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Music industry comes together to tackle ‘stream manipulation’

Music Ally really has been trying not to go too far down the Donald Trump road of slinging the word ‘fake’ willy-nilly. That said, in the last two years we’ve ended up reporting on ‘fake artists’ (who turned out...
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Country Profile – Japan 2019

Almost 20m people in Japan subscribed to a music streaming service at the end of 2018 – with both free and paid subscriber numbers set to rise further over the next few years as streaming revenues remain healthy
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British music industry to launch new trade-mission to India

British music-industry bodies the BPI, AIM and MPA – along with the UK’s Department for International Trade (DTI) – are launching their latest trade mission to India. It’ll take place from 26-30 August, coinciding...
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Country Profile – Norway 2019

The Norwegian recorded music industry has settled into the contented groove of a mature digital market with price rises for some streaming services having little impact on revenue or subscriber numbers
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Metadata: how billions of dollars are being missed by the music industry

The Verge has run a lengthy piece on the existential crisis around metadata that the music business is currently facing down and why the longer it continues, the more money is being lost. “Metadata sounds like one of the...
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Billboard’s 2019 International Power Players revealed

In its Power Players list in recent years, Billboard has taken heat for a lack of diversity in the names it rates and ranks (mostly being middle-aged white males, mainly from the US). Its counter-argument has been that this...
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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...
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Country Profile – Poland 2019

Much as in the rest of the world streaming income has been on the rise in Poland. But this has not – for the moment – come at the expense of physical sales with Poland 32% up on physical product in Q1 2019
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Takedowns amp up the pressure on Twitter over music-licensing

A complaint from a musician about Twitter taking down a clip he posted of himself playing Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ turns out to have a bigger significance. Scott Bradlee of the group Postmodern Jukebox actually...
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NMPA boss fires new shot at Spotify by comparing it to Uber

Uber went public on Friday, and the event spurred David Israelite, the boss of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US, to voice his latest criticism of Spotify. “Question: what are the differences...
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UK survey reveals ‘hidden barriers’ for disabled musicians

A new report aims to shed more light on the “hidden barriers” encountered by artists with ‘access requirements’ – a term covering a range of impairments and health conditions. The report is the work of British music-charity...
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Country Profile – Brazil 2019

The impact of streaming in what is now the tenth largest recorded music market in the world could lead to “three to five years of significant growth” – and “the sky’s the limit” says Sony Brasil’s president