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Tencent rival NetEase secures new funding for music service
Spotify expands into Middle East and North Africa
YouTube boss takes her article thirteen griping to the FT
Spotify launches new analytics tools for music publishers
Eventbrite launches new music-centric ticketing service
Setlist: UK Music, Sony, SoundCloud
Google reckons its anti-piracy efforts are working, while bragging about its YouTube pay-outs
Apple Music launches preferred distributor programme
Spotify announces share buy-back scheme
Following Yandex stand-off, Russian watchdog to launch new anti-piracy database
Universal signs deal with African streaming firm Boomplay
Universal allies with LadBible on new emerging talent series
YouTube does yet more article thirteen dissing
Spotify share price dips even as premium subscriber count grows by four million
Apple a possible partner or investor for flagging radio firm iHeart
Setlist: YouTube, Wireless, BBC
No one's sure why The Pirate Bay is experiencing downtime
Spotify gives away Google Home Minis in the US
Aggrieved Viagogo customers were just
Sony/ATV extends GEMA/PRS alliance on digital licensing
SoundCloud amends its Premier contract following criticism
SoundCloud defends terms of monetisation for DIY artists
Netflix to turn Wyclef Jean's childhood into animated movie
BMG extends alliance with GEMA on digital licensing
One Liners: AEG, Universal, Black Eyed Peas, more
Setlist: Business streaming, Distrokid, Fender
Spotify takes playlist pitching tool out of beta
UK government considers simplifying anti-piracy web-blocks
YouTube boss urges YouTubers to instigate one last push against article thirteen
Cardi B records an ASMR video, because that's a thing in music now