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Shania Twain goes mobile gaming with Home Street partnership

Mobile gaming is a huge and growing industry, with spending up 18% to $40.6bn in 2016 according to research firm SuperData – a figure that matched global box-office revenues for films that year. Mobile games based on...
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Universal Music to work on AR / VR experiences with Within

We’ve been writing about virtual reality startup Within since it was founded under the name of Vrse by Chris Milk, the filmmaker whose previous projects included the famous ‘Wilderness Downtown’ interactive video for...
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Vivendi Content boss: “My belief is that YouTube’s DNA is free”

Dominique Delport is the chairman of Vivendi Content and MD of Havas Group, so he’s an interesting figure in terms of connecting the dots between Universal Music Group’s parent company and its advertising-giant arm. He...
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Major labels talk hi-res audio: ‘It’s not a niche market’

Traditionally, better audio quality has been a niche, from physical formats like DVD-Audio and SACD to lossless-quality music downloads. Will ‘hi-res’ audio be more than a niche for audiophile music fans? The three...
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Streaming generated $1.3bn for major music labels in Q2 2017

The three major labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – saw their collective recorded-music revenue from streaming grow to just under $1.3bn in the second quarter of 2017. That represents 38.5% growth...
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Goldman Sachs predicts $41bn recorded-music industry by 2030

At our NY:LON Connect conference in January this year, Dot Blockchain boss Benji Rogers caused a stir by making the confident prediction that “we’ll be at $100bn a year as an industry in two years” – albeit with the...
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‘Mi Gente’ tops Spotify chart in latest show of Latin power

The Bieber-infused remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ has finally been dethroned as the top track on Spotify’s global chart. But its replacement is a song sung entirely in Spanish: ‘Mi Gente’...
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Despacito is most-streamed song ever… thanks to YouTube

Universal Music Group is understandably trumpeting a new milestone for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’. Aided by a Justin Bieber-starring remix, the song has now been streamed more than 4.6bn times across...
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Judge approves request to rescind UMG’s Prince music deal

The saga of the Prince estate’s recorded-music archives deal with Universal Music Group is reaching an end. A judge has approved a request to rescind the distribution deal – estimated as being worth $31m – after...
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Queen and Adam Lambert launch ‘VR The Champions’ on VRTGO

"It will be as if you’re in a space rocket and zooming around the arena, and seeing everything in 3D," Queen's Brian May told Music Ally in May 2016, about a virtual-reality of the band's recent gig in Barcelona. Just...
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Music (UMG included) is a key pillar in Dailymotion relaunch

Like Vimeo, video-streaming site Dailymotion is doomed to be pigeonholed as ‘YouTube but much smaller’ in many people’s minds – even though with 300 million monthly viewers, it’s still pretty big. The service...
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2 Chainz gets his own Trap House VR experience

Rapper 2 Chainz is the latest artist to dive in to virtual reality: in this case, through an experience called ‘Trap House’ running on Universal Music’s VRTGO platform. Launched online as well as for Samsung’s...