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Chinese streaming-music giant Tencent Music files for US$1 billion initial public offering

The music-streaming site listed its offering size as US$1 billion in a filing on Tuesday; platforms are becoming important vehicles for US pop stars such as Katy Perry and Rihanna to reach Chinese audiences

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2018, 2:17am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2018, 3:05am

Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the online-music arm of China’s largest social-media company, filed for a US initial public offering.

The music-streaming site listed its offering size as US$1 billion in a filing Tuesday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount is likely a place holder and may change.

Tencent Music is preparing to sell shares after its parent company grapples with restrictions on game approvals in China.

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Tencent Music’s platforms are becoming important vehicles for US pop stars such as Katy Perry and Rihanna to reach Chinese audiences, alongside home-grown artists like Jason Zhang and Joker Xue.

The company counts Stockholm-based Spotify Technology SA as an investor, but the two companies may increasingly become rivals in regions such as Southeast Asia.

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