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...
May 28, 2021
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...
April 16, 2021
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:...
April 9, 2021
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...
April 8, 2021
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,...
March 19, 2021
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...
March 8, 2021
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...
February 26, 2021
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...
February 9, 2021
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...
February 3, 2021
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...
January 29, 2021
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...
January 20, 2021
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...
January 12, 2021