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Transgressive Records at 15: ‘Sometimes great things take time…’

On paper, 2004 was one of the worst years in living memory to set up a record label. The decade-and-a-half decline in recorded-music revenues was well underway, with CD sales falling off a cliff. And the main lifeline in...
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Amuse CEO talks growth, Old Town Road and artist-friendly deals

"What have you done for me lately?" Diego Farias, CEO of music distributor and label Amuse, is on the other end of a video call to Music Ally, singing the chorus of Janet Jackson's classic track with a smile on his face,...
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Feed.fm talks music in fitness apps: ‘It’s about ROI’

Music is proving its value to fitness apps and other health-focused startups, according to Lauren Pufpaf, co-founder and COO of B2B music firm Feed·fm. Health and fitness is a key vertical for her company, which handles...
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Boomy talks AI music: ‘We want to make music that’s meaningful’

“Our goal was never to make music that was good! Maybe someday we will, and people will say it’s good. But our goal is to make music that’s meaningful. That’s a different kind of thing…” Alex Mitchell is the...
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Can startup Endlesss become the TikTok of music-making?

“I wonder whether we’re experiencing the death of content. Or rather, the fall of content and the rise of relationships. The value of content as a leanback experience that’s measured in ‘attention’ diminishes, and...
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Gleam Futures’ Dom Smales explains move into music management

Managers have always been an important part of the music industry, and in recent years, they’ve been getting more involved in the digital side of their artists’ careers. Meanwhile, over in the world of YouTubers (and...
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Tidal has too many kinks

No, not the village green-preserving Muswell Hill–based battling brothers – but rather continuing teething problems. Madonna, one of the artists who owns a stake in Tidal, has been defending it against mounting criticism....
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Outgoing Twitter CEO: going public caused ‘short-term thinking’

Dick Costolo is on his way out as Twitter CEO, and in one of his final interviews he admitted that going public was a barrier to the company’s “long-term vision”. “You always want to keep focused on the long-term...
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Ian Rogers on Beats 1 and Apple Music launch times; Sonos integration coming

Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine have dominated all the interviews and public discussions around Apple Music and Beats 1. Ian Rogers is a key part of that team but has been silent – until now. He has written a short blog ahead...
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Rdio CEO talks radio, Spotify, indies and freemium (interview)

Anthony Bay is guffawing down the phone line from San Francisco, after Music Ally uses the traditional British phrase “fighting like cats in a sack” to describe the current state of the music industry. “Cats in a...
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Sonos CEO talks Apple Music and home listening (interview)

“What we’re really excited about is the acceleration into streaming, with streaming radio and paid on-demand. Finally it’s happening! It took a while…” It’s no wonder that John MacFarlane is excited about the...
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Rick Rubin rolls out the memories on Genius

Lyrical annotations service Genius has a new user, and he’ll be familiar to many of you: Rick Rubin. The famous producer has been adding his studio memories to a selection of tracks on the service, with anecdotes about...