Mind Music Labs raises $220k for Sensus smart guitar
Swedish startup Mind Music Labs has announced a seed-funding round of SEK 2m ($220k) to take its first product, the Sensus ‘smart guitar’, forward. The funding came from investment firms Soläng Invest and Propel Capital...
January 12, 2017
CISAC collected €7.5bn in music royalties last year
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has published its annual collections report, outlining the royalties it collected for creators in 2015. The total was €8.6bn, up 8.9% year-on-year....
November 28, 2016
Swedish artists benefitting from global streaming reach
As playlists on the big streaming services become ever-more powerful, one of the talking points of 2016 has been the fear that these playlists may increase the dominance of a relatively small number of (mainly) North American...
November 25, 2016
UMG’s Spinnup now has 100k artists (and 29 signings)
Universal Music has announced a new milestone for its Spinnup digital distribution platform. It now has more than 100,000 unsigned artists distributing their music via Spinnup. Well, not all of them are unsigned any more:...
November 23, 2016
Swedish music revenues rise thanks to ‘sturdy legs’
Sturdy Legs? We saw them play Debaser Medis in Stockholm before they got big… No, sorry: the sturdy legs in this instance are those of the Swedish music industry, according to Universal Music’s Per Sundin
September 14, 2016
Swedish songwriters form Music Rights Awareness Foundation
A trio of famous Swedish songwriters have launched the latest attempt to bring more transparency to the world of music rights. ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus is joined by Max Martin and Niclas Molinder in the initiative, which...
September 12, 2016
Behind The Campaign: The Royal Concept – Sandbox 156
While the IFPI and RIAA might have pointed to YouTube as the cause of many of the record industry’s recent revenue woes, its marketing power remains undimmed. Plus, as Swedish band The Royal Concept have found, it can be...
August 18, 2016
“Did Daniel Ek just say that Spotify is buying SoundCloud?” No.
The dopamine hit from clickbait headlines will do for us all at some point. Nordic Business Insider has picked up on an interview with Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek on TV4 in his homeland of Sweden and suggested that, “reading...
August 17, 2016
Sandbox 160 – Brand Stand
Lead: In the second part of our special look at music, digital and branding, we speak to the record labels about how their dedicated divisions are adapting to online and mobile by securing the right partnerships deals. We...
June 29, 2016
Nordic MCN United Screens talks YouTube, music and brands
“Being an artist today, it’s not only about being the best at playing guitar. You have to perform in so many other ways.” As the creative director at Nordic multi-platform network United Screens, Georg Herlitz is...
May 18, 2016
The Royal Concept team up with YouTube star ‘Anty’
Swedish band The Royal Concept have found a way to make YouTube work for them – by teaming up with a popular beauty vlogger in Sweden called Antonia ‘Anty’ Johnson. The band took her to New York where she published...
May 5, 2016
Spotify seeking $500m of new funding claims Swedish report
It's little more than half a year since Spotify raised its last funding round of $526m, but according to a Swedish press report, the music-streaming service is tapping investors for more cash now. Newspaper Svenska Dagbladet...
January 27, 2016