Digital music and audio

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Spotify credits podcast popularity for 24% growth in subscribers
Strategic shift beyond music content helps streaming service to grow advertising income by 29% to €281m

Mark Sweney

03, Feb, 2021 @5:29 PM

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YouTube says music artists' income could fall if it must pay more for streams
Platform claims proposed legislation could be so difficult to adhere to that it may have to block music content

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

31, Jan, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Streaming deals reflect success of biggest artists, says label boss
Universal’s UK head tells MPs services are not perfect, as it emerges it can take over 1m streams to make £1,000

Mark Sweney

19, Jan, 2021 @4:53 PM

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'Spotify are selling adverts, not music': how to stream ethically
Major services pay musicians as little as £0.004 per stream, a rate it’s impossible to live on. What other options are there?

Rhian Jones

16, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Olivia Rodrigo: Disney star's No 1 debut single beats Ed Sheeran's record
A familiar sound and rumoured real-life relationship drama created a ‘perfect storm’ for the 17-year-old’s pop breakout

Laura Snapes

15, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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UK lockdowns fuel record year for home entertainment spending
Netflix, Prime and Disney+ surge 38% to £2.9bn in 2020, with Frozen 2 the biggest selling video

Mark Sweney

08, Jan, 2021 @6:01 AM

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The Guardian view on music streaming: the tide is high | Editorial
Editorial: Classic tracks by groups such as Blondie are fuelling an online music boom. But emerging artists need a bigger slice of the profits

Editorial

25, Dec, 2020 @5:16 PM

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Harry and Meghan sign multi-year podcast deal with Spotify
Move will see the Sussexes host and produce programmes through their latest business venture

Caroline Davies

15, Dec, 2020 @5:40 PM

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Best true wireless earbuds 2020: AirPods, Samsung, Jabra, Bose, Beats and Anker compared and ranked
Our updated list of great Bluetooth truly wireless earbuds – at the best prices right now

Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor

15, Dec, 2020 @8:04 AM

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Nile Rodgers asks record labels to be clearer about streaming incomes
Chic guitarist tells committee Sony and Universal not doing enough for artists

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

08, Dec, 2020 @3:14 PM

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How did Bad Bunny become the world's biggest pop star?
The superb Puerto Rican vocalist is now the most streamed artist on Spotify globally, but has never had a UK hit – something he’s determined to change

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Dec, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Music streaming makes major labels rich, while musicians like me go broke | Nadine Shah
I urge the UK parliamentary inquiry to recommend that all musicians are given a fair slice of the vast streaming cake, says singer-songwriter Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah

03, Dec, 2020 @10:03 AM

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