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Mercedes-Benz taps Endel for pilot test of adaptive music

We recently reported on a partnership between AI music startup LifeScore and automotive firm Bentley to develop an adaptive music system for a new concept car. Now another AI music firm, Endel, is working on a similar thing...
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Taylor Swift tops Billboard’s 2020 estimated earnings chart

Billboard has published its latest ‘Money Makers’ rankings estimating the earnings in the US for the upper echelon of musicians last year. The rankings factor in guesses at the stars’ income from streaming, sales,...
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Youth Music opens applications for latest incubator fund round

Last summer, British charity Youth Music launched its incubator fund to help 18-25 year-olds, particularly those from under-represented backgrounds, get into the music industry. The £2m fund revealed its first recipients...
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Happin raises $1.2m for its live and online events platform

Happin is one of the companies trying to build a platform that can work with livestreamed concerts as well as physical events. The Canadian startup has just raised a $1.2m seed funding round to continue developing its service,...
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Avenged Sevenfold reveal their long-term plans for NFTs

Rock band Avenged Sevenfold released 101 NFTs earlier this year, and now frontman M. Shadows has been talking about the longer-term plans for all things non-fungible. It starts with seven of those existing NFTs being revealed...
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Kakao Entertainment plans merger with streaming service Melon

There are big things afoot in the South Korean music industry this week, and for once they have nothing to do with K-Pop stars like BTS or Blackpink. Instead, Kakao Entertainment, already a key music distributor and media...
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Second edition of Music & Tech Springboard Programme launches

We’re delighted to announce that the second edition of the Music & Tech Springboard Programme that we have partnered with British industry body the BPI on has launched this morning. It’s an initiative aimed...
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Pershing Square Tontine Holdings withdraws from plan to buy 10% of UMG

Last month, Vivendi agreed to sell 10% of Universal Music Group to a 'special purpose acquisition company' [Spac] called Pershing Square Tontine Holdings [PSTH], with the deal expected to close by 15 September. Now there's...
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deadmau5 uses Core games platform to crowdsource a video

Last September, we wrote about a startup called Manticore Games, which had launched a platform called Core that was in similar(ish) territory to Roblox. In other words, a platform where people can play games, but also create...
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7digital signs up to use Super Hi-Fi’s audio technology

We spotted the potential of startup Super Hi-Fi back in 2019, and talked to the company about its plans to use AI to make streaming services sound more like traditional radio – with automated mixing, branding stings,...
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Want to buy a slice of the rights to Shrek soundtracks?

If you do, it’s your lucky day – as long as you’ve got $2.3m to spare. Royalty Exchange’s latest auction is a slice of the rights to songs from the Shrek movie franchise, including all four films and...
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Fuga and Fintage House lead $4m funding round for Verifi Media

In its original incarnation of Dot Blockchain, Verifi Media was one of the first startups to explore what blockchain technology might bring to music and other media industries. Post-rebrand, the company launched a music...