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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…