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Spotify launches in six new countries

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Spotify has launched in six additional markets: Iraq, Libya, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Republic of the Congo, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The music streaming service will offer consumer sin these countries both its Free and Premium tiers.

"In February, we announced a sweeping global expansion to introduce Spotify to more than a billion people around the world," said Spotify in a blogpost. "So over the subsequent months, we launched in more than 80 new markets and added 36 language...

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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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NetEase Cloud Music listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at HK$205 a share

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NetEase Cloud Village Inc., the interactive music streaming arm of China's tech giant NetEase, launched today its Public Offering on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK), with shares listed at HK$205 ($26.3), slightly lower than the HK$220 initially envisaged.

NetEase raised some $415m through the IPO, slightly lower than the $500m originally planned. On its first trading day, Cloud Village ended with a HK$199.9 share price. The Offering initially comprised 16 million shares, which...

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NFT platform Fanaply closes seed round led by Alpha Edison and Elysian Park Ventures

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NFT platform Fanaply has closed its first seed round co-led by Alpha Edison and Elysian Park Ventures, the private investment arm affiliated with the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, with participation from CyberAgent Capital. Details on the funding have not been disclosed.

Fanaply partners with sports, entertainment and music brands to develops innovative and eco-conscious blockchain-based digital collectibles and programmes. It has worked with the Coachella Music & Arts Fes...

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Primary Wave Music and Unblocked partner to create NFTs starting with Cypress Hill

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Music rights management company Primary Wave Music has partnered with Unblocked — also known as The Non Fungible Token Company (NFTCo) — to release digital collectibles focusing on the company's roster. Primary Wave is also an investor in Unblocked.

Unblocked credo is to democratise NFTs with experiences that "aim to also build fan communities with exclusive rewards such as talent meet-and-greets, signed merchandise, and recording sessions with artists."

The first joint project is related...

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