Music industry

Alibaba is shutting down its music streaming app

The company announced Tuesday that Xiami Music will end February 5 "because of adjustments in business development." The news comes as the company co-founded by Jack Ma faces pressure from regulators on several fronts.

CNN

Why Rock’s Biggest Stars Are Selling Away Their Publishing Rights

Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Stevie Nicks are joining the growing ranks of artists who are signing away the publishing rights to the songs they've written – even though that's widely considered to be the most lucrative aspect of the music industry.

Ultimate Classic Rock

‘We need to be good neighbours to our artists.’

Neighbouring rights is a burgeoning area of our industry and the lifeblood for many non-writers. Given the current state of our world, it is a vital component of an artists’ career.

Music Business Worldwide

Bilan 2020: le stream était (presque) parfait

Si elles se sont fait quelques frayeurs en début de pandémie, les plateformes de streaming sont restées les bouées de secours privilégiées de l'industrie musicale. Nettement moins celles des artistes... Bilan.

Focus Vif

La música latina rompe todos los récords de escuchas en Spotify

Bad Bunny es el artista más escuchado en el mundo en la popular plataforma.

El País

Music Industry Faces Untapped Payout Opportunity On YouTube

YouTube has piloted the success of major music acts including Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. Still, musicians, labels and other rights holders continue to air grievances over the platform’s low return on ad-supported streams.

Forbes

Nearly half of South Africa’s live music workers may quit the industry for good

For people working in South Africa’s live music sector, 2020 has been “devastating”. That was the term that researchers read most frequently in responses to the country’s largest-ever live music and COVID-19 survey, published in November.

The Conversation

Arab music industry new target for global streaming giants

Online platforms looking to invest in emerging markets in the Middle East and North Africa to bring the outmoded business into digital era.

Al Jazeera

Bob Dylan Sells His Songwriting Catalog in Blockbuster Deal

Universal Music purchased his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs in what may be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act’s publishing rights.

The New York Times


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