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Tencent in talks to buy stake in Universal Music, label behind Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Bruce Springsteen

French media conglomerate Vivendi said on Tuesday Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings was in preliminary talks to buy a 10 per cent stake in Universal Music Group (UMG), which counts Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift among its artists.The transaction, if completed, would value the music label at €30 billion (US$33.6 billion). Tencent would have a one-year call option to acquire an additional 10 per cent of the business at the same price and terms, Vivendi said.It comes just over a… Source link

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ByteDance spurs TikTok’s global expansion by snapping up music tech from AI start-up Jukedeck

ByteDance, the world’s most valuable start-up, is ratcheting up the international expansion of its popular short-form video-sharing app, TikTok, with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can create music.The Beijing-based company has acquired for an undisclosed amount UK start-up Jukedeck, which built software that can autonomously compose music, and certain intellectual property assets that it owns, according to a person familiar with the matter. Several members of Jukedeck were also… Source link

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5 highlights at the 50 cents fest 2019 this July: Experience all-things Hokkien from food to music, Lifestyle, Food, Singapore News

Are you aware that Singapore’s largest Chinese dialect group is the Hokkien community? There’s no better way to get a taste of their culinary culture than at The 50 Cents Fest 2019, back for its fourth edition at the bustling Chinatown Food Street on 27 and 28 July. The event is part of the popular Singapore Food Festival, so there’s no doubt it will get hectic. Here’s a curated list of highlights so you can better prepare your visit – or stomach, for that matter. NOSTALGIC STREET EATS Photo: City…

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Large group of PMD users sound sirens, blast music as they ride among throng of people at Geylang, Singapore News

A group of personal mobility device (PMD) users made a nuisance of themselves as they were riding around Geylang. A video of the riders sounding sirens and blasting loud music was posted on SG Road Vigilante’s Facebook group page. It is unclear when exactly this happened but according to the caption, it was in May. The post added that the riders were using lights and sirens to “intimidate” other road users into giving way to them. Stomp earlier reported on a group of around 18 PMD riders seen crossing a…

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Fans upset as Ultra Singapore music festival shifts indoors, Entertainment, Singapore News

Revellers hoping to spend this weekend at outdoor electronic dance music (EDM) festival Ultra Singapore are up in arms after a last-minute change in venue. One of the biggest EDM festival brands in the world, this year’s Ultra Singapore is the fourth edition of the two-day event, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday. It has typically been held at Ultra Park, an open field next to Marina Bay Sands Tower 1, but festival-goers got a rude shock when they received electronic tickets for the event last night indicating…

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Pork price is likely to remain high in China as swine fever wipes out hog population, but that is music to WH Group’s ears

The price of pork is likely to remain high in China, the world’s largest consumer of the meat, as supplies may take months – and even up to years – to return to normal amid one of the worst outbreaks of African swine fever.The viral disease, which doesn’t harm humans, wiped out an estimated 20 per cent of China’s population of hogs, and has become endemic in the regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, which makes it difficult to stamp out, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organisation said.Pork… Source link

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Jazz, popular music and music in multimedia added to O-level syllabus, Singapore News

Secondary school students who are musically inclined now have opportunities to learn more about jazz, popular music and music in multimedia. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said the O-level music syllabus has been revised to include these new areas of study, on top of the existing Asian music and western classical tradition. Mr Ong was speaking at the finale concert for the Lion City Youth Jazz Festival at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre on Saturday (May 18). He told the gathering: “Jazz will be featured in the O-level syllabus, and…

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Tencent Music profit beats estimates as paid subscribers continue to sign up for service

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Monday, as more users paid for its music streaming services.The company, controlled by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, said paid users of its online music service jumped 27.4 per cent to 28.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31.“As our users increasingly consume music content through streaming services, we are riding on this trend to gradually transition into a pay-for-streaming model over… Source link

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Jail, caning for music teacher who molested student during cello lessons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A music teacher who molested an 18-year-old student while teaching her how to play the cello was sentenced to 21 months in jail and one stroke of the cane on Wednesday (May 8). The 33-year-old Filipino, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim’s identity, had been found guilty of four counts of molestation last month by District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt. It followed a five-day trial, during which the court heard that the girl was left so traumatised by the incidents that…

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Music teacher molested teenage student during cello lessons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A music teacher molested his 18-year-old student after telling her that the way she placed her cello against her body was incorrect. This took place at a music school in the western part of Singapore on June 25, 2016. During a five-day trial last year, the young woman told the court that she felt “weird” when the man touched her chest briefly but “did not think much about it”. However, one week later, he molested her again after saying that she was still not holding her cello correctly.…

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