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When SoundCloud launched its artist-friendly fan-powered royalty system last year, the model was only available for independent artists subscribed to the streamer’s paid tiers. Now, SoundCloud has inked its first…

Warner Music Group signs on to SoundCloud’s artist-friendly payment model

Until recently, Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of Wise, and Sten Tamkivi, co-founder of Teleport, had banded together as a sort of “mini Angel brand” known as “Taavet+Sten.” Tamkivi has done around…

These four iconic European founders plan to kick the asses of VCs who never started a company

Twitch will strike up a partnership with independent digital music licensing group Merlin, marking the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform’s latest effort to get cozy with the recording industry. The deal emphasizes…

Twitch partners with indie music licensing group Merlin

Apple Music users around the world will soon have access to more Chinese musicians. Tencent Music Entertainment, the online music subsidiary of Tencent, said Tuesday that “record labels and artists”…

Apple Music expands Chinese music reservoir via Tencent deal

Snap today announced a multi-year deal with Universal Music Group, one of the largest music companies in the world. From Queen to Justin Bieber, users can clip songs from the…

Snap makes a deal with Universal Music Group, adding its catalog to Sounds

From the early success of Crypto Kitties to the explosive growth of NBA Top Shot, Dapper Labs has been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency collectible craze known as NFTs.…

NBA Top Shot maker Dapper Labs is now worth $2.6 billion thanks to half of Hollywood, the NBA and Michael Jordan

The music streaming arm of Tencent is further tightening its ties with the “big three” record label companies, its major licensing partners. Tencent Music Entertainment announced Tuesday that it has…

Tencent Music now has joint labels with all ‘big three’ record labels

Roblox is now one of the world’s most valuable private companies in the world after a monster Series H raise brings the social gaming platform a stratospheric $29.5 billion valuation.…

Roblox raises at $29.5 billion valuation, readies for direct listing

The continual uncertainty around TikTok’s future may have provided a big boost to Snapchat in August. Or maybe it was just the Disney eyes filter that went viral. In any…

Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty

From CryptoKitties to the NBA, Dapper Labs has paved the way for blockchain popularity beyond speculation that’s purely monetary and now with Dr. Seuss Enterprises another collectible application arises. Featuring…

Dr. Seuss comes to the blockchain thanks to the maker of CryptoKitties

Sisense, an enterprise startup that has built a business analytics business out of the premise of making big data as accessible as possible to users — whether it be through…

Sisense nabs $100M at a $1B+ valuation for accessible big data business analytics

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Kobalt’s edge in changing the music industry

Kobalt Music Group is driving the music industry to provide more transparency and faster royalty payments to musicians and challenging the traditional record labels and publishers with its own alternative service offerings that don’t take ownership of copyrights. Competition and market size are headwinds in its future growth, however, and the incumbents are thriving not…

9:12 am PDT • September 26, 2019
Kobalt’s edge in changing the music industry

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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

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How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

You may not have heard of Kobalt before, but you probably engage with the music it oversees every day, if not almost every hour. Combining a technology platform to better track ownership rights and royalties of songs with a new approach to representing musicians in their careers, Kobalt has risen from the ashes of the…

1:09 pm PDT • August 9, 2019
How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn

Spotify seems to have learned little from the Facebook developer platform’s scandals despite getting a huge boost from the social network in its early days. Spotify has been caught allowing…

Spotify needs to crack down on labels snatching user data

The past year has seen Spotify embark on a series of acquisitions to beef up its service, particularly on podcast content. Now it is the turn of SoundCloud, another European…

SoundCloud buys artist distribution platform Repost Network

TikTok needs a lot of music. A lot. The short-form video service began life as a lip-synching app in China, where it’s called Douyin, and although other categories of content,…

TikTok’s next ambitious goal is to discover future music stars

Artiphon, the startup behind the electronic instrument that it’s dubbed the Instrument 1, has raised $2 million in seed funding. We previously described the Instrument 1 as a symphony, rock…

Artiphon raises $2M round led by Warner Music

Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau and Airbus, has begun chauffering the Bay Area’s elite.

Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the Chinese answer to Spotify that Tencent spun out and floated on the New York Stock Exchange in December, reported a net loss of 876 million…

Spotify rival Tencent Music posts maiden quarter loss of $130M on one-off costs
Startups

Warner Music Group acquires Uproxx

12:39 pm PDT • August 2, 2018

Uproxx Media Group — owner of sites like HitFix, Dime and Uproxx itself — has been acquired. The Uproxx site focuses on entertainment and pop culture news, and was founded…

Warner Music Group acquires Uproxx

Just weeks after signing a large licensing deal with leading indy label representative ICE, Facebook has continued its march into the world of music with the news that it has…

Facebook and Warner Music ink recorded and published music deal for videos and messages

Warner Music Group and Tencent have agreed to a distribution partnership in mainland China. This means that Tencent, one of China’s largest Internet companies and the maker of messaging app…

Warner Music Group And Tencent Strike Deal To Distribute Songs In Mainland China

In early July we reported exclusively that Spotify community and playlist sharing site Playlists.net was in acquisition talks, with one suitor — a prominent music industry company — in the…

Playlists.net Acquired By Warner Music Group

In France, it is the biggest startup funding round ever. Warner Music Group’s owner Access Industries and previous investor Idinvest are investing €100 million ($130 Million) into music streaming startup…

French Music Startup Deezer Gets $130M Fourth Round, Led By Warner Music Group’s Owner Access Industries

RIAA’s budget comes from music labels and distributors because it represents the interests of the music industry. Therefore, it depends on their willingness. TorrentFreak obtained its latest tax filing and…

With A Budget Almost Cut In Half And 40 Percent Staff Cuts Can The RIAA Survive?

Warner Music Group (WMG) has partnered with MTV’s Music Group to give MTV exclusive rights to sell ad inventory around WMG’s music video content in the U.S. across MTV Music…

Detroit-based digital music company WaTunes has come to a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, the third major record label to sign a deal with the startup after Universal and…

Digital music company eMusic is rumored to be up for sale, according to various reports, but that hasn’t stopped it from signing licensing deals with big music. This morning, eMusic…

Last January Warner Music Group forced YouTube to remove all of its music from the site, citing disputes over royalty payments. This led to an outcry from users, who created…