Devialet and Sky take on Sonos with £299 Sky Soundbox
We’re big admirers of Devialet and its luxury Phantom speaker, but its price puts it out of reach of most mainstream music fans. Yesterday, though, the company announced an intriguing partnership with British satellite...
July 28, 2017
Sony/ATV teams up with social-compilations label Heard Well
Publisher Sony/ATV has signed an extremely interesting deal with Heard Well, the compilations label co-founded by YouTuber Connor Franta that gets other social stars to curate its releases. Described as a “publishing...
July 28, 2017
7digital teams up with SoundHound in voice AI partnership
The music industry’s excitement about voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo family continues. But Alexa is far from the only smart assistant in town: alongside rivals like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and...
June 28, 2017
ASCAP says YouTube deal will boost its video payouts
When YouTube appointed Lyor Cohen as its head of music – and again recently when it poached SoundCloud content boss Stephen Bryan – there were cautious hopes expressed within the music industry that Google’s video service...
June 14, 2017
MelodyVR agrees licensing deal with Universal Music
VR music startup MelodyVR has agreed its second licensing deal with a major label: Universal Music Group. The agreement follows its deal with Warner Music Group late in 2016. “The worldwide, multi-year agreement, licenses...
March 20, 2017
BMG to administer Netflix music publishing rights outside US
The music industry is quietly excited about the growth of subscription video-streaming services like Netflix, and their investment in high-quality shows and films that are a big sync opportunity. That’s why an announcement...
February 3, 2017
Universal Music secures Prince catalogue publishing deal
When Prince died earlier this year, there was a considerable amount of untangling to be done around his estate and catalogue. The temporary administrators of his estate announced their latest move yesterday, signing a...
November 3, 2016
Spotify debuts first joint subscription – with Headspace
Spotify has unveiled its latest partnership with a non-music service, following in the footsteps of its deals with Uber, Nike, Starbucks and Tinder. However, there’s an important difference in its tie-up with mindfulness...
November 3, 2016
Shazam strikes Vadio partnership for music-video channels
Shazam has come a long way since its beginnings as a service for identifying songs: in 2016, it has a number of features designed to persuade music fans to spend more time using its app. Music videos are one of those features....
October 13, 2016
Spotify and Apple Music Dubset deals start to pay off
Startup Dubset Media is trying to license the kind of remixes and mash-ups previously only available on SoundCloud for other streaming services, with Apple Music and Spotify already on its slate of distribution deals. Now...
October 7, 2016
Apple to begin selling Sonos speakers online and off
Sonos has announced that its Play:1 and Play:5 speakers are now on sale through Apple’s online store, and that they’ll also be available in its IRL Apple Stores in early October. The partnership follows on from Sonos’...
September 27, 2016