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A strange scourge for the classical music industry: Copyright bots
The beat goes on
• May 26, 2020
A streaming concert platform finally lands a gig on the big stage
After 11 years in relative obscurity, Stageit found a huge audience. The pandemic has delivered ready-made audiences to companies in a few industries.
• April 9, 2020
Spotify turns our emotions into data, and then profits off of them
Spotify uses emotional surveillance tactics to sell data, and brands are cashing in.
• June 12, 2019
Sofar Sounds raises $25m — but will performers see any dough?
The startup Sofar Sounds, which hosts small concerts in people’s homes, raised $25m -- but the artists powering the platform often take home just $100 per show.
• May 23, 2019
SoundCloud adds mainstream distribution to its indie résumé
SoundCloud announced a new distribution feature to help artists more easily push their songs, while streamlining the process of monetization.
• February 20, 2019
DJ Skee is fed up with FM and hates soulless streaming, so he raised $8.8m for ‘new’ radio
DJ Skee’s radio startup Dash raised $8.8m to expand its reimagined version of radio.
• October 25, 2018
media & publishing
Sony buys EMI Music Publishing for $2.3B — but it still doesn’t own ‘Thriller’
The agreement adds more than 2m songs to Sony’s already-iconic catalogue. But the last 10% of EMI still belong to the Jacksons.
• May 23, 2018
YouTube rolls out ‘Premium’ music service in an attempt to drown out Spotify
To compete with industry leaders Spotify and Apple, Google is turning up the dial on its musical offerings with a new AI-powered Premium streaming platform.
• May 18, 2018
Tidal allegedly fudged streaming numbers for Beyoncé and Kanye West albums
Jay-Z’s Tidal is accused of faking subscriber numbers and streams to boost Beyoncé and Kanye West’s numbers for false payouts.
• May 10, 2018
2 out of 3 of Spotify’s major record label shareholders cash in their stock for over $1B
Last week, Sony, who easily held the biggest stake in Spotify, sold about half its shares for close to $750m. Then, yesterday, Warner Music Group followed suit.
• May 8, 2018
Pandora jacked up ads for 35m of its users, and old people paid to make them just stop
Research shows that the success of ad-based and subscription-based models varies by user age -- and that young people are a lot less susceptible to ad bullying.
• May 2, 2018
Everyone is baking — and entrepreneurs are rising up to meet the demand
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