Tencent Music IPO could slip to 2019

Chinese streaming giant Tencent Music is going public, but it's not clear if it will happen this year. The company delayed its planned IPO from…

Article 13: record industry attacks YouTube

Google-owned video platform, YouTube, claims that it paid out $1.8bn-plus to music rights-holders within the past 12 months - but the record…

IFPI and YouTube argue over $1.8bn-payments figure

Global music body IFPI has something to say about last week's Google report - specifically the claim that YouTube paid the music industry $1.8bn in…

Universal Music Group signs Taylor Swift with new global recordings deal

Taylor Swift has a new global recording contract with Universal Music Group (UMG). The multi-year agreement states that UMG will serve as the…

Rammstein to begin mixing new album; three-year tour planned

German metal giants Rammstein are working on their first album in 10 years - next month they will start mixing it (probably with the help of Rich…

Liberty Media manifests interest into buying a stake in Universal Music Group

Last September, SiriusXM, majority-owned by Liberty, announced that it had fully acquired Pandora for $3.5bn. This led online magazine "Music…

Sony completes deal to acquire EMI Music Publishing

According to an SEC filing posted on November 14th, Sony has finally completed its $2.3bn acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. Sony Corp’s operation…

Keith Richards brings solo catalogue to BMG

Keith Richards just signed a new worldwide with BMG, which secured itself the legendary guitarist's solo solocatalogue. The agreement brings…

Kanye West's new album "Yandhi" postponed again

Rap mogul Kanye West postponed once again the release date of his next album "Yandhi". Originally it was due out in September, then it was pushed…

Is Hulu going to expand globally?

Disney will soon own a 60% stake in video-streaming service Hulu, thanks to its buyout of 21st Century Fox. This way the company will have a bigger…

Festicket's Series D funding round raises $10.5m

Festicket, the festival ticketing and travel platform, just raised $10.5m in its Series D funding round - led by VC firm Beringea, with InMotion…

Neil Young's home burns in California wildfires

Canadian-born rocker Neil Young lost his home to the wildfires currently ravaging the state. In a post to his website, the musician broke the news…

Spotify launches analytics for music publishers

Streaming giant Spotify was already offering analytics for labels and distributors, and - separately - for artists and their managers; now it added…

YouTube claims it paid out over $1.8bn to music rights-holders

Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube just claimed that it paid out over $1.8bn to music rights-holders in the 12 months to the end of…

Sonic Youth share music archive of live recordings

Noise rock giants Sonic Youth, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1988 album "Daydream Nation", are launching a series of events…

Spotify plans to buy back up to $1bn in stock

Streaming giant Spotify announced a plan to buy back up to $1bn of its stock - representing up to 10m of ordinary shares in the company. The…

Kobalt and partners launch new neighbouring-rights organisation

Kobalt is teaming up with publishing companies Wixen Music UK and Inside Baseball Music Publishing to launch a new organisation called IAFAR - which…

Pandora shares financial results: subscriptions grow, but active-listeners decline

US streaming service Pandora is going to be bought by satellite-radio company SiriusXM, but for the moment it's an independent, public company. It…

Spice Girls announce reunion tour, but Victoria Beckham won't join them

The Spice Girls just announced a 2019 reunion tour, but they will perform without founding member Victoria Beckham. Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown…

Apple’s services revenue reach quarterly high of $10bn

Apple just announced an impressive set of quarterly financial results. Indeed, the comany's revenues were up 20% year-on-year to $62.9bn, and its…