Apple Music preps Wizkid concert and adds Flo to Up Next promo

Apple Music is getting back to its live roots by returning to the Roundhouse venue in London for a concert. The post Apple Music preps Wizkid concert and adds Flo to Up Next promo appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify adds ‘Planet Hip-Hop’ to its branded Roblox island

One problem with music experiences on Roblox is that many of them are one-offs: a single performance or album launch then nothing more. The post Spotify adds ‘Planet Hip-Hop’ to its branded Roblox island appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitch tweaks its revenue-sharing deals with top streamers

Twitch’s standard revenue share for channel subscriptions is 50/50, but the Amazon-owned platform is having to have a somewhat delicate conversation with its creator community about it. The post Twitch tweaks its revenue-sharing deals with top streamers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Tectonics reveals finalists in its 2022 startups contest

The Music Tectonics conference is fast making a name for itself as one of the key music/tech events in the US, and that includes its ‘Swimming with Narwhals’ startups contest. The post Music Tectonics reveals finalists in its 2022 startups contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Symphony launches video streaming service for classical music

Symphony is the latest startup hoping to build a viable streaming business around classical music. The post Symphony launches video streaming service for classical music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model

We knew Spotify was preparing to make a big splash in audiobooks, most recently signified by its acquisition of specialist firm Findaway. The post Spotify launches audiobooks… with an a la carte pricing model appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook Pages can restrict posts to top fans and subscribers

Meta has unveiled some new features for ‘creators who use Pages’ on Facebook, which could be of use to musicians. The post Facebook Pages can restrict posts to top fans and subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ERA claims musicians AND DSPs are more popular than labels

ERA’s longstanding consumer-tracker research interviews 2,000 Brits every quarter about a range of topics. The post ERA claims musicians AND DSPs are more popular than labels appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ivors Academy’s Advocacy Accelerator aims to boost diversity

British songwriters body The Ivors Academy is getting into the accelerator game, but not for startups. The post Ivors Academy’s Advocacy Accelerator aims to boost diversity appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans

Bodies representing music venues in the UK have warned that spiralling costs of gas and electricity could put members out of business. The post UK venue bodies react to government’s energy-relief plans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind

Doodles is one of the more successful brands in visual NFTs, with a collection selling for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The post NFTs brand Doodles raises $54m with music expansion in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit

Universal Music Group revealed its plans yesterday for a new division with a familiar name: Virgin Music Group. The post UMG brings together its artist and label services into one unit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy

If the creator economy is booming, why are some of the most prominent creator-economy companies laying off staff? The post Patreon layoffs are latest wobble for the creator economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Amazon will spend $15bn on video programming in 2022

Bloomberg Intelligence looks into how much money the biggest tech firms are spending on content for their video streaming services. The post Report: Amazon will spend $15bn on video programming in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn

YouTube paid out $6bn to the music industry in the 12-month period between July 2021 and June 2022, the company has announced. The post YouTube’s annual music industry payouts grow to $6bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Gramrphone adds feature to help musicians livestream to TikTok

Gramrphone emerged in 2020 as one of the startups trying to help artists audio-livestream to fans from their homes or studios. The post Gramrphone adds feature to help musicians livestream to TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MMF opens applications for latest music managers accelerator

Applications open today for the initiative’s fifth year, offering training and 12-month grants of up to £15k for the participants. The post MMF opens applications for latest music managers accelerator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Commercial tracks are only 7% of music used for US television

A new report commissioned by the PMA has broken down the sources of music used for broadcast and cable television networks in the US. The post Commercial tracks are only 7% of music used for US television appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Techdirt takes TikTok critics to task over privacy hypocrisy

The interesting and very spirited counterpoint from Techdirt to the debate about TikTok’s data, privacy and links to China is worth a read. The post Techdirt takes TikTok critics to task over privacy hypocrisy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Crypto influencer Cooper Turley launches a $10m music fund

Earlier this year, we wrote about a ‘Music NFT Landscape’ chart that crypto influencer Cooper Turley had compiled. The post Crypto influencer Cooper Turley launches a $10m music fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify and MerchFriends launch ‘Band Shirt Day’ this month

It’s due to take place on 16 September, and revolves around exclusive merch (or discounts on existing products) and donations to charities The post Spotify and MerchFriends launch ‘Band Shirt Day’ this month appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists

Linkfire’s bio links have become a key part of the music marketing space, among those of its smart-links competitors. The post Linkfire launches its ‘next-generation’ bio link for artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Leaked Snapchat memo reveals plans for growth and resilience

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has been circling its wagons amid wider economic wobbles. The post Leaked Snapchat memo reveals plans for growth and resilience appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Impala launches climate literacy-training IMPACTS project

European indies body Impala has been talking about and working on climate emergency issues for some time now. The post Impala launches climate literacy-training IMPACTS project appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG and UMG sued for patent infringement by Blue Spike

A new legal rumble afoot in the digital music world involves a company called Blue Spike and its patents for digital watermarking technology. The post WMG and UMG sued for patent infringement by Blue Spike appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple Fitness+ users soon won’t need to own an Apple Watch

Apple held its latest product launch event last night, with new iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods Pro earphones. The post Apple Fitness+ users soon won’t need to own an Apple Watch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt

After months of speculation about whether Kobalt was up for sale, who might buy it and for how much, finally some concrete news. The post Investment firm Francisco Partners buys controlling stake in Kobalt appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy

Collecting society GEMA has commissioned a report from consultancy firm Goldmedia on music streaming in Germany. The post GEMA-commissioned study explores Germany’s music-streaming economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands…

How many people work in India’s music industry? Whatever you guessed, it’s probably well short. The answer is 14 million. The post India’s ‘informal’ music industry: DJs, indie artists, brass bands… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ByteDance CFO tells staff it has no current plans for an IPO

Speculation about whether and when TikTok’s parent company ByteDance will go public has been quite the rollercoaster ride. The post ByteDance CFO tells staff it has no current plans for an IPO appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts

Last week, Indian music company Saregama announced a deal to make its catalogue available for use on YouTube Shorts globally. The post Report: Saregama ditches Meta platforms for YouTube Shorts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022

Italy was the tenth biggest recorded music market in the world last year according to the IFPI, buoyed by a 27.8% increase in revenues. The post Italy’s recorded music revenues up 18.3% in first half of 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

“Unacceptable levels of sexual harm, harassment and discrimination in Australian music industry”

A months-long review into abuse in the Australian music industry has been published, and the report that has followed is difficult but essential reading. The post “Unacceptable levels of sexual harm, harassment and discrimination in Australian music industry” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Marketing round-up: sheet music “leak” and Asia-Pacific report

Data and research company Luminate’s latest study on the Asia-Pacific region shows that audio/video music streaming platforms are a highly popular form of music discovery in that region.  The post Marketing round-up: sheet music “leak” and Asia-Pacific report appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches AI music tool, Basic Pitch

Spotify has launched an open-source AI-powered tool called Basic Pitch. The post Spotify launches AI music tool, Basic Pitch appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Merge is coming – will it be the next push that web3 music needs?

The Merge has been promised for nearly a decade now. And now The Merge is going to happen… soon, possibly in two weeks. The post The Merge is coming – will it be the next push that web3 music needs? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music in the Metaverse Challenge showcases four new startups

Music Ally has been covering music in the metaverse – the intersection of music with games and virtual worlds – for a long time now. The post Music in the Metaverse Challenge showcases four new startups appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims Reels are the most-liked content on Instagram

We know that Instagram loves its Reels format and is making it a bigger priority within its app, but do Instagram users agree? The post Report claims Reels are the most-liked content on Instagram appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Björk teams up with Mailchimp for ‘Sonic Symbolism’ podcast

Artists can launch podcasts, but should they? Only if they’re interesting enough is the blunt answer to that question. The post Björk teams up with Mailchimp for ‘Sonic Symbolism’ podcast appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple has quietly released a Platoon for Artists app

Apple appears to have released a new music-related app this week, although without the fanfare that would usually accompany such a launch. The post Apple has quietly released a Platoon for Artists app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer launches a spin-off ‘Zen’ app focused on wellbeing

Relaxation and meditation has been a big playlists category on the major music streaming services. The post Deezer launches a spin-off ‘Zen’ app focused on wellbeing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany

More than 170 people applied for the prize, with five winners announced this week: Novaa, Jenny Gerdts, GOTOPO, Maxi Menot and Nora Medín. The post First Female* Producer Prize winners announced in Germany appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce

SoundCloud employees received an email yesterday from CEO Michael Weissman, who told them “we have decided to make reductions to our global team that will impact up to 20% of our company The post SoundCloud to lay off “up to 20%” of its workforce appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI Chief Geoff Taylor to depart in 2023

Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of UK record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023, after 15 years leading the BPI. In the decade prior to the BPI, he also worked in senior legal roles at the […]

Audoo strikes deal with APRA AMCOS for use of audio recognition tech

British music tech startup Audoo’s Audio Meters are small devices that plug into the wall, recognise what music is playing, and provide data that aims to gives a more accurate insight onto which songs are being heard in business premises. The post Audoo strikes deal with APRA AMCOS for use of audio recognition tech appeared […]

Solana blockchain suffers widespread attack, with wallets drained

Solana is a public blockchain and crypto wallet that is used by a number of music-oriented web3 platforms, like Audius and Single Music amongst others, and the users of those platforms. The post Solana blockchain suffers widespread attack, with wallets drained appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back

Will Page, the former Chief Economist of Spotify, and British collecting society PRS for Music, has brought together some hefty sets of data in order to map the change in UK consumer behaviour around music before, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The post Will Page analyses lockdown’s effect on UK music and predicts bounce-back appeared […]

Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition

Catalogue music – traditionally defined as songs over 18 months old – has always been an intriguing proposition, containing locked-away value that sometimes seemed difficult to eke out. The post Chartmetric report challenges catalogue definition appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs

The idea of songs being “leaked” in the early internet era had an illicit thrill, but the concept has changed somewhat since it became clear that considerable social media excitement followed a leak The post TikTok’s SoundOn service allows official pre-releases of songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NFT round-up: Jay Chou, Damien Hirst and OneOf

Jay Chou is the “King of Mandopop”, and has sold tens of millions of records – but is also known in his native Taiwan as an artist, actor, rapper, producer, TV presenter *and* fashion designer. The post NFT round-up: Jay Chou, Damien Hirst and OneOf appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cypress Hill sue Peloton over “unlicensed use” of music

Peloton has had a rocky year or so: shares in the Fitness startup are down by 95% from their all-time high, and it’s made dramatic changes: outsourcing manufacturing, and focusing on expanding its product range and the classes that made its name. The post Cypress Hill sue Peloton over “unlicensed use” of music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: […]

Music Ally NTK :: Creating Music NFTs

This Need To Know video is based on our Sandbox Guide to creating music NFTs. In it, we’ll be explaining the key questions you need to ask (and answer) if you’re launching NFTs for an artist or music brand. We dig into what NFTs are; explore what kind of content and features might be most […]

Spotify’s audio ad revenue shows possibility for more growth

Why is Spotify not suffering in the markets quite like its big-tech peers? The post Spotify’s audio ad revenue shows possibility for more growth appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fan-centric platform Fave launches “fan verification”

The nature of some fandoms is to generate a fan hierarchy, often based around either perceived proximity to the artist, or by regularity of posting, or encouraging fan behaviour like downloading of new songs The post Fan-centric platform Fave launches “fan verification” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Serenade launches chart-eligible “digital pressings”

Web3 music marketplace Serenade has partnered with Warner Records UK to launch “digital pressings”: The post Serenade launches chart-eligible “digital pressings” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture

As the world experiences shocking extreme weather due to the climate emergency, there’s increasing attention on celebrities’ use of private jets. The post Pop stars, private jets, and the bigger picture appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snap launches Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund

Snap has announced that, as of August, it will launch a “Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund”   which provides monthly grants “of up to $100,000” to top creators using its ‘Sounds’ feature, The post Snap launches Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Dynamic ticketing: Springsteen’s manager defends pricing

The Bruce Springsteen ticket-pricing saga rumbles on, and now The Boss’s, erm, boss – manager John Landau The post Dynamic ticketing: Springsteen’s manager defends pricing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Cyanite raises funding to create “universal music intelligence”

When AI music platforms were at the spiky end of the Hype Cycle, they seemed poised to offer a lot of exciting possibilities with a wide variety of real world applications The post Cyanite raises funding to create “universal music intelligence” appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Web3 troubles provide useful learning opportunities

New buzzy web3 things like NFTs and DAOs, are – on balance, we think – A Good Thing. DAOs, for instance, will likely provide a platform to create a “fan-club+” experience – take a look at artist RAC’s experimental racOS DAO The post Web3 troubles provide useful learning opportunities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music […]

“22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes available” – pursuing a copyright claim in the music industry today (Guest column)

This is a guest post on music copyright law by Oliver Lock, and Owen O’Rorke, who, respectively, work in Reputation Management and Intellectual Property & Commercial, at UK law firm Farrer & Co. They wrote this column in response to Ed Sheeran’s recent plagiarism case court victory, and in it they discuss when – and when not to – […]

Meta financials reveal a year-on-year decline in revenues

News that the FTC wants to block its acquisition of music VR app Supernatural wasn’t the only piece of bad news for Meta yesterday. The post Meta financials reveal a year-on-year decline in revenues appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ed Sheeran is the first artist with 100m Spotify followers

Congratulations are due to Ed Sheeran. First for becoming the first artist to reach the milestone of 100 million followers on Spotify… The post Ed Sheeran is the first artist with 100m Spotify followers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify stops making Car Thing, its first hardware device

We reported on Spotify’s financial results yesterday, but another piece of news has emerged since then. The post Spotify stops making Car Thing, its first hardware device appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok’s latest trademark filing hints at a music service

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance already has a couple of music streaming services: Resso in India and a few other markets, and Qishui Yinyue in China. The post TikTok’s latest trademark filing hints at a music service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The FTC wants to block Meta’s acquisition of Supernatural

Meta announced plans to acquire music-driven VR fitness app Supernatural in October 2021, but the deal is running into some big problems in the US. The post The FTC wants to block Meta’s acquisition of Supernatural appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mandolin expands beyond livestreaming into fan analytics

Mandolin’s next move? Fan analytics and a richer-media take on smart links. It is launching two new services for artists. The post Mandolin expands beyond livestreaming into fan analytics appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta changes: Facebook Feeds tab and auto-Reels videos

We think the changes could be significant for music marketers as well as everyone else using the platforms. The post Meta changes: Facebook Feeds tab and auto-Reels videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

NetEase Cloud Music swells K-Pop catalogue with YG deal

With exclusive licensing deals off the table in China, streaming services are moving to expand catalogues with non-exclusive agreements. The post NetEase Cloud Music swells K-Pop catalogue with YG deal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Epidemic Sound sues Meta in $142m infringement lawsuit

Meta is facing a big headache in the form of a $142m copyright infringement lawsuit from production music firm Epidemic Sound. The post Epidemic Sound sues Meta in $142m infringement lawsuit appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Minecraft NFTs: ‘Not something we will support or allow’

If you think there’s been some stinging fan backlashes against NFTs in the music world, you should see some of the almighty hoo-has in the games industry. The post Minecraft NFTs: ‘Not something we will support or allow’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Business accounts can now turn Instagram Reels into ads

Meta is mustard-keen right now to make its short-video Reels format central to its various apps, particularly Instagram. The post Business accounts can now turn Instagram Reels into ads appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify expands its ‘Blend’ feature with merch sales

Spotify’s ‘Blend’ started as a feature to automatically create shared playlists with certain friends, before expanding to include famous artists as the blendees. The post Spotify expands its ‘Blend’ feature with merch sales appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SyncFloor’s new offshoot is music NFT platform Groovemint

We know SyncFloor as one of the companies trying to shake up the sync market: we profiled it in 2020 The post SyncFloor’s new offshoot is music NFT platform Groovemint appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘What is a stream anyway?’ wonders Damon Krukowski

Artist Damon Krukowski has long been banging the drum over streaming royalties and musicians. The post ‘What is a stream anyway?’ wonders Damon Krukowski appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG signs up for SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’

Warner Music Group has become the first major to sign up for SoundCloud’s user-centric ‘fan-powered royalties’ system. The post WMG signs up for SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lollapalooza festival launches an official Discord server

A growing number of artists and music brands are using Discord for their fan communities, but the company is also forging some official partnerships in our world. The post Lollapalooza festival launches an official Discord server appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Google allows alternative Android billing systems in Europe

Google and Apple continue to face pressure around how (or indeed whether) they allow apps to use alternative payment systems to their own. The post Google allows alternative Android billing systems in Europe appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Shopify adds YouTube to its roster of music DSP partners

