Dubset strikes deal to distribute mixes and remixes on Tidal
Dubset has announced its latest distribution deal for DJ sets and remixes, with streaming service Tidal. The agreement follows previous deals with Spotify and Apple Music, and builds on Dubset’s licensing agreements...
January 8, 2018
YouTube and Universal Music sign new multi-year licensing deal
Despite the continuing rows over the 'value gap' and safe harbour, YouTube has struck its second new licensing deal of 2017 with a major label: Universal Music Group. The new global, multi-year agreement follows a similar...
December 19, 2017
YouTube to promote US concert tickets on artist videos
YouTube has announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see tickets for artists’ US concerts promoted within their official videos. “Starting today, we will begin featuring hundreds of artist’s upcoming US...
November 14, 2017
Shania Twain goes mobile gaming with Home Street partnership
Mobile gaming is a huge and growing industry, with spending up 18% to $40.6bn in 2016 according to research firm SuperData – a figure that matched global box-office revenues for films that year. Mobile games based on...
November 6, 2017
Universal Music to work on AR / VR experiences with Within
We’ve been writing about virtual reality startup Within since it was founded under the name of Vrse by Chris Milk, the filmmaker whose previous projects included the famous ‘Wilderness Downtown’ interactive video for...
October 31, 2017
VR startup MelodyVR signs licensing deals with Roc Nation
British music/VR startup MelodyVR has announced its latest licensing deals, with Roc Nation and Roc Nation Publishing. The global, multi-year deals will “license the creation and distribution of virtual reality content...
October 5, 2017
Spotify expands its partnership with Google Assistant
After Google’s press event last night, Spotify put out its own related announcement: an expansion of its partnership with Google around the latter’s Google Assistant voice-controlled helper. Owners of a Google Home...
October 5, 2017
Microsoft chooses Spotify to replace Groove Music service
Microsoft’s Groove Music Pass subscription streaming service hasn’t made a big impact since its launch in 2012 as Xbox Music, including its rebrand to Groove Music in 2015. Its lack of success attracted less headlines...
October 3, 2017
Yandex Music strikes deal with Facebook in Russia
Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music has followed western peers like Spotify and Apple Music in launching an integration with Facebook. Like those, its music will now be playable in 30-second clips on the social...
September 29, 2017
Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems
Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
September 28, 2017
TuneCore adds ‘instant mastering’ from audio firm Aftermaster
Digital distributor TuneCore is expanding its partnership with audio firm Aftermaster, offering customers access to its 'Promaster' instant mastering service. TuneCore clients will be able to get four CD-quality mastered...
September 27, 2017
Tencent strikes sub-licensing deal with Alibaba in China
One of the quirks of the Chinese digital music market, from a western perspective, is the exclusive licensing deals that tech-giant Tencent has struck with major labels. Its deals with global label groups like Universal...
September 12, 2017