Issue 628: What if Google Buys the World’s Biggest Music Company?; BBC Music is Expanding to the U.S.

Blog, Music, Streaming

What Happens if Google Buys the World’s Biggest Music Company?
What Happens if Google Buys the World’s Biggest Music Company?www.rollingstone.com

Up to half of Universal Music Group is for sale. If the tech giant buys it, things could get very interesting.

'Anything with a universal interest': BBC Music is expanding to the U.S.
'Anything with a universal interest': BBC Music is expanding to the U.S.digiday.com
The BBC is expanding from its music footage archive by opening it up to viewers outside of the U.K.

Time For a Spotify-Apple 'Conscious Uncoupling'
Time For a Spotify-Apple 'Conscious Uncoupling'www.macobserver.com
Apple and Spotify are engaged in a high-profile battle, but perhaps it is time they now went their separate ways.

Pandora Modes gives you more listening options for music stations
Pandora Modes gives you more listening options for music stationswww.engadget.com
Pandora is giving you more control over your listening experience. Starting today, the streaming service will offer a new feature called Pandora Modes. Designed…

Jordan Peele’s Us Is the First Film to Take Over Spotify With a Playlist of Memorable Soundtrack Hits
Jordan Peele’s Us Is the First Film to Take Over Spotify With a Playlist of Memorable Soundtrack Hitswww.adweek.com
The movie has its own hub with music curated by the writer-director.

Tencent Music Shares Drop Despite Solid First Earnings Report
Tencent Music Shares Drop Despite Solid First Earnings Reportvariety.com
Proving that good is not always good enough, Tencent Music Entertainment shares fell 9 percent despite a strong first earnings report.

Vive Le Numérique: French Music Market Tops $834M as Streaming Finally Bests CDs
Vive Le Numérique: French Music Market Tops $834M as Streaming Finally Bests CDswww.billboard.com
France’s industry body, SNEP, released its annual report this week showing a modest 1.8 percent bump in overall revenue across recorded music — locking down a third consecutive year of growth.

Why Anghami, with over 1m paying users, doesn't feel threatened by Spotify in the Middle East
Why Anghami, with over 1m paying users, doesn't feel threatened by Spotify in the Middle Eastwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Elie Habib, Co-Founder of Anghami, on why the Lebanon-based music streaming company is the leading service in MENA

AI-music startup Boomy is ‘the magic instant music robot’
AI-music startup Boomy is ‘the magic instant music robot’musically.com
After setting a few filters and pressing ‘Create Song,’ Boomy’s creative artificial intelligence will write and produce a full song for you in seconds, then prompt you to reject or save it

Music’s future is streaming
Music’s future is streamingtheaseanpost.com
Consumers worldwide spent US$12 billion on digital music streaming in 2018 – an eight percent increase from the US$11.2 billion in 2017.

How to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa
How to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo speaker with Alexawww.gearbrain.com
A guide to enabling Apple Music on Amazon Echo smart speakers with the Alexa voice assistant.

Jonas Brothers, Maren Morris Join Pandora's 'Sound On Spring' Campaign
Jonas Brothers, Maren Morris Join Pandora's 'Sound On Spring' Campaignwww.billboard.com
The multichannel campaign will run in six markets for 12 weeks, and includes outdoor murals, music festival activations and more.

Can Spotify Help Fix Podcasting’s Biggest Challenges?
Can Spotify Help Fix Podcasting’s Biggest Challenges?www.foliomag.com
It’s about time somebody besides Apple steps up and tries.

7digital appoints Julia Hubbard as Chief Financial Officer
7digital appoints Julia Hubbard as Chief Financial Officerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

She replaces interim CFO David Holmwood.