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Spotify debuts ‘Global Cultures Initiative’ for music diversity

Spotify has announced a new scheme that will focus on music from the Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America. It’s called the Global Cultures Initiative, which Spotify describes as “promoting and advancing culturally...
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Spotify internal email suggests November launch for Middle East

Spotify’s next wave of global expansion may come in November with the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report by Gulf News, based on a leaked internal company email. “A senior media executive is quoted describing...
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Spotify hires Arab Music editor ahead of Middle East push

Spotify’s latest recruit to its curation team is an interesting one: Suhel Nafar, who will work out of the company’s New York office and focus on its Arab Music & Culture hub. Nafar is co-founder of Palestinian hip-hop...
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Apple Music gets six-month bundle with Etisalat in the UAE

Telco music-streaming bundles don’t always make headlines – indeed, they don’t always get announced by the streaming companies. But they’re an under-the-radar element in the increasingly-global competition between...
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WMG hopes the next Despacito could come from the Middle East (interview)

Warner Music Group’s latest global expansion is Warner Music Middle East, a wholly-owned affiliate which will cover 17 markets across the Middle East and North Africa. Moe Hamzeh is the new division’s managing director,...
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Anghami, the Spotify of the Middle East, has 33m listeners

It would be crass to call it “the biggest music-streaming service you’ve never heard of”, but Anghami is comfortably dominating in the Middle East – with no plans to expand outside of the region just yet – and pointing...
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Anghami adds new video feature for its 24m users

Middle Eastern music-streaming service Anghami, which is headquartered in Beirut, now has 24 million listeners for its freemium offering.
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Vevo aiming for Middle East launch by June

Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff says the music videos service is aiming to launch in the Middle East and North Africa by summer.
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Vevo heads for the Middle East

Meanwhile, Vevo is planning to launch in the Middle East in the first quarter of next year, according to local newspaper The National. It claims Vevo Arabia - a provisional title - will launch with a broad range of videos,...