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Spotify launches music streaming service in South Korea

STOCKHOLM — Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday made a long-awaited debut in South Korea, the sixth largest music market in the world and home to the K-pop music genre.

US keeping music licensing decrees that help Spotify, others

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department’s top antitrust official said on Friday that the administration will not scrap decades-old agreements with music licensing groups ASCAP and BMI that hold down costs for Spotify and others.

Ben&Ben the most streamed artist in PHL

THE NINE-PIECE pop folk band Ben&Ben sits atop the list of most streamed artists in the Philippines in this year’s Spotify Wrapped 2020, the music streaming service’s annual compilation of what people listened to and enjoyed within the year.

Spotify partners with 9 Pinoy podcasts

AUDIO-STREAMING service Spotify is banking on the popularity of podcasts in the Philippines by partnering with nine Filipino podcasts which include those offering “adulting” tips to podcasts meant to put people to sleep.

Four ways a brand can communicate with the youth through music...

Music streaming has become an essential part of a young person’s lifestyle. A recent study by Consumer Technology Association showed that 78% of Gen Zs and millennials use their smartphones to stream audio every day.

Spotify launches video feature for podcasts

Spotify Technology SA said on Tuesday it was rolling out a video feature for its podcasts, letting select creators bring both audio and video content to the music streaming app.

Indonesia imposes 10% value-added tax on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify

JAKARTA — Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances.

Spotify’s microsite offers musical connections

LIKE almost everything these days, how and where people listen to music has also been affected by the pandemic and the various quarantine or lockdown procedures. Music streaming service Spotify noted in a late-March blog post that people are now listening to more “chill” music — more acoustic fare than dance music. And thanks to social distancing, The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” (1980) also saw a 135% spike in people searching and listening to it.

Spotify launches playlist dedicated to emerging Filipino talent

MUSIC streaming service Spotify has launched a dedicated Philippine playlist for emerging artists representing the service’s “commitment to emerging artists across all stages of their development, in order to help them deepen their connection to new and existing audiences around the world.”

Netflix to create series on the rise of Spotify

THE STREAMING singularity has arrived, as the largest video service is making a show about the largest audio service.

Apple puts music streaming service on the Web, rivaling Spotify

APPLE INC. on Thursday launched its Apple Music service on the web, opening up access to users to who prefer a browser instead of an app.

Spotify to test a more expensive version of its service

SPOTIFY Technology SA plans to sell a more-expensive version of its music service in Scandinavia, a test to see whether it can raise prices around the world, according to people familiar with the matter.

Spotify retreats from artists’ uploads

SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA is shutting down a program that allowed independent artists to upload their music directly to the music streaming service, a win for record labels and smaller distributors.

Spotify launches Pinoy rock video series

SPOTIFY has launched a three-part Pinoy Rock video series that turns the spotlight on Filipino rock musicians, old and new.

Spotify offers playlist of listeners’ ‘discovered’ artists

GLOBAL music streaming service Spotify has rolled out a playlist of local and foreign acts whose music was “discovered” for the first time by Filipinos aged 18-24 in order to encourage more users to listen and be hooked to the music of the new artists.

Google tops 15 million music subscribers as it chases after Spotify

GOOGLE’S paid music services have eclipsed 15 million subscribers, according to two people familiar with the numbers, a milestone for a company that has struggled to build subscription media businesses.

Listening trends for Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES (GOT) is as much about sounds as sights, and as the show prepares to enter its 8th and final season, Spotify has dug into how it has influenced listening.

Spotify, Google appeal ruling that boosted songwriter payments

SPOTIFY Technology SA and other technology giants appealed a ruling that increased the royalties they must pay to songwriters, a move that threatens to further damage the companies’ already-tenuous relationship with the music industry.

Spotify commissions covers of OPM love songs

FILIPINOS love Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and they also love love — that was one of the observations made by Spotify regional executives which led them to launch their newest campaign, Spotify Jams: OPM Love Songs, where popular singers and bands cover classic Filipino hits from yesteryears.

OPM to hit 10 billion streams, says Spotify

ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC (OPM) is set to hit 10 billion streams globally, according to a statement by music streaming service, Spotify.

Moving to the music

IT IS a universally acknowledged truth that when January rolls in, gym membership spikes with many people trying to fulfill their “new year, new me” resolutions or to simply burn away all those holiday calories.

Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2018

WHILE Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 globally on Spotify, in the Philippines, LANY took the top spot.

Swift uses music muscle to seek higher payouts for others

LOS ANGELES — Pop music titan Taylor Swift on Monday announced a new record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) that will give her greater control over her own music and could boost future payouts to artists for music played on streaming service Spotify.

Taylor Swift’s $300-million song is worth every penny

THERE’S little better way for Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group to burnish its reputation ahead of a prospective stake sale than by signing up Taylor Swift.

I want to pay more for a Spotify subscription

SPOTIFY executives like to say they manage for growth rather than profitability. It was the growth, however, that disappointed investors in the latest earnings, released Thursday. As a user, I also worry that the music-streaming service’s ideas about growth are wrong.

Drake, Ed Sheeran most streamed Spotify artists of last decade

THIS WEEK marks the 10th anniversary of the public debut of Spotify, and the streaming service has released a few all-time “most-streamed” lists. Think of them as global playlists for the last decade of your life.

Spotify gives artists way to circumvent record labels

SPOTIFY Technology SA is giving musicians new tools to release music without a record label.

Upgrade for Spotify’s free users

LISTENING to music is a personal experience. A workout playlist, shower song on repeat, go-to track list while in transit, and a mellow playlist for relaxation in the evening are selected depending on one’s music taste.

Christmas is big with Pinoy Spotify users

THE PHILIPPINES is known for its lengthy Christmas celebrations which start the moment August ends and September rolls in and the holiday cheer is evident through the number of Christmas songs played during the “-ber” months (September to December) — 47 million minutes of holiday content were streamed from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, according to music streaming service, Spotify.

Spotify says no to payola on its playlists

SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA is overhauling the way musicians and record labels submit songs for certain playlists, a move that will affect how tens of thousands of artists reach their fans.

After music industry revolt, Spotify ends misconduct policy

SPOTIFY Technology SA rescinded a short-lived policy that penalized artists for misconduct, bowing to pressure from irate musicians and record labels.

YouTube revamps streaming music service

San Francisco -- YouTube is launching a revamped, standalone streaming music service as part of an effort to step up competition against fast-growing rivals...

Podcasts to help you keep a healthy mind

Lower your stress levels with Spotify.

Even with Spotify, indie acts opt for label deals

ON STAGE at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest...

Spotify said to plan new version of free music service

SPOTIFY Technology SA is developing a new version of its free music service, the first big product change since the streaming company went public...

Spotify soars in $26 billion stock debut

New York — Spotify soared Tuesday (US time) to a value of more than $26 billion in its long-awaited stock debut as the market...

Spotify hit with $1.6-B copyright lawsuit

MUSIC streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty,...

Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 music charts

MUSIC STREAMING service Spotify has named 2017 as the year of Ed Sheeran (real name: Edward Christopher Sheeran) as the English crooner dominated its...

Ed Sheeran rules Spotify in 2017

NEW YORK -- English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran dominated Spotify in 2017, with his latest album Divide played 3.1 billion times worldwide, the leading streaming...

Spotify is said to cancel TV shows in reboot of video...

SPOTIFY is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music...

US music industry soars as streaming subscriptions hit 30M

NEW YORK – The US music industry on Wednesday reported soaring growth in the first half of the year as streaming subscriptions reached 30...