YouTube adds credits to millions of songs

YouTube added to more than half a billion videos credits covering songwriter, label and publisher data. The Google/Alphabet platform also announced…

Report: how many shares the major labels and Merlin bought in Spotify and what they are worth now

An in-depth report posted by "Music Business Worldwide" gives an overview on tne present of Spotify and uncovers some very juicy details regarding…

Warner secretly launched its own digital distribution platform for self-releasing artists

According to a report by Music Business Worldwide, Warner secretly launched its own digital distribution platform for self-releasing artists –…

Instagram starts Eventbrite partnership

Instagram entered the ticketing world: indeed, users can now buy tickets from within its app to certain live events – with the Life Is Beautiful…

YouTube’s new ad deal with Vevo details unveiled

As already reported, YouTube signed a new advertising deal with Vevo in 2017; now has it been made (in part, actually) public. According to "Music…

Warner sells $400m of Spotify stock

Music giant Warner Music Group sold around three-quarters of its total equity of Spotify shareholding - that's to say $400m. WMG boss Steve…

Pandora's Q1 financials are very positive

Pandora's latest quarterly financial show a company in good shape. The streaming service posted revenues of $319.2m, up 12% year-on-year – although…

YouTube boosts music ad efforts and reaches 1.8 billion monthly logged-in viewers

YouTube says it now has 1.8 billion monthly logged-in viewers: the stat was announced at the company’s Brandcast event for advertisers in New York…

JAAK announces successful landmark music blockchain pilot with BMG, Global Music Rights, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music and other industry leaders

London-based tech start-up JAAK announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network (KORD), in partnership with leading record labels, publishers…

Sony Music sold 50% of its shares in Spotify

According to a "Music Vusiness worldwide" report, Sony Music sold approximately 50% of its shares in Spotify during the streaming company’s first…

The first 12 months of Rob Stringer as Sony Music CEO

Rob Stringer became Sony Music CEO at the start of April 2017. Now "Music Business Worldwide" posted a breakdown of how the company’s global…

Annual IFPI report: independents ruled global market share in 2017

According to the annual IFPI report on music industry, worldwide money going to artists and labels in the year amounted to $17.3bn, up 8.1%…

EC in investigating in-depth on Apple/Shazam deal

European regulators still haven't greenlighted Apple to complete its proposed acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam. Indeed, the European…

IFPI says global recorded-music revenues grew by 8.1% in 2017

IFPI unveiled (in its Global Music Report) some interesting figures about the global recorded-music market: in 2017 it was worth $17.3bn, up 8…

Tencent Music’s offering could value the business in excess of $25 billion?

Tencent is preparing an IPO for its music-streaming division; following Spotify’s recent direct public offering, expectations are increasing for its…

Facebook closed new music licensing deals with Merlin, Beggars Group, [PIAS] and Ingrooves

Facebook's plan to expand its presence in the online music arena is going strong. The company, indeed, announced new multi-territory licensing deals…

Label-less artists generated $472m of revenues in 2017

According to a report put out by consultancy Midia Research, artists who aren’t signed to a label generated revenues of $472m in 2017, up 27.2% year…

Vivendi is thinking about potential IPO of Universal Music Group

CEO Arnaud De Puyfontaine officially confirmed that Vivendi is officially busy with with preparatory work to put Universal Music Group as its…

Midia: global recorded music industry revenues topped $17bn in 2017

Midia Research shared a study saying that the global recorded music business generated wholesale revenues of USD $17.4bn in 2017 (up 8.5% year-on…

All about WARM, the Danish tech start-up

WARM is a Danish tech start-up launched in 2017 with the aim to offer unprecedented access to key radio airplay data for the independent music…