revealing a 6% year-on-year increase in its consolidated music revenues, which account for 90% of the company’s overall turnover....
August 16, 2019
Indian singer Guru Randhawa teams up with Pitbull… in Spanish
One of the trends Music Ally is keeping an eye on in the streaming era is collaborations that don’t involve Anglo-American artists. Latin America (or at least Spanish-language music, if made in the US) could be the hub...
August 8, 2019
Gaana gets ‘Instant’ app for people to try before downloading
Indian music-streaming service Gaana is testing out a new way for people to give it a try – via an ‘instant’ Android app on the Google Play store. Instant, because people can simply tap a ‘try now’ button on the...
August 7, 2019
Sony Music makes India non-film music push with Big Bang Music JV
One of the most interesting things about music-streaming’s impact in India is whether it will fuel an even-bigger surge in the popularity of non-film music – with tracks from movies having dominated India’s music scene...
August 2, 2019
JioSaavn’s owner is now the largest telco in India
Indian telco Reliance Jio appears to have overtaken rival Vodafone Idea to become the biggest mobile operator in India, with 331.3 million subscribers. TheNextWeb reports that this compares to 320 million people using Vodafone...
July 29, 2019
Spotify India marketing tweet sparks online game of Antakshari
If you’re not Indian, there’s a strong chance you haven’t played Antakshari. It’s a game played at parties where someone sings the first verse of a song. Whatever the last syllable is, the next person has to sing...
July 25, 2019
TikTok faces new privacy questions from Indian government
TikTok’s troubles in India may not be over. The company, along with fellow social app Helo, has been sent some pointed questions by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) which both companies...
July 19, 2019
Google AdWords promotion was key to Badshah YouTube success
On Friday, we reported on Indian artist Badshah’s success with his new music video ‘Paagal’, and Sony Music India’s claim that it had broken BTS’ YouTube 24-hour-debut record with 75m views in its first day on the...
July 15, 2019
Badshah breaks YouTube 24-hour views record… with a little help from Ad Words
YouTube has yet to confirm this officially, but Sony Music India claims that one of its artists has broken the platform’s 24-hour viewing record. The artist is Badshah, with new track ‘Paagal’ and a video that raced...
July 12, 2019
Gaana adds ‘smart downloads’ feature for its subscribers
Indian music-streaming service Gaana has a new feature called ‘smart downloads’, which is in similar territory to something that YouTube Music recently announced. Gaana’s version will automatically download a listener’s...
July 11, 2019
Film soundtracks are still 80% of music consumption in India
There are lots of exciting green shoots for an independent music scene in India, but music from films continues to be the dominant factor in what people are listening to there. That was one of the talking points at the recent...
July 1, 2019