Spotify meets... the great Bulgarian swindle

"Music Business Worldwide" posted an in-depth report about a scam against the Spotify payout system perpetrated by a Bulgarian playlist-maker. This…

2018 will be “the year of music for YouTube and Google”, says Lyor Cohen

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, has been interviewed by "Music Ally". During the chat he said that 2018 will be “the year of music for…

Spotify is working to create physical products

From a recruitment ad on Spotify's website - as "Music Ally" pointed out - we can deduce that the company is actually working to create its first…

Legendary Gibson guitar company facing bankruptcy?

According to a report published by the "Dayton Daily News", Gibson guitar company is facing bankruptcy. The company, indeed, recently saw the…

Universal Music Group turned over an average of $17.5m per day in 2017

According to new annual results posted by Vivendi, total revenues at UMG – including recorded music, publishing and other activities – rose 10% at…

Spotify is testing on-demand access to some playlists for free users

Spotify is currently testing some updates and new features. Music Ally has been tipped off by an Android user based in the UK about a specific test…

“Music 4.5 – Sync, the evolving deals” takes place in London on Wednesday 28 February 2018

2Pears announced its next “Music 4.5” event, focused on exploring current and upcoming changes in the sync and music licensing rights marketplace as…

Spotify offers free 60 day Premium deal

Spotify, in order to further increase its subscriber base, is currently giving away a full two months of Premium access for free to new US customers…

Google implements new policy on secondary-ticketing websites

As reported by "Music Ally", Big G has implemented a new policy on secondary-ticketing websites; this new strategy will force those websites to…

Apple’s $400m acquisition of Shazam to be examined by EU regulators

As reported by "Music Business Worldwide", Apple’s $400m acquisition of Shazam will have to be reviewed by European antitrust regulators. "Reuters…

Apple Music has over 36m worldwide subscribers

Apple Music has surpassed 36m worldwide subscribers (which, by the way, is still about half the size of Spotify’s equivalent premium audience). The…

Sony Music’s labels generated nearly $4bn in revenue in the last calendar year

As "Music Business Worldwide" reported, Sony Corp shared its new financial figures; it seems that the company’s recorded music division generated a…

Warner Music Group revenues grew by 14% in Q4 2017

Warner Music Group recorded revenues of $1.05bn for the fourth quarter of 2017 – its fiscal Q1 – up 14% year-on-year. Its digital revenues grew by…

CTS EVENTIM acquires majority stake in D’Alessandro e Galli Italian promoter

CTS EVENTIM, one of the leading international providers of ticketing services and live entertainment, acquired 60% of the shares in D’Alessandro e…

Sony and Tencent join forces to launch a record label together in Asia

Sony Music and Chinese giant Tencent launched a label together: it's called  Liquid State and it has a core focus on EDM and electronic music…

Grammy Awards 2018: the full winners list

Bruno Mars is the big winner of the 60th Grammy Awards edition - which took place during the night between January 28th and 29th. The artist won…

Revolution at hand? US streaming royalty rates rise 44%

Something huge is cooking, after a landmark ruling in the market Indeed, on Saturday, January 27, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB…

Kobalt CEO answers to UMG's Jonathan Dworkin concerns about streaming music

We already reported about the NY:LON Connect conference keynote session during ehich UMG's Jonathan Dworkin expressed concerns about music’s role as…

Spotify is keeping an eye on tips economies in social apps

Spotify’s CMO Seth Farbman at the NY:LON Connect conference hinted at Spotify's interest in tips economy via social apps - "tips economy" refers to…

UMG's Jonathan Dworkin warning at NY:LON Connect

During Music Biz and Music Ally’s NY:LON Connect conference, Universal Music’s SVP of digital strategy and business development Jonathan Dworkin…