Tencent Music

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Tencent Music Entertainment Group
FormerlyChina Music Corporation
PredecessorChina Music Corporation
Tencent's QQ Music division
FoundedJuly 2016; 5 years ago (2016-07)
HeadquartersShenzhen, China
ProductsQQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, WeSing, Ultimate Music
Number of employees
2,400[1] (2017)

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME; Chinese: 腾讯音乐娱乐集团; pinyin: Téngxùn Yīnyuè Yúlè Jítuán) is a company that develops music streaming services for the Chinese market. Tencent Music's apps include QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, and WeSing; which have more than 800 million active users and 120 million paying subscribers.[2][3][4] As of July 2016, Tencent Music's three services held an estimated 56% market share of music streaming services in China.[5]

In the First Quarter 2021, Tencent Music announced it had 60.9 million paying users, up 42.6% compared to First Quarter 2020 (42.7 million paying users). In addition, the total number of music streaming users was announced to be 615 million, a drop of 6.4% compared to First Quarter 2020 (657 million).[6]


Tencent Music was established in July 2016 with Tencent's purchase of China Music Corporation to strengthen its music offerings.[7] On July 4, 2018, Sony/ATV Music Publishing acquired an equity stake in Tencent Music.[8][9] In October 2018, the firm filed for IPOs of around $2 billion[10] in the United States.[11]

In December 2018, the company announced an IPO with the total value of shares around $1.23 billion, which includes 82 million ADS and 164 million regular shares priced around $13 - $15.[12]

As of 2018, 46.6% of Tencent Music class A ordinary shares are owned by Spotify.[13]

On January 30, 2019, SM Entertainment, the largest entertainment agency of South Korea entered into strategic partnership agreement with China's Tencent Music that included music distribution and marketing in the Chinese market.[14]


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  2. ^ "Tencent Music drowns out Spotify and Apple". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ "Revealed: Billboard's 2017 Digital Power Players, Guiding the Future in Music and Tech". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ Lee, Pearl (27 June 2017). "Why China's music streaming is leading the world". Tech in Asia. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ Soo, Zen (15 July 2016). "Tencent to merge QQ Music service with China Music Corp to create streaming giant". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Tencent Music Entertainment Group Announces First Quarter 2021 Unaudited Financial Results". Tencent Music - Press Releases. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
  7. ^ "Tencent spikes on music arm move". The Standard. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  8. ^ Sony/ATV Share Tencent IPO Profits with Songwriters Archived 2018-08-12 at the Wayback Machine oneedm.com, Retrieved on 11 August 2018
  9. ^ Sony/ATV owns a stake in Tencent Music Entertainment Archived 2018-08-12 at the Wayback Machine musicbusinessworldwide.com, Retrieved on 11 August 2018
  10. ^ Hughes, Jennifer. "Crunch time for Tencent Music's 2018 $2 billion IPO hopes". U.S. Archived from the original on 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  11. ^ Farrell, Maureen; Steele, Anne (2018-10-02). "Tencent Music Files for U.S. IPO". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  12. ^ "Tencent Music moving ahead with its $1.2B U.S. stock market debut". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  13. ^ MarketScreener. "SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA : Shareholders Board Members Managers and Company Profile | LU1778762911 | MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com. Archived from the original on 2019-07-07. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  14. ^ "SM, 中 최대 엔터 텐센트 뮤직과 전략적 파트너십 체결 [공식]". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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