Indie labels and tech: ‘We’re not going to start building our own blockchain…’
How can independent labels make the most of disruptive new technologies, from blockchain and AI to virtual and augmented reality? A session at the Midem conference last week explored the issue. The panel included Jason...
June 11, 2018
Blockpool / OpSec blockchain deal could power merch and ticket sales
British blockchain startup Blockpool is best known to Music Ally readers for its recent partnership with Björk and One Little Indian, to reward fans who pre-ordered her new album by giving them cryptocurrency. Now it...
May 23, 2018
Ticketfly co-founder’s blockchain startup Tari reveals plans – including ticketing
In early April, Music Ally was first to report on a new startup from ticketing firm Ticketfly’s co-founder Dan Teree. Codenamed Big Neon, it was slated to be a “highly scalable, mobile-centric event ticketing platform”...
May 23, 2018
HTC shows off Exodus, a blockchain-powered smartphone
Yes, blockchain technology is also making headlines in the smartphone-manufacturing world. HTC has announced plans to develop a blockchain-powered Android smartphone called Exodus, which will come with its own cryptocurrencies...
May 16, 2018
eMusic sees blockchain technology as its next big move
Digital music service eMusic has been doing some soul-searching about the future of its business. “eMusic is at a crossroads. Do we stay the course and focus on a shrinking digital downloads market? Do we enter into losing...
May 16, 2018
Jaak hails its first blockchain music-rights pilot with rightsholders
British blockchain startup Jaak has revealed details of its first music-industry pilot, with partners including Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Global Music Rights and BMG. China-based consultancy Outdustry,...
May 2, 2018
Report 414: Blocked Up
Our latest Music Ally report explores the outlook for blockchain music startups in 2018, after several months of bad news around blockchain firms, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies. Will the wobbles in the...
April 30, 2018
Blockchain-music startup Vezt reveals advisory board
Vezt is one of the blockchain-music startups that Music Ally is keeping tabs on in 2018. Its pitch to fans is ‘share ownership in your favourite songs’, with artists able to sell portions of their rights to fans and...
April 19, 2018
VR concerts startup Ceek to use blockchain smart contracts
Ceek is one of the startups looking for a business model in broadcasting music concerts in virtual-reality. Now it’s adding a splash of blockchain technology into its mix, and yes, inevitably this involves a token sale. “Ceek...
April 16, 2018
Blockchain startup Soundpruf to pay artists AND fans for Spotify streams using cryptocurrency
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music. “Soundpruf will offer a web/mobile...
April 13, 2018
Former Armonia CEO Virginie Berger joins VC fund LeanSquare
Virginie Berger has joined Belgian venture-capital fund LeanSquare as a venture partner, moving from pan-European licensing platform Armonia, where she served as CEO for the past two years. As well as being founder of...
April 11, 2018
SEC files charges over ICO that was promoted by DJ Khaled
This may seem obvious in the light of some recent news stories, but prominent artists really do need to be careful when endorsing brand-new blockchain startups running ICOs. The latest example is a company called Centra,...
April 4, 2018