Musicians

FaZe Clan, the esports mega-franchise worth more than $240 million, is still planning on moving forward with its international expansion this year on the heels of a multi-million-dollar funding round…

On the heels of its NTWRK investment, FaZe Clan looks at global expansion despite pandemic

Two years after getting a $100 million commitment from 21st Century Fox to build a mobile-based live streaming platform that could compete with Twitch, the startup Caffeine has scored another…

Caffeine inks exclusive agreement with Drake preps Ultimate Rap League for launch

In nearly a decade of attending Sundance, I’ve never seen a scene like the premiere of the documentary “Miss Americana,” detailing the last year and a half or so of…

Sundance: In Miss Americana, Taylor Swift demotes the internet

Splice is blowing up like a hit song. The audio sample marketplace has doubled revenue and user count in a year, and now reaches 3 million musicians. Many pay $7.99…

Splice teaches AI to sell Similar Sounds as users double

Featured Article

How Kobalt is betting on music’s middle class and DIY stars

Streaming services have made music ubiquitous, driving more exploration by consumers who don’t have to pay for each song or album individually. Musicians are correspondingly able to find their own niche of fans scattered around the world. (This is the third installment of our EC-1 series on Kobalt Music Group and changes in the music…

9:18 am PDT • September 20, 2019
How Kobalt is betting on music’s middle class and DIY stars

Yet-to-launch streaming media startup Quibi has been keeping up a slate of announcements at a fever pace, and its latest is a show that sounds potentially relevant to TechCrunch’s audience.…

Quibi comedy from Thomas Lennon will focus on tech entrepreneur who takes over a winery

Featured Article

NTWRK moves into live IRL events

NTWRK, is a fascinating experiment in live video shopping for the iPhone set. It’s been described as a blend of QVC and Twitter and Twitch and they just got a new slice of money from investors like Drake and Live Nation to expand into physical events. There’s been a bunch of attempts at this kind…

5:17 pm PDT • June 26, 2019
NTWRK moves into live IRL events

With new money from Kleiner Perkins, Cameo plots a global expansion.

Cameo raises $50M to deliver personalized messages from celebrities & influencers

Bad news: Radiohead was hacked. Last week, a hacker stole the band’s lead singer Thom Yorke’s private minidisk archive from the band’s third album and subsequent major worldwide hit, “OK…

Some sage security advice after Radiohead’s unreleased music hack

From viral TikTok sensation to music’s number one smash hit, “Old Town Road” has taken the top spot in music’s cultural firmament relying on an incredible Nine Inch Nails sample,…

‘Old Town Road’ finally gets the video treatment

“Black Mirror” is coming back for its fifth season to once again show us why technology’s progress means we can no longer have nice things. The new season will tell…

New ‘Black Mirror’ trailer features Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie… and more dystopia

Cedric Kovacs-Johnson launched Flume Health after watching his own family struggle with payments for his sister’s surgery. “When we looked at who was calling the shots [on prices] it was…

Flume Health is an insurance administrator cutting costs by pre-approving prices and paying on-demand

Lil Dicky, the white comedy rapper with questionable taste but an impressive rolodex, has come up with a millennial’s Earth Day answer to the 80s celebrity-studded, charity hit “We are…

If you watch one celebrity-filled, anally obsessed charity video before Earth Day, make it this one

Everyone and their dog seems to have an email newsletter today, but what happens if and when yours takes off? Some have gone down the paid route, but another credible…

The Juggernaut is a subscription media company for the South Asian diaspora

Featured Article

The definitive Patreon reading guide

At nearly six years old, Patreon has gone from startup to king of membership. Now an established leader in an industry that’s been flipped on its head, Patreon’s path has been anything but predictable — peppered with its share of milestones, mishaps, pivots, champions, and critics — and offers invaluable insights for founders, investors, creatives, or…

8:53 am PST • February 12, 2019
The definitive Patreon reading guide

Over the last couple of years, Google has been slowly (very slowly!) opening up the ability for celebrities, politicians, sports teams, museums and local businesses to post social media-like updates…

Lorde can now start posting on Google

Rock stars party, MCs invest

7:15 am PDT • March 14, 2017

Following the launch of Jay Z’s new VC vehicle, Arrive, earlier this month, we did a data pull on how music industry moguls spend their ducats. And hip hop artists…

Rock stars party, MCs invest

Music discovery platform Shazam is today rolling out a new feature in partnership with over two dozen artists that will allow Shazam users to see which songs their favorite musicians are listening to…

Shazam Takes On Apple Music Connect With New Social Features Aimed At Musicians And Their Fans

Two years ago, ArtistData founder and serial entrepreneur Brenden Mulligan launched Onesheet to give bands and musicians an easy way to build a social presence on the Web. Akin to…

Bandzoogle Acquires Onesheet, “The About.me For Bands,” To Become The Go-To Website Builder For Artists

Apparently the brand Tascam is “big” in the music community, as Vince just went off in our chat room on how great it is. Tascam designed this DAP, the MP-VT1,…