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…

Warner Music Group starts a seed fund for startup investment

Universal Music Group is launching a new seed-stage startup investment fund called WMG Boost with an agenda featuring AI, blockchain, virtual…

Tencent Music files for IPO in the USA: Warner and Sony buy $200m of shares

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) – the largest music streaming company in China, but also the owner of QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo and WeSing…

The Google Maps app has now music features

It might sound weird, but the Big G did it: indeed Google added music features to its Google Maps app, trying to meet the needs of commuters. The…

Believe is changing its role in the music industry - report

French company Believe is commonly known as a digital music distributor... but it seems we'll have to adjust our perception in the near future. Last…

Apple announces acquisition of Shazam

After months of deliberation, Apple announced that its purchase of Shazam has finally been completed, bringing the music-finding app under Apple’s…

Pandora acquired by Sirius XM Holdings

Free Internet radio app Pandora has been acquired by Sirius XM Holdings via an all-stock transaction for approximately $3.5 billion. The…

US recorded-music market grew 10% according to RIAA mid-year stats

US industry body the RIAA just shared its mid-year figures for 2018, outlining the growth in recorded-music revenues in the first half of this year…

Spotify drops the bomb: artists can now upload tracks to the streaming platform for free

Yes, you got it right. The breaking news is that Spotify has today launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to…

US Senate passes Music Modernization Act

The United States Senate just passed the Music Modernization Act by unanimous consent, setting into motion an overhaul of music licensing…

Tencent Music halves amount sought in IPO to $2bn

"Music Ally" posted a brief update on Tencent Music’s IPO in the US. The filing hasn’t been published yet, but it seems there are some new…

Warner Music Group acquires merch company EMP for $180m

Warner Music Group is about to acquire one of Europe’s biggest music merch companies - EMP Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH (EMP) - for $180m…

Google urged to stop accepting money from Viagogo

Internet giant Google has been urged to stop accepting money from Viagogo to place the ticket website at the top of its search rankings; the request…

Spotify is up to something and music majors are getting nervous

Streaming giant Spotify is entering the talent marketplace, even if it has not revealed which artists it has made deals with and declined to comment…

European Commission confirms its approval of Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

So it's done: the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, explaining that it…

Vevo's Alan Price is the company's new permanent boss

Alan Price has been interim CEO of music-videos platform Vevo since December 2017, but now the "interim" part of his job title is gone. Price has…

Viagogo skips committee hearing

Secondary-ticketing company Viagogo was due to give evidence to a British parliamentary committee on September 5, as part of the latter’s inquiry…

Viagogo going to court in the UK

Ticketing platform Viagogo is facong some dark clouds in the UK. Indeed, the CMA announced that it has issued legal proceedings against the…

China’s biggest online movie ticketer, backed by Tencent, files for IPO

Chinese internet giant Tencent is up to something again in the ticketing business. The company, indeed, backs China’s largest online movie-ticket…