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Indian artist Badshah questioned by police over ‘fake views’

Remember the controversy last year when Sony Music India claimed that its artist Badshah had broken YouTube's 24-hour viewing record with his new video 'Paagal'? After it emerged that views from Google ads were included...
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Indian streaming service Gaana grows to 185m listeners

At the start of February this year, Indian music streaming Gaana announced that it had 150 million monthly active users. Now the company has updated that figure to 185 million, having added 35 million listeners in the last...
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Indian labels hit short-video apps with infringement notices

It's not just the US where short-video apps are facing pressure from music rightsholders over their licensing deals (or lack of). It's happening in India too, where a number of these apps have been spiking in popularity since...
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Roposo, Zili and Dubsmash capitalising on TikTok India ban

We know that TikTok's ban in India has led to a spike in downloads of rival apps, many of them homegrown. Now analytics firm Sensor Tower has offered some figures to quantify that spike. It reckons that three of the key...
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ByteDance’s Resso could soon be banned in India like TikTok

"Unlike TikTok, Resso escaped the recent ban on apps of Chinese origin in India," we wrote earlier this month, when reporting on ByteDance's streaming music app reaching 10.6m installs in India so far – including 3m in...
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India’s new livestreaming tariff plans are already changing

We reported earlier this month on plans by Indian collecting society IPRS to start charging licensing fees for music livestreams – and initial criticism that the plans could leave artists out of pocket. Now the plans...
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Sony Music dives deeper into independent Indian hip-hop with Raftaar

One of the trends that's been bubbling for a while now in India is the rise of independent hip-hop. Note, 'independent' in this context means 'independent from the film-music industry' more than it does 'independent from...
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LyricFind expands into India and Africa with new teams

Lots of music companies see India and Africa as important areas for growth in the coming years, and that applies to companies focusing on lyrics too. LyricFind announced its expansion plans yesterday, with two new remote...
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Gaana hopes to reach 500m users in next three years

Indian streaming service Gaana currently has more than 150 million monthly active users, but its CEO has reiterated ambitious plans for future growth. “As music streaming marketing continues to grow, our goal would...
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Sandbox Issue 257: Filter Tips. Making camera effects connect

Lead: Music-centric filters on social apps are designed to appeal not just to hardcore fans but also to get enough “shareability” to pull in potential new fans. They are also being used by labels themselves to create...
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Facebook signs deal with Indian collecting society IPRS

The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) has signed a deal with Facebook for use of the repertoire it represents in videos, music stickers and stories on the platform. The deal also covers similar usage on Instagram,...
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ByteDance’s music app Resso installed nearly 3m times in India in June

TikTok's parent company ByteDance test-launched its Resso music streaming app in India and Indonesia last year – we put it through its paces in December, ahead of its formal launch in India in March 2020. Unlike TikTok,...