Kakao Entertainment plans merger with streaming service Melon
There are big things afoot in the South Korean music industry this week, and for once they have nothing to do with K-Pop stars like BTS or Blackpink. Instead, Kakao Entertainment, already a key music distributor and media...
July 19, 2021
On-demand audio music streams up 27.5% in first half of 2021
Listeners streamed 1.3 trillion tracks from on-demand audio music services in the first half of 2021, up 27.5% year-on-year. That’s according to MRC Data, which published this global figure as part of its mid-year...
July 14, 2021
Streaming and social companies face new regulations in Canada
Canada famously has regulations applying to traditional broadcasters around how much Canadian content – music, films, TV shows etc – they must air. Now the Canadian government is working through the process of adapting...
June 23, 2021
Spanish telco Telefónica launches its own music service
Ah, the age-old cycle of telcos launching their own music services, then shutting them down in favour of partnerships with third-party music DSPs, then launching their own music services again, then… Well, you get the...
June 22, 2021
MP Kevin Brennan offers more details on his streaming bill
We wrote last week about British politician Kevin Brennan’s presentation of a private member’s bill in the houses of parliament that will focus on music streaming and artists. We noted that because of the way the British...
June 21, 2021
Study claims 47% of Americans subscribe to an audio service
Edison Research has published some new data on audio services in the US. It claims that the percentage of Americans subscribing to these services grew from 23% in 2015 to 47% in 2021. This isn’t just about music....
June 18, 2021
UK set for debate on Music Streaming Bill this December
We are still awaiting the report of the UK parliament’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming, but yesterday we had some news of potential follow-on legislation. Kevin Brennan MP, one of the members of the Digital,...
June 17, 2021
Apple Music, Deezer and JioSaavn launch new tools for artists
Streaming services aren’t just competing for listeners: they’re competing to offer the most useful tools and resources for artists. There’s a trio of announcements on that score today. Apple Music has revamped its Apple...
June 16, 2021
Japan’s physical decline still outweighs streaming growth
Revenues from music streaming subscriptions in Japan grew by 128% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, according to figures published by industry body the RIAJ. Those subscriptions generated ¥14.62bn (around $133.4m)...
June 15, 2021
Music streaming app Trebel is planning to go public
Which music company is going public next in 2021? It might soon be easier to ask which music companies aren’t. The latest setting its sights on the markets is music streaming app Trebel, and you can read its filing here,...
June 10, 2021
The five E’s of fan engagement in music marketing (guest column)
This is a guest post by Sandra Croft (Artist & Promotions Representative, UK & EU) and Henriette Heimdal (Market Development, UK & EU), of CD Baby. This is their five-point strategy for "transforming audiences into fans"...
June 8, 2021