Spotify patent reveals karaoke feature with auto-tuned vocals
Karaoke is a big earner for Tencent Music in China, so can it fulfil a similar role for the big western streaming services? Spotify may be one of the first to try. After recent speculation that it's working on a karaoke...
September 15, 2020
As Twitch Sings shuts down, Snapchat gets a karaoke game
Twitch recently announced that it was shutting down its karaoke game Twitch Sings, including removing all the archived broadcasts and clips using it. But where one karaoke game closes, another one pops up backed by a different...
September 14, 2020
Tencent’s WeSing is keeping China’s karaoke sector thriving
Karaoke is enormously popular with people of all ages in China, with millions flocking to 'KTV venues' [karaoke bars] to partake in singalongs. The Chinese government's 2019 China Music Industry Development Report valued...
August 17, 2020
NetEase Cloud Music saw ‘triple-digit revenue growth’ in Q2
Chinese technology firm NetEase published its latest financial results last week, with no new figures for its NetEase Cloud Music streaming service. However, the service was mentioned in the subsequent earnings call with...
August 17, 2020
YouTube karaoke channel Sing King raises £550k in seed funding
In many countries, nobody’s going out to karaoke venues for the time being, but that’s creating opportunities from digital karaoke services, from apps to YouTube channels. Sing King is one of the latter, with 7.2 million...
May 1, 2020
Youka Karaoke turned YouTube music videos into karaoke tracks
Industry copyright lawyers! Here’s something to get your dander up this morning: a new website that promised to turn YouTube videos into karaoke. We’re using the past tense for a reason there: in between the site launching...
February 20, 2020
Songwriting duo Stargate invest in social music app Voisey
In June, Music Ally reported on a new social-music app called Voisey, which we described as “Smule’s Sing! Karaoke meets TikTok”. It had just raised a funding round from investors including management firm ie music’s...
December 6, 2019
Sandbox Issue 241: Music Merchandising Moves On
Lead: Billboard has just announced new chart rules around merchandise and album bundles in the US (effective from January 2020), seeking to close some of the loopholes that have been exploited here in recent years. This could...
November 28, 2019
Tencent Music’s Andy Ng talks AI recommendations and karaoke expansion
In a keynote interview at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) conference in Amsterdam, Tencent Music’s Andy Ng outlined his role in combatting piracy in China, building a legal streaming market there and why he and his...
October 18, 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
Twitch Sings karaoke contest will offer a $20k grand prize
Last October, we wrote about Twitch Sings: plans by Amazon’s live-video service to launch a karaoke-style feature for creators on its platform. It was a partnership with music-games firm Harmonix (of Rock Band fame) that...
March 4, 2019
10 things we learned from Tencent Music’s IPO filing
Tencent Music published its filing to go public last night. We’ve been filleting the document to pull out some of the most interesting data and strategic titbits on the Chinese digital-music company. 1. The big figures Tencent...
October 3, 2018