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Investment fund EQT takes 40% stake in Epidemic Sound

Swedish alternative-investments firm EQT has taken a 40% stake in production-music company Epidemic Sound, whose CEO Oscar Höglund we interviewed earlier this week about this summer’s ‘fake artists’ controversy. The...
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Epidemic Sound gives its side of the Spotify ‘fake artists’ controversy

“We were on our summer break, because we’re Swedes and nobody works for two months in July and August. But that’s when the whole fake-artists thing hit, so we were surprised, but mostly offended. Granted, we hadn’t...
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NMPA boss on production music: ‘The licensing system is broken’

The National Music Publishers Association’s boss has criticised something in public. No, not Spotify this time. David Israelite has been casting his eye over the way publishing works with the production-music sector, and...
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Jukedeck hopes artificial intelligence can ‘democratise music’

British AI-music startup Jukedeck has been on the music industry’s radar for three years now, since TechCrunch’s August 2014 report on its “responsive music software” that could write music like a human would, for...
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Epidemic Sound is a mood-music supplier for Spotify

We should stop using the term ‘fake artists’ for this week’s big Spotify debate. ‘Pseudonymous artists’ is a more-accurate description of what’s happening with songwriters and producers releasing tracks under...
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‘Fake’ Spotify artists aren’t a scandal… but they ARE food for thought

It turns out that ‘fake artists on Spotify' is actually fake news. Or to put it more accurately: those artists are actually real, human songwriters and producers putting music out under pseudonyms, with those tracks...
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Spotify ‘fake artists’ traced back to Swedish producers

Earlier this week, industry site MBW published a list of 50 ‘fake’ artists on Spotify – musicians with no footprint on other streaming services or social networks, but whose songs had been placed prominently on some...
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Spotify may have ‘fake artists’ but wait until AI music startups hit their stride

With 2017 seemingly being the most contentious year yet for ‘fake news’ perhaps it’s fitting that there’s also a spiky argument emerging around ‘fake artists’ in the music-streaming world. Spotify is at the...
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Epidemic Sound talks YouTube: ‘We’re a music company that really understands the platform’

In recent years, most of the discussion around YouTube and music has focused on rightsholders’ desire for greater royalties and less safe-harbour protection for Google’s video service. YouTube’s potential as a sync...
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Amper sees music future as ‘collaboration between humans and AI’

Amper Music came to our attention with its recent inclusion in the first cohort for the Techstars Music accelerator, billed as the latest startup using artificial intelligence for music composition. Now CEO Drew Silverstein...