Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes the Oldest Song to Cross 1 Billion YouTube Streams

Queen’s classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has become the first pre-90s music video to cross one billion views on YouTube. To commemorate the special occasion, Brian May and Roger Taylor have teamed up with Universal Music and YouTube. A newly digitally remas… Continue Reading

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Ed Sheeran Tops Spotify’s All-Time Global Streaming Record With 69 Million Monthly Listeners

Following the release of his No. 6 Collaborations album, Ed Sheeran has broken another Spotify streaming record. The collaboration album became the fastest-selling album so far this year. Spotify confirmed today that Ed Sheeran set a new record for the… Continue Reading

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7digital’s CEO and CFO Exit as Dire Financial Situation Continues

7digital CEO John Aalbers has stepped down as director and CEO of 7digital. He joined the B2B digital music platform less than four months ago. CFO Julia Hubbard is also departing the company, effective immediately.  The move was cited as a cost-cuttin… Continue Reading

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Five Months After Launching in India, Spotify Barely Has Over 2 Million Local Users

Shifting the global music streaming race, Spotify recently rolled out its ‘Lite’ app in over 36 countries. The move comes after a year of testing the 15 MB app in small countries, including Brazil. So, what makes the ‘Lite’ app so unique?  Spotify allo… Continue Reading

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Spotify Launches a Dedicated ‘Disney Hub’ Featuring Classic TV and Movie Songs

On the video side, Disney is taking on the market with a dedicated SVOD platform. That’s not the case with music, however. The Walt Disney Corporation has unveiled a partnership with Spotify.  The music streaming giant will now feature a “prominent spo… Continue Reading

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Apple Decides to Invest In Original Podcasts — Putting a Big Buzzkill on Spotify’s Expansion

Looks like Spotify rattled Apple’s podcast cage one too many times. Now, after spending hundreds of millions on its podcast expansion, Spotify has a potentially serious problem ahead.  Earlier today (Tuesday), Wall Street reacted to news that Apple had… Continue Reading

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Is Classical Music Finally Making a Comeback? Warner Music Group Revamps Its Age-Old ‘Classics’ Imprint

Warner Classics & Erato has revamped its website, with classical aficionados the target. For starters, Warner Classics has embedded a custom-built streaming player into its upgraded site.  That’s right: crusty classical fans actually know how to st… Continue Reading

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Alibaba’s Xiami Music Partners with MQA to Offer Lossless Audio Streaming in China

British audio tech startup MQA has been quietly building partnerships in the music industry. Several months ago, Jay-Z’s music streaming service, TIDAL, rolled out MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) streaming on iOS and Android devices. Rhapsody Intern… Continue Reading

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US-Based Streaming Music Revenues Slated to Reach $8.4 Billion This Year

  U.S. music streaming revenues are slated to jump another 33% in 2019 at least according to this report. Despite signs of a streaming slowdown, total revenues are still increasing dramatically.  According to the Consumer Technology Association’s U.S. … Continue Reading

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Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music Have a Combined 32 Million Subscribers — And a 70% Yearly Growth Rate

Several weeks ago, Apple Music casually announced that it had reached 60 million subscribers. This milestone comes after just four years on the market and includes paying and trial users.  After nearly eleven years in the market, Spotify quietly confir… Continue Reading

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