Songwriting duo Stargate invest in social music app Voisey
In June, Music Ally reported on a new social-music app called Voisey, which we described as “Smule’s Sing! Karaoke meets TikTok”. It had just raised a funding round from investors including management firm ie music’s...
December 6, 2019
Sandbox Issue 241: Music Merchandising Moves On
Lead: Billboard has just announced new chart rules around merchandise and album bundles in the US (effective from January 2020), seeking to close some of the loopholes that have been exploited here in recent years. This could...
November 28, 2019
Tencent Music’s Andy Ng talks AI recommendations and karaoke expansion
In a keynote interview at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) conference in Amsterdam, Tencent Music’s Andy Ng outlined his role in combatting piracy in China, building a legal streaming market there and why he and his...
October 18, 2019
Saregama sold 219k of its Carvaan music players last quarter
Indian music and film company Saregama published its latest quarterly results yesterday, revealing a 6% year-on-year increase in its consolidated music revenues, which account for 90% of the company’s overall turnover....
August 16, 2019
Twitch Sings karaoke contest will offer a $20k grand prize
Last October, we wrote about Twitch Sings: plans by Amazon’s live-video service to launch a karaoke-style feature for creators on its platform. It was a partnership with music-games firm Harmonix (of Rock Band fame) that...
March 4, 2019
10 things we learned from Tencent Music’s IPO filing
Tencent Music published its filing to go public last night. We’ve been filleting the document to pull out some of the most interesting data and strategic titbits on the Chinese digital-music company. 1. The big figures Tencent...
October 3, 2018
Facebook’s latest patent could support karaoke features
Can you make firm predictions about a technology company’s future products from its patents? It’s a speculative business, but one of Facebook’s latest patents does hold out some interesting possibilities for music. The...
July 6, 2018
Smule’s app users now performing 10m songs a day
We’ve written about Smule regularly: the US-based music apps firm specialises in getting fans to sing (or play virtual instruments to) an array of popular songs, including doing it together using its social tools. Now its...
March 9, 2015
Music apps firm Smule launches Artist Program to promote musicians
US startup Smule has become one of the most successful creators of music creation apps in recent years, claiming 20m users for apps including Magic Piano, Sing! and AutoRap. Now the company is launching an Artist Program...
August 18, 2014
Smule launches Smule Pass – a single subscription across all its mobile apps
Music apps developer Smule is changing the way it makes money from its free-to-download apps. Until recently, it has charged in-app subscriptions in apps like Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, Guitar! and AutoRap for users who...
July 10, 2014
YouTube turns nine and places music as key to its growth
YouTube is now nine years old and is using music as a key part of its press blitz. It says there are now 120k videos “inspired” by ‘Let It Go’ (that song from that film that will be like water torture now if you have...
June 11, 2014