Blockchain startup Guts Tickets raises $2.5m (so far) from ICO
Dutch startup Guts Tickets is one of the companies exploring blockchain technology’s potential for the music industry – but in its case, the focus is on selling tickets rather than recorded music. The company has just...
October 31, 2017
REPORT 410: AR SPECIAL–MUSIC’S AUGMENTED FUTURE
Lead: Take an in-depth look into the world of AR and ask if this is finally the time for a technology that has been knocking on the door for some time now to finally take off in a meaningful way. Beyond Music: Try these brilliant...
October 24, 2017
Spinnin’ Records follows X5 in joining Warner Music Group
By now you’ll likely have heard about Warner Music Group getting its chequebook out again, acquiring Dutch dance-music company Spinnin’ Records yesterday. WMG is thought to have paid more than $100m for the label,...
September 8, 2017
GUTS Tickets aims to tackle touting with blockchain technology
We’ve seen a growing cluster of startups using blockchain technology to try to solve some of the problems in the recorded-music ecosystem. Now there’s one applying the tech to the issue of online ticket touting. Amsterdam-based...
February 17, 2017
Country profile – Netherlands 2016
The Netherlands is, in many ways, the perfect market – combining growing digital revenues with strong physical sales. We look at how they’ve managed it and how much longer this “best of both worlds” scenario can...
February 15, 2017
Music Ally Report 396 – A “Bloody Fortune”
Lead: Secondary ticketing is seen as fleecing the fans (according to its critics) or providing a valuable service that ticketing companies can’t or won’t offer (according to its supporters). Beyond that, however, is...
November 16, 2016
Whoozy Music is an indie-focused streaming service
Is there room for an eMusic of streaming – a music-streaming service focusing entirely in independent artists? Dutch startup Whoozy Music is trying the idea, billing itself as “the music streaming service to discover...
October 26, 2016
ADE conference to host sessions on VR, millennials and Spotify
This month’s Amsterdam Dance Event is lining up some tempting digital sessions, amid the wider DJ interviews and live events. YouTube is hosting a session on ‘the future of music, videos and VR’ which will explore...
October 7, 2016
Netherlands mid-year figures reveal 23.2% growth
Mid-year figures are still coming in for recorded-music around the world, but the Netherlands might just be the country creating most optimism with its stats. Overall recorded-music revenues were up an impressive 23.2%...
September 15, 2016
Festival-ticketing startup Festicket raises $6.3m
Who said that funding for music startups was drying up? Admittedly, Festicket is one of the companies that doesn’t require licensing deals for recorded music. Instead, it’s a company that sells festival tickets and travel...
July 1, 2016
Spotify takes Dutch courage from Netherlands music growth
Recorded-music spending grew by 11% in the Netherlands in 2015, while live spending rose by 14% – and Spotify says its growth in the country has played an important role. The streaming service’s director of economics...
February 9, 2016