Spotify tests sponsorship of full-screen album recommendations

Streaming coloss Spotify has been showing - fir some time - its mobile listeners full-screen recommendations of new albums from the artists that…

The Chainsmokers co-found blockchain-ticketing startup Yellowheart

There are many blockchain-ticketing companies on the market, right now. One of the latest being born is YellowHeart, which wants to help artists set…

Vivendi set for Tencent UMG investment, plus interest from others

Vivendi’s latest quarterly financial results gave an update on the company’s plans to sell up to half of Universal Music off to partners. Talks with…

NMPA throws weight behind possible US investigation into TikTok

Chinese social media video app  TikTok is currently under intense scrutiny in the US over its recently-revealed censorship policies - senator…

Sony 360 Reality Audio to launch with four streaming services

Tech coloss Sony revealed more details about its 360 Reality Audio format, which was announced earlier this year. From late autumn, there will be…

Bring Me The Horizon Launch First Spotify Data-Driven Personalised Merch

UK rock band Bring Me The Horizon are the first ones to connecti streaming with physical merchandise; indeed the "Amo in colour" website utilises…

YouTube Music will come as a pre-installed app on new Android devices

The transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music is going steady. Indeed, Google has announced that the YouTube Music app will now be pre…

Ticketing startup Dice lands in Italy, with FKA twigs

Ticketing startup Dice last March launched in the US and now it's expanding again. This time it arrives in Italy. Dice's app just launched there…

Licensing start-up Soundfeed launches open beta with 150 labels

Start-up Soundfeed, a platform which simplifies international licensing for labels, is now moving to open beta. The platform has already seen…

IFPI report reveals new highs in on-demand streaming habits

The IFPI's new "Music Listening 2019" study (the new name for its annual "Music Consumer Insight" report) has been relesed. Reading it we note that…

Sony Music’s merch operation expands

Sony Music’s merchandising division, The Thread Shop, is going to acquire the music merch division of The Araca Group for an undisclosed fee. New…

Is Tencent buying 10% of Universal Music Group?

Chinese coloss Tencent made an offer to buy 10% of UMG for €3bn. If the deal is finalized, Tencent would also have a one-year call option to acquire…

Spotify's paying subscribers reaches 108m

A new financial update released on July 31 by Spotify confirmed that the company's premium subs count was up 31% year on year (on the same three…

FUGA acquire rights platform Songspace

FUGA, tha amsterdam.based technology and services company, just acquired full ownership of Nashville-based rights management and creative workflow…

Vivendi to appoint investment for the sale of up to 50% of its subsidiary UMG

France-based coloss Vivendi is appointing, today (July 25th) “several investment banks” for the sale of up to 50% of its subsidiary Universal Music…

FIMI's Enzo Mazza urges Spotify to ‘do more’ make Italians subscribe

Enzo Mazza, boss of Italian music body FIMI talkend about his thoughts (during an interview with Torrentfreak) on the topic of music subscriptions…

Patreon announced a $60m Series D funding round

Crowdfunding firm Patreon announced a $60m Series D funding round, taking its total raised since launch to nearly $166m.

Musician Serj…

7digital Group plc annonces board changes

Following the publication of its annual accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018, 7digital Group plc announced the appointments of Tamir Koch as…

Spotify changed its mind: it won't be a distributor

Spotify, last year, announced that it was enabling artists to upload their music direct to the platform. This feature launched in Beta in September…

Spotify and Libra cryptocurrency: what's up?

It's official: music-streaming Spotify is on board as one of the first backers of Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. The social network will…