Merlin announces 25% reduction in administration fees for members as team expands

Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, has announced another significant reduction to its Administration…

iHeartMedia on the verge of collapsing under $20bn debt burden?

iHeartMedia , one of the US music business’s most important media partners has admitted that it may go bust before the end of 2017. The company has…

StubHub does great in Q1 2017

StubHub’s turnover grew 18% in the first three months of 2017: revenues topped US$210 million, aided by “strength in international markets with the…

Spotify is working its own hardware, inspired by Amazon’s Echo

Spotify is determined to launch its own music hardware and will be inspired by Amazon’s voice-activated Echo speaker. The news has been revealed in…

Google Play Music to be Samsung’s default music service

Samsung has tried and failed several times to get a successful digital-music service off the ground, despite the popularity of its smartphones. Now…

Apple Music debuts ‘Up Next’ scheme for emerging artists

Vevo has ‘Lift’, Deezer has ‘Next’, and Spotify used to have ‘Spotlight’ – all initiatives to promote emerging artists on those streaming services…

Spotify and Merlin sign new licensing deal

Earlier this month, Universal signed a long-awaited new global licensing deal with Spotify. Now, it's the turn of the indies. Merlin has confirmed…

Sony/ATV Music Publishing: Guy Henderson is now President, International

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Guy Henderson to the position of President, International, based in the company’s London office. In the role…

Slacker has laid off a major portion of it's staff

Bad news for Slacker: the company, indeed, has laid off a major portion of it's staff, as reported by "Hypebot" A statement from the company's CEO…

Friends again? Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster launch bid to revamp Seattle Arena

Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster have been in a feud in the past - but, apparently, this won't prevent them to collaborate on the right projects. Indeed…

Pandora plans to enlist private equity firm to fund expansion

Accordingf to "The New York Post", Pandora Media may team up with a private equity firm in exchange for cash to help expand the business. Sources…

Is Ticketmaster doing enough against touts?

Ticketmaster has been accused of not doing enough to stop professional ticket touts bypassing strict purchase limits imposed on ordinary fans. The…

UK record industry registers 5.1% growth in 2016

Good news for the UK record industry, which saw a 5.1% growth in revenues in 2016 - according to new stats released by trade body the BPI today. In…

Amazon owns the world’s biggest paid-for music streaming service...

It seems a bit odd - and it is, actually - but Amazon right now owns the world’s biggest paid-for music streaming service: it's Prime Music, the ad…

Pandora asks record labels for cash and better rates

According to "Blomberg", Pandora executives have asked the major record labels for cash or better deal terms to stop ongoing losses and reduce…

Queen, Bravado and Winning Moves team-up to launch "MONOPOLY: Queen Edition"

Bravado, Universal Music Group’s industry-leading merchandise and brand management company and global games company Winning Moves have announced…

YouTube TV reaches five markets

YouTube has launched its live television service in limited markets: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. Subsrribers pay…

Max Lousada is new Warner CEO, Recorded Music worldwide

Max Lousada, one of the UK's most respected major music executives, has been promoted to the global top tier of Warner Music Group: from his current…

Spotify to window albums on premium

After two years of negotiations, Spotify's Daniel Ek can sleep a little easier. indeed, Universal Music Group has officially signed a new, multi…

Ticket tout buying tickets in parents’ names to bypass purchase limit

According to the Daily Record, a ticket tout is bypassing the limits on ticket purchase quantities in the primary ticketing sites: he is simply…