1% of artists account for 90% of streams says Alpha Data
The question of how long the ‘long tail’ of streaming is – and also how miserable it might be – has long been a subject for debate in the music industry. US analytics firm Alpha Data has some new figures...
September 10, 2020
Kenya-based DSP Mdundo to list on Danish stock exchange, raises $6.4m
Music streaming service Mdundo, which focusses on sub-Saharan Africa and operates in a dozen or so countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, is to list shares on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Denmark,...
September 4, 2020
MTN Nigeria and Tidal announce partnership
African telco MTN Nigeria and Tidal have announced a partnership which allows MTN users to access Tidal’s streaming service via their phones in a wide variety of short and long-term subscriptions. In December 2018, MTN...
September 3, 2020
Indian streaming service Gaana raises $50 million in debt
The largest Indian streaming platform, Gaana, has raised the equivalent of just over $50 million in debt from Tencent Cloud Europe and Time Internet, reports Indian startup news site Inc42. Tencent’s involvement accounts...
September 2, 2020
Report: Classical streams are booming for younger listeners
The Covid-19 lockdown has been very tough for classical musicians in the live sense, but if there’s a silver lining, it may be classical’s performance on streaming services. A new report co-published by Deezer,...
August 19, 2020
Gaana hopes to reach 500m users in next three years
Indian streaming service Gaana currently has more than 150 million monthly active users, but its CEO has reiterated ambitious plans for future growth. “As music streaming marketing continues to grow, our goal would...
July 23, 2020
Mexico now has around 20m users of music streaming services
With its capital city famously hailed by Spotify as “the world’s music-streaming Mecca”, Mexico is already one of the most-watched markets for streaming. Our new country profile provides an update on how...
July 23, 2020
Music Ally Report :: Q2 2020 Edition
Our main feature explores the evolution of live music, as we look towards a time when concerts are able to resume safely. What have we learned from the livestreaming boom during the Covid-19 lockdown, and what are the prospects...
July 20, 2020
Apple News updates show how Apple and Spotify’s audio strategies differ
Spotify’s ‘audio-first’ strategy – as originally outlined here – is about one audio app to rule them all, currently focused on music and podcasts, with an eye to other kinds of content in the future....
July 16, 2020
Spotify Premium Duo couples’ subscription expands globally
Spotify started testing its Premium Duo subscription plan in March 2019 in five countries: it was a $12.99-a-month Spotify subscription for couples, complete with a ‘Duo Mix’ playlist blending their tastes. It expanded...
July 2, 2020
UK’s Labour Party throws weight behind user-centric payouts
The debate about streaming royalties and ‘user-centric’ payments – primer here if needed – has largely been confined to the music industry so far. Could politicians get involved? Jo Stevens of the UK’s...
June 24, 2020