Hipgnosis reveals 7.5% revenue rise in its half-year results

Hipgnosis Songs Fund enjoyed a good run as a media darling, with warm coverage of its ambition to make songs a lucrative asset class for investment. The post Hipgnosis reveals 7.5% revenue rise in its half-year results appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: global music subscribers grew to 616.2m in Q2 2022

At the end of 2021 there were 523 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions. The post Report: global music subscribers grew to 616.2m in Q2 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

American Music Fairness Act takes another step forward

Step by step, the American Music Fairness Act is working its way through the US legislative system. The post American Music Fairness Act takes another step forward appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

FTC and Meta prepare for court battle over Within acquisition

The US Federal Trade Commission and Meta are heading to a courtroom in San Jose today The post FTC and Meta prepare for court battle over Within acquisition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud launches joint venture with music firm Third & Hayden

Traditional music industry boundaries continue to blur, particularly around artist development. The post SoundCloud launches joint venture with music firm Third & Hayden appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster faces a ticketing lawsuit from Taylor Swift fans

Ticketmaster’s difficult end to 2022 continues. The recent on-sales for Taylor Swift’s North American tour are at the centre of it. The post Ticketmaster faces a ticketing lawsuit from Taylor Swift fans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Triller music deals under the microscope amid catalogue removals

What’s the deal with Triller and music? It’s a longstanding question around the short-video service, and there are competing narratives. The post Triller music deals under the microscope amid catalogue removals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

22 best data sources to understand the music industry in 2022

Here is Music Ally’s handy primer on the best sources of data on the music market: industry stats, surveys, forecasts and more. The post 22 best data sources to understand the music industry in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify Wrapped 2022 is here: end-of-year charts, artist data and more

Apple, YouTube and Deezer did well to get their end-of-2022 recaps out yesterday: Spotify has just launched its annual Wrapped promotion. The post Spotify Wrapped 2022 is here: end-of-year charts, artist data and more appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Universal Music Group buys 49% stake in indie group PIAS

Independence is still being stressed, with Gates and fellow co-founder Michel Lambot retaining majority control of PIAS. The post Universal Music Group buys 49% stake in indie group PIAS appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Music, YouTube Music and Deezer launch their annual recaps

With Spotify’s annual Wrapped promotion imminent, three other streaming services launched their recap features for listeners yesterday. The post Apple Music, YouTube Music and Deezer launch their annual recaps appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

IFPI publishes its first official music chart for MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa is one of the ‘high potential’ regions being eyed eagerly by the global music industry. The post IFPI publishes its first official music chart for MENA region appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK’s CMA publishes its final report on music streaming market

The UK’s competition regulator the CMA has published its final report from its market study of music streaming. The post UK’s CMA publishes its final report on music streaming market appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sao Paolo, Mexico City and Santiago are the metal megacities

Chartmetric’s latest deep-dive blog post comes from SoundCloud’s director of music intelligence and analytics Wyatt Marshall. The post Sao Paolo, Mexico City and Santiago are the metal megacities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Utopia Music confirms layoffs to focus on ‘sustainable growth’

Utopia Music is one of the companies that has been most aggressive with its headcount growth in recent times. The post Utopia Music confirms layoffs to focus on ‘sustainable growth’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok tipped to grow its annual ad revenues to $122.5bn by 2027

If labels weren’t already pushing for a share of TikTok’s advertising revenues, the latest predictions from research firm Omdia should change that. The post TikTok tipped to grow its annual ad revenues to $122.5bn by 2027 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster to face US Senate hearing by the end of this year

Ticketmaster’s difficult end to 2022 continues, with the company now facing a hearing in the US Senate over its business practices. The post Ticketmaster to face US Senate hearing by the end of this year appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Music Group revenues grew 9% to $1.5bn in Q3 2022

WMG had another strong quarter in Q3 2022, with its financial results revealing a 9% year-on-year growth in the major’s revenues. The post Warner Music Group revenues grew 9% to $1.5bn in Q3 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Instagram’s takedown of a drill music video has been overturned

Earlier this year, Instagram took down a music video featuring a track called ‘Secrets Not Safe’ by British drill artist Chinx (OS). The post Instagram’s takedown of a drill music video has been overturned appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

DAACI, Hawkr, Volta XR, Biiah, Curve and Music Health win Music Ally SI:X

It’s time to announce the winners of Music Ally SI:X, our new global showcase, contest and mentorship program for music/tech startups. The post DAACI, Hawkr, Volta XR, Biiah, Curve and Music Health win Music Ally SI:X appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK Music report reveals updated stats on industry diversity

