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    1. May 3, 2016

      Beyoncé scores a hit for Tidal but business may not ride the wave

      In the week since its surprise release, Beyoncé’s Lemonade has become the most downloaded album of the year, sparked a...

    2. April 22, 2016

      Europe should forget Google and investigate its own shortcomings

      Imagine if, over the next 60 days, the European Commission staged a series of press conferences and bombarded...

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    1. April 18, 2016

      SoundCloud and Sony/ATV sign licensing deal for Europe

      SoundCloud has struck a European licensing deal with Sony/ATV, the music publishing group, as the Berlin-based digital...

    2. April 15, 2016

      EU digital chief calls on YouTube to pay music artists more

      The EU’s digital chief waded into a growing fight between record labels and YouTube, calling on the Google-owned video...

    3. April 12, 2016

      Spotify co-founders threaten to quit Sweden

      Spotify has threatened to turn its back on its home country of Sweden unless the government takes urgent action to help...

    4. April 12, 2016

      Music sales growing at fastest rate since 1998

      Record companies have reported their fastest revenue growth in nearly two decades, as the rise of subscription...

    5. April 12, 2016

      Accel raises $500m fund to back European tech start-ups

      Accel Partners, one of Europe’s largest venture capital firms, has raised a new $500m fund dedicated to investing in...

    6. April 5, 2016

      Stock Unlimited: Image streaming converts pirates to customers

      Netflix and Spotify shook up the film and music markets by offering unlimited access to their content for about $10 a...

    7. Fast FT

      March 29, 2016

      Spotify raises $1bn in debt financing

      Spotify has raised $1bn from TPG, Goldman Sachs and Dragoneer via a convertible debt investment to fund international...

    8. March 29, 2016

      Music streaming: a trickle

      The lines have crossed. Last week brought news that music streaming has overtaken digital downloads in revenue. In the...

    9. Tech blog

      March 23, 2016

      #techFT - Streaming beats music downloads

      Streaming revenues overtook those of music downloads in 2015, Uber is suffering from non-existent Indian passengers,...

    10. March 20, 2016

      Feedback: tech tracking employees at work

      In his column last week, Michael Skapinker noted that some companies give workers freedom over decisions about how they...

    11. March 16, 2016

      Spotify and Amazon show modern work’s sharp divide

      When Spotify workers need a new keyboard, they go to a shelf and take one. There are no forms to fill in and no one to...

    12. March 15, 2016

      Sony/Michael Jackson: love me don’t

      The relationship between Sony and Michael Jackson was never a love story. After the pop star told Sony to let him be,...

    13. February 28, 2016

      Women in Business — Assia Grazioli-Venier, director of special projects, Spotify

      When she is not flying helicopters or playing football, Assia Grazioli-Venier is director of special projects at...

    14. February 16, 2016

      Spotify within earshot of 30m paying subscribers

      Spotify is closing in on 30m paying subscribers, having hit 28m at the end of 2015, say people familiar with the...

    15. February 15, 2016

      Ministry of Sound fights for niche as music streaming muscles in

      When Ministry of Sound opened in a disused bus garage in Elephant and Castle in 1991, the London superclub attracted...

    16. February 12, 2016

      Pandora Media chief plays down sale speculation

      Pandora Media’s chief executive insisted that the internet radio company was “focused on working as an independent...

    17. January 27, 2016

      Spotify looks to raise $500m in debt as competition increases

      Spotify is seeking to borrow $500m from investors, just eight months after the world’s biggest music streaming service...

    18. Fast FT

      January 27, 2016

      Spotify seeks $500m as competition heats up

      Spotify is seeking to borrow $500m from investors, less than eight months after the world’s biggest music streaming...

    19. January 20, 2016

      Deezer secures €100m from Access Industries and Orange

      Deezer, the music streaming service that last year abandoned an attempt to raise €300m in an initial public offering,...

    20. January 10, 2016

      Apple’s music streaming subscribers top 10m

      Apple has passed 10m subscribers for its music streaming service, taking six months to hit a milestone that took its...

    21. January 6, 2016

      CD sales in the UK more resilient than downloads

      The death of the CD has been greatly exaggerated. CD sales in the UK fell at the slowest rate in a decade last year,...

    22. December 23, 2015

      The Beatles follow long and winding road to streaming services

      The Beatles’ songs will be available on music streaming services from tomorrow, after the group’s management company...

    23. December 10, 2015

      Sonos Play:5 v Chromecast Audio

      For a decade, Sonos has owned the wireless music system market. No one else has come close to its seamless streaming,...

    24. December 3, 2015

      Losses point to bleak future for music streaming services

      For record labels, music streaming is big business. They earned $2.2bn from services such as Spotify, Deezer and...

    25. Tech blog

      November 25, 2015

      #techFT - Per Amazon Ad Astra

      Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos has landed a first for space travel, Adele has herself a new record of the sales kind, Isis...

    26. November 24, 2015

      Adele breaks record for first week US sales

      Adele has broken the record for first-week album sales in the US, vindicating her strategy of withholding the new...

    27. November 18, 2015

      Rescheduling television’s future

      A few years ago Jean-David Blanc stopped watching live television. Then he realised what he was missing. “I was looking...

    28. November 1, 2015

      Streaming services dance to Adele’s tune

      Adele, the biggest-selling recording artist of the past decade, will breathe new life into the ailing album format...

    29. October 21, 2015

      YouTube launches paid ad-free service

      YouTube is betting that fans of its top stars will pay the same price as a Spotify or Apple Music subscription for the...

    30. October 20, 2015

      Apple’s Tim Cook sees ‘massive’ tech-led upheaval in car industry

      Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, has warned that the global automobile industry is on the brink of a technology-led...

    31. October 15, 2015

      Deezer takes on Spotify with €300m IPO

      Deezer intends to raise €300m through a an initial public offering in Paris this month that would value the French...

    32. September 22, 2015

      Deezer takes fight to Spotify with Paris IPO

      Deezer, the French music-streaming service, is planning to float on the Paris stock exchange as it seeks to boost...

    33. September 21, 2015

      Streaming revenues climb US music charts

      The music industry is still waiting for the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora to lead its return to...

    34. August 20, 2015

      Spotify bans ‘payola’ on playlists

      Spotify is cracking down on a controversial practice known as “payola”, in which record labels pay people who control...

    35. August 6, 2015

      Apple gains ground in music streaming battle

      Apple has announced that 11m people have signed up to the trial version of its music streaming system in the month...

    36. August 5, 2015

      ‘Walking on Sunshine’ marches to the top of moneymakers’ chart

      “White Christmas”, “Happy Birthday” — even “Yesterday” by The Beatles: the world’s most commercially successful songs...

    37. July 21, 2015

      European tech: In Silicon Valley’s shadow

      Ambarish Mitra remembers the phone call well. The voice at the other end — from a US company he refuses to identify —...

    38. July 5, 2015

      Taylor Swift is fighting the wrong part of the music industry

      Ever since their incomes from recorded music started to shrink more than a decade ago, musicians have pondered long and...

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