Sony invests $4.5m in sample clearance site Tracklib
Tracklib has been around since 2016, helping artists and producers to find and clear music for sampling. The company has just announced a $4.5m funding round from Sony Innovation Fund – the early-stage investment arm of...
June 16, 2020
MusicSmart app offers detailed liner notes for Apple Music
The history of streaming has seen plenty of standalone apps from independent developers try to plug the feature gaps they see in big streaming services. MusicSmart is the latest example. Created by developer Marcos Antonio...
May 20, 2020
Sample library Tracklib switches to subscription model
We first wrote about stem licensing service Tracklib back in June 2016 when it pitched at MidemLab. It is aimed at the DJ and remixer worlds, allowing users to buy and license track stems in one location. In October it signed...
May 20, 2020
Bad Bunny’s ‘Safaera’ returns to Spotify after sample dispute
Fans of Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny had been raging last week after his ‘Safaera’ song was removed from Spotify. Now it’s back, along with an explanation from the streaming service about why it had been...
May 18, 2020
Splice sample leads to plagiarism accusations for Justin Bieber
Is the latest pop plagiarism scandal going to engulf Justin Bieber? No, it is not. Well, it seems not anyway: an accusation from another artist, Asher Monroe, that Bieber’s ‘Running Over’ nicked one of his hooks has...
February 18, 2020
Splice has now paid out more than $25m to sample creators
Music-creation platform Splice launched its Splice Sounds sample library in 2015, and by October 2018 it had paid out $10m in royalties to the musicians who’d created its samples. Now the company has announced another...
February 11, 2020
BMG is the latest music firm to sign a deal with Tracklib
BMG has announced a licensing deal with Swedish sampling service Tracklib, becoming the latest music company to make some of its catalogue available on the platform. BMG said that it will provide “a selection of quality...
January 16, 2020
The mysterious tale of disappearing viral hit ‘Omae Wa Mou’
It’s not entirely accurate to describe deadman死人’s track ‘Omae Wa Mou’ as having disappeared: you can still easily find it on YouTube. But Rolling Stone has published an excellent analysis of the track’s TikTok-fuelled...
August 19, 2019
Tommy Boy postpones digital release of De La Soul back catalogue
De La Soul’s classic albums were due to be released digitally for the first time this week, but the launch has now been postponed by label Tommy Boy after a succession of critical social-media posts from the rap trio. “Because...
March 1, 2019
Tracklib publishes its latest ‘State of Sampling’ report
A fifth of songs that made Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart in the US used samples, according to a report published by Tracklib – a company that focuses on sample-clearance. “It’s been fairly consistent the...
February 12, 2019
Sample libraries and virtual-instruments firm Spitfire Audio launches a label
British company Spitfire Audio has built a business around sample libraries and virtual instruments for artists and producers to use when making music. Now the company is branching out with the creation of its own label,...
January 17, 2019