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Spotify closed 2021 with record revenues of €9.6bn and over 180m paid subscribers

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Spotify posted revenues close to €10 billion in 2021, with net sales reaching €9.67bn, a 22.7% increase compared to 2020, when the company had revenues of €7.88bn. Operating profit for the year was €94m, compared to -€293m in 2020, while net profit was -€34m, compared to -€581m in 2020. 

Turnover for the last quarter of the year reached €2.689bn, up from €2.168 in Q4 2021, making it the best quarter in the history of the service. At €394m, it was also the first quarter where revenues from ad...

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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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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."

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Warner Music Group partners with OpenSea to offer Web3 tools and resources to artists

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Warner Music Group is collaborating with OpenSea, a peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, to provide a platform for select WMG artists "to build and extend their fan communities in Web3."

WMG explained that as part of the engagement, WMG artists would get "early access to OpenSea’s new drops product, along with improved discoverability, personalised storytelling on customised landing pages, and OpenSea’s industry-leading safety and security features." The first collection currently in developme...

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