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Portugal - Registrations are now open for the 2021 edition of the Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Porto, Portugal, from 27 to 31 October. The day trade fair and conference will take place at the riverside Alfandega do Porto, and in the evenings the venues will include Casa da Musica, Teatro Rivoli, Porto...
USA - Warner Music Group (WMG) has partnered with virtual entertainment company Wave on a new deal for the label’s global roster of artists. Wave offers fans interactive features including live chats, virtual gifting and voting, as well as real-time audience appearances during artist performances. The deal will create more monetisation opportunities...
UK - English Folk Expo has announced the launch of the Folk Talk Academy, a virtual learning hub that gives artists free access to a broad range of music industry expertise. The first webinar session will be held on 5 May at 4pm CAT. The Folk Talk Academy is courtesy of...
USA - Apple was last week accused of distorting competition in the music streaming market, according to a premilitary statement by the European Commission (EC). The statement follows an antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store rules launched last year. The commission found that Apple abused its dominant position for the distribution...
USA - Apple Music this week launched its City Charts in more than 100 cities across the world, with six of them in Africa. The African cities include Accra, Nairobi, Lagos, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Each chart highlights the top 25 songs making waves in each city. The company says its...
France - Global music streaming service Deezer has partnered with some of Africa’s top musicians to launch its Dance Africa series of playlists. The launch coincides with International Dance Day happening on 29 April. The playlists can be accessed here. They include music from 22 artists across the continent such as South...
Sweden - Social media network giant Facebook this week launched a Spotify miniplayer on its platform, which allows listeners to use the music streaming service within Facebook. Spotify says the move was driven by social discovery. The feature is available on both iOS and Android in select countries including South Africa....
USA - Bose Ogulu, Chindedu Okeke and Sipho Dlamini are among the African music executives who made the Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players list published this week. The list recognises industry influencers in more than 100 companies, which Billboard says are “driving the success of music business outside the US”. They include label executives, music...
USA - Universal Music Group’s (UMG’s) revenues grew from €1.77bn to €1.81bn ($2.20bn), representing a 2.2% hike in quarter one this year compared to the same period in 2020. The figures were last week revealed by UMG’s parent company, Vivendi. Recorded music revenues grew by 3.6% in the first quarter compared...
USA - Electronic dance music platform Beatport has announced that it will start accepting cryptocurrency payments from June. The announcement makes the platform the first major online music retailer to accept bitcoin as a payment option. However, there have been other niche digital service providers, such as download store Tradebit, accepting...