Singapore– The record-breaking Music Matters 2017 presented by Tencent will see a huge focus on streaming and how the technology has permanently altered the industry. The complex predictive algorithms behind the seemingly simple playlists are now enabling personalization, garnering unprecedented engagement and therefore, generating revenues in billions. In its Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2017-2021 report, PwC predicted that internet streaming will become the largest source of global recorded music sales in 2017 as revenues from services including Spotify and Apple Music surpass sales of CDs and vinyl records for the first time.
The report goes on to say that streaming revenues will rise an impressive 37 per cent to $9.1billion in 2017, driven by further adoption of streaming around the world. Streaming is one of the hot topics to be debated at All That Matters (ATM), Asia’s leading music, sports & entertainment industry festival, which takes place from September 9-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore.
Part of the award winning ATM festival and now in its 12th year, Music Matters 2017 boasts 12 keynotes, 35 speakers new to the event, plus a stellar line-up from the music industry’s glitterati including Cussion Pang (CEO, Tencent Music Entertainment Group), Lyor Cohen (Global Head of Music, YouTube), Hartwig Masuch (CEO, BMG), Alex Zhu (CEO, Musical.ly), Charles Caldas (CEO, Merlin), Joshua Burke (Global Head of Music Sourcing, The Coca-Cola Company), Jeremy Wineberg (Co-founder, Heard Well), Norman Halim (Group CEO, KRU Music), Paras Sharma (SVP and GM, Viacom International Media Networks), T. Jay Fowler (Director, YouTube), Tom Windish (Senior Executive, Paradigm Talent Agency), and Will Page (Director of Economics, Spotify), attendees will have the opportunity to hear from, and pose questions to, some of the leading players who are driving the industry.
Streaming is helping drive growth in developing music markets, with total annual music revenue in China up by 20.3% and India by 26.2%. According to The Economist, consumers in China have begun paying for music. Digital-music revenues, driven mainly by steaming has quadrupled to $195 million over the past five years in China, the report said.
The dominant player in the music streaming industry in China is Tencent Group. Keynote speaker at All That Matters, Cussion Pang, CEO of Tencent Music Entertainment Group, said: “The unprecedented growth in recent years has made the Chinese music industry the most exciting market in the world. As the leader for the online music industry in China, Tencent Music Entertainment Group is at the forefront of this development.”
“We’re proud to be the presenting sponsor of Music Matters at All That Matters this year, where we’d love to share our insights with the global music industry and take the conversations around digital music and streaming to a new level, said Pang.”