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Posted inAnalysis

Why Chance the Rapper doesn’t mean the death of labels (guest column)

This guest column comes from Bruno Guez, CEO and founder of Revelator:

In May of 2015, Chance the Rapper set the music industry on fire with a simple tweet that showed download numbers for the album Surf from The Social Experiment. In a single week, the full album had been downloaded 618,000 times with single track downloads crossing the 10 million mark.

Apparently, not to be outdone by himself, earlier last year, Chance pulled off the arguably more exceptional feat of becoming the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200 reaching as high as number eight overall.

Posted inNews

The 20 hottest music startups of 2016 (according to Midemlab)

SoundCloud, Kickstarter, Next Big Sound, Songkick and The Echo Nest are just five of the companies that have passed through the Midemlab startup contest – originally known as MidemNet Lab – over the years.

This year’s Midemlab finalists have just been announced: 20 startups that will be pitching their wares at the Midem conference in Cannes this June.

Disclosure: we (Music Ally) were involved in the process of narrowing down the 150+ entries to the 20 finalists, along with fellow contest partners Atomico and Bluenove. We’d love to know what you make of the final selection. So without further ado…

Posted inStartups

20 music/tech startups we’ll be watching in 2016

At times in 2015, Music Ally felt like a grouch when surveying the landscape of music/tech startups – usually at the sight of the latest ‘Instagram / WhatsApp for music’ social app without an obvious demand from users (never mind a clear business model) in sight.

But as we went over our year’s coverage of new tech companies in or around the music industry, we found more reasons for optimism than we expected. There are still new, inventive startups with the potential to do great things in music.

Here are 20 of the companies we wrote about for the first time in 2015, whose fortunes we’re eager to follow in 2016.

Posted inNews, Startups

Revelator teams up with Wix Music as first APIs partner

Analytics firm Revelator has announced its latest partnership, with website-creation service Wix. It follows the latter’s recent launch of version 2.0 of its Wix Music service to create websites for musicians.

It’s now the first partner for Revelator’s API developer platform, bolting on global sales, reporting and analytics features. Revelator hopes that it’s the first of many such partnerships.

Posted inAnalysis, News

Rob Wells: ‘There’s a lack of transparency in the entire industry’ (interview)

“The way I see it, there’s a number of hurdles. Firstly, you’ve got to start collecting the information, then you’ve got to collate and make sense of it. Then you need a team of people that can actually interpret what the findings are. And then you need another set of people to tell you what to do about it.”

Rob Wells is talking about the music industry’s approach to big data – a science that’s been exciting music execs for several years now, but which still has a lot of potential to be tapped by labels, artists and managers.

“There’s a lot of chatter about data, and how it can inform your marketing efforts and provide you with ROI and give you more insight and blah blah blah. It’s another thing to put it into executional use.”