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Musicians offer feedback on Spotify’s new fundraising feature

Last week, Spotify said that more than 50,000 musicians were already using its new ‘Artist Fundraising Pick’ feature for fan donations, either to themselves and their teams, or to music relief charities. But is it working...
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Google Play Music set to shut down ‘later this year’

Tech giant Alphabet currently runs two music streaming services, YouTube Music and Google Play Music, but has never hidden its intentions to shut down the latter at some point, to focus purely on YouTube. That moment appears...
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Tencent Music now has 42.7m online music paying users

Chinese music-streaming company Tencent Music has published its latest quarterly financial results, revealing that its three online music services (QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music) ended March with 42.7 million paying...
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The power of smaller playlists. Why big is not always best.

*This topic was discussed in-depth on Music Ally TV. Watch the show in full here   In a world where the playlist is king, it is hardly surprising that getting on New Music Friday (NMF) has become the be-all and end-all...
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Polaris survey reveals latest Nordics streaming stats

The Nordic region is one of the most mature territories for music streaming in the world. Now the Polaris Hub – the licensing hub formed by collecting societies in Denmark, Norway and Finland – has published its annual...
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Why Nigeria has ‘massive’ potential for music streaming

Recorded music revenue in Nigeria will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.6% over the next five years to reach $40m in 2023, according to PwC, which is tipping the country to be the world’s fastest-growing Entertainment...
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MMF boss slams ‘laughably obtuse’ resistance to streaming reform

Yesterday was quite a day for Music Ally on social media: our piece exploring how streaming services can generate more royalties for artists was shared approvingly by both Daniel Ek and David Lowery – surely a first,...
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Over-55s are fastest growing group of UK music streamers

UK body ERA has published some new research showing that Brits aged 55 and over are the fastest-growing segment of music streamers. From its panel survey, ERA estimates that 2.3 million over-55s were using subscription music...
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Spotify CEO: ‘Long term, we do expect Apple to open up’

It’s all gone a bit quiet on the antitrust complaint front regarding Spotify versus Apple. Spotify filed a complaint in Europe against Apple more than a year ago, sparking a sharp rebuttal from the tech giant. We’re...
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Were independents the big winners from 2019 streaming growth?

We covered the launch of the IFPI’s latest Global Music Report yesterday, and the official figures showing that global recorded music revenues grew by 8.2% to $20.2bn in 2019 – the biggest total since 2004. Now...
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Apple Music adds artists’ audiobooks for streaming

We’ve written a fair amount about the differing strategies of Spotify and Apple Music when it comes to spoken-word content. Spotify is piling in to podcasts and giving them equal billing to music on its ‘audio-first’...
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Pandora founder: ‘Subscription businesses are destroying music’

We tend to focus on startups’ tech and business models rather than their founders’ psychology, but new livestreaming startup Sessions is fascinating on both counts – in the latter case, seemingly as a response...