Twitter’s head of music Bob Moczydlowsky is leaving the company, 17 months after joining from Topspin. “I’m ending my time at Twitter in a few weeks. I’ve loved every day […]
When Spotify first gave artists the option of promoting merchandise within its service earlier in 2014, the company’s chosen partner was D2C firm Topspin with its ArtistLink feature. However, when […]
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Streaming music service Beats Music has acquired D2C firm Topspin. The company announced the deal in a blog post from its CEO Ian Rogers – formerly boss of Topspin – this afternoon.
“The acquisition brings a team of talented people who have spent years working on building and fine-tuning the artist-to-fan connection into the Beats Music experience,” Rogers wrote. “Topspin + Beats Music combines music discovery and direct relationships between artists and fans in a revolutionary way.”
On one level, things are going well for Topspin: the D2C merchandising firm’s most high-profile deals yet with Spotify and Beats came to fruition this month.
Not quite half, then, but Topspin’s confirmation to Billboard that 14 employees are to lose their jobs – 44% of its staff
Over recent weeks, more than 200 artists have been selling merchandise through their Spotify profiles, after the streaming music service announced a partnership with D2C firm Topspin to launch the new feature.
Now it’s being opened up to everyone. From today, any artist can start selling merchandise on Spotify, from t-shirts and posters through to vinyl and deluxe box-sets.
Spotify is using Topspin’s ArtistLink tool, which means artists don’t have to use that company’s own stores to sell: instead they link it to whatever D2C store they’re already using. Spotify is also keen to stress that neither Spotify nor Topspin will be taking a cut of the revenues.