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…

Rumours: Liberty Media could acquire talent agency CAA

According to the "Financial Times", Liberty Media is trying to acquire a stake in CAA, the agency representing the live careers of artists ranging…

Sony introduces its new 360 Reality Audio format at CES

Sony Corporation, during its keynote at the CES technology show in Las Vegas introduced “an all new music experience called ‘360 Reality Audio’ that…

Spotify opens Discover Weekly playlist up to brand sponsorship

Streaming giant Spotify just launched the sponsoring of its Discover Weekly algo-personalised playlist. The company explained: For the first time…

Deezer ended 2018 with seven million paying subscribers

Music-streaming service Deezer in 2018 reached seven million subscribers - which is to say, half of its 14 million monthly active users. The seven…

Ed Sheeran sued in the US for plagiarism of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"

British star Ed Sheeran is being sued by the estate of the late Ed Townsend, the producer who co-wrote "Let’s Get It On" with Marvin Gaye. Sheeran…

Spotify: 70% of Queen’s listeners are aged under 35

Streaming giant Spotify unveiled some figures about the audience on its service for Queen, following the rock band’s recent biopic-fuelled spike in…

BuzzAngle's year-end report reveals double-digit growth in US music consumption

Research firm BuzzAngle published its 2018 Year-End Report focused on music consumption in the US. The figures talk about a strong growth…

More than 1/4 of music streamed in the USA in 2018 was hip-hop

According to market monitor BuzzAngle, more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the US in 2018 were hip-hop/rap…

Article 13: Vivendi, IFPI and others concerned

Earlier this week, we reported on the latest discussion points in Europe’s ‘trilogue’ process finalising its new copyright directive, including the…

YouTube Music: charts become playlists

YouTube’s subscription music service has a useful new feature. Indeed, its collection of music charts have been turned in to playlists: five in each…

CD Baby announces 2019 DIY Musician Conference in Austin

CD Baby just announced the 2019 DIY Musician Conference, which will take place for the first time in Austin, TX on August 16-18, at the…

Tencent Music now valued at $21.3bn: IPO raises $1.1bn

After a delay, Tencent Music is finally going public in 2018. The final numbers for the company’s US IPO are $1.1bn raised, after setting the…

Sony Music launches Mora Qualitas, its own streaming service in Japan

Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) joined forces with Rhapsody International to launch the first on-demand, high resolution music streaming…

Independents' global share up to 39.9% according to Wintel

According to trade body WIN's latest Wintel report, independent labels' share of the global recorded-music market grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9%…

Tencent Music plans to raise up to $1.2bn in its IPO

Tencent Music announced the terms of its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is planning to sell 82 million shares to investors (for a…

Brian Eno’s music app Bloom is back and updated

Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers - 10 years ago - launched their Bloom app for iPhone. It was a creative tool for "generative" music: when the app was…