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Epidemic Sound plans US push under former Spotify exec

Swedish music company Epidemic Sound is planning a new push in North America, under the leadership of Kate Vale, who’s just been appointed as the company’s managing director of North America. Vale was previously Google’s...
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Alev Lenz album launches with a companion sound library

In January this year, Music Ally wrote about the launch of SA Recordings, a label created by sample-libraries firm Spitfire Audio. Its plans included releasing albums at the same time as their sample libraries, and offering...
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Production-music startup Soundstripe raises $2m

It feels like a matter of months since we were writing about Nashville production-music startup Soundstripe raising a $4m funding round… mainly because it IS just a matter of months. That round in May 2019 is now being...
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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...