Spotify loses Jason Aldean album but gets Quincy Jones’ backing
Spotify will be hoping the current Taylor Swift debate doesn’t lead to a number of other artists following suit by pulling individual albums or whole back catalogues. One who’s taking the former move is country...
November 17, 2014
YouTube gives its Creator Credits a wider audience
Lots of YouTubers use the descriptions of their videos to link to the channels of people they’ve collaborated with. Now YouTube is formalising that process. “The shout-out is cool, but what if that shout-out was a direct...
October 31, 2014
U2’s Larry Mullen ‘couldn’t give a shite’ about Apple deal
Belly laugh of the weekend came from the no-nonsense quote from U2’s drummer about the band’s recent partnership with Apple to distribute their new album. Larry Mullen “couldn’t give a shite” about the subsequent...
October 15, 2014
Vine in 2014: ‘Six seconds has been a driving force for creativity’
A growing number of musicians are using Twitter’s Vine video-sharing app, but it is also fostering its own network of new stars. The Guardian has a feature looking at Vine as a hothouse for new talent, as it reaches...
September 29, 2014
Music collaboration service Splice raises $4.5m
The last time we wrote about music collaboration service Splice, it was raising $2.75m of seed funding for its ambitions to help musicians work on tracks together online (Bulletin, 10-Oct-13). Nearly a year later, the service...
September 20, 2014
Berlin-based bookings platform Sidestage expands to London
Sidestage started life as a Berlin startup helping people hire musicians for private events and parties, launching in July and quickly signing up more than 80 artists. Now it’s expanding to London, with a number of artists...
September 4, 2014
Tor can cope with Aphex Twin traffic (but not Taylor Swift)
When Aphex Twin announced his new album on the deep web via the Tor network, the page with its title and tracklisting was viewed 133,000 times in a day. That’s according to Tor, which says more artists are seeing the benefits...
August 27, 2014
Music apps firm Smule launches Artist Program to promote musicians
US startup Smule has become one of the most successful creators of music creation apps in recent years, claiming 20m users for apps including Magic Piano, Sing! and AutoRap. Now the company is launching an Artist Program...
August 18, 2014
Incentivising people to ‘like’ Facebook pages is now verboten
Facebook has given developers 90 days to update their apps to fall in line with its new T&Cs relating to how users are incentivised to like pages. “You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a...
August 14, 2014
It took Vine star Shawn Mendes 37 minutes to top the iTunes chart
We’ve written regularly recently about the trend of musicians finding big audiences within Twitter’s Vine app, then translating that popularity to music sales on Apple’s iTunes store. The latest is Shawn Mendes, who...
July 29, 2014
Meet the new generation of stars on Snapchat
We’ve been writing recently about the way Twitter’s shortform video app Vine has become a hothouse for new web stars, acting as a sort-of feeder channel to YouTube, while also spawning several musicians riding high in...
July 29, 2014
Next app is Tinder for unsigned/indie musicians
Dating app Tinder has millions of people swiping profiles right and left to accept or reject potential romantic matches. Now a new app called Next is trying to do the same thing for music discovery. It gets musicians to upload...
July 24, 2014