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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
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Deezer IPO is back on – possibly; Middle East growth is happening – definitely

Way before Spotify did its direct listing, Deezer was shaping up to be the music streaming service most likely to do an IPO. Everything was going swimmingly until October 2015 when it announced that it was postponing its...
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Linkfire opens up conversion data from Anghami in Middle East

Music-marketing firm Linkfire continues to deepen its relationships with streaming services in interesting parts of the world. Its latest partner is Anghami in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It’s the latest deal...
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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...
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Report: WMG mulling investment in Saudi firm Rotana Music

Rotana Music is the Saudi-owned music firm whose parent company bought a stake in streaming service Deezer last year – resulting in an exclusive for Deezer on Rotana’s catalogue in the Middle East. Now Warner Music Group...
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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...
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Music-streaming in the Middle East: ‘There is a space and place for everyone’

Spotify and Deezer's recent launches in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have highlighted the region's status as a strategic priority for the music industry – although these companies (and Apple Music) are facing...
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Global music-streaming: ‘For growth you have to look outside of the Western markets’

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon may dominate many of the discussions about music-streaming, but there is more to the global streaming market than the biggest players. A strand at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect...
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Deezer targets more growth with local focus and ‘humbleness’

Music-streaming service Deezer ended 2018 with seven million subscribers: half of its 14 million monthly active users. CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht revealed the figure in an interview with Music Ally, as he explained how Deezer's...
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Palestinian artists hope Spotify will help them reach new fans

A big deal wasn’t made out of this during the launch, but Spotify’s debut in the Middle East included making the service available in the Palestinian Territories – an area of the world that has rarely figured in discussion...
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Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa (interview)

Rumours about Spotify's impending debut in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been bubbling for weeks. Today, the streaming service launched in 13 countries in the region. Spotify's free and premium tiers are...
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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...