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Spotify grew subscribers 31% in Q2 2019, extending its lead over Apple Music

Spotify reported today that it added 8 million new subscribers in the most recent quarter as the music streaming leader widened its lead over rival Apple Music.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has confirmed she is set to marry Kenneth Petty after revealing they have obtained a marriage license.

Nicki Minaj set to marry childhood friend Kenneth Petty

Rapper Nicki Minaj has confirmed she is set to marry Kenneth Petty after revealing they have obtained a marriage license.
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Apple faces inevitable antitrust headache as EU launches App Store investigation

Apple is facing an antitrust investigation that was predictable the moment it announced it was getting into the music streaming business four years ago. The company can most likely expect a similar investigation down the road after it launches its video streaming service later this year.
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Report: Apple to be formally investigated over Spotify’s antitrust complaint

The EU is preparing to launch a formal antitrust investigation against Apple following Spotify’s official complaint, reports the Financial Times. Spotify claims that Apple uses its App Store to stifle innovation and limit consumer choice in favor of its own Apple Music service.
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Beyonce drops another surprise album

Beyonce, the queen of surprise and so much else, has again dropped a record with no warning: a live album to go with an upcoming Netflix documentary on her performance at Coachella last year.

Davido becomes first Nigerian artiste to hit 10 million followers on Instagram

Davido, popular Afrobeats artiste born David Adedeji Adeleke, has become the first Nigerian artistes to hit 10 million followers on Instagram.

Spotify files complaint against Apple in Europe over ‘unfair’ fees and restrictions

Spotify has announced that it’s filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), citing anti-competition practices and a business model that gives Apple an “unfair advantage”.
They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ now most-streamed 20th century song

They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century.
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Report: Nigerian music sector growing strongly

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers says Nigeria’s music industry is “growing strongly” as revenue continues on an upwards trajectory.

Apple earnings arrive with trillion-dollar value near

Apple will release quarterly earnings figures Tuesday as it flirts with a history-making, trillion-dollar market value based on its share price.

Spotify hits 83 million paid subscribers

Spotify’s quarterly earnings are in, with the popular music streaming service announcing that it now has 83 million paid Premium subscribers, up from the 70 million number that Spotify hit at its last update in January. Total monthly active users also crossed 180 million last quarter as well.
Drake

Drake crushes streaming record for top US album of year

Hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest album “Scorpion” has crushed the record for streaming to post the biggest week so far this year on the US chart.
Drake

Drake’s Scorpion album breaks streaming records

Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album “Scorpion,” with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day in 92 countries.

YouTube extends music streaming service to Europe

YouTube extended its music streaming service to Europe Monday a month after it launched in North America and parts of Asia.

Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family plan

Pandora is launching a new Premium Family plan that gives up to six users unlimited music streaming for $15 a month. The deal matches the price of family plans from Spotify and Apple Music, which offer access for to up to five and six individuals respectively.

Spotify introduces hate content policy following R. Kelly controversy

Spotify has announced a new hate content and hateful conduct policy as it looks to distance itself from controversial music artists that are available through its streaming platform.

US rapper J. Cole arrives Nigeria for first-time concert

US rapper J. Cole has arrived in Nigeria for the Castle Lite Unlocks concert he is headlining.

EU probes Apple’s plan to buy music app Shazam

The EU on Monday launched an in-depth probe of tech giant Apple’s plan to buy leading song-recognition app Shazam because of fears the deal may reduce choice for consumers.

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Wizkid becomes first African to hit eight million monthly listeners on Spotify

Afropop star Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid has become the first African artist to hit eight million monthly streams on Spotify.

JAMB: Stanbic IBTC to give top 30 UTME candidates N15m scholarships

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that Stanbic IBTC will reward the top 30 candidates in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will be giving scholarship worth N15m.
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African Games begins in Morocco

What is generally regarded as Africa’s version of the Olympic Games is officially underway in Rabat, Morocco. The Opening Ceremony of the 12th African Games was held Monday night at the Prince Moulay Abdellah stadium.
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Mike Pompeo: Release of Iranian tanker unfortunate

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Monday that it was unfortunate an Iranian oil tanker detained off Gibraltar had been allowed to leave.