Tencent Music

Tencent Music Entertainment Group
China Music Corporation
Public, Joint venture
Traded asNYSETME
PredecessorChina Music Corporation
Tencent's QQ Music division
FoundedJuly 2016; 3 years ago (2016-07)
HeadquartersShenzhen, China
ProductsQQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo
Number of employees
2,400[1] (2017)

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) is a company that develops music streaming services for the Chinese market. This is a joint venture between Tencent and Spotify. Their apps, including QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo, have more than 700 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]


Tencent Music was created in July 2016, as a result of Tencent's purchase of China Music Corporation to strengthen its music offerings. [6] On July 4, 2018, Sony/ATV Music Publishing acquired an equity stake in Tencent Music.[7][8] In October 2018, the firm filed for IPOs of around $2 Billion[9] in the United States.[10]

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 for each.[11]

46.6% of Tencent Music class A ordinary shares is owned by Spotify.[12]


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  5. ^ Soo, Zen (15 July 2016). "Tencent to merge QQ Music service with China Music Corp to create streaming giant". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Tencent spikes on music arm move". The Standard.
  7. ^ Sony/ATV Share Tencent IPO Profits with Songwriters oneedm.com, Retrieved on 11 August 2018
  8. ^ Sony/ATV owns a stake in Tencent Music Entertainment musicbusinessworldwide.com, Retrieved on 11 August 2018
  9. ^ Hughes, Jennifer. "Crunch time for Tencent Music's 2018 $2 billion IPO hopes". U.S. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  10. ^ Farrell, Maureen; Steele, Anne (2018-10-02). "Tencent Music Files for U.S. IPO". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  11. ^ "Tencent Music moving ahead with its $1.2B U.S. stock market debut". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. ^ MarketScreener. "SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA : Shareholders Board Members Managers and Company Profile | LU1778762911 | MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.