Billie Eilish to play a virtual-reality gig in Oculus Venues
Billie Eilish is the latest artist playing a concert that will be streamed in virtual reality. The gig will take place on 3 September in Madrid, and then later that evening will be broadcast in Facebook’s ‘Oculus Venues’...
August 27, 2019
Lindsey Stirling to perform a virtual concert using startup Wave
Music Ally was interested early in TheWaveVR: in 2016 it was one of the first wave of music-focused virtual-reality startups, and it had some good ideas about doing more than just filming concerts in 360 degrees. Since then...
August 22, 2019
VRJam launches crowdfunding campaign for its AR/VR music tech
Music Ally wrote about startup VRJam in April, when it was trying to raise $500k of seed funding for a technology offering live ‘XR’ streams of music performances in virtual AND augmented reality. Now the company has...
July 31, 2019
Sandbox issue 232: Music Marketing in Trigger Cities
Lead: This issue we have a special extended feature looking into the phenomenon of Trigger Cities. These are places outside of the obvious music markets that are now – due to streaming and how algorithms are fed – playing...
July 11, 2019
MelodyVR reveals content-licensing deal with Facebook
It’s a busy time for music-VR startup MelodyVR, with its smartphone app having just launched. Now it has announced an intriguing content-licensing deal… with Facebook. “The agreement will see MelodyVR’s content...
July 5, 2019
Monstercat to hold weekly virtual-reality music events
Independent dance label Monstercat has been one of the more forward-thinking when it comes to gaming: witness its partnership with Psyonix, the developer of popular cars-play-football game Rocket League. Now Monstercat is...
July 4, 2019
MelodyVR reveals beta smartphone app and ‘Viewer’ hardware
One of the things holding back music virtual-reality startups so far as been the slower-than-expected growth of VR-headset ownership. Now startup MelodyVR is making moves to tackle that challenge. First: it’s launched a...
June 20, 2019
Redpill VR and Sensorium raise $70m for VR music concerts
Music and virtual reality? It’s a creatively-exciting crossover, but commercially it has yet to make a significant impact, with the clutch of music-VR startups’ prospects tied closely to the (slower than the hype predicted)...
June 12, 2019
Imagine Dragons launch 10-track song-pack for Beat Saber game
Virtual-reality music game Beat Saber has been one of the success stories in VR so far. Released in May 2018, it sold its millionth copy in February this year. Now it’s going down the traditional Guitar Hero / Rock Band...
June 11, 2019
MelodyVR gets into Broadway theatre content with John Gore
Users of music virtual-reality app MelodyVR should be getting ready for more tappy feet and jazz-hands in their headsets over the coming months. The company has announced a deal with Broadway-musicals firm The John Gore...
June 10, 2019
New Avicii album will be premiered in Oculus’ virtual reality
The late dance star Avicii (Tim Bergling) is getting his first posthumous album release this year: ‘TIM’. Facebook has announced that its Oculus virtual-reality division will be running a premiere of the new album on...
June 6, 2019
MelodyVR reports net loss of £11.3m as Beat Saber reveals 1m sales
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has published its financial results for 2018, which was its first full year of availability for its app. The company reported revenues of £1.2m ($1.6m) for the full year, but also...
May 9, 2019