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Facebook hires new music head

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Facebook has been looking personnel to join its music efforts and now the social network has a leader. Tamara Hrivnak has joined Facebook to lead its global music strategy and business development. She most recently worked as director of music partnerships at YouTube and Google Play, and before that rose through the ranks at Warner Music Group.

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YouTube boosting Alphabet to $26 billion Q4 revenue

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YouTube is making contributions to the bottom line at parent company Alphabet, according to the tech firm’s fourth-quarter earnings report. “Our growth in the fourth quarter was exceptional -- with revenues up 22% year on year and 24% on a constant currency basis,” CFO Ruth Porat said. “This performance was led by mobile search and YouTube." eMarketer added its own assessment of the Alphabet numbers.

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MusicWatch time spent listening data sees Pandora in the lead for 2016

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MusicWatch sent RAIN News a pre-release note with results of its 2016 'Music Streaming Wars' study, and found that Pandora was had the largest share of weekly music listening at 28%. YouTube took second place with a 27% share. Both of those figures include the audio companies’ free and paid tiers.

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BandPage shutters features as YouTube integration continues

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BandPage announced several upcoming changes to its feature set as part of its acquisition by YouTube earlier this year. The video platform bought the direct-to-fan service in February. Starting March 1, 2017, several core features of the BandPage service will be discontinued, including Bandpage.com public-facing profiles and the BandPage store and events.

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