Latest Industry: Apple Music vs. Spotify, YouTube, Niniola, NetEase, Riptide, UTA, More…

Latest Industry: Apple Music vs. Spotify, YouTube, Niniola, NetEase, Riptide, UTA, More...

Apple Music tops Spotify once again in total streams – this time for Travis Scott.

According to Music Business Worldwide, Travis Scott’s newest album, Astroworld, has drawn 80 million global streams on Apple Music within the first 24 hours, up 16.5 million over Spotify’s global streams.  The album drew in 153 million streams in its first three days on Apple Music.


Looks like advertisers don’t want anything to do with drill music videos on YouTube.

Mars has pulled its ads off YouTube after a Starburst commercial appeared before a music video for controversial drill rap group Moscow17.  Rival gangs stabbed and killed one of the group’s members, Siddique Kamara, last week in South London.


NetEase partners with Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Music has reached a copyright transfer agreement with NetEase Cloud Music.  The agreement gives Xiaomi access to music from HIM International Music and Tianyue Media, including SHE, Hebe Tien, Yoga Lin, Power Station, and Where Chou.


Niniola makes history on Spotify.

Nigerian singer Niniola has become the first artist from her country to reach a million monthly listeners on Spotify.  The Afro-pop singer achieved the historic milestone after releasing her hit single, ‘Maradona.’

On Instagram, Niniola thanked fans for their support.


UTA sells minority stake.

Investcorp and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) have become strategic partners in United Talent Agency (UTA).  The minority stake will result in an influx of capital UTA will use to enhance its services and invest in resources to support its clients.  The talent agency now has over 900 employees.

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Pink cancels yet another show in Sydney.

Pink has canceled a third performance of her Beautiful Trauma tour in Australia after a stomach virus forced the pop star to remain hospitalized in a hospital in Sydney.  She previously canceled her opening-night performance at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Friday evening.  Pink reportedly ‘pushed through’ her scheduled Saturday night performance prior to her hospitalization.


Riptide partners with Armada Music.

Armada Music, a Dutch EDM label, has partnered with Riptide Music Group, a global publishing administration company.  Riptide will represent a set number of releases from the Amsterdam-based label.  Diver, Riptide’s sync division, has made tracks from Goldfish, Dirtcaps, Dirtyphonics, Arston, W&W, and SAYMYNAME, among other Armada artists, available for licensing.