E-commerce firm Shopify is steadily signing up the biggest music streaming and social services as partners. The post Shopify adds YouTube to its roster of music DSP partners appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Nearly half a million UK video on demand subscriptions cancelled in Q2

In Q2 (April to June), the number of households that subscribed to at least one VoD service in the UK fell to 16.42 million. The post Nearly half a million UK video on demand subscriptions cancelled in Q2 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The art of music longevity: craft, graft and gratitude

The Song Sommelier founder Keith Jopling’s latest blog post has plenty of food for thought for young musicians and their teams.  The post The art of music longevity: craft, graft and gratitude appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer looks back (again) with 1990s covers compilation

Nostalgia is all the rage, from 80s-infused TV dramas to piano-house bangers back in the British pop charts. The post Deezer looks back (again) with 1990s covers compilation appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

British music venues encouraged to plan daytime activities

An initiative launching in the UK is hoping to widen music venues’ horizons… to the daytime, with a particular focus on six areas. The post British music venues encouraged to plan daytime activities appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims TikTok is laying off staff amid wider economic uncertainty

It’s no secret that tech businesses are steeling themselves for an economic slowdown – or in other words, initiating job cuts and hiring freezes. The post Report claims TikTok is laying off staff amid wider economic uncertainty appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Over 300 music videos are in YouTube’s ‘Billion Views Club’

YouTube is using the tenth anniversary of the release of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ – 4.48bn views and counting – to put out some wider stats on the upper echelon of music videos on its platform. The post Over 300 music videos are in YouTube’s ‘Billion Views Club’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple debuts Apple Music Sessions and Antidote Editions

Apple has unveiled two new ways for artists to work with Apple Music on exclusive material. The post Apple debuts Apple Music Sessions and Antidote Editions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

VRJam launches its virtual reality music app in closed beta

Back in 2019, startup VRJam launched an equity-crowdfunding campaign to raise £250k for its plans to build ‘interactive virtual environments for artists and fans’. The post VRJam launches its virtual reality music app in closed beta appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AudioShake wins Wallifornia Music Tech Pitch Contest

The Wallifornia Music & Innovation Summit took place earlier this month in Belgium, and it included a pitch contest for startups. The post AudioShake wins Wallifornia Music Tech Pitch Contest appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple and Amazon get enhanced versions of Mabel album

Artist Mabel released her new album ‘About Last Night…’ on Friday (15 July) complete with enhanced versions for two of the biggest streaming services. The post Apple and Amazon get enhanced versions of Mabel album appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anghami algorithm updated for older tracks and binge listening

MENA music service Anghami has announced some changes to its chart algorithms. The post Anghami algorithm updated for older tracks and binge listening appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify’s latest RapCaviar spin-off is a Hulu docuseries

It’s five years since Spotify launched its first physical music concerts for its flagship hip-hop playlist ‘RapCaviar’. The post Spotify’s latest RapCaviar spin-off is a Hulu docuseries appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Radio 2.0 startup Stationhead raises $12m funding round

Stationhead was a pioneer of what we’ll slightly-awkwardly call ‘user-generated streaming radio’ with its app that let anyone broadcast their own station. The post Radio 2.0 startup Stationhead raises $12m funding round appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hipgnosis says its portfolio is now worth $2.69bn

Hipgnosis Songs Fund published its latest annual financial results yesterday, for the fiscal year ended 31 March. The post Hipgnosis says its portfolio is now worth $2.69bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Beyoncé joined TikTok yesterday and already has 3.5m followers

Break My Soul? Beyoncé is certainly on track to break a few records on TikTok, having joined the app and posted her first video yesterday. The post Beyoncé joined TikTok yesterday and already has 3.5m followers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Big Bang Reads: Bringing buzzing sounds to beeping buttons – music and gaming in India (guest column)

Big Bang Music is writing a series of guest columns for Music Ally’s readers to help you understand the latest trends in India. In this latest piece, Kartik Sundar explains how the recent success of non-film music and gaming is resulting in new music partnerships and brand opportunities. The post Big Bang Reads: Bringing buzzing […]

GLAAD warns that social media services are failing LGBTQ users

Its second annual ‘social media safety index’ analyses how well the various platforms score for LGBTQ safety, privacy and expression. The post GLAAD warns that social media services are failing LGBTQ users appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Yadeck turns French rappers into NFT-driven digital card game

It’s a fun spin on the idea of digital collectibles: an online game that involves building decks of digital cards based on French rappers. The post Yadeck turns French rappers into NFT-driven digital card game appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Metaverse firm Xone joins Abbey Road Red startup incubator

Xone has become the 17th startup to join Abbey Road Red, the startup incubator run within Abbey Road Studios in London. The post Metaverse firm Xone joins Abbey Road Red startup incubator appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok reveals its latest efforts to be ‘safe and entertaining’

The company has announced the latest changes that it’s making to make its experience more positive for users. The post TikTok reveals its latest efforts to be ‘safe and entertaining’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Brands be warned: TikTok’s UGC music licences don’t include you

When social media companies sign music licensing deals covering user-generated content, those users do NOT include brands. The post Brands be warned: TikTok’s UGC music licences don’t include you appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Anitta

The post Behind The Campaign :: Anitta appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snap to launch a test turning NFTs into AR Snapchat lenses

The test “would allow NFT artists to showcase their designs on the Snapchat platform as augmented reality filters”. The post Snap to launch a test turning NFTs into AR Snapchat lenses appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Odesza turn their new album into an online scavenger hunt

‘The Maze’ is a collection of quests for fans to uncover the album’s tracks and themes, with codes found online and offline. The post Odesza turn their new album into an online scavenger hunt appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

K-Pop stars Blackpink to play a virtual concert in PUBG Mobile

Korean group Blackpink are returning soon with new music, and they’ll be building anticipation for it with a concert in the PUBG Mobile game. The post K-Pop stars Blackpink to play a virtual concert in PUBG Mobile appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify buys music trivia game Heardle with discovery in mind

Spotify has snapped up Heardle, the Wordle-inspired music identification game that became popular earlier this year. The post Spotify buys music trivia game Heardle with discovery in mind appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

How do SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ work for artists?

SoundCloud revealed its ‘fan-powered royalties’ plans in March 2021, applying them to its community of independent artists. The post How do SoundCloud’s ‘fan-powered royalties’ work for artists? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Riot Games launches its third ‘creator-safe’ Sessions album

Besides spawning a roster of virtual artists, League of Legends publisher Riot Games has been building itself a music compilations business. The post Riot Games launches its third ‘creator-safe’ Sessions album appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Clouty launches Musiq, a financial-style index for songs

If the catalogue-buying boom has taught us anything, it’s that a growing number of investors see songs as a valuable AND predictable ‘asset class’. The post Clouty launches Musiq, a financial-style index for songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lukas Graham set for ‘green battery-driven’ tour in Denmark

Diesel-powered generators are one of the big climate headaches for the live music industry when it comes to outdoor concerts and festivals. The post Lukas Graham set for ‘green battery-driven’ tour in Denmark appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Copyright claim takes down Lofi Girl’s YouTube music streams

Lofi Girl is the lo-fi hip-hop music brand that reached the milestone of 10 million YouTube subscribers earlier this year. The post Copyright claim takes down Lofi Girl’s YouTube music streams appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK mobile operators to begin blocking access to piracy sites

The BPI is celebrating this morning after securing an expansion of the UK’s regime for blocking music piracy sites and apps. The post UK mobile operators to begin blocking access to piracy sites appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report predicts that global games market will FALL in 2022

The games industry being huge and growing is something many people have taken for granted for years now, which makes research firm Ampere Analysis’s latest prediction somewhat startling. The post Report predicts that global games market will FALL in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Musician Frank Carter launches Kickstarter… for a card game

Artist Frank Carter has launched a new Kickstarter project, but it’s not for his music. The post Musician Frank Carter launches Kickstarter… for a card game appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

London’s £4.1m ‘Talent House’ opens to support Black music

UD (formerly Urban Development) has been working hard for a long time to support young Black musicians in the UK. The post London’s £4.1m ‘Talent House’ opens to support Black music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

QQ Music is first Chinese streaming service to add Dolby Atmos

The surround-sound Dolby Atmos format has been making strides in the west thanks to its use by Apple Music and Amazon Music, among other streaming services. The post QQ Music is first Chinese streaming service to add Dolby Atmos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MMF wants ‘greater transparency’ over black-box collections

That controversy within the UK music industry over funding for PRS Foundation isn’t going away. The post MMF wants ‘greater transparency’ over black-box collections appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tools :: Cirkay

Cirkay co-founder Simon Scott has a lot of thoughts about web3 technology and how it connects with fans. “No one is going to become a fan unless they buy something” is one. “The most important thing that web3 has got to do for an artist is to make fans buy again” is another, as is, “In […]

Behind The Campaign: Rêve

Canadian singer Rêve broke through in her home country with her third single, ‘CTRL + ALT + DEL’ in September 2021, and it has since been certified gold there. The team at Universal Music Canada talk through the campaign and their plans for the future. The post Behind The Campaign: Rêve appeared first on Music […]

Report claims YouTube is bigger than Spotify for podcasts

Remember the speculation – very much encouraged by Spotify – that it was overtaking Apple for podcast listening? The post Report claims YouTube is bigger than Spotify for podcasts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube trumpets ‘momentum’ stats at its Brandcast event

We know the key stats around YouTube’s music business. It paid out $4bn to the music industry in the year to June 2021. The post YouTube trumpets ‘momentum’ stats at its Brandcast event appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

T-Pain is launching his own tips hotline… with Tidal

Hip-hop veteran T-Pain has a new single out called ‘That’s Just Tips’, and he’s very much leaning into the theme with his latest marketing wheeze. The post T-Pain is launching his own tips hotline… with Tidal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Instagram kicks off its test of new NFT-sharing feature

As TikTok found out last year, there are pitfalls for a huge social media platform doing anything with NFTs. The post Instagram kicks off its test of new NFT-sharing feature appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

IAB predicts US podcast revenues will reach $2bn in 2022

Advertising industry body the IAB has published its latest forecasts for podcast ad revenues in the US. The post IAB predicts US podcast revenues will reach $2bn in 2022 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Napster gets bought again, this time with a web3 pivot in the works

Napster has been acquired again, this time by two companies from the web3 sector: Hivemind and Algorand. The post Napster gets bought again, this time with a web3 pivot in the works appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Jazz artist Mike Casey’s new album is also a playable app

In 2019, jazz musician Mike Casey talked to Music Ally about how he’d grown his audience through streaming playlists. The post Jazz artist Mike Casey’s new album is also a playable app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Water & Music, Opulous, RCRDSHP…

What’s happening out there in Music NFTs-land today? Plenty, starting with the latest public analysis from Water & Music of the music NFTs space. The post Music NFTs roundup: Water & Music, Opulous, RCRDSHP… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

RIAA steps up its efforts to tackle music piracy on Discord

Discord is a wonderful platform for community building, and a number of musicians are already reaping the benefits. The post RIAA steps up its efforts to tackle music piracy on Discord appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Help Musicians launches Music Minds Matter Explore site

British charity Help Musicians has launched a new website called Music Minds Matter Explore. The post Help Musicians launches Music Minds Matter Explore site appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta’s Horizon Venues is now part of its Horizon Worlds

Meta is bringing two of its virtual spaces together: Horizon Venues and Horizon Worlds The post Meta’s Horizon Venues is now part of its Horizon Worlds appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Coldplay launch an app for their Music of the Spheres tour

Artist apps are still a thing: witness Coldplay’s new Android and iOS app, released for the band’s ‘Music of the Spheres’ tour. The post Coldplay launch an app for their Music of the Spheres tour appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

DistroKid beta tests a music video distribution service

Music distributor DistroKid has a new off-shoot: DistroVid. As the name suggests, it’s focusing on music videos rather than audio tracks. The post DistroKid beta tests a music video distribution service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Another beats marketplace launches… from UnitedMasters

We reported yesterday on the launch of subscription-based service Beatopia, but now distributor UnitedMasters wants in on the action. The post Another beats marketplace launches… from UnitedMasters appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Block financials hint at Tidal’s latest revenue figures

Tidal’s owner Block is a public company, so we’re getting quarterly insights into how the streaming service’s own financials. The post Block financials hint at Tidal’s latest revenue figures appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Live Nation’s Q1 2022: ‘Fan demand has never been stronger’

The live industry’s efforts to bounce back from Covid-19 continue, with Live Nation hailing Q1 2022 as its “best first quarter ever”. The post Live Nation’s Q1 2022: ‘Fan demand has never been stronger’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Labels and publishers reach agreement on US physical / download mechanicals

In recent years, the process of setting mechanical royalty rates for streaming in the US has led to rancorous fallouts The post Labels and publishers reach agreement on US physical / download mechanicals appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘Father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell: ‘F*** the metaverse!’

It’s useful (not to mention bracing) to hear from people who are decidedly unexcited by this technology. The post ‘Father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell: ‘F*** the metaverse!’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook and TikTok add new ways for users to make money

There is keen interest in how the big social media platforms’ systems for sharing money with creators are evolving. The post Facebook and TikTok add new ways for users to make money appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Patreon survey offers more data on the creator economy

Crowdfunding firm Patreon has published its first ‘Creator Census’, based on a survey of more than 13,000 people. The post Patreon survey offers more data on the creator economy appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mandolin debuts livestreaming venue and promoter network

What happens to music livestreams once artists are back out on the road with physical concerts? The post Mandolin debuts livestreaming venue and promoter network appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sonos is preparing to launch its own voice assistant

Voice assistants have been at the heart of Sonos’s arguments with Google and Amazon in recent years. The post Sonos is preparing to launch its own voice assistant appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SyncMama targets creators with ‘royalty-included’ music licensing service

With its plethora of short-video apps, and a huge audience on YouTube and other social media platforms, India is home to hundreds of thousands of content creators. The post SyncMama targets creators with ‘royalty-included’ music licensing service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

‘Be The Change’ report reiterates challenges for women in the music industry

Midia Research has published a second ‘Be The Change’ report exploring the challenges faced by women in the music industry. The post ‘Be The Change’ report reiterates challenges for women in the music industry appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Behind The Campaign :: Lucy Dacus

The post Behind The Campaign :: Lucy Dacus appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Campaigns :: 4 May 2022 – Slipknot, Marvin Gaye, Beardyman, Get It Right (From A Genuine Site)

The post Campaigns :: 4 May 2022 – Slipknot, Marvin Gaye, Beardyman, Get It Right (From A Genuine Site) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tools :: Subtext

While being active on the big social media platforms is part of virtually any artist’s job, it’s often other places we think of when it comes to truly nurturing fanbases. If artists want to ensure their messages reach their audiences, SMS marketing can be an effective solution and Subtext has a pretty strong offer for […]

Report: NFTs market is ‘flatlining’ with 92% volume decline

The Wall Street Journal isn’t beating about the bush in its latest article about NFTs. “The NFT market is collapsing,” is the very first sentence. The post Report: NFTs market is ‘flatlining’ with 92% volume decline appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook audio shakeup: podcasts and Spotify integration go

In April 2021, Facebook signified its intentions to do more with audio. Just over a year later, how’s that going? The post Facebook audio shakeup: podcasts and Spotify integration go appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MyPart and Hit Songs Deconstructed launch analytics service

There’s a new music analytics platform in town. ChartCipher is the result of a partnership between MyPart and Hit Songs Deconstructed. The post MyPart and Hit Songs Deconstructed launch analytics service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud acquires AI music-tagging startup Musiio

SoundCloud has acquired Musiio, the Singapore-based startup that has developed a service offering AI-powered analysis and tagging of music catalogues. The post SoundCloud acquires AI music-tagging startup Musiio appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify launches on Roblox with music-making features

Spotify is the latest music company exploring the potential of gaming platform Roblox: and its ‘Spotify Island’ is about creating music as well as listening to it. The post Spotify launches on Roblox with music-making features appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify tests on-platform pre-saves with Florence + The Machine

Spotify is testing a new feature that will enable listeners to ‘pre-save’ albums in the weeks before they are released. Its first test launched today with British artist Florence + The Machine. The post Spotify tests on-platform pre-saves with Florence + The Machine appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Splice launches AI-powered music creation platform as AI music continues to find its place

We’ve written a lot about AI music creation and how initial and understandable pangs of concern from human songwriters The post Splice launches AI-powered music creation platform as AI music continues to find its place appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Nomad Media Club, Soundpickr, and OP3N

It’s still not clear exactly how the web3 and NFT space will shake out into a suite of common services for fans and artists, but we are getting closer to understanding. The post Music NFTs roundup: Nomad Media Club, Soundpickr, and OP3N appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

