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Tencent’s QQ Music is profitable

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China-based streaming service QQ Music has reportedly turned a profit. One of the platform’s general managers shared the update at an event this week, although owner Tencent has not made any formal statement confirming it. This is a noteworthy development both for the Chinese market and for streaming at large, where many western companies have struggled to get into the black.

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Pandora improves video ad delivery with 100% “in-view” to MRC standards

Pandora has announced a technology solution to the problem of in-stream video and display ads being delivered to listeners who aren't watch their screens. Through partnering with technology provider Moat, Pandora can assure advertisers of 100% in-view impressions in mobile and desktop listening, in accordance with MRC (Media Rating Council) standards. To understand just what this means technically, and to Pandora advertisers, we spoke with Chris Record, Pandora's VP of Revenue Operations.

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MIDiA takes a deep dive into YouTube as a music business

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MIDiA Research has released a report on YouTube and the video platform’s impact on the music economy. With YouTube commanding a massive audience, but still drawing criticism and skepticism from artists and labels, the report adds much-needed data to explain the service’s role. "Safe Harbour-enabled UGC is no longer the threat it once was, with just 2% of music video views from unofficial uploads," it says.

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NMPA moves to block Sony from joining mechanical royalty CRB proceedings

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The National Music Publishers Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International have moved to block Sony Music Entertainment from participating in the new round of Copyright Royalty Board proceedings. After setting webcasting rates for the 2016-2020 period, the CRB will next consider mechanical royalties that will apply to interactive music services for 2018-2022.

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