eMusic boss joins 7digital board and reiterates blockchain ambitions
As expected, B2B digital-music firm 7digital has appointed eMusic boss Tamir Koch to its board of directors, alongside entrepreneur David Lazarus. The move comes as the company tries to raise funding to stave off the threat...
July 17, 2019
Universal Music Austria explores blockchain music project
Music Ally has learned to put on its Sceptical Hat (like the Hogwarts Sorting Hat but more cynical) when fielding press releases from startups touting “blockchain-enabled attention economy solutions”. But in the case...
July 16, 2019
Spotify CEO says Libra currency could help listeners ‘pay artists directly’
Earlier this week, Facebook announced a new blockchain-powered currency called Libra, and a digital wallet for it called Calibra. Spotify was among the companies backing the plans by becoming a founder member of the independent...
June 20, 2019
Spotify explains why it’s backing Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
The recent leaks were correct: music-streaming Spotify is on board as one of the first backers of Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. The social network will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, complete with...
June 18, 2019
RAC and Goldroom launch a blockchain record label
Dance artists RAC and Goldroom (aka André Anjos and Josh Legg) have launched a new label called Minerva Music. Its twist: it has put blockchain technology at the centre of its distribution strategy. The company is working...
May 2, 2019
DotBlockchain founder Benji Rogers is leaving the company
Benji Rogers was one of the earliest people in the music industry talking about the potential of blockchain technology, and he founded a company – DotBlockchain – to try to deliver some of that potential. Now he’s moving...
March 11, 2019
MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups
AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having...
February 25, 2019
Facebook acqui-hires blockchain smart-contracts firm Chainspace
We’ve been writing about blockchain technology and ‘smart contracts’ for a while now, in the context of how they might be used to automatically divide music royalties between musicians, collaborators and team members....
February 5, 2019
Revelator’s Original Works to handle rights and daily payments
Israeli music/tech firm Revelator is launching a new spin-off called Original Works, whose ambitions include processing and paying out streaming royalties to musicians and rightsholders on a daily basis.
January 21, 2019
Sandbox Issue 219: The Tools and Trends That Will Shape 2019
Lead: A new year and a new slate. To kick off the year, we speak to marketers around the business and around the world about what tools they think will be indispensable and what trends they believe will shape 2019. From AR...
January 10, 2019
Edjo uses blockchain and AI to battle digital plagiarism
Edjo is the latest startup hoping to prove that blockchain technology can be a boon for the creative industries. It’s aimed at digital artists, photographers and musicians, with its focus squarely on the problem of plagiarism....
January 2, 2019
Superclubs tackle climate change with D41M campaign
Superclubs Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza have teamed up for a new initiative raising awareness of climate change. It's called Dance For One Meter (#D41M for short) and last summer alone, it helped to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest. A...
January 2, 2019