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A review of the 2023 Engaging With Music report. What is the real picture.
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Under the current “pro rata” model held true in Spotify and Apple, money from your dedicated fans goes into a giant pool that's paid out to artists based on their share of total streams. This mostly benefits mega stars.
Content ID is a very useful tool for artists who are releasing content where 100% of the recorded music is original.
This year, the lights on the various performance stages in China have been relit for artists.
In this blog we’ll take a look at ambient music and the possible reasons and outcomes of its rise in China.
What you didn't know about China's music market might surprise you!
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The genre of afrobeat music has subtly made waves in China’s music market. While Asian music lovers and afrobeat don’t seem like they go together, the genre’s rhythms and melodies have been inspiring for Chinese audiences and followers.
More than 15,000 kilometers from Jamaica, a thriving Chinese reggae community has found popularity in China’s Yunnan province.
The power of your reach is defined by the people you connect with and the tools in your hands.
The results are in. Playlisting your music on NetEase works and here are the charts to show.
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The tuning system we use in basically all of the Western music we hear around us is designed to be flexible so you can sing or play a melody in any key and it would sound more or less, in tune. But, it is not perfect.
What is Metaverse? How this will impact musicians. What is China doing with Metaverse? Social app Zheli has already surpassed WeChat as the most downloaded app this year. What's going on?
China's unique music market ecosystem is bound for growth. Now exceeding South Korea at number 6. Social internet behaviour is unlike anywhere else in the world. With the highest amount of people per-capita all connected via mobile the possibility of going viral is unlike anything known before.
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Short video platforms are the new radio where music can go viral. Artists are getting 10s of thousands and 10s of million streams a week on Douyin in China.
Nowadays, listeners get their first impressions of new music from following short videos that you find on apps like TikTok and in China on Douyin and Kuaishou. Read on to discover more reasons why you should be getting your music on these platforms.
Listening to unpleasant music can provoke strong responses. What kind of responses and why? Learn more about the interesting topic from this brief overview of the recent study “I hate this part right here”: Embodied, subjective experiences of listening to aversive music" (2022) conducted by Henna-Riikka Peltola from the University of Jyväskylä and Jonna Katariina Vuoskoski from the University of Oslo.
Your music is in China now, or is it? But how is this possible? Learn which distributors distribute to China.
Sync-licensing is not just a trend it is a strategic move to have your music available to new music libraries. Cinema productions from China keep gaining acclaim in the Global Market and China remains the world’s largest film market. Make your music available for sync-licensing this year like a Tiger!
Actively engage your audience and share with your social streaming community with all who love your music with an honest care for the wellbeing of each other
From 100s to 100,000+ USD per year from China - Royalties for Musicinfo artists are growing. The rise in music streaming is a good thing. When physical sales are declining (except for vinyls, which is super cool) and live performances can still be difficult, music streaming is a lifeline for many artists. Find your audience in China and get paid.
Copyright protection for online music in China is one of the highest in the world today, despite outdated information about this topic on Wikipedia from 2008 stating the opposite.
A comparison of the top most common digital music distributors and their access to distribute in China. Finding the right digital music distributor to China.
How to sync to China to video bloggers, game companies, advertisement producers, TV programs and movies.
To celebrate the opportunities sync licensing offers artists, we talked to three prominent artists on our roster for this summer’s Shanghai International Film Festival about their composition process and what inspires them. We compiled these interviews into a short film that was screened at the festival(s) to showcase their skills for new sync opportunities in Asia.
As an artist or musician you may be curious about the listening habits of music consumers in China. Here at Musicinfo, we asked 38 Chinese students who worked on one of our recent research and development projects about the services they use, the kind of music they like, when they listen to music and more.
An Interview with Juri Kobayashi of Musicinfo discussing what the markets are like in China and how artists can promote and distribute their music in these markets.
Let your music travel for you. In this time of lockdown cabin fever is running high and people need an outlet to release and dream. Our artist Layla Khepri had toured in China just over a year ago, come check out her experience to see where your music could be heard and where you could tour when the time is right and that time is coming sooner every day, more and more people are getting vaccinated and travel restrictions will soon be lifted. Until that time live vicariously through your music and let yourself dream of the possibilities.
Playlisting your music in NetEase in China can bring you a lot of visibility - just like in Spotify
Find out the top 3 reasons to focus on the Chinese music market
If you have ever wondered if your music is in China and tried to search but found that it was too much trouble, this guide will help you navigate the streaming sites to find if your music is there.
You do not need to do anything more. Your music will be automatically removed from Xiami Music App and will remain available on all of Musicinfo’s 50+ services.
Xiami translated as “Small Shrimp” is a hipster music streaming app was bought by Alibaba in 2013. Xiami’s recommendation algorithm was particularly admired by China’s indie community by recommending less popular music instead of pushing whatever was on the top charts.
Kuaishou is China’s second biggest short-video app after TikTok. Kuaishou, founded in 2011 was originally created to make GIF pictures and quickly transformed into a short video community. Reporting over 200 million daily users in 2019 now boast 700 million users. Quickly growing attention outside of China it is also known as Kwai or SnackVideo in India.
