Middle Eastern music streaming service Anghami is being sued by Reservoir Media and PopArabia for copyright infringement. According to Billboard, the lawsuit was filed in Abu Dhabi just before Christmas, […]
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Neighbouring rights: ‘We’re hitting the ground running…’
The infrastructure and enthusiasm around licensing and neighbouring rights varies a lot around the world. In a NY:LON Connect session chaired by Alison Wenham, COO, Blue Raincoat/Chrysalis Group, a panel […]
Sony Music’s latest partnership focuses on Khaleeji pop
Sony Music Entertainment Middle East has announced a deal this morning with Ghmza, a Kuwaiti creative studio focused on music and video.
WMG steps up its MENA business with Qanawat acquisition
Warner Music Group has made its latest move in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a planned acquisition of distributor Qanawat Music.
Anghami signs exclusive deal with Middle Eastern star Amr Diab
Diab is already the most popular artist on Anghami according to the DSP, with more than 1bn streams on its platform.
Anghami’s market cap leaps to $503.4m after public listing
How is life as a public company going? Yesterday, Anghami’s share price closed the day at $19.50, up 62.5% on the previous day.
Anghami has 1.4m subscribers ahead of its public listing
Anghami, the music streaming service based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, is preparing to go public via a spac merger in the US.
30M Records talks ‘This is Tehran?’ and Iranian music’s global potential
Hamburg-based label 30M Records was founded in 2020 by Matthias Koch with the aim of helping Iranian musicians to release their music globally, at a time when economic sanctions mean artists and labels there cannot deal directly with digital music services in the US or Europe.
The label’s first compilation album ‘RAAZ’ came out last year, and this week its second release drops. ‘This is Tehran?’ focuses on current Iranian composers and musicians working across a range of genres, from classical and jazz to electronica.
“I am totally convinced that the overwhelmingly rich musical heritage is a great source and inspiration for contemporary artists, both Iranian and international,” Koch told Music Ally on the eve of the release.
“The instruments, sounds, tonalities are something special on one hand and quite appealing on the other. Streaming services are a great way to get that message out to the world.”
Spotify launches a K-Pop collaboration in the Middle East
Even when non-anglo genres get popular, they’re often still viewed through a western lens: for example, success in the US is often seen as the key signal of the success […]
Universal Music launches a new label focusing on Arabic music
Universal Music Group has been on something of a spree of new label launches in recent times, with a particular emphasis on high-potential markets.
The latest example is Universal Arabic Music (UAM for short) which is going to focus on music from the Middle East and North Africa.
It’s a partnership between UMG and Republic Records on one side, and The Weeknd’s manager Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby, who also founded Salxco and XO Records, and is head of international partnerships at streaming service Anghami.
Anghami reportedly set for public listing through Spac merger
Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami may be going public soon, via a special purpose acquisition company (Spac) in the US. Bloomberg reported that Anghami is “close to being listed on the Nasdaq […]
Warner Music Group invests in Middle Eastern label Rotana
Warner Music Group’s latest splashing of its cash is focused on the Middle East, and independent label Rotana Music. The undisclosed investment includes a deal for WMG’s Ada Worldwide label […]