Kobalt raises new $75m funding round led by Hearst Entertainment
Music company Kobalt has raised its biggest round of funding yet: $75m, in a round led by media firm Hearst Entertainment. The new funding follows a $60m Series C round in February 2015 led by Google Ventures, as well...
May 8, 2017
Streaming’s indie opportunities: ‘Niche on a global basis isn’t small…’
With yesterday's IFPI Global Music Report and its press conference featuring Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, we know that major labels are happy with the evolution of music-streaming. But what about independent...
April 26, 2017
AWAL app helps artists track Spotify and Apple Music data
Kobalt's in-house digital distributor AWAL is launching an analytics app for independent musicians, helping them to track their data – and earnings – from Spotify and Apple Music. The app launches today, and is a free...
March 28, 2017
The future music industry: more diverse, less siloed… and completely unpredictable
The FastForward conference in Amsterdam is only in its second year, but its concluding panel session already has some traditions. The audience have beers, the panel members have beers, and there’s a participatory drinking...
February 25, 2017
AMRA signs ole partnership and talks Japan, PROs disruption
Kobalt-owned global digital collecting society AMRA has announced its latest deal: with independent music rights management company ole. The partnership will see AMRA licensing the performing and mechanical rights for...
February 3, 2017
AWAL digs into 2016 streaming data for end-of-year review
Kobalt subsidiary AWAL has published a Year in Review microsite that draws out music trends from 2016 based on data harvested from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. The site presents the top tracks of 2016...
January 26, 2017
Kobalt explains its Laura Marling Spotify ‘pre-save’ campaign
Earlier this week, we reported on Kobalt’s campaign to get fans of Laura Marling to “pre-save” her next album ‘Semper Femina’ to their Spotify collections and playlists ahead of its release in March 2017. We...
December 1, 2016
Laura Marling fans can ‘pre-save’ her new album on Spotify
In the streaming age, what’s the equivalent of pre-ordering an album? On Spotify, it’s the ability for fans to ‘pre-save’ it to their collections and playlists. It’s a new feature for the streaming service, with...
November 29, 2016
Kobalt buys Fintage House neighbouring rights business
Kobalt is on the expansion trail again, buying the neighbouring rights and publishing businesses of Fintage House, leaving the latter company to focus on its TV and film business. “I really believe we can achieve more for...
September 28, 2016
Kobalt replaces UMG as music partner for MCN AwesomenessTV
Kobalt is the latest music company hoping to unearth more musical gems on YouTube and other video / social services. It has announced a partnership with Dreamworks-owned multi-channel network AwesomenessTV to work with some...
September 26, 2016
From A&R to new markets: the data-driven future of music (#midem)
The music industry is awash in big data, but is also working hard to find the most intelligent uses for it. A panel at the Midem conference today explored some of those uses, from finding new artists, recommending new...
June 5, 2016