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Facebook Now Supports Music in 40 Countries With New Deals in India & Thailand

The social giant has signed new licensing deals with major labels in the Asian countries, as it expands its music products globally at a rapid pace.

Facebook has now formed partnerships with leading rightsholders in 40 countries around the world, including its newest additions India and Thailand announced on Wednesday (March 13). 

The licensing deals cover use across social experiences such as videos, messages, stories, Lip Sync Live and other creative content on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus VR. 

In India, Facebook’s agreements include labels T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films. The Thailand deals are with labels GMM Grammy and RS. The music is all now available for use internationally as well. 

The recent deals and 40-country tally mark swift growth for Facebook’s global music licenses since the social giant launched the music products in April last year in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. Even at the end of 2018, it only announced agreements in 15 countries. 

“I think one of the keys to our success has been that we view our role as connecting partners to products, not products to partners,” Anjali Southward, Facebook’s director international music publishing, tells Billboard. “I think our partners have been really appreciative of our collaborative approach and we’ve been lucky because they’ve been very innovative and forward-looking and have been willing to take risks with us, which has enabled us to move so fast.”

The India deal is of significant importance for Facebook, coming at a time when the country has been one of the social network’s top growth markets. It also comes on the heels of streaming services Spotify and YouTube Music’s own launches there. That country’s cultural relationship with music, much like Thailand’s as well, says Southward, was also an important consideration in getting these deals done.

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