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Drake is Spotify's most-streamed artist of the decade

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Was it God's Plan? Rapper Drake ends the decade with more than 28 billion streams, followed by other top-streamed artists like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Post Malone

SiriusXM buys Pandora to step up streaming music wars

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The all-stock deal creates 'the world's largest audio entertainment company,' with some $7 billion in revenues, according to a statement from the two firms

Spotify to let artists post music without labels

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The feature for now is only in the test phase for select US-based independent artists who have secured their own copyrightsf

SPOTIFY. The Spotify logo is pictured on a football table placed in a playroom at the company headquarters in Stockholm. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160M euros

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The French company is the third-biggest streaming service after Sweden's Spotify and Apple Music

DEEZER. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2015, a lounge is pictured at the French music-streaming services Deezer's headquarters in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

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Spotify reaches 83 million paying subscribers

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Spotify attributes the growth to inroads into emerging markets, particularly Latin America and Southeast Asia, and the popularity of its family packages, which nonetheless earn less revenue than individual plans

SPOTIFY. People gather in Spotify offices following a press conference on June 27, 2013 in New York City. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly songs over sex abuse claims

May 11, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Users of both the free and subscription-based versions of Spotify will still be able to find R. Kelly's music on the service. However, he will no longer appear in playlists curated by the platform or algorithm-generated recommendations.

R. KELLY. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2013 singer R. Kelly arrives for the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Spotify narrows losses but disappoints on guidance

May 03, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Spotify says it lost 41 million euros ($49 million) in the 3 months through March, and it still expects to lose 230 to 330 million euros for the year

Spotify adds on-demand playlist for free users

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The revamped free tier app now lets users pick songs to listen to in select playlists, instead of having them in shuffled playback

Photo from Spotify

Spotify boasts 70 million subscribers amid stock listing reports

Jan 05, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Announcing its new subscriber base online, Spotify did not change its number for total users. It said in June that it had 140 million active users when including listeners who access Spotify's free, advertising-backed tier

SPOTIFY. People gather in Spotify offices following a press conference on June 27, 2013 in New York City. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Music sales soar in U.S. as streaming takes over market

Jan 04, 2018 - 3:47 PM

In the US, in-demand streaming services led by Spotify are quickly replacing downloads on platforms such as iTunes, which shook up the music business a generation ago

Spotify hit with new copyright suit in U.S.

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Wixen, which is seeking a jury trial against Spotify, presents a list of 10,784 songs for which it questioned Spotify's permission to stream. It is seeking $150,000 in damages for each song, meaning an award of at least $1.6 billion, as well as lawyers' fees.

Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Apple and Shazam did not disclose financial terms. Technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million.

Apple to buy music recognizing app Shazam – report

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The deal between Apple and Shazam could be announced Monday, December 11, with financial terms not yet clear

YouTube taking on Spotify with own streaming music service – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The service, internally called Remix, is slated to come out in March, according to people familiar with the matter

Ed Sheeran rules Spotify in 2017

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The ginger-haired pop guitarist was streamed more than any other artist in the year so far

SPOTIFY'S NUMBER 1. Ed Sheeran performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Spotify's subscriber total now at 60 million, continues to lead

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Since March 2017 the music streaming leader has attracted 10 million more paying subscribers – double that of nearest competitor Apple Music s

RETURNING ARTIST. Musician Taylor Swift made a return to Spotify in June 2017. Much of her discography had been out of the streaming app for years before this comeback. Photo by Larry Busacca/AFP

SoundCloud slashes staff despite streaming growth

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:12 AM

SoundCloud has signed deals with major labels but has struggled to monetize its model

Jay Z to release new album '4:44'

Jun 19, 2017 - 11:47 PM

4:44 is Jay Z s first album since 2013 s Magna Carta Holy Grail

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Jay-Z attends 2017 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at Owlwood Estate on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc Nation/AFP

Taylor Swift's music returns to Spotify, streaming services

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Fans can stream stream Taylor s 1989 album on Spotify and more

TAYLOR SWIFT. The pop star brings her music back to Spotify and other streaming services. File photo shows Taylor at the 2017 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DIRECTV/AFP

As streaming booms, songs getting faster – study

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:07 AM

On the average the vocals of a hit song in 2015 start at the 5 second mark In 1986 the voice kicks in after 23 seconds

Spotify, Universal Music sign global license agreement

Apr 05, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Today streaming represents the majority of the business says Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge

Spotify extends streaming lead with 50 million subscribers

Mar 03, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The music streaming service maintains lead over Apple Music and Tidal in spite of exclusive material appearing on the rival platforms

STREAMING LEADER. The Spotify logo is pictured on a football table placed in a playroom at the company headquarters in Stockholm on February 16, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers

Dec 08, 2016 - 11:16 AM

The tech titan s streaming music service makes progress as it aims for industry leader Spotify

CATCHING UP. Apple's music service is gaining ground on industry leader Spotify. Logo from Apple

Amazon joins music wars with new streaming service

Oct 12, 2016 - 11:48 PM

Amazon Music Unlimited will offer tens of millions of songs to subscribers the company said a step up from the two million available on its existing Amazon Prime streaming service

AMAZON MUSIC UNLIMITED. Screen shot from YouTube.

