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Facebook Reportedly Eyeing a 10% Stake In JioSaavn Parent Company

Facebook is considering purchasing a 10 percent stake in Reliance Jio, a major cell phone service provider in India and the parent company of popular music-streaming service JioSaavn. The deal hasn’t yet been closed, and neither Facebook nor Reliance Jio has commented publicly on the matter. According to sources with knowledge of the negotiations, the […]

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Spotify Allows Artists to Link to Donation Pages, Pledges $10MM In Matching COVID-19 Relief Funds

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic inhibiting artists’ ability to earn a living, Spotify announced three relief initiatives and charitable undertakings today, all of which are designed to lessen musicians’ financial strain. First, Spotify has established the COVID-19 Music Relief project. Music Relief doesn’t accept donations, but rather, it directs concerned fans’ contributions towards organizations that […]

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Is the Music Industry Working With Incomplete Data? WARM Says the Radio Picture Is Glaringly Absent

photo: Atik Sulianami Back in 2015, WARM founder & CEO Jesper Skibsby managed Few Wolves, a two-piece Danish act. Under Skibsby’s direction, Few Wolves signed a contract with a major record label and released two singles: “Smile” and “Never Know,” both of which, admittedly, didn’t live up to commercial expectations. In the wake of this […]

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Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney+ Voluntarily Lower Bandwidth as Usage Spikes Worldwide

The Apple logo in Netherlands. (photo: Medhat Dawoud) Social-media giants Facebook and Instagram, along with Apple and Amazon, are the latest companies to voluntarily throttle their video content to conserve bandwidth as Europe struggles with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By intentionally reducing the quality of their videos, the listed companies (along with Netflix, YouTube, and […]

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Gibson Halts U.S. Operations, Pays Employees $1,000 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Gibson has temporarily closed its U.S. operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and all Gibson factory workers have been given a $1,000 support payment to tide them over until production recommences. The legendary guitar and instrument company made the announcement in a press release yesterday evening, following Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer At […]

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Rihanna Donates $5 Million to Coronavirus Relief; $700,000 for Ventilators

Rihanna performs live. Rihanna and her charitable organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation, are supporting coronavirus (COVID-19) victims and first responders in a big way. The Barbados native’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced in a recent press release that it has contributed $5 million to the coronavirus relief effort. The funds have been dispensed to a number […]

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YouTube Drops HD in Europe Streaming Amid Streaming Surge – Joining Netflix

Photo Credit: Unsplash YouTube is dropping HD streaming in Europe amid the coronavirus outbreak – joining Netflix. Both streaming services are self-regulating and complying with a request from the EU. The move is temporary in response to calls from the European Commission for platforms to help ease demand. As more people stay home to work […]

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DJ’s Remix of Cardi B Saying ‘Coronavirus’ Is Quickly Charting

For the first time in recent memory, a relatively lighthearted coronavirus (COVID-19) headline is making waves, as DJ iMarkkeyz’s remix of Cardi B saying “coronavirus” has become immensely popular on music-streaming services and social media. On March 11th, Cardi B took to Instagram to voice her concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The post was […]

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Media Streaming Poised to Spike 60 Percent Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

(photo: Sara Kurfeß) With a significant portion of the United States and the world remaining indoors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, media streaming—including television, movies, music, and more—is expected to increase by approximately 60 percent, according to a recent study. Nielsen conducted the corresponding survey, which emphasized that a streaming uptick of 60 percent […]