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European copyright directive agreed – now for more votes

The three main European political bodies – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and the European Commission – have agreed a final text for the proposed modernisation of copyright laws across the EU. “The...
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How pirated TV shows on YouTube made Dinosaur Jr. a hit in Japan

Congratulations to Dinosaur Jr. for topping Japan’s video-streaming chart with nearly 8.1m weekly views for a 25-year-old song called ‘Over Your Shoulder’. Wait, what?! Yes, the definitely-not-at-all-J-Poppy grunge...
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Marshmello YouTube channel got 164% boost from Fortnite concert

We wrote last week that we were waiting for the latest weekly YouTube Music charts to go live, so that we could gauge the bump that dance artist Marshmello got from his concert in YouTube. Not least because anecdotally, nearly...
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Sandbox Issue 221: Fake Views. Lies, damned lies and music statistics

Lead: Smoke and mirrors have always been part of music, but when it comes to data, truth is starting to play second fiddle to hype. The nefarious and ruthless are finding ways to “massage” social media and streaming numbers...
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YouTube CEO hails growth but keeps up pressure on Article 13

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published her latest update on growth and trends for the video service, including some milestones from 2018. “The channels with over one million subscribers nearly doubled in the last year,...
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Startup Lickd raises £1.7m funding and signs BMG deal

UK-based music-licensing startup Lickd has announced a Series A funding round of £1.7m ($2.2m) from angel investors, including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. The company’s focus is on licensing recorded-music to YouTubers...
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Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids

Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
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YouTube says video premieres are paying off for artists

YouTube launched its ‘premieres’ feature last year: a way for channels to schedule the launch of new videos, and thus drum up an audience to watch and chat together. It’s not a music-specific feature, but YouTube is...
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‘Streaming Price Bible’ reveals one label’s 2018 per-stream rates

Every year, artist-rights blog The Trichordist publishes a new ‘Streaming Price Bible’ comparing the latest per-stream rates for the main music-streaming services. This year’s went live this morning, based as ever on...
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Zee Music Company reaches 30m-subscribers YouTube milestone

It’s not just T-Series doing well at signing subscribers up for Indian-music YouTube channels. Zee Music Company has announced its own milestone: 30 million subscribers for its flagship YouTube channel, which mixes film...
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Music-streaming in the Middle East: ‘There is a space and place for everyone’

Spotify and Deezer's recent launches in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have highlighted the region's status as a strategic priority for the music industry – although these companies (and Apple Music) are facing...
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The top three artists on YouTube last week were all from India

Guess who the most popular musician in the world was last week based on YouTube views? Not Ariana Grande, who’s currently Spotify’s top artist: she was only 21st in YouTube’s weekly rankings for 11-17 January – admittedly...