Dec 8, 2017

YouTube will launch a new music subscription service

YouTube, the Google-owned video platform, plans to launch a new music subscription service in March 2018, Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg reports. Warner Music Group, has already signed on, sources tell Shaw, and YouTube is already in talks with other major record labels, like Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

Why it matters: It's a foray into the subscription music scene that's primarily been dominated by Googls's biggest competitors in the space: Apple, Spotify and to an extent, Amazon. YouTube's biggest challenge will be striking deals with music groups, which in the past have argued that they have not been fairly compensated in deals with YouTube. Roughly 25% of music streaming happens on YouTube.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

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Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.