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