Tours and in-person live music events stopped by coronavirus this year have caused a lot of bigger artists such as Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga to cancel album release plans. This means that the power is now in the hands of smaller or independent artists who rely mostly on a digital fanbase of dedicated music streamers to gain a foothold now so that life post-coronavirus will be all the sweeter.
What does China pay per stream and how to get your music to China. Distributing your music is about building and growing your fanbase to grow your audience of returning paying fans.
Xiami Music (also known as “Mi Music”) is China’s fifth biggest music streaming platform owned by one of the top 3 Chinese entertainment corporations, Alibaba. Although not as big as NetEase Cloud Music or Tencent’s QQ Music, the service still boasts a hefty 14.4 million monthly active users and has a range of attractive features on offer from high-resolution audio to virtual party rooms.
We have been living the “corona-life” for quite some time now and it seems that things are not going to get back to normal any time soon. The good news is that a vaccine is being developed and we are all hoping that next year the live gig sector will be fully operational again and musicians around the world can get back to performing in front of a live audience. Now is a great time to focus on building digital reach and fan base so you are in a better position when the world opens back up again.
Netease Music is one China’s major contenders when it comes to music streaming platforms and its user base is only continuing to grow. In 2016, it had already claimed 16% of the entire domestic Chinese music streaming market and by the end of 2019, Netease Music managed to attract over 800 million users to their site (swelling from 400 million in 2017), making it one of the top 3 most popular streaming services along with Tencent's QQ Music and Alibaba's Xiami Music.
The future of streaming music and consumerism is in China with interactive social virtual environments that drives users to engage three times more. Music streaming is focused on banking on fandom not consumerism, like it is in the West. A very social virtual environment makes it happen.
Musicinfo is becoming known for its most extensive reach to consumers in China hosting over 50 services. One of the top royalty generating services is Meitu a video and image editing app with the feature to add music to the edits.
UPDATE: With the ever changing landscape of the market this service has been discontinued. It was good while it lasted and all those who got in when they did and reaped the benefits. We keep our services updated and are constantly adding new ones to the roster.
Now indisputably China’s biggest audio sharing platform, Ximalaya FM has amassed around 500 million subscribers since its official launch in 2013. The platform encourages aspirational as well as established podcasters and media providers to upload their content and create radio station-style channels that users can follow. Ximalaya FM is among one of the many specialist streaming services in China that Musicinfo can distribute your music to.<
Tencent’s latest report shows steady growth in Tencent Music Entertainment group TME, with a substantial body of users converting into paying users is up 50% from last year.
Musicinfo can distribute your music to an array of streaming platforms in China, now you can also promote your music videos on a site called Bilibili to reach new fans. Although the site originated as an Anime, Manga and video-game fandom platform, it grew rapidly over the years to include other entertainment categories such as music, movie and lifestyle-related content.
Learn how to play your music to the Chinese market. China's market has opportunity not typically provided by your local digital music distributor or streaming services. No need to compete with the mainstream artists on the mainstream services from the usual go-to digital music distributors. Get your music the opportunity to get heard in China that no one else can provide.
Boasting a catalogue of 50 million tracks, the Huawei Music app is currently attracting up to 160 million active monthly users (growing from 100 million in 2018). This should be reason enough to get your music on the platform for the chance for it to be heard by millions of listeners.
The coronavirus has finally slowed down in China but in Europe and the US, viral infections have been on the rise. Countries are closing down their borders, flights are being cancelled, large areas have been quarantined and the global economy is suffering.This means two things for the music industry: The live sector is going down but streaming is going up. People are spending more time at home consuming more digital entertainment.
Any melody that has ever been created or will ever be created has already been copyrighted and shared to the public.Damien Riel and Noah Rubin have copyrighted every possible melody by creating a program that has recorded every possible variation of tones and recorded it to hard disk. Since they have copyrighted every possible melody, this would mean anyone from this point forward would be infringing on their music copyright. Yet what they have done is amazing, shared it all to the public.
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Every month, Musicinfo pitches artists to be featured on main ad banners in Chinese streaming services. When have you seen a small independent artist featured in Western music service ad banners? We guess the answer is: never.
This is our testament to all the work we have been doing to get our artists the best visibility and reach to the audiences of China. Every week we will be adding a new success story.
Musicinfo has received the Outstanding Startup prize in OTEC, the largest startup event in Mainland China, held this July 2019 in Beijing. There were 23 companies participating in the competition from countries including the USA, Great Britain, Germany and Singapore. Companies had different backgrounds ranging from AI to biosciences and from robotics to big data.
Stand back Mariah and Ariana, here comes Kiko! Mariah Carey had been the reigning champion up until January this year, 2019, for the song with the most streams in one day, “All I want for Christmas is You,” at 10.8 million. Now taken over by Ariana Grande’s, “7 Rings,” with nearly 15 million streams and still holds this record in mainstream music as of today. But wait what’s this? Here comes along Kiko Blob with the track “Zoo,” getting over 16 million streams in one day this June with a total accumulated plays now over 42 million.
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As an independent artist, the prospect of distributing your music to China is pretty worthwhile, popular social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are blocked in China as well as music streaming sites such as Spotify, Youtube and Apple Music. China are nevertheless heavy users of their very own social media and streaming services, therefore you'll be gaining a lot by tapping into the Chinese market.
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