US recorded-music market grew 10% according to RIAA mid-year stats

US industry body the RIAA just shared its mid-year figures for 2018, outlining the growth in recorded-music revenues in the first half of this year…

Spotify drops the bomb: artists can now upload tracks to the streaming platform for free

Yes, you got it right. The breaking news is that Spotify has today launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to…

US Senate passes Music Modernization Act

The United States Senate just passed the Music Modernization Act by unanimous consent, setting into motion an overhaul of music licensing…

Tencent Music halves amount sought in IPO to $2bn

"Music Ally" posted a brief update on Tencent Music’s IPO in the US. The filing hasn’t been published yet, but it seems there are some new…

Warner Music Group acquires merch company EMP for $180m

Warner Music Group is about to acquire one of Europe’s biggest music merch companies - EMP Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH (EMP) - for $180m…

Jack White to release Kneeling At The Anthem D.C concert film and companion EP

Ex White Stripes and music entrepreneur Jack White will soon drop a concert film and a companion EP - both exclusively via Amazon Music. The film is…

Google urged to stop accepting money from Viagogo

Internet giant Google has been urged to stop accepting money from Viagogo to place the ticket website at the top of its search rankings; the request…

Spotify is up to something and music majors are getting nervous

Streaming giant Spotify is entering the talent marketplace, even if it has not revealed which artists it has made deals with and declined to comment…

European Commission confirms its approval of Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

So it's done: the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, explaining that it…

Vevo's Alan Price is the company's new permanent boss

Alan Price has been interim CEO of music-videos platform Vevo since December 2017, but now the "interim" part of his job title is gone. Price has…

Viagogo skips committee hearing

Secondary-ticketing company Viagogo was due to give evidence to a British parliamentary committee on September 5, as part of the latter’s inquiry…

Watch Paul McCartney's exclusive live concert on YouTube

Ex Beatles icon Paul McCartney will play a special live concert on his YouTube channel, on September 7. The gig, part of a YouTube Original special…

Viagogo going to court in the UK

Ticketing platform Viagogo is facong some dark clouds in the UK. Indeed, the CMA announced that it has issued legal proceedings against the…

China’s biggest online movie ticketer, backed by Tencent, files for IPO

Chinese internet giant Tencent is up to something again in the ticketing business. The company, indeed, backs China’s largest online movie-ticket…

MusicLife: $5m raised for blockchain-based "music exchange ecosystem"

Singapore-based startup MusicLife just announed it raised a $5m Series A funding round led by Metropolis VC. The company is, indeed, building a…

Apple’s buyout of Shazam is set to be approved by the European Commission

According to a report published by Reuters, Apple’s proposed $400m buyout of music-recognition company Shazam is set to be approved by the European…

Amazon to launch a national TV campaign for its music-streaming service

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is about to launch a national TV campaign for its music-streaming service, featuring ads with songs…

Sony/ATV strengthens European Digital and International Business Affairs team

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has strengthened its market-leading European Digital and International Business Affairs team. The changes include a new…

Ticketmaster to launch a new fan-to-fan ticket exchange platform

Ticketmaster is decommissioning its two secondary ticketing sites in Europe. Indeed, from October, GET ME IN! and Seatwave will be replaced by a new…

Spotify is becoming Samsung's go-to music service provider

Spotify has a freshly inked deal with smart devices giant Samsung. Indeed the streaming music company announced that it is now the “go-to music…