Warner Music Group signs partnership with DotBlockchain
Blockchain startup DotBlockchain appears to have secured a high-profile new partner from the rightsholder world: Warner Music Group. “In the next months, Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will collaborate with us...
October 3, 2018
Startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming service
Another day, another startup promising to (in the words of its launch announcement) “revolutionise the global music industry” – token-sale included. And we’re at the point in, as research firm Gartner puts it,...
September 27, 2018
Blockchain startup Audius has advisors from Pandora, Beatport
We reported last month on blockchain-music startup Audius raising $5.5m for a proposed service that’s been described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’. Now the company has revealed its slate of advisors, including some...
September 7, 2018
Music Messenger to rely on YouTube API for October app update
We’ve written about Music Messenger before: it’s the music-focused messaging app that raised $24.4m in funding, but then removed its app from Apple and Google’s app stores in the west, to focus on other products. As...
September 6, 2018
eMusic CEO talks blockchain, transparency and MP3’s survival
eMusic made its name with a subscription-based music downloads service focused on independent labels, before adding major labels in 2010 – a controversial move at the time. Eight years on, the company is planning an...
September 4, 2018
MusicLife raises $5m for blockchain-based ‘music exchange’
We may be over the first rush of ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICOs) given the growing number of blockchain startups announcing funding from more traditional sources. Singapore-based MusicLife is the latest example around...
August 28, 2018
Music Messenger aims for ‘blockchain alternative to Spotify’
Israeli startup Music Messenger started life as a music-focused messaging app. Now it’s hoping to use its $25m of funding to hop on to the blockchain bandwagon.
August 21, 2018
Blockchain smart-speaker Volareo teams up with startup Emanate
Volareo is the blockchain-powered smart speaker that will (so its makers promise) let listeners clap to donate to artists as they listen to them. It’s due to launch a pre-order campaign on Indiegogo soon, and ahead of that...
August 10, 2018
Blockchain music-streaming startup Audius raises $5.5m
“SoundCloud on the blockchain?” was the TechCrunch headline last night that made us spit out our tea in surprise. But this isn’t the actual SoundCloud, but rather a new startup called Audius whose business model...
August 9, 2018
Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso
A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus. “Low...
August 6, 2018
eMusic claims it will raise $70m for its blockchain plans
We reported earlier this year, somewhat sceptically, on digital-music service eMusic’s plans for a blockchain-powered relaunch. Now the company has given more details about how much money it’s planning to raise to fund...
August 1, 2018
Dot Blockchain teams up with Exactuals for song-data cleanup
One of the earliest blockchain-music startups, Dot Blockchain, has a new partnership this week. It’s working with payments and metadata firm Exactuals on a partnership that the pair say is “ensuring both company’s clients’...
July 31, 2018