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EU Regulators to Probe Alexa, Siri and Other Voice Assistants
EU competition regulators are seeking information from 400 companies to establish if there are problems in the market for voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri and other internet-connected devices that could lead to antitrust cases.
Instagram Confirms Its Tiktok Rival, Reels, Will Launch in the Us in Early August
In a new area of the Instagram app, Reels will allow users to create and post short, 15-second videos set to music or other audio.
Hipgnosis Buys Catalogue of Songwriter and Producer RedOne
Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of RedOne’s songs and recorded music interests: copyright, writer royalties and producer royalties for 337 songs, for an undisclosed amount.
Amazon Music Launches ‘Breakthrough’ Program to Support Emerging Artists
The program is designed to provide global marketing support for emerging artists across genres and territories, with artists from the U.S., U.K. and Germany in the inaugural class.
Facebook to Launch Officially Licensed Music Videos in the U.S. Next Month
Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube.
Spotify Is Now Available in Russia, Croatia, Ukraine, and 10 Other European Markets
The expansion in Europe comes as consumers in the region embrace streaming. Russia in particular is one of the world’s top 20 largest streaming markets—and this launch opens the door for nearly 250 million fans to start discovering new music from their countries and around the world.
Spotify Debuts New Podcast Top Charts Across 26 Markets
Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts will showcase both the overall most-listened to and the biggest movers.
Billboard Changing Chart Rules to Eliminate Merch/Album Bundling
According to Billboard’s report, the change is being put into effect to address concerns that the charts do not reflect the conscious purchasing intentions of consumers, and to level the playing field for all artists.
SiriusXM Is Buying Stitcher in Deal Worth Up to $325 Million
According to SiriusXM, with the addition of the Stitcher and Midroll networks to its existing assets, the company will reach over 150 million monthly listeners across multiple platforms.
The MLC Announces Tools to Help Self-Administered Songwriters and Publishers
The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) today announced two initiatives developed to help self-administered songwriters, composers, lyricists, administrators and music publishers organize and prepare their musical works data.