UK Music’s latest Workforce Diversity Survey data is an important guide both to the progress made so far, and areas for improvement. The post UK Music report reveals updated stats on industry diversity appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deutsche Grammophon launches Stage+ classical subscription service

The UMG subsidiary service will combine audio, video and livestreams with music drawn from the DG and Decca catalogues. The post Deutsche Grammophon launches Stage+ classical subscription service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster cancels public on-sale for Taylor Swift tour

Ticketmaster has cancelled the public on-sale of tickets for next year’s US leg of Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’, with the company firmly on the defensive amid criticism from fans and politicians alike. The post Ticketmaster cancels public on-sale for Taylor Swift tour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anghami revenues grow but 22% of its staff have been laid off

Middle Eastern and North African music streaming service Anghami has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Anghami revenues grow but 22% of its staff have been laid off appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

IFPI explores 2022’s music-listening trends in its new report

The IFPI’s Global Music Report makes plenty of springtime headlines with its figures for the recorded music industry. The post IFPI explores 2022’s music-listening trends in its new report appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ticketmaster shifts Taylor Swift onsales after presale chaos

Ticketmaster has rescheduled some of the onsales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour, after “historically unprecedented” demand for tickets in the initial presale. The post Ticketmaster shifts Taylor Swift onsales after presale chaos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK streaming inquiry: ‘The elephant in the room is fair remuneration’

Yesterday, the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee held a pair of follow-up sessions for its inquiry into the economics of music streaming. The post UK streaming inquiry: ‘The elephant in the room is fair remuneration’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK music streaming inquiry returns with follow-up evidence sessions

Thought you’d heard the last of the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Soz, but no. The post UK music streaming inquiry returns with follow-up evidence sessions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians to suffer from ‘cost of working’ crisis this winter

A survey by the charity Help Musicians has found 98% of musicians are ‘concerned’ about their ability to earn enough income in the next six months. The post Musicians to suffer from ‘cost of working’ crisis this winter appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tencent Music revenues fall, but its online music business is still growing

Chinese music-streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Tencent Music revenues fall, but its online music business is still growing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Emma McGann talks Discord RPGs, Unreal music videos and pushing tech boundaries

British artist Emma McGann is launching a Discord RPG bot game alongside her latest EP ‘Monsterverse’, as well as Unreal music videos. The post Emma McGann talks Discord RPGs, Unreal music videos and pushing tech boundaries appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

How gaming could reshape music distribution (guest column)

This is a guest post by Roman Rappak, of the band Miro Shot, and co-founder of music metaverse startup Ristband. He’s been performing and touring live mixed reality concerts since 2017, creating digital twins of live events in his metaverse platform. In this article, he writes about the electronic music and digital arts festival MUTEK, […]

Staccato pitches itself to songwriters as ‘an AI Lennon to your McCartney’

The new AI-music startup, like its established rivals, is pitching itself as a boon for human songwriters rather than a replacement for them. The post Staccato pitches itself to songwriters as ‘an AI Lennon to your McCartney’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI trumpets indies’ growth ahead of streaming inquiry follow-up

“In the first ten months of the year, independently-released music made up 28.6% of the UK music market,” announced the BPI this morning. The post BPI trumpets indies’ growth ahead of streaming inquiry follow-up appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lorde warns fans about the ‘demented struggle’ of touring

Lorde sold nearly 20,000 tickets to her recent London concerts, which makes her one of the artists who’s keeping her head above water. The post Lorde warns fans about the ‘demented struggle’ of touring appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk has ‘killed’ Twitter’s official labels… or has he?

It’s possible you don’t want a daily blow-by-blow account of what Elon Musk is doing and saying as the new owner and CEO of Twitter The post Elon Musk has ‘killed’ Twitter’s official labels… or has he? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube Content ID processed 758m copyright requests in 1H22

YouTube has published its latest copyright transparency report, covering the first half of 2022. It includes stats for Content ID. The post YouTube Content ID processed 758m copyright requests in 1H22 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube now has 80m paid Music and Premium subscribers

It’s more than a year since YouTube announced that it had 50 million paid subscribers for YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. The post YouTube now has 80m paid Music and Premium subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta to lay off more than 11,000 staff – 13% of its headcount