“999 Stories of Mental Health” campaign launched in memory of Juice WRLD

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA, and a new “testimonial awareness campaign” called “999 Stories of Mental Health” has been launched by Carmela Wallace The post “999 Stories of Mental Health” campaign launched in memory of Juice WRLD appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

4,000 ‘Creators for Ukraine’ call for Russian invasion to end

In March, collecting societies body CISAC launched a ‘Creators for Ukraine’ support fund for victims of the war. The post 4,000 ‘Creators for Ukraine’ call for Russian invasion to end appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pandora listener decline continues with SiriusXM financials

SiriusXM’s latest financial results reveal that Pandora still hasn’t managed to reverse its long-term decline in listeners. The post Pandora listener decline continues with SiriusXM financials appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple’s services are now bigger than Mac and iPad combined

No surprise that Apple continues to be in rude health as a business, posting revenues of $92.28bn in the first quarter of 2022. The post Apple’s services are now bigger than Mac and iPad combined appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG’s deal with The Weeknd: ‘This isn’t an acquisition…’

Universal Music Group’s new deal with The Weeknd offers an interesting snapshot of how deals with current, frontline artists are evolving. The post UMG’s deal with The Weeknd: ‘This isn’t an acquisition…’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snap and Live Nation team up for AR experiences at concerts

Snapchat’s parent company held its Snap Partner Summit event this week with various product and partnership announcements, including one focusing on music. The post Snap and Live Nation team up for AR experiences at concerts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Amazon and Twitter publish their Q1 2022 financial results

It’s financials week for many of the biggest technology companies, including Amazon and Twitter. The post Amazon and Twitter publish their Q1 2022 financial results appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Juxtapose With You: How artists and their labels balance art and commerce over the long-term (guest column)

Keith reflects on the artists who have weathered the storm and created a lifelong career of making music – and tries to define what ‘success’ is in that longer-term context. The post Juxtapose With You: How artists and their labels balance art and commerce over the long-term (guest column) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music […]

Tencent Music to help Chinese artists distribute globally

Tencent Music has been working with independent artists for some time now, attracting more than 300,000 to its Tencent Musician platform by the end of 2021. The post Tencent Music to help Chinese artists distribute globally appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify’s latest financials drop its market cap to $18.62bn

We reported yesterday on Spotify’s latest financial results, as the company added a net two million subscribers in Q1 2022 despite losing around 1.5 million by pulling out of Russia. The post Spotify’s latest financials drop its market cap to $18.62bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Reverberate Ukraine, Koong World…

Island Records UK has worked with Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov on a collection of five NFTs that will be auctioned to raise funds to support the relief effort in Ukraine. The post Music NFTs roundup: Reverberate Ukraine, Koong World… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The latest new artists backed by Spotify and Apple Music are…

Spotify and Apple Music have revealed the names of the latest musicians they are supporting in their emerging artist programs. The post The latest new artists backed by Spotify and Apple Music are… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Music Group now has an in-house podcast network

As music streaming services get deeper into podcasts, so the major labels’ in-house capabilities to produce these shows is evolving. The post Warner Music Group now has an in-house podcast network appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube rolls out ‘Super Thanks’ tipping feature globally

Artists and other creators can already use YouTube’s ‘Super Chat’ and ‘Super Stickers’ features to make money from viewers spending money to show off their fandom. The post YouTube rolls out ‘Super Thanks’ tipping feature globally appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Short-video app Moj wants a community of 1m creators

Two of India’s biggest short-video apps, Moj and MX TakaTak, announced plans to merge earlier this year. The post Short-video app Moj wants a community of 1m creators appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

EU’s top court says Article 17 won’t harm freedom of expression

Having reported on the progress and implications of Europe’s new Digital Services Act legislation, it’s time to plunge back into an old favourite: Article 17 The post EU’s top court says Article 17 won’t harm freedom of expression appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Techstars Music names 10 startups for its 2022 cohort

Music/tech accelerator Techstars Music has announced the 10 startups who’ll be taking part in its 2022 cohort. The post Techstars Music names 10 startups for its 2022 cohort appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Coinbase, Beatdapp, Afterparty…

We know Coinbase mainly for its cryptocurrency exchange, but last week the company expanded into NFTs with the launch of its own marketplace. The post Music NFTs roundup: Coinbase, Beatdapp, Afterparty… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG backs new climate-focused ‘Mental Health Roadmap’

We’ve tended to write about the climate emergency and wellbeing issues separately, but a new partnership between Universal Music Group and The Mental Health Coalition combines the two issues. The post UMG backs new climate-focused ‘Mental Health Roadmap’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PRS for Music reveals that revenues grew by 22.4% in 2021

British collecting society PRS for Music has published its annual financial results, revealing that its revenues grew by 22.4% to £777.1m ($989.6m) in 2021. The post PRS for Music reveals that revenues grew by 22.4% in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Europe’s Digital Services Act includes ‘recommender’ rules

Europe’s DSA is one step closer to being implemented after the European Parliament and European Council reached ‘political agreement’ on the proposed legislation. The post Europe’s Digital Services Act includes ‘recommender’ rules appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music advertising has a streaming attribution problem

A guest column from Adrian Burger, founder of creative management agency Lafter. The post Music advertising has a streaming attribution problem appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TicketSwap is expanding across Europe and Latin America

Dutch secondary-ticketing company TicketSwap is expanding, with a swathe of new deals with festivals, venues and promoters. The post TicketSwap is expanding across Europe and Latin America appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify says artists will benefit from FC Barcelona sponsorship deal

Spotify’s long-rumoured sponsorship deal with football club FC Barcelona was confirmed yesterday as a four-year agreement. The post Spotify says artists will benefit from FC Barcelona sponsorship deal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK and France saw double-digit recorded music growth in 2021

The IFPI is launching its annual Global Music Report (GMR) on 22 March, which is when we’ll get to see what kind of growth the recorded music industry saw in 2021. The post UK and France saw double-digit recorded music growth in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Camila Cabello set to play an XR-powered TikTok concert

TikTok is making music concerts an increasingly prominent aspect to its relationships with artists. The latest example is Camila Cabello. The post Camila Cabello set to play an XR-powered TikTok concert appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snoop Dogg drops Death Row NFTs amid streaming takedowns

Music Ally’s Rule of Web3: your NFT marketplace or metaverse doesn’t *really* exist until Snoop Dogg is selling something on it. The post Snoop Dogg drops Death Row NFTs amid streaming takedowns appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Jack White urges majors to build vinyl pressing plants

The vinyl revival has proved to be a long-term trend rather than a short-lived blip, but that’s causing increasingly long waiting lists. The post Jack White urges majors to build vinyl pressing plants appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Believe and CISAC explain how they’re dealing with Russia

A number of global music companies have been suspending their businesses and/or services in Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine. The post Believe and CISAC explain how they’re dealing with Russia appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Giles Martin on The Beatles and spatial audio: ‘This format is about creation’

“This format is about creation. Okay, I’ve done the Stones and I’ve done INXS and The Beatles in spatial audio… but they’re legacy acts. What’s much more interesting is what’s about to happen!” Giles Martin is the son of Sir George Martin, the original producer of The Beatles, but he’s an acclaimed producer in his […]

Trump is gone but a TikTok / Oracle deal could still happen

In the fraught final months of Donald Trump’s US presidency, he pushed for TikTok to either be sold to an American company or publicly listed. The post Trump is gone but a TikTok / Oracle deal could still happen appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kuaishou’s Kwai short-video app has 45m users in Brazil

Chinese short-video app maker Kuaishou had more than 1bn active users across its apps by June last year. That has attracted interest from the music industry. The post Kuaishou’s Kwai short-video app has 45m users in Brazil appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Google Arts & Culture launches a Bob Marley online archive

The online exhibition of Bob Marley artifacts, produced with Tuff Gong, includes biographical content and more than 2,500 images – many of them previously unseen. The post Google Arts & Culture launches a Bob Marley online archive appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Aux Awards wants to celebrate innovative artists and startups

The company has launched its first Aux Awards, with 11 categories covering musicians, podcasters and music companies. The post Aux Awards wants to celebrate innovative artists and startups appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Anti-piracy firm DCP takes aim at copyright-infringing NFTs

Anti-piracy company Digital Content Protection (DCP) is aiming to help rightsholders tackle the problem with its new service. The post Anti-piracy firm DCP takes aim at copyright-infringing NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

AIM and Impala respond to Sony / AWAL merger decision

The CMA provisionally cleared Sony Music’s acquisition of AWAL on Friday, but will await the views of interested parties before publishing a final decision. The post AIM and Impala respond to Sony / AWAL merger decision appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Now Spotify is facing pressure over anti-vaccine music

British newspaper The Observer published an investigation this weekend pointing to some of the tracks available on the service. The post Now Spotify is facing pressure over anti-vaccine music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spain has more than 4m paid music streaming subscribers

Although industry body Promusicae has warned that the country remains behind many of its neighbours in terms of streaming uptake. The post Spain has more than 4m paid music streaming subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CMA provisionally clears Sony Music’s acquisition of AWAL

UK competition watchdog the CMA has published its provisional decision on Sony Music’s acquisition of distributor and artist services company AWAL. The post CMA provisionally clears Sony Music’s acquisition of AWAL appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Artists part of $60m funding for metaverse startup Everyrealm

There’s gold in them thar metaverse hills. At least, that’s what investors hope, and they’re backing promising startups with significant funding rounds. The post Artists part of $60m funding for metaverse startup Everyrealm appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube’s product boss talks Shorts, shopping and NFTs

YouTube’s chief product officer Neal Mohan has been blogging about what new features the company has planned for the rest of 2022. The post YouTube’s product boss talks Shorts, shopping and NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: WishWorld, Avenged Sevenfold, RAC, Vérité…

Start with WishWorld, a new NFT marketplace being launched in India through a partnership between two companies: One Mercuri and Aqilliz. The post Music NFTs roundup: WishWorld, Avenged Sevenfold, RAC, Vérité… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CD Baby says its Pro Publishing service now serves 2m songs

For anyone who still thinks of CD Baby as predominantly a distributor for recordings, the company has a new milestone reminder that it works in publishing too. The post CD Baby says its Pro Publishing service now serves 2m songs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMPG buys Sting’s songwriting catalogue for rumoured $300m+

Sting is the latest musician to sell his publishing catalogue, but in his case he’s sold it to a traditional music rightsholder rather than a music-rights investment company. The post UMPG buys Sting’s songwriting catalogue for rumoured $300m+ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SiriusXM added 1.2m subscribers in 2021 but Pandora lost 6.6m listeners

US satellite radio firm SiriusXM published its Q4 financials yesterday, revealing that its revenues for 2021 as a whole grew by 8% to $8.7bn. The post SiriusXM added 1.2m subscribers in 2021 but Pandora lost 6.6m listeners appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube advertising revenues grew by 46% to $28.8bn in 2021

YouTube and Google’s parent company Alphabet published its latest financial results yesterday, including figures for the growth of YouTube’s advertising business. The post YouTube advertising revenues grew by 46% to $28.8bn in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG follows Sony Music in tackling unrecouped artists problem

It has become the second major label to announce its plans for helping musicians who are still unrecouped from deals signed decades ago. The post WMG follows Sony Music in tackling unrecouped artists problem appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs startup HitPiece gets off to a bad start with artists

We would – obviously! – never advise a startup to use music or related rights without the permission of artists. The post Music NFTs startup HitPiece gets off to a bad start with artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Games consolidation continues as Sony buys Bungie for $3.6bn

Sony Interactive Entertainment, has swooped to buy Bungie, the developer of the Destiny franchise, and the original creator of Halo. The post Games consolidation continues as Sony buys Bungie for $3.6bn appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo launches a ‘Weezify’ streaming app

“Tired of Spotify? Come on over to Weezify,” tweeted Rivers Cuomo, the frontman of veteran rock band Weezer, yesterday. The post Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo launches a ‘Weezify’ streaming app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sony Music Publishing launches ‘Songwriter Assistance’ program

Sony Music Publishing has launched a ‘Songwriter Assistance’ program offering counselling services and wellbeing resources. The post Sony Music Publishing launches ‘Songwriter Assistance’ program appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Primary Wave buys stakes in Def Leppard masters and publishing

They’re your average ordinary everyday kids… but in Primary Wave Music’s eyes, rock band Def Leppard are also stars worth investing in. The post Primary Wave buys stakes in Def Leppard masters and publishing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Analyst upgrade sparks 13.5% rise in Spotify’s share price

The last week’s ructions around Joe Rogan were starting to spark stories about the negative impact on Spotify’s share price. The post Analyst upgrade sparks 13.5% rise in Spotify’s share price appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The Ivors Academy’s new chair is… Broken Record founder Tom Gray

Last week, Crispin Hunt stepped down as chair of UK songwriters body The Ivors Academy. His replacement is Tom Gray. The post The Ivors Academy’s new chair is… Broken Record founder Tom Gray appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

OpenSea is battling a tide of plagiarised, fake and spammy NFTs

OpenSea has been chosen by a number of musicians to release their first non-fungibles over the last year. Now it’s facing some challenges. The post OpenSea is battling a tide of plagiarised, fake and spammy NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report claims Twitch has surpassed $1bn in mobile spending

How much money is Twitch making? Amazon doesn’t yet split that out in its financial results. However, research firm App Annie has published a figure. The post Report claims Twitch has surpassed $1bn in mobile spending appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Saregama trails plans to invest $100m in its music business

Indian films and music company Saregama is planning a major investment of “up to Rs 750 crore” (that’s around $100m) in the latter part of its business. The post Saregama trails plans to invest $100m in its music business appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lil Yachty sues Opulous over announcement of branded NFTs

Lil Yachty claims that Distributor Ditto Music’s Opulous advertised an NFT collection that would feature his music without permission. The post Lil Yachty sues Opulous over announcement of branded NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify publishes platform rules as Joe Rogan row snowballs

Where to start with the latest developments in the row over Spotify, Joe Rogan, Covid-19 misinformation and Neil Young’s decision to remove his music from the streaming service? The post Spotify publishes platform rules as Joe Rogan row snowballs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Publishing innovation: ‘You can’t take a Ferrari engine and put it into a Model T!’

