music industry

The Eminem AR show

With the debut of his Eminem Augmented app at Coachella last night, hip hop’s not-so-merry prankster took the (somewhat revolutionary) step of embracing the machine that so many musicians have

Pop star turned entrepreneur Starshell raises $1 million for her Birthday Girl World

For the singer-songwriter Starshell, a one-time protege of Mary J. Blige, success comes in many guises — and the latest is startup entrepreneur. Her song “Birthday Girl“, resonated s

Equity podcast: Spotify’s impending debut, Uber’s done deal, and Nasdaq 7,000

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A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”

"I think invention is maybe like love," says Dean Kamen. "Everybody wants to have it. Nobody knows what it is."

Equity podcast: Musical.ly, Bumble, SendGrid and not Uber

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Equity Shot: The Uber-SoftBank deal explained

Hello and welcome to another Equity Shot, a quick-hit episode of our venture-capital themed podcast. (Equity, released every Friday, focuses on the money behind the headlines.) This week Katie Roof an

Equity podcast: Uber’s board gets bigger, ForeScout’s security IPO, and venture investment trends

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Africa Roundup: MEST, Airbus and Microsoft expand in Africa, while Afrostream shutters

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Uber and Taxify are going head-to-head to digitize Afric

Rights management and content monetization company HAAWK raises $2.5 million

There are tons of companies trying to solve the problem of managing, monitoring and paying musicians for the songs they make. The latest entrant into this competitive marketplace is HAAWK, which just

Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only

Kanye West’s last album has just made streaming history. The Life of Pablo, released a little over a year ago, just went Platinum with over 1.5 billion song streams in the U.S. While popular alb

Music Audience Exchange wants to get musicians paid

In the late 1990s, Volkswagen approached the music label Rykodisc with a proposition. They wanted to take the music of a then-obscure singer-songwriter from the company’s catalog and use it as

The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a

How blockchain can change the music industry

Since the 1999 launch of Napster's music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair di

Revisiting Brian Eno’s ‘The Studio as a Compositional Tool’

In 1979, Brian Eno gave a lecture at the inaugural New Music America Festival in New York on a very Brian Eno-ish topic. Titled “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool,” it is most definitel

Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets

At present, there are three distinct music industries: radio, on-demand music, and concert ticketing. However, we are starting to enter a new phase, where these industries will converge and produce on

Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in v

Keen On… Rhapsody: How Streaming Is Radically Reinventing The Music Industry

Jon Irwin, President of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/rhapsody">Rhapsody</a>, told me at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sfmusictech.com/">SFMusicTech</a> that smartph

Apple's 10-inch tablet confirmed by the Financial Times

Can Apple save the music industry again? The rumor is that Apple is currently in secret talks with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group on project “Cocktail.” The major labels a

The Recording Industry Decides To Stop Suing Its Customers

<img src="https://beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/prison-break.jpg" /> After suing tens of thousands of customers to <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2337193,00.asp">no av

RIAA wins this one; OSU filesharing offenders named

Seven months after the RIAA requested the names of 11 OSU students accused of copyright infringement, the university is finally coughing them up in the face of further legal threats. The courts decide
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