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Tencent reports a 42% increase in paid subscriber in Q1 2021

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By Emmanuel LegrandChina's leading music streaming platform Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) has reported an impressive year-over-year 42.6% growth in online music paying users to 60.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, out of a total of 615 million monthly active users (MAUs). The company's paying to free ratio was 9.9%, up from 8.0% and 9.0% in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, respectively. Total revenues reached RMB7.82 billion ($1.19bn) for the quarter, up 24.0% y-o-y. O...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Quotes of the week — Week 46, 2022

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"I’ve had a bad month.”By Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of bankrupt crypto platform FTX, speaking at the New York Times' DealBook Summit, in his first public appearance since the collapse of his company amid allegations of fund mismanagement.

“The fact that companies have to deliver their apps exclusively from platforms controlled by competitors — there is a conflict of interest there.”By Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, expla...

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Main stories — Week 46, 2022

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Here’s a list of the main stories published this week by Creative Industries News:

LEAD STORY> The UK’s CMA completes its market study into music and streaming services without calling for a full market investigation> British industry reacts to CMA’s report on the economy of music streaming

COPYRIGHT & REGULATION> musicFIRST calls for US radio stations to provide ‘equal time’ for creators to promote the American Music Fairness Act> Singapore regulators seek comments on...

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The UK’s CMA completes its market study into music and streaming services without calling for a full market investigation

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The UK's Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded its market study into music and streaming services by deciding not to undertake a full market investigation, considering that the outcomes from streaming "are good for consumers."

"We have found that it is unlikely that the outcomes that concern many stakeholders are primarily driven by competition," reads the final report from the CMA. "Consequently, it is unlikely that a competition intervention would improve outcomes overall...

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