Confirmed: Chinese music streaming service Xiami to shut down
At the start of December 2020, rumours swirled about the future of Xiami, one of the established music streaming services in China. Local reports suggested that its owner, tech giant Alibaba, was preparing to shut the service...
January 5, 2021
Rumours swirl in China about future of Alibaba’s Xiami
Xiami is the Chinese music streaming service owned by tech firm Alibaba. It's well established, but lacks the profile of Tencent Music's three services (QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo) or NetEase Cloud Music. Now Chinese social...
December 2, 2020
BMG inks distribution deal with Chinese firm Alibaba
We’ve written about plenty of Chinese distribution deals for labels down the years, but not much for publishers. That’s why BMG’s announcement yesterday of a deal with Alibaba is so interesting: it’s an example of...
March 31, 2015
China focus: WMG expands but Taylor Swift blocks free streams
China has long been one of the most fascinating yet problematic markets for recorded music, certainly from the perspective of western labels and artists. Potentially huge audiences, and plenty of innovation around technology...
November 14, 2014
Alibaba’s Taobao site to add Xiami streaming music
Earlier this year, Chinese internet giant Alibaba announced that it had acquired streaming music service Xiami. Now the first fruits of that deal are emerging: Xiami is being integrated with Alibaba's hugely-popular online...
April 22, 2013