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta has announced plans to lay off 11,000 of its staff – around 13% of its workforce. The post Meta to lay off more than 11,000 staff – 13% of its headcount appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Condé Nast sues Drake and 21 Savage over promo campaign

Did you enjoy the spoof Vogue magazine cover created to promote Drake and 21 Savage’s new album? Condé Nast didn’t. The post Condé Nast sues Drake and 21 Savage over promo campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pressure mounts on TikTok over its music royalties payments

There has been a steady increase in the chorus of grumbling from music rightsholders about how TikTok pays royalties for music. The post Pressure mounts on TikTok over its music royalties payments appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Meta could announce significant layoffs this week

Last week’s big tech-layoffs news story may have been Twitter, but this week’s seems likely to be Meta, according to the Wall Street Journal. The post Report: Meta could announce significant layoffs this week appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lil Nas X stars at League of Legends Worlds opening ceremony

More than five million people (plus an unknown number of viewers watching livestreams in China) watched the final matches of the League of Legends Worlds 2022. The post Lil Nas X stars at League of Legends Worlds opening ceremony appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Live Nation posts strong Q3 but Biden tweet spells trouble ahead

Live Nation has hailed “record levels” of demand for concerts in the third quarter of this year, but there may be some regulatory clouds gathering for its ticketing business in the US, encouraged from the very highest level of US politics. The post Live Nation posts strong Q3 but Biden tweet spells trouble ahead appeared […]

Believe reports 36.9% growth in its Q3 2022 financial results

Business continues to be very good for distributor Believe, which announced its Q3 2022 financial results yesterday. The post Believe reports 36.9% growth in its Q3 2022 financial results appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: global music copyright value grew 18% to $39.6bn in 2021

Every year, author and former Spotify chief economist Will Page publishes his analysis of the ‘global value of music copyright’. The post Report: global music copyright value grew 18% to $39.6bn in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify says ‘no news to report’ on Anghami acquisition rumour

Is Spotify buying Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami? The question wasn’t in our minds until we read this quote from the company’s spokesperson: “We have no news to report regarding a potential acquisition between Spotify and Anghami.” The post Spotify says ‘no news to report’ on Anghami acquisition rumour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: […]

Hybe revenues grow and Com2uS buys stake in SM Entertainment

K-Pop giant Hybe has published its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Hybe revenues grow and Com2uS buys stake in SM Entertainment appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elton John goes ‘Beyond the Yellow Brick Road’ on Roblox

Elton John has launched his own Roblox experience today. It’s called Elton John Presents ‘Beyond The Yellow Brick Road’. The post Elton John goes ‘Beyond the Yellow Brick Road’ on Roblox appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Labels, artists and DSPs join campaign to protect Black art

There has been a growing wave of concern and anger within the music industry about how Black artists’ lyrics have been used as evidence against them in US courtrooms. The post Labels, artists and DSPs join campaign to protect Black art appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pandora ad revenues increase but listener total still falling

US satellite radio firm SiriusXM has published its financial results for the third quarter, including the latest figures for its music-streaming service Pandora. The post Pandora ad revenues increase but listener total still falling appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Taylor Swift clean-sweeps top 10 in Billboard Hot 100 chart

Women may be underrepresented in Blokur’s chart of the top 100 songwriters globally, but this week at least, it’s a different story in Billboard’s Hot 100 tracks chart in the US. The post Taylor Swift clean-sweeps top 10 in Billboard Hot 100 chart appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Olivia Rodrigo was 2021’s top songwriter – but only 15% of the top 100 were women

Startup Blokur has released its second ‘Songwriters’ Review’ report, based on its analysis of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube. The post Olivia Rodrigo was 2021’s top songwriter – but only 15% of the top 100 were women appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon lays off some Amp staff but says still focused on growth

Amazon unveiled the Amp app in March, with artists, radio hosts, journalists and listeners able to launch their own music station and play DJ. The post Amazon lays off some Amp staff but says still focused on growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer revenues rise but subscriber total declines slightly

Deezer is the latest digital music company to publish its financial results for the third quarter of 2022. The post Deezer revenues rise but subscriber total declines slightly appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Elon Musk’s Twitter: paid verification, moderation council and more

You wouldn’t get a prize for predicting that Elon Musk’s first few days in charge of Twitter would be eventful, for better or worse. The post Elon Musk’s Twitter: paid verification, moderation council and more appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Universal Music Group Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year

