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VR game Beat Saber launches Interscope-themed mixtape pack

We’ve been writing about the music-licensing (and, indeed, music-selling) efforts of Facebook-owned VR music game Beat Saber for some time. By February this year the game had sold more than 4m copies, and 40m songs...
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Music startups TribeXR and FitXR use Oculus’s new subscriptions

Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus is introducing subscriptions to its Oculus Store, enabling developers to charge recurring fees for their apps and games. It follows the traditional app stores model: “For some, you’ll...
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AmazeVR raises $9.5m for its plans to put on immersive concerts

We first wrote about virtual reality startup AmazeVR early in 2020, when it raised a $2.5m funding round that included K-Pop firm YG Entertainment’s investment arm. Now the company has announced its next funding round:...
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Authentic Artists is latest startup to explore virtual artists

Given some of the sensitivities around AI music and virtual artists in the music industry, it’s certainly bold for a startup exploring those areas to call itself Authentic Artists. Still, that’s what one startup...
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Madison Beer’s ‘immersive reality’ concert to air on TikTok

Earlier this year we wrote about Sony Music’s plans for a virtual concert by artist Madison Beer, with an avatar version of the star performing in a virtual recreation of the Sony Hall venue in New York. At the time,...
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Apple predictions: VR/AR headset in 2022, AR glasses in 2025

Oh, and don’t forget AR contact lenses sometime after 2030. By which time nobody will remember the prediction or the predictor enough to check whether it was right. In fairness, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International...
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Midem white paper focuses on Livestreaming and VR

We’re all trying to figure out what role livestreaming is going to play in the music industry alongside live concerts, once the latter return at scale. Midem and TheLynk have been thinking about it too, and have published...
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MelodyVR raises another £6.5m in convertible loans funding

MelodyVR started this year by completing its acquisition of streaming platform Napster, and now it’s preparing to rebrand the company as Napster Group. It’s also raising more money for what comes next: £6.48m through...
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VR music game Beat Saber has sold 4m copies (and 40m songs)

Slowly but surely, Facebook’s Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets are making a stronger business case for VR, and music game Beat Saber is at the forefront of that. A new blog post from VP of content Mike Verdu revealed...
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Supernatural is ‘programming your brain’ for diverse music

Chris Milk, CEO of Within and VR fitness app Supernatural, was the keynote speaker in NY:LON Connect’s fitness and wellbeing track yesterday. He talked about how Supernatural’s catalogue of licensed music is opening...
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Wave is shutting down its VR app to focus ‘outside headsets’

Wave started life as a virtual reality music startup, with an app hosting VR raves. In recent times, it has pivoted to become more of a production tool: artists like The Weeknd have used it to turn their livestreams into...
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Sony and Riot Games reveal latest plans for immersive concerts

When you take a step back, the evolution of livestreamed music has been startling during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve gone from kitchen performances and DJ sets to full stage sets, with plenty of experiments around...