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Spotify & iHeartMedia Lead Music Shares, SM Leisure Shares Dip Amid Intercourse Scandal

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Spotify’s inventory value rose 3.9% this week after the corporate’s announcement of a U.S. value enhance on Monday (June 3) despatched the inventory on a roller-coaster trip. Shares rose to a brand new 52-week excessive of $331.08 on Wednesday — its highest level since Feb. 25, 2021 — earlier than closing at $308.11 on Friday (June 7). 

After elevating subscription costs in the USA and lots of different main markets in July 2023, Spotify additional hiked charges in the UK and Australia in Could. The extra U.S. value enhance, which matches into impact in July, will increase particular person charges to $11.99 per thirty days and household plans to $19.99 per thirty days. The upper costs will assist Spotify cowl the prices of bundling music with restricted free streaming of audiobooks. The streamer is giving its clients loads of choices, although. A music-only tier has been launched in the UK that prices 10.99 kilos ($13.99) per thirty days, in comparison with 11.99 kilos ($15.26) per thirty days for the music-and-audiobook possibility. Two-person Duo plans and scholar plans additionally supply reductions to the usual particular person plan.


The Billboard International Music Index rose 0.1% to 1,801.44 as Spotify’s achieve helped overshadow losses by 13 of the index’s 20 firms. Different of the index’s largest firms posted modest declines this week: Warner Music Group fell 0.9% to $29.51, Common Music Group fell 1.2% to twenty-eight.23 euros ($30.53) and Reside Nation dropped 3.4% to $90.56. The index is 2.5% beneath its excessive of 1,847.64, set the week ended Could 3, 2024.

iHeartMedia, the index’s biggest gainer for the second consecutive week, rose 35% to $1.25 every week after gaining 6.4%. In simply two weeks, iHeartMedia’s year-to-date loss has improved from 67.4% to 53.2% with none main information releases or regulatory filings. On the firm’s annual common assembly on Wednesday (June 5), shareholders reelected CEO Bob Pittman and CFO/COO Wealthy Bressler to the board of administrators and accredited an advisory vote on the corporate’s 2023 government compensation. 

SM Leisure dropped 8.5% to 83,500 received ($60.51) amidst controversy over an alleged intercourse scandal involving Johnny and Haechan of the group NCT, which SM Leisure has denied. Such a big drop isn’t unusual when a Okay-pop firm’s artists are plastered throughout the South Korean information. In October, Okay-pop shares dropped on information that SM Leisure artist Exo was leaving for a special company. In April, HYBE shares fell sharply after information broke that Min Hee-jin, CEO of HYBE imprint ADOR, had tried to take over administration of the subsidiary label.

Elsewhere, CTS Eventim rose 4.3% to 82.80 euros ($89.56). On Thursday (June 6), the German live performance promoter and ticketing firm finalized a $327 million acquisition of Vivendi’s pageant and ticketing companies. Final 12 months, See Tickets bought 44 million tickets and had income of 105 million euros ($114 million). The deal doesn’t embrace See Tickets France. 


SiriusXM shares fell 9.5% to $2.56 this week, bringing its year-to-date loss to 53.2%. The satellite tv for pc radio firm, which additionally owns streaming platform Pandora, is betting on the success of the brand new streaming app it launched in December and its $9.99-per-month value. The in-car satellite tv for pc product, which incorporates streaming entry, prices “about $19” per thirty days, CEO Jennifer Witz stated on the J.P. Morgan International Know-how, Media and Communications Convention Convention on Could 21. The corporate is making an attempt to take care of these satellite tv for pc clients whereas attracting new streaming clients and lowering its reliance on promotional reductions. “I do suppose we’ll have alternatives to each seize extra demand but in addition keep that full value base at these larger value factors and implement fee will increase over time,” stated Witz.

Some U.S. inventory indexes reached all-time highs this week. The S&P 500 hit a report 5,375.08 Friday, though it closed at 5,346.99, down 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite reached a brand new excessive of 17,235.73 on Thursday and ended Friday at 17,133.12, up 2.4% from the prior week. In the UK, the FTSE 100 declined 0.4% to eight,245.37. South Korea’s KOSPI composite index rose 3.3% to 2,722.67. China’s Shanghai Composite Index misplaced 1.2% to three,051.28. 

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