The publishing strand at last week’s NY:LON Connect conference included keynotes from Primary Wave’s Natalia Nastaskin and PopArabia / Reservoir’s Spek. The post Publishing innovation: ‘You can’t take a Ferrari engine and put it into a Model T!’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple posts record revenues and grows to 785m paid subscribers

Apple made a LOT of money in the final quarter of 2021: $123.9bn, which was a record holiday quarter for the tech giant. The post Apple posts record revenues and grows to 785m paid subscribers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Create Music Group buys influencer marketing agency VRTCL

VRTCL is one of the companies that sprang up to help labels and artists make the most of TikTok and other social platforms, launching in 2019. The post Create Music Group buys influencer marketing agency VRTCL appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fender adds R&B and Soul learning path to Fender Play service

Fender continues to add new features and content to its Fender Play educational service, which people access online to learn to play guitar, bass and/or ukulele. The post Fender adds R&B and Soul learning path to Fender Play service appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music metaverse startup Ristband bags Epic Games ‘MegaGrant’

Ristband is the startup formerly known as Overview Ark. It rebranded last year while working on its plans for a ‘multiplayer music metaverse’ platform. The post Music metaverse startup Ristband bags Epic Games ‘MegaGrant’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music, socials and burnout: ‘We’re asking artists to do a lot’

We are now more than 13 years into the music streaming era, but its workings continue to evolve. The post Music, socials and burnout: ‘We’re asking artists to do a lot’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SoundCloud and music: ‘It’s about watching artists and fans connect’

SoundCloud has been reinventing itself over the last few years. You could say it’s going back to its roots. The post SoundCloud and music: ‘It’s about watching artists and fans connect’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Where You At app focuses on safety during nights out

British startup Where You At is testing an app that it hopes will help women to feel safer when they are out clubbing. The post Where You At app focuses on safety during nights out appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Family in Music to launch MgNTa online music identifier

We’ve seen various attempts in recent years to improve the quality of metadata identifying the writers of songs and their splits. Session, for example, has created tools to encourage songwriters to start creating this metadata from the earliest stage of their working process. Another startup has emerged today with its own ideas. Family in Music […]

The Weeknd bags 705m Spotify streams in just two weeks

If anyone had any doubt about The Weeknd’s status as a top-tier streaming star (spoiler: they didn’t) they’ll have been set straight now. The post The Weeknd bags 705m Spotify streams in just two weeks appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Data suggests YouTube Music is rising fast in South Korea

The music industry knows all about YouTube’s role in bringing K-Pop music to the world, from Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ to the success of BTS and Blackpink. The post Data suggests YouTube Music is rising fast in South Korea appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Netflix raises its monthly subscriptions in North America

Spotify’s management should probably prepare for a new round of ‘if Netflix can hike its price why can’t you?’ questions in the coming weeks. The post Netflix raises its monthly subscriptions in North America appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Investment giant Pimco eyes music copyrights with BMG

Its alliance with KKR is well established, but now the Financial Times has reported a separate BMG deal with Pimco, another giant financial investor. The post Investment giant Pimco eyes music copyrights with BMG appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Secondary ticketing firm StubHub wants to go public

The parent company, StubHub Holdings, is reportedly exploring going public via a Spotify-style direct listing. The post Secondary ticketing firm StubHub wants to go public appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MMF boss: ‘The majors can not continue having their cake and eating it’

Recent speculation about how much money major labels are earning in ‘one-off’ licensing payments is rousing a rumpus in the British music industry. The post MMF boss: ‘The majors can not continue having their cake and eating it’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The top 10 musicians collectively earned $2.3bn in 2021

Longtime music earnings analyst Zack O’Malley Greenburg has just published his annual ‘music money list’ across Rolling Stone and his own newsletter. The post The top 10 musicians collectively earned $2.3bn in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Beatport, Keith Richards, Metaplex…

Beatport is the latest music company exploring the world of NFTs, via a partnership with deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin’s startup Pixelynx. The post Music NFTs roundup: Beatport, Keith Richards, Metaplex… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Merlin signs on with creator-focused licensing firm Lickd

Slowly but surely, music licensing startup Lickd, which helps YouTubers to pay for tracks to use in their content, is picking up deals. The post Merlin signs on with creator-focused licensing firm Lickd appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Australian music industry calls for Covid-19 live fund

As a new wave of Covid-19 restrictions hit the Australian live music business, a group of industry bodies is calling for more support from the government there. The post Australian music industry calls for Covid-19 live fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SiriusXM buys business-music service Cloud Cover Music

US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has made an interesting acquisition: ‘music for business’ company Cloud Cover Music. The post SiriusXM buys business-music service Cloud Cover Music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Doctors and scientists criticise Spotify over Joe Rogan

Spotify has been criticised both externally and internally for some of the views expressed (and guests hosted) by podcaster Joe Rogan, to little avail. The post Doctors and scientists criticise Spotify over Joe Rogan appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Opulous, Parker McCollum, Lüm…

Royal’s high-profile drop of music NFTs from Nas may have hit a snag this week, but there is still plenty of other news coming out of the sector. The post Music NFTs roundup: Opulous, Parker McCollum, Lüm… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Future of Music Coalition hails Bandcamp Fridays impact

Non-profit US organisation the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has been praising the Bandcamp Fridays promotion run by Bandcamp. The post Future of Music Coalition hails Bandcamp Fridays impact appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Consumer spending on music in the UK grew 8.7% in 2021

Music consumption grew by 2.5% in the UK last year, but actual spending grew by more, according to figures published by the ERA. The post Consumer spending on music in the UK grew 8.7% in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music industry seeks more subscription growth in China

Music Ally has been talking to our sources in China to get a sense of the market’s development last year, for our latest country profile. The post Music industry seeks more subscription growth in China appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Rolling Stones become latest band to star on Royal Mail stamps

The latest stage for the Rolling Stones is a set of 12 stamps issued by the Royal Mail in the UK, in a partnership with the band. The post Rolling Stones become latest band to star on Royal Mail stamps appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG buys majority stake in African distributor Africori

Warner Music Group has revealed its latest strategic move in Africa: a majority stake in distributor Africori. The post WMG buys majority stake in African distributor Africori appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Apple set to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea

Apple will abide by new rules in South Korea that ban app store owners from forcing developers to use their own in-app payment systems. The post Apple set to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify is shutting down ‘Studio 4’ internal podcasts studio

Trouble at the ‘audio first’ mill, or just inevitable reorganisation as part of the growth process? Spotify is shutting down one of its internal podcast studios. The post Spotify is shutting down ‘Studio 4’ internal podcasts studio appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Website problems lead Royal to reschedule drop of Nas NFTs

The drop was due to happen on 11 January but has now been rescheduled.”Due to the amount of excitement and support, our website went down,” explained Royal. The post Website problems lead Royal to reschedule drop of Nas NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Audio music streams in Germany grew by 19.6% in 2021

Industry body BVMI reported yesterday that more than 165bn audio music streams were measured in Germany last year, up from 138bn in 2020. The post Audio music streams in Germany grew by 19.6% in 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

DistroKid’s first ‘Sellout’ NFTs collection, yes, sold out

In fact, DistroKid says that all 10,000 NFTs, created by artists using its service, were sold within a day of the launch. The post DistroKid’s first ‘Sellout’ NFTs collection, yes, sold out appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CD Baby reveals its payouts have now crossed the $1bn mark

Distributor CD Baby has reached a significant milestone: more than $1bn of lifetime payouts to artists since the company was founded in 1998. The post CD Baby reveals its payouts have now crossed the $1bn mark appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify CEO on Gen-Z: ‘We could be doing better in that group’

Spotify is keen to make sure the youngest generation of digital music listeners don’t drift away from its service. CEO Daniel Ek has been talking about its efforts. The post Spotify CEO on Gen-Z: ‘We could be doing better in that group’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Four Tet amends Domino lawsuit to include breach of contract

The legal battle between Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebden and label Domino continues, with Hebden being given permission to amend his lawsuit. The post Four Tet amends Domino lawsuit to include breach of contract appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Toby Slater

We’re shocked and upset to learn of the death last week of Toby Slater, who was a key part of Music Ally’s team in the early 2000s. The post Toby Slater appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Why 4am might be the best time to try to go viral on TikTok

Culture site Mic has an interview with the CEO of social agency VRTCL, Griffin Haddrill, and one part stood out to us as worth thinking about. The post Why 4am might be the best time to try to go viral on TikTok appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Linktree boosts its shopping features with Shopify deal

Smart-links firm Linktree has announced a deal with ecommerce company Shopify, which will help its users to sell their merch and other products from their links. The post Linktree boosts its shopping features with Shopify deal appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fave adds another fandom community: Bruno Mars’ Hooligans

Fave has been working with label Atlantic Records to identify some of Mars’ keenest fans and get them involved in its new community from the start. The post Fave adds another fandom community: Bruno Mars’ Hooligans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Jellynote launches Kickstarter for collaborative karaoke app

“Think of Play as a recording and production studio, with a large library of pre-arranged songs to choose from,” it explains. The post Jellynote launches Kickstarter for collaborative karaoke app appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UMG’s 10.22PM label is launching a Gorillaz-style NFT group

It’s a sign of the times when the world’s biggest major label has an imprint described as “a next-gen Web3 label that discovers and develops artists, intellectual property, brands and digital creators”. The post UMG’s 10.22PM label is launching a Gorillaz-style NFT group appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Courtney Barnett trails new album with stem-mixing website

‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ according to the next album by Australian artist Courtney Barnett. What doesn’t take much time is messing about with some of the tracks on it, courtesy of a neat ‘Stem Mixer’ site launched in advance of the album. It offers up three of the album’s tracks in their individual stems: drums, bass, […]

Coldplay and Amazon Music launch a two-day album installation

The big streaming services love a pop-up installation partnership with a major artist. The latest example is Amazon Music teaming up with Coldplay to launch ‘The Atmospheres’. It’s an “intergalactic audio-visual experience” that will touch down in London, New York, Tokyo and Berlin (unsurprisingly, in the four countries that are Amazon Music’s biggest markets) for […]

Platoon is co-launching a lo-fi label called Arden Records

The rise of lo-fi hip-hop has been headed by YouTube channels like ChillHop Music and ChilledCow (recently rebranded as Lofi Girl). It’s interesting to see other players getting involved though, including Apple’s artist development subsidiary Platoon. It’s a partner in the launch of Arden Records, a new label focusing on lo-fi music co-founded by Nepali […]

Output revamps its Arcade music creation software

Output is the company behind music-making software Arcade, and it is giving the tools a revamp. Arcade 2.0 has launched this week as a free update for its subscribers. New features include adding ‘professional tier chromatic instruments’ to sit alongside its existing catalogue of samples; and a ‘Kit Generator’ that uses AI to turn audio […]

HarbourView Equity Partners has $1bn to spend on rights

Another company is entering the crowded market for music rights. Well, HarbourView Equity Partners has a wider focus than just music: it’s planning to invest in entertainment rights too, with a team that has experience in film, TV and sports alongside music. In an interview with the New York Times, founder and CEO Sherrese Clarke Soares […]

TikTok wants to help brands license music to use on its app

The boundary between user-generated content and sponsored or branded content is important for music rightsholders, who feel strongly that if a video on a social app or video service is being paid for by a brand, it should be a proper sync. But what about brands who want to use original music for their own […]

Spotify sells artist services site SoundBetter back to its founders

In September 2019, Spotify bought SoundBetter, a website helping musicians to find collaborators including songwriters, studio musicians, producers and mixing/mastering engineers, as well as studios to record in. Two years later, it has sold the business back to its founders. “Together, Spotify and SoundBetter benefited from many synergies, but as SoundBetter continues to evolve, both parties […]

UK regulator Ofcom cracks down on social video platforms

There may be more trouble ahead (or at least more music to be faced and regulator tunes to be danced to) for TikTok and some of its social-video peers. The post UK regulator Ofcom cracks down on social video platforms appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Opulous to sell ‘S-NFTs’ for artists Lil Pump and KSHMR

It will be working with artists Lil Pump and KSHMR to sell ‘S-NFTs’ – a term they’ve coined to describe NFTs sold as ‘securities’ under US financial regulations The post Opulous to sell ‘S-NFTs’ for artists Lil Pump and KSHMR appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer’s new Flow Moods feature is an ’emotional jukebox’

Flow Moods, pitched as an “emotional jukebox” that only plays mood-based music, is launching with six moods to choose from. The post Deezer’s new Flow Moods feature is an ’emotional jukebox’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Impala and Julie’s Bicycle build carbon calculator for labels

A who’s who of European indies have already volunteered to support the project, including Ninja Tune and Beggars Group. The post Impala and Julie’s Bicycle build carbon calculator for labels appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

The latest creator subscriptions app comes from… Tyson Fury?

Fury is backing a new app called My AAA, which is one of the companies springing up to offer a ‘creator subscriptions but not XXX-rated’ alternative to OnlyFans. The post The latest creator subscriptions app comes from… Tyson Fury? appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Twitch tests letting viewers spend money to promote channels

Here’s something interesting to watch: a test by Twitch of a feature for viewers to buy ‘boosts’ for their favourite channels. The post Twitch tests letting viewers spend money to promote channels appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

SyncVault launches music promo service for YouTube Shorts

SyncVault is launching a ‘music promo platform’ specifically focusing on YouTube Shorts, with the aim of rewarding YouTubers for using music by its label clients in their short videos. The post SyncVault launches music promo service for YouTube Shorts appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pandora shuts down Next Big Sound analytics to focus on AMP

Next Big Sound was one of the first big third-party music analytics services, crowned as a winner at the MidemNet Labs (as it was known then) contest in 2011. The post Pandora shuts down Next Big Sound analytics to focus on AMP appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

PPL gets behind The Ivors Academy’s ‘Credits Due’ campaign

UK collecting society PPL has got behind the campaign, as part of its wider work around metadata that includes being a board member of standards body DDEX The post PPL gets behind The Ivors Academy’s ‘Credits Due’ campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Deezer’s next livestreaming move: a stake in startup Driift

The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, but bigger fish in the worlds of live and streaming music are already circling the most promising startups in the livestreaming space. We have seen Live Nation take a majority stake in Veeps, and (see below) Dice acquiring Boiler Room. Now Deezer is making its second livestreaming investment in […]

Patreon reveals how it’s planning to spend its $155m funding

“Patreon’s plans, which haven’t been previously reported, include courting podcasters, video game livestreamers, YouTubers, and major celebrities” The post Patreon reveals how it’s planning to spend its $155m funding appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify explains how indie artist mehro used Discovery Mode

A blog post yesterday explained how independent artist mehro has used Discovery Mode. His team turned it on for two tracks in August for the three weeks leading up to a new release. The post Spotify explains how indie artist mehro used Discovery Mode appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

BPI Insight Session to focus on the music/sports crossover

It will explore the intersection of music and professional sport, with speakers including Universal Music Group for Brands’s Olivier Robert-Murphy and FIFA’s Jean-François Pathy. The post BPI Insight Session to focus on the music/sports crossover appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Soundstripe wants to help Twitch streamers avoid takedowns

‘Twitch Pro’ has more features: custom playlists, which can be shuffled while streaming, as well as curated playlists from Soundstripe’s music team. The post Soundstripe wants to help Twitch streamers avoid takedowns appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Pex works with WIPO to tackle copyright dispute resolutions

Copyright dispute resolutions! Now that’s something worth arguing about. Music/tech firm Pex wants to settle some of those arguments though. The post Pex works with WIPO to tackle copyright dispute resolutions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Splice enlists artists as advisors on its Global Music Council

Music-making platform Splice has worked with a number of professional artists and producers on sample packs to offer to its subscribers. Now it’s getting some starry names on board as advisors. The post Splice enlists artists as advisors on its Global Music Council appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

More fintech/music crossover as Hifi buys The Music Fund

The Music Fund is one of a cluster of startups promising to pay artists advances based on predicted streaming royalties, while leaving them full ownership of their rights. The post More fintech/music crossover as Hifi buys The Music Fund appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

TikTok launches its first NFT collection (including Lil Nas X)

NFTs as a “creator empowerment tool” eh? That’s the pitch TikTok is making with the launch of its first collection under the brand of TikTok Top Moments. The post TikTok launches its first NFT collection (including Lil Nas X) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

WMG invests in Roblox developer Supersocial’s $5.2m round

One of the things we’ve been banging on about in our coverage of games platform Roblox is its open nature, and its community of developers. The post WMG invests in Roblox developer Supersocial’s $5.2m round appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook’s research on teen wellbeing on Instagram goes public

Facebook is cross about the Wall Street Journal’s recent investigation into how ‘toxic’ Instagram is for teenage girls, drawing on internal research from the company itself. The post Facebook’s research on teen wellbeing on Instagram goes public appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify may withhold royalties for ‘artificial streams’

If artists and their teams needed another warning not to pay companies promising to artificially inflate their streaming numbers, Spotify is providing it. The post Spotify may withhold royalties for ‘artificial streams’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Utopia Music buys mood-tagging music startup Musimap

There is growing industry chatter about the ambitions of Utopia Music, the Swiss music data startup that has recently been hiring a raft of senior executives… The post Utopia Music buys mood-tagging music startup Musimap appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Napster reports $44.2m revenues for the first half of 2021

Merger completed with MelodyVR, Napster today offered the first half-year figures for the combined company. The post Napster reports $44.2m revenues for the first half of 2021 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund publishes its first financials

Its first set of interim financial results are out, covering the period from its incorporation in early August 2020 to the end of June 2021. The post Round Hill Music Royalty Fund publishes its first financials appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

RichCast promises ‘voice-driven’ interactive stories and podcasts

Spotify likes to see itself as the on-demand audio platform that will kill off ‘linear radio’, but even its audio is still linear in the sense that you choose a track, playlist or podcast and listen to it. However, the emergence of smart speakers and voice assistants has seen some experimentation around interactive audio, such […]

Esports crew FaZe Clan signs its first emerging music artist

FaZe Clan is one of the bigger brands in the esports world, with its crew of professional gamers competing in tournaments and creating online content by the boatload. The post Esports crew FaZe Clan signs its first emerging music artist appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Ninja Tune launches a mysterious Bonobo teaser campaign

Fans of artist Bonobo are abuzz after a teaser campaign was launched by label Ninja Tune for his new music. It kicked off on Monday 27 September. The post Ninja Tune launches a mysterious Bonobo teaser campaign appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK startup Voly to launch financial service focused on music

The startup is tackling the challenges around financial management and payments. It’s aimed at artists, managers, tour and production managers and tour accountants. The post UK startup Voly to launch financial service focused on music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Vochlea launches its second AI-powered vocal MIDI controller

Dubler 2 isn’t hardware though: it’s a software-only desktop app that musicians can use with their own digital audio workstations (DAWs) and microphones. The post Vochlea launches its second AI-powered vocal MIDI controller appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Kanye West makes post-release changes to ‘Donda’ album

Kanye West famously continued tinkering with his ‘The Life of Pablo’ album even after it was released, altering tracks then replacing the older versions on digital services. The post Kanye West makes post-release changes to ‘Donda’ album appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Spotify Tap expands the streaming service’s hardware ambitions

