TikTok culture is wider (and possibly crueller) than its app
Many people in the music industry are trying to get a handle on social-video app TikTok: particularly how young people are using it, and what kind of culture is growing around their shared clips. If you’re one of those...
January 10, 2019
Can Facebook ‘Lasso’ teenagers with its new music app?
A 12-month period of misdirected tweets and school-holidays calls to the Music Ally office thinking we were social-music app Musical.ly gave us a ringside seat to the app’s rapid growth, before it was acquired by Chinese...
November 12, 2018
Report claims social app TikTok gained 30m users in three months
Chinese tech firm Bytedance bought social app Musical.ly (obligatory clarification for new readers: nothing to do with us) earlier this year, then merged it with another app called TikTok, which offers similar ‘share your...
November 2, 2018
TikTok owner Bytedance valued at $75bn following $3bn funding round
Spending $800m on social-music app Musical.ly only to shut it down months later in a merger with similar app TikTok? Anyone questioning Chinese firm Bytedance’s strategy may be in for a surprise at the news that it’s...
October 29, 2018
Facebook adds more music features amid rumours of TikTok-style app
Facebook’s music-licensing deals continue to fuel new features for the social network, with several more announced yesterday. However, the most interesting may be something that hasn’t yet been announced: a full-on standalone...
October 25, 2018
Report 411: The Teenagers Issue
Teens have been the driving force behind popular music and popular culture for almost a century and we use this issue to look at not only how they have shaped music in the past (as both creators and consumers) but also how...
November 15, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017
Musical.ly now has 40m daily active users
Social app Musical.ly continues to grow at a clip, with CEO Alex Zhu claiming yesterday that it now has 40 million daily active users uploading a million new videos a day. More than 130 million people have so far registered...
December 7, 2016
Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music
We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is another one for the list,...
December 7, 2016
Dubsmash fights back against Musical.ly with €9m funding
Dubsmash was a big craze in 2015 with its app for sharing lip-dub videos, but in 2016 its thunder has been well and truly stolen by Musical.ly. Earlier in the year, Dubsmash got a revamp with more emphasis on private sharing...
December 7, 2016
Latest stats show growing clout for Musical.ly app
Vice is the latest media outlet to profile the rapid rise of social app Musical.ly, and its piece has a good roundup of the startup’s vital statistics. “Approximately 50 million people under the age of 21—or roughly...
October 5, 2016
‘Does Snapchat need music? Does WhatsApp need music?’
Is music-streaming boiling down, globally, to the big-tech big guns (Apple, Google, Amazon and maybe Facebook) plus one or two independent services if they can survive? 7digital CEO Simon Cole thinks his company’s recent...
September 26, 2016