Beatclub partnership lets fans invest in music from big-name producers
Beatclub, the beat-selling marketplace founded by producer Timbaland and the CEO of Mono Music Group, Gary Marella, has signed deals that it hopes will allow people to own, trade, and create music with beats made by hit-making...
August 5, 2021
Stablecoins, Bitcoin’s wild volatility, and how the crypto market works
There’s something funny happening with cryptocurrencies right now, and if you have any interest in combining music with crypto technology (like dropping an NFT, for instance), read on. Actually - this isn’t news, as such:...
July 7, 2021
Sandbox Issue 274: OMG, NFTs, WTF? Music Ally’s guide to making and selling an NFT
Lead: After two excitable months, the wild, get-in-on-the-ground-floor hype around NFTs is starting to abate somewhat, and while interest – and cynicism – remains high, now is a good time to find out what we...
April 21, 2021
Downtown’s Joe Conyers III joins Crypto·com to work on NFTs
Artists piling onto the NFTs bandwagon is one thing, but prominent music industry executives leaving their jobs for it is quite another. Joe Conyers III, of Downtown Music Holdings, has left for a new EVP role at cryptocurrency...
March 17, 2021
Artist Lil Yachty is launching his own cryptocurrency
Remember the heyday of the early blockchain+music hype, and visions of a future where successful artists would ‘tokenise’ themselves, with their own cryptocurrencies, with oodles of riches for everyone? Well,...
November 19, 2020
Sandbox Issue 260: Twitch for Artists
Lead: Twitch for artists – Artists were drifting towards livestreaming platform Twitch before COVID-19 hit, and Twitch has been making overtures to musicians for a while. But since live performance was halted, interest...
September 16, 2020
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
Google publishes latest report on how it tackles ‘bad ads’
Among the areas of historical tension between music rightsholders and Google has been the use of its advertising network on piracy sites. Although in this case, Google has been pretty responsive, regularly providing updates...
March 14, 2018
Salute Music Makers contest gives cryptocurrency to entrants
Salute Music Makers is the latest attempt to adapt the idea of a musical talent contest to the digital world. Announced in March, it has attracted more than 2,000 entrants so far, with six chosen as finalists this past weekend. Now...
November 3, 2017
Q&A: Blockpool’s Kevin Bacon talks Björk, blockchain and cryptocurrency
Earlier today, Björk announced more details about her upcoming album 'Utopia', including plans to reward fans who pre-order the album with free AudioCoins cryptocurrency, through a partnership with British blockchain startup...
November 2, 2017
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
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