NFTs firm Sound adds activity feed to boost music discovery

Sound is one of the more interesting music NFTs platforms we saw spring up in the last couple of years. The post NFTs firm Sound adds activity feed to boost music discovery appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

After $100k of payouts, Royal launches music rights marketplace

Royal is the startup founded by musician Justin Blau (aka 3lau) to help artists sell NFTs that include a share of their streaming royalties. The post After $100k of payouts, Royal launches music rights marketplace appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music NFTs roundup: Santigold, Coachella, Pianity x Sacem…

Santigold is the latest artist to experiment with NFTs in the context of an online fanclub. The post Music NFTs roundup: Santigold, Coachella, Pianity x Sacem… appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Songwriter sues 3lau over revenues from his NFT sales

Artist Justin Blau (aka 3lau) has been one of the early movers in music NFTs, selling his own and founding startup Royal. The post Songwriter sues 3lau over revenues from his NFT sales appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

HIFI Labs outlines plans for its Neume web3 music data layer

In May we reported on startup HIFI Labs spinning out a project called Neume, to create a data layer for web3 music platforms. The post HIFI Labs outlines plans for its Neume web3 music data layer appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Opulous litepaper reveals ‘Royalty Vault’ and advances plans

“Q4 is product time. Let’s make history,” tweeted Opulous, the web3 spin-off from distributor Ditto Music, yesterday. The post Opulous litepaper reveals ‘Royalty Vault’ and advances plans appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Music Ally Quarterly Report :: Music/tech Startups 2022

While NFTs stole the headlines in 2022, a raft of other exciting developments took place, and various music/tech startups took leaps and bounds as they strove to create new technological opportunities for creativity, commerce, or collaboration in the music space. In this report, we take stock and figure out what it means – and what happens […]

YellowHeart sets its ticketing sights on the metaverse

We first wrote about YellowHeart in 2019, when it emerged as a blockchain ticketing startup backed by EDM duo the Chainsmokers. The post YellowHeart sets its ticketing sights on the metaverse appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Lil Durk preps a ‘music IPO’ with Grand Theft Auto perks

The latest artist hoping to sell fans a share of his royalties is US rapper Lil Durk, with a gaming tie-in to his plans for a “music IPO”. The post Lil Durk preps a ‘music IPO’ with Grand Theft Auto perks appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Warner Records debuts own web3 imprint Probably A Label

It’s a partnership with “former celebrity restaurateur turned web3 creator” Jeremy Fall, riffing off his existing Probably Nothing brand. The post Warner Records debuts own web3 imprint Probably A Label appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

Meta and Instagram’s ‘Creator Week’ returns in November

Every platform wants to teach creators how to make the most of its key features, and hopefully court them to give it priority. The post Meta and Instagram’s ‘Creator Week’ returns in November appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music ally

StemsDAO raises $4m seed funding for its music-focused DAO

We’ve been following with interest some of the grassroots efforts to create decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) around music. The post StemsDAO raises $4m seed funding for its music-focused DAO 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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sandbox Guide to… Marketing in 2022

Our first Guide of 2022 is designed to help map out your year ahead. We asked 25 thought-leaders in the modern music industry – including Aaron Bogucki, global head of audience development at AWAL, Beth Appleton, chief marketing officer at Jaxsta, Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO of Universal Music India and South Asia, and Molly […]

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blockchain game sells nine plots of virtual land… for $1.5m

We’ve been writing about NFTs (nonfungible tokens) recently, and thinking about their potential for the music industry. But other entertainment sectors are doing the same, games in particular – the pioneer industry in terms of creating collectible digital items that people are willing to pay money for. What they’re paying money for this week are […]

Mike Shinoda releases his first NFT – and it’s valuable

NFTs – nonfungible tokens – are rapidly pinging the radar of the music industry, as it wakes up to the decent sums of money being paid for digital collectible assets of various kinds. We expect to see a growing number of music-related NFTs this year, and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda – often early into new tech trends […]

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