Music Streaming Platform Deezer Raises EUR 160 Milllion in Fresh Funding

Global music streaming platform Deezer said Thursday it had raised EUR 160 million ($186 million or roughly Rs. 1,280 crores) in fresh funds from investors, including the Saudi sovereign fund Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), and French telecoms giant Orange.

The cash injection takes Deezer’s valuation past the EUR 1 billion mark, it said.

“Big news! We are raising EUR 160 million from new and existing shareholders,” the company tweeted.

The funds will be used to finance the acceleration of its development, it said, and strengthen its presence in its key markets such as France and Latin America, CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said in a statement.

Deezer, founded in 2007, says it has 14 million active users and a catalogue of 53 million music tracks available in 180 countries.

That makes the site, founded by Frenchman Daniel Marhely, the world’s third-biggest music streaming service after leader Spotify of Sweden and Apple Music.

But more competition is underway, including from Google’s video platform YouTube which has launched a premium music streaming service, from Amazon via its Prime offering, and even from car maker Tesla which wants to enter the streaming market which experts say is now the engine of the entire music industry.

International music sales rose robustly for the second straight year in 2017 to show growth not seen in two decades thanks to the rapid adoption of streaming, industry body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported in April.