Instagram is adding messaging-based ‘broadcast channels’
Is Instagram about photos, or videos, or messaging? The obvious answer: all three, and that third prong is getting a big new feature.
February 17, 2023
Tools :: Levellr
The original fan community concept – artist fan clubs – have shifted from physical mailing lists to email lists and now to online messaging platforms like Telegram and Discord. Fan communities are highly desirable at...
November 30, 2022
Discord adds YouTube integration and monthly $3 subscription
Popular chat platform Discord has announced some new features which will be relevant for artists building communities there.
October 18, 2022
Creator-focused CRM startup Laylo raises more funding
US startup Laylo has been building a business around B2B customer relationship management (CRM) tools for musicians.
October 13, 2022
WeChat hopes 40m people will watch Backstreet Boys livestream
Everybody, yeah, rock your body, yeah? Even if you're rocking it at your desk or on the sofa. Because yes, Backstreet's back...
June 23, 2022
Messaging app Telegram now has 700m monthly active users
The milestone came with more news: the launch of a premium subscription tier where users will pay a monthly fee.
June 20, 2022
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...
October 5, 2021
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...
June 16, 2021
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...
April 12, 2021
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...
May 27, 2020
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...
October 23, 2019
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...
October 3, 2019