Newswire TechCrunch has recently aired news that global music streaming giant Spotify will likely set up shop in Vietnam and Thailand—possibly even within the year. With a global user base of 100 million registered and 50 million paying subscribers, Spotify has yet to conquer certain market pockets in Asia and there might be very good reasons for this. Shifting focus in Spotify’s Asia strategy According to TechCrunch, Spotify is looking to step up its game in Asia by launching its music streaming service in Vietnam and Thailand and “seriously considering” expansion in India, perhaps even within the year. While Spotify declined to comment on its plans in Vietnam and Thailand to TechCrunch, it has started hiring for music editor positions in both countries. The move is considered a precursor to launching services, as the company followed a similar strategy in Indonesia in 2015. Then, it started hiring for the exact same post in October and … [Read more...] about Spotify to stir up Vietnamese and Thai music streaming markets
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Since 1997, Hanoi artist Le Van Thao has worked tirelessly to realise his biggest dream: to create a once-in-a-lifetime book, which has through the years evolved into a sophisticated digital encyclopedia. Now, after 15 years, Le Van Thao’s “dream” book project has turned into a huge online encyclopedia about Vietnam, detailing its culture, history, geography, transportation and heritage. For the man behind it, design artist Le Van Thao from The Gioi (World) Publisher in Hanoi, there is still a lot to do, possibly for every day until the end of his life, he said. Thao said his idea for “Enter Vietnam”, the soon-to-released Vietnam online encyclopedia, started when he was looking for a picture of a winter day for the cover of a Hanoi magazine he designed. He immediately knew what he wanted yet failed to remember its author, and he searched for weeks to no avail. “When I could finally recall who the photographer was, he had already lost the original … [Read more...] about Man to make Vietnam’s first online encyclopedia
Nokia, FPT Online deny music copyright violations By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Nokia and FPT Online on Tuesday denied allegations that they had violated Vietnam's copyright law as accused on Monday by the Recording Industry Association of Vietnam (RIAV). RIAV called a press conference on Monday announcing to file a lawsuit against Nokia and FPT Online because the two companies are using music for commercial purposes without permission from local producers who are members of RIAV. In August this year, FPT Online and Nokia inked a deal to provide 1,000 music versions and installed 3,347 Wifi connection sites in Hanoi and HCMC. Under the deal, buyers of Nokia Xpressmusic series will be given vouchers to download free music from FPT Online's website at http://mp3.nhacso.net/nokia Nokia and FPT said on Tuesday that they had not violated the copyright law as claimed by RIAV. Nokia said in a statement on Tuesday that Nokia was seriously considering the association's … [Read more...] about Nokia, FPT Online deny music copyright violations
This week: Since 2008, Earth Hour, a global event annually held on the last Saturday of March has attracted millions of participants across over a hundred countries around the world. By encouraging people to turn off their non-essential lights for an hour, the event hopes to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. In Viet Nam, the Earth Hour celebration helped save 500,000kWh in 2010 and 400,000 kWh in 2011, according to Electricity of Viet Nam. This year, the event will take place on March 31 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Despite its well-intended aim, the go-green initiative still faces criticism, even from electricity experts who say that turning off lights cause negative effects such as increased carbon dioxide emissions from candle use, petroleum exhaustion via youth racing round town in celebration and traffic jams. Do you celebrate Earth Hour every year, and how? Do you think the celebration of Earth Hour is effective in helping reduce energy consumption … [Read more...] about Who’s afraid of the new Korean pop music craze?
VietNamNet Bridge – The top ten video clips of the first week of the Music Video Awards has “Rac roi” (Trouble), which is criticized as a disaster of Vietnamese music, ranked second, after Vietnam Idol 2010 Uyen Linh’s “Giac mo toi” )My Dream). Twenty-four music video clips have been broadcast on MTV Vietnam Channel since early October. Clips are divided into two groups, which are covered by musicians Quoc Trung and Nguyen Quang Dung. The audience began voting on the most favorite video clips on October 23. The top ten clips of the first week have just been announced. The two top clips of the two groups are the clips by pop star Dam Vinh Hung (group 1) and Uyen Linh (group 2). However, rapper Karik’s “Trouble” ranks second in group 2. This has surprised many people. “Trouble” is the only rap song of the 24 video clips. The song mocks at the reverse of the showbiz. Before joining the Music Video Award, this clip was … [Read more...] about ‘Disaster’ of Vietnam’s music ranks highly