Spotify gets additional 10 million paying subscribers since March

Sep 15, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The streaming service now has 40 million paying subsrcibers all in all Apple Music ranks second with 15 million paying subscribers according to June numbers

LOUD AND CLEAR. Based on the number of paid subscribers, Spotify is the clear leader in streaming music at the moment. Lauren Mayberry photo by Anna Webber/AFP

As streaming booms, audio overtakes video in US

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Analytical firm BuzzAngle Music says there were 114 billion audio streams compared with 95 billion video streams in the first 6 months of 2016

Spotify lowers pricing of Premium for Family plan

May 24, 2016 - 5:00 PM

In the Philippines the Premium for Family plan is now P194 a month with up to 6 individual accounts allowed

SPOTIFY PREMIUM FOR FAMILY. Screen shot from Spotify Philippines.

Spotify breaks $2 billion in revenue but still in red

May 24, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The revenue of the music streaming service jumps 80 in 2015 but the growth does not erase losses

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.

Data leak affects hundreds of Spotify users

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Users report that their accounts have been hacked or their account credentials changed

Tidal soars on Beyonce's 'Lemonade'

Apr 26, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Tidal becomes the most downloaded music smartphone app after Beyonce releases Lemonade through it as an exclusive

Spotify raises $1B in funding – report

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Private equity firm TPG hedge fund Dragoneer Investment Group and clients of Goldman Sachs are taking part in the deal according to the Wall Street Journal

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.

Spotify says it's reached 30 million subscribers

Mar 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

The milestone is announced by Spotify s chief executive Daniel Ek as he comments positively about President Barack Obama s historic visit to longtime US adversary Cuba

In this file photo, Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek addresses a press conference in New York, December 11, 2013. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Spotify reaches royalty deal with music publishers

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Amid the rapid growth of streaming Spotify faces charges it pays little attention to ensuring proper payment of royalties which go both to performers and the often more anonymous songwriters

Beatles songs to stream on Spotify, other sites on Christmas Eve

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:50 PM

The Beatles albums like Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver will be available for streaming just in time for Christmas

THE BEATLES. The band's songs will be available for streaming on Christmas Eve. Screengrab from Facebook/thebeatles

CD sales plummet in US as streaming rises

Sep 22, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Overall music revenue in the United States the world s largest market drops only slightly to 3 2 billion amid the rapid rise of streaming

Co-head of fallen streaming site Grooveshark dead at 28

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:34 PM

While the cause of death is unclear no evidence of foul play or suicide was reported by the Gainesville Police Department


REVIEW: Apple Music

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:16 PM

How does Apple Music fare versus other music streaming services in the market?

Prince pulls music from most online streaming services

Jul 03, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Spotify says Prince s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog

US Popstar the artist formerly known as Prince performs on stage during his concert in Zurich, 23 August. EPA PHOTO/Keystone/Michele Limina/STF/ml-hh

Apple Music priced competitively with Spotify PH at $2.99

Jul 01, 2015 - 10:58 AM

At current exchange rates Apple Music and Spotify are priced around P5 0 11 apart

APPLE MUSIC'S PH PRICING. Screen shot from Apple Music interface on PC.

Apple Music goes live as tech giant bids on streaming

Jul 01, 2015 - 7:59 AM

The centerpiece of Apple Music is Beats 1 which bills itself as a first global radio station and will include guest hosts such as pop legend Elton John and rap entrepreneur Dr Dre

APPLE MUSIC. Image from Apple.

In reversal, Taylor Swift to stream on Apple

Jun 26, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Taylor insists that she has not entered any special deal with Apple

epa04809308 US singer Taylor Swift performs during a concert at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, 19 June 2015. EPA/Rolf Vennenbernd

Spotify to price-match Apple Music in the future

Jun 09, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Apple Music s pricing currently has single user subscriptions set to 9 99 per month with a family package for 6 available for 14 99 per month

SPOTIFY. Stefan Zilch, head of Spotify Germany, speaks during a press event of the company in Berlin, Germany, 20 May 2015. The music streaming service will branch out to include videos, with plans to evolve into a more general media platform. Photo by Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Streaming giant Spotify expands into video, original content

May 21, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Spotify by far the largest company in the booming streaming industry says it wants to turn into a broader and more personalized platform to bring in subscribers throughout the day

MORE CONTENT. Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, speaks to reporters at a news conference on May 20, 2015 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Spotify triples losses, reportedly to launch video streaming

May 09, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Spotify explains the losses as caused by substantial investments that have been made during the year mostly in product development international expansion and general increase in personnel

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.

Streaming site Grooveshark shuts under industry pressure

May 01, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The website goes dark with a message saying that in a settlement with the 3 major record label conglomerates Grooveshark was ceasing operations immediately and handing all copyrighted work to the companies

Rough start for Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Tidal is the 872nd most downloaded iPhone app in the United States and the 51st among music apps


Jay Z leads stars in rebranded Tidal streaming service

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:48 AM

The relaunch of the rebranded Tidal music streaming service hopes to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control

Sony and Spotify's PlayStation Music going live

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:32 PM

New Spotify users as well as users of Sony s Music Unlimited service – which the company phased out and replaced with PlayStation Music – can earn some free Premium time