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
Fruit Punch Music promises to be ‘Spotify for kids’
On a recent family road-trip, while skipping the *many* tracks currently in Spotify’s Top 50 chart that have explicit lyrics, we wondered again why the streaming service hasn’t ever offered a ‘radio edits’ mode for...
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
Ticketfly co-founder teams up with Monero lead on blockchain-ticketing startup Big Neon
One of the co-founders of ticketing firm Ticketfly, Dan Teree, is now working on a blockchain-based ticketing startup called Big Neon. Teree left Ticketfly in September 2013, and his LinkedIn profile lists him as co-founder...
April 3, 2018
Live Music Loyalty wants to create a ‘concert community’
The latest startup trying to create a business out of gig-goers social-media habits is Live Music Loyalty. The New Jersey-based company has launched a free iOS app billed as a “concert photo community” that encourages...
March 28, 2018
Blockchain music startup Opus is ‘ready to conquer’ in May
Music Ally is in the process of compiling a list of current blockchain-music startups, and at the time of writing we’re up to 31. One of them is Opus, which has been developing an “open-source decentralised music-sharing...
March 28, 2018
SXSW Startup Profile: SuperPhone
Artist Ryan Leslie’s SuperPhone was the winner of best B2C Startup in Music Ally’s 2016 Digital Music Awards, with campaign success stories such as selling 17k products and experiences to an onboarded base of some 34k...
March 18, 2018
Classical streaming service Grammofy returns – using Spotify
Grammofy was a classical music-focused subscription-streaming service that launched in May 2016 in the UK and Germany, but then shut down in November 2017. At the time, the company said that despite “continued growth...
March 14, 2018
Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for music
There’s already a couple of powerful search engines for music: they’re called Google and YouTube, and they’ve sparked the odd controversy, as Music Ally readers will know. But is there room for a *dedicated* music...
March 12, 2018
Clickamix sees $670m opportunity in sports music-licensing
A $670m pot of music-licensing revenue that hasn’t been tapped? That’s the kind of claim that gets rightsholders’ interest, although there’s a natural scepticism too when the goldmine is being quantified by a company...
March 12, 2018
Launching Stationhead–The First ‘Stories’ Format for the Music Industry
A year ago, Music Ally ran the first-ever interview on New York startup Stationhead as the company emerged from stealth mode. Since that first interview, publications including Billboard, TechCrunch and Forbes have followed...
March 8, 2018