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Humble Angel Records launches app for Spotify playlist alerts

Humble Angel Records is the streaming-focused imprint launched by former Playlists·net and WMG executive Kieron Donoghue in 2018. Now the company is diversifying beyond simply releasing tracks by releasing an app. Available...
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Pandemic-reduced marketing costs fuel Beggars profits growth

Independent label Beggars Group has published its financial results for 2020 via Companies House in the UK. The filing, which was first reported on by MBW, reveals that Beggars’ revenues fell slightly from £63.1m...
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TikTok’s plans to launch NFTs reportedly run into trouble

Remember TikTok’s announcement last month that it was launching its first range of ‘TikTok Top Moments’ NFTs, kicking off with a Lil Nas X collaboration on 6 October? How’s that going? Not so well, actually. That...
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Spotify adds more emerging artists to its Fresh Finds program

Earlier this year, Spotify expanded its ‘Fresh Finds’ playlists into an artist development program. It launched with four emerging artists: Wallice, Unusual Demont, Julia Wolf and Ekkstacy. Today, Spotify is adding four...
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AI music app Aimi works with artists Dauwd and Gene on Earth

The adaptive electronic-music app that launched in 2020 has revealed its latest collaborations: two musicians from Berlin’s electronic music scene.
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Universal Music India expands VYRL Originals with Punjabi label

This year, Universal has been expanding its remit with sub-labels focusing on particular regional music: VYRL Haryanvi, VYRL Bhojpuri and now VYRL Punjabi.
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More billion-dollar figures in the catalogue-buying game

Hot on the heels of last week’s news that new entrant HarbourView Equity Partners has a billion dollars to spend on rights, two more ten-digit-sum stories crossed the wires this weekend.
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Bandsintown creates new community for its artist clients

The community is free, and currently open to anyone who is a registered user of the Bandsintown for Artists tool.
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How the metaverse promises to transform how we interact with music online (guest column)

This is a guest post by Tim Exile, CEO and founder of music-making app Endlesss, which is experimenting with some interesting projects that connect with its core business, including minting royalty-sharing NFTs and launching...
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Courtney Barnett trails new album with stem-mixing website

'Things Take Time, Take Time' according to the next album by Australian artist Courtney Barnett. What doesn't take much time is messing about with some of the tracks on it, courtesy of a neat 'Stem Mixer' site launched...
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Coldplay and Amazon Music launch a two-day album installation

The big streaming services love a pop-up installation partnership with a major artist. The latest example is Amazon Music teaming up with Coldplay to launch 'The Atmospheres'. It's an "intergalactic audio-visual experience"...
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Platoon is co-launching a lo-fi label called Arden Records

The rise of lo-fi hip-hop has been headed by YouTube channels like ChillHop Music and ChilledCow (recently rebranded as Lofi Girl). It's interesting to see other players getting involved though, including Apple's artist development...