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Music Ally Report 382 – Startup Shutdown

Our cover feature surveys the startup boneyard to try and understand precisely why so many music services, all promising a fizzing new future at their launch, hit the wall quickly, found out they were in the wrong lane...
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Country Profile – South Korea 2016

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Messaging firm Kakao buys majority stake in MelOn

South Korean messaging app Kakao has acquired a controlling stake in the parent company of local music-streaming service MelOn, spending $1.6bn to acquire 74.6% of Loen Entertainment. It’s the latest crossover between...
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Korean live-music startup MyMusicTaste raises $10m

Remember when Songkick was promoting its Detour feature, which enabled fans to band together to request a gig in their nearest town by a favourite band? Korean startup MyMusicTaste is mining similar territory, and it’s...
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Finetunes strikes deals for Asian expansion

Digital distributor Finetunes has signed three new partnerships to boost its business in Asia. The German firm will be represented throughout the region by Singapore-based Cross Ratio Entertainment, which will be encouraging...
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Samsung apologises for ‘free music’ ad in South Korea

Oh dear, Samsung. The company’s music team has posted an apology on its Facebook page for an ill-advised promotional campaign for its Milk music service. The ad – according to Digital Music News’ translation – suggested...
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Samsung Milk Music popular in Korea (except with some rightsholders)

Samsung’s Milk Music personal radio service launched in the US earlier this year, but it recently went live in the company’s homeland of South Korea too. A report from Korea Joongang Daily suggests the app is...
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INFINITE are first K-pop act to top Twitter Emerging Artist Chart

INFINITE (a band that insist on writing their name in caps despite, as far as we can tell, it not being an acronym) have become the first South Korean act to get to number 1 on the Twitter Emerging Artist Chart (which launched...
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Country Profile – South Korea 2013

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Flurry explains that phablets are big in South Korea

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has published some research into what's happening with devices and apps in South Korea.
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IHS identifies digital music growth in South Korea

IHS has published some more stats on digital growth in Korea, suggesting that digital services accounted for 56% of all consumer spending on full-track music there in 2012
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Country Profile – South Korea 2012

The South Korean music industry has long been fascinating, despite only recently landing on Western radars thanks to Psy and his ‘Gangnam Style’ global hit.