Sandbox Issue 238: Remixes Hit Saturation Point
Lead: Lil Nas X might have broken on TikTok but it was his deft use of multiple remixes (and collaborations) that kept ‘Old Town Road’ in the air throughout most of 2019. He claims he has 25 remixes of follow-up track...
October 17, 2019
Sandbox Issue 237: VIEWTUBE. When Music Video Plays Get Juiced
Lead: Sony Music India artist Badshah claimed to have broken the 24-hour record on YouTube for 75m plays of his track ‘Paagal’ in July. Then people started asking questions. It eventually emerged that the track’s success...
October 3, 2019
Lil Nas X promises to release 25 remixes of ‘Panini’
If you thought that the succession of remixes of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ were a *bit much* we’d advise you to look away from your screen now. “PANINI REMIX 1 OF 25 TONIGHT!” he tweeted yesterday. This...
September 13, 2019
‘Old Town Road’ and ‘Bad Guy’ get new remix versions
Once upon a time, remixes were usually an easy way to provide B-sides for singles and/or cuts more suited for club DJs. In the post-Despacito era, they’re becoming a strong tactic to give already-big tracks a new lease...
July 12, 2019
SoundCloud confirms Dubset partnership for remix-clearing
We reported on Friday morning that SoundCloud appeared to be getting set to announce a partnership with remix-clearance startup Dubset. Later that day, the deal was confirmed. The companies say they will “test and develop...
October 22, 2018
Dubset strikes deal to distribute mixes and remixes on Tidal
Dubset has announced its latest distribution deal for DJ sets and remixes, with streaming service Tidal. The agreement follows previous deals with Spotify and Apple Music, and builds on Dubset’s licensing agreements...
January 8, 2018
Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems
Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
September 28, 2017
AI Music reveals its plans for ‘shape-changing songs’
In January this year, Music Ally spotted a new artificial-intelligence music startup pop up on investment site Angellist. Called AI Music, the London-based firm said it was “evolving music from a static, one-directional...
August 8, 2017
Native Instruments buys remix-licensing startup MetaPop
Music production and DJing company Native Instruments has snapped up startup MetaPop, appointing its founder, former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell, as its chief digital officer. We first wrote about MetaPop a year ago, in...
March 28, 2017
Harmonix to launch card’n’app-based music game DropMix
Music games developer Harmonix has unveiled its latest idea: a combination of real-world and digital play, but still based on music. The game is called DropMix, and it’s a collaboration with Hasbro that will be released...
March 13, 2017
Mash-ups and mixes startup Dubset Media raises $4m
Dubset Media has closed a $4m Series A funding round to continue building its business licensing remixes and mash-ups for distribution on music-streaming services. Boston-based VC firm Cue Ball Capital led the round, with...
February 28, 2017
Saavn RMX gets local musicians to remix western hits
Indian music-streaming service Saavn has launched a new feature, Saavn RMX, that will see south east Asian musicians remixing western hits. The first two tracks in the initiative saw Indian dance act Lost Stories remixing...
January 18, 2017