Universal Music Group has reported another strong quarter, with its Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year to €2.66bn ($2.65bn) – or up 13.3% at constant currency, which translates last year’s figures to today’s exchange rates. Whichever metric you go with, UMG’s business is growing well. The post Universal Music Group Q3 revenues up 23.7% year-on-year appeared first on […]

Instagram now has more than 2bn monthly active users

Something we missed in our report on Meta’s latest financial results yesterday: CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new milestone stat for its Instagram service. The post Instagram now has more than 2bn monthly active users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CISAC and SCAPR publish their annual collections figures

Collecting societies body CISAC has published its annual Global Collections Report this morning, revealing the latest figures and trends from its member bodies. The post CISAC and SCAPR publish their annual collections figures appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Black Lives in Music unveils its industry anti-racism code

British organisation Black Lives in Music has announced its anti-racism code for the music industry, which will be adopted in 2023 with the backing of industry bodies and the UK’s Independent Standards Authority. The post Black Lives in Music unveils its industry anti-racism code appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Ally SI:X 2022 :: meet the 36 finalists in our startups contest

Earlier this year, we launched Music Ally SI:X, our new, global music startups contest. Today, we’re announcing the 36 finalists. The post Music Ally SI:X 2022 :: meet the 36 finalists in our startups contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musicians’ Union publishes ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry response

The Musicians’ Union’s response to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry has been published. The post Musicians’ Union publishes ‘Misogyny in Music’ inquiry response appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Alphabet financials reveal decline in YouTube ad revenues

YouTube’s advertising revenues were down 1.9% year-on-year in Q3: a rare decline for one of tech firm Alphabet’s key business lines. The post Alphabet financials reveal decline in YouTube ad revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify reaches 195m subs and hints at future price rise

The cost-of-living crisis isn’t biting yet for Spotify’s premium business. It’s expecting to cross the 200m milestone by the end of this year. The post Spotify reaches 195m subs and hints at future price rise appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CAA ends relationship with Ye after antisemitic comments

It’s been a troubling few weeks watching Ye (formerly Kanye West) making antisemitic comments in a series of interviews. The post CAA ends relationship with Ye after antisemitic comments appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will Apple Music subscription rise spur rivals to follow?

If Apple’s move paves the way for its rivals to follow suit, this may be a significant moment. Can we quantify the impact? The post Will Apple Music subscription rise spur rivals to follow? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Activist groups team up for ‘Break up Ticketmaster’ campaign

Live Nation and Ticketmaster completed their merger in January 2010, after receiving regulatory approvals. The post Activist groups team up for ‘Break up Ticketmaster’ campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok debuts StemDrop music format with UMG, Syco and Samsung

Amid all the speculation about TikTok Music, TikTok has been quietly working on… a new music format. It’s called StemDrop. The post TikTok debuts StemDrop music format with UMG, Syco and Samsung appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Stability AI raises $10m as Stable Diffusion reaches 10m users

We’ve written a few times recently about Stability AI. It’s the company behind the text-to-image Stable Diffusion system, and also a backer of the Harmonai project that recently launched AI music tool Dance Diffusion. The post Stability AI raises $10m as Stable Diffusion reaches 10m users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon Music launches series of livestreamed music concerts

Amazon Music is going to be livestreaming weekly music concerts, but not through the sister service you might expect. ‘Amazon Music Live’ will air every Thursday not on Twitch, but on Amazon Prime Video. The post Amazon Music launches series of livestreamed music concerts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report suggests podcasts could be TikTok’s next expansion

TikTok moving into audio is already the subject of frenetic speculation, with rumours that a TikTok Music streaming service (or just a geographic expansion of Resso with deeper TikTok integration) may be imminent. The post Report suggests podcasts could be TikTok’s next expansion appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BTS Busan livestream attracted more than 49m viewers

Despite premature reports of the demise of K-Pop titans BTS, the group returned for a stadium concert in their homeland this weekend The post BTS Busan livestream attracted more than 49m viewers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Latest TikTok advertising features include Focused View

TikTok has been pitching brands and agencies on the idea of amping up their spending in its app even more. The post Latest TikTok advertising features include Focused View appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud rebrands creator tools with growth in mind

Spotify for Artists; Apple Music for Artists; Amazon Music for Artists… and now SoundCloud for Artists. The post SoundCloud rebrands creator tools with growth in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify puts Drake OVO Sound logo on FC Barcelona’s next match kit