Its latest initiative is called Spotify Tap, a feature that’s being included in headphones from companies including Samsung, Bose, and Skullcandy. The post Spotify Tap expands the streaming service’s hardware ambitions appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

From the margins to the spotlight: an AI-powered deep dive into Afrobeats (guest column)

This is a guest post written by Dr. Ari Katorza, senior researcher and Doron Gabbay, content manager at MyPart, which uses AI music analysis for A&R and other purposes. We asked MyPart – which is also part of the Abbey Road Red incubator (pictured above) – if they’d like to use their technology to explore music in an international context. In […]

Startup Files: Serenade offers another spin on music NFTs

In August, Serenade announced itself as the latest startup looking to help musicians and music brands create and sell NFTs. It promised to be both accessible – fans could pay using regular debit and credit cards – and environmentally sustainable through its use of an ‘eco-friendly’ blockchain called Polygon. Since then, Serenade has worked with artists including […]

Instagram ‘pauses’ its plans to build Instagram Kids app

Instagram was making a version of its app for children aged under 13. Now it’s not – at least not for the moment. “We believe building Instagram Kids is the right thing to do, but we’re pausing the work,” wrote Instagram boss Adam Mosseri in a blog post yesterday. “This will give us time to work with […]

Single Music opens up its video streaming for Shopify stores

Single Music is a startup that makes a ‘monetised video’ tool for ecommerce platform Shopify, so that artists using the latter to sell merch can also use it for ticketed livestreams. The company says that it has sold nearly a million tickets and generated more than $22m of revenue for its clients since the beginning of […]

Song Sleuth seeks out user-uploaded live music recordings

There are several ways labels can scan video and social services for use of their recordings, including the tools of those platforms and third-party startups. What about recordings of live music performances though? That’s a trickier task, but startups are trying to tackle that too. Song Sleuth is one example. It uses AI and machine learning to […]

FIMI boss hails “incredible jump” for Italian music listening

Recorded music income in Italy rose 34% in the first half of 2021, with subscription revenue up 41%. More importantly, perhaps, Enzo Mazza, CEO of Italian recorded music body FIMI, says that Italy made “an incredible jump” in the transition to digital consumption during the pandemic. “In one year Italy reached a penetration in the […]

BT and Paul Oakenfold put blockchain at the heart of new albums

Since the earliest days of blockchain hype in the music industry, electronic music artists have often been the first to experiment with the technology: particularly those that are most tech-savvy and who control their rights. There are two new examples this week. First, trance legend BT is releasing what’s being described as “the world’s first […]

NMPA and Roblox reach a deal to dismiss $200m lawsuit

To co-opt the old adage about buses… you wait ages for a rancorous music publishing / tech dispute to be put to rest with an agreement that isn’t a licensing deal in itself, but paves the way for such deals… then two come along at once! Yes, less than a week after the US National […]

WMG and Epic Games invest in music licensing startup Lickd

UK firm Lickd is one of the startups trying to make it easier for YouTubers and other online creators to license commercial music to use in their videos. Now it has raised £5.1m of funding from some very interesting investors: Warner Music Group, Fortnite publisher (and Apple nemesis) Epic Games, and the investment firm of […]

Report: Google may soon be indexing TikTok and Instagram videos

You’ll see a lot of YouTube videos when searching for artists on Google. What you won’t see are TikTok and Instagram videos. This may be changing soon. The post Report: Google may soon be indexing TikTok and Instagram videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tangy Market sells slice of song recorded by Christina Aguilera

Tangy Market analyses music’s past performance and future potential, then pays musicians upfront, converting the predicted royalties into shares to sell. The post Tangy Market sells slice of song recorded by Christina Aguilera appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube launches music charts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE

YouTube launched its music charts in May 2018 in 44 countries initially, and has been expanding them geographically ever since. The post YouTube launches music charts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Poppy is the first artist to hold a listening party on Roblox

Gaming platform Roblox has hosted a number of music performances over the last year, but now it has launched another way for artists and labels to work with it: listening parties. Poppy (and her label, Sumerian Records) were the first to take advantage this past weekend. Unlike the concerts, this isn’t about an artist creating […]

Dice raises $122m: ‘We’re now scaling, because we’re ready for it’

Ticketing firm Dice has raised $122m in its Series C funding round. Venture capital giant SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 led the round, with Future Shape. The post Dice raises $122m: ‘We’re now scaling, because we’re ready for it’ appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Facebook reveals the content that it demotes in its news feed

Why do certain posts get demoted in Facebook’s news feed? The social network is revealing a bit more about the kind of content it demotes, in a section of its Transparency Center site. The post Facebook reveals the content that it demotes in its news feed appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snoop Dogg is building a mansion… in virtual world The Sandbox

Throughout Music Ally’s history one principle has held true: if there’s a whizzy new digital platform of some kind, Snoop Dogg will be on it before 99.7% of other artists. The post Snoop Dogg is building a mansion… in virtual world The Sandbox appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Katy Perry’s paint colours get a Spotify-powered spin-off

She glossed a wall, and she liked it! Katy Perry has been expanding beyond her core business of music with a partnership with paints supplier Behr. The post Katy Perry’s paint colours get a Spotify-powered spin-off appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Jooki unveils its new Spotify-connected speaker for children

Jooki is releasing a brand new speaker: Jooki Generation 2. It still uses the ‘ToyTouch’ technology as an interface, but with new features. The post Jooki unveils its new Spotify-connected speaker for children appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Fitness tech startup Hydrow taps artists for latest funding

Hydrow is one of the growing number of ‘Peloton of…’ fitness-tech startups. In its case, it’s the ‘Peloton of rowing’, selling a rowing machine supported by online workout classes and content. The post Fitness tech startup Hydrow taps artists for latest funding appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

An independent artist’s view on NFTs: providing fans with a stake in their future success (guest post)

The Brooklyn-based VÉRITÉ is a very modern artist, with multiple threads running through her career that connect with audiences and generate income. She’s not only an independent singer-songwriter, but is also a podcast host, and is experimenting with selling parts of her master recordings via NFT auctions. We asked VÉRITÉ to write about the value […]

Amazon is selling a Billie Eilish-branded Echo smart speaker

The limited-edition version of the Echo Smart Speaker costing $229.99 appears to have already sold out of pre-orders, ahead of shipping in October. The post Amazon is selling a Billie Eilish-branded Echo smart speaker appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Tuned Global strikes a deal with music licensing firm Melodie

Melodie’s catalogue will now be available to the music streaming services that Tuned Global runs for clients. The post Tuned Global strikes a deal with music licensing firm Melodie appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Discord is testing its own integration of YouTube videos

YouTube has been taking down some of the big music ‘bots’ that stream music from its service into social app Discord. Groovy and Rythm shut down in August and September. The post Discord is testing its own integration of YouTube videos appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Quality Control and Empire invest in social music app Riff

Riff is a cross between livestreaming apps and (with its ‘rooms’ structure) Clubhouse. The app is also the recipient of a $4m funding round from investors including three music companies. The post Quality Control and Empire invest in social music app Riff appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK research on music creators’ digital earnings is out today

Earlier this week, the British government said that the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) would soon be publishing its report on music creator’s earnings in the digital era. How soon? It’s out this morning! To be clear: this is very much an exercise in gathering and presenting data, rather than coming down on one side […]

Campaigns :: 22 September 2021 – Beatport, Waterparks, Vengaboys, and Coldcut

Beat the ‘Tok: Beatport runs TikTok DJ duet challenge We occasionally veer away from artist-centric campaigns here to include interesting things that companies (usually DSPs, but not always) do in terms of their own marketing. Electronic and dance music specialist download store Beatport has created what it is calling TikTok Transitions, its own challenge on […]

Tools: Preffy

When it comes to influencer marketing, traditionally an artist or their team agrees to pay an (often hefty) fee – and the influencer posting their piece of content gets paid regardless of the post’s performance. This can make it tricky to justify whether working with influencers is a worthwhile spend to achieve an artist’s marketing […]

Behind The Campaign :: Illenium

US electronic DJ and producer Illenium released Fallen Embers, his fourth studio album, in July 2021. To build excitement ahead of the album reveal, a real-world scavenger hunt in Denver was set up to let fans hear a chunk of a new track early. Ali Schlueter (who runs digital marketing for Illenium), Billy Zarro (marketing […]

Roblox’s new age-verification feature could be good for music

The fact that tens of millions of children love Roblox has been the engine for the gaming platform’s growth, but as it looks to do more with music, that does present a challenge. The post Roblox’s new age-verification feature could be good for music appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

VR music game Beat Saber gets a 10-song Billie Eilish pack

Beat Saber has been one of the bigger hits in the virtual reality games industry, selling 4m copies across various headsets by February this year. The post VR music game Beat Saber gets a 10-song Billie Eilish pack appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Mandolin acquires fellow livestreaming startup NoonChorus

Mandolin is one of the better-resourced music livestreaming startups, having raised $5m of seed funding in October 2020 then another $12m in July this year. The post Mandolin acquires fellow livestreaming startup NoonChorus appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Snafu Records raises $6m funding for its ‘AI-driven’ label

Snafu Records emerged in 2020 with $2.9m of funding claiming to be the “first AI-enabled music label”, promising algorithms that would identify promising unsigned artists. The post Snafu Records raises $6m funding for its ‘AI-driven’ label appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Sony Innovation Fund chips in to $12.2m Tracklib funding round

Other existing investors who are part of the new round include WndrCo and Bridford, the latter being the investment firm of Jörg Mohaupt. The post Sony Innovation Fund chips in to $12.2m Tracklib funding round appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

More than 40m Apple Music listeners have tried spatial audio

The launch of Apple’s iOS 15 software this week has brought with it some new features for Apple Music, including ‘dynamic headtracking’. What’s that? A feature that reorients Apple’s spatial audio around the movements of the listener’s head, if they’re using the company’s AirPods Pro and AirPods Max ‘phones. More than 40 million Apple Music […]

UK government refers major labels to competition regulator

The UK is one step closer to a full-blown competition investigation into the three major labels. The British government has accepted one of the recommendations of the recent UK parliamentary inquiry into music-streaming economics: to make a referral to regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). We say ‘one step closer’ because the CMA is […]

TikTok’s sister app Douyin limits children’s usage in China

Douyin is the Chinese version of TikTok, and like other apps that are popular with young people in China, it’s facing pressure to limit the time they spend on its service. Cue what Douyin described in a blog post as “the most stringent youth protection measures in the history of the platform” – a ‘youth mode’ for people […]

Audio analysis startup Musicube plans US expansion after funding

German startup Musicube is the latest company touting AI-powered technology to analyse and tag catalogues of music. The company has just raised $560k of funding to continue developing its audio analysis product, which is already being used by clients including Sony Music and Budde Music Publishing. Musicube has been developing its technology for use by labels, publishers […]

Stageverse raises $7.5m and launches Muse virtual concert

In August 2020, we reported on Muse’s plans to launch a ‘Simulation Theory: Virtual Experience’ with virtual reality startup Stageverse. It was originally due to launch that autumn, but just over a year later, the full show is now ready for its debut. Now called ‘Muse: Enter The Simulation’, it will be available through Stageverse’s iOS, Android and […]

Gaana narrows losses, but its revenue growth has slowed down

As one of the biggest streaming services in India, Gaana is a useful bellwether for the market as a whole. New figures show that in its last financial year, which ended in March 2021, the company’s operating revenue grew by just 2.6% to 1.23bn rupees (around $16.7m) while its losses fell by 7% – but were […]

Universal Music goes public and soars beyond initial valuation of $39bn

The question of how much Universal Music Group is worth has been a hot topic in recent years. Escalating estimates from Goldman Sachs, for example, which valued UMG at $23.3bn in 2017, rising to $53bn in April 2021. Or, more conservatively, with the €30bn (around $36.4bn at the time) valuation of UMG when a consortium led by Tencent upped its […]

Halsey unveils an augmented reality treasure hunt in the US

Halsey is the latest artist tapping AR technology to send fans on a treasure hunt. This one is in the US, and is a partnership with Verizon and FriendsWithYou. The post Halsey unveils an augmented reality treasure hunt in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Believe launches its own smart-links tool powered by Soundsgood

There is no shortage of tools available for artists and labels to create ‘smart links’ for promoting their music and getting useful data on fans. The post Believe launches its own smart-links tool powered by Soundsgood appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Report: Twitch may soon have a deal with music publishers

It’s not just Merck Mercuriadis who NMPA boss David Israelite has been criticising in recent times. The US publishing body has a long-running argument with Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch. The post Report: Twitch may soon have a deal with music publishers appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Hipgnosis is launching a new songwriters guild in the US

Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis has been leading the demands for songs (as opposed to recordings) to get a bigger share of streaming royalties. The post Hipgnosis is launching a new songwriters guild in the US appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

ByteDance tipped to launch music streaming app Feile in China

Could TikTok’s parent company ByteDance be about to provide competition in a streaming market dominated by Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music? The post ByteDance tipped to launch music streaming app Feile in China appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

YouTube launches its first original podcast: The Upload

People (including us) have often underestimated YouTube as a podcasting platform, but it can be a powerful service for building an audience for long-form shows. The post YouTube launches its first original podcast: The Upload appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Startup Singdaptive would like to teach the world to sing

Based in Canada, Singdaptive has just emerged from a year-long beta of a service that teaches people to sing with a roster of 21 vocal coaches. The post Startup Singdaptive would like to teach the world to sing appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

UK live music body aims to reach net zero emissions by 2030

It has a dedicated sustainability arm working on the plan, with the help of companies and organisations including Julie’s Bicycle, AGreenerFestival and The Tour Production Group. The post UK live music body aims to reach net zero emissions by 2030 appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Rcrdshp raises ‘multi-million’ seed round to make more NFTs

Rcrdshp launched its first collection in August and sold out in a matter of hours, before repeating the trick with its second drop later that month. The post Rcrdshp raises ‘multi-million’ seed round to make more NFTs appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

MakersPlace reveals plans for NFTs with Sony Music artists

Shakira is one of the artists involved, with a collection of NFTs based on “the fantastical world of Caloris, a place ruled by women in an intergalactic landscape The post MakersPlace reveals plans for NFTs with Sony Music artists appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

CTS Eventim expands its live entertainment business to Asia

Live firm CTS Eventim is expanding into Asia with a new subsidiary, Eventim Live Asia. Led by former Live Nation exec Jason Miller, the division will be based in Singapore, with a focus on markets including China, Japan, South Korea and various other south east Asian countries. In its announcement, the company stressed Miller’s credentials, […]

Two positive TikTok studies… and a third that’s less so

TikTok has commissioned and published two new studies to trumpet its impact on music and culture, although a third study also published yesterday – an investigation of its recommendation algorithm’s workings by the Wall Street Journal – offers a considerably less sunny outlook on the social app’s impact. On the sunny side, MRC Data authored a study of TikTok and […]

Sony Music sues fitness brand Gymshark over music usage

Major labels are very keen to strike licensing deals with fitness tech startups, but they’re equally unkeen about the idea of other kinds of fitness brands using their music without the necessary agreements. Witness Sony Music’s new copyright infringement lawsuit against Gymshark, which makes a popular range of fitness clothing and kit. As MBW reported, […]

Anne-Marie debuts her new album as a series of TikTok clips

We’ve seen artists debut tracks as clips on TikTok ahead of their official release, but Anne-Marie is going a step further and making her entire new album available for TikTokers to use. Yesterday, clips of all the tracks from the album were released on TikTok, ahead of its launch on Friday. Meanwhile, Anne-Marie will be […]

YouTube’s latest tipping feature focuses on individual videos

YouTube viewers already have three ways to support their favourite creators by paying: Super Chat, Super Stickers, and channel subscriptions. Now there’s a fourth, Super Thanks, and unlike the first two above, it isn’t restricted to being used during livestreams. This feature has actually been in testing since February this year, initially under the name […]

Apple Arcade set to launch music-themed Tetris Beat game

Mention of Tetris and music will set an almighty earworm going for many readers – and if it doesn’t, we can help with that! But yes, the latest Tetris game will have a musical focus, including licensed tracks. It’s called Tetris Beat, and will be exclusive to the Apple Arcade games service when it launches in the […]

Chartmetric report explores gender pronouns for artists

Analytics firm Chartmetric has published its trends report for the first half of 2021, analysing the fastest growing artists on various streaming services and social platforms. Spoiler: Olivia Rodrigo had a decent six months! There’s some good stuff on tracks ranked by their TikTok growth, including the tale of a 1960 track called ‘Bongo Cha Cha […]

