Tools: Zebr. Send Music to Influencers
Zebr originally started out as a new music discovery channel on Instagram and TikTok – and is now making an interesting move into influencer marketing. Zebr’s new app allows artists and their representatives to submit...
September 28, 2020
Cult podcast Song Exploder removing some episodes due to cost of licensing
The Song Exploder podcast is a must-listen for music nerds: each episode strips down a song to its bare components and the artists explain how they were made. Unusually, the podcasts are filled with licensed music, often...
September 4, 2020
Artist Rights Alliance challenges Amazon Music-Twitch integration
The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), an industry body representing songwriters and musicians, has been vocal in its criticism of Amazon, sending Jeff Bezos a letter demanding a better answer than, “I don’t know” when...
September 3, 2020
ShareChat signs first social media licensing deal with T-Series
We recently reported on Indian short-video app Moj, which claimed it had 50m users only one month after launch, as users dashed to other platforms – including Roposo, Zili and Dubsmash – after TikTok was banned...
August 31, 2020
Lickd’s latest major-label licensing deal is with Warner Music
Startup Lickd has signed its second major label licensing deal in a matter of months, adding an agreement with Warner Music Group to the UMG deal that it announced in June. Lickd will now be adding “millions”...
August 18, 2020
B2B music firm Soundtrack Your Brand signs UMG licensing deal
Soundtrack Your Brand is one of the companies providing music for businesses, from bars, cafes and gyms to hotels, offices and shops. It launched in 2014, co-founded by Ola Sars, previously of Apple Music precursor Beats...
August 18, 2020
Believe’s new TikTok deal includes licences and marketing
It wasn’t just UMG and Spotify announcing a new licensing deal yesterday: distribution firm Believe also had an agreement to reveal – with TikTok. The pair have signed a multi-year deal that will license Believe’s...
July 23, 2020
UMG gets early access to Spotify features with latest deal
By now you’ll have seen the news of Spotify signing a new multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Group. You may even have seen the mini-controversy around the description of UMG as “music’s most innovative...
July 23, 2020
Amazon IVS could help music companies build their own Twitch
Amazon already owns one of the key livestreaming video platforms, in Twitch. Now its Amazon Web Services division is launching something that could help brands (perhaps including labels) to create their own-brand versions...
July 16, 2020
Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move
Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership...
July 15, 2020
Tools: MUSIXMATCH. The world’s largest catalog of song lyrics and translations.
Musixmatch provides licensed lyric features to the likes of Google, Apple Music, Amazon and Instagram, having deals in place with over 10,000 publishers globally. It also has direct relationships with over 1m artists who...
July 13, 2020
HFA is now included in to Eminem publisher’s Spotify lawsuit
In August last year, music publisher Eight Mile Style sued Spotify, accusing the streaming service of willful copyright infringement. The company, which represents Eminem’s works, claimed that Spotify made available...
July 3, 2020