Drake is one of the first artists to benefit from Spotify flexing the muscles of its sponsorship of Catalan football giant FC Barcelona. The post Spotify puts Drake OVO Sound logo on FC Barcelona’s next match kit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘Economic reality’ puts paid to Animal Collective’s UK and EU tour

American band Animal collective announced yesterday that they have cancelled their upcoming tour of the UK and Europe. The post ‘Economic reality’ puts paid to Animal Collective’s UK and EU tour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Google and Harmonai reveal their latest AI music models

The recent history of creative AIs and music has been a tale of fledgling startups and huge technology companies alike. The post Google and Harmonai reveal their latest AI music models appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model

We knew Spotify was preparing to make a big splash in audiobooks, most recently signified by its acquisition of specialist firm Findaway. The post Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans

Bodies representing music venues in the UK have warned that spiralling costs of gas and electricity could put members out of business. The post UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind

Doodles is one of the more successful brands in visual NFTs, with a collection selling for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The post NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit

Universal Music Group revealed its plans yesterday for a new division with a familiar name: Virgin Music Group. The post UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy

If the creator economy is booming, why are some of the most prominent creator-economy companies laying off staff? The post Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn

YouTube paid out $6bn to the music industry in the 12-month period between July 2021 and June 2022, the company has announced. The post YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists

Linkfire’s bio links have become a key part of the music marketing space, among those of its smart-links competitors. The post Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt

After months of speculation about whether Kobalt was up for sale, who might buy it and for how much, finally some concrete news. The post Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy

Collecting society GEMA has commissioned a report from consultancy firm Goldmedia on music streaming in Germany. The post GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands…

How many people work in India’s music industry? Whatever you guessed, it’s probably well short. The answer is 14 million. The post India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts

Last week, Indian music company Saregama announced a deal to make its catalogue available for use on YouTube Shorts globally. The post Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022

Italy was the tenth biggest recorded music market in the world last year according to the IFPI, buoyed by a 27.8% increase in revenues. The post Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany

More than 170 people applied for the prize, with five winners announced this week: Novaa, Jenny Gerdts, GOTOPO, Maxi Menot and Nora Medín. The post First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce

SoundCloud employees received an email yesterday from CEO Michael Weissman, who told them “we have decided to make reductions to our global team that will impact up to 20% of our company The post SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back

Will Page, the former Chief Economist of Spotify, and British collecting society PRS for Music, has brought together some hefty sets of data in order to map the change in UK consumer behaviour around music before, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The post Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back appeared […]

Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition

Catalogue music – traditionally defined as songs over 18 months old – has always been an intriguing proposition, containing locked-away value that sometimes seemed difficult to eke out. The post Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs

The idea of songs being “leaked” in the early internet era had an illicit thrill, but the concept has changed somewhat since it became clear that considerable social media excitement followed a leak The post TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture

As the world experiences shocking extreme weather due to the climate emergency, there’s increasing attention on celebrities’ use of private jets. The post Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta financials reveal a year-on-year decline in revenues

News that the FTC wants to block its acquisition of music VR app Supernatural wasn’t the only piece of bad news for Meta yesterday. The post Meta financials reveal a year-on-year decline in revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok’s latest trademark filing hints at a music service

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance already has a couple of music streaming services: Resso in India and a few other markets, and Qishui Yinyue in China. The post TikTok’s latest trademark filing hints at a music service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The FTC wants to block Meta’s acquisition of Supernatural

Meta announced plans to acquire music-driven VR fitness app Supernatural in October 2021, but the deal is running into some big problems in the US. The post The FTC wants to block Meta’s acquisition of Supernatural appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta changes: Facebook Feeds tab and auto-Reels videos

We think the changes could be significant for music marketers as well as everyone else using the platforms. The post Meta changes: Facebook Feeds tab and auto-Reels videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Epidemic Sound sues Meta in $142m infringement lawsuit

Meta is facing a big headache in the form of a $142m copyright infringement lawsuit from production music firm Epidemic Sound. The post Epidemic Sound sues Meta in $142m infringement lawsuit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG signs up for SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’

Warner Music Group has become the first major to sign up for SoundCloud’s user-centric ‘fan-powered royalties’ system. The post WMG signs up for SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Shopify adds YouTube to its roster of music DSP partners

