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MIDiA Research report: Music streaming services had 487 million subscribers globally at the end of Q1 2021

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Close to half a billion people in the world were subscribing to a music streaming service at the end of Q1 2021, according to figures unveiled by MIDiAResearch. 

  At the end of 2020, there were 467 million subscribers globally, 100 million more than a year before, and a further 19.5 million new subscribers were added in Q1 2021, bringing the total number to 487 million. Spotify accounted for 32% of the total, followed by Apple Musi...

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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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Pex launches rights organisation RME-Rights Made Easy to provide digital attribution and royalty payments services

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Digital rights technology company Pex has launched RME-Rights Made Easy, described as a "digital-first rights management organisation, to provide proper attribution and transparent royalty payments for creators worldwide.

Pronounced R·ME, the new collection organisation said in a blogpost that its purpose it "fighting for fair and accurate royalty payments by bringing pay-per-play licensing, the lowest transaction fees, and the most advanced technology available to an industry unwilling to ...

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Google shuts down gaming platform Stadia

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Google is "winding down" its games streaming service Stadia after just three years operating, due to a lack of traction with users.

The news was announced via a blogpost from Phil Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of Stadia. "A few years ago, we launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia," wrote Harrison. "And while Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made...

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Marathon LABs’ accelerator programme focuses on tackling value creation

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Marathon LABs, the startup mentoring initiative from London-based Marathon Music Group, has selected six companies that will take part in its fourth ‘LABs’ with a programme focusing on tackling value creation.

Marathon said the six participating companies "operate within a broad music & tech ecosystem centering on web3 applications, live entertainment within metaverse environments and broadening access to financial and data analytics for artists and their teams."

Marathon's Alexandra...

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