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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...
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Deezer launches across Middle East and North Africa

Streaming service Deezer clearly signalled its intentions in the Middle East and Africa with its $185m funding round in August. Saudi Arabian investment fund Kingdom Holding Company and media firm Rotana Group were among...
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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.