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Mdundo ends fiscal year with 26 million monthly active users and revenues up 74%

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Mdundo.com, the Denmark-based music streaming service focusing on Africa, has grown revenues by 74% to DKK 12.6 million (€1.69m) from DKK 7.2m a year before, according to the company's annual report for the period 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023.

During the period, EBITDA improved 3.5% compared to the last financial year to minus DKK 7.8 million (€1.05m) and was "in line with guidance." The company said that despite strong growth, on the revenue side Mdundo.com was "affected by a significant wea...

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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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STYNGR and Warner Music Group launch new products for the gaming community

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Gaming platform STYNGR and Warner Music Group have partnered to launch a new music product, Batteries, created for the Roblox developer community.

STYNGR is launching two classes of Batteries that will be purchasable for time-based listening via Roblox’s digital currency — Single Listening Batteries, which provide players with weekly-refreshed radio stations of curated tracks; and Party Batteries, which offer the same functionality while also facilitating social listening sessions among up ...

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Merlin renews licensing agreement with Meta; partnership includes access to a new suite of tools to drive fandom and discovery

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Independent labels' digital music licensing company Merlin has renewed its global licensing agreement with Meta Platforms, in a strategic partnership that includes access to a new suite of tools and features that will enable Meta users to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases.

In a statement the two companies said the new agreement underscores Meta’s "recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors," and "reinforces the ...

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DiMA outlines key reform proposals as part of the MLC’s redesignation process

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DiMA President and CEO Graham Davies has laid out the key reforms that the organisation representing the main DSPs is seeking in the redesignation process for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), which administers the blanket license for mechanical rights in the US.

The US Copyright Office has started the review procedures for The MLC, which was created as part of the Music Modernisation Act (MMA) of 2019. While expressing the organisation’s "strong and ongoing support" for the Mus...

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