Music bodies acting ahead of crucial Article 13 vote

The European Parliament will very soon vote on the EU’s draft Copyright Directive, and music bodies are leading the charge of creative industries in…

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd raises $260m+ to buy music copyrights

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd, the company founded by veteran artist manager Merck Mercuriadis, has just raised over £200m ($262m). According to a report…

Drake's new album broke day-one streaming record on Apple Music

Drake did it again: he destroyed Apple Music's record with over 170m streams on day one with his new album "Scorpion". The previous biggest global…

Instagrammers can now add licensed music to their stories

Popular photo sharing social network Instagram just announced its latest milestone: more than 400 million people are using its "stories". But the…

Spotify generated $40m+ in ticket sales in 2017

A new analysis by "Music Business Worldwide" says that Spotify’s work with Fans First (the brand representing Spotify’s data-mining work for/with…

GigList and True Tickets teamed to create ticketing analytics tool

According to "Music Ally", big-data-focused GigList and blockchain-ticketing startup True Tickets, are teaming up to create “an analytics tool that…

The majors could block Spotify’s expansion into India

According to a report posted by Music Business Worldwide, Universal, Sony and Warner are very unhappy about Spotify starting to directly license…

George Ergatoudis is leaving Spotify to join Apple Music

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at Spotify. Indeed, George Ergatoudis, one of the most influential tastemakers in the UK business, is leaving the streaming…

Spotify’s share price soars on the New York Stock Exchange

On Friday, June 8, Spotify’s share price closed on the New York Stock Exchange at an all-time high on Friday. This is, possibly, a direct…

Spotify offers 50% rev-share direct deals to artists

According to a report published by "Music Ally", via "Billboard", “Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange…

Facebook users can now legally upload/share UGC videos featuring licensed music

Facebook just made its first move in music. The social media giant, indeed, announced that its users can now legally upload and share UGC videos…

SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor says the streaming platform is "in a much clearer place now"

Good news for Soundcloud. This time last year, the platform was in hot water and - after an annual loss of $82m in 2016 - spent the summer of 2017…

Apple has a new global music publishing division headed by Elena Segal

Cupertino giant Apple just launched a new internal division dedicated to music publishing and music publishers. According to a report by Music…

Pandora acquires ad-tech firm AdsWizz

Pandora just paid $66.3m in cash plus 9.9m shares of its common stock for digital-audio ad-tech company AdsWizz. And if certain milestones are hit…

Sony to buy additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing

Sony announced a deal with Mubadala Investment Company to acquire the latter’s 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing’s parent company DH Publishing…

YouTube music subscription service to be launched on May 22nd

The new YouTube music subscription service – formerly codenamed "Remix" – has been confirmed and will launch in five markets on May 22. YouTube…

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…