MME 4.5 seminar: "The New Influencer Ecosystem"

The next MME 4.5 seminar will be focused on The New Influencer Ecosystem and will take place on Tuesday 5 March, 2-6pm in central London at the…

Tencent Music invests in another music-streaming service: Douban FM

Tencent is already owner of three of the main music-streaming services in China. But the company has just invested in a fourth: Douban FM. According…

Soundcloud launches distribution feature

Soundcloud just launched a new feature, part of its SoundCloud Premier program. From now musicians - who have always been able to upload their…

Rhapsody to pay up to $10m in songwriter-lawsuit settlement

Music company Rhapsody (now operating as Napster) was sued by singer-songwriters David Lowery, Victor Krummenacher and David Faragher. A settlement…

Ryan Adams’ new album "Big Colors" pulled from release

On Wednesday, February 13th, news spread that several women accused singer-songwriter Ryan Adams of abuse (ranging from emotional manipulation to…

Final Article 13 text approved by European negotiators

The final text of the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market (including the controversial Article 13 provision) was approved during the…

Universal Music Group to acquire Ingrooves Music Group

Universal Music Group has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006; the company is now thought to be holding…

Universal Music Group now valued at $42bn... and a major labels selling frenzy could be around the corner

During 2018, UMG, commercially speaking, ruled the blockbuster music charts of 2018. Eight of the year’s top 10 most popular artists (across all…

Art. 13: musicians, songwriters, managers and producers answer to rightsholders

On February 8th, music-industry bodies the IFPI, Impala and ICMP published a letter asking for the European copyright directive to be scrapped…

Article 13: are rightsholders throwing in the towel?


The process of the new European copyright directive, including its Article 13 section, took its latest twist on February 7th, when a group of…

Billboard shares its 2019 Power List of industry executives

Music industry publication "Billboard" just published its annual "Power List"; the list has been refocused on "core music-industry companies" (which…

Spotify reaches 96m paying subscribers in 2018 and shares its first ever operating profit

Streaming coloss Spotify announced it closed 2018 with 96m paying subscribers around the world (that's to say up by 25m year-on-year).In Q4 alone…

Spotify to buy podcasting company Gimlet Media

Streaming coloss Spotify is negotiating to buy a significant podcasting production company: New York-based Gimlet Media, which was founded in 2014…

Apple Music reaches 50m subscribers

Apple Music has 50 million subscribers - that is to say 50 million persons actually paying for a subscription. CEO Tim Cook told analysts in Apple’s…

Pledgemusic issues statement about late payments to artists

Direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic released a statement on January 24th accepting responsibility for late payments to “many artists” over the past…

Universal’s Bravado buys Epic Rights

Bravado - Universal Music Group’s merchandising arm - acquired its Los Angeles-based competitor, Epic Rights, for an undisclosed sum. Among Epic…

European music promoters team-up to stop ticket scalping

Europe’s leading live music professionals have joined forces to form a new organisation: the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), to…

Article 13: music rightsholders call for urgent changes

On September, 12th 2018 the European Parliament voted (by 438 votes to 226) to pass the Article 13 section of the proposed new European Copyright…

Deezer launches Radio By Deezer free app

Deezer, out of the blue, just launched a brand new app called Radio By Deezer. It’s free, initially available for Android smartphones only, and it's…

Punk Bible "Maximum Rocknroll" will cease to exist as a monthly print fanzine

The legendary San Francisco-based monthly punk fanzine "Maximum Rocknroll" - that’s been around since 1982 and published over 400 issues - announced…