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Messaging firm Kakao buys majority stake in MelOn

South Korean messaging app Kakao has acquired a controlling stake in the parent company of local music-streaming service MelOn, spending $1.6bn to acquire 74.6% of Loen Entertainment.

It’s the latest crossover between music and messaging – see Kakao rival Line’s acquisition of MixRadio and separate launch of its own Line Music last year – and in a country where the big Western streaming services have yet to make their mark.