Indian label Times Music signs licensing deal with Triller
TikTok’s ban in India has created a boom in user growth for other short-video apps, particularly those launched by Indian companies. However, western app Triller is also hoping to capitalise, and has just signed a licensing...
April 28, 2021
Indian music industry report takes aim at safe harbours
Complaints about the music industry suffering from a ‘value gap’ are far from just a western affair. Indian music industry body IMI has published a report exploring why the film industry in India has grown so...
April 14, 2021
Moj owner ShareChat raises $502m at a valuation of $2.1bn
We’ve been writing about Indian social media firm ShareChat in the past year, mainly because it’s the company behind one of the most successful new TikTok rivals in India: Moj. After signing up 50 million Moj...
April 8, 2021
Spotify’s six-point strategy for cracking India
That India is an extremely significant market for Spotify is evident in not only how much it fought to get there but also how often its performance in the country is mentioned during earnings calls. India, CEO Daniel Ek...
April 7, 2021
Indian service Wynk promises micro-payments experimentation
Wynk, owned by telco Bharti Airtel, is one of the established music streaming services in India. Its CEO Adarsh Nair has been talking to Fortune India about Wynk's plans for the next stage of its growth, having signed up...
April 6, 2021
T-Series finally joins Indian collecting society IPRS
India’s collecting society IPRS now has a full set of major music companies from the country, after T-Series joined the likes of Saregama and Times Music (plus the local subsidiaries of Sony and UMG) as a member. “With...
March 31, 2021
Survey offers data on the most used Indian streaming services
If you needed further evidence of YouTube’s outsized popularity in India, you got it twice in the past week. First came YouGov’s music streaming study, which claimed that 66% of all urban Indian adults use YouTube...
March 25, 2021
Independent music, not Bollywood, may be India’s global crossover
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently told Music Ally that he believes “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”. As an Indian...
March 8, 2021
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