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Brit Awards: Stormzy and Dua Lipa triumph as host shades Spotify

Apple Music and YouTube may have been the key digital and sponsorship partners for last night’s Brit Awards, but it was Spotify that got an (admittedly-unwanted) shout-out from the event’s host, comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking...
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Amazon shuts down its UK ticketing business – but may return

Shortly after pulling back from its ticketing ambitions in the US, Amazon is also shutting down its UK ticketing division. IQ reported on an email sent to clientsby Amazon Tickets’ music boss James Moore explaining that...
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YouTube to stream Brit Awards outside the UK for fifth year

Is it that time of the year already? We mean the time when a press release lands in Music Ally’s inbox about YouTube and the BPI, and *doesn’t* mention the ‘value gap’. The British industry body has enlisted YouTube...
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UK spending on recorded music grew by 9.6% in 2017

Brits spent more than £1.2bn on recorded music in 2017, a year-on-year increase of 9.6% fuelled by the growth of streaming subscriptions. Figures released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed that...
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40% of new PRS for Music members under 20 identify as women

UK-based collecting society PRS for Music has published some data which it hopes shows encouraging signs of more women taking up careers in songwriting. The society says that 40% of its new members under the age of 20...
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Spotify will make London its latest R&D hub

You’ve likely heard about Spotify’s swanky new US headquarters in New York, but the company is also doubling down on its presence in London. Spotify said yesterday that it will be making that office its latest ‘R&D...
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Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s launches its own vinyl label

One of the strangest aspects of the vinyl revival in the UK has been the sighting of LPs and turntables on sale in the biggest supermarket chains – previously the bastion of narrow top-40 and compilation CD sales. Now...
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Hookd rebrands as Lickd and adds Hospital Records catalogue

We reported on the launch of Hookd in September: the British startup is launching a ‘pre-cleared, commercial music licensing solution for online video creators’. Basically a way for YouTubers to license labels’ tracks...
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FanFair Alliance surveys consumers on secondary ticketing

UK-based campaigning group the FanFair Alliance has published a study of consumer attitudes towards the secondary ticketing market. Disclosure: Music Ally worked on the report, alongside market-research company AudienceNet....
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Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptions

Mixcloud’s plans for premium subscriptions will include the ability for individual DJs, curators and podcasters on its platform to launch subscriptions for their mixes and shows. The streaming service’s ambitions to...
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Spotify ended 2016 with 7.1m monthly active users in the UK

Spotify’s UK subsidiary has filed its financial results for 2016, offering an insight into the company’s business in that country. The streaming service’s UK revenues grew by 27% to £237m (around $311.9m) with subscriptions...
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Brexit and the future of the British music industry (guest column)

This guest column comes from Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright: "Last month, thousands of people crowded together in the Eventim Apollo theatre in Hammersmith to celebrate some of the best of British music at the...