Chance the Rapper reaches 1bn-streams milestone on SoundCloud
Eight years after uploading his first track to SoundCloud, Chance the Rapper has passed the milestone of 1bn streams on the service. It’s no surprise that SoundCloud is shouting about it: Chance is ‘the first independent...
August 19, 2019
SoundCloud launches new video series for artists and creators
SoundCloud is the latest music-streaming service using videos to teach artists how to use its platform. The company has launched a nine-part video series called SC101, which will also spawn some live events. It’s describing the...
August 14, 2019
SoundCloud subscription tier expands to more countries
Over the past year and a half, SoundCloud’s strategic focus has been mostly about tools and services for musicians and other audio creators, with less of the limelight for the consumer-subscription tier it launched in 2016....
June 5, 2019
Apple names Pink Sweat$ as its latest ‘Up Next’ artist
Philadelphia-based R&B star Pink Sweat$ is the latest artist to get the Apple ‘Up Next’ treatment, following in the footsteps of the likes of Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Bad Bunny and H.E.R. The campaign will include...
April 25, 2019
SoundCloud adds more ‘handcrafted’ playlists to its service
Good playlist curators are in demand in the modern streaming market. The latest service shouting about its tune-pickers is SoundCloud, which launched a selection of new “handcrafted” playlists yesterday. They include...
March 28, 2019
SoundCloud hires Apple’s director of subscription marketing
SoundCloud wants to beef up its subscriptions business which, remember, isn’t just about music listeners paying for its ad-free tier. The company also has a thriving business in ‘creator’ subscriptions for pro features...
March 27, 2019
SoundCloud will now distribute music to other streaming services
Musicians have always been able to upload their tracks directly to SoundCloud without needing a distributor or label. Now the company is adding a new feature: distribution of those tracks to rival music-streaming services. This...
February 19, 2019
There are now more than 200m tracks available on SoundCloud
SoundCloud hit a new milestone yesterday: 200 million. No, not listeners: tracks. Artist Francesca Lombardo’s ‘Eye Ring’ became the 200 millionth track uploaded to the audio-streaming service. SoundCloud celebrated...
February 14, 2019
SoundCloud financials reveal revenues grew to $102m in 2017
SoundCloud isn’t a public company, so it doesn’t have to publish its financial results every quarter: instead, it publishes annual figures some time after the year in question. Thus, yesterday it released its financial...
January 30, 2019
SoundCloud co-founder Wahlforss steps back to advisory role
SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss is stepping down from his position as chief product officer, although he’ll remain linked with the company as an advisor, according to Billboard. “This was not an easy decision to...
January 24, 2019
Spotify and Apple Music among firms targeted by GDPR complaints
From fan mailing-lists to streaming services’ handling of listener data, the music industry is already well aware of the importance of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Now music services including...
January 21, 2019
BTS member Jimin breaks SoundCloud’s first-day streams record
Jimin, one of the members of K-Pop stars BTS, started 2019 in impressive style, by breaking SoundCloud’s record for most first-day streams of a track. Jimin uploaded a song called ‘Promise’ on 31 December, and it raced...
January 4, 2019