Majority of online music listeners use phones proves recent study

A majority of online music consumers now listen on smartphones amid the boom in streaming services, the global music industry group said Tuesday.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in a 13-nation report found that 55 percent of people who listened to music on the internet did so at least part of the time on their phones, up from 50 percent a year earlier, with the United States leading the growth.

Still around two-thirds of online music consumers used a computer, but the figure had declined.

The study found strong differences among countries. Mexico led smartphone usage at 77 percent while in Japan only 39 percent listened on their phones at least once in the past six months.

The report, which surveyed 900 people in each country in March and April, found a strong correlation between smartphone use and subscriptions to streaming services.

Large majorities of subscribers to Spotify and Deezer listened on their phones, while computers were more popular among people who used the two services´ advertising-backed free tiers.

The music industry body, known as the IFPI, has avidly sought for music consumers to pay for streaming services, seeing subscriptions as a solid source of growth in a long-suffering industry.

In its most recent annual report, the federation reported that streaming in 2015 led to the first significant increase in revenue for the music industry since the dawn of online music.

The latest findings come as smartphones become commonplace in the developed world, leading to a maturing of the once-booming market.

Apple — which last year bet big on streaming by launching its Apple Music service — recently unveiled its latest iPhone model which will lack physical headphone jacks.

Priyanka Chopra has joined this top 10 list

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra joined the Forbes’ list of 10 highest paid TV actresses for the first time this year, coming in eighth and earning $11 million.

According to Forbes, the actress netted the earnings through ABC TV show Quantico and endorsements.

The current ranking has also made Priyanka the highest paid actress in India wihile Deepika Padukone who came 10th on Forbes’ world’s highest-paid actresses earned $10 million in the same duration.

The magazine wrote about the newcomer, “New to the list is Priyanka Chopra, who stars on ABC’s Quantico. While Chopra may be relatively new to an American audience, she is one of the most famous faces in India. In the past year, she has starred in two Bollywood mega films (Bajirao Mastani and Jai Gangaajal) and will take her big-screen talent stateside later this year with one of the lead roles in Baywatch alongside Hollywood heavy-hitters including Dwayne Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor.”

Katrina Kaif set to reunite with her ex beau Salman Khan

Rosy-cheeked Katrina Kaif is all set to reunite with her ex beau Salman Khan in the sequel of 2012 blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, Indian media reported on Thursday.

According to Times of India, the sequel titled Tiger Zinda Hai will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and will hit cinemas on Christmas next year.

Yash Raj films has shared first look of the film on social media and it suggests that Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan would be pitted against a common enemy in their roles as Pakistani and Indian spies respectively.