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US enjoyed third straight year of double-digit music growth

We won’t know the full figures on how 2018 went for the global recorded-music industry until next month, when the IFPI publishes its annual report. But based on the largest market in the world, the US, it’s going to be...
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FTC to focus more attention on competition in tech industry

US regulator the Federal Trade Commission has created a new task force which it says will be “monitoring competition in US technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking...
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US could overhaul its music-licensing rules for publishing

Even as the row over Spotify’s publishing licensing in India rages, so attention is switching back to the US, where the Department of Justice is mulling a shakeup of the long-established ‘consent decrees’. “The Justice...
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Battle over US radio royalties gets underway (again)

The US radio and music industries are set for another skirmish over the lack of performance royalties paid by traditional radio stations in that country. This time round, the spark is the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)...
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There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos

Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end...
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Two groups vying to oversee MMA’s blanket mechanical licence

One of the key parts of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was the plan to create a new collective to license and administer mechanical rights in the US. Yesterday we got more details on the pitch from the National Music Publishers...
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RIAA-backed report explores labels’ changing role in music

We’ll be blunt: anyone who tells you that labels are dead is talking out of their trumpet. But anyone who tells you that an artist can’t succeed without a label is just as big a fibber. The truth of the matter is that...
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Nielsen releases its figures for US music growth in 2018

BuzzAngle may have come out of the gates first with its estimates for US music consumption in 2018, but now Nielsen – with its official chart-tracking status – has published its own figures. The company says that total...
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Report: 14m Americans got their first smart speaker in 2018

NPR and Edison Research have published their latest ‘Smart Audio Report’about the growth of smart speakers in the US. It claims that around 53 million Americans now own these devices – 21% of the adult population. 14...
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BuzzAngle reveals double-digit growth in US music consumption

Research firm BuzzAngle has published its 2018 Year-End Report for music consumption in the US – an interesting comparison to the UK figures we published yesterday. The picture is one of strong growth: consumption (as in...
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Social music app TikTok gains momentum in the US

Based on app-store charts in the west, Chinese social-music app TikTok is picking up a fine head of steam, following its merger with Musical.ly earlier this year. Now there is more data on that from tech site The Verge,...
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eMarketer predicts 201.5m US digital audio listeners this year

Research firm eMarketer has published some new predictions on the ‘digital audio’ landscape in the US, which includes music-streaming services. The company reckons there’ll be 201.5 million US digital audio listeners...