Deezer claims $1.4bn valuation with TV Azteca partnership in Mexico
Deezer is doubling down on Latin America courtesy of a partnership with Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca that it says values the music streaming service at €1.3bn ($1.4bn). That's based on a $40m investment in Deezer by...
July 2, 2020
MelodyVR postpones expansion to Latin America and Asia Pacific
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR is seeing a silver lining in the coronavirus outbreak – its content sales are up – but it’s also forcing a pause in the company’s global expansion plans. On the first...
March 18, 2020
Bad Bunny is the big winner at Spotify’s first awards
Last night, Spotify held its first awards event, in Mexico City. The focus was mainly on Latin American artists, with most of the categories’ nominees and winner based on data from Spotify listeners in Mexico, rather than...
March 6, 2020
Latin America gets electronic-music conference Cancun Music Week
Mexico will be the location for Latin America’s latest new music conference, Cancun Music Week. It will take place in Cancun from 3-9 August, and will focus on electronic music with a mixture of DJ sets, branded parties,...
January 15, 2020
‘Juicing’ YouTube views with ads isn’t just an India thing
Sony Music artist Badshah came under the spotlight recently when his label claimed he’d broken YouTube’s first-day-views record; YouTube pointedly didn’t confirm it (and still hasn’t); and then debate ensued about...
September 5, 2019
Chile is blazing a trail for music-streaming in Latin America
Spotify has more than three million users in Chile, a country of around 18m people, according to local sources. In January 2019, Spotify’s Will Page told the FT claimed that Chile “is now one of our fastest-growing markets...
August 20, 2019
Country Profile – Chile 2019
Chile is South America’s leader in digital and telecommunications infrastructure and as such the country is blazing a trail for streaming in the region’s music industry with revenues up by 38%
August 19, 2019
Mexican music industry optimistic for more growth ahead
We’ve all heard of the smartphone as a driver of digital music consumption. Well how about music as a driver of smartphone adoption? That, according to Tomás Rodriguez, managing director of Warner Music Mexico, is what...
July 19, 2019
Country Profile – Mexico 2019
Mexico has turned its world upside down in an unlikely situation where music is driving smartphone adoption rather than the other way around. And it’s all helping to send recorded music revenue to new heights.
July 18, 2019
Music streaming in 2019: radio rivalry, Spotify sustainability and ‘west versus east’
Streaming was the big driver behind the recorded-music industry’s 9.7% growth in 2018, according to the IFPI. In fact, streaming revenues grew by 34% to $8.9bn, accounting for 47% of the global total. At the end of 2018,...
June 4, 2019
How Latin American and Asian cities are redefining how global hits happen
Jason Joven from Chartmetric (he’s the company’s very grandly titled “music data storyteller”) has published a fascinating blog on Medium looking at what are termed “trigger cities” (a concept coined by Chaz...
May 29, 2019
India and Latin America clean-sweep YouTube top-10 artists chart
The top 10 artists on YouTube last week generated 1.69bn views between them, according to YouTube’s ‘Global Top Artists’ chart. What’s more, not a single one of them came from the US or Europe. In fact, YouTube’s...
April 3, 2019