Alibaba and Tencent precede $10bn IPO by sharing Sony and Universal music

Before embarking on Tencent’s rumoured, enormous $10 billion IPO they have secured a deal with Alibaba to share each others music. Tencent are a giant investment company with theirĀ fingers in a multitude of pies, including…

SONGS, publisher behind Lorde, The Weeknd & more up for $160m+ sale

The independent music publisher SONGS is going up for sale, with the majors like Warner, Sony and Universal likely keeping their eyes peeled. SONGS music publishing are responsible for some of the world’s biggest artists…

Remixes of Sony artists to be legalised in Dubset deal

Dubset have made a deal with their first major label, Sony, to make remixes and samples under the label legal. Dubset are a body who have been fighting to legitimise remixes which are often the…

Spotify just signed a deal with Warner, all 3 majors now sorted for streaming

Spotify have secured the 3rd major label allowing them to stream all of the top music owned by the 3 majors; Sony, Universal, and now Warner. It’s been a long time coming but Spotify have…

The world’s most popular music video isn’t eligible for the VMAs

Despacito became the most viewed video of all time on YouTube this month but now MTV are saying it can’t win a VMA award. The video to Luis Fonsi’s Despacito took over both Gangnam Style…

Warner Music Group (WMG) have already made $2.7 billion this year, thanks streaming

Warner Music was sold for $2.6 billion in 2004, and now roughly ten years later WMG haveĀ made more than that in 7 months. So if you haven’t noticed music streaming is massive, so massive in…

Adele reportedly investing in virtual reality music startup MelodyVR

A new report suggests that global superstar Adele is investing in a virtual reality company for music. According to a report by the Evening Standard, singer Adele has invested some of her giant fortune into…

The world’s biggest music label, Universal Music is being sued for stealing fonts

Universal Music Group are being sued in a $1.25 million lawsuit for being naughty with their fonts, apparently. British pop-rockers ‘The Vamps’ are facing a pinch of trouble after their label, the giant Universal Music…

Spotify are adding 2m users a month as they pass 60m subscribers

It’s been 5 months since Spotify reached the half a million mark for paid subscribers and they’ve already passed 60 million. Spotify have announced their latest milestone, surpassing 60 million subscribers paying for their Premium…

It looks like Facebook are finally sorting out music copyright in their videos

Facebook and videos are a bad mix for copyright, but it seems like they might at least be sorting out music copyright issues. Since introducing videos to Facebook the platform has received a lot of…