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Sony Music co-leads $2.3m funding for music creation app Rapchat

Startup Rapchat has signed up more than seven million people to use its hip-hop focused ‘mobile recording studio’ app, which helps them to create songs using its catalogue of beats and instrumental tracks. Now the...
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OurSouls takes on Clubhouse with NFT-minted live audio debates

2021 is the year audio startup Clubhouse became a $1bn unicorn, but it’s facing plenty of competition. Twitter and Facebook already have Clubhouse-like features in testing, Spotify just bought Locker Room, and startup OurSouls is...
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Music Ally Startup Files: Freeme invests in Afrobeats’ bright future

Freeme - pronounced “free me” - is an independent distributor & label services company based in Lagos. Founder and CEO Michael Ugwu has international industry experience: he was previously general manager at Sony Music...
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Kid Cudi to launch Encore fan engagement app for artists

Artist Kid Cudi is turning startup entrepreneur for a new app called Encore, which is being pitched as a "mobile-first live music experience". What's that? An app for artists to post music, chat to fans, host live shows...
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PearPop helps fans to pay for screen time with TikTok stars

There's a price on everything in the influencer world, and with a startup called PearPop, that includes collaborating with your favourite TikTok stars. The company has announced a marketplace for TikTokers to charge fans...
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Livestreaming startup Moment House raises $1.5m from starry seed investors

Scooter Braun, Troy Carter, Patreon CEO Jack Conte, actor Jared Leto and artist Kygo's Palm Crew Investments are among the investors in the latest ticketed livestreams startup, Moment House, which announced its $1.5m seed...
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Livestreaming startup Mandolin raises $5m in seed funding

Six months ago, livestreaming was in many quarters seen as a temporary sticking plaster for the shutdown of physical concerts, likely to return to a niche once the latter returned. A lot of people have changed their tune...
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Oda connected speakers have their own season of concerts

Oda is a startup making a pair of speakers (also called Oda) that look very nice indeed – "made of wood, glass, cotton, and steel: materials that are humble and human, not technological" as the blurb puts it – with...
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Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich launch Station Rotation app

Between them, Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich have well-earned reputations for their musical and production skills. How will they fare as app entrepreneurs though? We're going to find out: the pair have teamed up to launch...
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Rockifi streaming service will focus on hard rock and metal

Scottish startup Rockifi isn't brand new: back in 2018 it was being hailed as 'Tinder for rock fans' with an app that helped rock and metal fans find likeminded fans to go to concerts with. However, it's relaunching...
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AiR Show app wants to bring artists to fans’ homes using AR

Artists turning up in your living room to play a concert is awkward at the best of times – what if you run out of teabags or biscuits? – but impossible under current social distancing rules in many parts of the world. Cue...
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Startup Synaesthetic seeks artists for ‘immersive music’

We spotted Synaesthetic in October last year, as a startup promising to develop "a new musical medium, that is more engaging and practical; through classical music theory, cutting-edge AI, and neuroscience". Nearly a...