Spotify’s new artist, genre and decade-based mixes go live

During its recent ‘Stream On’ event Spotify revealed plans to launch a new suite of personalised playlists as an expansion to its ‘Daily Mix’ family. They’d be based on artists, genres and decades. Now the new mixes are rolling out to free and premium listeners globally, sitting within Spotify’s ‘Made For You’ hub alongside its other […]

Bandsintown publishes findings from new livestreaming survey

Bandsintown has been talking to artists and fans again about their livestreaming views and habits. Its latest survey canvassed 7,688 people, and found that 86% of fans have watched at least one music livestream within the past 12 months, while 31% have streamed seven or more. 62% have paid for a livestream, while 55% say […]

Apple leads $50m funding round for distributor UnitedMasters

Remember when Spotify invested in distributor DistroKid back in October 2018? Now its biggest rival is making a similar move. Yesterday, Apple led a $50m Series B funding round for UnitedMasters, alongside Alphabet (yes, Apple and Google’s parent company investing together) and Andreessen Horowitz. Apple isn’t just opening its wallet: the deal includes a strategic partnership which […]

OurSouls takes on Clubhouse with NFT-minted live audio debates

2021 is the year audio startup Clubhouse became a $1bn unicorn, but it’s facing plenty of competition. Twitter and Facebook already have Clubhouse-like features in testing, Spotify just bought Locker Room, and startup OurSouls is launching out of stealth mode this morning with an iPhone app, and funding led by VC firm Looflirpa Fund. Silicon Valley veteran […]

Dapper Labs capitalises on NFT fever with $305m funding round

NFTs may be all the rage in 2021, but startup Dapper Labs was one of the first companies to explore blockchain-powered digital goods with its CryptoKitties game in 2017. It has since gone on to have another big hit with its NBA Top Shot basketball partnership, and also took investment from Warner Music Group in September 2019. […]

Video requests startup Cameo raises $100m funding round

We recently reported on video requests startup Cameo’s growth in 2020, when it sold 1.3m videos of its celebrity community, generating revenues of $100m. Now the company has raised a Series C funding round, also of $100m, which sees Cameo graduate to ‘unicorn’ status with a valuation of just over $1bn. SoftBank, GV, Lightspeed, Kleiner Perkins, Spark […]

Report explores the (pre-Covid) carbon footprint of touring DJs

“Last Night a DJ Took a Flight” is an excellent name for a report, even if many DJs’ touring has been grounded for more than a year by Covid-19. But the report, from Clean Scene, is an important analysis of the environmental impact of the electronic music industry before Covid struck, with thoughts on how […]

T-Series finally joins Indian collecting society IPRS

India’s collecting society IPRS now has a full set of major music companies from the country, after T-Series joined the likes of Saregama and Times Music (plus the local subsidiaries of Sony and UMG) as a member. “With IPRS now representing the T-Series music publishing catalogue, it will improve the ease of doing business, with […]

YouTube trumpets hip-hop growth in push for more advertising

One particular hip-hop video may be giving YouTube some internal ructions (see earlier story) but the service is keen to talk up the wider importance of the genre – particularly for advertisers. “Of the top three genres on YouTube in the U.S. — hip-hop, rock and pop — hip-hop is the fastest growing,” wrote YouTube’s […]

UK study questions majors/indies split on streaming playlists

Do independent labels get a fair share of slots on music streaming services’ playlists? It’s a complicated question, with the answer having varied, historically, depending on which playlists you’re talking about (all of them, or just the big ones?), how you define independent (do major-distributed tracks count?) and other factors. The latest attempt to get […]

TuneIn loses appeal in UK copyright infringement case

Radio aggregator TuneIn has lost its appeal in a copyright infringement case brought against the company in the UK by Sony Music and Warner Music. The original ruling, in November 2019, was mixed with the High Court ruling that TuneIn wasn’t infringing with its live streams of radio stations already licensed in the UK, but […]

Barcelona gig had 5,000 fans with masks but no distancing

Aware that some countries that have Covid-19 under control already have concerts and festivals up and running, we’re trying not to generalise about live music. However, for those countries still awaiting a musical reopening, this weekend’s concert in Barcelona for indie band Love of Lesbian will be an encouraging sight. It was an experiment for […]

NFTs explosion: Crypto.com, The Weeknd, Gorillaz, Lindsay Lohan…

Say what you like about non-fungible tokens (NFTS) – and right now, everyone appears to be doing exactly that on Twitter – but it’s undeniable that there is a gold rush of musicians towards the idea. In the past few days alone, there has been a mini-blizzard of announcements and on-sales, with some prominent artists. Start with […]

Research firms highlight growth in wellness and fitness apps

Sensor Tower and App Annie are the two most high-profile research firms tracking the apps market. By a quirk of fate, both published some new stats yesterday around wellness and fitness apps – a current area of hot interest from the music industry. Sensor Tower predicted that ‘mental wellness’ apps will be downloaded more than 1bn times […]

Music bodies slam Twitter for ‘rampant theft of creative works’

Yesterday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his *sigh* bitcoin clock) made an appearance before a US House hearing about online extremism and misinformation. Copyright wasn’t the matter at hand, but a group of music industry bodies took the opportunity anyway to criticise Twitter for its attitude towards music licensing. The letter, sent by a group including the […]

The NFTs boom is still sparking praise and scepticism

Well, that’s a headline we could probably run every single day for the next few months. But with the music industry still buzzing with questions about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their potential, it’s worth keeping abreast of the latest debates. Start today with the “long-ass blog post” by artist Rev Dan Catt, which is an […]

The next Roblox? Gaming platform Rec Room raises $100m

The growth of Roblox and its use by labels and artists – not to mention Warner Music Group’s investment in it – has sparked interest within the music industry about other games platforms and microverses that might be worth investigating. We’d suggest Rec Room should be one of the first ports of call. The Seattle-based startup has just […]

Matador launches ‘Revisionist History’ podcast using Anchor

Don’t worry, independent label Matador isn’t launching a podcast claiming that President Kennedy was actually killed by alien assassins, or that the medieval plague was started by a time-travelling Bill Gates practising for Covid-19. The history being revised in the label’s new podcast is strictly its own: a chance for artists to talk about their […]

Sony Music’s 4th Floor Creative debuts Mood Playlist creator

Spotify is a dab hand at curating playlists for a wide range of moods and contexts, but labels are keen to get into that game too. Witness the latest project from the 4th Floor Creative team within Sony Music UK, which has launched a site for music fans called ‘Mood Playlist‘. The pitch: “Instantly make […]

Spotify beta tests new marquee management tool in the US

Marquee is Spotify’s marketing tool for promoting an artist’s new album to people who’ve listened to them – the full-screen pop-ups that appear over its mobile homescreen. Now Spotify is beta testing a new campaign management tool for marquee in the US, which will make these ads (well, ‘sponsored recommendations’) self-service. The tool will take the form […]

Beggars Group and Gary Numan clarify streaming payouts comments

Recently, artist Gary Numan gave an interview to Sky News during which he talked about streaming royalties, and specifically about a small cheque he’d received. “I had a statement a while back and one of my songs had had over a million plays, million streams, and it was £37. I got £37 from a million […]

Don’t freak out! Nile Rodgers gets a ‘voice-interactive portrait

Does anyone in the music industry have better anecdotes than Nile Rodgers? Now he can deliver them in virtual form, which may save him repeating the best ones over and over. Rodgers has been turned into “the world’s first voice-interactive portrait” through a partnership between the UK’s National Portrait Gallery, Universal Music and Abbey Road […]

NFT trends include 50/50 split for musicians and visual artists

Music NFTs must be big business. Look, the Wall Street Journal is writing about them! And it’s a good summary of the current activity (and hype) around non-fungible tokens in the music space. That includes stats: journalist Cherie Hu’s calculation that since June last year around 29,800 NFTs involving artists have generated $42.5m in primary sales. […]

SoundCloud launches new artist accelerator with nine musicians

SoundCloud is adding a new string to its artist-partnerships bow with the launch of First on SoundCloud. it’s billed as an accelerator program for artists, starting with nine independent musicians: Charmaine, Ela Minus, Kid Quill, Lourdiz, Otis Kane, Pa Salieu, Payday, Sofia Mills and SoFaygo. ‘First on SoundCloud’ is actually an existing program for promoting […]

Early blockchain music startup Jaak has shut down

British startup Jaak was part of the first wave of firms trying to put blockchain technology to use in the music industry. It was part of the first Techstars Music accelerator in 2017, and launched a pilot with partners including WMG, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights the following year. Founder and CEO Vaughn McKenzie-Landell was also part of the […]

Secretly Group workers announce plans to unionise

Employees from independent music company Secretly Group and its subsidiaries have announced plans to form a union. “Our goal is to spotlight the rights of our staff and the health of our workplace,” they explained on the Secretly Group Union website. “Working in the music industry is not an easy way to support oneself for the […]

Impala rejects ER but says labels should pay fair digital rates

Impala, which represents independent music companies in Europe, is the latest organisation to step in to the debate about the music streaming economy and how to reform it. “Our aim is to make streaming fairer and provide a dynamic, compelling and responsible future for creators and for fans,” was how Impala introduced its 10-point plan. The […]

Music Ally Startup Files: Freeme invests in Afrobeats’ bright future

Freeme – pronounced “free me” – is an independent distributor & label services company based in Lagos. Founder and CEO Michael Ugwu has international industry experience: he was previously general manager at Sony Music West Africa, and is the first Black person to be appointed to the Merlin Board. As a business, Freeme has twin […]

IFPI report reveals 7.4% growth in global recorded music revenues

Global recorded music revenues grew by 7.4% to $21.6bn in 2020, according to industry body the IFPI, which has published its annual Global Music Report today. That’s a deceleration compared to 2019, when the market grew by 8.2%, but with 2020 being the year of Covid-19, labels will see the latest figures as a success […]

Ministers give their views at the UK’s music streaming inquiry

Yesterday saw the final hearing in the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, but rather than music industry or tech executives being questioned, it was ministers and civil servants. Caroline Dineage MP, minister for digital and culture at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Amanda Solloway MP, minister […]

Yubo social app is a hit with Gen-Z – more than 45m of them

Parents are apparently getting in a bit of a flap about Yubo, because as tech site Protocol explains: “the app very openly wants young people to make new friends with strangers on the internet”. With a user base focused around 13-25 year-olds, Yubo is proving popular though: the piece claims that the social app has signed […]

Lo-fi hip-hop brand ChilledCow rebrands as Lofi Girl

ChilledCow is one of the most well-known lo-fi hip-hop brands that have grown on YouTube and streaming services with their mixes for studying, working and/or relaxing to. But the most recognisable aspect of ChilledCow wasn’t, in fact, a cow – it was the animated girl studying in its YouTube videos while her cat lazed on a […]

Stevie Nicks reportedly blocks use of ‘Dreams’ for an NFT

Well, of course that guy on the skateboard who made that Fleetwood Mac song go viral on TikTok is now selling that video as a non-fungible token. Nathan Apodaca is hoping to trouser at least $500k from the NFT sale of his 23-second video, although there’s one wrinkle: it won’t include ‘Dreams’. Apodaca’s representative told showbiz site […]

Apple expands its ‘Up Next’ program for emerging artists

Thus far, Apple Music’s ‘Up Next’ program has picked emerging artists from across the world for promotion on the streaming service, with a global focus. Now it’s going local too. Apple is expanding the program for individual regions, kicking off with the US, UK, Japan, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, India, Canada, Australia, South Africa and […]

Surprise! YouTube is the most popular music streaming service

Alright, this will come as no surprise at all to the majority of Music Ally readers. YouTube is the biggest music streaming service in the world, with its scale – both in terms of its overall users and the more than two billion people who specifically consume music on it. However, if you’re in the market for […]

Spotify’s new website promises ‘more clarity’ on streaming economy

Did you know that the top 500 artists on Spotify last year generated around $1.85bn in royalties from the streaming service – 37% of its overall payouts? Or did you know that the 286,000 DIY artists releasing through distributors generated $1.17bn of Spotify royalties last year – around 23.5% of the total? You do now. These […]

Yungblud re-releases ‘Parents’ with a fan after TikTok duet

Artist Yungblud is re-releasing a track from 2019 due to TikTok, but no, this isn’t because someone went viral singing along to it on a skateboard. Instead, Yungblud ran a duet contest on TikTok inviting fans to freestyle their own verse over his track ‘Parents’. One of the most impressive entries was from a young singer-songwriter […]

Chilean music downloads store PortalDisc moves into streaming

Apple Music and Amazon Music are far from the only streaming services whose origin stories involve music download stores. PortalDisc is the biggest downloads store in Chile, but it is now moving into streaming with its new service PortalDisc App. Billed as “the first 100% Chilean music streaming service”, it’s a partnership with B2B digital music […]

New label Offmeta will explore the music and esports crossover

The latest company looking to forge more links between the music and esports industries is Offmeta, which launches today. It’s a label that plans to sign artists and seek out licensing deals and partnerships for them in the games and esports worlds. Canadian artist bbno$ is its first signing, and his new single ‘Bad to the […]

BPI set for ’10 x 10: Ten Trends for the Next Ten Years’ event

British industry body the BPI has announced its next ‘Insight Session’ online event, and once again Music Ally is the partner co-presenting it. ’10 x 10: Ten Trends for the Next Ten Years’ takes place on 15 April, and will involve 10-minute presentations on a range of future trends for the music industry. Among those […]

Netflix has calculated the carbon footprint of video streaming

How bad for the environment is streaming? It’s one of the questions we’re still seeking answers to. In the video streaming world, Netflix is playing its part. The company has been working with researchers at the University of Bristol to calculate the carbon footprint of watching its service. Wired has the details: “Netflix claims that one […]

YouTube launches ‘Checks’ tool to check videos for copyright

Content ID is well established as YouTube’s system for identifying copyrighted music in user-uploaded videos, and giving rightsholders the option to take them down, claim their ad revenues or leave them be. Now YouTube is launching a new tool that gives uploaders more control over whether their content falls in to Content ID in the first place. […]

Ditto Music adds NFTs to its Bluebox blockchain platform

Distributor Ditto Music is moving into NFTs, but its plans will enable fans to acquire shares in songs, rather than just digital artwork. The company has launched an ‘NFT exchange’ as part of its Bluebox royalties platform, and is working with artists Big Zuu and Taylor Bennett on its first sales. Both will be auctioning […]

Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers

Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for smaller developers and businesses who make less than $1m a year. A change clearly made in part due to the pressure […]

OnlyFans launches creative fund with £20k grants for musicians

We first wrote about OnlyFans in August 2020, when Cardi B launched a $4.99-a-month subscription on the crowdfunding site previously better known for being used by adult entertainment stars. In December, the company said it was paying out $200m a month (!) to its community of creators, as it made its pitch for more mainstream celebrities to use it. […]

Concert streaming site MySongbird seeks $5m in crowdfunding

New rules on equity crowdfunding in the US will allow startups to raise up to $5m a year from ‘non-accredited’ investors (i.e. the general public). Expect a wave of startups testing it out, including music firms. Early out of the blocks is MySongbird, a streaming service for live performances and music documentaries, which is seeking $5m […]

Async to launch ‘programmable music’ through stems and NFTs

Async is a startup focused on ‘programmable art’ that is capable of changing over time. Oh, and it’s also part of the blockchain wave, with that art able to be bought, resold and interacted with. It has generated more than $1m in sales for digital artists since its launch in February 2020. Now the company is […]

Downtown’s Joe Conyers III joins Crypto·com to work on NFTs

Artists piling onto the NFTs bandwagon is one thing, but prominent music industry executives leaving their jobs for it is quite another. Joe Conyers III, of Downtown Music Holdings, has left for a new EVP role at cryptocurrency firm Crypto.com, where he will be in charge of its new “invite-only NFT platform that will feature […]

Africa expansion for UMG/Boomplay and for Freeme Digital

From DSP launches to label expansions to [waves enormous plug] new education initiatives for the industry, there is plenty of exciting activity happening around Africa’s music ecosystem. There are two more examples to report on this morning. First, Universal Music Group has extended its licensing deal with streaming service Boomplay from seven countries in Africa to […]

Marc Geiger: ‘We’re going into a post-Spotify earning era’

Yesterday was the first day of SXSW 2021’s online conference, including a chat between former WME music chief Marc Geiger and Pandora founder Tim Westergren – now working on their new ventures, venue network Savelive and livestreaming firm Sessions. The topic was timely: the explosion of ways for artists to connect with fans and to try […]

Clubhouse launches its first ‘creator accelerator program’

Every social media platform has its community of ‘creators’ and now Clubhouse wants one too. The audio startup is launching a “creator accelerator program” that it says will “support and equip 20 creators with resources they need to bring their ideas and creativity to life”. Which hopefully means people who won’t just be wanging on about bitcoin […]

Spotify launches ‘African Heat’ and Daft Punk campaigns

Fresh from launching in a number of African countries, Spotify is giving its flagship ‘African Heat’ playlist a new marketing push. That includes launching an #africanheatchallenge dance challenge on social media, billboards in New York and Toronto, and embedded video clips from artists including Focalistic, Fuse ODG, Olamide and Moonchild Sanelly. “For me, African Heat […]

Tim Burgess is selling earphones to raise money for venues

Thankfully for fans of British music of a certain era and geographic origin, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess hasn’t spent the Covid-19 lockdown spouting conspiracy-theory claptrap. Instead, he launched Tim’s Twitter Listening Party to bring cheer to a growing community of music fans. Now he’s building on that to raise money to support independent venues by… selling earphones! […]

Ian Brown protests after Spotify removes anti-lockdown track

It’s been an awkward few months if you’re a Stone Roses fan who thinks lockdown is necessary, wants to get vaccinated, and doesn’t believe the Covid-19 pandemic is one big plot by The Authorities. Because frontman Ian Brown has… different views. And he has used his social media profiles and his music to express that […]

Apple stops making original HomePod to focus on HomePod Mini

Apple’s HomePod is dead, long live the HomePod Mini! Except we’re talking more about a retirement: Apple will carry on selling its first smart speaker until stock runs out, and will still be providing software updates for it. However, the company’s smart speakers strategy is pivoting firmly to its smaller, cheaper model. “HomePod mini has […]

BPI boss talks artists, streaming and equitable remuneration

Throughout the current UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming, and indeed, throughout the history of streaming itself, Music Ally has worked hard to report fairly the full range of views in the debates about how streaming pays off for musicians. That’s why we’ve reported at length on the key sessions at the […]

FAC and MMF on livestreaming tariffs: ‘We need to talk!’

