AI music startup Aiva raises €1.5m funding from NetEase
It’s been a little while since we last wrote about Luxembourg-based startup Aiva and its software for creating music using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. We covered its pitch in the 2018 Midemlab startups...
June 16, 2020
NetEase Cloud Music gets rights for Studio Ghibli soundtracks
If we are all about to go into remote-working self-isolation for a few weeks, there’s no better time to get a Netflix subscription to work through the wonderful back catalogue of animation firm Studio Ghibli. The...
March 13, 2020
NetEase still keen to take its Cloud Music service public
Chinese technology company NetEase has just taken its online-education subsidiary Youdao public, but it’s already thinking ahead to similar plans for its music-streaming service NetEase Cloud Music. CEO William Ding told Bloomberg that...
October 28, 2019
NetEase’s Mathew Daniel talks China, artists and publishing as ketchup
Mathew Daniel, VP international at Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music, has criticised collecting societies while suggesting that direct payments to publishers could be a better model in China. “I have an analogy....
June 10, 2019
NetEase Cloud Music inks deal with Japanese label Nippon Columbia
China is a hugely-appealing market for Japanese labels seeking international growth for their artists. Here’s a new example of the kind of partnerships that are being struck to achieve this: streaming service NetEase Cloud...
April 23, 2019
Report predicts 530m electronic-music listeners in China by 2021
NetEase’s electronic-music brand Fever has worked with research firm Nielsen on a report that tries to quantify the market for dance music in China. Among its claims: that there will be more than 530 million people listening...
March 27, 2019
Direct streaming deals in China can run to ‘millions of dollars’
In the west, the thought of Spotify and Apple Music signing direct licensing deals with artists – cutting out labels and even distributors – is causing a certain amount of tension. However, it’s no secret that such...
March 6, 2019
NetEase has hopes for a Cloud Music IPO in the future
Earlier this week, we reported on the $600m funding round for Chinese music-streaming service NetEase Cloud Music. It’s part of tech company NetEase, which has a range of other digital businesses, from games and advertising...
November 15, 2018
Far East Movement sign ‘multimillion-dollar’ deal with NetEase Cloud Music
Thus far, the topic of artists signing direct licensing deals with music-streaming services has focused largely on the west, with Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud. In China, the discussion has been more about the exclusive...
October 29, 2018
Tencent / NetEase affected as Chinese government cracks down on gaming
Here’s a story that’s only just getting picked up in the west: the Chinese government has not approved the release of any new paid games in the country since March, nor has it approved any new free games to use in-game...
September 4, 2018
Xiaomi and Netease strike ‘copyright transfer’ agreement
The age of full-catalogue-exclusivity deals with Chinese music services is coming to an end, with the government there having nudged the various companies to strike deals for fairer sub-licensing of the catalogues they control....
August 8, 2018
NetEase hails success of western artists on its service
We’ve heard at several conferences recently that Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music might be a happier hunting ground for western artists than rival services operated by Tencent Music. Now NetEase is talking...
June 28, 2018