The companies Apple could buy to make its next digital music splash
Apple's history of music-related acquisitions is familiar ground: SoundJam in 2000 to form the basis of iTunes; streaming service Lala in 2009; Beats Electronics (including its Beats Music service) in 2014, of course; and...
June 1, 2015
Skint returns with Kartel and PledgeMusic deals
Pioneering big-beat label Skint Records was acquired by BMG last year, and now it’s on the comeback trail through partnerships with Kartel Music Group and PledgeMusic. The former is on board to help distribute a series...
May 28, 2015
In this week’s Sandbox: SoundCloud, PledgeMusic, Sinfini and more
Our latest Sandbox digital music marketing report went out last night. Here’s what it has inside: a look at how SoundCloud could change as a marketing platform now it will be monetised; a Behind The Campaign Focus on...
September 13, 2014
Sandbox 116 – Cloudbusting
Lead: SoundCloud is (finally) moving towards moentising its platform and Mixcloud is adding new premium subscription tiers. Both have prided themselves on the part they play in giving underground and cutting-edge musicians...
September 10, 2014
PledgeMusic extends its direct-to-fan platform to iPhone with new app
PledgeMusic doesn’t describe itself as a crowdfunding service: it prefers the term “direct-to-fan”, stressing the way campaigns on its site connect artists to fans with updates throughout their recording...
July 9, 2014
Erasure turn to PledgeMusic for pre-orders of next album
Don’t call PledgeMusic ‘crowdfunding’ – the company has been working hard to separate its music-focused service out from what high-profile rivals like Kickstarter and Indiegogo do in recent times. The latest example...
June 10, 2014
Island Records teams up with Indiegogo for Fan Republic crowdfunding site
Island Records has launched its own crowdfunding portal, but in this case, it’s less about the label’s own artists raising money from fans,
February 7, 2014
Investing in music: crowdfunding, brands and more (#midem)
It's easy to get caught up in the debates around how people are paying for music (or, rather, how they're NOT paying for it). But it's just as important to think about who's investing in making that music in the first place. Traditionally...
February 2, 2014
Slash turns to PledgeMusic for preorders of new soundtrack
We love the fact that Slash includes his own emoticon when signing off in his PledgeMusic blurb – iiii]; )'
July 25, 2013
Blue Note Records teams with ArtistShare for crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is often presented as an alternative to a traditional label deal, which in many cases it is. But labels can work with crowdfunding campaigns too.
May 9, 2013
Why I’m still buying albums
I've bought four albums recently. Four! And me a paying Spotify customer. And while this isn't interesting in itself, it's something of a riposte to the idea that once people start streaming music, they stop buying it.
March 8, 2013