Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewards
Fans will be able to buy Björk's new album 'Utopia' using cryptocurrencies, and pre-ordering it directly from the star or her label will earn them crypto rewards too. The musician has teamed up with British blockchain...
November 2, 2017
Blockchain startup Guts Tickets raises $2.5m (so far) from ICO
Dutch startup Guts Tickets is one of the companies exploring blockchain technology’s potential for the music industry – but in its case, the focus is on selling tickets rather than recorded music. The company has just...
October 31, 2017
YouNow’s Rize app giving cryptocurrency to influencers
We wrote in September about the upcoming launch of live-video app Rize: it’s the work of popular app YouNow, and will blend livestreaming with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In fact, Rize will have its own...
October 9, 2017
Blockchain ticketing startup Aventus to test its tech in the UK
Ed Sheeran’s manager may loathe online ticket-touting, but could blockchain technology be part of the solution in stamping it out? Startup Aventus Systems hopes so: it has announced a partnership with music D2C firm...
September 8, 2017
ICOs raised $797m in the second quarter of 2017 alone
Despite being banned in China and regulated more strictly in the US, initial coin offerings (ICOs) for blockchain-based startups are going to be drumming up large amounts of funding for a while yet. A new report by Coindesk...
September 8, 2017
Initial coin offerings are now banned in China
The Chinese government has banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), claiming that businesses raising funding through offers of virtual coins or tokens are engaging in “essentially a form of unapproved illegal public financing...
September 5, 2017
Messaging app Kik is raising $125m with its Kin cryptocurrency
Youth-focused messaging app Kik is the latest company raising funding through its own cryptocurrency – or specifically through an ethereum ‘token’ called Kin, which it announced earlier this year. Kik has just sold...
August 30, 2017
ICO fundraising continues despite US regulatory warning
We’ve been writing a bit more about initial coin offerings (ICOs) recently. In the blockchain world, they’re a way for a startup to raise money by creating and selling their own cryptocurrencies, without having to run...
August 9, 2017
Citizen Ticket to launch blockchain-based ticketing platform
British startup Citizen Ticket is the latest company trying to put a dent in online ticket-touting. And like Dutch firm Guts Tickets, it’s using blockchain technology to do it. The company has completed a beta test of...
August 9, 2017
Jaak announces first blockchain pilot with Viacom
British blockchain startup Jaak has plans to work with music rightsholders and collecting societies in the near future. But its first pilot is with a company outside the music industry: MTV’s parent company Viacom. Jaak...
August 8, 2017
Ujo Music on blockchain: ‘It’s such an uphill battle with existing companies’
Last month, dance artist RAC – aka André Anjos – released his new album EGO through the usual channels. But he also launched his own webstore selling the album using the Ether cryptocurrency. This was billed as the...
August 4, 2017
Blokur talks blockchain music: ‘The technology on its own is not the whole picture’
A reminder that the Venn diagram of ‘music people’ and ‘blockchain startup people’ is not a pair of separate circles. Phil Barry, founder of British startup Blokur, was a professional artist making electronic music...
August 3, 2017