Report 411: The Teenagers Issue
Teens have been the driving force behind popular music and popular culture for almost a century and we use this issue to look at not only how they have shaped music in the past (as both creators and consumers) but also how...
November 15, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017
Musical.ly now has 40m daily active users
Social app Musical.ly continues to grow at a clip, with CEO Alex Zhu claiming yesterday that it now has 40 million daily active users uploading a million new videos a day. More than 130 million people have so far registered...
December 7, 2016
Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music
We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is another one for the list,...
December 7, 2016
Dubsmash fights back against Musical.ly with €9m funding
Dubsmash was a big craze in 2015 with its app for sharing lip-dub videos, but in 2016 its thunder has been well and truly stolen by Musical.ly. Earlier in the year, Dubsmash got a revamp with more emphasis on private sharing...
December 7, 2016
Latest stats show growing clout for Musical.ly app
Vice is the latest media outlet to profile the rapid rise of social app Musical.ly, and its piece has a good roundup of the startup’s vital statistics. “Approximately 50 million people under the age of 21—or roughly...
October 5, 2016
‘Does Snapchat need music? Does WhatsApp need music?’
Is music-streaming boiling down, globally, to the big-tech big guns (Apple, Google, Amazon and maybe Facebook) plus one or two independent services if they can survive? 7digital CEO Simon Cole thinks his company’s recent...
September 26, 2016
Musical.ly: gimmick or music business saviour?
We have been writing about our near-namesake for a while now and its speed of growth has been staggering. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a 15-second lip-syncing app that has the sort of consumer appeal (90m users...
July 29, 2016
Musical.ly adds in-app purchases and expands video limits
Fresh from reaching the milestone of 100m downloads and signing its first licensing deal with Warner Music, social app Musical.ly is making some changes to the way it works. Yesterday, the company pushed an update live for...
July 13, 2016
Musical.ly signs its first label licensing deal with WMG
Hot on the heels of App Store success for its new Live.ly app, Musical.ly has signed its first label licensing deal for its core service. Warner Music Group is the partner, continuing WMG’s trend of being early in to a...
July 1, 2016
Musical.ly has an App Store hit with Live.ly
Social app Musical.ly launched a spin-off Periscope rival called Live.ly last week, and it’s proving a big hit on Apple’s App Store. Live.ly has been downloaded nearly 500k times in its first four days, with Variety reporting...
June 29, 2016
Musical.ly app tipped to raise $100m funding round
Social music app Musical.ly is trying to raise $100m of funding at a valuation of $500m, reports TechCrunch. The tech site claims that GGV Capital and Qiming Venture Partners will lead the round for the Beijing-based startup,...
May 10, 2016