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…

Spotify buys Loudr

Spotify acquired Loudr in order to streghnten its policy of dentifying, tracking and paying royalties to music publishers and songwriters. Spotify…

SoundCloud losses increased to $74.5m in 2016

SoundCloud justpublished its financial results for 2016 through Companies House in the UK. The figures show that the company’s revenues…

YouTube to esclusively livestream Coachella 2018

YouTube returns to Coachella for the eighth year in a row to exclusively livestream the first weekend of Coachella 2018. Presented by T-Mobile in…

Oliver Schusser is now global head of Apple Music

Big news from Cupertino. Indeed, Apple Music has a new global boss. His name is Oliver Schusser and he has been named head of Apple Music Worldwide…

YouTube’s top 19 music videos - together - have 50.9bn views

New records for YouTuber. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s "Despacito" has passed another milestone: 5bn views of its official video, nearly 15…

Sonos: are there plans for an IPO in the future?

Sonos might be the next music-related company to be launched on the public markets, after Spotify. Indeed, some of its recent recruitment ads…

Sony Music sold 17.2% of its shares in Spotify

Sony Music Entertainment sold a chunk of its shareholding in Spotify, taking home over $250m after just one day of public trading of the company…