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WMG is first major label to partner with messaging tool Community

We first wrote about text-marketing startup Community in early 2019, when it emerged as a rival to SuperPhone as a way for artists and celebrities to create SMS-focused communities of fans. Stars including Eminem have...
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Messaging app IRL has 12m users and $170m of new funding

IRL is an interesting beast as social apps go: part calendar, part group messaging. According to TechCrunch it has just raised $170m of Series C funding, at a valuation of $1.17bn. This, despite being relatively small...
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Messaging marketing startup Community raises $40m funding

We first wrote about startup Community in early 2019, when it emerged as a rival to marketing firm SuperPhone, helping celebrities (musicians included) to create text-messaging communities for their fans. It has since been used...
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Eminem taps Community platform for messaging with fans

"Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner, but I just been busy," wrote Eminem on Instagram yesterday. "text me, ill hit you back" – with an accompanying phone number. And no, of course Eminem isn't giving out his cellphone...
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Drum’n’bass artist Turno used messaging to grow his mailing list

British drum’n’bass artist Turno is the latest musician to explore messaging-based marketing with startup I Am Pop’s platform – and it has published a case study of his campaign with more details. Turno...
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RIAA targets Telegram in latest ‘notorious markets’ piracy list

US music-industry body the RIAA has submitted its latest list of sites and apps raising piracy concerns, for consideration for the next ‘notorious markets’ list produced by the US Trade Representative. Some familiar names...
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Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up

Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
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Social media newsfeeds are dying. What’s the future of sharing? (guest column)

This guest column comes from Tim Heineke, founder and CEO of I AM POP. Social media, the poster child of the internet revolution, is losing its influence to such an extent that even Mark Zuckerberg has accepted the decline...
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TikTok parent Bytedance launches Feiliao messaging app

TikTok may be taking over the western world (in terms of downloads at least, as we reported last week) but its parent company Bytedance has just launched a new app in China. It’s called Feiliao, although TechCrunch reports...
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WeChat users can now add songs to the videos they post

Chinese messaging app WeChat has a new feature that allows people to add songs to the videos they are sharing with friends. The feature is drawing these background tracks from QQ Music, one of the streaming services operated...
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Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with music

Music Ally cooled on the idea of ‘music messaging’ startups some time ago: there were a bunch of them, and sustainable business models/consumer interest was thin on the ground. But the intersection of music and messaging...
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Fan-messaging startup I Am Pop raises €2m in funding

I Am Pop is one of the startups trying to help musicians and music brands make better use of messaging apps in their marketing. It’s already working with artists signed to labels including Sony Music, Warner Music, AWAL...