Sandbox Issue 205: Merchandising and Swift Sales
Lead: In part two of our online and social media merchandise special, we go beyond Instagram to look at the wide variety of tools and platforms opening up here, how to best deploy them and where they can be used to make artist/fan...
May 30, 2018
Blockchain startup Soundpruf to pay artists AND fans for Spotify streams using cryptocurrency
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music. “Soundpruf will offer a web/mobile...
April 13, 2018
Lino raises $20m funding round to build a ‘crypto YouTube’
Lino wants to build “a decentralised autonomous content economy, where content value can be recognised efficiently and all contributors can be incentivised directly and effectively to promote long-term economic growth”. Not...
February 6, 2018
Gareth Emery of blockchain music startup Choon: ‘We’re committed to radical transparency’
We’ve seen a few blockchain-music startups in our time, but Choon is the first one named after what you might shout at the DJ when feeling over-excited and emotional in a club. That’s a world that the startup’s founder...
February 5, 2018
Meet Kasotsuka Shojo – the cryptocurrency-themed J-Pop group
We’ve come a long way from Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice and Posh Spice, it’s fair to say. Japanese pop group Kasotsuka Shojo have been getting a wave of coverage in the west for being the first...
January 15, 2018
Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency
Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
January 9, 2018
Valyou X wants to create a blockchain-based stock market for music
The idea of fans investing in music rights is enjoying a flurry of attention in 2017, and blockchain startups are all the rage. It was only a matter of time before startups started putting the two concepts together. One...
November 23, 2017
Sandbox Issue 191: Ad ons
Lead: With so much music now being ostensibly free at the point of consumption, advertising is expected to do a lot of the heavy lifting for the digital content industries. As such, the nature and forms of advertising have...
November 15, 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
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
Bitcoin expert claims the cryptocurrency has failed
For most of its lifetime, most of the music industry has viewed the bitcoin cryptocurrency from an (often baffled) distance, although recent excitement around the blockchain technology that it is based on has sparked more...
January 18, 2016
Discussion around blockchain and music is heating up
We reported last week on the suggestion in a report from Rethink Music that blockchain technology and cryptocurrency payments could be part of the answer to the music industry’s transparency issues around digital services...
July 20, 2015