Spotify up to 87m subscribers and 191m listeners

Streaming giant Spotify published its financial results for the third quarter of 2018; the big news is that it now has 191 million monthly active…

Sony Music revenues up 5.8% so far this year

In the first nine months of 2018, Sony global recorded music revenues surpassed $2.87bn; that's to say up $158m, or 5.8%, on the same period of…

Chinese startup Bytedance valued at $75bn following new funding round

Chinese firm Bytedance is now "the world’s most valuable startup" according to TechCrunch, with a valuation of $75bn that even exceeds Uber…

Unreleased George Michael music to be featured in "Last Christmas" movie

Reportedly, the new Paul Feig movie - called "Last Christmas" and due out on November 15, 2019 - will feature unreleased music by George…

Sony’s takeover of EMI Music Publishing approved by European regulators

European regulators approved Sony Corp’s takeover of EMI Music Publishing, without concessions: the company is now clear to complete a $2.3bn deal…

Spotify's playlist-submission tool gets out of beta phase

Last June, Spotify announced a new tool for artists and labels to submit new tracks for consideration for its programmed playlists. Now the feature…

Facebook implements more music features

Facebook’s music-licensing deals are bringing to new features for the social network. Among the most recent news, Facebook has followed its…

SoundCloud users can now share tracks directly to Instagram stories

SoundCloud users now can share music to Instagram’s stories feature. The company thinks the feature will be useful for artists who are dropping new…

R.I.P. indie streaming app Humbolt

Last August a new music-streaming app called Humbolt - based in New York - was launched. The startup was pitched as an ethical, indie-focused…

Drake and Scooter Braun invest in esports company 100 Thieves

Canadian rapper Drake, together with music manager Scooter Braun, have co-led a funding round in an esports startup called 100 Thieves, taking on…

The Good The Bad & The Queen drop new single “Merrie Land”

Supergroup The Good The Bad And The Queen just premiered a new single called "Merrie Land". The song is the title track of the upcoming new album…

YouTube CEO criticizes Article 13 of new European copyright directive

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has criticised the European Parliament’s recent approval of the Article 13 section of the proposed new European copyright…

Neil Young to release archival live album "Songs for Judy"

Rock legend Neil Young just announced the upcoming release of "Song for Judy", a live album recorded during his November 1976 solo tour. The 22-song…

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and music lover dead at 65

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft (in 1975), died on Monday, October 15. He was an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who influenced many…

Apple acquires music analytics startup Asaii

Apple just acquired music-analytics startup Asaii - which is, consequently, shutting down this month. The news was broken by "Music Ally" and has…

Is Tencent Music IPO on hold?

The planned IPO of Chinese mega-company Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TMEG) caused quite a noise in the international music industry... but it…

President Donald Trump signs Music Modernization Act into law

USA President Donald Trump just signed the Music Modernization Act into US law - the bill was unanimously voted through both the US House of…

Rare Jack White cover of Blondie unearthed

This is history... and Third Man Records co-founder and White Stripes archivist Ben Blackwell just unearthed a Jack White rarity. It's a cover of a…

SoundCloud expands its direct monetization program

Spotify shot first and now SoundCloud answers with a surprise move: indeed, the platform announced it's expanding its direct monetization program…

Portal and Portal+ are here: Facebook's first two smart speakers

Social media giant Facebook just unveiled its first two smart speakers called the Portal and Portal+ and - like Amazon's Echo Show - these devices…