SoundCloud launches public charts with weekly play-counts
SoundCloud is opening up its data a little more, launching a charts section on its website covering all music and audio on the streaming service – while also allowing people to drill down by genre. Comparable to Spotify’s...
January 27, 2016
SoundCloud strikes licensing deal with Universal Music
SoundCloud has bagged a licensing deal with its second major label: Universal Music, following its agreement with Warner Music in November 2014. The deal was announced this afternoon (although leaked in the New York Post...
January 13, 2016
SoundCloud raises €32m in debt funding
Fresh from resolving its legal dispute with PRS for Music, it has emerged that streaming service SoundCloud secured more funding – albeit debt financing rather than investment. The company has secured a credit line of...
January 12, 2016
2015’s top 100 digital music stories
What a year, eh? From Taylor Swift and Adele to Apple Music and YouTube Red, taking in cancelled IPOs, mouthy label bosses and a Tidal relaunch event that saw Deadmau5 shunted out of position to avoid "helmet clash" with...
December 23, 2015
SoundCloud settles with PRS for Music. What next?
The boundaries of European safe-harbour legislation won’t be tested in court just yet, after SoundCloud reached a settlement with collecting society PRS for Music that ends the latter’s copyright-infringement lawsuit. The...
December 22, 2015
SoundCloud: ‘silent’ track removal was actually Justin Bieber
Ho ho! SoundCloud removed a silent track on copyright grounds! Except actually, it didn’t. The streaming service has pointed out that its takedown of a track uploaded by DJ Detweiler – revealed by the artist with a...
December 1, 2015
Why safe harbour will be the music industry’s big battle in 2016
Never generalise about the technology and music industries being at loggerheads. Music Ally readers are thankfully well aware that it’s much more complex and nuanced than that. In 2015 there are plenty of ‘music people’...
November 16, 2015
SoundCloud launches Pulse app for creators
SoundCloud has launched a standalone app for creators on its service, initially on Android. SoundCloud Pulse is not about uploading, mind – it’s more about account management. People can use it to reply to comments on...
November 3, 2015
Music Ally Report 377 – Unsafe harbour?: sink or swim for digital music
Our cover feature looks at why the PRS/SoundCloud legal tussle is a foreshadowing of the single biggest issue that will impact on the digital music industry next year. At the very heart of it is the viability and future of...
October 28, 2015
SoundCloud: ‘Profitability hasn’t been our primary goal’
SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung has been talking about his company’s intent to play the long game, difficult licensing negotiations included. “We were always planning on a longer journey. It’s a huge platform now, but...
October 21, 2015
Kanye West may have joined SoundCloud
Past disappointments are leading us to stay cautious on this until there’s confirmation from Kanye or SoundCloud, but it seems the world’s most enigmatic pop star may have joined the streaming service this week. At...
October 20, 2015
EC launches consultation on European safe-harbour legislation
When PRS for Music sued SoundCloud recently, at the heart of the case was the much bigger question of how safe-harbour legislation works in Europe, and the desire – shared by other music rightsholder bodies – that it...
September 25, 2015