This guest column is by David Martin, CEO at the Featured Artists Coalition, and Annabella Coldrick, CEO at the Music Managers Forum: Whether it’s COVID 19, Brexit, the yearning for live shows and international touring, the economics of streaming, or the constant battle against inequalities, there’s a lot going on in the music industry right […]

Music and NFTs are buzzing, but should you believe the hype?

The music industry has got quite… well, let’s say “excited” about Non-Fungible-Tokens (NFTs) in the last couple of months. The headlines have been breathless and the figures eye-popping. Grimes sold $5.8m of NFTs in 20 minutes! 3lau sold 33 NFTs for $11.6m! The former boss of T-Mobile US paid Steve Aoki $888,888.88 for an NFT […]

iManage Africa and Music Ally’s Music Business Academy for Africa

We’re delighted to announce our new joint venture with iManage Africa, the Music Business Academy for Africa. We’ll be working together to provide fully localised vocational education for aspiring creative entrepreneurs across the continent. It’s the brainchild of Godwin Tom (iManage Africa), a Nigerian talent manager and exec who’s worked with the likes of Wizkid […]

Belgian collecting society Sabam joins the Ice core in Europe

European licensing hub Ice was founded by three collecting societies: PRS for Music, Stim and Gema. However, its ‘Ice Core’ also licenses repertoire from other entities: Imro, BMI and independent publishers including Downtown and Concord. Now the latter group has grown with the addition of Belgian PRO Sabam. “We pursued an exceptionally thorough process to […]

Spanish collecting society SGAE rejoins Cisac after reforms

One of Spain’s collecting societies, SGAE, is coming in from the cold and being readmitted to global PROs organisation Cisac, after reforms that the latter say “have transformed the society and its operations”. SGAE was temporarily booted out of Cisac in May 2019, after well-documented controversies around how it was run, and particularly ‘The Wheel’, a […]

SoundCloud clarifies revenue share from ‘fan-powered royalties’

Earlier this week we reported on a SoundCloud interview with Vice that suggested the company would be taking a 45% cut from its new ‘fan-powered royalties’ (user-centric) system. The company has since revealed that the interview misinterpreted its policies, and that its share is actually lower. A spokesperson told Music Ally that SoundCloud is not keeping 45%, […]

Spotify gets its missing K-Pop music back with new Kakao deal

Spotify’s catalogue of K-Pop music is returning to its former glory, after the company managed to end its high-profile dispute with South Korean firm Kakao Entertainment. The new agreement is global, including South Korea, with the separation of the two having been one of the sticking points that led to Kakao’s catalogue being removed from […]

Amazon Music adds merchandise features to its mobile app

Amazon Music’s app is steadily adding more features beyond basic audio streaming. Having integrated livestreams last year, now the app is getting merchandise features. As of this week, artists who are taking part will have their merch shown on their profile pages, with Billboard reporting that most of it will be available with Prime shipping for Amazon […]

First day of Roblox trading valued games firm at $38.3bn

Games firm Roblox is now a public company, having successfully seen through its direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Its first day of trading yesterday saw the company’s share price close at $69.50, valuing Roblox at $38.26bn. That is certainly good news for Roblox’s investors, who include Warner Music Group, since when the company raised […]

Courtney Barnett launches online archive of live performances

Australian artist Courtney Barnett is excellent live – we have the ‘bought in post-gig over-excited state’ official Courtney Barnett bright-red socks to prove it. Now she’s showing off some of her best live performances in a new archives website. It’s a combination of footage from concerts, radio sessions and other live appearances since the early days of […]

Women in Radio report identifies sexism and career barriers

A new report in the UK has explored some of the barriers that women face when trying to develop their careers in the radio industry. Published by Radio Silence and Women In Ctrl, the report is based on interviews and surveys with more than 100 women working in the British radio industry. The findings aren’t […]

IFPI says The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ was 2020’s top track

Look away now, Grammy Awards organisers: the most controversial omission from this year’s nominations has just been anointed as the biggest ‘global digital single’ of 2020 by industry body the IFPI. It says that The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ generated 2.72bn ‘subscription stream equivalents’ globally last year, ahead of second-ranked ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I […]

Startup Sona launches ‘music therapy’ app for stress relief

If you want our tip for making life instantly 78% less stressful, mute the words ‘Harry’, ‘Meghan’ and ‘Piers Morgan’ on all your social apps. But if that fails, perhaps a new app called Sona is worth a try. Developed by a US startup of the same name, it’s a ‘music therapy’ app offering a catalogue of […]

Songclip raises $11m to help license more music to social apps

Ensuring that the music clips used in social apps are properly licensed has been a key focus for rightsholders in recent years, and deals with Facebook/Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and others have offered encouragement. Now one of the startups hoping to be a middleman in even more of these deals has announced an $11m funding round. […]

Verzuz switches Apple Music for Triller following acquisition

It’s just under nine months since Instagram livestreams brand Verzuz signed an exclusive deal with Apple Music. However, that deal is now at an end according to Variety, after Verzuz was acquired by Triller’s parent company Triller Network. The deal will see Verzuz founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland getting shares in Triller Network, a portion of which […]

After extension, the Kings of Leon NFTs generated $2m of sales

We reported the other day on the Kings of Leon NFT sale being extended after four of its ‘golden ticket’ NFTs failed to meet their reserve prices. So it’s only fair to also report on the final performance of the sale, which reached more than $2m according to Billboard – a figure that came from the band’s […]

TikTok’s new ‘music hub’ highlights trending tracks and artists

TikTok is launching a new feature described as its ‘music hub’ in the UK, which it says will help people to see which tracks, artists and playlists are currently trending on the service. It will be accessed from TikTok’s ‘Discover’ screen, and people will also be pointed in its direction if they search for music […]

Techstars Music reveals the 11 startups in its 2021 cohort

Last year, startups accelerator Techstars Music announced plans to run its 2021 program virtually, while promising that 50% of the startups’ CEOs would be diverse. It also revealed that Amazon Music had joined its ‘member companies’ from the music industry, supporting the accelerator including investment in its startups. Concord is also chipping in extra seed and follow-in […]

Ticketing and livestreams app Dice gets into merchandise

Dice started as a mobile ticketing app, before swiftly expanding into livestreams as Covid-19 lockdowns hit physical concerts. Now it’s expanding again: into merchandise. Its new ‘Merch On Dice’ feature will enable artists to create limited-edition ‘product drops’ that fans will be able to order for pickup at venues (once concerts are running again) or […]

Tools. Sparkline: Analytics tool for Spotify

Sparkline is a new platform developed by technology consultancy company Decimal, who mainly work with music clients on development projects. Decimal pitches Sparkline as the “missing analytics tool for Spotify” – a bold claim hinging on its ability to allow users to get insight into third parties on the streaming platform.  The company identified that […]

Blockchain ticketing firm Big Neon is shutting down

Anyone looking for a reminder not to get too carried away with the NFTs bonanza would do worse to look at the fate of some of the blockchain music companies from a few years ago that had big ambitions. Big Neon for example, whose founding team included Ticketfly co-founder Dan Teree and cryptocurrency expert Riccardo […]

Kings of Leon NFT auction extended as some listings fall short

We wrote last week about plans to launch a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for the new Kings of Leon album. So how is that going? Well, the auction for the NFTs has been extended until 8pm EST today (8 March), which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going brilliantly. The six ‘golden ticket’ NFTs, which include front-row seats […]

Recording Academy commissions study of women’s representation

It’s International Women’s Day today, which means an inbox full of related press releases, many of which are simply new spins on things that were announced last year or the year before. Which neatly illustrates the challenge being tackled: the music industry is good at saying the right things (and sending out press releases about […]

Apple predictions: VR/AR headset in 2022, AR glasses in 2025

Oh, and don’t forget AR contact lenses sometime after 2030. By which time nobody will remember the prediction or the predictor enough to check whether it was right. In fairness, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, is one of the Cupertino-focused crystal-ball gazers who has earned respect with accurate predictions about what Apple […]

Independent music, not Bollywood, may be India’s global crossover

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently told Music Ally that he believes “100% that we’re going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future”. As an Indian journalist who’s been covering Bollywood and other types of Indian music for two over decades, I […]

MMF Unite returns with ‘Black Women Mean Business’ panel

The UK’s Music Managers Forum (MMF) is bringing back its MMF Unite series of virtual events focusing on race, racism and injustice. They’re kicking off next week with ‘Black Women Mean Business’, an online panel on 9 March featuring Nike Durosaro (Big Drum Entertainment), Shikayla Nadine (SNM Management) and Shauni Caballero (The Go 2 Agency), […]

Ever wanted Gucci Mane to read you Beowulf or Little Women?

That’s a rhetorical question: of COURSE you have. Unless you’d prefer the trap veteran’s dulcet tones to read you Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or Peter Pan, of course. No, Gucci hasn’t taken a surprising career leap into audiobooks narration. Instead, this is something called Project Gucciberg created by a […]

TuneCore launches educational ‘Rewards’ program for artists

We’re familiar with loyalty schemes for supermarkets, but for music distributors? That’s a new one. TuneCore is trying it with its new TuneCore Rewards program for artists, which has just launched in beta. It’s based around a series of educational videos – ‘master classes’ – covering topics including promotion, social media and release planning. Doing the classes earns artists […]

Spotify and Apple Music reveal latest emerging artist picks

The major streaming services are continuing to choose emerging artists for their respective promotion schemes. Spotify and Apple Music announced their latest picks yesterday. Spotify has gone with Norwegian artist Girl In Red as its latest ‘Radar’ artist in the US. She’ll be getting the full playlisting / Spotify Single / mini-documentary / billboard ads treatment, ahead […]

Universal Music Group’s revenues grew by 3.8% in 2020

Universal Music is the latest major label to publish financial results showing that its business rode out the Covid-19 storm in 2020. UMG’s revenues for the year grew by 3.8% to €7.43bn (around $8.95bn) – or by 4.7% when calculated as ‘organic growth’. Within that, UMG’s recorded music revenues grew by 5.9% to €5.97bn, although that increase […]

Music NFTs fever heats up with 3LAU and Kings of Leon

Haven’t you launched an NFT yet? What are you waiting for? Grab an audio doodle from your studio outtakes, commission some terrible fantasy or sci-fi novel cover-artwork* and/or a GIF of a funny animal – cats are a saturated market by the way, so we suggest pivoting towards penguins, bonobos or blobfish – and STONKTASTIC RICHES […]

Abbey Road holds Equalise International Women’s Day festival

Ahead of International Women’s Day next week, Abbey Road Studios is holding an ‘Equalise’ festival online, with a focus on responding to the fact that fewer than 5% of music producers and engineers are women. The event is a mixture of masterclasses, panels and mentoring sessions, and runs until Monday. Sessions still to come include: Becoming […]

Twitch transparency report focuses on safety, not copyright

When we saw headlines about Twitch publishing its first ever transparency report, our news antenna started pinging. Would this be a chance to get data on how many copyright takedowns the service has been hit by from music rightsholders? When other tech firms have published similar reports, they have included takedowns in the data. Unfortunately, […]

Joox seizes its opportunity to stress its K-Pop credentials

Tencent-owned music streaming service Joox is one of Spotify’s key rivals in south east Asia, and that’s a region where K-Pop is enormously popular. Credit the company for being quick off the mark, then, following the recent news that Spotify has lost a big chunk of its K-Pop catalogue due to a breakdown in licensing negotiations with […]

Songtrust trumpets growth with 3m songs and 350k songwriters

Songtrust has revealed some new stats showing the growth of its business, both in terms of the songs that it collects royalties for, and the songwriters who it’s paying those royalties out to. The new numbers: 3m songs and 350,000 songwriters, up from 2m songs and 300,000 clients in December 2019. The company also says that its royalty […]

New funding for livestreaming startups Maestro and Looped

If you’re a livestreaming startup, now is the time to be raising funding (or if you’re Veeps, getting bought by Live Nation). Two of the companies trying to help musicians perform live online for their fans have announced new funding rounds this week. Maestro, whose clients have included Billie Eilish and Erykah Badu, has raised […]

Spotify could overtake Apple for US podcast listeners this year

Spotify is pushing hard in podcasts, and research firm eMarketer has predicted that this will pay off in 2020 with the company overtaking Apple for US podcast listeners. “This year 28.2 million people will listen to podcasts on Spotify at least monthly, while 28.0 million will listen via Apple Podcasts,” claimed its report. eMarketer thinks the gap […]

Anghami reportedly set for public listing through Spac merger

Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami may be going public soon, via a special purpose acquisition company (Spac) in the US. Bloomberg reported that Anghami is “close to being listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York” in a move that could value the company at nearly $300m. The report added that the move could be announced […]

Martin Goldschmidt: ‘Why I have come round to the user-centric model’ (guest column)

User-centric payouts has been bubbling on the fringes of the music industry for years as an issue. The first time I took it seriously was at an industry board meeting last year – no names! – where we got two presentations on the topic. The big question everyone in the room wanted answered, including me, was: would […]

SoundCloud goes user-centric with its ‘fan-powered royalties’

Rumours that SoundCloud would become the first big music streaming service to adopt user-centric payouts were correct. The company has just announced plans for what it’s calling ‘fan-powered royalties’. The system won’t apply to the entire catalogue of music that is available on SoundCloud, but just to the tracks uploaded by independent artists directly to […]

UMG and Gameloft launch Queen: Rock Tour mobile game

After a fan-made music videos contest and the band’s official TikTok debut, the latest stage in Queen’s digital strategy has been revealed: a mobile game. It’s called ‘Queen: Rock Tour’, and launched today for Android and iOS. Universal Music is keeping it in the family too: the Vivendi family, since the game is by Gameloft, the games publishing subsidiary of UMG’s […]

Apple Music launches ‘Behind the Songs’ songwriters section

Apple Music has a new hub focusing on songwriters, producers and session musicians. It’s called ‘Behind the Songs‘ and launched on Friday as a home for related playlists like ‘Songbook’ and ‘Behind the Boards’, as well as Apple Music Radio shows including Nile Rodgers’ ‘Deep Hidden Meaning’. There will also be original video series including […]

Facebook’s NPE Team launches a new music app called Bars

Facebook’s experimental studio NPE Team has launched its second music product: a video-sharing app called Bars, for rappers. It comes 10 months after the studio launched music-making app Collab. Available in the US App Store with an invitation-only closed beta, Bars offers a catalogue of pre-created beats for people to rap over, with lyrical features including rhyme […]

Spotify faces K-Pop conundrum after loss of Kakao M catalogue

Spotify is excited about having finally launched in South Korea, but the company will be rather less excited about losing a significant chunk of its K-Pop catalogue globally. After licensing negotiations broke down with one of South Korea’s biggest distributors, Kakao M, the latter’s music has been removed from the streaming service. The fact that […]

