Former Guvera boss plans new Dragonfly Music startup
Given the very-public collapse of Australian digital-music firm Guvera, it may be a surprise to hear its CEO Darren Herft has plans to launch a new startup. During a court hearing as part of Guvera’s liquidation process,...
January 2, 2018
Report 408: Blind data, Music Managers’ Three biggest data challenges
Lead: Managers have to be across every data source there is. On the one hand, it means they can be operating with greater confidence and clarity; on the other, they are at risk of data overload and missing both new opportunities...
September 29, 2017
Australian indie labels claim 30% recorded market-share
Australian industry body AIR has co-published a report with Deloitte that claims independent labels account for 30% of the $400m recorded-music industry there. Among the report’s other headline claims: 44% of those indies’...
September 5, 2017
Viagogo heads to court with Australian competition regulator
Viagogo has become one of the magnets for anger about the state of the secondary-ticketing market. Now the company is being taken to court by Australian competition authority the ACCC. It’s accusing Viagogo of failing...
August 29, 2017
Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in ‘first AI DJ brain’
"I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals..." For a startup with just two full-time employees and AU$500k (around $386k) in funding so far, setting sights on a 10-digit...
July 17, 2017
Playing next door to Alice: Popgun reveals its music AI
Music composed by artificial intelligence (AI) rather than humans is a controversial topic in 2017, for two reasons. First: disbelief in some quarters that an AI will ever be able to create music as well as a human can....
June 30, 2017
Pandora pulls out of Australia and New Zealand
If the first casualties of Sirius XM’s $480m investment in Pandora were the streaming service’s CEO, president and chief marketing officer, the second appear to be its listeners down under. Pandora is shutting down...
June 28, 2017
Facebook Messenger getting chat-room feature
We’ve written a lot about Facebook Messenger’s billion-plus users and its chatbots functionality in recent months. Here’s something new though: a feature called Rooms which has soft-launched in Australia and Canada....
November 14, 2016
Instagram says it now has 500k advertisers
Instagram has announced that it now has more than 500,000 active advertisers on its platform. Strong growth, given that Facebook’s photo and video-sharing app only opened up its ads platform a year ago, and grew to 200,000...
September 26, 2016
Campaigns: Video Deluxe – Sandbox 155
Perhaps more than normal, there have been a number of properly eye-catching music videos recently – so we have decided to take a closer look at the best of them. First up, J-pop band Lyrical School, who have created...
August 18, 2016