E-commerce firm Shopify is steadily signing up the biggest music streaming and social services as partners. The post Shopify adds YouTube to its roster of music DSP partners appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims TikTok is laying off staff amid wider economic uncertainty

It’s no secret that tech businesses are steeling themselves for an economic slowdown – or in other words, initiating job cuts and hiring freezes. The post Report claims TikTok is laying off staff amid wider economic uncertainty appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Over 300 music videos are in YouTube’s ‘Billion Views Club’

YouTube is using the tenth anniversary of the release of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ – 4.48bn views and counting – to put out some wider stats on the upper echelon of music videos on its platform. The post Over 300 music videos are in YouTube’s ‘Billion Views Club’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple debuts Apple Music Sessions and Antidote Editions

Apple has unveiled two new ways for artists to work with Apple Music on exclusive material. The post Apple debuts Apple Music Sessions and Antidote Editions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok reveals its latest efforts to be ‘safe and entertaining’

The company has announced the latest changes that it’s making to make its experience more positive for users. The post TikTok reveals its latest efforts to be ‘safe and entertaining’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Brands be warned: TikTok’s UGC music licences don’t include you

When social media companies sign music licensing deals covering user-generated content, those users do NOT include brands. The post Brands be warned: TikTok’s UGC music licences don’t include you appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

K-Pop stars Blackpink to play a virtual concert in PUBG Mobile

Korean group Blackpink are returning soon with new music, and they’ll be building anticipation for it with a concert in the PUBG Mobile game. The post K-Pop stars Blackpink to play a virtual concert in PUBG Mobile appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify buys music trivia game Heardle with discovery in mind

Spotify has snapped up Heardle, the Wordle-inspired music identification game that became popular earlier this year. The post Spotify buys music trivia game Heardle with discovery in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

How do SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ work for artists?

SoundCloud revealed its ‘fan-powered royalties’ plans in March 2021, applying them to its community of independent artists. The post How do SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ work for artists? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Copyright claim takes down Lofi Girl’s YouTube music streams

Lofi Girl is the lo-fi hip-hop music brand that reached the milestone of 10 million YouTube subscribers earlier this year. The post Copyright claim takes down Lofi Girl’s YouTube music streams appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Live Nation’s Q1 2022: ‘Fan demand has never been stronger’

The live industry’s efforts to bounce back from Covid-19 continue, with Live Nation hailing Q1 2022 as its “best first quarter ever”. The post Live Nation’s Q1 2022: ‘Fan demand has never been stronger’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Patreon survey offers more data on the creator economy

Crowdfunding firm Patreon has published its first ‘Creator Census’, based on a survey of more than 13,000 people. The post Patreon survey offers more data on the creator economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud acquires AI music-tagging startup Musiio

SoundCloud has acquired Musiio, the Singapore-based startup that has developed a service offering AI-powered analysis and tagging of music catalogues. The post SoundCloud acquires AI music-tagging startup Musiio appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches on Roblox with music-making features

Spotify is the latest music company exploring the potential of gaming platform Roblox: and its ‘Spotify Island’ is about creating music as well as listening to it. The post Spotify launches on Roblox with music-making features appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

4,000 ‘Creators for Ukraine’ call for Russian invasion to end

In March, collecting societies body CISAC launched a ‘Creators for Ukraine’ support fund for victims of the war. The post 4,000 ‘Creators for Ukraine’ call for Russian invasion to end appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PRS for Music reveals that revenues grew by 22.4% in 2021

British collecting society PRS for Music has published its annual financial results, revealing that its revenues grew by 22.4% to £777.1m ($989.6m) in 2021. The post PRS for Music reveals that revenues grew by 22.4% in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Europe’s Digital Services Act includes ‘recommender’ rules

Europe’s DSA is one step closer to being implemented after the European Parliament and European Council reached ‘political agreement’ on the proposed legislation. The post Europe’s Digital Services Act includes ‘recommender’ rules appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Believe and CISAC explain how they’re dealing with Russia

A number of global music companies have been suspending their businesses and/or services in Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. The post Believe and CISAC explain how they’re dealing with Russia appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Now Spotify is facing pressure over anti-vaccine music

British newspaper The Observer published an investigation this weekend pointing to some of the tracks available on the service. The post Now Spotify is facing pressure over anti-vaccine music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spain has more than 4m paid music streaming subscribers

Although industry body Promusicae has warned that the country remains behind many of its neighbours in terms of streaming uptake. The post Spain has more than 4m paid music streaming subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

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