US recorded music revenues grew 9.2% in 2020 despite Covid-19

The bottom dropped out of the live music industry in 2020 due to Covid-19, but it’s becoming clear that the recorded music industry weathered the storm thanks to streaming subscription revenues, whose growth continued. US industry body the RIAA’s annual figures for 2020 are the latest evidence, revealing that the retail value of recorded music revenues […]

DistroKid will fast-track artists to Twitch affiliate status

Anyone can join Twitch, but you can’t start making decent money from it until you have ‘affiliate’ status, which unlocks features like channel subscriptions, bits and ad revenue sharing. DistroKid is the latest distributor to sign a partnership with Twitch to fast-track musicians to affiliate status, hopping over the stage where they have to stream […]

Deezer launches a global channel for Japanese music

If K-Pop can take over the global music world, what price J-Pop achieving similar success? It’s not happened yet, but Deezer sees an international appetite for Japanese music, and the streaming service is launching a new channel to test it. Called ‘Japanese Music‘, it will offer a range of playlists, from J-Pop, City Pop and […]

TuneCore opens South Africa and Nigeria offices for Africa launch

It’s quite the week for the rapidly-evolving streaming ecosystem across Africa, with Spotify launching in a number of countries there, and now distributor TuneCore getting up and running in the region too. The distributor has hired two executives for its Africa launch: Jade Leaf as head of TuneCore for Southern Africa, and Chioma Onuchukwu as […]

BMG says it has offset more than 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide

Our recent Music Ally TV Show sustainability episode offered plenty of encouragement for music companies thinking about cutting their emissions. Now BMG has been talking about its efforts on this front. The company says it has offset the more than 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide produced by its activities in 2019, including offsetting its emissions […]

Spotify $1.3bn debt funding is ‘for general corporate purposes’

Spotify’s management team talked about a lot of things in the company’s ‘Stream On’ event earlier this week, but one announcement was saved for later. Yesterday the streaming services announced plans for an ‘exchangeable senior notes offering‘ from its US subsidiary to raise $1.3bn. It’s debt funding, essentially. “The notes will be senior, unsecured obligations […]

Global Citizen reveals its ‘recovery plan for the world’

This isn’t a music story, specifically, but there are some high-profile musicians involved. Global Citizen is the organisation behind several high-profile livestreamed music events last year, as part of its wider mission to tackle global poverty, inequity and the climate emergency. Yesterday, it published what it’s describing as a ‘recovery plan for the world… to […]

Moving The Needle launches for women in the UK music industry

There’s a new group in the UK that aims to support women entering the music industry. It’s called Moving The Needle, and is launching ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March. The group is planning to offer a mixture of mentorship, training, events and networking to young women “of all backgrounds, ethnicities and personality types”. […]

Vampr raises $790k and plans to add livestreaming features

Startup Vampr is describing itself as a “LinkedIn for Creatives” nowadays, and the company has just raised more funding to continue developing its service. The money is $790k, taking it to $2.6m raised so far – with a Series A funding round to follow. Vampr says it will use the new funding to launch a […]

Big Hit Entertainment revenues grew 36% to $716.7m in 2020

K-Pop giant Big Hit Entertainment had an excellent 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Its financial results, published yesterday, revealed that the company behind BTS’s revenues grew by 36% last year to KRW 796.3bn (around $716.7m). The breakdown is very interesting too. Concert revenues dropped off a cliff, unsurprisingly: down 98% to KRW 3.4bn. However, album sales […]

Major labels talk user-centric payouts and equitable remuneration

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music had their say at the UK’s streaming economics inquiry yesterday: if you missed it last night, here’s our report on their session. But yesterday the parliamentary committee holding the inquiry also published the latest written evidence from the three major labels, in response to some specific questions from the politicians […]

Spotify, Apple and Amazon at the UK streaming economics inquiry

Reporting on a two-and-a-half hour parliamentary inquiry session the day after liveblogging a two-hour Spotify event plus associated interviews? That’s living alright! It’s a busy week for anyone involved with the music streaming world. Today’s hearing in the UK’s streaming economics inquiry was the long-awaited appearance of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music to field questions […]

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks Bollywood, creators and battling radio with live features

“I believe 100% that we’re going to see a rise of Bollywood and new types of Indian music making it into the global scene in the very near future.” Not the first prediction of this kind, but it carries extra weight given that the person making it was Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. He was talking […]

Liveblog: Spotify ‘Stream On’ event

Spotify is holding an online ‘Stream On’ event today, to announce… well, we’re not quite sure what the company is announcing, but we’re expecting some new product features; updates on how its tools for artists and ‘two-sided marketplace’ is evolving; plenty of podcasts talk and… well, we’ll find out. Stick with us, and you will […]

Tools. Listening Party: Premiere your music or podcast for fans

Lee Martin was the developer of what we crowned the ‘Best Listening Party’ in our Sandbox 2020 best music marketing campaigns report – for Future Islands’ album ‘As Long As You Are’. This innovative campaign was the catalyst for Martin building his own platform, Listening Party, which lets artists and podcast creators throw listening parties […]

Podcast update: Acast buys RadioPublic and Podimo raises €11.2m

Spotify’s big podcasting moves get lots of attention in the music industry, but the company’s aggressive push into podcasts has had a bigger ripple effect. From Amazon Music buying production firm Wondery to iHeartMedia’s recent acquisition of ad-tech firm Triton Digital, lots of big players are making big moves at the moment to position themselves […]

Twitter isn’t buying Indian TikTok rival Moj – but it might have

‘Company X not buying Company Y’ may seem like a pointless news story: we may as well tell you that Music Ally isn’t buying Spotify, right? But news that Twitter was in talks about a potential acquisition of Indian tech company ShareChat *is* interesting, even if the deal appears to have run into the rocks. TechCrunch claimed […]

Sony Music-backed The Coda Collection debuts on Amazon Prime

We spend a lot of time writing about short-form music videos, but long-form content is also finding new audiences through a variety of digital platforms. Including a new one that’s just debuted on Amazon Prime in the US, called The Coda Collection. It’s a streaming video channel with a catalogue of more than 150 music documentaries […]

DIY artists released 9.5m tracks in 2020 – 8x the major labels

There are plenty of interesting stats in Will Page’s latest article for the Financial Times, as you’d expect from a former Spotify chief economist. One that stood out for us showed the current scale of DIY artists operating outside the label system. “As lockdown took hold, major labels released 1.2m songs in 2020; DIY artists released […]

Splice raises $55m funding round valuing company at $500m

Having become one of the key services (and communities) for music makers, Splice is raising money again. The company has raised a $55m funding round from investors Goldman Sachs and Music – the latter being the investment company of Songs Music Publishing founder Matt Pincus. According to Bloomberg, the round valued Splice at nearly $500m, and took its […]

Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship

We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories today reflect the deals and, yes, the clashes with the news publishing world. News Corporation’s senior executives have […]

Glass Animals make a Minecraft splash with fan’s ‘house flip’

A number of artists and festivals have experimented with the game Minecraft in recent years. One of the still-powerful things about it is the community of YouTubers and Twitch streamers making Minecraft videos, which reach big audiences. As part of what’s already been a really inventive (and long-lasting) campaign for the band, Glass Animals have […]

Axel Mansoor sets off on a virtual tour… of Clubhouse rooms

We’ve been writing about live-audio startup Clubhouse and thinking about the potential it might hold for musicians. Some artists are already diving right in to explore though. One example is Axel Mansoor, who’s already been one of the users to have their faces used as Clubhouse’s app icon. Since the end of 2020 he has […]

A&R startup Andrson offers a new spin on Spotify Wrapped

Spotify’s annual year-end Wrapped campaign packages up people’s listening in best-of playlists, but now it’s being given a remix by AI-powered A&R startup Andrson. It has launched something called ReWrapped, which people can sign in to using their Spotify accounts. Andrson then puts its audio analysis engine to work on comparing their favourite tracks from 2020 […]

Triller now claims it’s worth $10bn even with half the users

We may be reaching the point where someone needs to take Triller’s shovel away and gently remind it of the merits of stopping digging. Earlier this week, the company was the focus of a Billboard report claiming it had half the monthly active users [MAUs] that it claimed last year, rebutting that by claiming there was […]

Your Music Your Future teaches creators about copyright buyouts

Copyright buyouts, where composers and other musicians creating music for film and TV give up their future royalty rights and accept a one-off fee instead, are currently a very sensitive subject in music circles. Now collecting societies body Cisac has teamed up with US organisation Your Music Your Future to expand the latter’s educational campaign around buyouts […]

BPI says exports are a £1bn opportunity for British music

As British artists continue to bemoan the Brexit balls-up that threatens their ability to tour Europe, industry body the BPI is offering the British government a timely reminder of the potential value of music exports. It has published a report claiming that this value could grow to more than £1bn (around $1.39bn) with a key caveat: “if […]

South Korean video services protest at increased music rates

A group of video streaming services in South Korea are protesting at plans to increase the royalties they pay for music used in the content on their platforms. The Korea Herald has the story, which explains that the Korea Music Copyright Association (Komca) proposed an increase in rates for Korean video services from 0.625% of […]

Spotify, Apple and Amazon set for UK streaming inquiry hearing

When YouTube, SoundCloud and Twitch took part in a DSPs hearing at the UK’s streaming economics inquiry recently – well, Twitch’s rep didn’t get to speak – we knew there’d be another session for the big guns of the audio streaming world. Now it has been confirmed for next week: Tuesday 23 February. Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music […]

Landr launches Sessions video calling app made for musicians

Having started life as an AI-powered mastering tool, Landr has expanded a lot in recent years: into distribution, for example. Its latest new service is called Sessions, not to be confused with the livestreaming startup of the same name. Landr Sessions is essentially Zoom but made for musicians, including the ability to stream high-quality audio […]

Ditto Music launches Industry Access diversity initiative

Distributor Ditto Music is the latest company trying to widen access to the music industry. It has launched a new scheme called Industry Access aimed at people from minority and working-class backgrounds. It will include a training programme for up to 100 people aged 16 and over, as well as a music industry fair and […]

Managers body Emma offers its views on livestream licensing

As PRS for Music’s recent launch of a livestreaming tariff in the UK (and subsequent u-turn after a barrage of criticism) showed, creating licensing for livestreams is a sensitive affair right now. The European Music Managers Alliance (Emma) has joined the debate by setting out its views on how such tariffs should work, at a time when […]

Warner Music Group invests in Middle Eastern label Rotana

Warner Music Group’s latest splashing of its cash is focused on the Middle East, and independent label Rotana Music. The undisclosed investment includes a deal for WMG’s Ada Worldwide label services division to distribute Rotana’s releases “globally outside of MENA and via YouTube for the entire world”. “We’re especially excited about the opportunity to both […]

Copyright scanning startup Pex raises $57m funding round

We profiled Pex in March last year: the startup has developed technology to scan, fingerprint and index audio and video on a swathe of video streaming services and social apps. It has since shared some of its data on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Now the company has raised an impressive $57m funding round to continue its growth. Tencent and Tencent […]

Triller claims ‘there is no legal definition of MAU/DAU’

In the past, Triller has responded aggressively to accusations that it has inflated its user figures in public statements: for example threatening to sue analytics firm Apptopia when the latter questioned its stats. Now the issue has cropped up again with a Billboard article claiming that Triller had around 25 million monthly active users in July 2020, despite a […]

Report: 24m hours of music were watched on Twitch in January

Music-focused channels were streamed for 24m hours in January, according to a report published by StreamElements using data from analytics firm Rainmaker·gg. “At this same time in 2020, it was only averaging around 4.6 million hours, which illustrates the difference a year and a pandemic can make,” claimed the report. It also breaks down the top 10 […]

Julie’s Bicycle talks sustainability and music: ‘Start wherever you can’

The latest episode of our Music Ally TV Show focused on sustainability and the music industry: the case for companies in our sector upping their efforts even more to help tackle the climate emergency. The first section of the show was a discussion between Dr Allen Hershkowitz, one of the world’s leading experts on the […]

The case for sustainability as a priority for the music industry

“We’re treating the atmosphere like a sewer! Every day we dump a hundred million tonnes more of global warming pollution into the atmosphere… We are literally on a path, this might sound extreme, but frankly the new concept that people are talking about is ‘human extinction event’.” As one of the world’s leading environmental scientists, […]

ByteDance could sell TikTok India to local rival Glance

ByteDance appears to have seen off attempts by the last US administration to force it to sell TikTok to an American company or shut it down. Now the company can refocus its attention on a country where its social video app *has* been shut down for a while: India. Bloomberg reported that ByteDance has a plan: a […]

Artist Mario Winans launches Artime music mentoring startup

Mario Winans is known to many people for his 2004 hit ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ but you probably DO wanna know about what he’s up to in 2021. It’s a music startup called Artime, which is going to focus on online mentoring for independent artists and students. They’ll be able to browse the company’s roster of […]

SyncFloor patents ‘natural language search’ of music catalogue

SyncFloor, the music discovery and licensing platform, has been awarded a technology patent for the key part of its platform designed with the needs of video production teams in mind: its “natural language search.” As CEO Kirt Debique (pictured) explained to Music Ally in our Startup Files piece in June 2020, SyncFloor believes it can generate […]

Sofar Sounds snaps up ticketing startup Seated in acquisition

In 2018, ticketing startup Seated made people, ahem, sit up and take notice when it was one of the winners at the Midemlab startups contest. We reported on its winning pitch at the time, with the company working directly with artists to sell tickets to their shows, and to remind fans when they were on sale – even automatically […]

Music industry sustainability: ‘Every little thing matters’

Friday’s episode of the Music Ally TV Show was really interesting: an exploration of the music industry and environmental sustainability. “It’s more than just the right thing to do: it’s an essential business obligation,” said Dr Allen Hershkowitz, one of the world’s authorities on this area. “There is no one big answer to this issue… […]

Universal Music Group to go public with Amsterdam listing

The London Stock Exchange may be the listing venue of choice for companies like Hipgnosis and Round Hill Music, but Universal Music Group will be going public on a different European exchange – later this year. Parent company Vivendi confirmed its plans to spin off UMG on the Euronext exchange in Amsterdam, in an announcement that came […]

Spotify reveals new ‘Work From Anywhere’ policy for staff

A year in to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and in many countries there are still huge swathes of industries working from home – music included. Both there and in countries where control measures have enabled more of a ‘normal’ life to resume, though, thoughts are turning to the longer term changes to working patterns that the […]

Syncfloor awarded patent for ‘natural language search’ of music catalogue

SyncFloor, the music discovery and licensing platform, has been awarded a technology patent for the key part of its platform designed with the needs of video production teams in mind: its “natural language search.” As CEO Kirt Debique explained to Music Ally in our Startup Files piece in June 2020, SyncFloor believes it can generate […]

YouTube and SoundCloud testify at UK’s streaming economics inquiry

A lot has been said about the strengths and failings of music streaming services during the UK parliamentary inquiry into the economics of this market. Yesterday, three DSPs got the chance to have their say. Well, two of them, as things turned out. In one of the most curious episodes in the inquiry so far, […]

‘The song value has been suppressed… because of the industry mechanics’

Yesterday’s second session at the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming was another double-header, featuring representatives of musicians. Graham Davies is chief executive of songwriters body the Ivors Academy, while Horace Trubridge is general secretary of the Musicians’ Union (and a founder member of 1970s band Darts). The panel of MPs questioning […]

Podz app turns podcasts into playlists of 60-second clips

With every music streaming service and their aunt piling into podcasts, we’re interested in some of the innovation coming from startups in that space: as a precursor to future features (or indeed acquisitions) from the big platforms. So Podz is worth checking out: it’s an iPhone app pitched as “your audio newsfeed”. What that means is it […]

Facebook reported to be developing a Clubhouse clone

Apparently tech mogul Elon Musk has just agreed to do Clubhouse with Kanye West, which is either the latest proof of the audio-debating-club’s amazing disruptive potential, or the latest proof that it’s a hellhole of blowhards. Delete according to preference. But Clubhouse *is* having a bit of a moment right now: even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped […]

BPI and MPA have their say at UK’s music streaming inquiry

The latest day of hearings for the UK’s parliamentary inquiry into the economics of music streaming was the busiest yet, with three sessions – including the first to involve streaming services. As before, there was a mixture of tough questions, grandstanding and moments of farce. And plenty to think about as the digital, culture, media and […]

Justin Bieber set for Valentine’s Day TikTok livestream

Fresh from inking a spangly new deal with Universal Music Group, TikTok is preparing to host a livestreamed concert by one of its key artists. Justin Bieber will play a full-length concert on TikTok on 14 February (yes, for Valentine’s Day) with a re-airing the following day. It’s very much a fan-service event too: Bieber will be […]