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Tencent Music Boasts 39.9 Million Paying Subs – Tops Wall Street Estimates

Photo Credit: Unsplash Tencent Music closed 2019 with nearly 40 million paying music subscribers worldwide. Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) runs three different music streaming services in China. Those include QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo. TME told investors that its subscribers paid $160 million in Q4 2019. TME’s paying music users figure in Q4 2019 […]

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Jay-Z’s Tidal Lost $37 Million In 2018 — More Than 100,000 Subscribers Jumped Ship

Jay-Z’s Tidal lost approximately $37 million and 100,000 American subscribers in 2018, according to newly released figures.   The music streaming service’s overall revenue grew by more than 25 percent from 2017 to nearly $150 million, according to a filing with UK governmental agency Companies House. However, 2017’s U.S. earnings were about $71.5 million, whereas American […]

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BTS Is Basically a Cash Machine — Big Hit Annual Revenues Hitting $500 Million

BTS frontman RM (photo: Yun_Q) BTS label/management group Big Hit Entertainment just doubled its earnings and substantially increased its 2019 profits. Big Hit Entertainment, the company behind BTS, earned nearly $500 million in 2019, according to a recently delivered corporate briefing. The Seoul-based business’s total revenue doubled from 2018’s level to $495.2 million, with profits […]

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Spotify Reaches 124 Million Premium Subscribers — But Quarterly Losses Top $85 Million

Spotify Offices in Manhattan Spotify closed 2019 with 124 million premium subscribers—a 29 percent increase from 2018’s year-end figure—but this user influx wasn’t enough to prevent the company from sustaining heavy overall losses.  Spotify’s earnings report also indicated that the streaming service’s premium-subscriber base grew 10 percent between the third and fourth quarters, and that […]

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Pandora Is Losing Subscribers – 88,000 Left the Service Last Quarter

Photo Credit: Pandora SiriusXM revealed some new information about its subscribers’ growth rate for its satellite service and Pandora. SiriusXM added 355,000 satellite radio subscribers during Q4 2019. That breakdown includes 341,000 self-pay customers and 14,000 promotional subs. That number is slightly up compared to a year ago when it added 346,000 new subscribers. SiriusXM […]

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AirPods, iPhone 11 Sales Propel Apple’s Quarterly Earnings to All-Time High of $91.8 Billion

Apple’s high-selling AirPods (photo: Antonio Scalogna) During the first quarter of Apple’s fiscal year, which ended on December 28th, 2019, revenues jumped nine percent from the same period in 2018, to an all-time high of $91.8 billion.  Additionally, Apple’s diluted earnings per share (EPS) came in at $4.99, a 19-percent hike from the first quarter […]

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Evercore Analyst Downgrades Spotify, Calls Profit Margin Growth ‘A Pipe Dream’

On the heels of Bernstein’s Todd Juenger giving Spotify an underperform rating, an analyst from Evercore has downgraded the stock to underperform as well. Benjamin Black gave the stock the rating after previously assigning it a neutral rating, or what the company terms “in-line.” Interestingly, Black has not lowered his price target of the stock […]