Spotify teams up with MBC’s Shahid for six-month MENA promotion
Spotify is part of a new bundle in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, but rather than a telco contract, this partnership involves a video streaming service. Specifically, it’s a video streaming service called...
March 2, 2020
Sony Music restructures its Asia and Middle East divisions
Sony Music has introduced a new reporting structure for its operations in Asia and the Middle East. This will involve the creation of a series of hubs in the regions that will report to Sony’s headquarters in New York....
January 27, 2020
MENA service Anghami generated more than 10bn streams in 2019
We reported earlier this month on speculation that Middle Eastern and North African streaming service Anghami might be up for sale, with a mooted valuation of $400m. Now the company has offered an official line on what’s...
January 17, 2020
Deezer signs deal to offer direct telco billing in MENA region
Deezer’s ambitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continue. The streaming service has announced a partnership with mobile technology firm Mondia which will help people pay for Deezer in the region....
January 14, 2020
Report suggests streaming service Anghami is up for sale
Given the growing activity and interest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 2020 is arguably a very good time to consider selling up if you’re the leading streaming service in that part of the world. Bloomberg...
January 13, 2020
Deezer signs its first telco deal in the MENA region
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the regions – like Latin America – where Deezer sees an opportunity to compete strongly against its larger global rivals. A $185m funding round in August 2018 included...
December 10, 2019
Country Profile – UAE 2019
As the business hub of the Middle East and North Africa, the UAE belies its geographical size. In the case of the music industry, global streaming services have joined record companies in mining its significant potential
November 11, 2019
Middle-Eastern streaming service Anghami has 1m+ subscribers
The Middle East is currently a big strategic focus for global streaming services like Spotify and Deezer, but they face competition from established local service Anghami. Now it has released some new figures on its business, in...
March 6, 2019
Deezer bags former Turner exec to be its MENA CEO
As music-streaming competition heats up in the Middle East, Deezer has announced a new boss for the region: Tarek Mounir. He will join the company on 1 April as CEO for MENA and Turkey, with a focus on ‘growing Deezer’s...
February 6, 2019
Deezer CEO sees partnerships as key to Middle East growth
Talking of intense competition for new subscribers… the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) streaming market is heating up nicely as 2018 nears its end, thanks to recent launches in the region by Spotify and Deezer –...
November 19, 2018
Spotify is (almost) ready for launch in the Middle East and North Africa
Spotify appears to be making the final preparations for its long-anticipated launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on an invitation-only basis. News site MENAbytes reported this weekend that Spotify...
November 5, 2018